"The suffering caused among women by unhealthful dress cannot be estimated. Many have become life-long invalids through their compliance with the demands of fashion. Health and life have been sacrificed to the insatiable goddess. Many seem to think they have a right to treat their bodies as they please; but they forget that their bodies are not their own. The Creator who formed them has claims upon them that they cannot lightly throw off." - Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 87,88
Much has been written about the health message, but sadly some of the most basic principles are rarely mentioned today. One such principle is to avoid constrictive garments and for the purpose of this discussion constrictive undergarments. Too often the undergarments sold today are very harmful to women because they restrict the circulation. God told us about the dangers of tight clothing over a hundred years ago through the Spirit of Prophecy:
“At every pulsation of the heart the blood should make its way quickly and easily to all parts of the body. Its circulation should not be hindered by tight clothing or bands, or by insufficient clothing of the extremities. Whatever hinders the circulation forces the blood back to the vital organs, producing congestion. Headache, cough, palpitation of the heart, or indigestion is often the result.” - Ministry of Healing (1905) p. 271
With this information in mind, we need to carefully consider what clothes we should wear. Anything that restricts the circulation is not suitable and should not be worn. We will explore this in more detail in the following sections.
A Healthy lymphatic system is essential for our immune system to function properly. When our immune system is compromised we are likely to suffer sickness, including cancer. The lymphatic system maintains the fluid balance in our bodies by recovering the fluid that is lost from the capillaries. The diagram to the left shows the relationship between the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems.
It is estimated that anywhere between 2 and 4 litres of water is lost from the peripheral tissue capillaries each day. The lymphatic system absorbs this fluid and returns it to the bloodstream. Those with lymphoedema have a lymphatic system that is not functioning properly. They experience excessive swelling primarily in their arms and legs. In extreme cases it can be life threatening.
Before the lymph enters the bloodstream, the lymphatic system filters the fluid through the lymph nodes. This is why some people think of the lymphatic system as the sewage system. These bean-shaped nodes are filled with lymphocytes and macrophages, two powerful white blood cells. Any pathogen such as bacteria, fungi, viruses or other foreign substances are destroyed when they pass through the lymph nodes. Often when the lymph nodes are fighting an infection they can become swollen and sore because there is an increase of white blood cells in the area.
The lymphatic system is composed of:
- lymph - the recovered fluid lost from the bloodstream.
- lymphatic vessels - the ducts that transport the lymph.
- lymphatic tissue - these are aggregates of lymphocytes and macrophages.
- lymphatic organs - are cells that are especially concentrated and which are usually set off from surrounding organs by connective tissue capsules. Examples are lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, and spleen.
Lymph is the interstitial fluid that filters into the lymphatic vessels. It is a clear, colorless fluid which is similar to blood plasma, but with much less protein. All lymph passes through at least one lymph node before emptying back into the left or right subclavian vein where it mixes with the blood.
Lymph is the main supply of lymphocytes to the blood, an important white blood cell. Therefore it plays a very important role in respect to our immune system.
Below is an animated clip describing the pathway of the lymph.
The lymphatic system is made up of a network of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to veins. There are two sorts of lymphatic vessels - superficial and deep vessels. The superficial vessels are small and just under the surface of the skin. The deep vessels are larger and accompany the deep veins. The lymphatic vessels contract rhythmically pushing the lymph through the lymphatic system. The lymph is also aided in its movement by the contraction of the muscles, through both physical exercise and the act of proper breathing. Therefore physical exercise significantly increases the rate of lymphatic return and is essential to the health of the lymphatic system and the body as a whole.
Lymph nodes are also known as lymph glands. They are what the doctor will feel for when they suspect you have an infection such as a throat infection or tonsillitis. They are a collection of lymphoid tissue and vary in size from as small as a pinhead to as long as 2.5 centimeters. They are seldom found in isolation, but rather form clusters from 2 or 3 to as much as 100 nodes in a group. Lymph nodes are prevalent in the neck, under the arms, around the breasts and in the groin region.
