Universal Medicine and Conventional Medicine – A Physiotherapist’s View

by Andrew Mooney BPthy (Hons), Physiotherapist, Cornwall, UK

I felt it important to express my views on Universal Medicine and Mr Serge Benhayon and his relationship with modern mainstream medicine in light of the recent false, misleading and lazy accusations that have been made in the media.

I am an experienced Physiotherapist who has been practising in the mainstream medical system for 15 years. From day one as a practising Physiotherapist I came to the alarming following realisations:

1. Patients do bring their emotions, their stress and their mind with them along with their bodies into the treatment room and treating the physical body exposes these non-physical issues which contribute in many cases to the physical problem.

2. My university Physiotherapy training left me totally unprepared for coping or dealing with no.1

My university training gave me an excellent knowledge base of physiology, anatomy and pathology and manual skills in physical therapy but unfortunately did not provide any training into the link between emotions, the nervous system, the mind and the physical body.

The consequence of this discrepancy between my medical training and the reality on the ‘front line’ with patients every day, personally for me, was a great deal of burnout, frustration and exhaustion.

Six years ago I was on the verge of quitting the profession. I know many friends and colleagues in all medical professions who have confessed to me that they have reached that same point. Some have even left the medical profession altogether due to not being able to handle the stress, the intensity and the exhaustion that can come from dealing with patients and their dis-ease every single day.

It was somewhat confusing at the time as my life overall was otherwise going well and I was the model of a very successful, well functioning, very fit and active and high achieving human being. I was not ill. I had a great job with a good boss, great colleagues and lovely patients.

It was at this time I was introduced to Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon via a publicly well known and respected Physiotherapist in Sydney.

I have always had an interest in so called ‘complementary health’ due to my suspicion that I was missing a piece in the puzzle. Many of my patients would feel better or would even be ‘fixed’ in terms of the physical problem but there were many, a growing many, who I just could not seem to help, despite giving them the best my Physiotherapy training and experience had to offer and despite my very best intentions and dedication.

I have also always had a very scientific, skeptical and logical but open mind and this had led me to consider and explore some alternative practices prior to 2006 but never pursue them as they always seemed to be inconsistent, contradictory or exclusive and claim to have all the answers. Some even demanded that I abandon all sense and reason and what I knew about medicine and science to be true.

Hence I come to what I feel really makes Universal Medicine unique amongst complementary health practices that I have come across and why the current allegations against Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are ridiculous and dangerous.

Universal Medicine has always stated from day one of my first contact with the organisation that it is pro-western medicine and that its aim has always been to work alongside and truly complement our current medical system and NOT to replace it.

Its aim has always been to fill a fairly obvious gap or hole (if we as medical professionals were really honest) in our current understanding of illness and disease and injury. In fact it marries exceptionally well with modern medicine and I have been incorporating the two in my practice highly successfully for the last six years.

I currently own my own Physiotherapy clinic and still work as a fully registered and insured Physiotherapist. I work in a normal mainstream clinic serving patients who are referred by GPs, consultants and private health insurance companies. Nothing Universal Medicine has presented to me in six years has clashed or prevented me from continuing to work as above.

If anything, it has reminded me of the importance of self-care and looking after myself more by revealing just how important our daily choices are to our health. In fact, its philosophy could be summed up by a quote from Mr Benhayon, ‘the best medicine is how you live on a daily basis’. Now, is that really so shocking and so controversial when most medical evidence and epigenetics point to the same conclusion?

Another way of putting this, which again I paraphrase from one of Mr Benhayon’s lectures, “If you need chemotherapy, sleeping pills or an operation then do it, as modern medicine is wonderful and amazing and truly remarkable; however, while you are having your medical treatment perhaps it may be worthwhile looking at or considering if there were choices you made in your life that may have led to that point of illness or injury or disease. Perhaps it may be worth considering how you can change those choices going forward so that the medical treatment you receive has the maximum chance of being successful, and also perhaps it may prevent you from getting into the position of the same illness or another illness in future?”

Once I learnt to take better care of myself, I noticed that I was caring more and taking better care of my patients. My treatments were becoming much more effective and the results were much longer lasting. My exhaustion and the frustration disappeared.

What if more practitioners had access to this knowledge and training? Perhaps some of my colleagues would not have left the profession in exhaustion and frustration? Perhaps if more practitioners had access to this information, we would have less obviously tired, overweight and stressed GPs?

