Monday, 5 November 2012

OK The Bra thing again!

Hello!  I was going to do part 2 of parental controls using my notebook with Windows XP.  Well found the power cord finally (didn't realize how long it has been since I used it).  So updating the programs and defragmenting, so I am sorry but will be writing part 2 tomorrow. Also just a note about password; if you even think they might know your password, change it.  You can also check your own history to see if they were on there. Plus I did notice that some of the parental control programs offer cell phone protection too, so if your child has a cell phone(or your planning to get them one) check to see if the carrier offers parental controls and if they work with others you can add for more protection.

I did find something good to write about for tonight though. :)

A little while ago, October 22, 2012, I wrote a post called “Bra or not to Bra?Yes I said Bra!”  A friend of mine found an article about women who were overweight had higher chances of breast cancer.  And of course these women would where bras more.

So I decided to do a little surfing and found some articles on the bra issue.
Surprise for me found one link led me to an article that said:

 Antiperspirants?  Wow that was new to me! LOL!  Now when I first read the article and decided to put it on my blog it was because I found it interesting, and still do.  Look what I am learning!

Now from what I have read all more or less agree that bras aren't the cause of cancer.  Well I think we knew that. The idea that bras my cut off lymphatic drainage(which I can gather this body fluid actually travels up and out of the armpits, guess that is where the deodorant comes in), seems to be intriguing but from what I could gather that problem can be solved with a proper fitting bra. 

I did find one site that didn't deny or confirm anything and I will put the link here because it is also interesting and touches on a few different myths.  It is:  Factors That Do Not Increase Risk.

I like this one from The New York Times, Science, Published: February 15, 2010:  In his answer he said: “...and colleagues compared National Cancer Institute data on breast cancer risk for women treated for melanoma who had several underarm lymph nodes removed and those who did not. The surgery, which is known to block lymph drainage from breast tissue, did not detectably increase breast cancer rates, the study found, meaning that it is extremely unlikely that wearing a bra, which affects lymph flow minimally if at all, would do so.”

This one makes a good point too.  I refers to the 1960’s when many women where going braless.  It is from ABC News on September 21, 2007:

Question: Do underwire bras increase my risk for breast cancer?

Answer: I do not believe that underwire bras increase the risk of breast cancer. There are many studies that are reported that try to associate things that we have in our lifestyle -- our habits -- that might influence cancer risk. But one has to remember that we all have very complex lifestyles in western society and to sort out one item or another, such as an underwire bra, would be a terribly difficult task to associate, and especially since most people would expect that it would have to be use over a long period of time, not a short period of time, that would be correlated. So, consequently, you might expect that breast cancer risk would have gone down in the 1960s when braless-ness was in fact in vogue, and in fact that's not what we saw in the statistics. So it's hard to associate many of these lifestyle factors with cancer risk per se, although lifestyle factors are one of the things that we can modify personally.

Here are 2 more articles Fact or Fiction? Underwire Bras Cause Cancer  from April 19, 2007 and The truth about brasfrom Monday, October 30, 2006.

By far the best article I read was Can Wearing Your Bra Cause Cancer? From May 19, 2009, By Dr. Mercola.

I will just show you a few paragraphs, you really should read it.  It seems to cover all the views with a few extras to boot.  Including the underwire itself, I could not find anything about the wire in any of the other articles, even though they all made a reference to it.  e.g.

Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow.

The nature of the bra, the tightness, and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of blockage of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra might contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast."

And this: As described by John D. Andre, D.C., N.D.[4], below your breasts are two important neuro-lymphatic reflex points.  The one below your right breast corresponds to your liver and gallbladder. The one below your left breast goes to your stomach.

If a woman keeps the metal underwires on top of those reflex points, over time that WILL mess up the functioning of the associated circuits: Liver, gallbladder, and stomach.

So I learned something new today.  I like learning.  Hope you do too.  Even if you don’t read any of the other articles please read the last one, By Dr. Mercola. I would have put it on here but that would have made this post twice as long.

I got these from Hippie Peace Freaks 

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon,
Alice M


  1. Hi Alice,
    I am a medical anthropologist, breast cancer researcher, and the co-author of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

    You did some research on this, but I find it interesting that you did not mention the studies that support the bra/cancer link. There is our 1991-93 Bra and Breast Cancer Study, published in Dressed To Kill, that showed bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, and the rate rises the longer and tighter the bra is worn. Our study showed this link is greater than that between tobacco and lung cancer (which, btw, was denied by the medical industry for 30 years after the initial research showing a link).

    And there is a 1991 Harvard study that found bra-free women have half this incidence as bra wearers. Eur J Cancer. 1991;27(2):131-5 That means we could cut the rate in half by eliminating chronic constriction of the breasts with bras.

    The NYTimes article about the NCI "study" you mention that looked at melanoma was not a study, but was a letter that was not peer reviewed. If you read it, it says there was more skin cancer after lymph node removal, showing lymph node removal does lead to increased cancer, but they did not mention this important finding. They did mention that there was not enough data about breast cancer in their sample to make a scientifically valid conclusion. But that did not stop them from concluding the bra is not a problem.

    The fact is that there are no studies that refute the bra/cancer link. Only opinions from doctors who make money promoting the detection and treatment of this cancer. Cancer detection and treatment is an industry, and they make billions from this disease. How are they ever going to admit that years of research into breast cancer is flawed because it ignored the most important lifestyle issue affect breast health, i.e., how long and how tightly a woman constricts her breasts with bras day after day, year after year, from puberty onward. It's like studying lung disease and ignoring smoking, or studying foot disease and ignoring tight shoes.

    Keep in mind that the bra industry is fearful of lawsuits, and opposes further research. The bra industry is working with the Komen Fdtn and ACS and drug companies that make cancer drugs to make sure this issue is suppressed and censored. This is truly a cover-up, but women addicted to their bras and brainwashed into thinking they need artificially shaped breasts to be acceptable are happy with the medical industry denial, since it does not challenge their bra wearing habits. Easier to get treatment for cancer, some women feel, than get rid of the bra.

    1. Thank you for the comment Syd Singer, I just noticed none of my links were working. That comment about Melanoma, I didn't look at it that way, thank you for pointing that out. I was looking at it by the fact that removal of the underarm lymph nodes may result in blocking lymph drainage from breast tissue.
      I agree that some industries may not be interested in finding out if there is a link between the bra and cancer.
      By the time I was finished reading and writing this post I was convinced there was a connection (even though most said there wasn't). All though most where convinced that a bad fitting bra can cause you other harm.
      The last article was the best one to me, it covered different theories. I didn't want to sway anyone one way or another just put the info out there for them to check for themselves. That is why I put the links (which now work). And most of the links will take you to more info.
      The most disappointing article was the first I mentioned Last modified on September 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm, Common Fears With No Evidence: Antiperspirants and Bras and had no author. Had nothing to back them up and was on a site many people would trust.


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