Universal Medicine movement called a ‘cult’, has unconventional treatments (Updated: Denied it’s a cult)

‘Cult’ cures on Medicare.

His followers call him The One. They say he’s the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci. He claims massaging women’s breasts can prevent cancer. And his growing business empire, built on spiritual healing, is being funded in part by Medicare.

Serge Benhayon, a former tennis coach from Maroubra, has up to 1000, mainly female, devotees to his movement, Universal Medicine, based in the hills outside Lismore on the north coast of NSW.

Mr Benhayon told The Sun-Herald he had no medical qualifications but stood by the effectiveness of his treatments, including ”esoteric breast massage” – administered only by women – and ”chakra-puncture”. His daughter, Natalie, 22, claims to be able to talk to women’s ovaries – for $70 an hour.

Credit: @skepticZone on Twitter

There are some really off the wall treatments there… none of which have any scientific backing. Since they show no efficacy, and Benhayon is not a doctor, there is a big problem with government-funded payments.

It may just be me, but the news from Australia seems rather encouraging when it comes to calling out these alternative practitioners and their treatments as pseudoscience that has no merit. This story is beyond that of treatments and goes into allegations of a cult led by a man with a “god complex”. It’s pretty strange.

The Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) of NSW has been asked to investigate.

UPDATE (26-Jul-2012) The founder denies it’s a cult.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration is urgently investigating supplements being sold by the group which have not been properly evaluated.

But founder Serge Benhayon says he offers treatments which complement mainstream medicine.

“If everything that is mainstream is working, why is breast cancer, cancers and diabetes through the roof?” he said.

“We are in an age where science and medicine are at their highest, and I’m very pro-science and pro-medicine, but surely there is something missing.

“Einstein said or proved that everything is energy.

“All I’ve said was everything is because of energy… and every choice that we make brings an energy with it.

Oh, wow. Pseudoscientific red flags a-flying!!! With added EXTREMELY faulty reasoning and illogic. If it’s not a cult, it’s still scary.

  4 comments for “Universal Medicine movement called a ‘cult’, has unconventional treatments (Updated: Denied it’s a cult)

  1. Peebs
    July 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I’ve spoken to ‘Women’s Ovaries’ and don’t see a problem.
    In my world the woman had PMS!

    My apologies for any lazy misogyny in my last paragraph. But, as I’ve started, I don’t believe ‘esoteric breast massage’ should be confined to female practitioners.
    The gullibility of some people never ceases to amaze.

  2. Karen
    July 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    These articles don’t even begin to scratch the surface of Benhayon’s cosmology. He also claims to be the re-incarnation of Plato, Pythagoras and Alice A. Bailey, whose Theosophical writings Serge has ‘borrowed’ from heavily. He claims to be a member of the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters sent to earth. He claims humanity is under the influence of a group of spirits called The Four Lords Of Form, which control an army of astral entities and cosmic beings which can manipulate and possess people. He claims to be able to put entities into people and remove them. He claims to be able to transcend dimensions. He claims to be able to see the souls of his followers. He claims to know who and where Elvis Presley’s reincarnation is. I wish I was making this up, but I’m not. The sooner he’s exposed for the manipulative charlatan he is, the better.

  3. andrew allen
    August 17, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    AS you can see from the apology below the story about Serge Benhayon and his family is false. your writings on this post are unfounded and written from fear, as someone who has chosen to attend the workshops of Universal Medicine for the past 7 years i can say that you will not find a more truthful and honest, loving group of people than at Universal Medicine.

    We incorrectly stated that Universal Medicine’s Serge Benhayon had trained his two son’s, Michael and Curtis, to perform esoteric breast massage on women and promoted it as a cure for breast cancer.

    We accept that this therapeutic modality is only performed by women practitioners on women.

    In addition, we acknowledge that Serge Benhayon has: denied Universal Medicine is a cult, does not claim esoteric breast massage or any other esoteric healing modality offered by Universal Medicine can cure or prevent cancer, and is not aware of any complaints before the HCCC about Universal Medicine or any of its practitioners.

    We sincerely apologise to Serge Benhayon, Michael Benhayon and Curtis Benhayon and their families for any hurt and embarrassment this story may have caused.

  4. Annika
    August 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Universal Medicine is a cult. It splits families an causes many harm. I just lost my husband to this cult. he changed totaly. Changed everything: clothes, eating- habits, sleepng- habits, living habits. Cuted off all his social contacts except the ones he has to the members of the cult now. He is lost. He buys all the thing they sell: tea, “healing- symbols”, eye- pillows, creams etc.. he visits all the “courses” they offer. All the singing courses from Chris James and all the others in the lighthouse in the Uk. No one can help him. It´s scary, he don´t even speaks and looks the same. his facial features changed. He has been brainwashed. Brainwashing in a was, they didn´t recognize.
    We all miss him very much.

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