Don’t Go Taking Boob Advice From Gwyneth Paltrow, OK?

This should probably not come as a surprise to anyone whose ever given it even a moments thought — but in case you were on the fence, you probably don’t want to read GOOP for up-to-the-minute advice on breast cancer prevention. While I’m sure Gwyneth Weekly has some really hot tips on proper mason jar operation procedures and how to preserve your kale in said mason jars and whatnot, she is not someone I would turn to for either medical advice of any kind, or bra advice of any kind.

And yet here we are. Because the latest edition of GOOP features an article by Dr. Habib Sadeghi which resurrects the completely discredited theory that wearing a bra that is too tight can cause breast cancer.

Via Huffington Post:

In his 2,700-word post, which was included in Goop’s Oct. 15 newsletter to subscribers, Sadeghi posits that wearing a tight bra could theoretically restrict the lymph nodes around the breast, thereby preventing “toxins from being processed through them and flushed out of the body.”

In addition, he argues, bras may raise the temperature of breast tissue, which could “alter hormone function and raise the risk of breast cancer.” Another possible danger is the underwire, he states, which could magnify the radiation associated with cell phones and wireless Internet. “While the fact that your bra could absorb and intensify radiation seems preposterous, it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds,” he writes.

EXCEPT THAT IT IS. It is totally as far-fetched as it sounds, because it is definitely not a real thing that happens. So says the American Cancer Society! And BreastCancer.Org!

Also, pro-tip, the second the word “toxins” leaves someones mouth and they are referring to anything other than literal toxins and can actually name what those exact “toxins” are, feel free to completely discount anything they say.

Dr. Jen Gunter, an actual gynecologist, explained in her blog on Tuesday the problems with Sadeghi’s article in great detail, taking care to explain that breast cancer is not caused by “toxins” being absorbed by breasts due to wearing a bra, but by more pedestrian factors like genetics and “obesity, dense breasts, alcohol consumption, if and when (age) a woman gives birth, taking estrogen, and a history of radiation exposure.”

You know, between this, and her suggestion earlier this year that women should steam clean their vaginas (which was also eviscerated by Gunter, whom I kind of want to be best friends with now), I think Gwyneth really needs to take a step back from offering any manner of advice for the caring and maintenance of one’s reproductive organs.

[Huffington Post]

[Dr. Jen Gunter]