Here we go, it seems to be Gwyneth’s week. Thing is, if she’s so very wrong, why all the protest? “Me thinks though doest protest too much” comes to mind.
Gwyneth Paltrow is certainly accustomed to the attacks that come with the territory of alternative thinking. She’s been through it time and time again. In fact, just yesterday, she was being attacked for “giving flu advice.” Today, it’s apparently because she posted regarding tight bras influencing breast cancer, on her blog goop.com. I say “alleged” because the only evidence of the post I’ve found so far is mainstream media sources slamming her (they don’t link to the article, of course, because that’d be fair journalism). I was unable, at the time of this article, to find where she wrote it on Goop.
But there has been no shortage of maddening anger at her.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is no stranger to controversy over some of thequestionable health advice featured on her widely read lifestyle blog Goop.com. Now, a recent post is under fire for disseminating the long-discredited claim that wearing a too-tight bra may increase risk of breast cancer.
Gwyneth Paltrow is at it again, disseminating unfounded medical advice through her widely-read lifestyle website, Goop.com, angering women and doctors everywhere.
Two people particularly shared their experiences concerning breast cancer, saying that the “inflammatory” article contains information that is not supported by any scientific research.
And let us not forget, Twitter.
— Timothy Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim) October 28, 2015
The only maddening thing I see coming out of this entire meltdown is our own society’s inability to think outside the Government box. Women will wear pink, push mammograms, but then turn on anyone who supports alternative ideas. Mammograms are proven not ineffective over and over. Breast Cancer Awareness month is commonly outside the lines of actual philanthropic behavior (see pink washing).
The idea that tight bras cause breast cancer, of course, isn’t hers. Instead it is Dr. Habib Sadeghi. Here were some of the points made from a study he was a part of (here).
- Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
- Women who wore their bras for more than 12 hours but not to bed had a 1 in 7 risk for breast cancer
- Wearing a bra less than 12 hours per day dropped breast cancer risk to 1 in 152.
- Women who never or rarely wore bras had a 1 in 168 risk for breast cancer.
- Overall, women who wore their bras 24 hours per day increased their breast cancer risk by 125 times over women who rarely or never wore a bra.
It might be important for people to consider all sides of the story before slamming someone else for holding an alternative view.
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