Bra-freedom is busting out all over!
Women everywhere are discovering that wearing bras can make
their breasts droopy and stretched out, and, also cause cysts,
pain, and cancer. For some women, enough said. The bra goes. It
was the first thing they took off after
work, anyway. It was always
so uncomfortable. And more women are becoming bra-free in
the name of comfort and health. For other women, no way! The bra
stays no matter what.
The cancer detection and treatment industry loves these women.
They want women to wear bras. With one million bras sold EACH
DAY in the US alone, that’s a lot of women binding and
constricting the health out of their breasts in the name of
Nothing new there.
Corsets bound women for centuries, to the point of disease and
death. Constriction is not a good thing for circulation.
Nevertheless, this fashion of body shaping went on for
centuries, despite its toll on women. Bras are really breast
corsets. They shape the breasts, and this requires harmful
pressure and compression of the delicate breast tissue.
Harmful fashions are not new.
In fact, foot binding in China deformed feet to the point that
toes would rotaway. It was considered erotic to unwrap a bound
foot, clean it, and re-wrap it. This lasted for a thousand
years, despite its toll on women. It seems that harmful fashions
are not ended simply because they are harmful. It’s not
necessarily that the fashion designers of the time have it
against women. It’s just that the health impacts of such
fashions are never considered.
Almost twenty years ago, we announced the results of our 1991-93
Bra and Breast Cancer study
in our book, Dressed To Kill.
Bras, we discovered, are the leading cause of breast cancer.
Like corsets, they constrict and interfere with circulation.
Lymph fluid cannot easily drain from a bra-constricted breast.
Backed-up fluid results in cysts and pain. This stagnant lymph
fluid cannot be adequately flushed away, concentrating waste
products and toxins in the slowly toxifying breasts. Ultimately,
this can lead to cancer.
Essentially, a bra-free woman has about the same incidence of
breast cancer as a man. The tighter and longer a bra is worn,
the higher the incidence. 24/7bra wearers have over 100 times
the incidence as a bra-free woman. These findings have been
recently confirmed by studies in China and Venezuela. A1991
Harvard study also found a significant bra/cancer link.
However, to the cancer detection and treatment industry, this is
called “nonsense”. To the industry that makes billions of
dollars each year giving mammograms, mastectomies, radiation and
chemotherapies, and then prostheses and bras so these women can
look “normal”, the concept of bras contributing to breast cancer
In fact, the American Cancer Society’s spokesman, Dan Gansler,
stated for the New York Times, “Because the idea of bras’
causing breast cancer is so scientifically implausible, it seems
unlikely that researchers will ever spend their time and
resources to test it in a real epidemiological study,” he told
the Times for a Q&A piece.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/science/16qna.html?ref=science
Q. Is there any truth to the Internet rumor that the incidence
of breast cancer is more than 100 times greater in women who
always wear bras than in women who never wear bras?
The article explains that, “He (Gansler) and colleagues compared
National Cancer Institute data on breast cancer risk for women
treated for melanoma
who had several underarm lymph nodes removed and those who did
not. The surgery, which is known to block lymph drainage from
breast tissue, did not detectably increase breast cancer rates,
the study found, meaning that it is extremely unlikely that
wearing a bra, which affects lymph flow minimally if at all,
would do so.
”When I saw this, I did some research.
The “study” is really a letter in the Breast Journal, run by the
ACS. Axillary Lymphatic Disruption does not Increase Risk of
Breast Carcinoma, in The Breast Journal, Volume 15, Issue 4,
pages 438–439, July/August 2009. As a letter, the information
was not peer reviewed. Not all the data was shown. It was an
editorial, not a scientific report.
Their report did show a significant increase of skin cancers
resulting from the lymph node removal! This supports the
hypothesis, which they wanted to disprove, that lymphatic
blockage could cause cancer (BTW, this has been known to be the
case since the 1930′s).
Hear-No-Evil-See-No-Evil-Speak-No-Evil. Instead of admitting an
increase in cancers, they focused only on the breast cancer
results. It found that there was not a significant increase in
breast cancers. However, it mentions that there was not enough
data for this conclusion to be statistically valid. In other
words, there was not enough data to tell the impact on breast
Of course, their “study” was designed to disprove the bra/cancer
connection. The ACS has opposed this information since it was
publicized in 1995. Gansler did what no scientist should do. He
had a bias and went out to prove a point, results be damned.
The increased skin cancer results did not support his plan, so
he ignored the data. The breast cancer data was too small a
sample to make a conclusion, but they made one, anyway. Not
surprisingly, it was the same conclusion that they started out
Unfortunately, this is coming from the American Cancer Society,
the pre-eminent cancer information source. They should not be
able to lie and get away with it. However, the media is paid to
report what they are told by the ACS, not to question it.
The media spreads this misinformation because it is paid to. The
payers are the cancer detection and treatment industry, as well
as the lingerie industry, which also funds breast cancer
The last thing the lingerie industry wants is a class action
lawsuit. Their goal is to make sure there is no further research
into the bra/cancer link. Without a long list of studies, the
issue can be called a “myth” and no lawsuits can succeed–they
Aiding their suppression of the issue is the cancer industry,
which is not interested in rocking a boat that now nets them
billions each year detecting and treating this disease.
Pink champagne anyone? Let’s celebrate raising more money for
research into cancer cell lines, genetics, new treatment drugs,
new radiation procedures, new diagnostic tests…anything but the
link between breast cancer and bras.
