Letter to Medical Observer by Neonatal Paediatrician

by Dr Howard Chilton, MBBS. MRCP(UK). DCH. Consultant Neonatologist & Paediatrician, Royal Hospital for Women and Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Former Director of Newborn Care, Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, NSW 2031.

To Medical Observer.


As a Neonatal Paediatrician my professional life has been based on evidence-based medicine, pathology, and applied physiology. I am also author of a few (evidence-based) books on parenting. But it has always been clear to me that there is more to the prevention of ill-health, and the practice of medicine, than just these modalities.

For that reason I appreciate and respect Mr Benhayon’s and Universal Medicine’s take on the need for people to take responsibility for their own health and the trajectory of their life.

Benhayon is a kind, honest and caring teacher of enormous integrity. How sad that there seems to be a propaganda war against such a deeply principled man and his equally principled (and rigorously regulated) organisation.

And why are people are getting so excited about the fact that he believes in reincarnation? Who cares? So do Buddhists. It’s not relevant to the core principles he teaches.

My understanding of the principles is as follows:

  • Look after your body and treat it with respect. So don’t put into it things that do it harm or make you feel even vaguely unwell. (For example, try life without dairy, gluten, alcohol or caffeine: see how you feel. With a little practice your body becomes sensitive enough to be your guide regarding what is good for you and what is not.
  • Don’t burn the candle at both ends. Go to bed early and rise early. You’ll find you feel energised, not exhausted.
  • What happens to us in our lives is the sum total of the choices we make. If you continue, even subtly, to abuse yourself by ignoring your body signals then do not be surprised if your body works inefficiently, or eventually breaks down and you develop illness.
  • Every moment of every day you have to make choices and act on them. These choices are either gentle, loving and appropriate, or they are not.
  • It is hard to truly help others if you are not looking after yourself. At some level they can sense the disorder in you and that affects your ability to help them. Helping others without looking after yourself is draining and exhausting. (Doctors and nurses might want to take note.)
  • From birth, we have been trained to try to think our way through life, using our intellect. That intellect of ours has been honed over millennia towards survival of the fittest, towards dualism, and the competitive edge. But these mental responses are no longer suitable today. Perhaps you had noticed that, for most people, the way we live nowadays is manifestly not working for them. Instead we should try to switch off the incessant brain chatter and monitor the way our body feels, then try to remain calm and connected to ourselves and those around us.

How can anyone, health conscious, and even more health trained, disagree with these tenets of Universal Medicine?

Note to Editor of MO. An impartial journalist might get the real story, and help a few doctors heading for a premature, workaholic demise…

256 thoughts on “Letter to Medical Observer by Neonatal Paediatrician

  1. Thank you Howard. I agree that Serge Benhayon’s approach to life makes absolute sense in its simplicity and when applied as I and many others have chosen to, works.

  2. Beautifully said Howard. There are doctors and nurses and many health care professionals on the brink of burn out due to treating themselves in an unloving way, over worked and not that much better off than some of their patients. As you so clearly point out, the tenets of what Universal Medicine stand for are common sense, loving and self caring behaviours that is being touted as what one needs to do (as spoken by the government, medical professions and the like) in order to be healthy in life and take responsibility for our own health and not burden the medical system. A no brainer really.

  3. Thanks Howard for shedding light on your experiences with Universal Medicine and highlighting the common sense that Serge Benhayon presents that in order to care for another we must first care for ourselves otherwise the quality of our care is less than it can be, and we exhaust ourselves. And coming from the profession you do this is important to note as many are super exhausted through caring for others without true self care. The world very much needs what Serge Benhayon presents and what’s more he absolutely lives all he presents, a rare thing in our world today, so rather than attack him we actually could look at what he says and consider if it might support us in how we live.

      1. Yes Doug Valentine and the more I read of this time and time again I am deeply appreciative that truth will always be felt and words of ill truth will be heard.

  4. Thank you Howard. If you have lived for some time honouring the intellect of the mind and challenge it with the wisdom of the body it may (the mind) deny or defend what it believes. What comes from the mind is owned by the mind where as the body surrenders to the wisdom knowing it is just that a wisdom that belongs to all.

