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What if...? This is quite a story...

What if...? This is quite a story...

Posted by Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. on May 13th 2016

What if homeopathy, utilized during surgical procedures, could reduce pain and discomfort and lead to less swelling, quicker rehabilitation, shorter hospital stays, less need for narcotics, and subsequently less nausea and vomiting and urinary retention associated with the use of narcotics??

Dr. Leonard Torok is a talented orthopedic surgeon in Medina, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Lodi Community Hospital and Medina Hospital. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

He is also a well trained homeopath.

Being the good homeopath he is, Dr. Torok wanted to have the right to use the homeopathic remedy Arnica at Medina Hospital before, during and after surgeries. To gain that right, Dr. Torok was required by the hospital to demonstrate that the use of Arnica was safe and that such use improved the standard of care.

So the good doctor set up a drug trial. He taught the staff anesthesiologists how to administer Arnica during knee replacement surgery and the nurses how to administer the medicine post-operatively during the blood reinfusion process. To objectively gauge Arnica’s effect, he measured the volume of blood filtered and reinfused following a primary total knee replacement, using that measure as his dependent variable.

Dr. Torok reports that the hospital statistician stopped the experiment after just 17 patients because statistically significant differences, and an improvement in the standard of care, had already been clearly demonstrated.

During the year prior to this experiment, the average blood loss during and after surgery was 650cc. During the experiment, the 17 patients in the study had an average blood loss of 170cc, representing a 74% decrease.

In fact, his research project showed that patients indeed experienced less pain, less swelling, quicker rehabilitation, shorter hospital stays, less need for narcotics, and subsequently less nausea and vomiting and urinary retention associated with the use of narcotics.

Dr. Torok successfully treated his patients using his Arnica protocol for the next 10 years. He recently retired as a surgeon though he still practices homeopathy. Sadly, his research on Arnica was never published…

If you are facing a surgery, remember to talk to your physician about using Arnica to help with your recovery.  

About Dr. Samet:

Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.

Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as remotely using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet

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