For me, nudism isn’t just about running around naked. Sure, I like that, but there’s more. It’s about connection to the earth and about health too. Recently, I heard a podcast from the Naturist Living Show, and it really got me. The podcast was about breast cancer.
Is your bra giving you breast cancer?
I have two sisters-in-law that have had to have mastectomies because of breast cancer. I also have had some friends and acquaintances suffer from this horrible disease. I have no idea what the statistics are for breast cancer, but I believe it to be on the rise. According to the author of “Dressed To Kill,” by Sydney Ross Singer, one culprit may well be the bra.
I heard about this study a few years back, but it got lost in the shuffle. The main idea seems to be that the bra cuts off circulation which, in turn, clogs lymph ducts. The lymphatic system is how we eliminate toxins from the body. It’s why, when women have mastectomies, they have to be very careful of infection. Sometimes much of the lymph system in the chest is taken along with the breast.
The author of the book has tried to get the medical profession on board, but it seems there is more money to be made in treating breast cancer than there is in preventing it. He has been called a charlatan even though there are no studies, that he is aware of, that refutes his findings. He likens it to the struggle a few years back to prove that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer.
Speaking of which, according to the author, a woman who wears a bra for more than twelve hours a day is four times more likely to get breast cancer than a smoker is to get lung cancer. Does that scare you ladies? I hope so.
My wife has been telling our daughters and people she works with about this book, but the social stigma is so great that a women has to wear a bra, that most of the people she has told have just blown her off.
“I can’t go without a bra,” is the standard reply.
One woman she told, who has breast cancer now, said that her teenage daughter often wears her bra to bed. She doesn’t want her brother to see her without a bra on. The woman defended the daughter’s poor choice by saying she understood that she wanted to be modest.
She could die from breast cancer and she’s worried her brother might see some breast wiggle? How lame is that? If their family is so screwed up that the brother doesn’t understand that his sister has breasts and that, unfettered, they may wiggle, then something is wrong!
By the way, the author of the book states that the wiggle is part of natures way to he;p move fluid through the lymphatic system. No wiggle, sluggish system.
It seems to me that our society, with it’s misguided ideas on what modesty is and how we achieve that modesty, is to blame for much of the disease in our culture. Would it be so wrong to have women not wear bras? I mean, when I’m at our camp or other nudist venue, I rarely notice that a woman’s breast jiggle. They’re women. Of course they do. I don’t notice if a guys penis wiggles either. Of course it does.
We are human beings with human parts. When we unnaturally confine and/or constrict those parts, is it any wonder they become diseased?
If nothing else, listen to the podcast. Please!
If you are a female, it may save your life. If you’re a male, it may save the life of a woman you love.
P.S. I can’t stress this enough. Please listen to the podcast or read the book. My wife has suffered from fibroid tumors in her breast and since she has stopped wearing her bra whenever possible, theyare gone. There is really something to this!
P.P.S There has been a comment that this bra causing cancer thing is a hoax. I am not saying that it is the only reason for breast cancer. What I am saying is that this study, done by and anthropologist, has not been disproved. It has been argued against, but I can find no study, actual scientific study, that says it is not true. Do a google search on it and you will see both sides of the argument by many people; some credentialed, some not.