A Health.com article is in the forefront of keeping the
bra/cancer link ignored and suppressed. Quoted by national news
networks and used as an October breast cancer informercial, this
article, not only calls the bra/cancer link a myth, but also
says breast cancer is not preventable.http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20533364_25,00.html
Called, 25 Breast Cancer Myths Busted, this malignant article
claims: “Myth: Breast cancer is preventable.”
Reality: Alas, no. Although it is possible to identify risk
factors (such as family history and inherited gene mutations)
and make lifestyle changes that can lower your risk (reducing or
eliminating alcohol consumption, losing weight, getting regular
exercise and screenings, and quitting smoking), roughly 70% of
women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk
factors, meaning that the disease occurs largely by chance and
according to as-yet-unexplained factors.”
Okay, even if you don’t get the bra/cancer link, it’s easy to
see the bias in this statement. If these factors are
as-yet-unexplained, then how do you know it will not make
prevention possible once these are discovered?
As for the 70% that is unexplained, the reason for this is
because they are ignoring the bra. They have looked at every
lifestyle factor they could think of, but have deliberately
ignored the bra, which already has a scientifically proven
history of causing breast problems.
But this reasoning has no impact on the cancer industry and its
pink campaign. They don’t want to know the factors that cause
this disease if it cannot be sold in patented pill or bottle
Consensus? Widely debunked as unscientific? No reason or
evidence is provided. So, I put together a few things for the
interested reader. The rest is up to you.
STUDIES THAT SUPPORT THE BRA/CANCER LINK:
1991 Harvard study (CC Hsieh, D Trichopoulos (1991). Breast
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. So, 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
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.
THAT REFUTE THE BRA/CANCER LINK:
REASON GIVEN WHY THE BRA/CANCER LINK IS A “MYTH” AND HAS
BEEN“DEBUNKED” AS “UNSCIENTIFIC”:
“Claims that underwire bras compress the lymphatic system of the
breast, causing toxins to accumulate and cause breast cancer,
have been widely debunked as unscientific. The consensus is that
neither the type of bra you wear nor the tightness of your
underwear or other clothing has any connection to breast cancer
PHYSICIANS SUPPORT OF THE BRA/CANCER LINK:
The Prevention And Complementary Treatment Of Breast Cancer
Michael Schachter MD, FACAM -
“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast
drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the
nodes along the breastbone. Bras and other external tight
clothing can impede flow. The nature of the bra, the tightness,
and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of
blockage of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra might
contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of
cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are
trapped in the breast.”
Many physicians and researchers now agree that wearing a tight
fitting bra can cut off lymph drainage, which can contribute to
the development of breast cancer, as your body will be less
able to excrete all the toxins you’re exposed to on a daily
basis. Aluminum from antiperspirants, for example, is one
potentially dangerous source of toxins that can accumulate
if your lymph drainage is impaired.
Avoid wearing underwire bras. There is a good deal of data that
metal underwire bras can heighten your breast cancer risk.
According to Dr. Mandy, who is our naturopathic expert, 85% of
the lymphatic fluid must drain its waste around the armpit area,
while 15% drains along the breast bone. Where does your bra
usually wrap around your body? The bra seems to obstruct the
very place that needs to be unobstructed! Studies have shown
that the tightness of a bra can cut off the lymphatic system
from draining properly. This means that your bra could be
obstructing your body’s natural flow which can also increase
your risks for cancer.
Tight bras, poor food choices, and lack of exercise can hamper
lymphatic removal of fluids from the breast. That can result in
breast tenderness and is a risk factor for breast disease
Wearing a bra puts pressure on and around the breasts and
restricts lymphatic flow. Consider this: lightly resting one
finger on your arm will create about 5mm of mercury pressure in
that location, which is enough to stop lymphatic flow. The
restriction of lymphatic flow that tight bra straps havearound
the breasts, shoulders and back is much more significant…. take
off that bra! At the very least, wear it less than 12 hours a
day. Ideally, though, avoid wearing it whenever possible. Visit
BraFree.org for tips on how to easily and discreetly make the
According to Ohio-based doctor Jennifer Shine Dyer, “tight bras
can reduce the lymphatic flow to the breasts thus creating an
environment with more ‘cellular waste and toxins’ that should
have been cleared by the lymphatic system.”
Wearing a bra that is too tight can cause pressure, which may
lead to dangerous health problems, like lymphatic drainage
disorders, edema and/or swollen lymph nodes, according to Corin.
Dr. Oz’s father-in-law, Dr. Gerald Lemole, states, “Women who
wear bras don’t
have normal movement in their breast tissue. As a result, their
lymphatics slow, and toxins stay in the tissue. ”
I could go on, but you get the point. Breast cancer prevention
is up to each woman. Don’t wait for the people who profit from
cancer to tell you the
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If you are interested in ridding your breasts of the
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About the Author: Sydney Ross Singer is a
medical anthropologist researcher and author, and is
the director of the Institute for the Study of
Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. He works
with his wife and co-researcher, Soma Grismaijer,
examining the cultural/lifestyle causes of various
diseases. Their research was the first direct study
into the link between breast cancer and bras. They
also conduct an online self research website,
offering lifestyle experiments to help cure, and
prevent, various health problems. Visit their
websites BrasAndBreastCancer.org and