Diet or Eating Disorder? Part 1 The Universal Medicine Diet: ‘Esoteric’ Food Classification

First, let’s be clear about one crucial fact – cult leader, Serge Benhayon, isn’t qualified to make a sandwich, let alone devise a life sustaining diet.

I just spent an afternoon analyzing Uncle Serge’s bizarre and random dietary classifications, a process which required such an extreme suspension of my few remaining rational processes I feared I may never get them back. Unfortunately, for all of us to be able to understand and unpack the workings of Planet Serge, we need a certain amount of information, so it’s with great unease I inflict his dietary eccentricities upon you. Trust me, the mere act of attempting to make sense of this silliness is hazardous to your health.

To keep it as painless as possible, I’ll start with a basic rundown of his exuberant dietary jargon and a list of foods it’s possibly, maybe, okay to eat sometimes, until his holiness decides the earth’s energy has shifted and rendered them too ‘pranic’, one of Serge’s invented terms meaning evil, dark, demonically possessed, potentially delicious and counter to UM’s fiscal profitability.

His basic whim is to avoid foods which are ‘pranic’ because they are full of evil entities and ‘create dampness or pranic heat’. (Incidentally, anyone who questions the veracity of Universal Medicine, whether it be your bewildered spouse, your concerned friends or your confused children, are classified as pranic too, i.e. put upon this plane expressly to prevent you from realizing your ‘innermost love’, as well as your dwindling dignity and impending bankruptcy.)

Next, because fieriness is the opposite to pranicness (?) you should only eat foods deemed ‘fiery’ by O Holy Great One. Failure to strictly adhere to fiery foods will bring upon something akin to a New Age Inquisition with ritualized confessions, repentances and humiliations from your fellow ‘loving’ students – a fate worse than cake. Or scones.

In the Universal Medicine diet chart handouts given to me, Serge has painstakingly delineated ‘EVIL FOODS, PRANIC FOODS and FIERY FOODS’. In other words, foods which you and I know as yummy and nutritious are EVIL, LESS EVIL and PASSABLY EVIL BUT STILL EVIL, except for a handful of items you can eat without spontaneously combusting from dark pranic forces and Esoteric guilt. In exoteric reality, however, these  few acceptable foods are unlikely to sustain anything resembling a lifestyle in a physical body for five minutes.

Beginning with ‘EVIL FOODS’, not even Maitreya Buddha and all the Ascended Masters put together can save you if you drink coffee ‘(including freeze dried)’. According to Serge, ‘EVIL FOODS separate you from your divine essence. The intent of each food/herb on this list does exactly this.’

Remind me to interrogate the freeze dried coffee on its intention to rent me asunder of my soul.

And who knew Serge was a coffee snob?

Among the ‘EVIL FOODS’, on an evilness scale from 1 to 7, Ayahuasca is the most diabolical,  with the scale improving slightly with marijuana, alcohol, opium and heroin and finally coffee. It goes to show how ignorant and pranic I am, because I never knew any of them were ‘foods’. Either way, these things are so evil, even if Alice Bailey resurrected herself and descended on a golden shuttle from Arcturus, she couldn’t redeem us from any of them, and if you do all of them in one sitting, which I reckon a guy I know has, your next million incarnations are bound to be spent in service of some version of Serge. Although it has a strange logic to it, because Ayahuasca is likely the only way to get your head around this crock of crap.

Unless of course you’re a surgeon named Eunice, to whom it makes perfect sense. So much sense she is able to literally sell it to her hapless surgical patients. It also appears she’s developed a new medical technique for frontal lobotomy which doesn’t require a scalpel.

Moving on; ‘PRANIC FOODS hinder the flow of the light of the soul of the body’ and ‘impose a flow of energy in the body that is not our state of  being…’ If you can stay awake long enough to read that. The most pranic foods, ‘gluten, ginger (for women), grain and dairy’, are out, and I’ve heard of students being practically excommunicated for sneaking an ice cream. Serge thunders from his pulpit ‘The intent of cake is always comfort, same goes for mousse, ice cream and other treats.’


The road to hell is paved with treats!!

How dare you seek comfort when the dark pranic entities are out to possess you? For pity’s sake, never relax!

Personally, I’d say ‘ginger (for women)’ is likely avoided because there’s a dangerous possibility it could aid digestion, and worse, make you horny. However, Serge writes ginger should never be used as a condiment and is only beneficial in ‘esoteric herbs’ ($40 a jar from UniMed outlets). ‘Ginger is a scavenger of prana and cleans up the excessive maleness in the uterus.’

Hell! Where can I get me some?

