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.
Universal Medicine followers irrationally restrict their diets for no valid health reason — wholly based on their guru Serge Benhayon’s classification of foods by what he reckons are their ‘energetic’ properties. He’s decided a very limited number of foods, such as green apples, almonds, green vegetables and fish, are ‘fiery’, as in nourish a person’s soul. Just about every other food is damned as ‘pranic’ – evil, in other words – and filled with disease causing energy. It’s no big deal that he calls coffee, alcohol and sugar pranic. Restricting or removing them entirely from your diet has no adverse health impacts, and may even make you healthier. However, he also says all grains (including those containing gluten), most root vegetables, many fruits and all dairy products are pranic.
I’ve also heard of followers refusing to eat eggs, beef, tomatoes, chicken and legumes.
What’s left to eat? Not much, and that’s why UM followers are recognisable by their emaciated, grey-faced and glassy-eyed appearance. It’s one of the reasons it’s difficult to get any sense out of them. Their children have been heard to cry from hunger. Subjecting kids to Benhayon’s lunatic diet is child abuse.
Articles on Unimed Living show that Benhayon himself advocates eating only one a meal a day, and lives on green vegetables and fish. That regime is hopelessly inadequate for sources of Iron and other minerals, the fat soluble vitamins A and E, the B group vitamins and vitamin C. It would also be very difficult to get sufficient kilojoule intake.
It is dangerously disordered eating with extremely serious risks to health. It also resulted in the emergency hospitalisation of a nine month old infant in 2018 in Lismore. The baby was unresponsive and almost died. Such restrictions are catastrophic in growing children and may cause developmental problems that are irreversible.
More recently, in 2020, the UK Family Court also ruled that a child exposed to Universal Medicine was at risk of developing an eating disorder. When the child was seven, her GP told her parents to explain to her that she was not allergic to gluten and dairy and that there was no reason for her to restrict those from her diet, as her cultist mother had.
The diet charts
In the Universal Medicine diet chart handouts Serge has delineated ‘EVIL FOODS, PRANIC FOODS and FIERY FOODS’. According to him ‘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…’
The rest of the charts are unintelligible nonsense, such as rubbing Acocado oil on your own belly over the ovaries and uterus helps the body to restore its iron levels. I will never forget the look on Justice McCallum’s face when she read that one out in the Supreme Court at one of the interlocutory hearings for Benhayon v Rockett, and expressed her disgust.
Worst of all, Benhayon’s non-evidence based health hazards are enthusiastically endorsed by Alstonville opthalmologist, Dr Anne Malatt, and NHS surgeon Eunice Minford, and presumably the rest of UM’s devotee health professionals in Australia and UK/Europe, completely betraying their training in science.
Also, see this film where Benhayon talks about his followers testing positive for mercury toxicity (due to overconsumption of fish) and other nutritional deficiencies, and how they can expect to be ill as part and parcel of belonging to his oppressive ‘community’.
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