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    Dr. Shemesh Alleged Tinnitus “Cure” / Fake-Cure False-Hope “Fallacy”

    Three years ago, I was diagnosed with intractable chronic tinnitus. I traveled from one doctor’s office to another only to hear the repeated phrase “you will have to learn to live with this condition, there is nothing that can be done medically.” Shocked and dismayed, my anxiety lead to serious depression and I further developed sleep deprivation. My emotional light bulb was turned off to a dark and dreary reality.

    It is unfortunate for the 260-million tinnitus sufferers in the world that the majority of ENT and Otolaryngology physicians do not know much about the physiological mechanisms of tinnitus. The subject matter is barely discussed in medical school, limited to a brief few hours of study.

    Many patients who develop chronic severe tinnitus become emotionally handicapped and very vulnerable because there is a deep sense of isolation; it is a loneliness, which can lead to suicidal ideation.

    The medical community is lacking in the area of patient education, selective counseling and emotional support for patients with chronic tinnitus. None of the doctors I visited ever told me about the ATA (i.e.: American Tinnitus Association)!
    The ATA website was my initial source for discovering and reading information concerning the different methods / modalities for managing the symptoms of tinnitus.

    Tinnitus is mostly a psychological challenge, by this I mean how we “react” to the bizarre noises in our head determines the state of our emotional temperament.
    Well, I was on over-load and my reactions were that of fear and bewilderment.

    In desperation, I searched for clues on the internet. I was playing a bad game of monopoly; eventually I would loose everything on the boardwalk. I wanted to find the magical “cure”, to put an end to my misery. Now, I knew from my reading of many medical textbooks that in “reality”, there is “no cure” at this time for tinnitus. There are several clinically proven methods, tools and mechanisms to improve and manage the condition.

    Vulnerability was my middle name and the logical side of my brain was on a long-term hiatus. As I searched through the onslaught of websites on the internet, I came upon the website of a Dr. Shemesh located in Israel. As I read the information on Dr. Shemesh’s website, I noticed the words “cure” “curative process” “healing process” strategically placed and repeated on several pages of his website. The website also displayed several anecdotal videos presentations by former patients who spoke highly of Dr. Shemesh and told of their personal stories.

    Well, to make a long story condensed, I traveled to Israel and I met with the doctor of magic. I performed Dr. Shemesh’s “curative protocol” in a most disciplined manner, for a two-year period I took his medicinal capsules and subscribed to his dietary suggestions. I spent $3,600.00 for the doctor’s consultation fees, $1,200.00 for required laboratory tests and $1,000.00 for initial supply of capsules.
    Overall, I spent $12,600.00 for my trip to Israel, which covered a six-week period. Over the two-year period, I spent an additional $1,500.00 for monthly capsules.

    Conclusion: As of this writing, my tinnitus symptoms have not improved even to the slightest degree. This fact was confirmed by the results of my recent hearing and tinnitus test performed by my Audiologist, PhD.

    The so-called “cure” has eluded me in the same manner that a criminal-mind / con-artist eludes an investigative process, which seeks to discover factual evidence.

    The magical cure has escaped me. Additionally, it has escaped the six (6) other tinnitus patients I met in Israel; we have continued to correspond throughout the two-year period.

    Time for a Reality Check:

    On Dr. Shemesh’s website, he discusses the silver-bullet word of a “cure.” Argument: No other licensed doctor or medical clinic in the entire world makes such a statement. Considering that, Dr. Shemesh did not major in ENT / Otolaryngology or Neurology, his statement of a “cure” can only be considered assuming and questionable.

    Being that Dr. Shemesh has “never” subjected his tinnitus treatment protocol to clinical trials, random study trials, double-blind placebo trials, etc., perhaps it would be correct to call him “ludicrous.”

    Dr. Shemesh sells to his patient’s prepared medicinal capsules made of vitamins, minerals and herbs. An “individual” pharmacist prepares the capsules. The name of the pharmacist is secret; this information will not be revealed to any patient. There is no way of determining the quality, consistency, purity, and shelf life of the capsules because they are not prepared in a manner, which is regulated by Israel State Pharmaceutical practices. Argument: What is truly in the medicinal capsules; they have never been tested for ingredient composition by a licensed testing laboratory.

    The website of Dr. Shemesh shows pretty pictures of Hadassah Hospital and other Israel medical facility buildings. This is very deceitful because Dr. Shemesh’s office is in a very small medical building in an isolated area of Bane Braq. He no longer is involved with Hadassah Hospital. Argument: Is the website layout designed to be miss-leading and to capture the eyes of vulnerable and gullible tinnitus sufferers?

