This week I had contact from a mother and daughter team of Universal Medicine followers. The mother had several treatments as a patient of mine about eight years ago, and the pair are related to lifelong family friends. The mother called to make an appointment for treatment, but I refused, citing conflict of interest. I knew the daughter was deeply involved with UM, but was less sure of the mother. I spoke to her briefly of my misgivings about Serge and referred her to this blog. However, the discussion, and ensuing contact revealed the depth of her involvement and the true purpose of her contact – to convert me, and pry into my personal life, looking for dirt.
In referring the mother – let’s call her ‘Nancy’ – to this blog, I told her she could make up her own mind, but that I didn’t intend to continue a conversation with her. I considered it inappropriate to engage with her. There’s already been two frivolous complaints of professional misconduct now from the cult psychologists and the UM rent-a-crowd to AHPRA. Regardless, Nancy tried calling again, but didn’t leave a message, and then came to my work premises to deliver a letter.
Within half an hour of her first call, I received one from her daughter, whom we’ll call ‘Noddy’. I know her to be deeply involved in UM for seven or eight years. She’s a friend of Mystic Dentist, Rachel Hall, who tried to have me charged with stalking for sending her an email – a fraction of the contact I’ve received from Noddy and Nancy in the week since I told them I wasn’t interested in ‘connecting’ with them. Late last year, Noddy’s friends, the cult psychologists, made a complaint to AHPRA about me because they didn’t like me criticizing their public promotions of the UniMed scam on my blogs. When the complaint was dismissed they escalated it to a claim that I have an ‘undiagnosed mental illness’ and am not fit to practice my profession. Shortly after the complaint was dismissed, Noddy contacted her relatives, who have been good friends with my family since birth. Noddy wanted to know if I have any history of mental illness. My friend said the phone reception was poor, but Noddy was so persistent, she rang him back four times to ask the same question. She must have been disappointed when he didn’t tell her what she wanted to hear. However, as a person who has lost two close loved ones to mental illness, he was disturbed by her questions and contacted me to ask what my relationship was with her and why on earth she’d be asking such things. I told him she’s in a cult.
Noddy’s friends then tried spamming the ACCC about me, and made a new complaint to AHPRA diagnosing me with a dizzying and varying array of psychopathologies.
I’ll cover the conversation I had with Noddy in another post, but in short, she confirmed everything I’ve feared about this group. She disapproves of the ‘energy’ of my blogs, but is highly defensive of Serge’s teachings that supernatural entities rape children at night. In the same breath, she told me the little girls who’ve stayed for sleepovers in his home are ‘all fine’.
As for Nancy, when I told her about Noddy prying for personal information via their relatives, it merely prompted her to pry for herself. When I gave her a brief account of Serge’s sleazy ovarian reading, her response was to ask intrusive questions and find fault with me.
Welcome to the UniMed cult.
Privacy invasion, denial and judgement
Private and Confidential.
Yesterday when I asked for an appointment I had planned to add that my daughter [ ] who had apparently had some issues with stuff you had written on the web, had asked if she could come along to have a chat to you at the same time. So when you declined because of a ‘conflict of interest’, I was interested to hear what you had to say and it didn’t seem relevant to ask about [ ] coming as well, since you told me you had declined because of her.
I declined because of both of them. It’s not appropriate to hold discussions on UM cult nonsense during a treatment session.
It was your mention of the ‘dangerous diet’ that you claimed Serge promotes and the fact that you didn’t wish to see me because of [ ], that really made me telephone her to tell her what you had said. As she eats what I think is a very healthy diet, (and I have a science degree in biochemistry so am not completely ignorant) I couldn‘t tie this in with your interpretation. Apparently Serge’s current advice is to eat what you like, but to be aware of how your body reacts to what you eat. He doesn’t recommend anything with gluten and dairy, but nobody is actually told what to eat as far as I can tell. At least this approach recognises that everyone is different. I don’t eat dairy because it gives me a sinus problem.
However, I do eat some gluten. Not too much..
Readers can look to the diet posts to make up their own minds. As for Serge’s advice to eat what you like, he’s the purveyor of ‘One Unified Truth’ that is not to be questioned, and described by followers as ‘the voice from heaven for our times’. He’s associated dairy, gluten and sugar consumption with an increase of natural disasters, and he’s told followers that anyone who eats those foods ‘can’t truly love you‘. He’s taught that the more extensive list of 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’. I also mentioned him telling followers to ‘only eat when you feel to’, which is harmful advice for people with metabolic disorders, including issues with blood sugar and for people with a history of eating disorders. Non cult dietitians and biochemists aren’t so flippant as Nancy.
