Cancer > The Breast Cancer Prevention Project
By Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. Directors, Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease(ISCD)
suffer from breast pain, cysts, or lumps, and fear
developing breast cancer, you can participate in an
international Breast Cancer Prevention Project. This
project has shown a 95% success rate in improving
breast health. After years of suffering from breast
pain and cysts, many participants have found
phenomenal improvement within days of starting this
program. It is cost-free, risk-free, and is the best
thing you can do to prevent breast cancer, as well.
It all has to do
with the cultural practice of wearing tight bras, and
the effect this has on the circulation within the
Why would bras be
linked to breast disease and cancer? It has to do
with the effect of bras on breast circulation,
specifically the effect of bras on the lymphatic
It is the
bloodstreams job to deliver fresh, oxygenated
fluid to the tissues and to remove carbon dioxide. It
is the lymphatic systems job to remove fluid,
called lymph, from the tissue spaces, along with
debris, viruses, cancer cells, bacteria, toxins, and
other unwanted material.
system consists of microscopic vessels that originate
in the tissue space and lead to larger, but still
tiny, vessels that ultimately enter a lymph node.
These nodes are bean-sized filters lined by white
blood cells. Most of the breasts lymph nodes
are in the armpit. If the nodes detect a virus,
cancer cell, or other foreign or hazardous substance
in the tissue fluid they begin an immune response of
producing white blood cells to combat the problem.
Once through the lymph node the fluid works its way
through larger lymphatic vessels back to the heart
and the bloodstream.
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 massage. 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 tissue.
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
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. If it feels better
without, it means that the bra was bad for your
breasts. And 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. Its like a
some 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. On 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
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, care of Natural
Awakenings Healthy Living Magazine.
If you need more
information please read our best seller, Dressed To Kill.
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.
But breast disease
can end for you now. The decision is yours to make.
We hope you make the healthiest choice.
Another Opinion from R. L. Reed, Ph.D.
Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Cancer and fibrocystic breast disease, for many women, is very treatable and preventable.
For years, doctors have recommended that women avoid caffeine, high fat diets
and so on, and even to take drugs with strong side effects. In some cases this
helps, in others it doesn't. However, recent research has offered new hope
because it has shown a strong connection between the wearing of bras and benign
fibrocystic lumps, cysts and pain. For example, Dr. Gregory Heigh of Florida has
found that over 90% of women with fibrocystic changes find improvement when they
stop wearing their brassieres. This exciting new "treatment" has NO side
effects, costs nothing, and is something that women try for themselves by making
a personal and ALL-NATURAL clothing choice. After this introductory section,
this article is comprised of six case histories written by women who found
relief of fibrocystic by going bra-free.
There is scientific support for the plausibility of this connection with breast
disease. Two published studies have shown that women who wear bras have much
higher breast cancer rates than women who don't wear a bra. A husband and wife
research team published a study of almost 5000 women in the book Dressed to Kill
The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (ISBN # 0-89529-664-0, Avery Publishing
Group, 1995, also available from Amazon Books. They found that the more hours
per day that women wear bras, the higher their rates of breast cancer. Their
theory is that bras can bind and constrict the lymphatic circulation. This
prevents the natural flushing out of accumulated cancer-causing wastes and
toxins from the breast. Fluid pooling could then result in fibrocystic changes
(benign lumps, cysts, and pain). This gives a breeding ground for various
problems, including cancer.
Another possible mechanism is that bras prevent the natural movement of the
breasts and thereby also hamper circulation. People experience something similar
when their feet swell and their legs "go to sleep" on long airplane flights
(lack of movement, and pressure on the legs). By the way, contrary to a common
myth, going bra-less (many women prefer the more positive term "bra-free") will
not make you sag more. In fact, some women actually find that they sag less,
presumably because their chest ligaments and muscles improve their tone and
strength when they must do the work of supporting the breasts (one doctor said
it is a matter of "Use it or lose it.") Medical research gives plausibility to
this theory, since research shows that ligaments depend on weight-bearing and
movement for maintaining proper structure and function.
Dear Webmaster. NZ Health Net.
I would be delighted to have you put them up as articles at your site. Also, I
would be glad to write additional articles on aspects of this subject that you
would like, and publish them at your site. For the article that you mentioned
(about fibrocystic, you may reproduce the article as an article at your site. I
can send you a fresh e-mail copy of the article if that would be useful. The
theory on the connection between bras and breast disease has still not been
researched fully, but the evidence that is available is compelling. My place in
all this is as a volunteer. Although I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, I am not an
expert in human cancer. However, I have collected a large amount of information
on the subject. I am not selling anything; I am giving away freely any and all
information that I have collected. I wish to inform women of their options, and
most importantly, to encourage further research.
R. L. Reed, Ph.D.
Writes: ----- A friend sent me the link to your article about
breast cancer and bras. I am writing to tell you that, I haven't
worn a bra since the age of 17, and I'm now 45. Not only are my
breasts healthy and cyst-free, unlike my mother and sister who have
had multiple cysts removed, but at 45, my breasts are firmer and
more attractive than most 25 year olds I know. I wholeheartedly
agree with doing away with the practice of wearing bras! They are
just another example of society dictating what is "proper" for
women, at the expense of our health!
Gabriele Writes: ----- Wow! It's so simple and obviously true. How blind
we have been! Bras and anti-perspirants cause cancer. I just stumbled upon your
articles. Female or male we all have to watch out for clothing that is too
tight and binding, even though it may seen very loose. Elastic bands, wristwatch
bands, pants or slacks especially t the waist or abdomen, belts, drawstrings,
socks, shoes and shoelaces, bathing suits, etc. etc. etc... They all restrict
and can temporarily cut off blood and lymphatic fluid flow. All clothing must be
loose fitting. When at home the ideal would be to go nude around the house and
yard, and to wear nothing in bed at night. Changing one's position several times
in bed at night can also help. Brushing the whole body from the top of the head
to the tip of the fingers and toes with a natural bristle body brush once a day
increases circulation and skin health.
Thank you. May this information get out to all who need it.