How living things get to be what they are is a question that has occupied philosophers and scientists for a very long time. In the past two or three hundred years, the focus has been on what Gregor Mendel has called units of heredity, or the physical elements that are transmitted from parents to offspring. These are now called genes, and have become an integral part of the conversation about human beings and their health.
There are many things that drive cancer. Poor diet, chemical and radiation exposures, and certain infections, figure prominently in the process. Stress, however, is a major contributing factor that is often ignored. New research, however, sheds light on how stress hormones make cancer cell resistant to multiple treatments.
While millions practice yoga daily because they claim to experience tangible health benefits from it, skeptic holdouts claim only scientific evidence can separate out the placebo effect from reality. So, what does the Science say?