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Health and Wellness

Our beliefs often have a direct impact on our health.

Here at Patheos many of our writers explore this connection and reflect on its significance. Following is a selection of our newest stories in concert with a curated selection of some of the most popular posts about health, wellness, and medicine.


Most Recent Stories

Pro-Life Simone Biles Meme Gets It All Wrong

Pro-Life Simone Biles Meme Gets It All Wrong

Libby Anne

As it turns out, Simone Biles wasn't Planned Parenthood's perfect target. Instead, she was the Republican Party's perfect target.

Pro-Life Strategic Voting, 2016

Pro-Life Strategic Voting, 2016

Robert Kubinec

Voting for Trump against Hillary—simply because she is a Clinton—may well be a short-sighted reaction instead of a carefully considered tactical choice.

California Schools Send Students Home If They're Not Vaccinated

California Schools Send Students Home If They're Not Vaccinated

Hemant Mehta

The school year began in parts of California last week with officials sending a lot of children back home until they were properly vaccinated.

Using Breathing and Belly Button Healing for Optimal Health

Using Breathing and Belly Button Healing for Optimal Health

Ilchi Lee

Breathing is a very valuable key to stress relief—and to emotional and physical health, too.

Busting Myths About Female Sexuality

Busting Myths About Female Sexuality

Nadiah Mohajir

A more nuanced and accurate understanding of female sexuality must be collectively pursued in order to see significant positive change in Muslim marriages.

The CDC: Rent-seekers or Cowboys

The CDC: Rent-seekers or Cowboys

Jane the Actuary

Wanting to add more tools to your anti-overweight cause is not suitable grounds for manipulating diagnoses.

Legitimate Therapeutic Means: Can Catholics Use the Pill?

Legitimate Therapeutic Means: Can Catholics Use the Pill?

Melinda Selmys

Many faithful Catholics are confused about what the Church teaches regarding the legitimacy of taking the Pill for reasons that are not birth control.

Belly Button Healing for Emotional Wellness

Belly Button Healing for Emotional Wellness

Ilchi Lee

At first glance, the belly button is just a cute little thing on a baby's belly, something that remains as a vestige of our time in our mother's womb. But really, its power.

Porn Is Not a Public Health Crisis

Porn Is Not a Public Health Crisis

Jeana Jorgensen

Maybe instead of demonizing sexuality, we should be worrying about other things right now.

I {Barely} Survived Barre Class

I {Barely} Survived Barre Class

Kristy Robinett

I'm now sitting on the couch and I'm not sure I can move. Will I do it again?

Most Popular Stories

We're Doing It for Your Own Good!

We're Doing It for Your Own Good!

Bert Bigelow

With careful planning, states dominated by evangelical Christians can probably make life totally miserable for anyone who doesn't conform to their religious beliefs.

Health in the Buddhism and Science Dialogue

Health in the Buddhism and Science Dialogue

Kin Cheung

Touted as a panacea, mindfulness has been advocated as mental hygiene, one of the newest health fads.

Grass-fed? Check. Free-Range? Check. Organic? Check. Kosher?

Grass-fed? Check. Free-Range? Check. Organic? Check. Kosher?

Gregory Eran Gronbacher

My guess is that most converts–like most Jews–will opt to put kosher concerns aside. The vast majority of Jews do not keep kosher, or not strictly in any sense.

Did Jesus Declare All Foods Clean?

Did Jesus Declare All Foods Clean?

Gerald McDermott

Jesus was NOT dispensing with kosher here, he was NOT signalling a break from first-century Judaism or the Law of Moses, and he was NOT starting a new religion.

Syphilis in the Social Sciences Classroom

Syphilis in the Social Sciences Classroom

Jeana Jorgensen

Got syphilis? If you've taken a college course with me, you probably learned far more than you wanted to about this STI.

Abortion Decision Reverberates in Presidential Race

Abortion Decision Reverberates in Presidential Race

Jacob Lupfer

This is the most significant abortion-rights ruling in years, and religious leaders, politicians, and the rest of the elite media/activist class are fired up about it.

Heart Opening Meditation

Heart Opening Meditation

Karuna

Especially powerful if you practice while the sun is rising or setting each day!

Addressing Zika Means Talking About Sex

Addressing Zika Means Talking About Sex

Jeana Jorgensen

It's not like Zika virus impacts pregnant women or anything like that, right? Oh, wait...

The Sad Necessity of Abortion: How Can the Church Lead the Way?

The Sad Necessity of Abortion: How Can the Church Lead the Way?

Christy Thomas

The church's main contribution to sexuality issues is "don't." That's it. Just one word.

Looking for a New Strategy on Abortion

Looking for a New Strategy on Abortion

Mark Shea

We say we want to fight abortion, but what we wind up doing is fighting the Church on the death penalty, unjust war, torture, gun violence, the living wage, refugees, and the environment.

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