Sluggish lymphatic system
When lymph does not flow through the lymphatic system as it should it is referred to as a 'sluggish lymphatic system'. The most common causes for this are:
- Constriction of the body
- Poor posture
- Improper breathing
- Incorrect diet
- Insufficient exercise
- Physical damage, including surgery
Breathing aids the lymphatic system
Lymph is primarily pumped around the lymphatic system by the contraction of our muscles. Deep breathing also helps with lymph flow in the abdomen and chest. There are two forms of breathing:
- Shallow breathing - with our chest or
- Deep breathing - with our diaphragm muscles which are located under the lungs.
Shallow breathing does little to stimulate the lymphatic system, but deep breathing is beneficial to both the lymphatic system and the whole body. God’s counsel on proper breathing confirms this point.
"Next in importance to right position are respiration and vocal culture. The one who sits and stands erect is more likely than others to breathe properly. But the teacher should impress upon his pupils the importance of deep breathing. Show how the healthy action of the respiratory organs, assisting the circulation of the blood, invigorates the whole system, excites the appetite, promotes digestion, and induces sound, sweet sleep, thus not only refreshing the body, but soothing and tranquilizing the mind. And while the importance of deep breathing is shown, the practice should be insisted upon. Let exercises be given which will promote this, and see that the habit becomes established. . . . " - Child Guidance, p. 364
Bras have become a standard piece of clothing for women in western countries. However, after understanding just a little of the lymphatic system, you can begin to see what negative affects bras can have on the body. Remember, God wants us to care for our bodies. He has created us and redeemed us. Many feel that God is not interested if we wear a bra or not. This couldn't be further from the truth. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says: "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." When we find that wearing a bra is harmful to our health, don't you think God would like us to change the way we dress?
Bras and the circulation
Everyone who has ever worn a bra would know how tight they fit on the body. This tightness is needed to hold the breast up. In our modern society where fashion and looks is everything, bras are considered essential. However, just think about it for a moment. What happens if you put a tight elastic band around one of your fingers? It doesn't take long before you feel a tingling sensation in that finger. That is because the circulation has been stopped or slowed down. If left on the finger long enough, you could cause damage.
Now that tight bra you wear has a similar effect on your lymphatic system. It slows down or cuts off the flow of lymph and traps toxins and harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi in the breast tissue. God didn't create us to restrict the flow of this important lymph. Wearing a bra is not natural despite the huge push from society to wear one.
Bras and breast temperature
Not only do bras constrict the circulation of lymph, but they also raise the temperature of the breasts. Some researchers believe there is a link between an elevated breast temperature and cancer. For example:
An M.D. in California published an article in a medical journal linking bras with elevated breast temperature, and he suggested that this might have a connection with breast cancer. He studied several hundred women in a medical practice and also observed that the heavier the bra material, the hotter the breast, and that bra-free women of all sizes had cooler breasts. (The Lancet, November 4, 1978, P. 1001 Dr. John M. Douglass, Department of Internal Medicine, S. Calif. Permanente Med. Center Los Angeles, California) see also item #8 for more about breast temperature. - http://www.breathing.com/articles/brassieres.htm
God has also counseled women through the Spirit of Prophecy about the dangers of raising the temperature of the breasts through the use of fashionable garments:
"Because it is the fashion, many females place over their breasts paddings, to give the form the appearance of well-developed breasts. These appendages attract the blood to the chest, and produce a dry, irritating heat. The veins, because of unnatural heat, become contracted, and the natural circulation is obstructed. These appendages, in connection with other bad habits of dressing and eating, result in obstructing the process of nature, making a healthy development of the breasts impossible. And if these become mothers, there cannot be a natural secretion of the fluids, to have a sufficient supply of nourishment for their offspring." - The Health Reformer, September 1, 1871
There are a number of problems that researchers are discovering that are related to wearing a bra. These include:
2. Shoulder pain
3. Fibrocystic breast disease
Anyone who has had cancer or has known someone with cancer would know it is a terrible disease. According to www.medicinenet.com, breast cancer is the leading cancer in women in the US. Many researchers have been convinced for a long time that there is a link between breast cancer and wearing a bra. According to Bruce Fife in his book "The Detox Book, p. 126", he concludes:
"Circulation can be restricted by wearing tight-fitting clothing as well. Studies have shown a correlation between the wearing of bras and breast cancer. Any restrictive clothing will hamper lymph circulation.
