Run by a wealthy old Etonian in deepest Somerset, it claims you can burp out bad spirits

When Robin Clifford’s wife found an organisation that seemed to help her deal with the death of her parents, he was relieved.

Granted, the advice Universal Medicine gave was sometimes bizarre, but at least it appeared to bring solace to the woman he loved. So Robin turned a blind eye when Anita stirred her food anti-clockwise to get rid of what she called ‘entities.’ He tolerated her waking at 3am and burping to banish ‘evil spirits’. But Anita’s devotion to Universal Medicine (UM) began to take its toll on their marriage.

Meals out became an ordeal — ‘students’ of more at


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