By Addie Summers
Okeechobee Times Nov. 17, 1961
A nervous, obviously disturbed boy sits by a record player. For five minutes he listens through earphones to an assortment of musical notes. He doesn't hear the
ultrasonic waves that accompany the notes. But the vibrations enter his nervous system and work what seems to the layman a fantastic change. After a few weeks of
painless treatment the patient gets along better with others, his whole attitude improves, and he is able to settle down to studies and work.
To Dr. Luis Souza, resident psychiatrist at the Florida School for Boys at Marianna, there is nothing miraculous or mysterious in the affect of sound therapy. He has
planned the exact frequency of the unheard notes. Through color thesis, he has learned the wave lengths on which the boy's brain functions. Even the youngster's
diet has been planned to sensitize the area the psychiatrist wants to stimulate.
In the United States, Dr. Souza says, "Sound therapy is new even to the specialists. It has been used successfully in Europe however for 15 years." Dr Souza did
research with the developers of the science for fifteen months and later studied in Vienna under the leading practitioner. As a United Nations Diplomat, he saw sound
therapy return mentally ill patients to reality and observed its successful use with soldiers suffering combat fatigue during the Korean War.
Many boys in trouble fail to profit from the training school program, Dr. Souza says, because of their mental and neurological conditions. Behind these conditions, he
often finds organic trouble.
With the right ultrasonic note, Dr. Souza can rouse lazy endocrine glands, tap the pituitary gland and start a boy growing at a normal rate, increase sugar in the blood
and even influence red blood count. He expects about 50% percent of youngsters diagnosed as emotionally disturbed to respond to sound wave treatment.
To obtain the 120 or more frequencies needed, Dr. Souza uses an ordinary recording machine which perfectly pitched notes from many instruments have been
recorded. Along with each of these audible sounds goes the important ultrasonic wave.
Sound therapy, Dr. Souza says, is "absurdly cheaper" than other treatment methods. The only facilities needed are a bed for rest, a special diet, and a laboratory to
check results. A small lab has been set up in an office. There, Dr. Souza runs tests for the school hospital as well as for the boys under his care.
Three Florida School for Boys students have undergone treatment by sound thus far. One student who only two months ago was receiving three or four behavior
reports every week and who had stolen a knife and threaten to kill his mother, has improved so much that he has not received a behavior report since. He now ranks
pilot in the Citizenship Evaluation System, only one step from the top ace rating.
About 50 more youngsters are following prescribe diets in preparation for treatment when the psychiatric unit opens. Dr. Souza expects them to live in the unit about
90 days. Then they will return to the regular program to benefit from school, job training and sports.
Ultrasound was illegal to use on children, as described by highlighted red line in paragraph four. His theory: "With the right ultrasonic
note, Dr. Souza can rouse lazy endocrine glands, tap the pituitary gland and start a boy growing at a normal rate, increase sugar in the
blood and even influence red blood count. He expects about 50% percent of youngsters diagnosed as emotionally disturbed to respond
to sound wave treatment." This is the raving of a mad doctor, conducting medical experiments on children, with great disregard to the
outcome or injury that could take place.
ULTRASOUND (Link has more content, this is excerpt)
Guidelines for the Safe Use of Ultrasound, Safety Information Resources
American Physical Therapy Association
An ultrasound machine consists of a console that is plugged into an AC adapter, in which a coaxial cable provides electrical current to a handheld
transducer with an applicator head (which emits the ultrasound waves). Your doctor would rub a special gel on the skin of your affected area, then
program the device to emit sound waves at a certain frequency from 0.8 to 3 megahertz (depending on your condition). He would move it over your
skin in small circular motions for 5 to 10 minutes a session.
Parts of Your Body to Avoid
You should not use ultrasound over the skin where your organs or mucus membranes are located, which include the following; heart, lungs, kidneys,
liver, bowels, vagina, ovaries, testes, rectum, brain, spinal cord, nose, eyes and mouth. It is also important that pregnant women do not expose their
abdomen or lower back region to ultrasound waves as it may harm the fetus.
Ultrasound therapy should not be used if you have certain medical conditions or illnesses, which include the following: severe arterial insufficiency,
cardiac disease, deep vein thrombosis, spina bifida, bone infections and bleeding disorders. Also, ultrasound should not be used on growth plates
of children, as it may affect their potential growth. People with metal implants (e.g., pacemakers) should not use ultrasound in that area of the body.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sound waves from ultrasound therapy should not come into contact with any organs of your
body. These highly sensitive organs include the following: heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, stomach, spleen, bowels, eyes, ears, ovaries, testicles, brain
and spinal cord. Also, the sound waves should not come in contact over mucous membrane areas of the body, which include the mouth, nose,
rectum and vagina. Further, ultrasound should not be used over areas of the body that have a metal implant embedded (e.g. pacemaker) as well as
over any active growth plates (epiphyseal regions) in children.
Ultrasound therapy should not be used on patients who have certain diseases, illnesses and/or conditions. The following are some examples;
hemophilia (bleeding disorder), spina bifida, tissues or bones that have active infection (e.g. opens sores), cancerous or pre-cancerous cells,
de-sensitized areas of the skin (diabetic neuropathy), untreated osteomyelitis (bone infection), deep vein thrombosis and cardiac disease. Also, it is
very important that ultrasound sound waves do not go over the abdomen and lower back (lumbar) region of pregnant women or potentially pregnant