So Mr Benhayon and Universal Medicine, far from discrediting mainstream modern medicine, have in fact provided a great deal of background support for the many medical practitioners who have attended the workshops, courses etc.  This support of our health practitioners has benefitted countless numbers of patients and thus truly served and supported the wider community as a true charity should.

311 thoughts on “Universal Medicine and Conventional Medicine – A Physiotherapist’s View

  1. After attending Universal Medicine workshops for over a decade, as well as receiving one on one sessions in Esoteric Healing, I can say this is an organisation that is without doubt pro-medicine. The Esoteric Healing modalities are complementary to medicine, and through their nature offer someone an opportunity to look at the root cause of an illness, while at the same time getting medical support.

  2. I found this awesome to read Andrew and so great that you have come back from the edge of burn out to loving work again and truly being able to help people with medical problems. I find it amazing that great as modern medicine is, it has compartmentalised everything and lost the realisation that there is a whole as well as all the compartments and that the compartments are part of that whole. Particularly when 2,500 years ago Plato gave us “as you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you attempt to cure the body without the soul”. It should be very sobering for mankind to realise that there was a) that quality of wisdom around that long ago and b) we have ignored it completely.

  3. ‘The best medicine is how you live on a daily basis’ – when we truly start looking at the quality and level of emotion we’re in, in each and every moment, things can start to change. If I allow myself to be bombarded by thoughts of needing to get this or that done, I’m constantly feeling under pressure to do it all and be perfect. There’s no space for anything and I feel squashed. Just by bringing awareness to how I’m feeling is empowering enough to want to start to change it, and to realise that I can choose how I want to feel in each moment.

  4. Universal Medicine is simply about taking deep care and nurturing yourself. I find the controversy is all the practising industries, bodies etc etc that do not include people’s overall health and wellbeing and how to truly maintain a consistent balanced vitality with work and play – an understanding of how to make fulfilling loving choices.

  5. How we live on a daily basis affects our state of health, bringing in a more caring, nurturing and honouring way of living benefits our bodies in so many ways.

  6. I was and still am a strong woman, very good at sport and coordinated but I was never drawn to pounding myself with exercise. I had a short period were I ran and did PT sessions, but it really did feel wrong for my body. Walking, stretching and swimming feel like great ways to support the body. Playing sport for fun is also great exercise. My husband and I have great bodies, my husband is 44, an age where most men start to get a bit thicker around the mid section, but instead he is cut and fit. He does not train hard, just uses food to Nourish and not to indulge and does exercise that supports his body. I am very inspired by him in this way and we both developed this through our studies with Universal Medicine.

  7. To know my body is the end result of how I have lived and the choices I have made and to not be a victim of what my body is showing me, has definitely got to be more supportive and healing, than being completely unaware. I am very grateful that Serge has been presenting this for 16 years now.

  8. It’s great to read your authoritative and professional first-hand experience of both modern medicine and esoteric medicine. As a lay-woman I can wholeheartedly confirm that in my experience of Universal Medicine over the past 10 years, Serge Benhayon has always respected and emphasised the place of both when we are needing support to heal our illness and disease.

  9. This article shares how true care and support of self is the precursor to deepening our care, support and understanding of others. Living the principles of what Universal Medicine offers is already known and understood, it is just that for many it is not lived physically in our daily choices. Through true care of the self, this will change.

  10. What you have shared here makes so much sense: “Once I learnt to take better care of myself, I noticed that I was caring more and taking better care of my patients”, but what doesn’t make any sense at all is that care of self is not part of the training for medical professionals. And it is very obvious that many do not take care of themselves, as was evidenced during a recent visit to a local hospital, where it was at times hard to tell the staff from the patients.

    1. I know it is interesting isn’t it that something that is so simple and so common sense and would be very easy to bring into our health care education has been deliberately ignored.

  11. Thank you Andrew for sharing your experience of marrying conventional medicine with esoteric medicine to the benefit of your patients and yourself by rediscovering the “missing a piece in the puzzle.”

  12. There are so many health care professionals who beat themselves up or burn themselves out trying to get unrealistic results with their clients with the wrong tools in their toolkit. From my experience and observations even the basic neuroscience of pain, healing and recovery is poorly understood by most, let alone what it means to truly self-care and care for others without becoming overwhelmed. No wonder so many leave the profession! There is a gap in the education of our health care professionals that if corrected would make a big difference to how they worked and were able to deal with the obvious challenges that they face in the workplace every day.

