Volunteering at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission

Board certified in family practice by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Vinson DiSanto, DO, currently serves as the medical director at Spectrum Services. Outside of work, Dr. Vinson DiSanto supports the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, which offers food, shelter, and other support services to individuals who are homeless.

The volunteering process at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission is different for groups and individuals. Individuals, who must be at least 18 years of age or accompanied by a chaperone, may register online. The organization’s online volunteer registration process guides individuals through the completion a full application form and background check, and allows them to search for volunteer openings. Individuals then sign up for the desired position before completing a mandatory orientation and beginning their volunteer work.

Groups, on the other hand, must email the organization’s volunteer coordinator. They also must meet certain criteria: volunteer groups must be employee, scout, school field trip, civic, or church groups. Group members under the age of 14 are not eligible to volunteer, and each group needs one adult chaperone for every eight teenage volunteers. When emailing the volunteer coordinator, they should include a group description and their organization’s name, as well as the contact person’s name, title, phone number, and email address. Group volunteer emails should also include the desired volunteer date along with the number of group members.

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EDTA: A Successful Treatment for Lead Poisoning

Currently serving at Spectrum Services in the capacity of Medical Director, Dr. Vinson DiSanto holds certifications in a variety of holistic specialties. Besides being knowledgeable in acupuncture, Vinson DiSanto, M.D., is also well-versed in chelation therapy.

Chelation therapy is a type of medical treatment that is usually indicated for metal poisoning. However, EDTA, or ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (the medical name for chelation therapy), is also utilized alternatively to treat life-threatening conditions like cancer or cardiac disease.

EDTA is administered to chelate (bind to) toxic metals, such as lead, mercury, or iron. For this reason, the therapy is recommended for lead poisoning. In fact, EDTA has been an FDA-approved therapy for lead poisoning for the past four decades.

Because the bodily system is unable to break down metals that have accumulated over time, EDTA, or chelation therapy, has proven to be effective in removing the substances. Typically, the therapy involves administering EDTA through the vein; however, the treatment course may also be delivered by mouth. Over time, toxins are released through urination.

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Acupuncture – An Adjunct Therapy for RA

Vinson DiSanto has a unique health care background. Trained in osteopathy and environmental medicine, Vinson DiSanto, D.O., also holds a doctor of acupuncture degree.

Integrative medicine (IM), or the combination of traditional Western practices with holistic therapies, often is useful in treating conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA, caused by an immune system dysfunction, is a chronic disease that affects the joints and produces such symptoms as limited movement, swelling, stiffness, and pain.

RA generally impacts the joints of the hands and feet, although inflammation can extend to internal organs such as the lungs. Other areas that may be affected include the shoulders, ankles, knees, and hips. Morning stiffness is the major symptom of the disease.

When combined with traditional approaches, acupuncture has proven effective in helping patients afflicted with RA. This treatment involves the stimulation of certain acupoints by the use of fine needles. When the needles are placed, the nerves at these points are stimulated, sending a signal to the brain that activates the production of pain-killing endorphins. When RA patients are treated with acupuncture, many find that their level of pain is reduced.

Because acupuncture is primarily used to treat pain, the therapy is also helpful to patients who experience chronic back pain, headache pain, or osteoarthritis (OA).

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Vinson DiSanto: MD vs. DO

Vinson DiSanto, DO, PhD earned a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his medical internship at Phoenix General Hospital. Dr. DiSanto went on to obtain a PhD in Traditional Oriental Medicine and is certified in homeopathic as well as occupational and environmental medicine.

Allopathic medical schools generally follow the traditional model of two years of basic sciences and two years of clinical work before granting a Doctor of Medicine, or MD. Osteopathic medical schools teach the same basic science curricula, but combine it with the philosophy of osteopathy, which stresses therapeutic techniques and prevention.

Whether a medical student chooses an allopathic or osteopathic approach does not affect eligibility for any conventional residency, in any specialty. Both doctors will have the traditional privileges given to qualified physicians. In most instances, they will be licensed by the same boards, given privileges at the same hospitals, and found in similar numbers on the faculties of medical schools.

Starting in July 2015, there will be a single accreditation system put into place for all graduate medical programs in the U.S., providing both MD and DO physicians with certification from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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Dr. Vinson DiSanto: the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Vinson DiSanto, Medical Director at Spectrum Services in Miami, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) in 1986. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists, and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation Medicine.

Leveraging more than 100 years of experience, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) trains future physicians in care methods that treat the whole patient as opposed to individual parts or symptoms. The school administers programs that award the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) as well as graduate degrees in forensic medicine, biomedical science, and other fields.

Students at PCOM experience an academic environment renowned for its collegiality. Faculty and students often partner to carry out exciting research projects and to co-publish findings in scientific journals and present them at conferences. Furthermore, the school educates students using state-of-the-art equipment in its Clinical Learning and Assessment Lab, which includes robotic patient simulators.

Prospective students contact the admissions department at (800) 999-6998 and log on to www.pcom.edu for more information.

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Vinson DiSanto, DO: the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Profession

Dr. Vinson DiSanto, Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, presently practices as Medical Director of Spectrum Services in Miami. Over the course of his career, he has garnered a number of awards, including the Outstanding Resident Assistant recognition from Widener University, the Golden Heart Award from Phoenix General Hospital, and the Sustained Superior Performance Award from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which he served as Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Director of the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta from 1993 to 1997.

Similar to allopathic medical professionals (known widely as MDs), osteopathic doctors undergo at least four years of training and many go on to specialize in a particular field. However, osteopathic professionals differ from allopathic professionals in that they pursue additional study in the musculoskeletal system as well as manual medicine. Furthermore, osteopaths emphasize whole patient healing, meaning many DOs (doctors of osteopathic medicine) take into account more than just one system or organ when determining health quality.

States license DOs in much the same way as they do MDs. Moreover, DOs who specialize may receive board certification by finishing a residency and passing examinations.

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Atlantic City Rescue Mission

Dr. Vinson DiSanto is a Marlton, New Jersey Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) who has worked in the medical field for more than 30 years. Since 2007, he has served as Medical Director for Spectrum Services, a healthcare group that takes a holistic approach to treating both adults and children. However, Dr. DiSanto’s commitment to his community extends far beyond the clinical medical environment at Spectrum Services. When he isn’t working, Dr. Vinson DiSanto is proud to support the continuing efforts of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Taking inspiration from the Holy Gospel, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission (ACRM) has been providing meals, shelter, clothing, and homeless prevention services to members of the local community for almost half a century. Special programs sponsored by the ACRM help members of the region’s homeless population who are struggling with employment, substance abuse, or mental health issues. Over the past five years, the Atlantic City Rescue Mission’s budget has grown by thirty-three percent to provide critical assistance to more than 3,000 individuals in need. In 2008, ACRM served over 360,000 meals and filled more than 98,000 temporary beds.

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