DOES SOCIETY MAKE YOU SICK? Cultural habits that aren’t good for you

Relax when with othersDOES SOCIETY MAKE YOU SICK?

By Carol Crenna 

“Culturogenic diseases” have nothing to do with the type of disease passed from one person to another. It refers to everyday social habits you take for granted that can make you sick.

Although we’re born as human animals, we become domesticated, packaging ourselves into a culturally acceptable form that defines how we dress, eat, function and interact. 

Many of these behaviours aren’t healthy because they aren’t natural.


Did you know that women who don’t wear bras have very low rates of breast cancer occurence? There are several studies showing that poor circulation and drainage of fluid in the breast is a factor in breast cancer.Not wearing a bra has been used to successfully relieve chronic breast pain and cysts.

I’m not suggesting you stop wearing a bra in social situations, but consider one that isn’t nearly as tight, conforming and without an underwire.

Take your bra off as soon as you get home to give your body a break. Breast massage can also help drain fluid. 


What do you do when you have to go to the bathroom and there is none nearby? You hold it until later when it’s “more convenient”. This can lead to incontinence, bladder infections, kidney stones and prostate enlargement. Make your body functions a priority.

Urine is a waste product that the body needs to quickly eliminate from its system to stay healthy. Avoid a “too full” bladder feeling, and never sit for long periods with a full bladder since this compresses it into other areas (such as the prostate, if you’re male).

And don’t avoid drinking water simply because you have to urinate a lot, since most people are chronically dehydrated. 


Some people have insecurities about bowel movements which leads you to hold in your waste until you are in a comfortable, safe environment. This often leads to constipation and contributes to diverticulitis and many other problems since the toxins back up into your system. 

When you have the urge to defecate, don’t ignore it or your body will eventually stop giving you those signals and serious, chronic challenges occur. Poor bowel function, for example, has been closely associated with colon cancer.


While antiperspirants are a lifesaver in certain situations, in many they can be eliminated or at least replaced by a natural deodorant (that covers the odour rather than stopping the perspiration).  If you try to hold in any type of toxic waste, including perspiration, you can make yourself ill.

This may be particularly important for women suffering from PMS and menopausal discomfort. It is recommended to perspire more during menopause to eliminate toxins that increase hot flashes and spontaneous sweating.

Take a daily sauna or hot water bath, and then replenish fluids. Sweating during exercise is not a substitute since it creates its own toxins that need to be released.


Having your period a century ago was a very different experience ─ women then would be allowed to rest quietly and even spend more time alone for a few days. Our culture no longer allows women to set aside quiet time while menstruating. 

The demands of your lifestyle require you to manage menstrual flow while keeping up your normal hectic pace. This is a fairly traumatic physical process for your body that you need to appreciate. 

Allow your body to recuperate. If you don’t, the result may be exaggerated PMS symptoms, vaginal yeast infections and cervical dysplasia. Try switching from tampons (which act like a stopper to hold the flow inside) to more natural unbleached pads or a menstrual cup instead.


Fashion makes us that way. Whether it’s from a flattening sport bra, form-fitting jeans or elasticized socks, the resulting constriction can cause circulation troubles that affect your lymphatic system.

This network of vessels removes fluid, toxins and debris from your tissue, carrying the material to your lymph nodes which are filters and producers of white blood cells that combat infections and diseased cells.

This is your immune system’s pathway, and interference with its routes causes fluid buildup and toxins that destroy tissue. 


Certain natural functions aren’t done in “polite” company. Not allowing yourself to pass wind in public, for example, can contribute to diverticulitis and digestion problems. 

Some gas is an important, natural part of digestion. Food travels through the intestine in segments. Gas between these segments helps to propel digesting food forward. However, excessive gas can be diet or stress related, and can be easily and naturally rectified.

If you’re in the company of others, remove yourself from the area, and if you noticeably expel gas, it’s not a sin. We all do it. Just excuse yourself, as you would a burp.

References: 1. Centre for Culturogenic Disease Control, 2. Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer

Original article by Carol Crenna in Vista Magazine





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