One important fact about
the lymphatic system is that it is a passive drainage system.
While the bloodstream delivers fluid under the pumping pressure
of the heart, the lymphatic system has no pressure. Its flow is
influenced by gravity, breathing, exercise and movement, and
And the slightest constriction or compression of the
tissue can close the tiny lymphatic vessels down, inhibiting
lymph flow and leading to fluid accumulation, cysts, pain, and
tenderness. This fluid congestion within the tissue is called lymphedema.
Women who have
fibrocystic breast disease essentially have lymphedema of the
breast. Its cause, we discovered, is the impairment of lymphatic
flow by pressure from the bra. Bras are elastic garments that
exert constant pressure on the breast tissue. Their purpose is
to push the breasts into a more fashionable shape. Yet, this
pressure can cut down on flow within the lymphatic system,
reducing its ability to remove fluid and toxins from the breast
The toxins that are
within the breast tissue include some biochemical products of
tissue edema, such as free radicals, which are known to cause
cancer. In addition, there are also toxins in our air, food and
water, including pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other
products of our petrochemically polluted world. Many of these
are known to cause cancer. We deliver these toxins to all our
tissues each day through the bloodstream. It is the job of the
lymphatics to remove these toxins. And it is this job that the
bra inhibits by its compression and constriction of the breasts.
This is how bras cause
breast cancer. Cancer causing toxins are delivered to the breast
tissue by the bloodstream, and are kept there by the bra. The
toxins are the bullets. The bra holds them in place, pointed
directly at the breasts.
This explains why women
have more cancer in the breast than elsewhere in their bodies.
The breasts are the most clothing constricted of any organ. It
also explains why women have more breast cancer than men, and
why breast cancer is only a problem in cultures in which bras
are worn. Where there are no bras, there is virtually no breast
We had written about
this, and the results of our 1991-93 Bra and Breast Cancer
Study, in our book "Dressed To Kill:
The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras" (ISCD
Press). Our study was conducted on approximately 4700 U.S.
women, about half of whom had breast cancer. We asked these
women about their past bra-wearing attitudes and habits. What we
discovered was that the women in the cancer group had a history
of wearing bras tighter and longer than did the non-cancer
group. In fact, many women in the cancer group slept with their
bras on. Almost none were bra-free. This differed greatly from
the non-cancer group.
When the results were
analyzed, they revealed that women who wear bras over 12 hours
daily have a dramatically increased risk of developing breast
cancer compared to bra-free women. In fact, bra-free women have
about the same chances of developing breast cancer as men have,
and this is over 100 times less than that for women wearing bras
18-24 hours daily. When you consider that smoking increases the
incidence of lung cancer 20-30 times, this makes the link
between breast cancer and bras 4-5 times greater than the link
between cigarettes and lung cancer!
Of course, the easiest
way for a woman to determine if her own bra is damaging her
breasts is to go without a bra for a while and feel the
difference. That is what the Breast Cancer Prevention Project
is about. You simply have to commit to being bra-free for one
month. Your body will tell you the results.
For the thousands of
women who have tried this, the results are spectacular. Having
bound their breasts since puberty, the feeling of breast freedom
sometimes may seem strange at first. But within days, the
breasts have their chance to drain of congestion and excess
fluid. Tenderness ends. Menstrual breast pain may disappear
altogether. Cysts vanish. It's like a miracle.
women have become so conditioned to wearing a bra that they feel
uncomfortable without one. That is because their breasts have
become reliant on the bra for support, causing the loss of
function of the musculature and ligaments that normally support
the breasts. In other words, bras cause the breasts to be weak
and droop. There are many large breasted women of all ages who
have firm, healthy, trouble-free breasts because they have never
worn a bra.
The congestion of the
breasts by the bra also increases breast weight, since the
breasts are essentially swollen by edema. This can cause the
breasts to feel painful when the bra is removed. Fortunately,
once the bra is no longer worn, the breasts can decongest and
can develop their tone again. Many women reported that their
breasts lifted up within months of ending the bra habit.
So here's your
challenge. Find a cotton or silk camisole or T-shirt that you
feel comfortable in, get rid of your bra, and give your breasts
a month without being bound. Then let us know your results.
If you need more information see our website
www.SelfStudyCenter.org . You can also register for
this study directly on our website.
The cause of breast
cancer must be eliminated if the breast cancer epidemic is to
end. It should have been clear decades ago that breast binding
could lead to cancer and other breast diseases. However, a
culture is never objective about its own foibles. And with a
cancer industry making lots of money treating breast cancer, and
a fashion industry making lots of money selling bras, there is
great financial incentive in keeping women wearing bras, and
then in treating their breast disease when it happens.
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