Show Notes Episode 77 – Sydney Singer: Your Bra May Be Killing You

Is it possible wearing a bra can harm a woman’s health to the point that it makes her more vulnerable to breast cancer?

Medical anthropologist Sydney Singer talks to Paul about the link between breast cancer and wearing bras and his battles with conventional medicine in this Living 4D episode.

For more information about Sydney’s work, check out his International Bra Free Study and Bras and Breast Cancer websites and his Facebook page, Free The Boobies.

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Show Notes

  • A fateful encounter on a remote island jump-started Sydney’s exploration into the bras-breast cancer connection. (7:22)
  • The psychological side that reinforces the use of bras: Feeling the need to be “acceptable” in public. (13:21)
  • Why do images in anatomy and physical therapy textbooks depict woman wearing bras? (20:56)
  • At one time, breast cancer was called nun’s disease. (27:19)
  • The concept of light elastic forces. (35:43)
  • When women get rid of their bras, their breasts become less congested and lighter. (48:01)
  • Wearing a sports bra during certain activities can help, so long as you take it off afterward. (58:53)
  • The pros and cons of thermography. (1:05:56)
  • How medicine views lymphatics is changing. (1:17:02)
  • Should bras have warning labels on them? (1:26:40)
  • One of Sydney’s dreams: People consulting with a medical anthropologist before their doctor. (1:34:03)
  • “Humans are not rational. They rationalize.” (1:55:43)
  • Did you know the American Cancer Society sells bras? (2:03:29)
  • The synthetic materials bras are made of and the chemicals used to clean them can be a problem. (2:20:22)
  • Young girls wearing training bras could have serious health issues later on. (2:32:30)