Recent studies have given conclusive proof that cancer can and does develop as a result of restricting lymph movement. A century ago it was popular for women to wear corsets to improve their figures. These tight-fitting undergarments extended from the bust to the hips. Lacing along the back allowed them to be bound tightly around the body, enhancing a woman’s figure and making her look more slender. The corset eventually gave way to the girdle, a similar garment made of tough elastic which was squeezed and wiggled into, often with great effort. It was noticed that women who frequently wore these confining garments often developed a number of adverse physical conditions. The bra, which was much less restricting, yet could add support or padding to enhance the figure, came into popular use. Most women in North America and in other Western countries wear bras. It has become a standard piece of clothing. The bra, however, like its relative, the corset, is terribly confining and blocks the free flow of lymph to the bust. The pressure exerted by the straps on the bra is not strong enough to cut off blood circulation, but it is tight enough to prevent lymph from flowing to lymph nodes near the breast and around cells. This creates a pooling of toxins which irritate surrounding tissue. The result is breast cancer.
Breast cancer is of major concern in America and other civilized countries. However, it is almost unheard of in Third World countries. In the United States and Canada, one out of every eight women will get breast cancer sometime in her life. Why is it so high in Western countries and relatively rare elsewhere? In a study conducted by Sydney Ross Singer, a medical anthropologist, and Soma Grismaijer, and outlined in their book Dressed to Kill, the connection between tight clothing and cancer was made. In this study, 4,500 women, half of which had breast cancer and half of which did not, the effects of wearing a bra were determined. Of the women who did not wear bras, only one out of 168 got breast cancer (a dramatic improvement over the national average). For women who wore their bra at least 12 hours a day, but not to bed at night, one out of seven developed breast cancer (close to the national average of one out of eight). For women who wore their bra at least 12 hours and slept with them on at night, the rate of breast cancer was three out of four!
This supports the observation that in Third World countries where women don’t wear bras, breast cancer is rare. Women who have developed lumps in their breast have had the lumps disappear within a couple of months after they stopped wearing their bras. The evidence of breast cancer being directly related to wearing bras is clearly evident. Keep in mind, however, that the bra is not the only factor involved. Exercise and diet are also important. Environmental pollutants, food additives, as well as microorganisms provide the source for the toxins which accumulate in the breast tissue. A lack of exercise allows circulation to be sluggish. Combine that with a restrictive garment, like a bra, and you end up with trouble. Any tight fitting clothing can have a similar effect, as will sitting on your rear end all day. Movement or exercise is the only way to adequately circulate lymph through the body. Without exercise, your body becomes a stagnant toxic dump. Movement is life." - The Detox Book, p. 126
Many other researchers also support this view. Doctor Michael Schachter says:
"Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow. The nature of the bra, the tightness, and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of blockage of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra might contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast. This idea has been popularized recently by Sydney Ross Singer, Ph.D., with the publication of his book Dressed to Kill: The Link between Bras and Breast Cancer by Avery Press. In this book he describes an epidemiologic study that he carried out which shows a strong link. This study is similar to the early studies that showed a relationship between smoking and lung cancer. Women who wore bras more than 12 hours daily had a nineteen times greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who wore a bra less than 12 hours daily. Women who never wore bras seemed to have an even greater protection. So, the take home message to women is to wear bras as little as possible and when wearing them try to choose one that is least constricting." Michael Schachter M.D., F.A.C.A.M. http://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.asp?Id=533&xcntr=4
If someone in your family has suffered from breast cancer, please reconsider wearing a bra. If you want to help prevent breast cancer, one of the easiest things you can do is stop wearing bras. Your life may depend on it.
2. Shoulder pain
Many women who wear bras can testify to differing degrees of shoulder pain. This is usually more noticeable with those who have larger breasts. This is because the weight of the breasts are being held up by the shoulders.
