Letter to the Courier Mail: Profound Understanding of Life

by Eunice J Minford, MBChB MA FRCS Ed.  Glenarm, N. Ireland

Dear Michael,

I have submitted a short ‘letter to the editor’ through the online system, but I feel to write to you personally to expand on that letter in regards to the article written by Josh Robertson and Liam Walsh entitled “New age ‘medicine’ of Serge Benhayon leaves trail of broken families”.

The interesting thing about this story and the aspect which the journalists have seemingly failed to explore and report is: why are ‘mainstream medical’ doctors referring clients to a clinic where the healing practices were established by a man who freely admits he has no medical qualifications whatsoever?

Does that not make you at least a little curious to know why highly qualified and intelligent mainstream doctors would be referring clients to this clinic?

Do you not think your readers would be a little curious to know the same?

Surely it should be part of your service to explore this aspect in more detail, to get to the truth of the matter from the doctors themselves?

Could it be possible that Serge Benhayon actually has some sensible things to say about life and how to live it, about health, well-being and illness and disease, that even has some mainstream medical doctors sitting up and taking notice?

Is it possible that these mainstream medical doctors have discerned, even though Serge Benhayon is not medically qualified, that his understandings make sense to them in light of their medical knowledge and scientific training?

Furthermore, is it possible that these medical doctors find that what Serge Benhayon presents does not just make sense theoretically or philosophically and is supported by their scientific understandings, but makes a practical difference in their own health and well-being to the extent that they know it will benefit others who choose to apply the same simple lifestyle choices – ­considering that it is based, not on a belief as is implied in this article, but on what is ACTUALLY a healthy and harmonious way to live that bears its own fruits?

Not only are these things possible – they are in fact true. A very different picture to the one portrayed in this article, is it not?  

I work as a Consultant general surgeon in a busy district general hospital in Northern Ireland. I used to think that people who talked about ‘energy’ with regards to health were all talking nonsense, and I completely dismissed all forms of complementary healing as ‘woo-woo’ unscientific garbage that possibly did more harm than good. So I understand people who think likewise – and why journalists who know no better may use a derogatory, demeaning and dismissive tone when referring to such practices. However, it has been a humbling experience for me to come to realise and accept that the views that I held were simply based on a combination of arrogance and ignorance.

I have through my own life journey come to know and appreciate there is much more to us as human beings and much more to health, illness and disease than Western Medicine currently perceives or understands. I have searched high and low and across the world for the answers to human suffering and illness and disease as part of my own quest for answers to these dilemmas, as I am confronted with human suffering on a daily basis. I have undertaken additional training to explore beyond the boundaries of my medical training, which as an institution is slow to change its major paradigms of understanding.

What I have found is that even though Serge Benhayon has no medical training, he does have a deep understanding of the human being, the human condition, health, illness and disease… and much more besides.

We have to expand our understanding of the human being to realise that there are ways of knowing about life without having read a book, taken a course or exam, or obtained qualifications. I appreciate that is how we in society tend to label, categorise and pigeon-hole people by their qualifications, or lack of them – yet down through time there have always been people who have delivered deep and profound understandings of life who have not learned it out of a book, or through sitting courses and degrees. Indeed that in itself is another worthy topic for exploration – how does Serge Benhayon know what he knows such that even ‘mainstream medical’ doctors are listening to what he has to say?

Furthermore, in addition to working as a general surgeon with a deep interest in the health and well-being of humanity, I am firstly a woman. Thus I also care about the portrayal of women in the media, and women’s issues. Whether deliberate or not, this article is offensive to all women everywhere – not just those who attend Universal Medicine. The implication is that women have neither the intelligence nor the ability to discern for themselves whether Serge Benhayon is a ‘new age quack’ and ‘charlatan’, or a man with a message about how to live life in a way that is healthy and harmonious. It is also implied that because women attend Universal Medicine it is thus more likely to be a cult – as only women would be dumb enough, stupid enough, weak-willed and mindless enough to fall under the spell of a ‘cult leader’ and become a ‘follower’, rather than the implied more intelligent, discerning and superior gender of the species – men. How ridiculous is this? For the record, the majority of students entering medical school are also women – how does that get explained in this misogynistic system?

