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Reducing the Likeliness of Back Surgery With Chiropractic Care

Lifestyles - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:23am
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(NewsUSA) - Who wouldn't want to avoid back surgery if there was a real alternative?

Countless back pain sufferers could finally do just that as evidence continues to mount supporting the growing movement toward chiropractic care as the "first option" for relief over costly and invasive procedures like spinal surgery. One job-related statistic alone says it all regarding how big a deal that represents: Back pain injuries outnumber all other occupational injuries in the U.S.

To that point, the latest study to show that seeing a doctor of chiropractic first reduced the odds of having to undergo surgery was conducted by a collaboration of prestigious institutions that included Dartmouth College's Geisel School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Public Health. Their published results ("Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery After Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State") found that while close to half -- or 42.7 percent -- of that state's workers who visited a surgeon wound up going under the knife, only a scant 1.5 percent of those who consulted a chiropractor first shared the same extreme fate. The outcomes reflect conditions of similar severity.

Prior studies have also focused on chiropractic patients' consistently better health outcomes, less use of opioid medications, and considerably lower medical expenses.

"As more data continues to surface, I expect that patients and practitioners will move toward considering chiropractic care first, medicine second, and surgery last," said the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Gerard Clum, D.C., in noting that health providers like the University of Pittsburgh have already adopted just such an approach.

To locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

Hospitals in battle to pay people's Obamacare premiums

Business News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:22am
Low-income consumers struggling to pay their Obamacare premiums may soon be able to get help from their local hospital or United Way.

15 bodies recovered after refugee convoy attack in Ukraine

CNN World - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:21am
Ukrainian soldiers have recovered 15 bodies from Monday's attack on a refugee convoy in the eastern Luhansk region, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council said Tuesday.
Categories: International News

Stock market bubble warnings grow louder

Business News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:19am
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Heinz recalls lead-laced baby food in China

Business News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:08am
H.J. Heinz is recalling a batch of lead-laced baby food in China.

Lance Armstrong: 'I blame myself'

CNN World - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:50am
The disgraced cyclist insists he blames himself following his admission of long-term doping -- which has left him in a battle with the U.S. government as he seeks to save the fortune he earned.
Categories: International News

WHO to open world's largest Ebola clinic

Health - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:45am
The World Health Organization prepares to open the world's largest Ebola clinic in Liberia. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.
Categories: Health

Answering a suicide hotline

Health - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:44am
Crisis counselor Gloria Jetter from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline talks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Categories: Health

Every day for 23 years, I've struggled to breathe

Health - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:41am
Breathe in.
Categories: Health

Jackie Chan's son arrested in China's capital

CNN World - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:36am
The 32-year-old son of actor and kung fu star Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing on drugs charges, as authorities clamp down on celebrity offenders.
Categories: International News

Lance Armstrong puts it out there

CNN - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:28am
It's a year and a half since Lance Armstrong sat in front of Oprah Winfrey and admitted it was all a lie, every single word of it. In the fallout, everything that had been built on that lie came crashing down around him.
Categories: National News

China's $50 billion woman?

CNN World - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:09am
China is now the second-largest advertising market in the world...thanks to this woman?
Categories: International News

What a shot! 40 sports photos

CNN World - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:40am
Categories: International News

What a shot! 40 sports photos

CNN - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 6:34am
Categories: National News

Slaughterhouse staff indicted over meat from cows with cancer

CNN - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:28am
Former workers at a California slaughterhouse involved in one of the largest meat recalls in years have been charged with knowingly processing and distributing meat from cancerous cows, according to court documents released Monday.
Categories: National News

Indonesian boat sinking survivor: We had to swim for shore

CNN World - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:03am
Rescuers have expanded the search for two tourists missing more than three days after the boat they were traveling on sank in Indonesia, as survivors recounted their ordeal at sea.
Categories: International News

America's top wireless network is...

Business News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:46am
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China targets executive pay at state-owned firms

Business News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:36am
President Xi Jinping has pledged to limit executive pay at China's powerful state-owned companies, the latest point of emphasis in a sustained austerity campaign.

In some housing markets, all-cash deals still rule

Business News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:40am
Buying a home? You still have to compete against the big money bringing all-cash. But it's getting a little easier.

New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa

Education - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00am

(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories surrounding the legendary work of art.

The identity of the woman

One of the most debated mysteries of the Mona Lisa is the identity of the woman behind the iconic smile. Following 12 years of investigation, academic and art historian W.N. Varvel has confirmed that the painting took place in the Italian duchy of Mantua, where da Vinci promised to paint in color the portrait of Marquesa Isabella d’Este, considered to be an intellectual prodigy.

“Leonardo made three preparatory sketches during his stay in Mantua in 1500,” says Varvel. “The key to unraveling the mystery behind the painting’s iconic woman was the discovery of the final preparatory sketch of Isabella d’Este within a private art collection in Florence. When you compare Leonardo’s final sketch to the Mona Lisa, her true identity is immediately obvious.”

Varvel explains several new theories about the Mona Lisa in his book, “The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of the Mona Lisa” (Brown Books Publishing Group).Through illustrations and maps, he details research that identifies the woman and explains the correlation between the painting and the bible.

Hidden meaning behind symbols

Intrigue deepens around symbols hidden in the painting. In fact, Varvel has identified 40 separate symbols comprised of 15 geographic landmarks and 25 religious representations. Several of note include:

Composition
The composition of the Mona Lisa combines three separate elements: a map of the Old City of Jerusalem, a pen and ink sketch of Isabella d'Este done in 1500, and verses found in chapter 14 of the Old Testament Book of Zechariah.

Theme
The symbols within the composition of the Mona Lisa present the message contained within the 21 verses of chapter 14 of the Book of Zechariah. This message states that the Christian concept of the "New Jerusalem" will not begin on earth until women’s rights to the priesthood of Jesus Christ are recognized.

Secret of the smile
The smile of the Mona Lisa is not meant to entice viewers to ponder her physical identity, but to recognize her theological rights and what is being hidden directly behind her back. The answer to this question is the "New Jerusalem." The body of the Mona Lisa has been painted within the exact geographic markers that define the boundaries of the "New Jerusalem" as stated in Zechariah 14:10.

“Leonardo placed symbols in the Mona Lisa as tantalizing clues to reveal the theme of the painting,” says Varvel. “Each of these 40 symbols specifically correlates to a verse found within the fourteenth chapter of Zechariah. This reinforces the theory that Leonardo used this single biblical chapter as his source of inspiration. When Leonardo combined the pen and ink sketch of Isabella d’Este with the map of the Old City of Jerusalem by placing her silhouette within the boundaries of the geographic landmarks, Leonardo married the subject of the painting to its stated theme in Zechariah.”

Summarizing the findings of the research, Varvel concludes, “For 500 years, the general public has suspected that the Mona Lisa was hiding something grand and now we know what it is.”

A video by the author on “The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Secrets of the Mona Lisa” can be found at www.theladyspeaks.com. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and IndieBound.

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