the BRA and YOU
("free" lecture - April 26, 2014 - 2pm - See details under "breast care")
Don't wear your bra more than 12 hours
a day; best = go braless.
For years now (since 2000), I have been working with women that were concerned about keeping their breasts healthy though the simple process of lymphatic drainage, breast massage, or simply, going braless. My knowledge has grown during this time and continues to grow. Years ago, I was told told a book entitled Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras written by Sydney Ross Singer & Soma Grismaijer. More recently I bought another book by the same authors entitled Get It Off: Understanding the CAUSE of BREAST PAIN, CYSTS, and CANCER. The following excerpt is from the latter book describing the importance of movement of lymph fluid in the breast.
Breast cancer is BIG business; think about it.
I received this today from the co-author of Dressed To Kill, Sydney Singer; 10-12-13
Read this article then come see me for breast drainage or massage. Perhaps it is not too late for prevention.
Imagine the warning of bras causing breast cancer. It really makes sense, once you think about it. Bras are constrictive garments. As they change breast shape, they apply pressure that impairs the breast circulation. In particular, lymphatic vessels in the breast tissue are effected by pressure. These vessels are microscopic and have no internal pressure. Yet, they are charged with the crucial task of draining tissues of fluid and waste, and are the the circulatory pathway of our immune system. Fluid in these lymphatic vessels travels to lymph nodes, which produce white blood cells that combat infections and cancers. The breast lymph nodes are mostly in the armpit. But pressure from bras, which are actually breast bindings, constricts and compresses the lymphatic pathways from the breasts to the armpit lymph nodes. This leads to fluid build-up, pain, and tenderness in the breasts, while the tissue stagnates in its own waste. Cysts may develop from continued constriction of the lymphatic system and the back-up of fluid. This is how women develop fibrocystic breast disease. Get rid of the bra for a few weeks, and the pain goes away as the breasts begin to decongest and heal.
If this constriction does not end, toxins begin to accumulate within the breast tissue. The lymphatic system is meant to flush toxins from tissues, but cannot function properly due to the constriction from the bra. These toxins include herbicides, pesticides, medications, and all other chemical contaminates that we eat, drink, and breathe throughout our petrochemical-filled lives. Other toxins are produced by the body itself as an outcome of poor tissue oxygenation and stagnation, as well as from radiation exposure, as with mammograms and other X-rays.
Boycott of Komen Foundation and American Cancer Society
Don’t Send Them Money, Send Them Your Bra!
Does wearing constrictive bras for long periods of time daily contribute to breast cancer?It does, according to at least 5 research studies and numerous healthcare providers, including oncologists and MD’s. Even some lingerie manufacturers have developed new bra designs hoping to minimize lymphatic constriction and thereby help prevent breast cancer, citing the bra-cancer theory for their patents.But it doesn’t, according to the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, fund raising giants of the cancer detection and treatment world, which consider the link absurd and unworthy of serious consideration, and unquestionably assume that research showing a link must have some other explanation besides bras.Shrugging off the bra-cancer link is killing hundreds of thousands of women and wasting billions of dollars in unnecessary detection and treatment, according to husband and wife medical anthropologists, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras
(Avery/Penguiin Putnam 1995; ISCD Press, 2005).Singer and Grismaijer are calling for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-cancer link, and begin educating doctors and women about the cancer hazards of wearing tight bras.Their research on the bra wearing habits of US women with and without breast cancer showed that bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, and that the tighter and longer a bra is worn the higher the incidence rose, up to 100 times greater for 24/7 bra wearers.When they first notified cancer organizations about their discovery, they were completely ignored or ridiculed. Now, 20 years later, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation still ridicule the information out of hand, and try to explain away the link as a ridiculous “myth”.Why are women not hearing about this from the ACS and Komen Foundation? Why are these organizations, so eager to fund raise for a cure, so opposed to preventing this disease by addressing the bra-cancer link? Could it be because