Ladies, do you have a love/hate relationship with your bra? (Sorry guys, this may not be helpful info for you, but the females in your life might appreciate it.) If your hate is stronger than your love, read on for reasons to burn your bra.
A recent study of 4,500 women in five cities across the country revealed some interesting facts about wearing brassieres:
- 3 out of 4 women who wore bras 24 hours/day developed breast cancer.
- 1 out of 7 who wore bras more than 12 hours/day, but not to bed, developed breast cancer.
- 1 out of 152 who rarely wore bras developed breast cancer.
- 1 out of 168 who never wore bras developed breast cancer.
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny writes in the above-referenced article: “It is well-known that stagnation and inflammation are a major cause of many diseases. Breast disease is no exception.”
Marcia Jones, Director of Tides of Life PMS & Menopause Center, writes in a health101.com post that the negative effect of bras could be due to constricted lymphatic circulation. She also suggests that bras can affect the temperature of breasts and therefore hormones. Her conclusion? “My personal opinion is this: Experience tells me that constant binding is an unhealthy practice. Breast tenderness, fibrocysts, and breast cancer—which I hear about from women daily on the PMS and Menopause hotline—are no laughing matter!” (http://www.health101.org/art_Bras_and_Breast_Cancer.htm)
Dr. John D. Andre, D.C., N.D., is concerned about bra underwires. He says underwires fall directly onto two very important neurolymphatic reflexes. The one under the right breast goes to the liver and gallbladder. The one under the left breast goes to the stomach. These reflexes, he says, follow the law of stimulation. When a point is first stimulated, it often causes “an increase in associated function. Later on, this continued stimulation causes sedation of that point and a subsequent decrease in its associated function. …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, Gall Bladder, and Stomach. Bottom Line: It will likely make her sick, slowly and quietly.” (http://www.relfe.com/underwire_bras_dangers.html)
Then there’s the issue of fit. Osteopath Jon-Morton Bell says, “Proper support for the breasts has a huge impact on back health. …If a woman is bending forward because of insufficient breast support, the trapezius overstretches and causes headaches. All nerve roots come from the back; stomach upsets and fatigue are common by-products of bad back health. If ladies have a proper bra-fitting, back problems are often resolved.” (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/is-your-bra-making-you-ill-1044078.html)
Suggestions for brassiere replacement that I’ve found so far are sports bras, training bras, tank tops, camisoles, and shirts with two pockets. Have you found a bra alternative that works for you? Becky