* Wearing a bra over 12 hours radically increases breast cancer occurrence.
* Bra-free girls have about precisely the exact same incidence of breast cancer as men.
* People who wear a bra 18-24 hours each day have over 100 times greater incidence of breast cancer than do bra-free women. This link is 3-4 times greater than that between cigarettes and lung cancer!
(Supply: Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras from Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, Medical Anthropologists)
How exactly is it that bras can cause breast cancer?
Dr. Singer and Grismaijer clarify:
“Our theory explaining these findings is the bra, an elastic garment made to alter breast shape, applies continuous pressure to the soft breast tissues, compressing and constricting blood vessels. Evidence of this constriction would be the red marks and indentations in the skin left from the bra. Since the part of the lymphatics is to flush out toxins and debris from the cells, impairment of blood circulation can lead to the toxification of their breast tissue. These toxins consist of endogenous toxins resulting from the consequent tissue hypoxia, in addition to the exogenous toxins that contaminate our food, water and air in our petrochemically polluted planet. A number of these radicals are carcinogenic. The bra concentrates these in the breast by preventing the lymphatics from flushing them away.
Of course, this means that the reason for breast cancer is not the bra, per se, however, the toxins the bra concentrates in the breast tissue because of lymphatic impairment.
Interestingly, when you examine the global statistics on breast feeding, it is apparent it is just a problem in civilizations where bras are worn. No dolls, and people have about the exact same low incidence of breast cancer. And the bra link also clarifies various breast cancer risk factors, as we talk in Dressed To Kill.
While more research is clearly required to further examine this link, we believe it is prudent medicine to urge women abstain from bra wearing as a precaution. There’s not any reason for wearing a bra, aside from fashion. The human body wasn’t designed with a flaw that requires modern lingerie for correction. Such as the absurd and damaging fashion of foot binding in China, women in the West bind their breasts. “
If this study first came out back in 1995, I immediately stopped wearing a bra. In all honesty, I hated the things anyhow and from that point was wearing the light, stretchy cotton bras by Evita. Following this study, I wore undershirts and camisoles instead.
Then as the decades wore on, I started to wonder: Why am I ashamed of my nipples? Who decreed that the outline of a nipple should never be shown?? So then I began eschewing the undershirts and simply wearing a standard shirt — ahhh, the relaxation and freedom of it.
I have to admit, it’s simple for me to go bra-free because I have small breasts. When I had large, heavy breasts, then that hung to my belly button when bra-free, I imagine it’d be much more difficult. However, I would still do it, except for special occasions. Since There’s another advantage to moving bra-free, as Dr. Singer and Grismaijer link:
“Then something happened that we had not foreseen. Some brave women who’d heard our message attempted going bra-free and reported their experiences to us. In weeks, if not days, most of these women experienced a deep shift in their own breast health. Breast pain and tenderness virtually ended. Cysts that’d needed regular ambitions disappeared. We began to recognize that fibrocystic breast disease, common in bra-wearing civilizations, should be known as “tight torso syndrome.
Everything made perfect sense, of course. The bra was inducing secondary lymphedema of their breasts because of constriction of the lymphatics. The collected fluid caused increased tissue pressure with related pain and tenderness, and eventually grown into cysts. While the fibrous tissue that develops in long standing cysts takes more time to resolve, relieving the pressure by removing the bra enabled the cysts to drain, relieving the pressure and distress. (This also explained why many girls have breast myalgia close to the time of the menstrual period. Estrogen levels are raised at this moment, increasing overall body fluid retention and increasing breast size. However, women generally wear the exact same size bra all month, which makes it particularly tight at those times, increasing breat pain. Once bra-free, this syndrome usually stops.)
The results are quick, remarkable and transformative. It was this link with fibrocystic breast disease that helped keep our bra-cancer theory alive. While it didn’t prove the cancer link, it did reveal the bra was damaging the breasts, adding support to our claims.
