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.

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

  1. This is written with true authority Andrew and demonstrates that despite your dedication to your profession you were burnt out prior to attending Universal Medicine presentations and that it is through taking responsibility for your own self care that you are now able to offer so much more to your patients not only in the level of care but also in the reflection you are of what it is to truly care for oneself.

  2. Such sound advice – that it is perhaps worth looking at why we have an illness and need medication so that we might not repeat it in the future. This is living in a responsible way that does not rely on the medical system to fix us, but rather supports us to look at what we could do differently in the future.

  3. If all professions, and particular the health profession had true self care as part of their fundamental teachings it would alleviate a lot of the mental fatigue and exhaustion that so often is associated with these jobs, and reduce both sick days and lack of morale, and helps to ensure an individual’s wellbeing and the quality of their work.

    1. So true Sally I work in the mental health field and although staff health and wellbeing are now being discussed it is very much an add on to try and fit into an already busy work schedule rather than being placed at the heart of what we offer to our clients not only in the way of treatment but also what we reflect in the way we care for ourselves.

  4. It is important to have a good grounding in all the sciences, and everything else that is needed to practice as a health professional. But add caring for people as part of that mix then it changes.

  5. In medicine we need to admit the existence of the gaping hole in our understanding of illness and disease and admit the fact that we are losing the battle with prevention of many of these. Once we let go of the stubborn pride of trying to keep the titanic sailing then we will be more open to honestly considering other truly complementary approaches to health and well-being that may in fact have a lot to offer.

  6. Our level of care for ourselves is the actual marker for the level of care we will offer another. This article very clearly shows how truly important self care is. In fact it is fundamental when it comes to truly evaluating and subsequently addressing the current way we live.

    1. I completely agree that we need to put the ‘care’ back into health-care. And really connect with the true meaning of care – that it is not just a fix or a relief or a remedy, but actually a restoration and a reflection of a certain quality of being and living which is possible for medicine to provide.

  7. Thank you Andrew, it’s my experience also that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are pro medicine. I enjoy the support Universal Medicine has offered me around my lifestyle choices, and understanding and respecting the intelligence of the body and building a life that honours what my body is telling me. Everything about my experience with Serge and self care has been good common sense, and I too am living a much more vital and supported life that has much less emotion and stress, with very positive outcomes also for my physical wellbeing. Prior to meeting Serge I had serious chronic health issues and I was headed for worse because of my stress levels, insomnia and self neglect, so thank goodness I found Universal Medicine as they have supported me in so many ways to turn these things around, and helped me see how vital the support of conventional medicine is.

  8. Life being medicine makes absolute sense; when the way we live is making us sick, reversing that would be a wise thing to do, wouldn’t it?

    1. As a human race we have to open ourselves to see the effects of lifestyle choices and begin taking more responsibility for ourselves, as despite advances in conventional medicine and information that supports health and wellbeing we are globally sicker than ever before.

  9. Looking after ourselves should be a priority in any organisation, maybe even more so in the caring professions. When training as a nurse, later as a health visitor, antenatal teacher then a homeopath, I wasn’t given any training on self-care, let alone self-love or prevention of burnout. Currently volunteering in a hospital, I see midwives on 12 hour shifts who are exhausted. Nationally in the UK many nurses, midwives and doctors are leaving in droves. They are not being valued by the seniors, or by government. How much do we truly value ourselves though?

    1. It doesn’t make sense does it that we are placing health professionals under such great strain and possibly compromising their health and wellbeing in the process. It’s really the opposite of what the health sector needs to represent.

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