Biology of stress: ouch

Scientific American: stress is bad for you. Speaking of Faith follows up on that idea:

After the discovery of antibiotics, a new assumption arose thattreatment of infectious or inflammatory disease requires only the elimination of the foreign organism or agent that triggers the illness. In the rush to discover antibiotics and drugs that cure specific infections and diseases, the fact that the body's own responses can influence susceptibility to disease and its course was largely ignored by medical researchers....