It is also extremely irresponsible and potentially very damaging for the journalists in this article to convey the message that it is not ok for a woman to say ‘no’ to being touched. Consent is part and parcel of consensual and responsible human relationships, and to suggest otherwise is opening the doors to more episodes of sexual molestation, abuse and rape within relationships, never mind outside consensual relationships. A proper journalistic investigation into those attending Universal Medicine would find stories of women who have experienced sexual molestation and abuse of varying degrees, and who have taken steps to not just heal these experiences, but to live in a way that honours who they are as women, to know that it is ok to say ‘no’, that they don’t just have to ‘lie back and think of England’, and to know that their body belongs to them and no-one else. The denigration of women in the media is rife, and this article is just another example of the entrenched patriarchal and misogynistic views that perpetuate the abuse against women….. women who could be your partner, your daughter, your sister, your mother, your work colleague.

Self-empowerment, feeling what is true for oneself and making choices accordingly, is at the very heart of everything Serge Benhayon presents – empowering people to know how to make choices that are wholesome and healthy, that engender wellbeing, harmony and personal responsibility for health. Thus it is totally contra to a cult, where disempowerment is the key. There are many highly intelligent, well-qualified, articulate and discerning women (and men) from all walks of life – medicine, law, corporate, finance etc., who attend Universal Medicine presentations. So here again is another topic that your journalists could have explored and endeavoured to understand as why that is – rather than perpetuating an out-dated stereotype that only serves to lower their own credibility.

However, instead of taking on any of these more interesting, challenging and worthy topics for discussion that could serve and educate many, I find this article to be representative of ‘all that is bad’ about print press media and journalism in general. It is the deep lack of journalistic integrity and responsibility that I find so appalling, and which only serves to reduce the credibility of this paper and the profession of journalism per se – which hardly needs another nail in its coffin. It is also astounding that there seems to be no way to hold journalists to account for printing misleading, misrepresentative and factually inaccurate stories with seemingly no-one within the profession prepared to stand up and do it differently.

How refreshing would it be to read an article and know by the tone, the style, the writing and the feel of the whole article that it was the truth – instead of a rehashed mish-mash of falsities, hyperbole and sensationalism as demonstrated in this article. By continuing in this vein the print press media is surely digging its own grave ever deeper as an increasingly discerning public realise that print press stories are just tissues of lies, and stop buying them. The decline in the quality of journalism has not gone unnoticed as demonstrated in this report – An allegory of journalistic decline… and as being demonstrated through the Leveson Enquiry. Perhaps it’s time to return to honest, factual and balanced reporting without the need to sensationalise each story, and which has responsibility, respect and integrity as its guiding principles in order that faith in the accuracy of journalistic reports may be restored. I am all for exposing con men and charlatans and cults, and I do appreciate the job that journalists do in reporting such stories – however, in this case, you have been seriously led astray.

As a medical professional and a human being, I care deeply about the suffering of humanity and I have made it part of my life’s journey in recent years to ask and find answers to some of the bigger questions in life. I know for myself that what Serge Benhayon presents could benefit people everywhere, for his presentations are based on the understanding of what love is, and is not. It is clear to me that the world and people everywhere could do with more love, care and tenderness in their lives, and this is exactly what Serge Benhayon presents –both how to live in a way that is more caring and loving and respectful of our bodies; and also what stops us from choosing those ways.

It is the deep lack of true love that is at the heart of our ills – something that has been known and presented by sages and wisdom traditions for aeons. It is the lack of true love that is responsible for man’s inhumanity to man on a macro-cosmic and a micro-cosmic scale, from world wars to one-to-one relationship breakdowns – not the fault of Serge Benhayon (in the latter example). Relationship breakdowns occur every day, and sometimes people will look to blame someone or something else rather than look at their own lives and take personal responsibility for their choices. Serge Benhayon empowers and inspires people to be more loving, more caring and more responsible in how they live their lives and express themselves, and there are many examples of relationships that have been deepened and enhanced through this – yet the journalists have made no attempt to report on those. Why is this? 

It is thus disheartening to see how the Chinese whispers and ‘copy and paste’ journalistic approach has led to this man being vilified in the press as a result of a deliberate smear campaign, with no attempt to actually get to the truth about Serge Benhayon/Universal Medicine, or the people who attend it; nor to engage with the medical professionals who could explain medically how it can serve the health of humanity. I am willing to provide an article for publication that would endeavour to explain how the understandings of esoteric healing that Serge Benhayon presents could assist people to engender greater well-being and vitality – however, I have to say that my trust in the ability of the press to deliver an unbiased and unadulterated factual report on this matter is severely waning.

