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.

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

  1. Andrew this gap you refer to is becoming wider. I have been in the health care profession for two decades and faced with more and more people with not one condition, but several other issues impacting their health. It is a growing concern and saddens me at times to see people in this state, in addition, the impact it has on the health care system. And when we look at the health care system itself, well that is opening another can of worms, it is unhealthy too, a vicious cycle. The carers are unhealthy and the carers are caring for the sick.

    Could we possibly look at another way of healing, could we consider how we live be impacting our health and wellbeing.

    If we spend considerable time caring for a newborn baby or a puppy or kitten, why do we deprive ourselves of that same care and attention.

    I have learnt so much about my life since I met Serge Benhayon, and Universal Medicine, that my attitude and beliefs about my own health and wellbeing have evolved. My priority is my own health and wellbeing which allows me to care more deeply for others. Now what’s wrong and selfish and misleading about that.

  2. It is very interesting to observe how the changes we make in our own lives affect our future decisions and affect all around us too. Looking after ourselves, and making more self-loving changes makes much more of a difference than we realise.

  3. “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’. ” I have been aware of this prescription from Universal Medicine for many years now and can attest to the fact that taking responsibility for my own self-care my well-being and joy in life has expanded enormously.

  4. It has been really interesting to discover as a practitioner who has always continued to work on developing and improving my practice, that the one thing that has made the most difference has been to honestly look at and make changes to how I have been living and my own relationship with my own body and health and wellbeing.

  5. “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?” – this is like, the most sensible piece of advice we could expect to hear from anyone engaged in medicine.

  6. It makes sense that taking increased care of ourselves and our way of living contributes to our overall health and well-being. We need to be honest that the way we are currently living is making us ill and that by taking true responsibility for ourselves and our lifestyle choices we are empowering ourselves to naturally live a more vital way of being.

  7. One of the most important points you make is that when you began to take greater care of yourself your treatments became more effective – what if teaching people to look after themselves became mainstream so that not only were people taking amazing care of themselves which helped prevent illness and disease but if someone did get ill they were cared for by someone else who had already cared for themselves and so received an effective treatment but were also inspired by what they saw – it could change the whole system we currently have.

    1. Yes I have realised that healing is so much more powerful when you combine real inspiration of the reflection of wellness and vitality with the skills, experience and knowledge of your medical profession.

  8. Burn-out and suicide are extremely high in the medical profession so maybe one day practitioners like your-self Andrew will be able to share how Universal Medicine has prevented what seems a part of the health system for as you say share your life was; “personally for me, was a great deal of burnout, frustration and exhaustion.”

  9. Andrew all you have shared and the changes you have made point to something we all wish for, to have a rich working life supporting our communities through the service and skills we offer, without the traditional depletion, frustration or resentment. With rising rates of work stress, absenteeism, and lack of purpose and engagement at work, to be able to transform one’s work life in simple ways through self care should be making us sit up and take notice globally.

  10. Superb testimony and absolute truth, thank you Andrew. It is not surprising that so many health professionals get to the point of giving up. A system that only takes into account the physical symptoms and ignores everything else is not a system that supports the health practitioner. Accounting for and dealing with the other present dimensions is what will lead to a health system that is about healing rather than offering temporary fixes and also one which will support the practitioner to do so.

  11. 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.

    1. Thanks Helen. It is true that there are a lot of committed and dedicated staff who work in health care but it is also clear that something is not quite right in that these staff are becoming exhausted and stressed in their work and increasingly finding it difficult to cope and care so bringing more self care into the equation may just be the missing ingredient needed.

      1. I was one of the statistic who was burnt out in the health care profession. Back then, I would have done anything to leave the profession, but had no idea what career to go to. No doubt I would have been miserable anyway.

        What I have observed more and more is the obesity, as well as exhaustion amongst our health care profession. There is a need for self care in the health care profession, if this isn’t introduced as part of the curriculum, our health care professionals are going to be burnt out before they even enter the profession, and from my observation, is already occurring.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    1. That’s true, so long as the medical profession assumes that it knows it all, when there are gaps in its knowledge, we will not have the marriage of conventional and esoteric medicine that is so needed at this time.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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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