Breast Cancer and Bras: Recent Research Raises an Alarm Bell

Four years ago, one large study found a compelling connection. In an article entitled Wearing a Tight Bra for Many Hours a Day is Associated with Increased Risk of Breast Cancer [Journal of Oncology Research and Treatment, 2016. 1:1, Vol 1(1)], a group of six authors concluded that “This study demonstrated a correlation between wearing a tight bra for several hours a day and an increased risk of developing breast cancer” due in part to constriction on the lymph nodes. The authors also quoted another study (Hsieh et al, 1991) that “demonstrated that premenopausal women who did not wear a bra had half the risk of developing breast cancer compared with bra wearers.” Yet overall, studies of bra-wearing leading to cancer “have been inconclusive.”

This journal publication of 2016 is one of the more recent, compelling, and so far unchallenged, discoveries of a relationship. Mentioned were the more “well known” factors implicated in breast cancer: early menarche, late menopause, the use of hormone replacement therapy, alcoholism, obesity, smoking, and genetic mutations. The ‘bra and cancer relationship’ has thus returned from one of its original beginnings, the book Dressed to Kill , 1995, by S.R. Singer and S. Grismaijer (Avery Publishing, New York). These two particular authors had claimed:

“We have developed a new theory about breast cancer and have tested that theory by conducting original research on thousands of women (4,730 from San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas and New York) and we feel confident that we have discovered something tremendously important. We believe we have found a trigger for breast cancer. It is a trigger that is pulled by women themselves – but the gun is loaded by society.”

Of course, since then, bra manufacturers, fashion designers and some researchers have poo-pooed this idea, only to be facing now new evidence. In discussing primarily how bras block or retard the flow of the lymphatic system of the body, the authors also addressed the effects of culture in controlling what women wear and how they wear it. Their research led them to conclude that not only age, genetics, toxin intake, diet and hormone factors, but especially social factors, contribute to higher breast cancer rates. For example, in studying cultures in which bras are traditionally not worn (e.g., Asia, Mexico, Japan, South America, Egypt) breast cancer rates are four-fold lower than cultures in which bras are customarily worn, i.e., most Western or “Westernizing” cultures. Further, since public nudity is not permitted yet in most societies, pretend nudity is acceptable, namely that an ad seen on television or the internet today stresses that a bra makes a woman look ‘natural, not naked’. Yet the ‘braless look’ from the ’60s Flower Children, evoled to be included in the Women’s Movement, and “was put into high gear by movies and television.” So underwear manufacturers countered this movemnt with ads and propaganda attacking this freedom, and hitting hard with the claim that women ‘needed to support’ their breasts. When this didn’t work particularly well, the industry took another direction, making underwear that looked as though the wearer had nothing on at all” (pretend nudity). [See The Naked Child: Growing Up without Shame, by D.C. Smith and Dr. W. Sparks, 1986. Elysium Press].

As I had learned (and thereafter personally corrected) from a Mayo Clinic specialist in the ’70s, how prolonged wearing of tight underwear and bluejeans for men lowered sperm counts, and that prolonged tight clothing generally was not a good idea for anyone, I tend to lean towards these latest findings about women and bras. Many lessons can be learned also from the 35 million declared nudists/naturists around the world about why clothing shouldn’t be worn (weather permitting) at all. But that’s another, much larger, topic.

Terry L. Hill, PhD, Medical Sociologist

Spaceship Earth: the Best Metaphor

When I came to this realization only a few years ago, that humanity is, in effect, inhabiting, changing, and steering this collective spaceship, I saw everything more soberly and clearly. We are, without a doubt, now totally connected to each other and dependent on each other to act favourably towards all species, the environment, and our physical and mental health.

Consider the starship Enterprise only multiply its size by 25 billion times. Add about 6 billion more crew members including 300 Captains with their own advisory bodies, and 900,000 nuclear weapons. Plus enough land, water and air to sustain the crew for an indefinite amount of time. There you have it. Spaceship Earth.

So far, our travel trajectory is fixed at circular, and leaving the ship is expensive, risky, and distance limited. Not all the crew get along with each other, with serious skirmishes breaking out occasionally, some lasting for years. And our average on-board birth rate is too high, too many of us have extensive illnesses and/or live in poverty, our biosphere is degenerating while heating up the ship, our sprinkler/cooler systems and our ambient air and thermostats are operating erratically. Plus our insect and animal friends have food and other survival issues.

Once a person adopts this perspective, his/her values and behaviour may change towards being more inclusive of the human condition and more engaged in propelling Spaceship Earth in the right direction. Time will tell.

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A divided nation once again.

www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wilson-raybould-testimony-liberals-1.5036494

Trudeau is not endearing himself to his shaky caucus, and is now ill prepared to lead the Liberals into the federal election.

Wilson-Raybould has effectively spoken truth to power with nothing left to lose. And her truth will set her free.