Then we did a followup study to our very first US study. This time we moved to Fiji, where half the population is bra-free. We approached the Health Ministry and asked for their assistance. Once we told them our theory, they exclaimed, “That explains why our working girls are now getting breast cancer! They’re the individuals who wear bras!” During the next few months we moved from village to village and acquired over 20 case histories of breast cancer. All were in women who wore bras. We found that, given girls from precisely the exact same village (genetically related), with the same diet, the individuals who developed breast cancer were the ones who wore bras.”
Since physicians Singer and Grismaijer published their study, there have been three Japanese studies confirming their own findings. Why has the Japanese medical establishment picked up on Singer/Grismaijer’s study and furthered it, while the U.S. has ignored it? Follow the money, honey.
Until recently, Japan was largely a non-bra wearing culture. However in the U.S., the bra industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. And just how many billions of dollars a year are spent on breast cancer research and treatment? It seems like any other month there is some pink-ribbon run to raise funds for breast feeding in my city.
Is it hard to go bra-free? Heck yes! You don’t understand how screwed-up our culture is all about breasts until you step outside the box. Take breastfeeding as one example: On the 1 hand you’ve got every style magazine and most girls walking around with their breasts pushed up, plumped out and on screen as far as you can. Then you’ve got a girl who tries to feed her kidand she’s barred from airplane flights, kicked out of pubs and asked to leave shops (yes, those incidences have really happened).
So what do you do to make the transition to bra-free simpler?
- Start performing push-ups (do them against the wall to begin with, then proceed to on the ground when you’re able) to construct your pectoral muscles that support your breasts. All these are “character’s bra”. Even after breastfeeding 3 children, my breasts don’t sag very much because the musculature beneath and over the breast tissue is powerful (okay, and because they are not heavy).
- Wear silk or cotton camisoles, or tank tops (undershirts) rather than a bra. Make sure they are natural fabrics as you don’t want the xenoestrogens from synthetic fabrics leaching into your skin.
- In the event that you simply can’t get your mind round going bra-free in people, then go bra-free the moment you walk in the door to your property, and just put on a bra when you go out. If it means you need to change in and out of your bra several times daily, do it.
- Change to cotton bras (natural fabrics breathe better) for when you have to put on a bra and buy them loose enough you could easily fit two fingers between the torso strap and your ribs.
- If you think going bra-free seems slutty, then switch to thicker, looser fabrics for your shirts and dresses that drape, rather than cling. A thicker cloth will even conceal your nipples (as will an undershirt/camisole). Or put on a shirt with a blouse hanging loosely over top.
- Show the research to your husband, boyfriend and request his help and support in your endeavour.
Adopt the idea that if a woman packed into a bra that looks like this is acceptably sexy in our culture:
Then a bra-free woman who looks like this can also be sexy:
And what’s wrong with a bra-free woman who appears in this way? :
We’ve all felt terror at the pictures of Chinese girls who jumped their feet and crippled themselves. So why are you currently following the exact same sort of cultural dictum — binding your breasts, risking disease and possibly death? What’s more important?
P.s. following is a picture of me (bra-free as always) and can you tell??
Jini — cotton tank with cotton t-shirt at the top
Update — VITAMIN D — ANOTHER MAJOR FACTOR IN BREAST CANCER:
TORONTO, Nov. 4/09 /CNW/ — Breast cancer is a disease so directly related to vitamin D deficiency a female’s risk of contracting the disease can be ‘virtually eradicated’ by bettering her vitamin D status to exactly what vitamin D scientists consider to be natural blood levels.
That’s the concept vitamin D leader Dr. Cedric Garland presented in Toronto Tuesday within the University of Toronto School of Medicine’s “Analysis and Therapy of Vitamin D Deficiency” summit — the biggest gathering of vitamin D researchers in North America this year. More than 170 researchers, public health officials and health professionals gathered at the UT Faculty club to its landmark event.
Visit my blog article about vitamin D to find out what amount of vitamin D you should be supplementing each day and which preparation I urge.
Update 2017 — the planet is finally grabbing on! A video inviting girls to go braless (with lots of tight shirt/nipple photos!) Has gone viral on Facebook with over 27 million views. Here’s that exact same video from YouTube (not almost as many views as the Facebook variant — but that’s the power of social media!) :