The 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.
In past months, Serge Benhayon and Paula Fletcher, his solicitor at Universal Law, Mullumbimby, and mother in law of his son, have made Freedom of Information requests for copies of our official complaints to regulators and correspondence with parliamentary offices. We think if Benhayon and his conflicted legal Brides are able to view our complaints, then the public should have that access too, which is why we’re posting them here, with my thoughts on why they’re requesting them.
In 2014, Serge Benhayon stated to the NSW HCCC that he has a current Working With Children Certificate. It needs to be taken away from him immediately, for a host of reasons we’ve already documented, including his cavalier attitude to inappropriate touching, the exposure of children to sexually explicit subject matter and the use of covert hypnosis in exorcistic practices at Esoteric events. And then there’s his questionable history with his current wife.
While the Sunday Telegraph, the ABC and the Echo have now reported on the launch of an investigation into the College of Universal Medicine’s charitable fundraising authority, Serge Benhayon and his trusty UM *Facts* and defamation team have lunged into propaganda free fall – lashing out at critics and making laughable charades of innocence. It’s painting a compelling picture of the college’s ‘utmost integrity’ and Sergio’s commercial religion of ‘every day self-loving choices’.
For a year and a half I’ve been blogging about my experience of Universal Medicine, working to expose their harmful practices and bring Serge Benhayon and associates to account. Knowing a defamation writ against me would be unsuccessful, the cult has tried a series of bizarre stunts to shut me down. The latest is another baseless complaint to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, with whom I’m registered, and a monumentally silly whinge to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission – the scale of which beggars belief.
Universal Medicine cult leader Serge Benhayon’s public lies are now so numerous they’ll soon take up their own dedicated blog page. They’re also so audacious Benhayon has extended his dishonesty to making false statements to regulatory authorities, which is an offence under state and federal laws. A decision letter from the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission about Benhayon teaching inappropriate touching at Esoteric Healing Workshops states that Benhayon has a current working with children’s certificate. A check with the Office of the Child Guardian reveals he has not. [Correction: subsequent checks have shown he gained or renewed the check on January 19, valid until 2019] But that is only one of several false statements made to the regulator by Serge and now Miranda Benhayon.
Universal Medicine followers will easily recognize the statements as false, but will they persist in believing in their guru’s utmost integrity? And more importantly, what excuses will the HCCC make this time for failing to adequately investigate and failing to act?
Universal Medicine’s plethora of harms are well documented on this site, from photographic evidence of unqualified Serge Benhayon handling a woman’s genitals and teaching it as a ‘healing’ for sexual abuse, to the abuses of Esoteric Womens Health and Chakra-Puncture, the bogus Esoteric Practitioners Association, and Benhayon’s denigration of authentic healthcare whilst marketing death as healing. Benhayon is a public health risk who should have been prohibited from providing health services long ago – including hands on treatment and teaching ‘healing’ workshops.
However, he can’t be prohibited without official complaints and nor can his many accomplices. Please help us make sure these abusers are brought to account, and that the regulators do their job of regulating.
The Universal Medicine cult’s Esoteric Practitioners Association Code of Ethics and Conduct states that none of the Esoteric modalities are registered for a Medicare or private health insurance benefit. We can safely say they never will be, yet patients have told us they’ve received piss-take Esoteric treatments and had the receipts written up as claimable services – an Esoteric practice known in the real world as insurance fraud. We’d like to know what the EPA plans to do about it, or will errant practitioners be subject to internal disciplinary proceedings typical of the cult – with zero public accountability.
The Universal Medicine cult specializes in bogus therapies with perversely exaggerated claims to efficacy. Esoteric Chakra-Puncture, Serge Benhayon’s bastardized form of acupuncture, is both a workshop scam and another of the cult’s treatment room abuses, encouraging practitioners with inadequate training to target vulnerable patients, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, or suffering from Crohn’s disease. Not only does this sham therapy have zero clinical basis, but we’ve found no evidence Universal Medicine provides certified training in infection control. UPDATE MARCH 2015: Scam Chakra-puncture at Evolve CollegeContinue reading →
The Universal Medicine cult loves to gloat in its publicity that all its healing modalities are fully insured. However, the policy wording of a standard complementary medicine therapy indemnity insurance policy from Universal Medicine’s insurer, W. R. Berkley, specifically excludes molestation and psychological abuse. For the Benhayon family ‘healers’ and all of the Esoteric Breast Massagers this means they are paying for insurance for nothing. Given the abusive nature of their ‘modalities’, none of their practices are insured, but that shouldn’t deter their victims from pursuing a class action to seek compensation for damages.