One decided aspect, present in sixteen of the cases out of twenty, was the reduction of the physiological age of the adult, clinically measurable by exercise tests. Another aspect was the apparent new effectiveness of hormones which, in hormone-therapy prior to this treatment, had not been effective and which, after the removal of the early traumas and a subsequent removal of other serious traumatic experiences, were not found to be as vital to the individual if more effective. A third longevity aspect was the improvement of four of these cases suffering from heart trouble which would now seem to have been psycho-somatic although other causes had been assigned: the lunge of the heart at the cutting of the umbilical cord had been restimulated steadily by present environment until the heart was in poor condition.
In one case of arrested sexual development, a girl and the only one present in this series of twenty, the glands renewed activity without hormone-therapy and she underwent a physiological change toward normal.
This letter may be considered only as a report of work-in-progress as an additional twenty cases are to be studied before any final conclusion is drawn and then, of course, it can only be tentative, awaiting the experience of other investigators advised by my discoveries. A paper as mentioned above will be released at the end of the next series. You have permission, however, to publish this letter providing this injunction is added: there is no particular danger involved in working in this field except when the early traumas are approached and restimulated but not removed by therapy. In such an untoward event one sees the history of physiological and psychological deterioration markedly accelerated since it seems possible from these studies that such deterioration is caused by present environment gradually causing the unconscious integration of the early traumas with their force and psychotic or neurotic significance: once the environment restimulates the early traumatic experience that experience apparently remains restimulated. Hence restimulation of an early trauma by therapy but not its removal occasions deterioration of the individual to greater or lesser degree. However my final conclusions are reserved until, at least, the end of the next series.
L. Ron Hubbard
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