Shaare Zedek UK, now based in North West London, was formed over 70 years ago to support the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre which opened in Jerusalem in 1902.
The committee of Shaare Zedek UK (originally known as the British Friends of Shaare Zedek) have i...
Asked to comment, Dr. Menachem Oberbaum, a physician and head of the integrative medicine unit at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, said the conclusions are not surprising.
"Most of the pediatric visits to physicians are for recurrent problems that are not life threatening," he said.
"These are problems for which conventional treatment is insufficient and of limited value.
A large number of patients, using CAM for these types of complaints, are cured, without getting into the question if it is due to placebo or a real effect.
The sick patient does not usually mind how the cure is achieved, if via placebo or a real effect.
This is the reason why these patients continue visiting CAM practitioners despite the negative pressure by the conventional [medicine establishment]."
Oberbaum, who does not accept unproven CAM techniques and believes some can be harmful, continued that "in the long run, including CAM in the conventional repertoire will lower the health expenses.