TMHS 021: Dressed To Kill – The Dangers Of Wearing Bras And Constrictive Clothing With Medical Anthropologist Sydney Singer

In this episode we’re happy to welcome the author of Dressed to Kill, Sydney Ross Singer. Sydney and his wife Soma are a Medical Anthropology team doing groundbreaking work in the study of culturogenic diseases.

Sydney is on the show today to share some critical information about breast cancer that most people are totally unaware of. Can constrictive clothing that cuts off circulation and proper elimination lead to breast cancer? Sydney’s research has proven that this is a myth-shattering and conclusive yes.

For this episode I ask that you put your disbelief (not your bra) to the side and just listen to this interview with an open and reasonable mind. Breast cancer itself is a sensitive issue. And when we bring culture and sexuality into the mix it can definitely be a very “hot button” topic to even take an honest look at.

I promise that at the end of this show you’ll be glad you took action to understand how the clothes that we wear could be causing major problems with our health and the health of the people we love. This is a classic episode for sure, so listen in and enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why our society has largely accepted that breast cancer, tumors, and cysts are normal.
  • What a Medical Anthropologist is and why they have an advantage understanding diseases.
  • What a “culturogenic disease” is and why it’s so difficult to treat.
  • Why cancer statistically has very little to do with genetics.
  • The critical insights on how 95 percent of all cancers are triggered.
  • How accepting that genes cause cancer drives people to give away their control.
  • The most important question you need to ask if you’re ever stricken with a disease.
  • What the indentations and marks left on your body from bras are telling you.
  • What your lymphatic system is and why it’s important.
  • Why lymph nodes should NOT be removed.
  • How bras cause lymphedema.
  • What wearing a bra has to do with menstrual pain.
  • The Harvard Study showing that women who wear bras have over 100% higher cancer rates.
  • What “training bras” really do to young girls.
  • The 15 year study that showed bras actually caused breast sagging.
  • How early puberty is actually causing higher breast cancer rates.
  • Why bra makers are changing their design because of this pioneering research.
  • What to wear for breast comfort during exercise.
  • Why the exercise you do needs to match up well to your body shape.
  • How thermograms can show the heat/inflammation caused by wearing bras.
  • Why tight clothing on women AND men can be very problematic for health.
  • What some great alternatives to wearing bras are.

Items mentioned in this episode include:

* Killer Culture Website

* French Study Shows Bras Are A False Necessity

* Dressed to Kill – Book

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  • Junita
    11 Oct 2013, 2:13 am

    Wow! The light bulb has been turned on to Bright! As a teen in High school I would get sent home from school for not wearing a bra. Never wanted to wear them. Never liked the feeling. Now, some 40 yrs later I still have issues with wearing a bra. I have several bras all the same color, black, and I have to always look for one when I go out. My girlfriends always joke about me not being able to find a bra to wear. I am a “bra free woman” every chance I get. Thank you so much for this show. I learned so much and Thank you for having Sydney Singer on as your guest.

    • Shawn
      11 Oct 2013, 5:38 pm

      Your women’s intuition is more powerful than any school rules! This was an important show, and an important one to get out there. Thanks so much for sharing your unique and IMPORTANT experience.

  • 28 Oct 2013, 2:40 am

    I KNEW it was a reason I’m so rooted inherently in not wearing bras when I don’t have to! The first thing that comes off at home is that bra! It’s so freeing to take that mug off! Incidentally I do have a cyst in one of my breasts and of course the doctor’s response was “oh, a lot of women have them; you’re okay.” REALLY? No reason whatsoever as to why?!

    Oh and I have had surgery under my arm because of enlarged nodes which listening to Sydney is most likely caused by wearing a bra and the doctors have no idea why. Thanks Sydney!

  • 11 Jan 2014, 3:38 am

    I realized over three years a slideshow on the problem bra health and beauty breasts.
    I will send the English translation that I realized with the help of Syd Singer. (I’m french)
    The bra generates pathologies and ligaments and muscles atrophy of the breasts and makes them fall.
    You will find all the references of such studies to the end of the show, and it was taken on many health sites and doctors.
    You can put a link on your site, forward it to your friends … I made ​​for it!

  • Matt
    16 Feb 2014, 7:40 pm

    The authors’ proposal that bras block the lymphatic system which lead to accumulated toxins and cancer was also debunked by an unrelated study. The National Institutes of Health examined cancer rates among women who had their underarm lymph nodes removed as part of melanoma treatment: “The surgery, which is known to block lymph drainage from breast tissue, did not detectably increase breast cancer rates, the study found, meaning that it is extremely unlikely that wearing a bra, which affects lymph flow minimally if at all, would do so.” Source:

  • 17 Jun 2015, 6:16 pm

    Shawn – this episode is a GOD send! I am a forever changed woman! When I first heard Syndey discussing all of the health risks associated with bras, my mouth hit the floor! However – it all made perfect sense to me.

    Since hearing this, I have been 90% bra free! I’m working to make that 100% however it can be difficult when you work a corporate job to adjust all attire decisions based on being bra-less. But so far I’m making it work. And most importantly my “ladies” feel happier and healthier!

    Whenever I do decide to put a bra on, it feels so uncomfortable and quite frankly unnecessary. I have begun to spread the word on being bra-less and promoting breast health. I actually did more of my own research on the effects of bras on breast health and discovering viable attire alternatives for woman who are going bra less.

    I will be posting an article about it soon (website still in progress) and would love to share it with you! Thanks so much for creating such important, and meaningful content. This podcast has literally opened up my eyes and changed so much of my attire and health decisions!

    -Ashley D

  • Anthony
    28 Nov 2016, 3:57 pm

    I shared this information with a health and fitness group I chat in on FB. One of the women gave me a bit of a reprimand for sharing this information as she advised it is not supported by scientific evidence. I came back to read further as I don’t want to ever be an alarmist but I find that your information is always valuable and thoughtful. What I did notice on some of the scientific/medical articles is that there was not definitive advisement that bras and other behaviors don’t cause cyst and cancer.