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The Nuance

How mystical beliefs help people control stress and confront the unknown

Illustration by Kieran Blakey for Elemental


‘Illness and disability are not ways to measure the value of a human life’

Close-up of a reflected pill on a reflective surface. Colorful lights background.
Close-up of a reflected pill on a reflective surface. Colorful lights background.
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Should we really be putting high BMI in the same category as pulmonary disease and cancer?

Image: Andriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images


Why your body, brain, and mood need you to move

Illustrations: Kaki Okumura


A century ago, few Americans had any idea how much they weighed. Here’s why that changed so dramatically.

Photo illustration source (Getty Images): Peter Dazeley; qingwa; typhoonski; trekandshoot; oonal


My Therapist Says

After receiving a reading that sent me spiraling, my therapist reminded me that I need to learn to trust myself

Illustration by Kate Dehler for Elemental


A closer look at the healthiest population on Earth

A ripe rice fields ready to be harvested in the countryside of Japan
A ripe rice fields ready to be harvested in the countryside of Japan
A ripe rice field ready to be harvested in the countryside of Japan. Photo courtesy of the author


A chiropractor explains YouTube’s addictive ‘crack’ videos

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Scientists fear an exhausted nation will let down its guard just as cooler weather raises risk of a twindemic

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The decision to keep meatpacking plants open has done more harm than good

A man walks past a mural on the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, CA after 153 workers tested positive for Covid-19
A man walks past a mural on the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, CA after 153 workers tested positive for Covid-19
A man walks past a mural on the Farmer John slaughterhouse in Vernon, CA after 153 workers tested positive for Covid-19 on May 26, 2020. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Meatpacking employees are getting sick

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