Medical Observer: UniMed exposes journalistic untruths and misrepresentation

The Medical Observer has again done a great disservice to its readership and to the public at large by publishing untruths and misrepresentation in relation to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine (UniMed).

Further ludicrous reports of UniMed being a ‘cult’ are utter nonsense. UniMed is a totally transparent organisation that operates in an environment where students of the teachings can come and go as they please, the teachings are open to all, there are no controls or hurdles of any sort and no exertion of any kind whatsoever. UniMed is the antithesis of a cult and it is irresponsible to present UniMed as The Medical Observer has done. The teachings are open to everyone and the curricula, books and podcasts are published on the UniMed website.

The Medical Observer claims that Serge Benhayon encourages people into “avoiding most food, exercise and traditional medicine.” Again, this is simply irresponsible journalism.

Benhayon who is pro-medicine and always has been, presents a holistic model of health and wellbeing that constantly highlights and reiterates the essential role of conventional medicine, exercise and a balanced diet in a complete self-care plan. This is thoroughly documented and common knowledge to anyone familiar with his work. Indeed, Serge Benhayon himself is currently undergoing a medical treatment program for his left eye. He has had two vitrectomies, with one operation still to be completed.

His teachings on the physical body highlight the necessity of regular walking and weight training and many hundreds attest to the greater regularity with which they exercise as a result. He questions the excessive use of extreme sporting exercise that tests the body in a ’not made for use’ manner and exhausts the body unnecessarily. Again, it is up to each and every individual to know the limits of their own body.

In regards to diet, Benhayon presents that food and our relationship with it is very personal to the individual. Serge Benhayon regularly says, “No one should ever eat according to what another says is right without first feeling what is right for you and your own body.” He encourages greater awareness of the effects of food on the body by encouraging the person to observe their body’s physical responses. As a result, many people who attend the presentations find that through their own experimentation they decide to stop eating certain foods that they have found leave them feeling lethargic or bloated. No dietary advice is ever offered. The presentations are just that – a presentation of the possibilities of listening with greater awareness to the signals of the body. Serge Benhayon talks about the effects on the body of, for example, alcohol, gluten based foods, dairy and processed foods especially those high in sugar content and says he, “eats light to feel light." There is not much new in these statements, and Serge certainly makes a point of not telling people what to eat.

The newsletter referred to in the article, documents an extraordinary case of a well qualified health professional Steffen Messerschmidt who had very unusual symptoms that specialists and doctors alike were unable to diagnose.

Contrary to the reports in the article there was no evidence to suggest lupus or any other life threatening condition in the case of Messerschmidt. Further to this Messerschmidt never saw Serge Benhayon in a professional capacity in relation to his symptoms. Upon seeing Messerschmidt and his swollen hands, Serge asked after what his doctor had said and encouraged him to return to a GP for further examination. These facts have been conveniently overlooked in the article, which gives little to enlighten the reader about the context of the exchange. Mr. Messerschmidt is and has been for many years a student of Serge Benhayon and Unimed and is willing to talk to the media about his very positive experiences.

Serge Benhayon / UniMed has approximately 2,000 students who attend workshops, listen to podcasts, and participate generally in the teachings. It is worth pointing out that this student body is represented by a disproportionately high number of healthcare workers including doctors, dentists, surgeons and therapists.
At the end of the day, what is clear from even the most superficial enquiries of the student body is that the changes people make as a result of attending UniMed presentations are ones that encourage greater responsibility in the relation to their health and overall wellbeing. There are 2,000 students waiting to be interviewed.

Serge Benhayon’s vast body of published work is yet to be read and understood by the broader public. He has published six substantial philosophical books and a new book is expected to be published later this year. Serious journalists who are interested in the wellbeing of humanity rather than petty journalism are encouraged to speak with UniMed representatives, read the published books and/or attend Serge Benhayon’s workshops or listen to his podcasts. His publications and Universal Medicine are open to all.


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About Universal Medicine

Universal Medicine is in the business of delivering teachings that are about everyday self-loving choices. Making these choices gives participants the opportunity to consistently feel lighter, clearer and more naturally vital in their day-to-day lives. The teachings are delivered in the form of lectures, talks, audios and treatment sessions at UniMed clinics. UniMed founder, Serge Benhayon also regularly holds courses, workshops and retreats in Australia and internationally. For more information see the website

About Serge Benhayon

Founder of Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon is a renowned teacher, practitioner and trainer of complementary therapies as well as the author of 6 books to date. His books are rich philosophical works on the Esoteric in life, love and human society. His 7th book is due for release shortly.