- Why are humans the only mammals that maintain enlarged breast tissue when not pregnant or breast feeding?
- Where does the male infatuation stem from?
- What do breasts symbolize?
- Do we as women feel empowered by their sexualization or de-sexualization?
- How can/do women take power of their own breasts as life giving organs or sexually attractive body parts?
- What does breast health mean to you?
So why did this strange species develop as the only mammal with sustained swollen breasts beyond pregnancy and lactation? It has been hypothesized by Charles Darwin, Desmond Morris, and others that the development of continuously swollen breast tissue in human mammals is a result of us becoming bipeds. Because of the anatomical and postural changes that walking upright created, doggy style was no longer the only form of copulation, breasts became a substitute for the “booty call” beauty of a voluptuous buttocks. But this theory is hard to prove, as are all of the proposed theories. These include the need to nurture human babies for longer than most mammals, the need for excess fat storage during lean months, and the need for a soft nursing area for these upright animals. The later theories do not sufficiently address the sustained swelling that sets us apart. Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that breasts are much more than their definition: “The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of the torso of primates. In females, it serves as the mammary gland, which produces and secretes milk to feed infants.” (Wikipedia.com)
The following article covers a lot of these theories:
Here is an article about a topless book club:
Here's a humorous cartoon on the subject:
Here is an interview with Dolly:
Here is a beautiful photo gallery of real women, real breasts, and real thoughts:
Here’s a fun video with Katherine Ryan and her “relax” game:
Here are a few articles about the power of the mind on our body:
Here are my personal tips for breast, and whole body/mind health:
- Set them free! Recent research shows the link between the restriction of lymphatic flow caused by bras, and disease. Go braless as much as possible and wear a cotton camisole when you want to cover your nipples.
- Move that lymph: Daily breast massage is a great way to keep the cardiovascular and lymphatic fluids moving through your breast tissue. You can look up tutorials on youtube or if you'd like to learn my personal Mayan abdominal and breast self-care massage you can make an appointment by emailing me at email@example.com or text me at (941) 315-6858. **
- Anti-up on the anti-oxidants: anti-oxidants are naturally occurring molecules that attach to free radicals. Free radicals are imbalanced molecules that cause damage to cells and can predispose them to DNA mutations. Adding anti-oxidants to your diet can lower your risk of developing cancer. A few foods rich in anti-oxidants are: tomatoes, artichokes, cruciferous vegetables, berries, and for a drink: cheers with green tea! ****
- Avoid exogenous hormone disruptors: increased levels of xeno-estrogens products have been linked hormone dysregulation in both women and men. Estrogen is not inherently bad for us, in fact it's extremely necessary to our health. The IMBALANCE of estrogen with our other hormones, predominately progesterone for women, contributes to unchecked cellular growth. This can predispose us to cancer. Products with BPA, processed soy and most make-up and skincare products all contain xeno-estrogen.
- Breath in Beauty: Make time to be still with your body and connect. Breath work is an easy and great way to make this connection. It is not complicated. Be still and listen, feel your breath. Allow it to slow down. Focus your mind on something that brings you joy, gratitude, peace, or comfort. You will get distracted. It's OK, that's how the brain works. Keep coming back to your focus and breath. Enjoy that action of coming back to your center point. Enjoy-your-self!
*1. https://thelymphguy.com/bra-not-bra/, https://brasandbreastcancer.org, https://brafreestudy.com/resources/
*3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31387266, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31281587, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27015041, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20130088