  13. Universal Medicine without a shadow of a doubt is supporting me and many, many others to deeply care and nurture ourselves while we go about our day. Without this support I know for a fact my life would be one big struggle having experienced burn out over twenty years ago. It is through Universal Medicine that I have come to understand what exhaustion and burn out truly means and have been given tools, Esoteric modalities and wisdom to support me to let go of that which is not true to live in a way that supports me to take responsibility for the way in which I choose to live.

  14. I think that a physio that is open to learning more, understanding more must be the best type of practitioner you could have. The combination Andrew, of your physio training and your deepening understanding of the energetic outplays that affect us seem to me to be a powerful and much needed offering.

  15. Andrew, this is really interesting to read, what you are sharing about dealing with the whole person, ‘their emotions, their stress and their mind’ as well as their body makes sense, to separate the body and not look at everything else seems short sighted, Universal Medicine is amazing for bringing in the whole picture and dealing with illness and disease and injuries on every level, from the root cause to the physical, this can then be truly healing rather than a quick fix.

    1. It does indeed make a lot of sense and when you consider the whole person, you are gaining so much more in medical care, so it definitely does not make sense why conventional medicine and complementary medicine usually fight each other so much.

  16. It is SO good to read an honest account of the stresses and pressures that our health care practitioners work with . This is of course well known, the high rate of Doctors suicide and the statistics go on. It is also wonderful to read of a return to balance and harmony that is possible

  17. The point about your training not preparing you to be able to deal with everything that comes to you is a good one and I would imagine true of all medical training too. Treating the human body as being merely about function and ignoring all the other dimensions is part of the reason that we are in such a mess health wise as a species. The point is this is not the doctors fault, it is us that make it only about function and so the medical profession are delivering what we are demanding.

  18. ‘The best medicine is how you live on a daily basis’; there is no doubt that how we live our lives affects ourselves and others. Taking responsibility to make self loving choices is the key to complementing Conventional Medicine. Thank you Andrew for sharing your experiences and wisdom.

  19. Even within the Physiotherapy profession itself, experts are now calling for change as there is a growing realisation that the limited and narrow choice of tools we are given in our education do not match the reality of what happens on the ‘front line’ of illness and disease and health care, resulting in a lot of burnout and dissatisfaction of practitioners and patients who are not given the level of care they need and deserve.

  20. I also explored alternative healing before I came across Universal Medicine but I never felt content with what was on offer and so would flit from one therapy to another. Back then I also opposed conventional medicine and was supported by some of those practising to avoid it and go it alone seeking alternative medicine. Today I would not hesitate to go and see my doctor and take medication if necessary. My mother only commented a couple of days ago how I have changed in my attitude towards mainstream medicine and I replied ‘it is because of the support from Universal Medicine and its students’ which I am eternally grateful for.

  21. What leapt off the screen to me today was the responsibility that patients have. We are burdening the medical system by not taking full responsibility for our ‘stuff’ – and by stuff I mean things like our emotional baggage we carry and the ‘i can drive as fast as I can in life, and then just pull over and you can fix me so I can keep driving as fast as I want to, or as reckless as I want to’ kind of attitude.

    I saw so clearly that it is up to us as patients, to take as best care of ourselves as possible, get honest about what is going on in our lives and then take responsibility for it, and then we need medical attention, absolutely seek it, but also seek what else could be going on to have gotten you to that point.

    That way the medicos are working with the issue at hand, and not all the rest that we tend to bring with us as well.

    1. I completely agree with you here Sarah and it is vastly under-reported and under-estimated how enormous a problem this attitude is and just what an enormous pressure this places on the health care staff every day when the system itself demands that they produce results and fix problems no matter what, with no accountability on the patient. In fact if you start to suggest any accountability you are labelled discriminatory and non-empathetic. It is an endemic philosophy in health care that is at the root of the whole health care crises and bankruptcy of the health care systems.

    2. Until this personal responsibility thing changes in health, no amount of money thrown at our health care systems will be enough to tackle the burden of illness and disease on our societies.