‘For men it works in the lungs.’

It scavenges the maleness from men’s lungs? I’m not sure it’s wise to separate men from maleness.

‘Vinegar, beef, dried fruit, miso and non freeze dried decaf espresso’ don’t cut it either – languishing just below the ‘bridge’ from pranic to fiery, but at least you only sacrifice a few hundred future incarnations for taking a nibble at those.

Which leaves us with the foods you’re allowed to eat, if you still have the will to live. I’m too burnt out to delineate the fiery pranic rating system, so I’ll just throw them into a list of lowest fieriness to highest. Serge, mind you, couldn’t even be arsed to put them in alphabetical order. Note that a rating of 7, the ‘highest fieriness of the inner-heart’, is a level of transcendence no food has ever attained. I guess the tomatoes need to meditate more, sign up for more podcasts, or fork out for another round of workshops. The Great One says ‘only herbs can support you here.’ Once again, $40 a jar from the UniMed shop. If any of you have a jar, write in and tell us if they’re repackaged curry powder.

Aren’t they Jenny Ellis? Undoubtedly one of your innovations the TGA is investigating.

I’ll list the allowed FIERY FOODS from lowest to highest according to Serge’s unique system of ‘awakened’ logic. But be warned, while these are deemed acceptable to eat, don’t dare relax. This first group can create ‘dampness or pranic heat’! – resembling the current activity inside my cranium.

Chicken, kangaroo, sweet potatoes, cooked apple, pork, mango, lettuce, potato, figs, rice (I thought rice was a grain?), orange, paw paw, shiitake, venison, rock melon, grapes in moderation (lest one has a toilet epiphany to rival Serge’s), eggs, fish, turkey, lamb, coconut milk, various teas, bananas, quinoa, legumes, raw asparagus and broccoli, mandarines.


And now for the foods you’re allowed to eat without expiring from pranic aversion, although  by all reports, several have been omitted since writing now that the pranic forces are closing in. The following fiery foods help you to ‘recreate a fibrous body of love & light – the body of the Soul on earth’.  I guess we could take bets on how long you can remain in it.

Strawberries, pumpkin, guava, ginger for men when used medically (sic – medical ginger? Eunice is that you?), some herbal teas, soy milk (Warning:’SOME BRANDS ARE PRANIC’ !!!!) well cooked asparagus, choy sum, honey, tomatoes, coconut flour (is this a piss take?), watercress, tofu, zucchini, broccoli if steamed OR cooked (sic), grapefruit, seaweed, pineapple, lime, berries, nuts, capsicum, cherries, bok choy, lemon, avocado, kumquats (sic), onion, fennel, raw apple, beetroot, spinach, olives, olive oil, garlic, chilli.

Is this a diet or a list of Serge’s favourite foods?

I would have thought he’d have a fear of garlic.

Where the heck are carrots!?

Can you get special dispensation to eat a peach?

And as transcendentally esoteric as this diet is, how come it hasn’t made him taller or improved his spelling? The handout is riddled with typos and repetitions, and I’ve reached several unpleasant altered states of consciousness trying to read it. Unbearable Lightnesses of Being. However, when I get around to writing about his thought reform techniques, I’ll show you how that’s precisely the point. Anything to distract you from the reality that you’re being ripped off and having your health and dignity abused.

Who needs Ayahuasca when you can get into this?

Mind you, it works for Eunice Minford, the famous surgeon. Although, probably not the diet, just her blissful and lucrative association with Universal Medicine. She’s all over the internet saying how wonderful Serge and UM is.

The diet charts don’t include recommendations for meal plans etc. I daresay it’s all expounded in one of the silly bugger’s tomes. However, in the next post I’ll make a nutritional analysis of this mess, and use anecdotal evidence I’ve gathered to show how UM students are more or less attempting to stick to it. There, I’m afraid, the jokes will be over. Also, I’ll say now, this diet is utterly unsuitable for children. If you’ve had your children on this, you need to see a doctor and/or a qualified dietitian immediately, and if either of them have a good word to say about Universal Medicine, find proper professionals.

For any adult interested in pursuing this diet, go ahead, go nuts. Do so at your own risk, and if you google Universal Medicine I’m sure you’ll find an under qualified practitioner near you who will be happy to take your money and oversee your rapid mental and physical decline. Or as I said to one of our trolls, just drop a parcel of money off at Serge’s house and cut out the middle man. That way you’ll at least preserve your health.

 Now if you’ll pardon me, I need a lie down.