As a consequence of this article, a petition has been established to submit to the Leveson Enquiry regarding the denigration of women in the media, and to call for a means to regulate this type of disrespectful and demeaning journalism. For too long we have allowed the media to get away with this sort of disrespectful and demeaning reporting of women in the media – our silence only serves to perpetuate this behaviour. If we don’t respect ourselves, why should others? The time has come to hold journalists to account for the perpetual denigration of women in the media.  

51 thoughts on “Letter to the Courier Mail: Profound Understanding of Life

  1. Thank you Eunice for writing such a comprehensive article. Your love and wisdom is beautifully expressed through your clear words. I love how you have raised the topic of knowledge (wisdom) that does not come from a book or a course. If investigation is being done it is as you suggest a great opportunity to investigate the enormous wisdom Serge holds as being ‘only a tennis coach’ and that we are all learning to reconnect with. It is time we break from our little constricted worlds of intelligence from the mind and find the vast wisdom that lives within our hearts.

  2. Thanks for this Eunice. It is interesting that there is so much made about there not being any scientific evidence to give credence to what Serge and Universal Medicine presents and yet there is a wealth of living evidence supported by observations made by respected medical professionals such as yourself which seems to be conveiniently overlooked by the media.

    Where is the media’s evidence for their story? All I seem to read are articles containing lies, half truths and innuendo with no desire to investigate this without an agenda.

  3. Ahhh Eunice – thank you for all the knowledge, experience and standing you bring to these forums. I feel the truth more and more of Serge’s statement that it is the marriage of Western and Esoteric Medicines that will deliver the greatest gifts to humanity. You are living proof of this in action.

  4. Such a beautiful and true statement, thank you for the time and love you offer in this clear article. All I can say in response is “I agree”.

  5. So beautifully expressed Eunice, thank you… and I absolutely agree “it is the deep lack of love that is at the heart of all our ills – something that has been known and presented by sages and wisdom traditions for aeons” – but are we listening?

  6. Thank you Eunice, for such a comprehensive and meaning-full piece.
    Your question still stands: “why are ‘mainstream medical’ doctors referring clients to a clinic where the healing practices were established by a man who freely admits he has no medical qualifications whatsoever?” Someone (journalist or not) will take up this offer.

  7. If there is a vote for a civil marriage celebrant who is to marry the Western Medicine and the Esoteric Medicine, my vote definitely goes to you Eunice! Your ability to say it as it is and with love is profound.

    1. Eunice Minford – a definite bridge between Western and Esoteric medicine – as are the other doctors, nurses and physiotherapists etc who work in the health services. One day they will be united.

  8. You have to be standing on truth to deliver with such power this much needed message for humanity, dear Eunice.

    People could be so deeply served by a truthful media…

    As you said, “Serge Benhayon presents –both how to live in a way that is more caring and loving and respectful of our bodies; and also what stops us from choosing those ways.”

  9. Comprehensive and powerful article Eunice. You raise a lot of great points but the one that stands out the most is ‘why are ‘mainstream medical’ doctors referring clients to a clinic where the healing practices were established by a man who freely admits he has no medical qualifications whatsoever?’ If there are any journalists out there with any integrity left, this is one of many stories that needs to be printed.

  10. Thankyou Eunice, for such a thorough, truthful and powerful article, unlike any of the articles the media have shared to date about Universal Medicine. Like you, ‘through my own life journey (both personally and professionally) I have come to know and appreciate there is much more to us as human beings and much more to health, illness and disease than Western Medicine currently perceives or understands’. The more that people accept this truth the better for all.

  11. If all those who are deemed to be qualified to do the job they are assigned to we need to wonder why we are in such a mess – political charades, social disasters, corruption, famine, wars over wars, terrorism, financial crisis, disastrous state of world wide health etc etc
    Maybe it is time to ask ourselves what true answers there might be instead of expecting the specialists to solve the problem. Serge Benhayon simply encourages self-responsibility and offers some common sense possibilities for everyone to consider and make their own choices. Like it or not, but don´t blame those who think outside the expert box.

  12. Well said Eunice. What you presented here is as true today as it was when you first expressed it. Serge Benhayon presents a way of living that offers true health and supports the great work done by the medical profession.

  13. Clearly and succinctly written Eunice – thank you on behalf of all who know the truth of Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and the women who feel empowered to live their truth.

