Late last year NSW State Parliament’s Health Care Complaints Committee called for public submissions to an inquiry into the promotion of false and misleading health related information and practices. The aim was to examine the government’s response to organizations providing health services and misleading members of the public in ways that pose a risk to their health. The Universal Medicine cult’s hierarchy of investors, including the cult doctors, made two submissions proudly advertising their persistent delivery of false and misleading information, luring vulnerable patients into their commerce in harm.
The submissions covered a small amount of the information I examined in my 50 page entry, and without irony portrayed Universal Medicine as the model of integrity and sound health care. They omitted discussion of their practice of inappropriate touching, privacy invasion, the Glorious eating disorder, the entity possessions, insurance fraud, stupidity, lies, bullying and death worship.
The Esoteric Practitioners Association Submission/Advertisement
The EPA sets a standard of professionalism and integrity that is exemplary in the healthcare industry, and its respect for and work alongside conventional medicine is an example to all healthcare providers. Esoteric Practitioners Association submission
Apart from offering to make some cherry picked testimonials available to the Committee, she also talked up the EPA’s ‘highest code of conduct in the world’ but didn’t mention that OAMPS cancelled their professional indemnity insurance when informed of UM’s abusive practices. The cult’s psychologists and physiotherapists writing up Esoteric modalities to Medicare and private health funds also constitutes insurance fraud.
And she left out that the EPA selling practitioner ‘accreditation’ is fraud as well. It’s not a registered training organization.
The UM submission
The UM *Facts* team also placed an advertisement in the inquiry. The authors listed were Alison Greig and embattled College of UM director, Charles Wilson. Other signatories included UM messiah, Serge Benhayon, his trusty pet lawyer, Paula not on the payroll Fletcher, serial UM company director and lawyer, Serryn O’Regan, Noddy Anne Cummings who takes her kids to Benhayon’s rape and circumcision rants, and a few others. Lung specialist, Dr Samuel Kim, also put in a submission, a facsimile of the dishonest silliness described here.
The propaganda team’s effort is a dazzling concoction of obfuscatory self promotion. It takes them eleven pages to admit their shared devotion to everything Benhayon. They don’t mention their religious adherence to Serge’s business, or their financial involvement, and they don’t address the purpose of the inquiry. Instead, they use it as an opportunity to promote UM, portray the inquiry as an attack on complementary medicine and disparage public health activists who’ve criticized their exploitative nonsense.
From the outset the inquiry committee stated the ‘inquiry is not focused on…alternative health care remedies’ used as ‘supplementary health care’ and that it is not intended to inquire into ‘legitimate discussions and studies…about appropriate treatments, along with the diversity of health options’.
The inquiry is looking at how the regulator deals with complaints of harm and potential harm to people lured by false and misleading promotions. Predictably, the state’s most notorious shonks went into paranoia overdrive and took it to mean the government was going to assemble a goon squad and throw Esoteric healers, woo artists and anti-vaccination chiropractors into a gulag for peddling bullshit. Greig and Wilson jumped on that bandwagon and the UM submission was devoted to trying to convince the committee that complementary medicine really works, and Emeritus Professor John Dwyer doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he says Esoteric Breast Massage is an unacceptable practice deceptively marketed with bogus health claims.
The facts team reckons ‘there was no scientific rigour’ in his critique of EBM. The same people support Benhayon’s scientific claim that ‘evolution isn’t true‘.
[Professor Dwyer] asserts (with no evidence to back up his claims) that the alleged benefits of Esoteric Breast Massage are “ludicrous” and is clear that this fits within his directive to attack any complementary therapies that do not satisfy the extremely limited paradigm of evidence-based medicine…
Dwyer had not investigated the Esoteric Breast Massage or applied scientific methodology to his theory. He specifically did not:
- interview women who had received Esoteric Breast Massages;
- develop a series of case studies on those women who have had Esoteric Breast Massage;
- develop population studies on the hundreds of women who have had Esoteric Breast Massage;
- analyse the technique himself.
They then accuse him of not being aware that breast massage can be used for lymphatic drainage, but Esoteric Women’s Health Pty Ltd has never advertised it for that purpose, or that women can massage their own breasts free of charge and without an earful of Esoteric bullshit and a sales pitch for an eternal subscription to Sergio’s workshop and death cycle.
