Although I have always disliked the restrictive nature of bras and have subsequently flung them across the room at the end of each day, I have worn underwire bras most of my adult life and was shocked that I wasn’t aware of these links.
Interestingly, I began wearing non-wired bras this year. It’s like my body intuitively knew this information deep down and it was only a matter of time before I discovered the research. Weird, huh.
However, like most crucial information that women everywhere have a right to know, this link is fairly unknown. And this got me thinking about dis-ease and all the contributing factors that are hidden in plain sight and ignored or dismissed by the mainstream medical authority.
For breast cancer there are factors such as underwiring and commercial deodorant but imagine all the other contributing factors for other types of cancers and dis-eases lurking in plain sight that have been glossed over.
This is not meant to create fear but curiosity. Perhaps it’s time for us to start digging deeper for the information that’s been hidden by medical authorities and start questioning the way things are.
The role of responsibility within dis-ease
Dis-ease doesn’t come out of nowhere.
This is a hard pill for many to swallow. When we live in our ego everything happens to us not for us. The ego takes no responsibility and casts blame out externally, never looking inwards.
My way of thinking is that dis-ease builds slowly in the body through a build-up of toxicity and inflammation, which develops from a myriad of lifestyle, chemical and emotional factors. It’s never random and some element of personal responsibility is always a factor. I think, deep down, we all know this.
I’m certain that if we could peel ourselves open, we’d be able to see the timeline of how imbalances have accumulated in the body and see with absolute clarity how we’ve got to the stage we’re at.
We’re told our genes have a big part to play but here’s the thing. We all have genes but it’s our choice of emotions, mindset, diet, lifestyle and environment that either hinder or help them. There’s some amazing literature out there talking about this, Dirty Genes is one such book that puts power, control and responsibility back into our hands.
But when you break it down what does responsibility mean? It means the ‘ability to respond’. How can we respond rather than react? By having access to information, tools and resources that can guide us forwards toward acceptance, change and healing.
When we begin to accept responsibility there’s no blame or judgement, this is really important. There is only compassion as we begin to equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools to move us from powerless victim to empowered being.
What’s the link between breasts, bras and lymph?
So, lets segway back to the link between underwire bras and breast cancer and equip ourselves with some information.
I recently wrote an article about the lymphatic system and it’s well worth a read before you dive in here as once you know the function of the lymph you begin to understand its role in this story.
Lymph is a vital component of our immune function. It doesn’t have a pump, like the heart, so it requires manual muscle movement to pump it through the body. This means that when lymph is restricted from moving, it can’t do its job of cleaning and clearing bacteria, debris and toxicity from the cells, which can then cause a build-up of toxicity.
The reason I’m talking about lymph is that it has such a crucial function in processing of toxic waste out of the body, cleaning and feeding the cells. And what studies have found is that tight-fitting underwired bras negatively impact that lymphatic flow around the breast area – a crucial area right next to the armpit lymph nodes.
In a major study, Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer interviewed 4,700 women in five major U.S. cities over two years. Half the women had been diagnosed with breast cancer. In summary 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.
“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. This stagnant lymph fluid cannot be adequately flushed away, concentrating waste products and toxins in the slowly toxifying breasts. Backed-up fluid results in cysts and pain. Ultimately, this can lead to cancer.”
Does the lingerie industry hide these links?
My intuition kicks in big time reading these findings, it all makes a huge amount of sense to me. But with these dramatic findings, surely, we’d be hearing about it?
© 2021 Antonia Beamish