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When “Healing Hands” Start Grasping

By John Dwyer

Esoteric breast massage claims “to heal many issues such as painful periods, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, bloating/water retention, and pre-menstrual and menopausal symptoms”.

John Dwyer is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at UNSW and Foundation President of Friends of Science in Medicine (www.scienceinmedicine.org.au).

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Much adverse publicity has descended recently on a “New Age” healing service based in Lismore, NSW, called Universal Medicine. Serge Benhayon, a one-time tennis coach with no health care qualifications, leads the organisation.

Perhaps the most sensational therapeutic modality on offer is referred to as “esoteric breast massage”. Even though Benhayon’s claims about esoteric breast massage have been examined by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Health Care Complaints Commission (NSW) and the Australian Medical Registration Board, Universal Medicine is continuing its unacceptable practices unfettered by any sanctions from regulatory bodies.

What is on offer? Let’s look at a description of the benefits of esoteric breast massage from Benhayon’s website.

The Esoteric Breast Massage assists to heal many issues such as painful periods, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, bloating/water retention, and pre-menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

A woman benefits from a series of EBMs to help clear the imposed ills that come from herself and from those who impose on her. How many EBMs are beneficial will depend on how much is in the breasts to be cleared. We recommend at least 10 to 12 to start with, but you may feel it is right to have...

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