  14. In my experience Serge Benhayon does not leave a trail of broken families, he inspires many to be incredibly loving and to treat everyone in their lives as family.

    1. Yes Laura, I know many, many couples who through Universal Medicine teachings and presentations, are now in more deeply loving and committed relationships. What is presented by Serge Benhayon supports every person to make their lives truly about love. This he does with exceptional integrity, understanding and truth and I have only ever witnessed him as 100% supportive of healing and resolving relationship difficulties. How students apply what he presents into their own lives and relationships is up to them, and what choices are ultimately made by parties involved is between them. To suggest he is responsible or facilitates this somehow is ridiculous and a complete abdication of the responsibility that rests with each person involved.

  15. Thank You Eunice for speaking up and making such clear statements, asking true questions and taking this further. Empowering for all of us, especially women. Thank You.

  16. “why are ‘mainstream medical’ doctors referring clients to a clinic where the healing practices were established by a man who freely admits he has no medical qualifications whatsoever?” We can go two ways here: one is to embark in the route of what is not (he is not doctor, etc.) If we go this way, the only possible answers lie on the fact the doctor is nuts and has lost it big time. The other option is to wonder if the man has something to offer, perhaps something not clear for a doctor but something that gives the doctor something extra to work with (in terms of understanding) and that also has an always positive impact in terms of well-being (that is always independent from having a condition).
    We can always choose what way to go.

  17. “..people will look to blame someone or something else rather than look at their own lives and take personal responsibility for their choices. Serge Benhayon empowers and inspires people to be more loving, more caring and more responsible in how they live their lives and express themselves,..”
    And living this way of self-responsibiltiy is a joy not only for the individual but for everyone we come into contact with, and inspires others to do the same.

  18. A powerful and eloquent presentation Eunice…thank you for exposing the lies and presenting truth with such clarity and purpose. It is time for true and positive change within media.

  19. A great reflection back to those journalists who continue to leverage tittle-tattle for their own financial gain and cheap personal hit. But their cut-and-paste ‘mish-mash of falsities, hyperbole and sensationalism’ merely evidences irresponsible representation of truth to suit their own ends, evident as its own genre in the now too familiar sardonic, snyde style of the unprincipled hack. Such individuals give journalism a bad name at a time when truth in the written word has become even more crucial as a route for exposing what’s really and truly going on in the world.

  20. This is a powerful stand Eunice not just relevant to what has been written by journalists with respect to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, but also more broadly across society today. The decline of standards with regards honesty, integrity, true love and care for one another, regardless of birth, blood or creed, is highlighted by the blatant disregard of those responsible for such a grossly misleading and mis-represented article. Thanks for setting the facts straight… everything I know about Universal Medicine is the antithesis of what has been implied and reported.

  21. Normally a journalist defers to doctors on medical matters, which is right and proper. How come, then, does a journalist give themselves the right to judge those same doctors and specialists when they refer patients to a complementary-to-medicine practice? This is still a medical matter and, unless they have evidence to the contrary that goes beyond just allegations, these journalists assume that their competence goes beyond that of the medical doctors. That is a very stupid arrogance at work.

  22. Your article is a great explanation of how much journalism has gone a stray and how much our lives, as women, do not get the respect and the decency that are deserved. I thank you for helping support a greater understanding of disrespect and the action you are taking to stop on-going mis-treatment of women. It is very honouring to read and not many are willing to stand up for true truth and break the gripping hold that words have when stated in an article like this. I tend to find horrible words sometimes just sink in and become accepted but this should never be the case and the words should never be spoken in the first place.

  23. Journalists have a responsibility to report the truth, however the majority of journalists have exploited this position and their integrity seems to have been totally discarded as is in the case with their report on Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, for the way they now choose to report is biased and unreliable and reads like fiction for that is all that it is. Thank you for your articulate and honest account of the facts Eunice. It can only be hoped that one day soon the journalists will choose to come back to reporting the true facts, however at this time they appear to have lost that ability.

  24. When I studied media studies in high school we would dissect articles examine the bias and intent to present facts in a distorted and coloured way. This exposed both the consciousness of the journalist as well as the agenda of the media company. What I feel concerned about is the willingness of the media to manipulate their readers, especially by inciting emotion. It’s not as if journalists aren’t trained to present both sides accountably and with integrity, and it’s not as if they are unaware of their journalistic code of ethics. What’s disturbing is they are choosing not to, and there seems to be no true accountability from any regulating body – at least not yet.

