by Dr Samuel Kim MBBS FRACP MPH, Brisbane, Australia
I have been aware of recent allegations and misrepresentations published by individuals against Serge Benhayon and the practitioners of Universal Medicine which suggest, amongst other things, that practitioners associated with Universal Medicine are against the practice of Western Medicine.
Firstly, I would like to point out that, from the perspectives of our dedicated practice staff, a number of patients approach us requesting to be treated according to an integrated model of western medicine and complementary healing. I am also aware of a number of highly respected medical practitioners and allied health professionals who either work alongside Serge Benhayon, or who may have clients referred to or from Serge and Universal Medicine. Essentially, nothing could be further from the actual truth than any suggestion that Serge and Universal Medicine are “anti-western medicine”.
I currently practise as a Consultant Thoracic Physician at St. Andrew’s Place, Spring Hill, Brisbane, with subspecialty expertise in the medical care of lung and relevant chronic diseases. Since 2003, I have had extensive experience in regional medical care as a Visiting Thoracic Physician to Central Queensland and since 2008, the Northern Rivers region of NSW. This is alongside the primary role as the Visiting Thoracic Physician to St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill, a 250-bed tertiary referral centre with a highly regarded track record in cardiorespiratory and cardiac surgical care.
The simple fact is that the Northern Rivers area of NSW had lacked adequate Thoracic Physician services for a number of years prior to the establishment of our current clinic at the premises of the Universal Medicine complex in Goonellabah. This was actually inspired by Serge’s open support for an integrated model of scientific Medicine and Healing, herein termed “Medical-Healing” and by a client from Byron Bay in 2008 who was personally referred by Serge to our Brisbane practice. That patient, a middle-aged woman, suffered from a rare genetically-based lung disease. She approached us, emphasising a need for both the best of traditional medical care and esoteric healing. That patient remains today a great supporter of the benefits of esoteric healing as complementary to traditional western care.
Medical-Healing is not a new concept, as a similar model has been emphasised in overseas centres and increasingly in Australia for the past two decades. It enables patients to access complementary healing if they choose to, and to not be imposed upon by doctors or practitioners, knowing that when they seek healing, it will be done with the utmost integrity.
There are, of course, so many “alternative” healing modalities available today, and a significant demand in the broader community for alternative therapies. However, there is, unfortunately, a limited understanding amongst the general public of the effect that the energetic intent behind some so-called healing modalities and their practitioners, can have on patients. In my experience, it is the emphasis of Serge and Universal Medicine on the intent and energetic integrity of the practitioner, whether traditional or complementary, that differs from other approaches to healing. Practitioners associated with Universal Medicine are accredited according to the very strict guidelines of the Esoteric Practitioners Association** (EPA), with emphasis on “do no harm” both in one’s personal and professional life. It is only practitioners of the highest level of personal and energetic integrity who are accredited by the EPA.**
People with chronic diseases frequently visit the Universal Medicine clinics both here and in the UK. I have had the pleasure of visiting both Centres and have also participated in workshops presented by Serge. The model of care has always been one of open support for the continuing care of patients by both their doctors and allied health professionals. Certainly, that has been the case with a number of my patients with chronic lung diseases, who choose to have healing treatments such as lung massages, specialised acupuncture and esoteric healing alongside the conventional medical treatments such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, lung volume reduction and cancer surgery.
Despite the public misconceptions, Healing is not just about the “cure”, or removing the need for medicine, but it is about recognition and support of what the body needs to resolve the ills that led to the illness and disease in the first place. Thus, what Serge and Universal Medicine share in their healing courses and clinics is highly relevant and practical for our society which increasingly relies on drug treatments and yet, suffers from a continued increase in complex diseases.
From my perspective as a specialist in the temporal world, what Serge and Universal Medicine are doing in their practice confirms that Medicine and Healing can work together as equal partners in public health and the care of the community. Although I have seen this well represented in the Northern Rivers region, what I can say is that this potentially represents a great benefit for all of humanity.
If society accuses a professional man such as myself, as a gullible character who will either willingly or unwillingly work with a person of unscrupulous character, I say this: would a person in my standing compromise all I have and have done, compromise what I truly feel from my inner heart and with all my depth of wisdom, and not stand for these truths that have been misrepresented and are thus misleading for the general public? Such has recently been the case of Serge Benhayon as published in the media where the emphasis has not been on the integrity of publishing facts or truths, let alone on what healing actually means. I thus speak on behalf of all of my patients when I say that Medicine is also about Healing and integrity.
Samuel Kim MBBS FRACP MPH
Integrative Pulmonary Care & Medical P/L
Blue Hills Lung Centre P/L
** The EPA is a branch of Universal Medicine. It was instigated by Universal Medicine to monitor and accredit the modalities that were founded by Universal Medicine.