Dear Lismore voters and Lismore City Councillors,
In the past few months, Universal Medicine affiliated business, Esoteric Women’s Health Pty Ltd, not only hired Lismore City Hall as a venue for a marketing event to psychologically abuse and prey on breast cancer patients, but applied for a discount on the hire – a motion that was seconded by Councillor Isaac Smith and supported by Mayor Jenny Dowell.
The next Breast Cancer Care retreat is scheduled again at City Hall on October 10. On behalf of those adversely affected by UM, I ask that Lismore City Council moves to prohibit Universal Medicine and all of its front organizations and recruiters from using City facilities to promote their commerce in exploitation and abuse. UPDATE: A response from Mayor Dowell is posted in the comments.
Esoteric Womens Health Pty Ltd, is not a community group, it’s a business. It’s one of many businesses directly affiliated with Universal Medicine Pty Ltd and part of a multi million dollar conglomerate of businesses run by the Benhayon family. UM head and self proclaimed Da Vinci reincarnate, Serge Benhayon has styled his unqualified family members as deities and religious figures.
Universal Medicine preys on the vulnerable
Esoteric Womens Health Pty Ltd markets habit forming women’s health practices, such as Esoteric Breast Massage, based on the premise that women’s breasts need to be regularly ‘cleared’ of cancer causing ‘male energy’.
Recent EWH marketing events in major cities attracted hundreds of women paying $145 per head.
Tickets for the Breast Cancer Care Retreat advertised for October 10 at Lismore City Hall are $60 per head. The difference in price is because Benhayon recognizes breast cancer patients as easy targets for his Esoteric ‘healing’ modalities and for bequests. The apparent discount makes him appear generous, but donations and bequests are a major source of the cult’s revenue. Readers have lost or stand to lose significant portions of their rightful inheritances to ex bankrupt and career scam artist, Benhayon, and his charity, the College of Universal Medicine.
Benhayon goes so far as to teach that leaving money to one’s children who are not religious adherents to his occult ‘Way of the Livingness’ harms the reincarnation prospects of the entire family, whereas leaving money to UM has health benefits.
A testimonial from a cancer patient in Universal Medicine’s submission to a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry revealed Benhayon’s modus operandi. Benhayon had the patient attend his clinic frequently for bogus Esoteric healing services – including Esoteric Chakrapuncture. To encourage cancer patients to frequent UM’s money for nothing services, he allows them to stay in UniMed House, across the street, free of charge. He throws in a few of his unqualified indoctrination healings free of charge to impress them with his generosity. Grateful patients then leave him money in their wills and he gets testimonials out of them to post on his promotional blogs – an advertising practice which is prohibited for registered practitioners.
The BCC Retreat flyer advertises participants will receive ‘gentle, nurturing hands on healing sessions’ from ‘accredited’ practitioners. The claim Esoteric healers trained by the Benhayons are accredited is false advertising. Esoteric accreditation claimed to be through Benhayon’s business, the Esoteric Practioners Association Pty Ltd, is counterfeit. The EPA Pty Ltd is not a Registered Training Organization.
As discussed in a post I wrote on Universal Medicine preying on cancer patients, the flyer also states that ‘the body is the marker of truth’, quoted from Benhayon’s teachings that cancer results from a choice to live ‘lovelessly’. In other words, patients deserve to contract cancer for failing to adhere to his preposterous lifestyle restrictions – including suppressing healthy emotions, avoiding non cult music and literature, and avoiding a range of nutritious foods.
Religious adherent and Lismore GP, Dr Jane Barker, is key presenter at the retreats, cashing in on her experience of breast cancer to recruit other patients. In spite of UM doctors being in breach of numerous sections of the code of conduct for medical practitioners in Australia, the HCCC refuse to investigate unless we can name individual patients whose medical care has been compromised by their behaviour. Never mind that they are framing statements of religious faith as medical endorsements and contributing to the psychological and financial abuse and exploitation of patients.
A healing organization that vilifies and bullies patients
A Daily Telegraph article on August 31 reported that a patient had been harmed by a Universal Medicine doctor, who misdiagnosed her, wrongly and unnecessarily placed on chemotherapy for two years and on the lung transplant list, and referred her to a variety of Esoteric healers for ineffectual treatments and a lot of extra terrestrial mumbo jumbo. The patient’s case is under investigation by the HCCC.
Since that patient bravely made her account public, Universal Medicine have vilified and attempted to discredit her by name on their websites – denying she’d been a patient at the clinic and denying she’d been given incorrect treatment. They have accused a woman subjected to two years of unnecessary chemotherapy of lying. The only way Universal Medicine could deny her account with any veracity is if the doctor in the case has released her medical details – in breach of the Australian Privacy Act.
I ask Lismore Council to consider what kind of health service would publicly comment on the details of the case, let alone label a patient and complainant a liar on their blogs and invite religious followers to contribute to the denials and bullying?
Without irony, the UM Facts Team responsible for trashing that vulnerable patient online are the same people who have run UM’s last two Cyber-bullying Conferences. Mayor Jenny Dowell and Councillor Isaac Smith spoke at the first conference in 2012. Mayor Dowell was warned beforehand by me and others that the conference was being run by the UM cult.
Mayor Dowell received a further detailed notification about UM’s harmful women’s health practices from me in June this year.
Esoteric Women’s Health is just one arm of an abusive commercial enterprise that engages in false advertising, preys on the sick and vulnerable, attracts regulatory investigations and negative press, and bullies patients and critics. Lismore City Council is enabling this harmful behaviour by allowing UM’s businesses to use civic facilities. The support of public officials gives UM an undeserved appearance of safety and legitimacy that only helps further its expansion.
Late last year, Bond University was notified that Universal Medicine was behind the ‘Psychological Wellbeing’ Conference booked at a university venue and promptly threw them out. Queen Victoria Womens Centre in Melbourne recently did the same for Esoteric Women’s Health. We ask Lismore City Council to ban Universal Medicine from its facilities, and do the right thing by the community and publicly condemn their abusive practices.
Contact Lismore Councillors with your concerns about UM and ask them to make sure harmful businesses and cult fronts are banned from using City Hall.