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T he Secret of Health:

Breast Wisdom
BEN JOHNSON
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KATHLEEN BARNES

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BREAST MASSAGE
Breast massage is important for stimulating lymphatic flow, circulation
and good breast health.
The technique is simple:
• Take off your bra, if you’re wearing one.
• Rub your breasts in a circular motion
• Rotate them in opposite directions.
• Continue for 3 to 5 minutes.
That’s it! Do this at least once daily and your breasts and your body will
thank you. Several brief massages during the day would also be very
beneficial. It’s easily accomplished, in the privacy of your car, or in the
bathroom. Just take 30 seconds. Yes, it is OK to touch your breasts. This is
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seen enough bras in my medical career to know that most of
them are about as flexible and about as comfortable as a suit of
armor, and many fit just about as well.
If I could design the perfect bra, it would be a shelf-like garment
made of lightweight and absorbent material that supports the
breast from underneath, without wires. It would not cover the
nipple or the top of the breast so the breast tissue wouldn’t get
too warm. It would support the Cooper’s ligaments that follow
the contours of the breast from the top and the bottom so they
will not get stretched out. The straps would be wide and well-
padded to keep weight off the shoulders. I think this actually
would be healthy and a great joy to women who have suffered
from wearing uncomfortable bras for most of their adult lives.
KATHLEEN SAYS: Just looking at the above material was enough to
convince me. As I was sitting at my desk writing this section, I
stripped off my bra the moment I saw the research about wearing

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bras and breast cancer risk. Yes, I’ll still wear a bra for social reasons,
but since I work at home, that means I’ll put one on only a couple
of times a week. I’ll also wear it when I ride my horse since canter-
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estrogens it contains. Soy is generally considered a “safe” estrogen.
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extensive processing and fermenting. Intuitively, I think there is
something suspicious about this. The plant estrogens in soy do
stimulate the human estrogen receptor sites, which act like elec-
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is still out on whether they are healthy ones or not. I have never
had a good feeling about soy and I wouldn’t recommend using
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