Reduction of stress encourages the growth of telomere, which allows cells to continue dividing. Our cells divide and grow, a telomere – a small DNA cap at the end of each chromosome - protects our dna from damage. The enzyme Telomerase, repairs the telomeres and ‘keeps DNA young'.
Several new telomerase-based drugs have entered Phase II and III clinical trials. And there is a very real race for the ultimate anti-aging pill.
"Current research reveals stressed people have shorter telomeres. Shorter telomeres appear to predispose us to disease and cancer and lead to shorter lives. Yet astonishingly, it has been discovered meditation appears to stall the process."
DNA replication, aging, and cancer are all complex. They involve a lot of stuff interacting. I don't know if this is the case for telomeres specifically, but it is possible that if cancer cells had these very same organelles, that it could function in the stability of a cancer tumor also?
If meditation was the cure for cancer, well, don't you think scientists would've discovered that already? Why do Buddhist monks ever get cancer?
Meditation might help, though!
Another thing to note, is Epigenetics, the layer that controls your genes, control which genes to turn on or off. A healthy lifestyle turns on the good genes and turns off the bad genes which helps defeat disease. Also, your gene activation combination was passed down to you by your parents and you will pass it on to your kids. This means if your parents smoked and had a bad life style, a lot of their bad genes were activated resulting in disease, this configuration was passed on to you, however if you exercise and eat well, you can deactivate those bad genes and turn on the good genes and pass that on to your children. You could reverse the damage caused by your family tree.
As I understand it, this stuff is also pseudoscience.
The news doesn't tend to be too reliable sometimes when it comes to science.
You should seek info which invalidates what you know in order to learn; not seek info to confirm what you already know.