As you and I discussed various issues, I could only comment factually on things I had actually experienced and was surprised you had so many issues that did not seem to tie in with my past experiences. (Though I am not sure how many of them are your issues or those of someone else.) Because I had not seen the material from the blog that [ ] mentioned before I rang you, I was not in a position to discuss it.
I came to you years ago for a few months and it was not long after that that I went along to courses at Universal Medicine.
My initial experience with Universal Medicine years ago, was really checking up to see if [ ] was getting involved with a ‘cult’. Having gone along to several sessions and courses I decided that there didn’t seem to be any pressure on anyone to attend anything, or part with unusual sums of money.
But she spent, I dunno, a grand to make that decision? And is still spending. And she told me Serge taught some very off the wall content.
Goonellabah didn’t seem to be the sort of place someone out to extort huge amounts of money from people would be living in.
A.J. Miller, aka Jesus, lives on a compound near Kingaroy. Anne Hamilton-Byrne of multimillion dollar cult, The Family, was based in Victoria’s Dandenongs. Agape Ministries, Twelve Tribes, Magnificat Meal, Universal Knowledge…Should I list a few more non metropolitan based messiah scams?
Serge Benhayon owns around AUD$7M worth of property in the Goonellabah, Wollongbar area alone. We have a list of titles.
A few people [ ] had befriended seemed to be extremely pleasant people and her health and wellbeing improved. I I stopped going to courses after doing a few which didn’t seem to present any issues of concern to me.
My blood pressure went down, so I was pleased.
Oops, slipped in a little testimonial there.
Recently I went to a presentation on women’s health which I thought was excellent.
Did that include the bit where they said women develop breast and gyne disorders from intellectual pursuits, emotions, participating in sport, study, career etc? Or that nurturing one’s kids is a one way ticket to cancer?
I accessed the site you mentioned to me as your ‘blog’ though I couldn‘t find your name on it. Did you really write and research all these people? I must say the whole site really disturbed me as it seemed to be at odds with anything I had seen in my dealings in the past, and seemed to be written with such malevolent energy.
But she wasn’t disturbed by the facts – quotes from Serge’s writings, images of inappropriate touching, news reports, first hand accounts from people who’ve been adversely affected, allegations of rorting, molesting, brainwashing, death worship and fraud. None of which have been challenged by UM, except via underhanded attempts at censorship and intimidation.
None of that disturbed her.
I felt it was particularly at odds with the quality of the presentation I had just been to by a lovely woman called Dr Jane Barker who I found mentioned on your ‘blog’. I felt if you had heard her speak, you would not feel that she was a charlatan which you obviously think all these people are. Why would you try to ruin the life of someone like this who is doing such positive things for women’s health without personal knowledge of them? Just because they have been inspired by someone with whom you have issues, doesn’t make them all bad.
Nancy is right, I might not feel Dr Barker’s a ‘bad person’ if I heard her at a presentation. However, my complaint about her was based on the facts, not feelings, that she is promoting abusive, untested practices devised by a man I know to be a predator, with a long history of dishonesty, in breach of her professional code of conduct. Did her presentation include the content wiped from the original Esoteric Breast Massage site? Or that mothers can transfer cancer causing energy to their babies via breast milk, or that you need your breasts massaged indefinitely to clear ‘male energy’?
Thinking about what you told me about your reasons for attacking Universal Medicine, do you think you could have attached more significance than was intended, to what you told me Serge said in the session you had with him. You did not say why you approached him for healing so I am not in a position to offer an opinion.
I didn’t ask for Nancy’s opinion. I didn’t ask for her call or her letter. People’s personal reasons for seeking healing is none of her business. As for me, I went because I was tired and stressed from not having a holiday in several years, not, as she was inferring, because I was looking to have my reproductive organs cleansed by a dropkick charlatan.
And there’s that word again. Readers might notice how Nancy’s letter is peppered with cultisms; ‘attacking’, when she means ‘criticizing’.
Perhaps if practitioners have had experiences with patients who have been victims of abuse, (and it seems like there have been an extraordinary number of them among the community with all that has happened in the Catholic church in so many places), it was perhaps not unreasonable for him to consider you may have had problems like this that you might like to discuss. It is obviously a difficult matter for patients to bring up.
Difficult enough for patients to bring up with an appropriately qualified therapist who is accountable to a professional authority.
Nancy has been groomed to accept that unqualified Serge is entitled to present himself as competent to pry into personal histories, like she felt entitled to pry into mine. I remarked that Serge was looking for any history with men that he could exploit. Strangely he had no psychic inklings on my experiences with nasty women, and I told her he was fishing to find out if I’d been sexually abused. Nancy said, ‘have you?’
