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.