  22. I just love the way that what Serge Benhayon presents makes so much sense. In fact in 12 years of knowing him I cannot remember one instance when he didn’t make sense. At times I may have squirmed and wanted to hide from his presentations but that was only because he was presenting something that somewhere inside me I knew to be true and that I didn’t want to hear because if I accepted it I knew that I would have to start to make different choices; and boy have those ‘different choices’ changed my life, wonderfully so.

  23. A great testimony to the truth about Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. The presentations bring more awareness to the link between mind and the body and emotions that are a root cause of dis-harmony in the body.
    “Once I learnt to take better care of myself, I noticed that I was caring more and taking better care of my patients. My treatments were becoming much more effective and the results were much longer lasting. My exhaustion and the frustration disappeared”.

  24. Isn’t funny how there is a categorisation for just about everything on earth? Even our different healthcare systems, be they western or not, complementary or not. When surely it is all just health care? And there need not be any barriers to any one person having access to what will truly help them to heal?

    1. Great point Shami – why the delineation and compartmentalisation?… as it is all good or bad medicine and even life itself is medicine but we don’t tend to think of it that way because of the way medicine has been reduced and owned by a select few.

      1. I agree – great point Shami. If we look back through history we often see that the healer of the community was seen as having great powers so as this developed into modern medicine, this became elitism and arrogance. Keeping medicine a secret so as to have status and recognition in society.

  25. It’s really not rocket-science is it? If we take deeper care of ourselves we will not only be healthier and our wellbeing greater, we are then truly able to support and care for others.

  26. We need to become much more honest about the fact that the current medical system is not working for either its staff or its clients and when we eventually do this, we will become more open to considering other ways and meanings of medicine that are waiting and ready to support in every way.

  27. It is true Universal Medicine works beautifully along side conventional medicine, and both are equally as valuable, but what also need to come into the equation is our own responsibility to our own state of being, and what we contribute to the our medical and mental state of health. Things will never change if we as the patient expect all of our bad choices to be fixed with an operation or tablets.

  28. That which Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon bring and present is gold. Understanding that the way we live is medicine is enormous and then it takes dedication and consistency to bring this to one’s daily life.

  29. Andrew, I have found this to be absolutely true in my own life; ‘ ‘the best medicine is how you live on a daily basis’.

  30. Beautifully said Andrew. I love the fact that Universal Medicine is all about working with modern medicine and indeed lauds it, and how its very much about people living and being active in life, being full members of society, not running away as I’ve often found many prior new age therapies I’d come across to be. And it asks us to consider how we live and if living in that way supports us and how whether we are ill or not, small changes in our daily living can really support us and support any medicine we may need to work even more for us – I’ve never heard anything more sensible in my life, and it’s something I’m learning to incorporate into my life more each day.

  31. What you’ve stated here at the outset Andrew, exposes the glaring ‘hole’ we are essentially leaving in the treatment of any ailment… We are not just a physical body alone, and to think that this is the ONLY thing to be treating, dismisses the whole of the being before us (in any setting), and also, as you’ve shared, can place considerable stresses upon a practitioner.
    That you have found such support through the courses and presentations of Universal Medicine, in order to bring a deeper clarity and capacity in which to meet your patients in your practice, is something that needs to be heard far and wide.

  32. With so many suffering burn-out in medical professions, and the demands upon our health-care systems rising, the importance of support and deepening the understandings of just what is being dealt with in any health or wellbeing-related setting, seem to be a basic essential for us today.
    People in pain, people with an illness are quite often distressed, and it takes a deep capacity on the part of the practitioner, to be able to offer the true support of their profession, whilst also dealing with the myriad factors of the person that presents as a patient or client.
    What I keep hearing however, is that so many of our medical and allied health professionals are not only over-stretched, but essentially held in a culture of ‘getting on with it’, oftentimes working hours that could send anyone into ill-health (mental and otherwise). We are forgetting that everyone in the equation here (not only patients) is a being deserving of care and support – cultural and systemic change is absolutely needed here.

    1. I totally agree Victoria – a fundamental or foundational shift in how we are approaching health care is required which will benefit health care staff and patients equally – bringing more focus on responsibility, self care and true holistic care into medicine is the ultimate win win situation!

  33. It’s very inspiring to hear from health practitioners such as yourself Andrew, who are leading the way in this – through their own realisations and the changes in the way they work. And no doubt, opportunities will arise to share further within the system, about how such fundamental change is possible.

