Universal Money – ABC News on the College of Universal Medicine charity’s ATO woes – updated 2 November 2019

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College of UM director & Unimed Brisbane co-owner Susan Scully & UM CFO Deborah Benhayon ran a CoUM course on money

Link: Universal Medicine cult received hundreds of thousands in charity donations from prominent donors – ABC News

14 September 2019 Josh Robertson reported that a Brisbane multimillionaire donated $300,000 to the College of Universal Medicine in 2013. Ex Star Casino boss, Neil Gamble, donated $50,000. The money was refunded to them and the other donors after the Australian Tax Office conducted a lengthy investigation and found the ‘College’ is not a school, and its directors had breached their duty to protect public assets. The ATO subsequently revoked the charity’s tax deductible gift recipient endorsement and wound up its gift fund.

But you’d never know any of that if you believed any of Universal Medicine’s bent publicity. SEE UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST

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ABC News: SA police officer led Universal Medicine’s criminal complaints against critic

ABC News Josh Robertson exposes documents showing Sergeant Eric Walsh of South Australia Police led fellow Universal Medicine devotees in a campaign to have me criminally charged. The basis of their complaints? Blogs and social media posts I wrote criticising the group, and particularly the activities of its associated health professionals in promoting a toxic quackery scam.

Link to online report: SA police officer led ‘dangerous cult’s’ attempts to have critic criminally charged

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Universal Medicine cult in the NSW Northern Rivers

On 19 March 2019 I gave a talk in Lismore on the Unimed cult’s disruptive behaviour in the Northern Rivers. A lively audience of over 200 people came to the Lismore Workers Club to hear me speak for an info packed 2 hours. The recording with the slideshow is now available on YouTube.

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Universal Medicine in University of Queensland medical research controversy – updated March 2019

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Unimed Living – UQ PhD student Christoph Schnelle with wife, Unimed Living Pty Ltd company director, Nicola Lessing

Universal Medicine made news for bogus ‘medical research’ allowed by University of Queensland’s school of public health, with two papers published in international medical journals. The studies were full of very serious flaws and the authors, longstanding Universal Medicine cult promoters, failed to declare very serious conflicts of interest. The University’s failure to retract the papers, even after UM was found to be a fraud and a socially harmful cult, is just one more example of authorities acting against the public interest. In this case putting the interests of a dangerous cult before public health and the advancement of science and medicine.

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Universal Medicine accountability – harm minimisation notifications post Benhayon v Rockett

QuillThe Supreme Court of NSW has published its final determination on Serge Benhayon’s unsuccessful defamation claim against me. The document can be used by any member of the public to seek assurances that anti-social cult Universal Medicine does not continue its harms into the future. See below for a proposed template for making notifications about UM.

The court’s final determination reflecting the jury’s findings is available at this link: https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/5c772e44e4b0196eea404c09#

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Benhayon v Rockett June 2018 discovery judgment

NSW Supreme Court Queens SquareOn 1 February 2018 I sought orders for Serge Benhayon to give further discovery and to provide sworn answers to interrogatory questions. Judgment was handed down on 20 June 2018. Read the judgment in full at NSW Case Law website: 

https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/5b2997afe4b0b9ab4020d0a0

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The Conversation: Universal Medicine and the case for better consumer protection from quackery

 

Screenshot 2018-05-11 08.40.17Emeritus Professor John Dwyer of University of New South Wales examines Universal Medicine’s controversial activities as a purported health service. He takes aim at UM’s bogus esoteric therapies, misconduct among its medical promoters, and the lack of action by regulators.

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The Conversation Why consumers need better protection from dodgy health care: the case of ‘Universal Medicine’ 10 May 2018

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ABC News reports on Universal Medicine privacy breaches

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Dr Samuel Kim Pulmonary Care – has stood down from AMA Qld Council. Medical practice is an ‘Art’ but reincarnation is a ‘Science’

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Doctor who gave patient medical history to Universal Medicine ‘cult’ stands down from AMA ABC News Online 2/5/18

Last year, the NSW Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) investigated a complaint that private medical information was improperly disclosed by lung specialist Dr Samuel Kim to head of Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon. The IPC made its finding in March.

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Lismore’s Northern Star protects Universal Medicine

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Embroiled in controversy – Universal Medicine research co-author, physiotherapist Kate Greenaway

The Northern Star, a News Ltd paper, continues to promote and protect the controversial occult healing corporation, Universal Medicine. Its report on the research controversy at University of Queensland whitewashes critical facts.

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Answering the Girl to Woman Festival’s Esoteric antagonisms

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Cosmetic application for toddlers – ‘Advancing health and wellbeing of girls and women’

Commercial occult religion Universal Medicine is behind the Girl to Woman Festival, but don’t dare inform anyone. The organizers will trash you online and encourage people to report you to police. That’s what UM have done in the lead up to the event in Tenterfield NSW on 27 August 2017 – in response to legitimate concerns about the welfare of kids.

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Update August 2017 – UniMed UK’s dubious Sound Foundation Community Care Charity and its mystery VAT debt

SFCC-driveway-2015August 2016 I reported UK’s HM Revenue & Customs landed rewarded our complaints about Universal Medicine’s sham UK charity with a big fat tax bill to Sound Foundation Community Care. Almost £400,000. Update August 2017: Either I misinterpreted the charity’s 2014-15 end of year accounts or UM are telling lies in official documents. According to the charity’s accounts, released in the last week or two, the charity’s VAT debt was incurred as part of the charity’s transfer from trust to an incorporated company. UM says the VAT was refunded. Strangely, in spite of me repeatedly asking the charity’s trustees to explain how a £378k VAT liability appeared on the charity’s accounts, they made no attempt to correct my mistaken interpretation. None. I’m happy to retract my statements from last year and apologize to readers for the misunderstanding. If there was one. Will we receive an explanation for the outstanding anomalies in the accounts? And we’re still left with the problem that literally anyone can register a charity in the UK and take advantage of charity laws for personal financial benefit. 

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Dr Sam Kim was reprimanded & Universal Medicine drowned in hysterical tears

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Last month the Medical Council of NSW published its decision on a finding of professional misconduct against lung specialist Dr Samuel Kim, who operates his practice from the Universal Medicine clinic in Goonellabah. The decision made news locally, in The Guardian Australia and overseas. According to the Professional Standards Committee, Dr Kim was found to be an unreliable witness. He expressed no remorse for harm done to the patient. He admitted to misconduct. Yet, UM’s Sons of God have portrayed the finding as ‘torture’ and ‘deliberate harm’ on a par with the Inquisition.  Continue reading