Alison doesn’t mention Professor Dwyer was criticizing marketing that claimed EBM could assist gynaecological disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and menopausal symptoms. She didn’t mention UM erased those unsupportable claims and the rest of the original website, and have not repeated them.
Nor did she mention that if a study took place, UM would seek to control it by selecting model subjects, drilled to tell the Esoteric ‘truth’. A legitimate study would insist on an accurate sample, including the significant proportion of women who tried EBM and found it to be offensive, ineffective and abusive rubbish and never returned.
UM then used a Science Daily article reporting that compression inhibits malignant breast cancer cells to reference a quote implying that breast massage would prevent breast disorders. The quote isn’t found in the article. What the article does say is:
It should be noted that the researchers are not proposing the development of compression bras as a treatment for breast cancer. “Compression, in and of itself, is not likely to be a therapy,” said Fletcher. “But this does give us new clues to track down the molecules and structures that could eventually be targeted for therapies.” Science Daily
I’ve analysed Esoteric Breast Massage, including the bogus therapeutic claims, the hard sell and the sexist and occult indoctrination that accompanies it. The only people who don’t think it’s an abusive affront are UM’s religious investors, who’ve bought the whole brainwashing program, and think it’s okay to send little girls to stay at Serge’s house. And what are the chances victims will complain, given the fervent bullying and intimidation of those of us who speak out? The inquiry committee has received evidence of this.
Testimonials and exploiting cancer patients
Registered practitioners in Australia are prohibited from using testimonials in their advertising, but anything goes for healthcare con artists and the health professionals who promote them. Accompanying UM’s submission was a bunch of testimonials, including from cult GP and Esoteric Women’s Health Pty Ltd promoter, Dr Jane Barker.
Other testimonials are provided by cancer patients including a revealing one from Judith who tells us Serge was practicing ‘Esoteric acupuncture’, in spite of the cult insisting that Serge’s rip off, Esoteric Chakra-Puncture is not acupuncture. If they marketed it as such, the unqualified numbskulls practicing it could be prosecuted for not fulfilling the registration requirements. It proves that patients don’t know the difference, think they’re receiving acupuncture, and that the name was changed to circumvent regulation.
She also indicates how Serge goes about preying on cancer patients to harvest bequests.
I saw Serge in early August before the second surgery. I talked to him about death and how I had been living my life for others rather than for myself. I could see how I had squandered my life energy and made myself vulnerable to cancer in spite of my ‘healthy’ lifestyle…
He told me that he was willing to see me throughout my cancer treatment and that other cancer patients who came to him usually did very well with their treatment…
I was seeing Serge weekly for counselling and esoteric acupuncture and began to feel so well physically that I could take longer and more lively walks than I had been able to do for many months before my diagnosis…
Again, he gave me support through counselling and acupuncture and taught me to “rest deeply” as I went into my chemo sessions, fully choosing to be there since I had decided that I would have it.
Universal Medicine provided me with a beautiful and nurturing space in which to stay within a short distance of the hospital so that I was able to drive myself to the treatment even though I was still tired and became more so. This accommodation and much of my sessions with Serge have actually been free of charge…
The accommodation is UniMed house, across the street from UM headquarters in Goonellabah. Pilgrims stay there so they can receive the full menu of UM’s money for nothing services in intense bursts, and in most cases they pay for the privilege to stay close to the clinic so they can shell out cash – ranging from $35 to $90 per night according to the ad below from 2012.
Judith passed away in 2014. Benhayon personally received a total of $1.3M+ shortly before her death and then from her estate – at the expense of her children and grandchildren.
Serge favours cancer patients because they can be talked into a lot of consumption and he can hit them up for bequests. For Serge to give away some accommodation and a few of his healing sessions is similar to the dodgy real estate developers who fly interstate investors to the Gold Coast to sell them over priced property. The value of Serge’s ‘generosity’ amounts to a minuscule fraction of the revenue he reaps from selling repeat consumption of his worthless products and schmoozing victims into donations and bequests.
As much as UniMed profits from false and misleading advertising and promotions, and attempting to avoid transparency, even their most dishonest public statements are perfectly see through.
Ripped off by Universal Medicine? Report to NSW Fair Trading 133 220.