Brain tumor causes woman to become JW (4 times!)

by Anders Andersen 8 Replies latest watchtower medical

  • Anders Andersen
    Anders Andersen

    Why One Woman Mysteriously Started Hearing 'Divine' Voices

    After doctors admitted the woman to the psychiatric unit of the hospital, they learned that this wasn't the first time she felt a strong interest in religion and spirituality. She described four previous times in her life, beginning at age 13 and again at ages 23, 32 and 41, when she experienced periods of intense spiritual and religious devotion.
    During these periods, which lasted about a year or two, she would join Jehovah's Witnesses and then later resign, when she lost interest, according to the report.
    As part of her psychiatric evaluation, the woman also underwent an MRI. The scan detected a brain tumor.
    It turned out that the tumor — which probably appeared first in childhood or adolescence — was very slow-growing, and likely periodically affected her behavior since her teenage years, Walther said.
    Indeed, the doctors suspected that her four previous episodes of intense religious devotion might have been a symptom of the tumor's progression, according to the case report.
    The tumor affected areas of the brain involved in processing sound, which is possibly why she may have heard "divine" voices, but it also affected networks that influence a person's emotions, Walther said.
    It's not clear why the woman's periodic devotion to religion eventually caused her to experience a psychotic episode in which she tried to severely injure herself.

    I wonder how the JW viewed this woman, who hears divine voices and is in and out the JW multiple times....

  • redpilltwice

    What a story Anders... poor woman! So she heard divine voices and used to cut herself during psychotic periods. Without having any medical knowledge of someone's tumor/disease and what it can cause, a JW normally would be very cautious and suspicious of demonism/witchcraft.

    I wonder if she has ever claimed to be one of the anointed... would've been an awkward and delicate situation for the elders.

  • slimboyfat

    Strange choice. If she had joined some Pentecostal group she would have fit right in, El Shaddai.

  • Rather Be the Hammer
    Rather Be the Hammer

    The religion feeling apparently can be switched on and off in the brain.

    My mother (former JW) went to a homeopathic doctor, got a medicine for something and her feeling for religion was totally gone. Didn't believe in God any more, and could not understand how she had ever believed at all. It never came back.

    In materia medica you will find medications that influence the religious thoughts, feelings, experiences.

  • slimboyfat

    Cured from religion by hemeopathy? Ha, sorry that’s funny! It’s like some sort of rationalist joke, except I can’t work out the punchline.

  • pale.emperor

    When i studied hypnosis there was a guy there that could make an atheist have a "spiritual experience" simply using suggestion. He de-converted them afterwards, but the lesson was that we cant just trust our emotional highs as a sign of God or whatever.

    Some religious people there actually walked out.

  • Wake Me Up Before You Jo-Ho
  • steve2

    Jo-Ho, an excellent video showing the subtle - and sometimes not so subtle - conditions that lead unsuspecting humans into "faith".

    I am aware of research that suggests a fairly predictable percentage of humans are highly suggestible which makes them perfect targets for techniques such as warm and soothing voices and/or hypnosis. I also note that the setting is critical: The attempt to win her over occurs within a candle-lit church/chapel.

  • Gorbatchov

    Interesting story!


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