Over the last few years, time and time again, I have been witness to journalists attempting to shred Serge Benhayon’s reputation and his business Universal Medicine for the cheap pay-off off a sensational and ‘contentious’ story.
I have also had several very close friends who are associated with Universal Medicine, who have been completely dishonored by the press within numerous publications. They have been written about in ‘prestigious’ newspapers without even having been consulted about the veracity of the information; or their words in interviews have been extracted and totally twisted out of context to present the complete opposite of what was said.
Letters to the editors correcting the record have been dismissed unpublished as the journalists and newspapers have absolved themselves of any responsibility whatsoever.
We hear about a Code of Ethics for journalists but in my experience this is a farce, an urban myth of the profession.
Journalists and members of the Australian Press Council (APC) claim to abide by rules and codes of ethics, but when it comes to practical matters it seems these rules and codes of ethics are fine to abandon – facts don’t need to be part of the reports, matters do not require much investigation, in fact sometimes even inventing details and fabricating stories is totally fine even at the cost of a person’s reputation. This is not to say that all journalists are of the same ilk, but there seems to have been a lot of those that paint a poor picture of the integrity of their profession!
Recently, there has been widespread media coverage regarding another one of my friends also associated with Universal Medicine, whose words and actions have been twisted to suit a rather dismal agenda – that of implying that she was nothing more than a brainwashed, lost and weak cancer victim. This could not be further from the truth.
However, this case is different to the previous cases in that the friend in question is unable to speak up for herself and correct the disrespectful insinuations because she is no longer alive.
Should we allow the press to rubbish a person’s life after their death, unchallenged? What kind of a journalist would do this to someone they have never met and know nothing about?
Judith McIntyre was a glorious woman – the life and love in her eyes shone out unmistakably for all to see. Even in her last months and last weeks she was so ‘with it’, so aware and so ‘sharp’ in her ability to feel and see all that happened around her, that is was hard to believe that she was terminally ill. There was absolutely nothing weak-minded and brainwashed about this woman as implied by some of the articles in the press.
I worked closely with Judith and her carer Ingrid Langenbruch in the last 6 months prior to Judith’s death, supporting her with food and catering. I was in regular phone and email contact during this time and prepared and cooked meals for her and for Ingrid who had the full time (24/7) task of caring for Judith whilst living with her. Judith was always very clear on the food she wanted prepared and very detailed as to the ingredients to be used – if the food did not suit, she simply let me know, and we adjusted it as needed to support her.
Her instructions were clear and direct and always made sense. She was always positive and even emails from her felt like a healing or blessing to read.
However this is not the picture that the media have portrayed of Judith since her recent passing when her will was contested in court by her adult children, despite their assurances to her that they would not follow this course of action. Certain journalists have created the impression that she was a brainwashed and weak-minded cancer victim who had no real control over the writing of her will. They have very deviously presented information implying that she was not of sound mind – all this in an attempt to sling mud at the celebration of a woman who was dedicated to the well-being of a community and indeed humanity.
Furthermore, the media has used this situation with Judith McIntyre to further attempt to trash the reputation of Serge Benhayon.
Serge Benhayon was a beneficiary of a substantial donation from Judith before her passing – this was to be used for the purpose of renovating a teaching and conference hall in Wollongbar, NSW. Serge fully honoured this purpose and the hall is today open and in use by the community. In her will, Judith McIntyre bequeathed further funds to Serge Benhayon to complete the renovations to further benefit the community. However the media have completely omitted this information from their articles, and implied that this money was for Serge’s personal use. This shows the underlying and ongoing agenda of painting Serge Benhayon in poor light.
In the recent Supreme Court case brought by Seth and Sarah McIntyre to overturn their mother’s will, Justice Stevenson (presiding) made the following remarks, which were deliberately not printed in the press:
“In final submissions, Mr Morrissey [(representing the McIntyre children)] went so far as to submit that I should conclude that Mr Benhayon might actually use his property at Wollongbar, as improved using funds provided by the Deceased, for his own interests rather than those of Universal Medicine. But Mr Morrissey did not put that proposition to Mr Benhayon. On the evidence before me, I see no basis upon which I could reach such a conclusion.”
“The strong impression I have from the evidence is that the Deceased knew exactly what she was doing when she made her will. She appears to have weighed up the competing considerations of the need to leave a legacy to Sarah and Seth and her desire to promote the teachings of Mr Benhayon. I see no basis upon which to conclude that the decision was not her own.”
The final judgment was that Judith McIntyre’s will should stand exactly as it was written. This also brings up another salient point about how important it is that a person’s wishes be honoured just as much when they have passed over as when they were alive. How often do we see a will being overturned when the person who wrote it is no longer alive and hence cannot defend their final wishes in life. In this instance the court upheld Judith’s last wishes.
And there is more the press could have shared. Beyond the promise to complete the teaching facility as a permanent legacy for the community, Serge Benhayon also offered to Judith in her last months of life, a model of palliative care, that he designed: Judith was on the receiving end of a constant and high level of care from a team of volunteers, medical professionals and complementary health care practitioners that shows that the highest level of care can be offered with a team of people working together whilst the patient still lives at home. Having worked in nursing homes as well as at Lismore Base hospital, I have been witness to people that have died without this depth and quality of care and love and though the teams have done their best to support within the circumstances, and many carers and nurses have been there with much warmth, it still falls very short of the depth of care that Judith received and every one of us deserves in our last moments.
The real story that still remains unreported by the media is the story of an amazing woman (Judith McIntyre) and an amazing man (Serge Benhayon) dedicated to the well being of humanity. At best, the journalists have been too blind to see this, and at worst they have willfully misrepresented the facts.
Judith McIntyre should be celebrated for the glorious and deeply community-loving woman she was to her last breath. And as her friend, I cannot stand by silent and watch someone betray their code of ethics and twist information about someone they have never met, do not know and who can no longer speak up for themselves as they have passed away.
By Henrietta Chang (BaNat, BaBiol, MApplSci Ecol, ATMS, EPA), Ballina, Northern NSW, Australia
Henrietta Chang is a practitioner of Natural Medicine with a keen interest in science and chemistry, food and nutrition as well as body work.
She loves to work with people and is actively involved in supporting the education of students up to University level.
Serge Benhayon is an author and presenter and the founder of Universal Medicine. You can learn more about Serge Benhayon at his personal website www.sergebenhayon.com