Underwire Bra Debate

To Be or Not To Be ... an underwire wearer?

The first problem with underwire bras is that all underwire bras are made of a plastic coated metal. According to Dr. George Goodheart author of Chinese Lessons For Modern Chiropractors, Goodheart found that it is possible to tape a small metal ball onto an AcuPoint (acupuncture point), and accomplish longer-term stimulation to that point. The BBs are used by thousands of doctors daily. Metal that is constantly on a given point on the human body may cause problems. One critical factor is where the metal is, and what that point ties to in terms of the human psychophysiology. For the underwires in Bras, the wires fall directly onto two very important NeuroLymphatic Reflexes. The one goes to the Liver and Gall Bladder. The other goes to the Stomach.

Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D., Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, (Bantom Books 2002; page 344) writes "Stop wearing an underwire bra." Too often this kind of bra cuts off circulation of both blood and lymph fluid around the breast, chest wall, and surrounding tissue.

Dr. Jesse Hanley, M.D., in her book: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause, (Warner Books, 1999), Dr. Hanley encourages her patients not to wear underwire bras or even tight bras, except for special occasions because they block the lymph glands under the arms, around the breast and chest wall. "Lymph glands play an important role in draining toxins from the breast."

Nursing bras are made to access the breast for convenient nursing. Nursing bras are available in soft cup and the underwire versions, but underwires can constrict the breast and cause either blocked ducts or mastitis, the inflammation of the mammary glands. Wearing an underwire nursing bra while sleeping carries a high risk of mastitis.

Are all underwire bras bad? No, Suzanne™ bras give that extra support with out wires. However, many women feel that underwires give them extra support. Often women find that the underwires pop out of the underwire bra. It is often a sign that the bra band size may be too large. If the band is moving around the body, this friction wears down the casing or underwire channeling and this can create a hole for the wire to pop out.

Another reason why the wires may pop out is due to the manufacture or care of the bra. The fabric sewn over underwires inside a bra, called channeling, is sometimes made of cotton. Washing in hot water can shrink the channeling and force the underwire to pop out. The manufacturer may not have sewn enough stitches to close the underwire channel and the underwire has been able to pop out.

The important thing to keep in mind that you make sure that with any bra, underwire or soft cup fit properly. Also the proper care for the garment can help extend the life of that garment.

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