The way she asked questions and made remarks about matters which are none of her business told me it’s too late for her. There was no hesitation and no hint of consciousness that she was trying to invade my privacy. She’s a convert. As a rule, it’s only followers of UM who don’t regard the ovarian reading as inappropriate. Every other person I’ve spoken to is repulsed.
How to spot a cult member? Ask about Serge and the Brides’ privacy invasions and inappropriate touching and see if the person flinches.
As I have never had a session with Serge I have no basis to make any judgements on.
No, but funny how she feels compelled to make them anyway.
I am only suggesting if there were other possibilities of interpretation. It seems to be something that had a profound influence on your outlook, if this is the main reason for your invective. It is so at odds with the experiences of so many other people that I have heard of. I certainly knew of some disaffected partners (mainly men) who have not been happy with their partners’ leaving a relationship, but with the proportion of relationship breakdowns in the general population, that does not seem to be out of the ordinary.
That old derailing chestnut. The fiction that it’s ‘mainly men’ who’ve had negative experiences of UM and because they’re men their experiences are invalid. I was accused of being a bloke when I first started blogging, because questioning and criticism is disparaged as being ‘in male energy’.
The fact that many loved ones of UMers have vocally expressed misgivings is immaterial. In spite of copious evidence, the cult line is there is no abuse and no victims. I’m in contact with scores of people who think UM is harmful, most of whom have been personally harmed. They rightly fear retaliation if they speak out, and dread Nancy’s kind of obstinate denial and minimisation of the facts. Our site stats don’t lie either and neither do the Google search results. Followers have been told not to read these blogs, yet we get hundreds of pageviews every day.
Usually the reason people look for a group like Universal Medicine is dissatisfaction they already have with some aspect of their lives, so often the relationship. The things they have taken on board at sessions and support from people they meet in this environment, may have given them the courage to actually act on previous feelings rather than proceeding through life feeling like they are a victim. Would you argue with this suggestion?
We can safely say that substituting one sense of victimhood for another is not healing. Victimhood keeps Serge’s followers dependent, and Nancy could ask her daughter about how she and her friends feel that they and their children are susceptible to sexual assault from supernatural entities if they relax the Esoteric austerities. Or susceptible to disease if they feel emotion. She could read the post where Dr A. thinks she contracted lymphoma because she ate gluten free cake, which still has the ‘energy of gluten’.
Also, Universal Medicine offers no resources or methods to mend relationships. Loved ones are given an ultimatum to ‘connect’ Esoterically – as in pay up for the Livingness death package – or be shunned as pranic and untouchable.
No negotiation, no compromise, no respect for differences, no forgiveness – no healing.
I hope you have considered your own health with this sort of apparently constant effort on this blog, which if it were me, I think would really be destructive.
She’s right. It would be destructive for someone who remains in denial and refuses to weigh the facts. As for me, I have a large amount of information on a group where a secret culture of abuse has become normalized and marketed as ‘healing’. Families have been shattered, children are at risk and there are numerous indications lives could be at stake. Nancy needn’t worry about my health. Seeking accountability and justice is remarkably energizing.
Her feigned concern for my health also extended to remarks she made about a death in my family, which is none of her business, and that she’d attempted to contact my ailing 80 year old father, who used to do her gardening. Strange thing to do after eight years or more.
You have certainly had some experiences that have been very unhappy, so I hope you can find it in yourself to look on life with a less malevolent? view.
Nancy can’t find it in herself to examine her derogatory assumptions. I have a much healthier respect for life and a larger enjoyment of it than anyone in UM. I don’t go to sleep at night worrying about being raped by invisible entities. If I have a malevolent view it’s of malevolent facts and the questionable characters responsible for vast harms.
As for Nancy. I told her I wouldn’t continue the conversation. It’s not personal. It’s not my job to inform her on the characters she associates with. She can read the blogs or not. She can make up her own mind. I posted her letter because it’s an example of the sense of entitlement, denial and sanctimonious judgement our readers are subjected to whenever they try to communicate with UM followers. It’s like it’s written to a template – the same tired arguments, the same language, the same obfuscation and the same disregard for problematic issues. Readers tell me they feel better when they see it’s not just them being subjected to this obstinacy, that there are people who care and are willing to stand up to the harm. All comers are allowed to respond on this blog.
If Nancy or her daughter or any of the 150 plus UMers who’ve made efforts to harass, intimidate and discredit me, have anything say to me, they can engage with me here on our blogs. Engage publicly or not at all.
To Nancy and Noddy, don’t call me, don’t text, don’t email, don’t contact my family and don’t ever trespass on my work or private premises again.
If you insist on contacting me, I’ll give your phone numbers to some television producers and they’ll arrange for us to talk about your defence of Serge in front of cameras. On the record.