  34. This is a powerful testimony to the enormity of what esoteric principles can offer conventional medicine through your own application of them. The fact that you have healed your own frustration and exhaustion in light of the current statistics of burnt out of medical professionals, is something that should make anyone sit up and listen… if not for bucking the trend then for the quality of service they can now offer their patients, and the wisdom they can impart on the healing power of self care.

  35. This is one of the most detailed, practical and heartfelt blogs I have read on this subject. The world and medical profession all need assistance with bridging the gap between a cure or a fix and preventive measures for patience. The fact that Universal Medicine is a support to so many professionals in the medical industry, is a blue print for what is possible going forward.

  36. “Once I learnt to take better care of myself, I noticed that I was caring more and taking better care of my patients” – so simple and makes so much sense. We hear much about therapist/doctors getting burnt out, which is a real shame after years of hard work to get them qualified – in fact, it applies to any profession actually, and I would love to see everyone getting access to the teachings Universal Medicine offers.

  37. It’s awesome how many hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are looking after themselves so much more lovingly since being introduced to Universal Medicine and all that Serge Benhayon has initiated or been behind. The standards in my life have certainly changed as I have claimed my self worth, caring for myself much more deeply and expansively. As a practitioner I would not dream of drinking alcohol or taking any substances that could compromise my way of being in the practise room or outside in family or other life situations, knowing now absolutely that whatever we do has an energetic consequence and for this we are responsible.

  38. ‘…the current allegations against Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are ridiculous and dangerous.’ Yes, and for so many reasons. But in the context Andrew discusses here, it is clear we very much need what Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present – both for the true healing it offers us as individuals, and the support it offers for those in the medical profession who care for us.

  39. Thank you Andrew for this article and how much it shares about the true benefits of the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. And also how far reaching it is across the globe and the commitment of people like yourself to apply the missing pieces of the whole to their practice and life for the benefit of all.
    On reading this article I have also connected more deeply to the number of people who have felt the truth and choose to walk and live it (to the best of their ability) and this is immeasurable in value.

  40. While I’m not a Medical Practitioner, I work as a service provider in the Aged Care Sector – and still exposed to the same environment. Understanding that self-care is my very first most supportive option to support my well-being is unfolding as a wonderful way to approach every-day. I’m totally surrounded by care-staff who are exhausted and un-well and these are the people offering the care to those that are in practical need of ‘high medical care’.

  41. It really is so simple if we are willing to see and feel. Self care, self love and an honesty about how we live are the foundation our bodies stand on. To live in a society where this is not only, not fostered, but ridiculed is an insight into the severe rates of illness we have today.

  42. This is such a fantastic piece, thank you Andrew. I appreciate that it must be a challenge to admit that despite all your training and experience, you still, and in fact the whole system you are a part of, still does not have all the answers and to be open to receiving the teachings from Universal Medicine and incorporating them in to your practise which has only benefited both your own sense of well-being and the effectiveness of your treatments is a great testament to you, your dedication to true patient care and to yourself, knowing that you have a great deal of love to share.

  43. As an experienced practitioner and also someone who has extensive experience of Universal Medicine and what it teaches, thank you for expressing the truth and correcting the lies that have been carelessly and irresponsibly been spread in the media without any integrity to check their veracity. Everything that Universal Medicine has offered enhances what was previously available for conventional medicine, never does it replace it.

  44. I originally began attending talks and lectures by Universal Medicine because I was interested in health. Hearing somebody that was so pro-mainstream Medicine talk about our responsibility in our ill conditions was of interest to me. Everybody before that was implying that we were victims in some way but what was being presented to me in a small little space in Byron Bay in 2001, was that we could make life medicine, if we wanted to. That the way we breathe, speak and move, could change the way our day played out. Serge praised modern medicine and encouraged everyone to visit their doctor regularly and I think that is why so many medically trained professionals enjoy his talks, for he is expanding on their already great knowledge of the body.

  45. Unfortunately illness and disease continues to rise at an exponential rate, one day the medical and science world will find the missing link that has been needed all along to support the true healing of the body or a reduction in the current illness and diseases, through Serge Benhayon and the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom.

  46. There is no surprise that professionals experience burn-out and total exhaustion, because there is no self-care, or self-nurturing taught during qualification, and we get overwhelmed trying to deal with people and the workload, yet when we start to look after and care for ourselves we are more able to deal with the stresses of the work place and life.

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