“To Bra or Not to Bra?” That’s the question medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, are asking. They’ve been studying the connection between bras and women’s health for twenty years. Some of you may recall their book Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.
They found that wearing bras can make breasts droopy and stretched out, cause cysts, pain, and possibly even cancer. Years ago they conducted a study in which they found that bras are linked to breast cancer. In the same way that corsets were the height of fashion in their time and interfered with circulation and lymph flow, bras have the same effect, according to Ross Singer and Grismaijer.
The lymphatic system is the body’s “waste disposal system” which moves lymph fluid around the whole body collecting up debris and toxins found in the tissues so it can be eliminated. Ross Singer and Grismaijer found that bras restrict lymph flow which may be the connection to the increase risk of breast cancer. Backed up lymphatic fluid can also cause pain and cysts.
Their research shows that women who go bra-free have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, which is extremely low. And the longer and tighter a bra, the higher the incidence of breast cancer. Women who wear bras every day, all day have over 100 times the breast cancer incidence as bra-free women, according to the authors.
Additional Harvard studies along with Chinese and Venezuelan research have confirmed their findings. Learn more at the authors’ site KillerCulture.com. Learn more about the lymphatic system in my book, Weekend Wonder Detox.
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