Trudeau has a politically flat tire.

www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wilson-raybould-testifies-justice-committee-1.5035219

She was extremely prepared and credible. Proving her wrong will be very difficult, and the onus is on him to clear himself. The next week will turn Parliament Hill into a journalistic beehive.

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How Republican Response to Robert Mueller Broke With History | Time

GOP lawmakers sought to defend Donald Trump in part by digging into the investigation itself, something historians say is unprecedented.
— Read on time.com/5534593/donald-trump-robert-mueller-watergate-congress/

When the guardians are investigated by the guardians who investigate the guardians: circular paranoia as an excuse to hide the truth from implicating the President and moving democracy forward.

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No Christmas salary for Catholic priests | IrishCentral.com

The Catholic diocese of Waterford and Lismore have been using internal funds for priest’s salaries rather than money collected from Mass goers due to a major downturn in the amounts collected from parishioners. The collections refer to three envelopes distributed each year are supposed to fun priests’ salaries.
— Read on www.irishcentral.com/news/christmas-salary-catholic-priests-public-donations-drop

Empty pews, empty pockets. The price paid for religious failures of morality, of all things.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Announces He’s Running For President in 2020 | Time

“Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” the democratic socialist said. “Our campaign is about transforming our country.”
— Read on time.com/5532296/bernie-sanders-announces-running-for-president-2020/

Hail to this vanguard of (leftist) democracy, and to the fact that age makes no difference to commitment and to following the moral high-ground.

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At Munich, Russia and China Widen Rift Between US and Europe | Time

As the tension boiled over, America’s adversaries didn’t waste time gloating, but moved instead to pry the West even further apart
— Read on time.com/5531770/munich-security-conference-mike-pence-angela-merkel-china-russia/

Dividing and not (yet) conquering, inside a Trump fire-starting political quagmire.

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How the New Attorney General Controls Who Will See the Mueller Report | Time

The new Attorney General is the most important person in America when it comes to access to the Mueller report.
— Read on time.com/5530421/william-barr-attorney-general-robert-mueller-report/

The dangers inherent to this partnership, if not held without POTUS interference , will eventually cause the greatest public revolt in America’s political history.

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Jeff Sessions brands Irishmen “drunks but could be trusted” in FBI slam | IrishCentral.com

‘The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,’ a new tell-all book by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, will be released on Feb. 19.
— Read on www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/jeff-sessions-brands-irishmen-drunks-fbi

Coming out politically and going in socially: McCabe tells truth to the world.

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I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran | Article [AMP] | Reuters

I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran | Article [AMP] | Reuters

http://tylarahills.ca/2019/02/14/i-did-it-for-my-daughter-says-woman-arrested-for-headscarf-protest-in-iran-article-amp-reuters/
— Read on tylarahills.ca/2019/02/14/i-did-it-for-my-daughter-says-woman-arrested-for-headscarf-protest-in-iran-article-amp-reuters/

“…written by men….” (edit)

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I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran | Article [AMP] | Reuters

Azam Jangravi’s heart was pounding when she climbed atop an electricity transformer box on Tehran’s busy Revolution Street a year ago. She raised her headscarf in the air and waved it above her head.
— Read on mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1Q30Q7

Patriarchy and religious misogyny in action. Women are still chattel, owned, governed, and punished by laws written by me. Disgusting. And it’s now 2019.

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Maduro Has Nowhere to Go

Maduro Has Nowhere to Go

Maduro Has Nowhere to Go


— Read on politicalviolenceataglance.org/2019/02/08/maduro-has-nowhere-to-go/

Dictators and ruthless reactionary movements like ISIS cannot survive in a world now in total communication within itself. Thus the internet has become a democratizing force, but also suffers from rogue-led scam abuse and insufficient regulation. Once the world’s technologies can be coordinated and steered by agreed-upon ethical imperatives, an international travel visa could be granted to everyone. Spaceship Earth may survive then, well into the 25th century.

China’s Aging Population Is a Major Threat to Its Future | Time

By 2029, China’s population will age into ‘unstoppable’ decline. Here’s why the country may face no greater threat than its aging population
— Read on time.com/5523805/china-aging-population-working-age/

This trend extends also to Muslims and Hindus. Our grandchildren will live in a very different world, hopefully one with increased tolerance, respect, cooperation and a more united world view.

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The Internet: Amazing!

Apart from all its security issues and scams, etc., the internet has succeeded in allowing billions of people to daily speak their minds, and retrieve information on political, economic, sociological, philosophical, religious, historical, maths/physics/ and chemical, medical, anthropological, environmental, cosmological, biological, musical, educational, and spiritual issues.

And to buy stuff and sell stuff.

Never before in history have the majority of passengers of spaceship earth been this conversant, aware, positively enlightened, and discouraged, fearful, and fatalistic – as in 2019.

Resolving this condition for everyone’s benefit is up to its stewards. A tall but not insurmountable order.