Erin Go Bra-less
Date Added: Dec. 27, 2001
We've been told that anything from shampoo to antiperspirants cause cancer. Now we're led to believe that our clothes are trying to kill us as well. While there might be something to this one, e-mail is not the best tool for getting the word out.
Up to you to believe but no harm bra-free at home if u are not presently.
Do you wear bra for the whole day and even at home? I think we should go bra-free after reading this articles. It's a message to yr health.
Please pass this to all female friends you know. I think it's important to be aware. For years, a lot of articles with regards to the causes of breast cancer point to an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise as the major links to this disease which happens to be the biggest killer among women during these last two decades. These studies would have been almost credible if it were not for the fact that several women (including Linda McCartney who have been religious vegetarians and exercise-freaks have also been unfortunate in suffering breast cancer.
Perhaps the most convincing article I have ever read With regards to this matter is one which links breast cancer to the wearing of bras. In the " Bra and Breast Cancer Study " in the United States, it was discovered that women with breast cancer had a history of sporting tighter and longer bra-wearing than did the women who had not (yet) developed the disease. In fact, virtually all of the cancer group wore bras over 12 hours daily with 18% even sleeping with their bras which means they wore hours daily. In contrast, the comparison groups had 25% of the women either bra-free or wearing bras less than 12 hours daily. Only 3% of this group slept with their bras on.
This study revealed a significant link between bras and breast cancer that is three times greater than the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer! There was a 125 fold increase in breast cancer incidence between women who were bra-free and those who wore bras 24 hours daily. Wearing a bra over 12 hours daily conferred a 113 fold increase in breast cancer incidence!
Bras apply pressure to the breasts, especially to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system consists of tiny, thin-walled vessels that drain from the breast tissue, removing toxins, cell debris, cancer cells, viruses, bacteria, and other products from the breasts. All of our tissues drain through the lymphatics, which is essentially the circulatory pathway of the immune system. However, unlike arteries and veins, these vessels have no internal pressure. As a result, they are easily compressed by external pressure (a bra, for instance) leading to the congestion of the tissues that would otherwise have been drained. When a woman wears a tight bra, she subjects her breasts to pressure, closing off the lymphatic pathway from the breast to the nodes. This causes fluid build-up, swelling, tenderness and cyst formation. Toxins must be flushed out via the lymphatics. However, a bra-constricted breast cannot adequately perform this cleansing process, resulting in toxin accumulation in the breast.
Truthfully, bras are creating droopy, weak breasts...the breast relies on the bra for artificial support, the body loses its ability to support the breast by itself. This is why many women feel uncomfortable without a bra. What is the solution to breast cancer then? DON'T WEAR A TIGHT BRA! And maybe sleep without them. There is a remarkable success rate for recovery from fibrocystic breast disease within 10 days to two weeks of going bra-free. Many women have tried going bra-less and recorded a miraculous improvement in their health! Bra-burning is no longer a feminist issue...it is now a battle between life and death. We should make others more aware of the hazards of bra-wearing...please pass this e-mail on to everyone you know!
The claims in this letter are the work of anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, as reported in their book Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. Their findings are based on a study of 4,700 women in 5 major U.S. Cities, and a follow-up study that illustrated an incredibly low incidence of breast cancer in Fiji, where women do not wear bras.
However, the American Cancer Society (ACS) argues that Singer and Grismaijer's study lacks validity:
"There are no scientifically valid studies that show a correlation between wearing bras of any type and the occurrence of breast cancer. [Singer and Grismaijer's] study was not conducted according to standard principles of epidemiological research and did not take into consideration other variables, including known risk factors for breast cancer."
Dressed to Kill co-author, Sydney Ross Singer contacted Break the Chain and had this response to the ACS' debunking:
"No study exists because this is a breakthrough. However, as Dressed To Kill shows, bras have a history of causing health problems. Corsets have a history of damaging women by constriction, too, and bras are breast corsets. As for our ignoring other variables, all research ignores some variables. You cannot do research and include all variables, particularly since you never know all the variables. The ones we ignored were unnecessary for considering the effect of bras on the breasts."
Singer adds about the above chain letter: "I do not know who wrote or sent the chain letter. However, its contents are correct, and much was taken from my other published writings on this issue."
Unfortunately, the tone of the letter above is very similar to an earlier, less-credible chain linking breast cancer to antiperspirant use. For more reliable information, please consult Singer and Grismaijer's Web site or read their book. Break this Chain.