    Dr. Shemesh will verbally tell you the patient has an 80% chance for “cure” in a two-year period. However, on the paper work agreement, which the patient signs, it states that 90% of patients have been cured. Argument: 80% is not 90% and 90% is not 80% - so please make up your mind. Now, remember there is no substantial medical data to back up any of these claims.

    In the paper work is a signed agreement, which expresses that Dr. Shemesh has no obligation to offer the patient a “refund” should the protocol not work (No Cure). Argument: With a 90% cure rate, why would the good doctor be so concerned about a small 10% failure rate?

    Several patients that I know asked Dr. Shemesh for a “partial refund” because the process did not work for them, his answer was an “absolute” not possible you signed an agreement.

    Suggestive Summary:

    With over 260 million tinnitus sufferers in the world is it not possible that the good doctor had a brainstorm. “If I suggest that I hold a “cure” for this most difficult brain and auditory condition, then people will flock to me as if I am the Messiah.”

    “With the avoidance of legitimate clinical study and comparative analysis they will never be able to disprove my magical cure.”

    “What a great idea and who does not trust a man with the initials Dr. (Doctor).”

    “With all of this in mind I can create a most financially rewarding business model.”

    I sincerely suggest to any tinnitus sufferer who is searching for the non-existent “cure” to repeat these words aloud – “Buyer Beware.”

    On a personal note, I do question the very basic fabric of this man; what is his motivation and what is his standard of ethics.

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    Re: Dr. Shemesh Alleged Tinnitus “Cure” / Fake-Cure False-Hope “Fallacy”

    Thank you for writing this. I, too, suffer from tinnitis. My life has been such that I've had little time to do the kind of research you have done, but now that you have done it I can be more sure than I was that my doctor was correct in saying there is no cure. All I have found that helps is to drink enough water, eat less salt, and stay positive. Being involved in interesting, other, things is perhaps even more important.

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    Re: Dr. Shemesh Alleged Tinnitus “Cure” / Fake-Cure False-Hope “Fallacy”

    I visited Dr. Shemesh in Israel a few years ago. I spent approximately 15 thousand dollars and at the end of the two year “treatment”, my condition got worse. I agree with everything that has been said but wish to add the following:

    a) Dr. Shemesh lives in a fantasy world and sees everything as his own personal success. One night he asked me to stay longer at his office telling me that he would like to introduce me to another patient, Raquel, whom he “cured” after he fixed her Thyroid imbalances. Raquel had Thyroid problems and her primary care doctor initially refused to reveal laboratory test results to Dr. Shemesh. After obtaining consent from Raquel, the primary care doctor finally sent Dr. Shemesh the metabolic profile of Raquel. Dr. Shemesh immediately “found the culprit”, gave Raquel capsules “specifically composed for her pathology”, and “created a metabolic milieu, which spontaneously cured Raquel of her chronic Tinnitus in only a few weeks.”

    When Raquel finally arrived at the office Dr. Shemesh asked her to explain to me how she was “cured” of chronic Tinnitus. Raquel replied, “Dr. Shemesh, I have been telling you all this time that my Tinnitus is getting worse, not better. I am one of the 10% that even you cannot cure. No, I am not getting better, I am getting worse and nothing helps me. The best treatment is to ignore the ringing. The only one that can cure me is God.”

    Dr. Shemesh, however, was not embarrassed regarding Raquel’s reply. He said to me that he can introduce me to many others, who “indeed were cured.”

    b) Dr. Shemesh makes up many stories claiming he has cured suffering patients of their chronic tinnitus. His claims are simply lies - there is no truth to his tales. Before I went to Israel, I asked him on the telephone if the duration of my Tinnitus has a correlation with potential success of his treatment. He answered that it has none. He further told me a story about an Israeli soldier who had severe Tinnitus for 28 years and was cured of the condition in a few weeks after Dr. Shemesh found very subtle imbalance in his metabolic profile. When several months later I asked him again about the same soldier, he stated he didn't know what I was talking about.

    c) I contacted all patients that contributed videos to Dr Shemesh' website. Only three responded to my emails: Dr. Arie Yagoda and William Hunt visited Dr. Shemesh after having Tinnitus for 4 months and Tim Donahue after having Tinnitus for 6 months. As you can see, none of these three persons was a chronic Tinnitus sufferer.

