In the last couple of years, Universal Medicine’s bent charity operations were chastened by regulatory scrutiny. UniMed’s propaganda division continues its offensive to aggressively discredit complainants and whitewash investigation findings. UM and its bottom line might have taken a battering, but charity regulation leaves a great deal to be desired.
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SCAM Chakra-puncture at Evolve College
In the past year or two, the nationwide Australian College of Massage merged with commercial religion and Esoteric Healing conglomerate, Universal Medicine to produce Evolve College. It was marriage of mutual benefit, giving Serge Benhayon’s bogus Esoteric modalities the backing of a registered training organization, and ACM’s owners new practitioner courses to market to graduates. One of those is a semester course in worthless chakra-puncture for the price of $8680 (AUD). Chakra-puncture and other Esoteric modalities are the worst of the increasingly profit driven alternative medicine industry – exploiting students and vulnerable patients to fill the pockets of self deified scam artists.
Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy – another SCAM modality from Universal Medicine
Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is a bogus modality devised by unqualified Esoteric healing mogul and self styled messiah, Serge Benhayon, with the help of long term sycophant investor, registered physiotherapist, Kate Greenaway. Esoteric student notes reveal the occult mumbo jumbo the cult uses to bamboozle customers, and according to first hand and media reports, Greenaway and other practitioners are writing up the sham treatments up to Medicare. To make matters worse, Evolve College/The Australian College of Massage have plans to roll out the scam nationwide via practitioner training courses.
Called to account: ‘not for profit’ groups
This Today Tonight report on Australian charity regulation talks about the new rules for charities to make their audited accounts public. The Hill Song Church alone raised 50 million tax free dollars last year through its charity, but until this year, no one has ever asked them to account for it, and how that money is used to benefit the public. The same can be said for the College of Universal Medicine and cult leader, Serge Benhayon’s fiery property improvement fund.
The tax exempt Universal Medicine College and Fiery Building Fund – donating to the Church of $erge
This Sunday, Universal Medicine will celebrate fundraising for the College of Universal Medicine with the first ever ‘Heavenly Picnic’. For the Benhayon clan it’s a routine call for cash, done regularly at every UM event since long before the College was registered as a charity. Student notes reveal how the Benhayons have collected funds to establish Universal Medicine’s profitable clinics and now the College, set up for ‘educational purposes’. Prior to the College’s registration as a charity, cult leader, Serge Benhayon, stipulated donations were made anonymously and without conditions, but now the tax exempt status saves him the trouble of hiding the funds.
The Esoteric Practitioners Association – Omissions, Evasions & Assaults
It’s taken three posts just to get through Esoteric Practitioners’ breaches of their own code of conduct, and the worst offenders were the EPA hierarchy. Seeing the Universal Medicine cult is struggling with the concepts of transparency and accountability, we’ll help them out by pointing out the blatant omissions in Serge Benhayon’s spherical code, and ask them again to address questions which would reassure the public of their frequently cited but utterly elusive ‘integrity’. We’ve also received clarification from the NSW Health Minister on what constitutes treatment room assault, and it’s not looking great for Serge.
Esoteric Practitioners Association Crackpot Code of Ethics Part 2: More hypocrisy, more breaches – undue influence
The Esoteric Practitioners Association Pty Ltd was inaugurated in 2009, but up until a week ago, its website was under construction and its Code of Ethics and Conduct, touted to be the highest standard in the world, had never been made public. As a document packed with Universal Medicine’s absurdist cultic authoritarianism, and as a list of the cult’s misdemeanours and double standards, it doesn’t disappoint. In this second part of a series on the crackpot code, we look at the UM’s attempts to evade accountability as well as sections on undue influence and mental health. Members of the public need only read a few posts on this site to find a catalogue of EPA members’ breaches of their own code. Continue reading
Esoteric Chakra-Puncture – abusive therapy/public health risk/toxic scam
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 College Continue reading
Indemnity insurance doesn’t indemnify abuse
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.
The Esoteric Practitioners Association – money for nothing
Universal Medicine students undertake Esoteric healing workshops under the apprehension that completing a certain set of courses will enable them to become an ‘accredited’ Esoteric healer through Universal Medicine’s own accreditation body, the Esoteric Practitioners Association. The UniMed cult claims the EPA has the highest ethical standards of any practitioner association in the world, yet provide the public with no information on what those standards are. Nor is the EPA a registered training body, which begs the question, what does Esoteric accreditation mean? What are EPA members paying for?
The Esoteric diet – more lethal than ever
As Universal Medicine cult leader Serge Benhayon continues to pound his Esoteric pulpit on the evil energy of perfectly nutritious foods, we should all be alarmed to hear he’s imposed further restrictions on the Esoteric diet – better described as self-loving starvation. Meanwhile the Huffington Post continues to pay cult apologist Sarah Cloutier to promote a dangerous eating disorder under the guise of ‘food writing’. And I’m officially a troll.
Update 2020: a more up to date post is Diet or eating disorder part 1