"A medical doctor published his findings on shoulder pain treatment in women with large breasts. In this five-year study, it was suggested that patients remove the weight from their shoulders for a period of two weeks, either by going braless or by wearing a strapless bra. Only one woman chose a strapless bra and all the others went braless. quoting the article, "Long-term outcome was presence or absence of muscle pain and tenderness. Seventy-nine percent of patients decided to remove breast weight from the shoulder permanently because it rendered them symptom free." (Ryan, EL, Clin J Pain 2000 Dec;16(4):298-303, "Pectoral girdle myalgia in women: a 5-year study in a clinical setting.") http://www.breathing.com/articles/brassieres.htm
"…brassieres with thin straps could cause headaches and lead to serious nerve damage. If a strap is so tight that it digs into the shoulder, it puts downward pressure on the cervical nerve. The cervical nerve runs from the neck to the shoulder and is an important component of the nerve system. Damaging it can cause frequent headaches, neck pain or numbness. Over time, it can cause pain that radiates from the shoulder all the way down the arms and into the hands." ‘Bra Straps Health Watch’, Office of News and Publications & the Library at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
3. Fibrocystic breast disease
Fibrocystic breast disease is a disorder characterized by benign changes in the breast tissues. Fibrocystic refers to the development of cystic spaces and an overgrowth of fibrous tissue especially in a gland. The most noticeable symptom of this disease is the presence of one or more lumps in the breast. There is also a feeling of breast tenderness and fullness, particularly during the premenstrual time of the cycle.
Medical anthropologists Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer, and also Dr. Gregory Heigh, have found that around 90% of fibrocystic patients improve when they quit wearing bras. Singer and Grismaijer are authors of a study of over 4000 women that found that women who do not wear bras have a much lower risk of breast cancer ("Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras" Avery Press, 1995)
There are many testimonies from women who have had fibrocystic breast disease and decided to go bra free for a month. The results speak for themselves. You can find them at the following website http://www.all-natural.com/fibrocys.html. We would encourage every women to go bra free especially those who are experiencing breast related health problems. What a simple solution to a painful and worrying health issue!
Be sure to also check out the transcript of a UK documentary called "Bras, the Bare Facts"
In an effort to make bras more popular, women have been led to believe that wearing a bra helps with:
- Comfort and prevention of sagging
- Breast movement
1. Comfort and prevention of sagging
Have you ever heard that unsupported breasts pull on the internal structures causing pain and by wearing a bra your breasts will be supported, thus preventing this pain?
Wearing a bra does relieve the internal tension for the suspensory ligaments which pull inward from under the skin of the breast, but this is not necessarily a good thing. There are some ligaments in the breast, which are like a basket. These cradle and support the breast. The constant support from a bra will cause these ligaments to atrophy from a lack of use. If the ligaments are used later for their designed purpose of supporting the breast, they will become sore. Women who do not wear a bra every day will have strong ligaments through continual use, providing a more natural lift and the pain that some women experience will be minimized.
"A mistaken popular belief maintains that wearing a bra strengthens your breasts and prevents their eventual sagging. But you sag because of the proportion of fat and tissue in your breasts, and no bra changes that" Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book" by Susan M. Love, M.D
"…. going bra-free can actually cause breasts to sag less. Bras can cause breasts to sag because chest muscles are worked less when breasts are supported and confined in a bra. Over time, these muscles and also ligaments can atrophy (shrink in size) because of lack of use." It is basically a matter of "Use it or lose it. When the chest muscles and breast ligaments have to bear the weight of the breasts, muscle tone returns." Dr. Gregory Heigh and Dr. Claire Heigh http://www.breastnotes.com/aware/aware-bra.htm#Footnotes
Some women find that perspiration accumulates between the breast and the chest wall causing skin rashes and irritation. Women who experience this often find relief by wearing a cotton undergarment that comes up under the breast without covering them.
Some find that the build-up of perspiration in the bra is more unbearable than not wearing one. When one does not wear a bra the air can circulate, encouraging moisture evaporation.
Irritation to the nipples is cited as a reason to wear a bra. This can sometimes happen when clothing rubs against the nipple when not wearing a bra. To prevent irritation from occurring we need to choose carefully what fabrics we use and try to avoid darts or seams which may cause irritation. Wearing a camisole usually remedies the situation.
4. Breast movement
Breast movement is a concern to many women, and many wear bras as a way to control this. Breast movement is actually beneficial to the body and shouldn't be looked upon as unfashionable or inappropriate. When a woman moves about, the unsupported breasts will also move, this natural movement is beneficial in aiding the movement of lymphatic fluid through the breasts. As we have already learned, the lymphatic system does not have a pump like the circulatory system but rather relies on body movement to help the lymph fluid circulate.
