It may feel some combination of uncomfortable, unprofessional, or unnecessarily provocative to go braless. Societal convention has most of us trussing up before going out.
But, here’s actually some evidence of a relationship between bras and breast cancer which we should not be ignoring.
Here’s the FACTS…
Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Cancer & Bras
Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer authored a book called Dressed To Kill. They interviewed 4,000+ women in five major U.S. cities over two years. Half the women had been diagnosed with breast cancer. They found:
- 75% of women who slept in their bras developed breast cancer
- 1 in 7 who wore their bras 12+ hours per day developed breast cancer
- 1 in 168 who did not wear a bra developed breast cancer
- Within one month of ditching their bras, women with cysts, breast pain, or tenderness found their symptoms disappeared.
A Facebook video by , Nikisha Brunson, states the affects of wearing bras as well as more research found by Singer and Soma…
Bouncing bosoms help clear the lymphatics
Chemical toxins are the primary cause of cancer & poisons accumulating in breast tissue are normally flushed by clear lymph fluid in the lymph nodes in the armpits & upper chest. Soma & Syd Singer found because lymphatic vessels are very thin, they are extremely sensitive to pressure & are easily compressed. Chronic minimal pressure on the breasts can cause lymph valves & vessels to close. Less oxygen & fewer nutrients are delivered to the cells, while waste products are not flushed away. After 15-20 years of bra-constricted lymph drainage, cancer can result.
Singer sent the explosive findings to the heads of America’s most prestigious cancer organizations. None responded. Like the cancer business, the bra business is huge, $6 billion-a-year US bra business. Censorship of the bra-breast cancer connection is killing women. Pointing to the biggest commonality among breast cancer patients, he’s emphatic that it’s bra-squeezed lymphatics.
But what about sagging?
Bras stop breast from achieving their natural lift. Bras are intended to keep women in place especially if you’re a woman w/ large breasts. But, according to sport science researcher Jean-Denis Rouillion & his 15 yr study of the effect of bras, they did nothing to support the chest, reduce back pain or prevent premature sagging. Medically, physiologically, anatomically, breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.
“Breast size, handedness, and breast cancer risk”
This 1991 article in the European Journal of Cancer found that premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users. The data also suggest that bra cup size (and breast size) may be a risk factor for breast cancer.
“Bras and girdles can reduce melatonin levels”
Japanese researchers found they can lower melatonin by 60%. Melatonin has anti-cancer properties. And Spanish researchers wrote about the use of melatonin in breast cancer prevention and treatment.(Mercola.com)
Things to consider doing:
1. Go braless as much as possible
It actually gets easier. When these muscles and ligaments are forced to bear the weight of our breasts, muscle tone returns. The more you wear a bra, the more you need to wear a bra. Chest muscles and breast ligaments atrophy, which then makes it feel uncomfortable to go braless.
A 15 year French study conducted by Besancon CHU professor Jean-Denis Rouillon found that “medically, phyisiologically, and anatomically, breasts gained no benefit from their weight being supported in a bra.” There was some evidence that eliminating bra use helped ease back pain. He described bra wearing as a “false need.”
Remove your bra when you get home. Don’t wear a bra to bed. And if you’re self-conscious when going out, try wearing camisoles, thicker material, or nipple pads. It does make sense to wear a support bra while exercising.
2. Wear loose bras and avoid underwire
Tight bras (including sports bras) and underwires restrict lymphatic drainage, promoting congestion and stagnation of toxic waste materials that are supposed to be flowing out for excretion. Further, the closing of lymphatic vessels reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
Michael Schachter, MD, FACAM wrote that bras and tight clothing can impede lymph flow and contribute to the development of breast cancer.
John MacDougall, MD wrote in The Lancet that repeated inflammation from constricting bras are implicated in painful breast cysts and lumps, scar tissue develops, and milk ducts become plugged, all of which is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.
The metal in underwire bras can create an “Antenna Effect” according to the father of Applied Kinesiology, George Goodheart, DC. Repeated pressing of metal over an acupuncture point can cause longer-term stimulation of neuro-lymphatic reflex points corresponding to the liver, gallbladder, and stomach. “It will likely make her sick; slowly and quietly,” said John Andre, ND, DC.
Here’s a list of no-underwire bras recommended by Donna Eden, Vicki Mathews, and Titanya Dahlin. Donna adds that plastic underwires have the same negative impact as metal underwires.
3. Slide the wires out
There’s no need to toss your expensive underwire bras. If you cut a small opening at one end of the wire, you can manually remove it from each cup. You’ll probably find that your bra supports you nearly as well without them. Oh, and don’t be fooled. They make look like plastic, but they’re actually plastic-coated metal. If you find you still need the support, you can buy and insert plastic wires.
Ever wondered why it feels SO GOOD to take your bra off after a long day? That’s your body’s way of telling you it hates your bra. Listen to your body and ditch your bra for good.