Dr. Andrea La Torre, M.D. Otolaryngologist (ENT) - Info for consultation
"If Christopher Columbus, Copernicus and Galileo had trusted on what everyone was saying, we still would believe that the sun revolves around a flat Earth." (A. La Torre)
First of all, I am a man, a male doctor, as you can see in my picture. Although the name Andrea is a typical name for women in other countries, in Italy, it is a very common name for a man (do you know Andrea Bocelli?) :-) But... let's start to talk seriously..
I'm an Italian doctor and researcher in the field of Inner ear disorders. I was born in Rome, Italy, 56 years ago. I lived and worked in Italy for most of my life. Currently I am living in Vietnam, but actually being able to work online and travel at the same time in any country, I do it (or I did it...before this 2020 pandemic!).
I became Doctor in Medicine and Surgery in 1989, and since 1993 I'm a specialist in Otolaryngology. I have dedicated at least the last 22 years of my professional activity to understand and treat tinnitus, sensorineural hearing loss, dizziness and subjective disturbance of balance, and Meniere's Syndrome, still considered by many colleagues, due to laziness, superficiality, lack of interest or prevailing commercial aims, "the dark side of otolaryngology".
I always looked further to develop more effective therapies for the treatment of endo-lymphatic and peri-lymphatic hydrops of the inner ear, the most common but most underestimated cause of these disorders, rejecting every cliché, but performing researches with scientific skepticism and pure application of logic.
What I can offer, as the result of years of scientific research on several thousand patients, and dozens of different diagnostic tests, often personally designed or modified for the purpose, involving also specialists from other disciplines, is an effective treatment to help many patients (but not everyone, because real permanent damages remain untreatable, although never provable in advance) even without further need for diagnostic tests, after they have been systematically carried out in over 16,000 cases until 2009.
In order to start the therapy, today and already for 10 years, I do not need diagnostic tests anymore, because they are not useful for me to decide the approach with the single patient. Hydrops is always present and confirmed with tests, but no test can tell us if it is also the reason for symptoms or if there are also damages. But symptoms can. In many cases the damage is excluded by the symptoms.
What we need instead, and what is usually neglected, is a correct assessment of the patient and not just of the ear. We need to care about the real impact on his/her life arising from the disorders and even take in account the actual psychological condition, that is critical, because the hydrops is a situation where stress plays a leading role. Nowadays, in fact, the relationship of the antidiuretic hormone (ADH), a stress-related hormone, with the inner ear fluids and hydrops is well known. This hormone is the main target of my therapy against the hydrops.
Having overcome the need for specific tests, I can get closer to patients around the world without geographical limits, offering medical advice, consultation and assistance to the patients and their doctors worldwide, thanks to the technology, using Video Consultations on the Internet via Skype, Whatsapp or other apps. A much more efficient, cost-effective way and without any need to move around. I have now an 8-years experience with this way of offering consultations to patients. Fortunately this can be actually offered to "the world" even because I can manage a video consultation in Italian, my native language, in English, in Spanish, in French, in Russian, and... in Latvian (not so spread, actually!), but at a lesser level I speak and understand many other languages. I had already assisted in this way italian and foreigner patients living in many different countries. But, unfortunately, while to talk and give counselling is pretty easy with Skype or Whatsapp, and many doctors around the world are starting to use it, in many countries there are specific problems to export my treatment. First, foreigner doctors' medical prescription are not accepted in every country. And not everything I prescribe is available everywhere. This is the reason why, having still lot of Italians asking for my treatment and my assistance, what I am looking for, is not only patients from other countries but ...also their GP's and otolaryngologists, to assist and give help locally providing they have enough desire to care about you seriously.
How can I help you?
There are two different ways to receive help from me and from my treatment if you are NOT ITALIAN, NOT LIVING IN ITALY, AND WITHOUT CONNECTIONS TO ITALY, UNABLE TO USE MY ITALIAN PRESCRIPTION IN ITALY OR TO RECEIVE MEDICATIONS FROM ITALY. FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS PLEASE BOOK DIRECTLY "TREATMENT AND FULL ASSISTANCE" FROM THE BOOKING SYSTEM.
A. You can book a short direct video consultation via Skype or Whatsapp. It is FREE (totally costless), but you can decide to choose anyway for a voluntary fix contribution (€ 25,00) in case you feel like doing it. I will explain you the treatment and its options for your specific situation and I will give you a list of drugs to check availability in your country and the diet. Then you will look for a doctor (whoever who can write a prescription accepted in your country) who will approve my prescription, in case it will not be accepted in your country.
After this first step you have two different options to continue:
You can decide to have the treatment ** and my direct, full and unlimited assistance, via Skype, Whatsapp and email, and it will cost € 150,00 (about 165 USD currently) to pay only once (per life!). I do the same with my italian patients. They pay € 150,00 and they have unlimited assistance and never pay anymore a single cent. Being the economical situation different in every country, there is anyway an option, also for Italians, to pay less (only € 100,00 or € 75,00) in case that amount is too much for your actual possibilities.
You can ask your ENT specialist to contact me in Skype or Whatsapp TOTALLY FREE ! and I will give him or her directly the treatment with my full unlimited assistance, He or she will give you the needed assistance with me in the role of supervisor. My goal is spread knowledge not collect more money! The only rule that your ENT will have to respect is that he or she has to promise not to charge you more than € 150,00 or equivalent fee and that for that fee you will have full unlimited assistance exactly as you could have directly from me. I'm doing all that for the benefit of patients not for the wallet of doctors!
B. Your ENT can directly contact me in Skype TOTALLY FREE from the start, and I will teach him or her, directly how to do, offering my full assistance .
I can also have a contact with your GP to explain the treatment, and just for prescription every doctor is ok, but I suggest you to find an ENT to give you a more specialistic assistance. In that case you will not have any direct relationship with me but your ENT will directly assist you in any step from the start. Believe me, it's not so hard for a ENT to understand everything and start to apply in few hours. What is hard is to have the will to do it and enough passion to keep on going in this direction. Because one of the main reasons of the outcome that I reach more or less easily (when this is possible) with my patients is the special relationship I create with them. Inner ear hydrops is a stress related disease, and anxiety and other psychological factors are something I have to deal everyday. And drugs or everything else can't be enough without a proper approach to the patient.
If you prefer to use whatsapp you can choose this option during the booking process. In that case after booking you have to add my whatsapp +393396504961 and send me a message with your name there.
* *Consultation can be in Italian, English, French, Spanish or Russian and also the preliminary infos about the diet and the list of needed medication can be sent in one of this languages, but the full treatment could be only in Italian, because I often make updates and it would be too hard to translate every update in different languages. In that case you will have to translate the therapy by your own.
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The international booking system is currently under update. In the meanwhile, to book a consultation write me in whatsapp, please.