"The motion of the muscles during exercise helps to move the lymph through the lymphatics at a rate that is ten to fifteen times faster than the usual rate. In fact, exercise has been shown by some investigators to reduce the incidence of breast cancer significantly, although the mechanism for this protective effect has been unknown - until now." ‘Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras' by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, Avery Press, 1995
Breast massage will enhance lymph movement through the breast tissue and thereby improve breast health. As we have seen above, lymph movement helps to prevent breast soreness, cysts and cancer.
The breast tissue is made up of lymphatic and blood vessels, fat, glands, connective tissue and milk ducts. When we wear tight clothing such as a bra the lymphatic vessels are constricted causing a reduction in lymph flow. Wearing a bra also restricts breast movement which is essential for the movement of lymph through the lymphatic vessels in the breast. This change in the natural lymph flow if maintained over long periods of time will cause disease of the breasts.
There are a number of benefits to be gained from lymphatic breast massage, including:
- Relieves PMS pain and discomfort
- Reduces cysts and fibroids
- Assists in promoting healthy breast tissue
- Helps with breast tissue regeneration
- Relieves tension in the muscles of the chest wall
- Helps to prevent cancer and other breast diseases
When performing the lymphatic breast massage it is important to move the lymph fluid in a specific direction. Different movements are used to encourage the lymph to flow through the breasts to the axillary lymph nodes under the arm and up into the supraclavicular nodes located in the hollow area directly above the collar bone. A pumping movement is used. This involves moving the breast using light pressure and then gently releasing allowing the breast to return to it's normal position. This process is considered as one pump.
The following video gives a demonstration of how the lymphatic breast massage should be performed.
Place the fingers in the arm pit and use the whole hand to pump straight up into the arm pit. Ensure the shoulder is relaxed. This movement targets the lymph nodes in the arm pit. Repeat this movement 5 to 10 times.
Take the entire breast in your hands so that it feels comfortable, lift the breast up toward your arm pit then gently release it so that it returns to it's original position. Repeat this movement 5 to 10 times.
Place one hand under the breast to support and stabilize it. With the second hand use the palm to stroke the upper inner section of the breast toward the clavicle or breast bone. Repeat this movement 5 to 10 times.
Take the breast in your hands, applying most of the pressure on the outer part of the breast and push it toward the chest wall. This movement helps to drain the back of the breast. Repeat this movement 5 to 10 times.
Repeat movements one to four with the other breast.
Panties are another piece of clothing that is so common we never think twice about it. Yet there are a number of good reasons not to wear tight panties which we will discuss below. Panty hose, although not worn as much as panties, are also dangerous to our health.
Most panties available are designed to be very tight fitting around the waist and in the groin. Like bras, this will effect the lymphatic circulation and can be a contributing factor to other problems such as lymphoedema. One of the recommendations the Lymphoedema Association of Australia lists to prevent lymphoedema is:
"11. The patient must wear loose clothing; do not block the few remaining lymphatics! Pants and bra's are the worst; jeans and other tight clothes, and shoes with straps are also often a problem. Pads may have to be worn under the bra strap. Underpants/panties should be loose both around the waist and thighs. There should be NO redness or indentation on their removal. Tight jewellery also does this and should not be worn if the arm is affected." - http://www.lymphoedema.org.au/do_dont.html
In the Holistic Health Encyclopedia, Dr. Schulze mentions in regards to pantyhose that "there's no air getting to this area. You're blocking the circulation. Panty hose cuts off lymph. They are a lymph constrictor."
Cellulite is a condition that occurs mainly in women where the skin in the lower limbs becomes dimpled. In an article on the prevention of cellulite, Dr. Lionel Bissoon writes:
"Lastly, women's panties are a very important causative factor in the development of cellulite. Women's underwear today is radically different from their counterpart 50-60 years ago. This discussion is not intended to be a history of women's underwear. However, in the sixties hemlines on skirts started to get shorter and thus the length of the underwear shortened. In the last 40-50 years we went from loose underwear around the thighs to tight underwear going across the middle of the buttock. Interestingly, with the introduction of the Mini Skirt in the 60-70's era, along with the Hot Pants, there came a wave of exposed cellulite.
