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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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Most Popular Stories

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.

Tennessee Clinic's Doctors Believe Vaccines

Tennessee Clinic's Doctors Believe Vaccines "Can Cause Autism"

Hemant Mehta

What Dr. Kalb is doing by telling parents they don't need to vaccinate their children is a hazard to everyone in the area.

The Values-based Sex Talk: Is it Possible?

The Values-based Sex Talk: Is it Possible?

Nadiah Mohajir

Is having an open, honest conversation about sex while still setting values or expectations possible?

Condom Distribution Shown to Increase Teen Pregnancy

Condom Distribution Shown to Increase Teen Pregnancy

Dr. Greg

A new study finds that schools with condom distribution programs in the 1990s seem to have actually increased the rate of teenage pregnancies.

Nature Meditation: How to Commune With the Earth on Your Hike

Nature Meditation: How to Commune With the Earth on Your Hike

Ilchi Lee

To get the most out of our time in nature we have to learn to connect fully to its healing powers.

Introduction to Insight Meditation

Introduction to Insight Meditation

Spiritual Naturalist Society

To help you better understand Vipassana meditation, I would like to share a few definitions of what Vipassana is.

The Decline and Fall of the Pro-Life Movement

The Decline and Fall of the Pro-Life Movement

Melinda Selmys

With this election cycle, I can only hope that the movement has hit bottom.

Religion's Placebo Effects

Religion's Placebo Effects

David Mason

The best treatments might be provided in little packets manufactured by C&H.

I am No Longer Pro-life

I am No Longer Pro-life

Leticia Adams

Thanks to Donald Trump I no longer have to pretend that Republican is the only way to be pro-life. Because it's not.

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