Diet or Eating Disorder Part 2: A Level Headed Nutritional Analysis & Diet as a tool for instilling malleability

Diet of Eating Disorder Part 3: Surviving the Universal Medicine Diet and Thriving

The Esoteric diet – more lethal than ever

Esoteric Food Charts


25 thoughts on “Diet or Eating Disorder? Part 1 The Universal Medicine Diet: ‘Esoteric’ Food Classification

  1. Venus that was hilarious!Be warned I have just had a coffee (without sugar) = less pranicIts clear that for most of the Western world we eat too much fat and sugar, and Serge plays on this fear of bad diet but takes it to the extreme.I am not sure I understand some of Serge's logic on this diet. ie why is soy ok? I was told by a very reputable naturopath, that unfermented soy /tofu is bad for you (ie women and children especially girls) as it can lead to estrogen imbalances. A little fermented soy may be ok.. Also what is wrong with ginger. Ginger, I thought, was ok? And if you are going to eat all kinds of red meat, why not beef? Anyway lets try not to analyse why Serge says what he says. The whole thing reeks of someone who makes loads of cash out of people's insecurities. Its a one size fits all diet that just won't work for everyone. Serge leave everyone alone take the money and run!

  2. Yes, please, don't ever try and analyse what Serge says about anything. Trust me, I've tried and it's almost broken my mind. Which is Serge's aim. Break the mind, raid the bank account.Don't ask me what Eunice the famous surgeon's excuse is. I think she was having trouble starting her own cult, so she's borrowed Serge's. Either way, any doctor endorsing this bunk is dangerously, pathologically irresponsible. Anyway, stay tuned. The diet list is one thing, the way it's used is another. In Part 2, I'll talk about how students use the diet and attempt a level headed nutritional analysis of that. If I'm not certifiably unhinged by then. It's not pretty. And thanks.

  3. What a brilliant and also comic analysis of this utter madness diet. Thank you for making me laugh and high-lighting to all the sheer ridiculousness of Serge's dietary tips. Even without your comedic talents I would have been laughing at "damp" and "fiery" foods. If you want fiery, nip down to my local Indian restaurant. Tell the Kalki the chef you want a fiery curry and I guarantee you a full cleansing, in fact you'll be on the toilet so long, you may even have a revelation like Serge did and be able to start your own cult!

  4. This is insane. You have taken a food chart and reinterpreted it without all the necessary information. I have been araound Universal Mecicne for some time and have eaten in varuis students homes. I can Noone eats as you have described. Eggs, fish, turkey and lamb for instance ara a huge part of all students diets. What is your motivation here?

  5. Why would a meal plan be included in students notes? I am a universal medicine student and to put things in perspective this is what I ate yesterday. Breakfast,A fruit salad of pink grapefruit apple kiwifruit with crushed nuts and coconut cream and a herbal tea.My children had eggs on gluten free toast with avocado and salad greens.Mid morning I had a herbal tea and handful of almonds.LunchPea and basil soup with a small tin of tuna.My children had potato cakes and dolmades ( rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) as well as corn chips and homous. ( note a good dose of calcium is found in the homous and the vine leaves and far more easily absorbed by the body than via dairy)Dinnersalmon and calamari cooked to perfection by my husband on the BBQ with salad of greens, tomato, celery avocado and sprinked with dulse ( seaweed) My children don't like fish and had chicken sausages and some of the calamari. They also had mushrooms and rice noodles along with the salad.Thoughout the day my children snack on fruit, nuts, seaweed, corn chips, dried apples and apricots plus much more. They drink nut milks, soy milk and rice milk along with plenty of water and occasionally juice. Our meals always include lots of yummy herbs and spices and to be honest I eat more diversely now that I ever have. This is pretty typical of most students I know including the Benhayon family. For the sake of balance it would be nice if you could post this. I can even handle your toxic comments that you will no doubt make.

  6. Congratulations on making some sensible dietary choices based on the above mentioned load of cobblers. Is this your own testimony, or did you get 'assistance' from SergeProp? Or are you in fact the author of the Pranic Puritanism Delights Gluten and Dairy Free cookbook Rachel Hall and others are flogging?So how do you explain to your kids they can't have dairy, gluten or grains because they're full of evil pranic entities?And why are you outraged enough to comment about a few dietary criticisms, but have said nothing on my other posts about Serge's treatment room sleaziness and psychosexual shenanigans?Read my next post.

  7. Why would I tell my children that they cant have dairy, gluten or grains because they are full of evil pranic entities? This would be a ridiculous thing to tell them since it isn't true. Serge has never claimed this to be the case either.I need no assistance on how to follow a healthy diet and besides there is plenty of scientiful evidence out there showing how dairy and gluten are not easy for our bodies to digest nor a necessary part of our diet.In time I will respond to other of your posts but for now I have a glorious spring day to enjoy with my family.

