Did you know that some researchers and doctors suspect that bra usage might be related to ill-health and possibly a trigger for breast cancer? While this theory is not absolutely conclusive, and has stirred A LOT of controversy and lash outs from established media, the reasons for suspicion are compelling…
I bet if you were to look at the tag on your bra, it would say “Made in China” and made with nylon, and probably some polyester and acrylic as well. Nylon is a polymer, meaning plastic, made from petrochemicals and was invented to replace silk (a natural fibre).
Some research indicates that sustained contact with nylon against your skin multiplies the risk of breast cancer, and the risk is worse if exposure was introduced early in life and for a longer amount of time. This is because our skin absorbs any chemicals we put next to it. A 2010 British study concluded that acrylic exposure increases the risk of breast cancer by sevenfold, while nylon fibre exposure doubles the risk.
On top of that, most women wear bras that are too tight and constrict and shape their breasts in unnatural ways. This is suspected of impairing lymph node drainage – the very system that is meant to deal with toxins such as those from nylon and acrylic entering the body.
A survey done on Fijian women demonstrated that only those who became “working women” and wore bras developed breast cancer. (Half of the women in Fiji at the time, adhered to cultural traditions and refused to wear bras).
That’s just one study that I found interesting. There are more and all can be read about, along with everything mentioned above, in the books “Killer Clothes” by Drs. Clement and “Dressed to Kill” by Sydney Ross Singer.
There is also an article on Dr. Mercola’s website about how if you’re in the habit of wearing popular bra styles, you may be setting yourself up for some serious health problems. This article also discusses the risk of underwire and how it may attract electro-magnetic fields, a potential hazard in our wi-fi drenched society, which may slowly damage our organs and trigger cancer.
On GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, an article was published by Dr. Sadeghi about the connection between bras and breast cancer. If one Googles “goop bras breast cancer” the first three page results show headlines from popular media brands totally bashing the idea, saying it is discredited, ridiculous, unscientific, etc.
This kind of raises suspicion, and begs the question – why the aggressive attack against the proposition that tight, synthetic bras could affect your health? Who seeks to benefit from spreading the idea that there are no health issues associated with this type of clothing accessory whatsoever?… Perhaps the major global corporation who basically has a monopoly on lingerie, that manufactures synthetic bras in China, found to be doused with formaldehyde – Limited Brands who owns Victoria’s Secret, Pink, La Senza and Bath & Body Works. We have to wonder what kind of influence these large corporations have, and who they are associated with, partially owned by, and what studies or media they fund.
Sounding like a conspiracy theorist aside, when reading the sources mentioned so far in this article, the claim that bra usage and breast cancer could be related is really not that implausible AT ALL. The counterclaim that it is ‘unscientific’ or flawed, is just simply not true. There are clearly studies that demonstrate a correlation. This does not mean that it is absolutely conclusive, but as mentioned before the evidence is compelling and I strongly encourage every woman to look into it.
Think about it – if your putting something up against your skin that is tight enough to leave red marks in the same place day after day, and the fibre is synthetic, found to contain traces of carcinogenic substances … wouldn’t you worry how this would affect you long-term?
By adhering to the advice of alternative doctors and researchers, we have nothing to loose if we choose to wear organic fibres. (Except maybe greedy corporations with no care for health, that thrive off insecurity and superficiality have something to loose.) If not only for personal health precautions, but also as an environmental precaution. If we support the production of cheap, toxic clothes we contribute to environmental waste not only through its production but also when it goes into the landfill. It’s likely that organic fibre garments will biodegrade safely after we discard them, rather than plastic, formaldehyde ridden accessories.