Wearing thongs, boyshorts, or sleeping naked can reduce the occurance of cellulite. Underwear that has tight elastic across the buttock limits blood flow, causing cellulite to form. This is especially important while sleeping, as the legs are not as active. When taken into consideration with the above two methods, cellulite can be prevented with a couple easy precautions. " - http://www.cellulite.md/prevention#howfashion
Dr. Lionel Bissoon says in his book, The Cellulite Cure, p. 165:
“Tight undergarments are the friends of cellulite. Choose your friends carefully: do not wear this kind of underwear.
Not only do panty lines fuel dimple formation, wearing this kind of underwear while walking is even more dangerous. The movements that comprise walking can be divided into two stages of gait. The swing stage accounts for 40% of the gait cycle, while the stance stage comprises 60%. During the swing stage, the hip moves forward, and the elastic in the underwear pulls on the elastic on the resting leg. The non-moving leg is in the stance stage, and here the underwear is pulling on already compressed tissues in the buttocks—causing further compression and damage. So with every step, you alternatively increase the compression on each buttock. Panty lines should be considered a dangerous weapon in the genesis of dimples on the buttocks. What’s worse: the damage is always self-inflicted.
In addition to changing underwear style, I recommend that women either sleep naked or wear loose undergarments, because the majority of the lymphatic drainage occurs at night.” The Cellulite Cure By Lionel Bissoon, p 165
Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection known as candida. It is caused by the candida species of fungus (known as Candida albicans). The conditions Candida likes best are warm, moist and airless parts of the body. This is why the vagina is the most common site for Candida infection. The discharge from thrush is often creamy white, but sometimes can be watery. It will often cause redness, discomfort or pain and can be itchy around the outside of the vagina.
Many health authorities recognize that wearing panties is a contributing factor to a vaginal yeast infection. For example, in a fact sheet produced by the Kent County Health Department, they advise women with a yeast infection that:
"Tight restrictive underclothes that do not “breathe” (such as non-cotton panties and nylons) can increase the chances of a yeast infection. If trying to get rid of a yeast infection, consider wearing no underwear with loose fitting clothing during the day & none while you sleep. Unbleached, undyed cotton underwear is the best choice."
This counsel is repeated by www.yeast-infection-information.com:
"Yeast flourishes in non-cotton, tight, or dirty clothes that trap heat and moisture. Your best bet is to wear a skirt with no underwear, tights or pantyhose. If you do wear underwear, your safest bet is unbleached, undyed cotton underwear and breathable clothes. it's a good idea to change your underpants regularly and if at all possible, don't sleep in underwear. Yeast can live in your underwear, so be sure to wash it well, particularly during and after a yeast infection."
Of course there are other factors that contribute to a yeast infection, such as diet, and medications etc. None of these should be ignored when trying to treat this problem. But how many women know that simply not wearing panties will go a long way in the prevention and treatment of vaginal thrush?
Tight clothing traps moisture, since we perspire freely in the vulvar area. It doesn’t take long before this moisture, along with residues of soap, bleach and fabric softener in the clothes compounds with friction, to cause irritation and itching. Some tips to help with itching include:
- Avoid panty hose and tight underwear.
- Wear no underwear when you are at home.
- Sleep without underwear.
- Identify possible irritants, from the type of laundry detergent you're using to any personal care products, and eliminate the offending substance or substances. Use mild, fragrance-free soap.
- Avoid very hot showers and baths. Hot water can make skin dry and itchy.
Below are some pictures of panty alternatives. So long as the elastic around the waist is not too tight they are safe to wear.
If you have a testimony you would like to share with other women that relates to undergarments, we would like to hear from you. You can email us here.
"After I learned about the danger of undergarments, I immediately decided to remove them. God is just awesome. I had been battling with a vaginal cyst for quite some time. It was even bleeding and very painful to the touch. I prayed and asked God to please heal me. God heard my prayers. Three days after I removed the undergarments, the cyst was gone. I was amazed and glorifying God for His healing. What a joy of feeling healthy and super convinced that God wants us to be free women in His hands and for His glory. Amen." ─C.C.