  8. Actually dear Anon, on a better look at your menu, I should point out your children are doing better there than you. You're not eating enough my dear, unless you're getting stuck into the snacks – and you'd need to.

  9. Oh belove, what a surprise we agree the idea foods contain negative prana is bullshit. Serge doesn't claim it? He's sure as hell written it. 'Most pranic foods create dampness or pranic heat'. 'Pranic foods hinder the flow of the light of the soul in the body….' ad nauseum.And you agree you need no assistance on how to follow a healthy diet, but you're in here gunning for Serge the self styled nutritionist, at the same time saying his prana palaver is nonsense and even more nonsense because there is plenty of 'scientiful' (SIC) evidence for cutting gluten and dairy. Evidence, mind you, which is based on clinical symptoms of intolerance, not the caprices of a loony guru. Your argument is so illogical not even you can follow it.

  10. "belove"- sorry to hear how much "in love" you are with UM. Most of the people I knew and have seen in Universal Medicine, are looking sick. They don´t have enough body- weight anymore, though they were at good health, before they followed the "fiery" and "prana" foodlist and the general reprogramming- system of brains of your lead Serge Benhayon. They start to look as sick as Serge Benhayon himself. Many faces I saw got emaciated and they had dark circels around their eyes. Sure Serge Benhayon splitted the foods in categories: "fiery" or "prana". He even told you how much "points" they are worth to get it to a higher or lower level.I recognised, that many followers ignore many things, that Serge prays. Many of them don´t even now much about the content of his written "bibles". But when they are too deep into UM, no one really cares abot the text. They just adore to get the acclamation of Serge and believe everything he fakes. That man is bad medicine to his followers who doesn´t care about real love for anyone at all."belove"- traurig zu sehen, wie sehr du "verliebt" in UM Du doch bist. die meisten Menschen, dich ich in der Universal Medicine Sekte gesehen habe, sehen krank aus.Sie verfügen nicht mehr über genug Körpergewicht. Bevor sie der "fiery" und "prana" -Lebensmittelliste und dem generellen reprogrammierenden System von Serge Benhayon folgten, waren sie bei guter Gesundheit. sie sehen jetzt genauso krank aus wie Serge Benhayon selbst. viele Gesichter, die ich sah, waren ausgemergelt und mit dunklen Augenringen versehen.Auf jeden Fall hat Serge die Lebensmittel in "fiery" und "prana" eingestuft. Er hat ebenso festgelegt, wieviele Punkte sie wert sind um in verschiedene Level (bestenfalls höhere) zu kommen.Auch habe ich bemerkt, dass Serge´s Gefolge viele der Dinge, die Serge Benhayon "predigt" ignorieren. viele von ihnen kennen nicht einmal, den tatsächlichen Inhalt seiner "Bibeln" (haben sie diese wohl nicht nachvollziehen können? Aber wer kann das schon!)Aber wenn sie einmal in der UM Sekte versunken sind, ist ihnen der Text sowiso egal. sie begehren einfach die Anerkennung ihres Führer´s und glauben alles, was er sich ausdenkt.Dieser Mann ist gefährlich für Geist und Seele seiner Anhänger, deren wirkliche Liebe er abtötet.Passt auf Euch auf, informiert Euch ausführlich, benutzt Euren Verstand- letzteres wird Serge Benhayon Euch verbieten um Euch ausschließlich für seinen eigenen, äußerst profitablen Nutzen, umprogrammieren zu können.

  11. Yes, Belove is at it again with the denial of easy to find facts. Either he hasn't actually ever been to one of Serge's 'courses' or read one of his books or he is suffering from a pathological case of denial. Either way it is interesting.

  12. Thanks Jasmin and I'd just like to say contributors with English as a second (or third or fourth) language are very welcome to post in their native language. We have a google translator button to the right of the page which seems to work pretty well, or if any readers would like to pitch in and translate that would be great too. We very much want to inform the public of the facts about Universal Medicine wherever the organization spreads. I'm also aiming to post more links to resources and support services in Europe and the UK on the links page.

