Are You Dressed to Kill

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Bras and Breast Cancer

Book by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer (c) 1995, Review by Dr. Denice Moffat

Breast cancer is a cultural phenomenon. The incidence of breast cancer is dramatically increased only in cultures that wear bras. How could this be?

The author’s of the book, Dressed to Kill : The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras examined the habits of 4700 American women, nearly half of whom had breast cancer, before writing their book.

They found that wearing a bra more than 12 hours a day dramatically increased the incidence of breast cancer, cystic breasts (also known as tight-bra syndrome), breast pain, breast tenderness and other breast issues. Women who wear bras 18-24 hours/day have over 100 times greater incidence of breast cancer than those who go bra-less. So, basically you are 3-4 times more likely to get breast cancer from wearing a bra, than by smoking cigarettes!

Bras create constant pressure which compresses and constricts the lymphatic movement to the chest area. If you are a woman who wears a bra and you see red marks and lines after taking your bra off, you are at a greater risk for breast cancer.

The role of lymph is to flush out toxins and debris from tissues. If this flow is impaired, like when wearing a bra, tissues get toxic. We also impair toxin release by using underarm deodorants–they plug up and block our pores.

One interesting study done in the UK in the year 2000, followed 100 women with fibrocystic breast disease. These women went bra-free for three months. The results of this study were astounding, showing how effective this one treatment of going bra-less was in overcoming this particular health challenge.

Singer and Grismaijer validated their own study by going to Fiji and studying the incidence of breast cancer in that country. After working with the country’s epidemiologists, they found only a small percentage of the population with breast cancer. When interviewing these women, they found that every one of them had taken jobs in the corporate world and had started wearing bras within a few short years previous.

Eight Things You CAN Do if You MUST Wear a Bra:

1)     Make sure the bra has a loose fit. Remove it when it is not necessary to wear it.

2)    Choose a bra with no underwires. These wires block the energy meridians from moving freely through their natural cycles.

3)    Use a larger size bra around your menstrual time as increased estrogen causes tissues to retain fluids making the breasts larger and the bra tighter.

4)    Discontinue use of deodorizer/antiperspirants. Wash your armpits often with soap and water instead.

5)    Bathe daily. The body releases 30% of all the toxins it produces through the skin.

6)    Use a shower filter that filters out chlorine. Chlorine also causes several forms of cancer. As you shower, your skin and lungs are absorbing huge amounts of chlorine.

7)    Occasionally incorporate Poke Root tincture into your diet to help the lymph flow easier (especially if you have little white dots around the outside of your irises. This is known as a Lymphatic Rosary and is a sign of a slow or sludging lymphatic system.)

8)    Sleep naked or in a stretchy T-shirt. Women who wear cotton or nylon non-stretchable materials while they sleep who roll over often can cut circulation off as these materials resist stretching.

9)    Do breast massage a couple of times each week. Pay attention especially to the under arm and under the bra area. Keep that lymph moving and cleansing the area.

Are you dressed to kill? If so, take note and DO something for your health and your life.

Dr. Denice Moffat is a practicing naturopath, medical intuitive, and veterinarian working on the family unit (which includes humans and animals) through her phone consultation practice established in 1993. She has a content-rich website at and free monthly newsletter.