    Dr. Yagoda experienced cessation of Tinnitus 8 months after he first met Dr. Shemesh (after having Tinnitus for 12 months in total). What he experienced was most likely spontaneous remission that had nothing to do with Dr. Shemesh’s “therapy”. However, recently he got a recurrence and is now in the same situation as before he first visited Dr. Shemesh. His recurrence is, of course, not mentioned on the website.Mr. Hunt still has Tinnitus, which is now greatly decreased in volume. This typically happens in most people due to habituation, regardless if they are treated or not. Mr. Donahue lost his Tinnitus 26 days after visiting Dr. Shemesh; he drank a herbal supplement Dr. Shemesh recommended which he bought in Elat, Israel. Dr. Shemesh immediately recorded a video; however, Mr. Donahue’s Tinnitus soon came back and remained constant until 2008 when it got much louder. The therapy of Dr. Shemesh did not help and Tim, as we know today, committed suicide due to intractable loud Tinnitus in April of 2013. Dr. Shemesh knew already in May 2013 that Tim committed suicide, however, he kept playing the anecdotal video of Tim Donahue for another two years as the proof that he can “cure” tinnitus. He assumed it was safe to lie and to promote his treatment knowing that Tim was dead and could not speak out.

    When I talked to Tim Donahue, before his passing, his video served as the model patient and best marketing tool of Dr. Shemesh. Tim revealed that Dr. Shemesh refused to talk to him after realizing that his condition got worse. Dr. Shemesh became afraid that his big lie about “curing” tinnitus as shown in his anecdotal videos, could be revealed to his cash paying customers. The doctor ignored all of Tim’s pleas for help: he did not respond to his emails and did not return any phone calls. He wanted Tim Donahue to disappear so he could keep playing the promotional video “Tinnitus can be cured” to other Tinnitus sufferers who were desperate and had cash.

    d) Dr. Shemesh might be living in his own world of fantasy and lies, but he is shrewd and smart enough not to publish his so-called “secrets” about his “metabolic approach.” He knows perfectly well that a double blind study performed by independent researchers would prove beyond doubt that his “curative process” works no better than placebo. He also knows very well that he is stealing money from suffering people. Moreover, by promising a “cure” which is nonexistent, he is causing patients not to seek available management therapies for this debilitation condition. Instead, he promotes his false and unproven “cure” treatment so patients spend their money and time with a treatment that does not work. It never has worked for anyone!

    e) His metabolic approach makes no sense in medical terms and it is not supported by any clinical data.

    - There is no scientific proof that vitamins, herbs or minerals can reverse Tinnitus.

    - Regarding metabolic profiles, they are measured only in two selective laboratories (Haifa and Herzlya) with whom Dr. Shemesh seems to have a “special relationship”, likely kickbacks for referring them patients. Why metabolic profiles cannot be done in the EU or USA simply remains a mystery.

    - Patient’s metabolic profiles are measured only once, before “therapy” starts. There are no follow up measurements of metabolites to see if his “therapy” has any effect on metabolites. The initial expensive tests serve only to empty the pockets of his cash paying patients and to give the veneer of scientific approach.

    - If metabolites were all normal, such as in most cases, Dr. Shemesh would typically construct a story that makes no sense at all.

    When I asked Dr. Shemesh why aren't high-quality vitamins, minerals and selective herbs, purchased from a retail health-food store, just as good as his very expensive supplements, he answered that only he can mix the exact proper amounts of ingredients based on my blood tests due to his elaborate understanding of math. He told me that he took an extensive math course with Oxford University.

    What a load of crap and non-sense; everyone metabolizes supplements, medicines and foods quite differently. All of this is pure fiction at its best!

    f) Hadassah Hospital, a renowned medical facility in Israel, should let the medical community know why Dr. Shemesh no longer works with them. Was Dr. Shemesh fired because he was lying to patients about his therapy protocols while employed there? Did anything else happen?


    In conclusion, I do not know a single chronic Tinnitus patient who was ever cured by Dr. Shemesh. Additionally, I do not know any person who is aware of anyone who was actually permanently cured by this doctor. The entire operation is a complete scam and the costs are extremely expensive. There is no real data to substantiate any of his claims. During his treatment, Dr. Shemesh talks ad nauseam about the “cure.” This initially makes his patients very happy (false hope), however the “cure” never-ever occurs which makes all of his patients emotionally desperate and potentially suicidal.

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