lingerie companies donate to their charities? Could it be that preventing this disease by challenging the cultural norm of bra wearing is too taboo for these detection and treatment focused organizations?According to Singer and Grismaijer, whatever their reason, it is wrong for the bra-cancer link to be dismissed and ignored. Because of this unscientific stonewalling of this information, over the past 20 years 2,000,000 women in the US alone have gotten breast cancer who may have prevented it by simply loosening their bra and wearing it less time each day.Singer and Grismaijer suggest that whenever the ACS or Komen Foundation ask for a donation, send them your bra, instead! This will give them the message, and help you prevent breast cancer at the same time.References:http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactorsThatDoNotIncreaseRisk.html
“Scientific evidence does not support a link between wearing an underwire bra (or any type of bra) and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no biological reason the two would be linked, and any observed relationship is likely due to other factors.”http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-risk-factors
Internet e-mail rumors and at least one book have suggested that bras cause breast cancer by obstructing lymph flow. There is no good scientific or clinical basis for this claim.http://www.killerculture.com/breast-cancer-is-preventable/STUDIES THAT SUPPORT THE BRA/CANCER LINK:
STUDIES THAT REFUTE THE BRA/CANCER LINK:
- 1991 Harvard study (CC Hsieh, D Trichopoulos (1991). Breast size, handedness and breast cancer risk. European Journal of Cancer and Clinical Oncology 27(2):131-135.). This study found that, “Premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users…”
- 1991-93 U.S. Bra and Breast Cancer Study by Singer and Grismaijer, published in Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (Avery/Penguin Putnam, 1995; ISCD Press, 2005). Found that bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men. 24/7 bra wearing increases incidence over 100 times that of a bra-free woman.
- Singer and Grismaijer did a follow-up study in Fiji, published in Get It Off! (ISCD Press, 2000). Found 24 case histories of breast cancer in a culture where half the women are bra-free. The women getting breast cancer were all wearing bras. Given women with the same genetics and diet and living in the same village, the ones getting breast disease were the ones wearing bras for work.
- A 2009 Chinese study (Zhang AQ, Xia JH, Wang Q, Li WP, Xu J, Chen ZY, Yang JM (2009). [Risk factors of breast cancer in women in Guangdong and the countermeasures]. In Chinese. Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao. 2009 Jul;29(7):1451-3.) found that NOT sleeping in a bra was protective against breast cancer, lowering the risk 60%.
- 2011 a study was published, in Spanish, confirming that bras are causing breast disease and cancer.http://www.portalesmedicos.com/publicaciones/articles/3691/1/Patologias-mamarias-generadas-por-el-uso-sostenido-y-seleccion-incorrecta-del-brassier-en-pacientes-que-acuden-a-la-consulta-de-mastologia- It found that underwired and push-up bras are the most harmful, but any bra that leaves red marks or indentations may cause disease.
These toxins can lead to cancer.
My thoughts are ... if you ar
Are you comfortable with the size and shape of your breasts without a bra?
Standard group: 18% yes
Cancer group: 5% yes
Do you select bras to shape or accentuate your breasrs?
Standard group: 74% yes
Cancer group: 87% yes
Other than price, what is the most important feature you look for when buying a bra?
Standard group: 30% appearance, 51% comfort, 19% both
Cancer group: 62% appearance, 25% comfort, 13% both
Does your bra occasionally feel tight or uncomfortable?
Standard group: 28% rarely; 55% sometimes; 17% always
Cancer group: 48% rarely; 34% sometimes; 18% always
Does your bra ever make red marks on your skin or cause irritations?
Standard group: 25% rarely; 52% sometimes; 23% always
Cancer group: 14% rarely; 46% sometimes; 40% always
How long do you wear your bra each day on the average?
Standard group: 20% less than 12 hours daily
80% more than 12 hours daily
Cancer group: 1% less than 12 hours daily
99% more than 12 hours daily
Do you wear a bra or breast-supporting garment to sleep?
Standard group: 3% yes
Cancer group: 18% yes
Do you wear a bra?
Standard group: 5% no
Cancer group: 0.24% no
Have you breast fed?
Standard group: 14% yes
Cancer group: 4% yes
Sleeping in a bra?
A major NO, NO!
Major studies have shown that the breast must be free to move and therefore drain. Yes, sleeping in a bra causes red lines under the breast, moles and skin tags to grow, and tightness in the neck and shoulders.
Going braless actually builds breast tissue and makes the breast
well defined and perky on its own.
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