  5. Well written and expressed Howard. What Serge Benhayon presents is such clear, practical stuff it really baffles me that some people are having such a problem with it. Could it be they just don’t want to take responsibility for themselves? I think so.

  6. Doctors and nurses surely do need to be supported to take as good care of themselves as they do of their patients, they are people too and their bodies and wellbeing are no less important. In the UK the way our junior doctors are treated it seems like they are considered more to be machines than fellow human beings…

  7. Indeed, how can anyone disagree with principles that support our health? The fact that this even needs to be stated is indicative of an unhealthy society. Mr Benhayon does not hold back in expressing the truth of what is so obviously seen by the most untrained eye – we create our own lifestyle ills.

  8. This is a beautiful statement concerning truth health, how we are all responsible for it and the empowerment that flourishes when we take steps to self-care.

  9. A clear report based on the evidence of living in connection to the body. Serge Benhayon presents what he has found to be the truth and it is for others to choose to experiment for themselves to find their own truth.

  10. The trajectory of life is such a powerful sharing here Howard. We are living in a world where there is little to no regard for the present yet an insight in the future and what this will entail when we continue to ignore many ingrained patterns. Thank you for sharing that one man stands in the truth of now and is living the potential we all have for the future. When we choose to ignore, downplay or fabricate lies in order to not allow another to speak the truth, then we are far from willing to be in responsibility for ourselves let alone the community.
    What Serge Benhayon offers is the potential to bring this vitality for life and his examples are the most practical, real and workable model I have seen. I’ve tried it and guess what? It works!

  11. Very well stated Howard. “How can anyone, health conscious, and even more health trained, disagree with these tenets of Universal Medicine?” – if western medicine adopted half of these principles it would revolutionise health care. Imagine what it could do if adopted all of them.

  12. ‘It is hard to truly help others if you are not looking after yourself. At some level they can sense the disorder in you and that affects your ability to help them. Helping others without looking after yourself is draining and exhausting. (Doctors and nurses might want to take note.)’

    So might those working in the charitable sector. As a consultant operating in that space I have met many, many people – from frontline workers to CEO and board members – who are busy abusing themselves by ignoring their own wellbeing whilst attempting to care for and support others. As Howard points out, this can never work as one, it is unsustainable and two, those in receipt of the care or support can feel it. Where’s the quality of reflection for others that has a true capacity to transform?

  13. As this site attests there are numerous doctors and health professionals who subscribe to a broader-than-evidence-based view of the world – as there have been for hundreds of years. It seems ridiculous to ignore the multi-dimensionality of human life and we are much more than mere cardboard cutouts. We love, for example – and few would deny that, despite the fact there is no scientific proof that love exists.

  14. The problem with the world at large is the concept of ownership. Take medicine for example. There is a sense of ownership of the word by those that practice medicine. And fair enough. Credit to those who make it their career to understand the workings of the human body. But there is an arrogance and in fact danger in asserting that medicine is only a word that belongs to the doctors and scientists of the world. For the truth is the greatest practitioner is the patient, proven by the fact that lifestyle related disease is the leading cause of death – and thus proven by the fact that the greatest cure is prevention. And sure, that is in large part because of the success of western medicine to deal with acute diseases such as measles and small pox. However, what such success has unearthed in many regards is the high level of disregard that so much of humanity lives in, that was there well before the rise of lifestyle related diseases. It was just that in the past, people were often taken out by acute diseases before lifestyle related diseases had a chance to take hold. My point being – whilst we make medicine something that applies by definition only to those who practice medicine, then we create a culture whereby we put the responsibility for true medicine solely at the feet of doctors, and that is a grave error indeed, when the truth is we should be getting people to embrace their role in medicine. You may say that whilst that is true, the way we use the word medicine is irrelevant. However, words have power, and words and the definitions we apply to them help to mould culture. And thus, I would suggest the way we apply the word medicine is very pertinent to the way we view medicine as a whole.

    1. I can feel that when responsibility is placed in the right place, that is not only in doctor’s hands but mainly in ourselves, the way of healing is cleared and everything becomes clear. We know what to do, how to take care of ourselves, when and where to ask for support, how to allow this help to be received,.. everything finds its right place and we get empowered again, making our part while valuing any assistance whenever is needed.