  13. I just want to make sure, that I just want to help people to free themselves of Universal Medicine and warn them to really take this sirious. I also want to help the families, friends, and partners, who already lost their loved ones to this cult or need help to find out about what´s really going on there before it´s too late. My heart is talking all the time, because I found out about all of this, when it was too late for my loved one. I thought the whole time, he will see at some time, that there is nothing to gain with but everything to loose, but my partner didn´t.That´s gonna be a hard time, if he wants to get out of it- if he´ll ever really sees things like they are, reprogrammed like he is now.Ich wollte nur hinzufügen, dass ich mit meinen Beiträgen Menschen helfen will, die sich entweder von Universal Medicine befreien möchten oder denjenigen helfen wollen, die ihre Familienangehörigen, Partner oder Freunde bereits an diese Sekte verloren haben oder Informationen brauchen, über das, was dort wirklich vor sich geht.Hier spricht mein Herz, denn für meien Partner war es zu spät, als ich diese Informationen in englisch fand.Ich dachte die ganze Zeit, er würde irgendwann spüren das es dort wenig zu gewinnen gibt, aber eben alles zu verlieren- er tat es nicht. Zu spät.Es wird eine harte Zeit werden, wenn er irgendwann einmal aufwachen sollte und zurück ins Leben möchte. Wenn er es überhaupt jemals sieht, so wie er jetzt reprogrammiert worden ist. So nehmt dies bitte ernst.

  14. Thanks so much for sharing your heartfelt story with us Jasmin. We're honoured to have you here. We're disturbed by stories like yours and we sincerely hope you can both heal.

  15. What I like to mention is that Serge Benhayon seperates his followers from their social contacts. Eating and drinking "different" like them, does its input there, too. Isn´t it much easier to have people around oneselves, that have the same habits?Take a look at it- its only one part, of everything, that´s influenced by Serge. Put all of the pieces together and see the final score.Ich möchte gerne erwähen, das Serge Benhayon seine Anhänger von seinen sozialen Kontakten seperiert. "Anders" essen wie sie es tun, trägt seinen Teil dazu bei. Ist es nicht viel angenehmer, Menschen um sich zu haben, die die gleichen Angewohheiten haben? Schaut Euch alles genau an- es ist nur ein Teil des großen Ganzen, das von Serge Benhayon beeinflusst wird. Füge alle Bereiche zusammen, die betroffen sind und sieh dir das Endergebnis an.

  16. This is a great point. A restrictive diet like this is anti-social, again another device to promote dependence on the group and alienate students from outsiders. And yes, there is a big picture of a comprehensive range of thought reform techniques which are pervading every aspect of students' lives. I'm working at the moment on putting all of them together in a comprehensive overview of how Serge establishes and maintains his hold. It's very elaborate and highly effective.Hopefully that post will make it online this week.

  17. Hello, I am deeply in sorrow: my daughter has been one of Serge Benhayons followers for several years now and she is faithful to him admires him and his persuasions without any doubt!!! Her body has develloped to ugly thinness, I fear her getting far too thin to survive in the following years!
    As her mother, I harshly told her anything I suppose and fell deep in my soul about S.B. and his group and warned her about this impossible “diet” he wants his followers to obey to! I fear, she has already lost her possibilities of an intelligent brain (she is a studied woman!) and she only takes confidence in this man!!! Please help me: what can I do to arise my daughter’s resistence and get her out of this horrible, disgusting group???? Maybe all my loving shown to her might help, but I am not sure, at all…on the contrary….
    I apologize for my bad English, because I’m a foreigness and send my Best regards to you!

    • Thanks for replying Pranic Attack. Sorry, I’ve been offline due to other commitments.

      In case anon doesn’t reply soon we’ve made contact with her, but please feel free to add your public comments if you have any suggestions that might help or support her. I’m sure she will appreciate it. She’s in a very complicated situation and may not reply immediately. I’m also busy for a bit longer.

  18. Apologizing for bad English though it´s good? Must be from Germany. 🙂
    It´s a subject I´m confused about, too. Applying pressure onto someone often provokes the opposite result in my experience. Supporting her esoteric ways is also no option.

    • Just a point of view, I´m not a counsellor or psychologist. You´re right: Broken – I have to fix it won´t work here. Everyone is different, therefore no concept possible. It´s about the attitude. Not what you think is best for her. Empathy. “What will be the next natural step within the spontaneous development within the spontaneous disposition of your daughter?” (
      Just to be clear: Slavery to a person, a cult, a concept is not natural. She needs to see practically, life is worth living outside UM. And less expensive, too.

  19. Well, I had to ask myself, what had made me so desperate and naive throwing all money at Australian smiling faces. However, it’s unlikely, happy delusional people pose that kind of question, I’m afraid.

  20. I used to know somebody who followed UM. They told me that Serg believed carrots converted to cocaine (or was it heroin? Can’t remember! lol) in the body. How ridiculous.

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