"I tried to go without a bra and because of the kind of apparel I was wearing, no one even noticed. I could not believe it. I was praising the Lord all day. It felt so good. I have never been comfortable in bras. They always put deep red marks in my shoulders because I was a little top-heavy. Also they seemed just a little tight under by breasts because of the weight. So one more thing to praise the Lord for--He freed me of the physically uncomfortable feeling of bras." ─B.B.
"I no longer wear underwear and I feel so free. I also am much more aware of my femininity. Indeed we are fearfully and wonderfully made. To all of God's people striving to do His will, I encourage you to trust and obey God. Remember that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I realize that people no longer pay attention to the way I dress but they say they want to eat like I do (I am vegan). I am so happy when they tell me this. I open the Word of God and show them that my Creator is teaching me how to eat our original diet (Genesis 1:11-12). I tell them that who you are seeing is not me but Christ in me. He came from heaven to earth to be our example. Do not take credit for any good people see in you. Give God the honor and glory. I tell them God wants us to prosper and be in good health. Jesus is the way. Trust and obey, and as you do this you will realize that you will be given more responsibility in doing God's work. But just keep on going. For it is Him who worketh in us. Praise Him at all times." ─B.R.
"I started going without a bra one afternoon after doing some research into the lymphatic constriction of breasts. I read about breast massage being helpful, so I employed that the 2nd or 3rd day. After that first half day plus 2 more full days going bra-free, my fibrous cysts were completely gone! Before going bra-free, my breasts would hurt horribly before my period. Some months my husband couldn't even hug me due to the pain. That has subsided. Sometimes I'm not even sure my period is coming, because I don't have that pain indicator any more. I've been bra-free for 3 months now. I wouldn't go back ever. I've noticed my muscles have started working in my chest again. I often wonder if I wouldn't have sagged as much if I had gone without a bra my whole life, allowing my musculature to do it's work. Soon after going bra-free, I also learned about the constriction of panties. It was easier to lose those...who could tell they were gone? Since that time, all my cellulite from my backside and upper thighs has melted away. I also have very little vaginal discharge in comparison to when I wore panties. I was worried about that when I gave them up, but it has gone away." - yours faithfully, P.V
"I just had to share how thankful I am to have learned the information about not wearing certain undergarments. I have gone without bras and underwear now for about nine months and I would never want to go back to wearing them again. My health has really improved and it’s so much more comfortable not wearing them. It took a little time to adjust but it was well worth it. I have also learned that God never intended his women to wear these items. It’s very natural not to, especially the bra. I realize now that it’s immoral and immodest to wear a bra that places the breasts in an unnatural position, especially producing cleavage. Vanity, vanity, all is vanity!" – R.K.
Satan is doing all that he can to ruin our health. Many are aware of his health destroying deceptions when it comes to diet, medications and general health principles, but there are very few who even think twice about the effects their bra or panties are having on them from day to day. God warned his people through the Spirit of Prophecy over a hundred years go about the dangers of tight garments. It seems that counsel has been largely forgotten by His people and He now wants His women to step out in faith and follow all of the health message. We pray that you will be convicted about the dangers of undergarments and that you pray for that faith that God is looking for in His people in these last days.
"If Christian women would lead out in the good work, and set the example of dressing with neatness and simplicity, and with regard to health, there would be a universal reform. If they would work from an elevated standpoint, they could bring their habits of life into conformity with the laws of their being, and live in obedience to both the physical and the moral requirements of God. Then there would be less money, less nerve force, less physical strength, squandered for artificial decorations, to the sacrifice of natural beauty. We should have more practical wives and mothers, and in many families that are now wretched because of their incorrect ideas of life, there would be a happy change.
The human heart has never been in harmony with the requirements of God. Human reasoning has ever sought to evade or set aside the simple, direct instructions of his word. Those precepts which enjoin self-denial and humility, which require modesty and simplicity in conversation, deportment, and apparel, have, in every age, been disregarded, even by the majority of those who professed to be followers of Christ. The result has ever been the same, -- the adoption of the fashions, customs, and principles of the world." - Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 92
Christian sisters, labor far less to grow into the ever-changing fashions of this age. Study rather the great pattern, Jesus Christ, that you may not grow apart from him. Manifest a determined purpose to abide in the Vine. If you abide in Christ, you will bear much fruit. But as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, "No more can ye," says Christ, "except ye abide in me." [JOHN 15:14.] - Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 94