  15. It’s great to have people standing up from what they see and not being afraid to share into a world that doesn’t truly support us to share what we really feel. This article was some time ago but from what I still see not much has changed and so we are in for the long haul. Letters like this from respected Doctors should be taken seriously as there are many stories being written about the true health of our very important Doctors. Where would we really be without the skill, care and abilities of our medical profession? They do a great job under some extremely pressured situations, high stress, long hours, high workload and at the forefront of our illnesses and diseases. Shouldn’t we be also encouraging them to look out for themselves, what depth of care can you offer someone if you don’t share that care with yourself? The medical system doesn’t look healthy at all and media like the ‘Medical Observer’ should be supporting the doctors and not making things more difficult for them.

  16. Thank you Howard, your list makes total sense, our body has to cope with the choices that we make, and Serge Benhayon has presented a common sense approach to health, and one that many students have chosen to adopt and live by, how can anyone from the medical profession disagree with something or someone that actually holds and respects health in such a high regard.

  17. Serge is indeed a deeply principled man and his organization equally so. The tenets in which you have summarized if appreciated, could revolutionize the state of ill health we are currently experiencing on a global scale and should not be disregarded due to reincarnation or the like challenging one’s beliefs systems. Hundreds of students are living testimonies to the healing power of applying these principles to their lives and as such they should be at least deeply considered, rather than ignorantly ridiculed or dismissed.

  18. You have laid out the core teachings and principles of Mr Benhayon accurately and beautifully. It only makes sense that we begin to look at the relationship we have with ourselves in order to address the rise in illness and disease. Serge is carving out a practical and deeply helpful path, to support people to make the connection to what their part is, in relation to what is going on within the body. I know that before I began to attend Universal Medicine presentations I had little to no care about how I treated myself both physically and emotionally, I thought it was my birth right to self abuse. I now have a deep understanding that my actions do not only affect me but also others around me, the more I begin to love myself, the more I am able to appreciate others.

  19. I really appreciate your understanding of the principles and as a fellow student of The Way of the Livingness as presented by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, I would agree to your understanding as well. This one particularly is a standout – “What happens to us in our lives is the sum total of the choices we make.”

    Once I started connecting to that, I could see how sneaky blame is and how often I wanted to wield it. But what happens to me, is a sum total of the choices I (no-one else) makes. It’s a bit ouch, and very cool to learn to live your life that way.

  20. I love your simple, pragmatic presentation Howard. I feel your own deep caring and principles here. There is so much in what Universal Medicine offers and as someone who knows and lives this, I can attest to how simple and life changing it is … there’s no ra-ra here, and it’s allowed me to more deeply commit to life in a way I would not have thought possible some years back. Serge Benhayon is indeed deeply principled and he inspires that in all those he meets, and the principles offered are there to be lived in life, in the world, in your families and with your medicine, and there’s a body of people now doing so and bucking the current trends in health and lifestyle worldwide. There’s a story here all right but not the one that’s been reported so far by the media, but one that’s about people living life in a more deeply caring way of both themselves and all others. Now that is something to shout from the rooftops.

  21. A brilliant letter! I loved reading this, because it outlines the basic principles to life minus the inflammatory sensationalism.

  22. It is hard to see how these beautifully wise, simple tenets of Universal Medicine could be objectionable – unless the motivation of those objecting isn’t the purported care of others but the short-term gain of selling ‘news’.

  23. I first met Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine over 11 years ago and my trajectory at that time was set on becoming seriously ill because of the way I was living. Since applying the principles listed above, I am now very fit, well, healthy and joyful (beyond all expectations) because I followed the core principle expounded by Serge that I am responsible for my own health and am worth taking care of. Simple evidence that self responsibility is an essential medicine for our modern day living.

  24. My understanding of the principles of Universal Medicine, those that Serge Benhayon teaches or presents, echo yours Howard. When these are adhered to they allow for greater health and well being, it would be hard to argue this fact.

  25. Howard, I agree what Serge Benhayon presents it is absolute common sense, taking responsibility for our own choices will help the medical services greatly.

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