We have all been sold (marketed) the idea that wearing a bra is not only essential, but that it also plays a huge part in our attractiveness and sexiness. I wonder how sexy and attractive we think having breast cancer and the resulting treatments are? If there was enough evidence from scientific research that bra's are linked to causing breast cancer, how deep would the conditioning of our belief in bra's being sexy and essential go?

I just read an article on a wonderful website 'Green Med Info.com' (Ladies Ditch the Bra for your Health, by Louise Habakus, 10/3/19). The article referred to a book called 'Dressed To Kill" by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, where they found that from 4 000 women interviewed from five major US cities; that half of the women had been diagnosed with breast cancer! They also discovered:

* 75% of women who slept in their bra's developed breast cancer.

*1 in 7 who wore their bra for 12+ hours/day developed breast cancer.

*1 in 168 who did not wear a bra developed breast cancer

* Within one month of ditching their bra's, women with cysts, breast pain, or tenderness found their symptoms disappeared.

Let's face it, the lingerie industry is a huge industry. Just look at the money spent on the annual Victoria Secret 'Angels' runway extravagansa, broadcasted live throughout the world, all to sell lingerie and to reinforce the need for it to be considered sexy. Imagine if women worldwide were informed about the fact that wearing a bra can cause cancer, would that do to such a huge industry?

Well women's health, pain and suffering is more important than any industry!

Imagine if you will, if there was men's lingerie with underwire aiming to lift and glorify men's testicles and penis, but that wearing it caused testicular cancer, do you honestly think men would go for that? So why should we? Surely the industry can find a better way around this issue, by bringing into fashion the wearing of camisoles, nipple pads or thicker material clothing, so the need for a bra was reduced!

Apparently, in the absents of a bra, the breast muscles and ligaments forced to bear the weight of our breasts strengthen and tone up. Wearing a bra actually causes chest muscles and breast ligaments to atrophy. Wearing tight bra's and underwire bra's also restrict lymphatic drainage, causing congestion and stagnation of toxic wast materials needed to be excreted, while simultaneously restricting oxygen and nutrient delivery to the cells. Bra's have also been found to lower melatonin in the body by 60%, and melatonin has been identified as having anti-cancer properties, useful in breast cancer prevention and treatment.

It is important to realise that the various worldwide Cancer Councils, organisations and Oncologists often state that there is no evidence or reason to believe that bra's can lead to breast cancer. But that was what Dr's kept telling the public about cigarettes back in the day! When taking any one's recommendations regarding your health I have one simple rule, follow the money. If the 'Cancer Industry' makes billions, from people having cancer, whereas those with non traditional treatments or recommendations have little to gain financially and also risk huge condemnation from peers and a believing public; then I think it is time that as women we start to trust and follow our own intuition on this matter.

I know myself, that when I get home from work, the first thing I do is to change into something loose and comfortable, and that often involves ditching the bra as well. I know that it feels a lot more comfortable and spots that may have been restricted by a part of my bra start to feel happy and in less discomfort. From a sexy point of view, the most expensive lingerie I ever brought, ended up on the floor in minutes, barely even getting more than an appreciative reflection from the object of my affection. Value for money? I don't think so! At least only wearing it briefly, may have reduced my risk to breast cancer!

Women have great intuition, but we have been taught to ignore it, instead believing what others tell us. It's time to realise that we all have inbuilt survival skills and its called our intuition. It's time to start trusting it!

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