Breast cancer and its physical and emotional consequences
Cancer is a dreaded word and I think that most women fear to have breast cancer. The effects are so visible. Looking in the mirror will be a shock and the fear your partner will not find you attractive anymore might cause a big depression.
Having had your children, an operation to have your uterus, or even the ovaries removed at least is not visible on the outside. You will have a scar which hopefully heals nicely. That you are not told how a hysterectomy will cause havoc to your hormone production, is quite a different issue and something I have experienced personally. You can read the story on the About Me page.
There are many reasons why you might get cancer. Personally I think it has a lot to do with modern life, unhealthy habits, and unhealthy foods which are contrary to our well-being. The human body is amazing and can cope with a lot plus repair itself, but continuing to sin, one day you will have to pay the price.
Are bras harmful?
I have come across some news which I find rather disturbing and one does not hear much about it yet in mainstream media. The question is, do bras cause cancer? A rather unsettling thought. Any man who will be reading this post might think, aha, that little black or red frilly and lacy nothing. Men seem to like those. That sexy bra you put on and he takes off.
Actually, I am going to talk about the everyday bra, the one that feels comfortable whether doing housework, going shopping, having a job, or participating in sports. For those activities, that little black or red nothing is not so indicated.
Before I dive into this information and tell you some more about this subject, I would like to take you on a little bra history tour. Wikipedia again is a big help for this issue and comes up with some curious information.
One thing we should not forget is that bras are a multi-billion-dollar industry dominated by large multinational corporations. As what happens with other huge industries (think fast food and McDonald or Soda pops like Coca Cola), our health is not important but earning money is the main issue.
As in the times of the Pharaohs, one could walk around topless. You would wear a skirt and a sheath dress which is like a tunic or Kalasiris. This might cover you completely or only partially, I would call this flexible fashion.
In this country fashion also changed over time. Looking at ancient Indian sculptures the ladies would not wear a blouse. Later on, the tailors started making tight-fitting bras and blouses and the half-sleeved tight bodice is prominent in around 1237 AD. Today in India women and girls still wear these garments which can be very beautiful and colorful, made of silk with embroidery.
3000 years ago, the Minoan women living on the island of Crete, seemed to have worn a type of bikini. Female athletes from those times would wear them to restrain their breasts during sports and competitions. Later on, Grecian ladies would wear a garment with a crossed breast band which seems to have been liked by the men of those times as it accentuated this part of the female body.
The women of ancient Rome adopted the Greek style of women’s clothing and young girls would wear a breast band which was tightly fitted, thinking it would prevent their breasts from growing too big.
In an edict of Strasbourg, in the Holy Roman Empire, it was stated in 1370 that “No woman will support the bust by the disposition of a blouse or by the tightened dress”. There you see we were already being dictated to by men.
The funny thing though is that in an archaeological find circa 1390 to 1485 four lace-decorated bras were found during a renovation project in an Austrian castle. There seems to have been a shift in behavior. Anyhow in those times, this part of the female body was not so predominant.
In the Renaissance, the so-called decolletage became popular so this part of the female anatomy became more visible. Women of the higher class would not breastfeed their babies to retain their youthful shape.
The Victorian era
Different epochs came, like the Victorian era. A rather strange time where table legs were covered less you start thinking about human legs. Or the towels in the bathroom had a cover otherwise you might start thinking about naked bodies. I have one of those beautifully embroidered cloths hanging in my house. The ladies were also covered up to their necks most of the time.
Those were the times when ladies were pressed into a corset and salts were often needed as they would frequently faint. Some physicians were warning this was not healthy. But many of their colleagues would state it was a medical necessity because of a women’s biology and the needs of civilized order. There you see we were being ruled again. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward was an early feminist who said later in life that women needed to burn their corsets.
You may ask when was the bra as we know it, invented? Well, it seems not everybody agrees on this but let’s say it is from the early 19th century. Different models were invented by a variety of people but in 1893, Marie Tucek received a U.S. patent for a device that included shoulder straps, hooks on the back and resembled what we now call the underwire bra.
In the 1930s the word brassiere was shortened to the bra and that is what this piece of lingerie is called today. It became a booming industry and all kinds of things were launched on the market. Nursing bras, Bullet bras, push-up bras, you name it. It would come on the market making the companies rich.
