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Bras and Breast Health Sun, 16 Jul 2000 

Following is an article...or excerpts from an article...on the connection between breast health and wearing a bra. It also contains suggestions for better fitting bras which would restrict energy less. The original article was in the Optimal Breathing Times, and included information about how bras restrict free breathing, and how, once a woman is breathing deeply, her old bras often become intolerable.

In the book "A Woman's Guide to Healing from Breast Cancer" by Nan Lu, A Doctor of Chines Medicine, there is information  about constricted and stagnant energy in the breasts, and the relationship between emotions and breath health. Dr. Lu gives many suggestions to increase the flow of energy in the breasts, including simple exercises.

It seems that if we as women put aside the dictates of society and wore our bras less and/or wear looser bras, used natural deodorants instead of antiperspirants that block the release of toxins, and learned more about the energy flow in the body, we would be taking a powerful step towards health.

To your health!

A new study shows that wearing a bra is linked to higher incidence of breast cancer. Women who wear a bra 24 hours a day are 125 times a likely to develop cancer as women who don=B9t wear one at all. In a study involving 4,700 women by Medical anthropologists Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, those women who never wore a bra had the same incidence of breast cancer as men, a rare condition. Women who wore bras for more than 12 hours but did not sleep in them had 21 times the risk as women who wore a bra for less than 12 hours.

It is suggested that lymphatic vessels are blocked by the bra, keeping white blood cells from their role in destroying abnormal cells, and leading to malignancies. However, even without knowing the exact mechanism, the correlation is significant. Singer and Grismaijer=B9s book, "Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras," elaborates on their research .Making your bra healthier.

Any tightness in the bra can slowly constrict the upper body so that it feels normal to be squished. Because of this it is often difficult to convince women that their bras are too tight. Bras are very bad if they leave a red mark. Even without a red mark, many bras are too tight or too small one or both cup sizes.

Loosen the bra with expanders from a fabric store until you can get one fitted properly. Monthly times necessitate expansion. Perhaps more in one breast than the other. When the back strap is loosened, the shoulder strap needs to be raised a little but not always.

Does the shoulder strap get too tight and drag down on the shoulder causing pain in the top of the shoulder? Instead of lowering the height f the back strap by lengthening the shoulder straps, place something under the shoulder strap to deflect the weight over a larger part of the shoulder. Pain in the shoulders from the weight? Get to a gym and do shoulder strengthening weigh training. I suspect most shoulder and back straps could be a lot wider.


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