Skeptic News: New Age group supplements under investigations

A New age┬ácommunity branded a ”cult” by its critics is under investigation by health authorities over a range of herbal supplements it sells online.

Based in Lismore on North Coast of Australia the group, Universal Medicine, have become┬áthe subject of an ”urgent review” by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The leader of Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon, a former tennis coach who has claimed to be the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci and Pythagoras, sells three different ”Eso-Herbs” – Harmony, Re-Balancing and Connection – for $40 a plastic tub.

A TGA spokeswoman said the products met the definition of therapeutic goods because they made general therapeutic claims and were sold in a dosage pack rather than being raw herbs.

”The TGA is concerned that these goods are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and have not been evaluated by the TGA as the law requires, in order to protect the public, this matter is being urgently investigated by the TGA with the sponsor being required to achieve compliance with the regulatory requirements of Australia’s therapeutic goods legislation.”

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