As you can see, the bra has gone through a real evolution. The question is, do women need to wear it and when they do can it have a negative effect on their health?
Some data on breast cancer
In our modern world, breast cancer is on the rise. In 2019, 271.270 new cases in women were expected will be reported and a possible 2.670 cases diagnosed in men. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women after skin cancer.
The introduction of the mammogram has, overall, not changed much to reduce the number of breast cancer cases. Personally, I had a mammogram twice in my life and will never repeat this procedure. Many years ago, I think it was 20 years ago, when I started with a new gynecologist, I told him that this invention was barbaric. If men would need to squeeze their best piece in a machine for a checkup, a new method would have been invented immediately. That is also why I wonder why a more sensitive method was not invented for women.
There exist different test possibilities
My doctor laughed and said no problem, we can do an Ultrasound and that is what we settled on for the following years. One has to be informed about the pros and cons and told about the alternatives, which in my eyes, are a lot better.
The importance of the right food
The website from breastcancer.org, says Think Pink, Live Green, and I must say I like that. I am convinced that what we put into our bodies has a big effect on our health. It is said that the diet you follow will be partly responsible for 30% up to 40% of all cancers. A big reason to take a serious look at what you are eating.
It would be a good idea to have a diary and write down everything you eat for 1 week. You might be shocked at the crap and empty food that goes into your system. You need living food, or foods that have not been processed, to stay healthy. Men-made food does exactly the opposite, do not forget that.
If you now and then give in to temptation, that is OK, because being stressed that you cannot eat anything nice is also bad for your health. But processed foods should not be the standard. Stay away from conservatives and preservatives unless it is absolutely necessary.
Eating the wrong things, which contain lots of sugars and bad fats, will make you gain weight and that seems to heighten the risk for breast cancer. There is one thing I disagree with when the breastcancer.org website comments on lowering your fat intake. Yes, processed fats are bad but extra virgin olive oil or coconut fat is good.
I would say do not drink milk at all, that is something for babies. Opt for coconut milk. You can soak different seeds in this milk and even use it for your coffee. Obviously, the closer you eat to nature the better and avoid GMOs and anything sprayed. Buy organic whenever you can. Do not buy prepared meals, fast food, and cook your own meals with whole and fresh ingredients.
A study on the effect of wearing a bra
OK, let’s get back to what this post is about. Can a bra cause cancer? A National Cancer Institute-funded study was performed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The idea was to find out if there was a link between bras and breast cancer. The idea sounds good don’t you think? The more we know about breast cancer-causing things the better.
There is a big problem with this study as the research did not include bra-free women or women under 55. There is a Chinese study of 2008 and another study of 2011 done in Venezuela. Even a Scottish study in 2014. These three studies show there is a significant bra-cancer connection.
It did mention a study of Harvard of the year 1991, which states that there is a 100% higher breast cancer rate in younger women who wear bras compared to bra-free women. The Harvard study was considered flawed and that is why we hardly heard of it. But there are more sources which give a logical explanation of why wearing a bra, less often instead of more often, can have a beneficial effect.
The slight movement of the breasts, be it walking or running, is beneficial, as it provides a gentle massage that helps the tissue to be cleaned of toxins. Restrictions in this area are bad and hinder the lymphatic flow. Take the advice, never sleep with a bra. Keep those push-ups with underwire for special occasions.
The materials used for bras is mostly latex, etc. It is seldom you will find 100% Cotton. Fruits of the Loom does have 100% Cotton bras which are good for everyday wear.
As so often happens when money is at stake, you really have to read between the lines. Do not follow crazy fashion trends if it can harm your health. You are responsible for your health and luckily you can do a lot to remain cancer-free. You choose what you eat, how you live and, when to wear a bra, and how often.
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Source: NaturalHealth365, article by Sydney Ross Singer, Medical Anthropologist on January 28. 2020
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Women have to take care of their health. Do not be fooled by the latest fashion. It is nice to not have too many wrinkles, but you can achieve this by eating good food, do not smoke, sleep enough hours, and do not lie in the sun for hours on end. There are treatments on the market which can really be harmful. Inform yourself well before you decide to do anything special for your looks.