  25. “Does that not make you at least a little curious to know why highly qualified and intelligent mainstream doctors would be referring clients to this clinic?” A good point Eunice. As a former nurse I agree also with you in that what “I have found is that even though Serge Benhayon has no medical training, he does have a deep understanding of the human being, the human condition, health, illness and disease… and much more besides.”

  26. Other than being a much needed powerful article setting the record straight it was amazing to read of the submission to the Leveson Enquiry that has come from this to regulate the denigration of women in the media. It is appalling that these kind of messages are being perpetuated and also that people are still allowing themselves to be influenced by the media, ignorantly believing them to be reporting the truth or to be a moral guide of some kind, which clearly this article serves to show they are not.

  27. If we were truly interested in true health and wellbeing we would be looking with a microscope at the work of Serge Benhayon and the changes being made by those inspired by such work…for it is extraordinary. But it’s not just about illness and disease, but about the quality of living and how the level of commitment to living life has virtually exploded for all who study with him. Its not about being better than anyone else but about showing that we can live another way. It is so worth reporting on, but it seems we are much more interested in telling the crooked version rather than the truth.

  28. There is a reason as to why mainstream doctors are referring clients to this man Serge Benhayon. He understands the body in a way that is quite unique and the doctors and other medical health practitioners have noticed this. I know there’s a lot of quackery out there that has unfortunately made people lost their confidence in that which might go outside “mainstream science” but the fact is that “mainstream science” are themselves looking outside their own paradigm to evolve, how could they otherwise evolve if they were only looking inside their own bubble? The amount of people getting sick are growing faster than the medical system can keep up with and if we do not get to the root cause of why we generate illness and disease then the medical profession will only be working at the end of the problem and this is what is going to ruin the health system and more importantly the wellbeing of the people. So it’s well worth listening to what Serge Benhayon has to say as many doctors have already discovered.

  29. Wonderful letter Eunice Minford. There are many facets worth commenting on here such as the selling out of journalism and the unwillingness to go below the superficial to uncover what is true. The fact that mainstream medical professionals such as yourself are expressing their support of Serge Benhayon is surely something worth exploring further. On a personal level the paragraph that begins ‘Serge Benhayon empowers and inspires people to be more loving…’ describes my experience of what Serge brings – and has led to a true deepening of my connections with other people. Perhaps this isn’t sensational enough to be reported on – but it is a remarkable way to live and could as you say ‘benefit people everywhere’. If reporting something that could ‘benefit people everywhere’ isn’t worth reporting – then we must ask ourselves what journalism today is really all about.

  30. “Could it be possible that Serge Benhayon actually has some sensible things to say about life and how to live it, about health, well-being and illness and disease, that even has some mainstream medical doctors sitting up and taking notice?” Absolutely, which is why I too as a healthcare worker sat up and started to take notice of the wisdom he shares by his own lived experience and now it is mine too in respect to what I have chosen by my own free will to adopt into my own life. I also see every day just how desperately lost most people are today and how needed this inspiration is.

  31. All the relationships I have in my life today are deeper and more meaningful and fulfilling than I ever had before. A close family member was recently stunned when meeting my friends to witness just how loved and deeply appreciated I am in my daily life today. I owe this to Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, and to my own choices to listen and make the changes that I was inspired by in my own unique selection of what felt true for me.

  32. Wow Eunice this is a very beautiful, open and profound letter and you remind me how important it is to express the truth regardless of how corrupt the system is or how much someone else wants to remain in the dark.

  33. Our silence serves to condone and perpetuate that which we know to be harmful and yet apathetically resign to accept. The world needs more people like yourself that are willing to stand up and say enough is enough… without it, the world and the misguided beliefs will continue to harm us all.

  34. A powerful piece of writing that offers a lesson to all journalists of presenting a report “to get to the truth”.

  35. A very powerful article that exposes how each of us have lived in this world, turning down our own inner knowing to fit in and go along with what is portrayed as truth and normal, not by the integrity that it holds, but by the volume of people that abide by it. Much to ponder here, as it is this that allows such vile false reporting from our media in today’s age. Reporting that feeds the masses, but in no way exposes the harm that we do to ourselves daily by not stopping and again asking the question.. how do I really want to live? Am I living that life?

  36. The deep insights that Serge Benhayon provides into the way our body, spirit and mind function are incredible and offer a lot of answers to questions we generally have in society.

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