Sonopuncture – A Brief Introduction

Since 2007, experienced osteopathic physician Dr. Vinson DiSanto has served as the medical director of Spectrum Services in Miami, Florida. In addition to maintaining board certifications in clinical nutrition and anti-aging medicine, Vinson DiSanto, DO, holds advanced degrees in laser therapy, Ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture, and sonopuncture.

Also referred to as acutonics or vibrational therapy, sonopuncture is an alternative treatment similar to acupuncture that uses high-frequency sound waves to stimulate specific healing points on the human body. Traditionally, the sound waves are produced using specially designed tuning forks, but some practitioners also use high quality sound heads and conducting mediums such as gel or oil to generate and apply cylindrical beams of high frequency sound.

Sonopuncture can be used on people of all ages as a standalone treatment or in combination with other therapies like acupuncture. Practitioners use the therapy for various ailments, including infection, wrinkles and scars, varicose veins, headaches, and chronic pain.


The Potential Uses of Chelation Therapy

An experienced physician, Vinson DiSanto, DO, offers patients a range of complementary and holistic therapies. Dr. Vinson DiSanto has received certification for Advanced Proficiency in Chelation Therapy.

Chelation therapy involves the injection of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) into the bloodstream. The substance attaches itself to heavy metals and minerals–such as lead, coppery, mercury, and iron–that are present in the blood stream. Then, both the metals and the EDTA are eliminated through the kidneys. The treatment is especially effective for individuals with lead poisoning.

Beyond lead poisoning, chelation therapy may also treat atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease because EDTA binds with calcium deposits present in the plaque that builds up in the arteries and restricts blood flow. Health professionals also believe that EDTA can have the same effects as antioxidants by removing metals that combine with LDL cholesterol.

After chelation therapy, people often report improvements in pain associated with chronic inflammatory disease, including scleroderma, lupus, and arthritis. This improvement may stem from the antioxidant quality of EDTA, which would protect against inflammation.

Common Homeopathic Remedies

Vinson DiSanto, DO, the medical director at Spectrum Services in Miami, Florida, has over 25 years of medical experience. Dr. Vinson DiSanto is a diplomat of the American Academy of Classical Homeopathy and holds a doctor of homeopathic medicine degree.

There a several common homeopathic remedies for mild ailments such as colds, burns, and bruises. One of these is mountain daisy, or arnica. A common remedy in sports medicine, arnica is great for sprains and strains as it reduces pain and quickens the healing process. Phosphate of magnesia is another common remedy; effective for the treatment of cramps, especially menstrual ones, phosphate of magnesia provides relief similar to that of a warm compress.

Hypericum, or St. John’s wort, is a great homeopathic remedy for nerve injuries or injuries to nerve-dense areas of the body. It treats the shooting pains resulting from these types of injuries, and is often the first homeopathic remedy people look to for such treatment. Finally, St. Ignatius bean, also called ignatia, is commonly used by psychiatrists. It treats mild cases of depression, grief, and anxiety.

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.

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.

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).

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).