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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

Obamacare’s Victory Is a Defeat For Fundamentalism

Obamacare’s Victory Is a Defeat For Fundamentalism

Adam Lee

Obamacare in these states would have turned into a "death spiral."

Crunchy Christians

Crunchy Christians

George Yancey

She does not like products with GMOs. I, on the other hand, do not want to spend money on those sorts of things.

Unvaccinated Child Dies from Diphtheria

Unvaccinated Child Dies from Diphtheria

Hemant Mehta

The parents said that they were tricked by anti-vaccination groups and would have gotten the vaccination if they had proper information.

There Are Medical Journals

There Are Medical Journals

Mark Shea

Every time some anti-vax propagandist sends me something about his obsession, he quotes a medical journal as though this is a trump card.

California Assembly Passes Tough Vaccine Law

California Assembly Passes Tough Vaccine Law

Hemant Mehta

Lawmakers passed a law that ends vaccine exemptions for reasons of conscience or religious belief.

Smoke Break

Smoke Break

Dyana Herron

I wrote a poem called "How to Quit Smoking," before I was interested in quitting. But now that I'm interested, ready, I've returned to it.

Company Uses Fetal Cells, Calls Them Adult

Company Uses Fetal Cells, Calls Them Adult

Kathy Schiffer

The company's own statements have caused some confusion as to where the cells came from.

Contraception, Sweetening the Pill

Contraception, Sweetening the Pill

Stef Patag

As a Catholic, I have several reasons to get excited about the film "Sweetening the Pill."

Do Meatless Fridays Sound Good?

Do Meatless Fridays Sound Good?

Elizabeth Scalia

Every Friday is set aside as a special day of penance, and the Bishops have decided to re-establish the practice by abstaining from meat.

What Not to Read When You’ve Got a Rash

What Not to Read When You’ve Got a Rash

Jennifer Fitz

The book is a discussion of the imprecisions and hazards of practicing medicine, told from the point of view of a freshly-minted surgeon.

Most Popular Stories

Zen and The Art of Powerlifting

Zen and The Art of Powerlifting

Ty Phillips

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." —Buddha

Religion Has No Affect on Mental Health

Religion Has No Affect on Mental Health

Hemant Mehta

Common wisdom holds that religious people generally have stronger mental health than atheists, but new research may show this is incorrect.

Vatican's Course on Exorcism Dangerous

Vatican's Course on Exorcism Dangerous

Michael Stone

A controversial course on exorcism approved by the Vatican is underway at the European University of Rome.

White Knights on Birth Control

White Knights on Birth Control

Libby Anne

As women, we can now control our fertility through birth control. That does not mean we are at men's sexual beck and call —and it shouldn't.

Yoga for Weight Loss: Is it Appropriate?

Yoga for Weight Loss: Is it Appropriate?

Sadhguru

It is not just the bulge of your muscle, but the flexibility of your body that is as important for the proper functioning of the system.

"Am I Crazy?" 9 Aspects of Mental Health

Gregory Popeak

When the human brain is working at its best, it's capable of doing 9 things that contribute to what we might consider, "good mental health."

Respect Your Health: Reject

Respect Your Health: Reject "Cult of the Body"

Tom Zampino

The Church encourages good health practices, while simultaneously pointing out some of the hazards to which we seem inevitably drawn.

The Religious War on Reproductive Health

The Religious War on Reproductive Health

Adam Lee

When it comes to reproductive health in America, progress often seems like a one-step-forward-two-steps-back kind of situation.

Praying Our Way Back to Wellness

Praying Our Way Back to Wellness

Cash Peters

Four years ago, I had the experience of a lifetime. For twelve days we prayed together and it opened a new way of looking at disease.

7 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

7 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

Sunil Daman

Here are a few concrete ways that meditation can improve your life, boost your vitality and give you a greater sense of wellbeing.

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