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5 years ago
HerbertKane178
Published on the NeuroLogica Blog: Universal Medicine Uses Google To Silence Critics Published by Steven Novella under Religion/Miracles,Science and Medicine,Science and the Media,Skepticism Comments: 5 An Australian based company called Universal Medicine (UM) has been criticized by various skeptical blogs and groups as being a new age alternative medicine cult. Looking through thei
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Universal Medicine in the news again:
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
There's an interesting insight here in to Serge Benhayon, delivered through an email exchange between him and Jane Hansen, the journalist who wrote about the investigation in to the College of Universal Medicine.
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
A further article that was published last year, during the time this message thread was offline, relating to an investigation in to The Sound Foundation, a charity which operates out of The Lighthouse, the UK headquarters of Universal Medicine: Charity Commission hands action plan to health charity 25 November 2013 by Chloe Stothart. The regulator received a complaint about the Sound Found
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Article published on ABC News webiste 24 June, 2014: Charity status of College of Universal Medicine investigated Posted Tue 24 Jun 2014, 2:50pm AEST The charity status of a north coast-based alternative medicine college is being investigated. But a Bangalow man who lodged the complaint about the College of Universal Health says legislation on the issue has too many grey areas. The c
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Article published in Echonet Daily 24th June 2014: Universal Medicine college under investigation Chris Dobney A new complaint has been lodged against Goonellabah-based alternative healthcare provider Universal Medicine, this time focusing on a charity run by the group. A spokesperson for the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR), which also investigates complaints against chariti
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Universal Medicine is back in the news. The Daily Telegraph published this article today: A COLLEGE run by a new-age healer who offers ‘‘esoteric” breast and ovary massage is being investigated over claims it broke charity laws. Serge Benhayon, who insists he is a reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci, has raised more than half a million dollars using a charity licence granted to him by the NS
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Your story sounds a familiar one. This board has always been a safe place for discussion and advice.
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Great to see the thread back, thank you Mr Ross and who ever else was involved in returning this to the public domain. I reread a fair bit of it when I heard it was back online, and it's still a very valuable information tool for those concerned by the involvement of anyone they know with Universal Medicine. The first hand stories of ex-members, the sharing of information of those with f
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Further 'conference' with UM connections, including Benhayon again as a speaker.
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
Some local press from Australia on the links between Universal Medicine and a Men's Health conference: There are several conferences going on in AU at present that would all seem to connected to Universal Medicine, however, no mention of them is made in the advertising. This one for example, featured Serge Benhayon and his daughter speaking, as well as a host of UM affiliates/support
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
This report emerged recently regarding the Charity Commission looking in to The Sound Foundation:
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6 years ago
HerbertKane178
There's an interesting wiki page on "Groupthink" that a good friend sent me. Well worth a read, and here's the summary: "Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a c
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
QuoterrmoderatorIs the total salary and compensation paid to Serge Benhayon disclosed in any detail? What does he take in through UM annually? In this interview, Today Tonight: Healing guru's cult resort, he is on camera saying his turnover is close to 2 million AUD.
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
I have never seen those numbers.
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
QuoterrmoderatorIf you would like to post some additional information about the group finances on this thread it would be much appreciated. Do they disclose salaries and compensation paid to individuals? The UK Charities Commission website is a very open and detailed source of info, as accounts have to be submitted each year in order for the charity to maintain its status. The figures from m
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
You can find lots of financial info on The Sound Foundation here: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities/ Just type in Sound Foundation in the search box. Last year: Income - £1,203,892. Charitable spending - £74,408 Is that really that charitable?
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
The 'Bad Beliefs and Fraudulent Faiths' Website disappeared suddenly last year. It was a valuable resource, it's 3 investigative chapters are quoted below: Post 1: FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2011 Universal Medicine (and a world of associations) "Little has been written about Universal Medicine other than by those who lead the movement, or those considered to be part of "
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
Websites examining Universal Medicine Universal Medicine Accountability The Facts about Universal Medicine The Universal Medicine Cult There are several blogs run by Universal Medicine students, but as there don't allow any critical comment or discussion they are essentially closed user groups offering a very biassed view of Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon. The above 3 site
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
TV reports examining Universal Medicine Today Tonight: Healing guru's cult resort A Current Affair: Healing community dubbed cult
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7 years ago
HerbertKane178
Newspaper articles examining Universal Medicine Sydney Morning Herald: Cult cures on Medicare Sydney Morning Herald: Da Vinci reincarnated? 'I agree, it sounds absurd.' Sydney Morning Herald: The Da Vinci Mode Medical Observer: Inside Universal Medicine Medical Observer: Investigation urged into ‘cult’ medical group Medical Observer: TGA’s urgent Universal inquiry M
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