Is there a link between bras and breast cancer?

Part of empowering ourselves for health includes educating ourselves. Taking the time to read food labels for unwanted ingredients, a pharmaceutical manufacturers warning sheet or maybe some cosmetic ingredient list for those hidden things our body can do without. Most of the time we think the of the things we put inside our body or maybe put on the skin. Never, till I had a lump in my breast 10 years ago, did I think of my underwire bra of being a potential problem maker for ill-health.

So when I recently read the article “dressed to kill” about breast cancer and bras I had to share this information. It reminded me of how I had to learn about it the hard way long ago. Today I am amazed at how many women still don’t know that tight underwire bras possibly create a block in their lymph flow. Now I understand that if you work in corporate America it’s a little difficult to just stop wearing a bra to work. I had to figure that one out for myself, but is wearing a underwire bra worth interfering with your long-term health? Can you find a “healthy” alternative?

An interesting excerpt from the article mentions one study in Fiji. It found 24 case histories of breast cancer in a culture where half the women are bra-free. The women getting breast cancer were all wearing bras. Given women with the same genetics and diet and living in the same village, the ones getting breast disease were the ones wearing bras for work. Coincidence? You decide.

I know this topic can be controversial, but the logic of this article will make you stop and think. How did my personal story end? Well between the diagnostic testing visits I underwent a 2 week cleanse with juicing, colonics and rebounding. I also stopped using commercial deodorants with aluminum in them and took the wires out my existing bras till I found some other alternatives. When the sonogram technician told me there must have been a mistake, the lump was not as big as the first scan indicated 😉 I knew I was on to something. My test returned benign and I was glad to have this experience and learn from it. If you would like a personal wellness coaching consultation, please send me an email on the contact form below.

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