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WANTED: An Honest Review of the Bra-Breast Cancer Link in Time for October (BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH)

Posted: 2023/09/28

With this October in Place as
Medical Anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer
Wants the Medical Establishment to "Fess Up" to
the Realities of Bras and Breast Cancer Incidence

Garden City Park, NY: For the past thirty years, Hawaii-based medical anthropologist and breast cancer researcher Sydney Ross Singer has been on a mission.

Singer wants to further educate the public/medical community about the impact of tight bras on breast lymphatics, with the resulting impairment of immune function and reduced ability to clear carcinogens from the breasts. This, Singer argues, increases breast cancer incidence—a theory that is now confirmed by numerous studies worldwide, but is still, according to Singer, "ignored and shunned by the American Cancer Society (ACS) along with other cancer authorities."

Along with his wife and fellow medical anthropologist Soma Grismaijer, Singer performed the world’s first study directly looking into the bra-cancer link. The study was first published in 1995 in the book Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras, with an updated Second Edition brought out in 2017 with Square One Publishers. Unfortunately, the medical industry knee-jerked a denial, since this challenges their approach to breast research and therapy (which ignores outright any impacts from tight, constrictive bras worn for long hours daily).

“The bra-cancer link is the tip of the iceberg,” Singer explains. "Tight bras also cause breast pain and cysts, and are the cause of fibrocystic breast disease. According to a 2008 Australian medical study, eighty percent (80%) of women wear the wrong-sized bra, and there are now many new bra designs that reference our book and research to justify their less constrictive designs.”

Nevertheless, the US medical establishment continues to insist that there is no supportive research for this theory. In fact, the National Cancer Institute—which has also continued to deny any possibility of a bra-cancer link since it was first announced in 1995—actually funded a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center study conducted in the state of Washington in 2014 to disprove the bra-cancer link. That study, Singer maintains, "had no control group of bra-free women—only post-menopausal women were used, which introduced a survivor bias into the measured data."

And yet, this single flawed study is still what is used by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to deny the validity of any other studies that show a link (of which Singer maintains there are several), including a meta-analysis that concluded that wearing bras to sleep increases breast cancer risk. At this point, Singer feels that it is time for the medical establishment to "fess up, and give a more nuanced and honest look at the realities of the bra-cancer link based on evolving research that has continued to this day."

Square One Publishers stands behind our authors, and believes this issue has been ignored by the medical establishment for too long. We would very much appreciate someone with intelligence and integrity to come forward and take a closer look at this. Singer and Grismaijer believe that the bra-cancer link—though still in the “denial phase” within conventional medicine—is not unlike the tobacco-cancer link that is now accepted fully as gospel by the health industry.

Now is the time for new discussion, and further action.

Clearly, more research is needed. However, the topic needs to be more fully legitimized— through further research by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other cancer authorities—before it gets the attention it deserves. Among so many necessary questions that should be asked, perhaps the most important—and potentially explosive—question is this:

How will the ACS, and its like-minded clones, admit that the bra-cancer link is actually valid, after the past thirty years of emphatic denial, lies, and blind assurances that bras are safe?

P.S. For added reference, here below is a link to Sydney Ross Singer’s website with references to supportive studies.

. . .  and below here is a link to an American Association for Cancer Research® (AACR) journal article (published in 2014) about the flawed Hutchinson study listed above in this release:

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Posted: 2023/09/26

The Point
Who would have thought that my very own learning disability
would have allowed me to become a book publisher.
It probably would have come as a shock to many of my teachers.

Learning disabilities such as the one that I have, dyslexia, aren’t all that much fun, or are they?  I’ve given a lot of thought to how dyslexia has affected my life. What I’ve come up with are three things—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and I would like to share some of my thoughts.

First, let’s understand more fully what dyslexia is and then let’s look at the good, the bad, and the ugly that reside at the heart of this issue—and since I seem to get a lot of things backwards anyway, let’s start with the ugly.

What is dyslexia? In general, it is the inability to perceive words and numbers in the correct order. It can also be a lack of knowing your right side from your left. For some people it can make reading almost impossible—for others, it is something they learn to live with. I knew I had a problem early on, but it wasn’t until I saw a segment on CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes that I realized my problem had a name. The report focused on a Columbia University student with dyslexia and how she had sued the school because she was not allowed to audio-record lectures given by one of her professors. Because of her condition, she was unable to write down notes. She had won the lawsuit, and as the reporter discussed her problem, I realized that to a great extent I had many of the same issues.  It was probably why I wasn’t too big on note taking, either. So what I had now had a name—and that was important for me to know.

The Ugly

While about twenty percent (20%) of the general population is said to have some form of dyslexia, forty-eight percent (48%) of prison inmates are also estimated to have this condition. Obviously, their individual life choices didn’t help them to avoid jail time—but from the start, neither did their inability to understand why school was so difficult or why they saw fewer opportunities for them to have a better life. I can understand the level of frustration they may have felt growing up, but so much has to do with the way you are raised. If I hadn’t begun working in my father’s bakery in Flushing, New York at the age of ten, perhaps my story would have been entirely different.

The Bad

I think it’s fair to say time has taught us that some teachers can be mean to those students whose responses are markedly different than what is expected from a question that they pose in class. In my high school History class, the question I was asked was how did the railroad change America’s expansion into the West? My answer? “The railroad brought many trains to the West.” The class apparently loved that answer and laughed very loudly. My teacher’s response was tersely worded: “Mister Shur, please leave the room.” It was only when the class was let out, and a friend told me what I had inadvertently said, that I understood why I got the laugh in the first place.

And then there was Math class. I had pretty much failed nearly all the tests. Keeping numbers straight was never easy. I spoke to the Math teacher about my grades, and she said that if I passed the Regents exam—a mandatory test given by New York State at the end of each secondary school year—then she would pass me. For weeks, I studied as hard as I could. I got a 66%, which was deemed a passing grade, but the teacher still failed me. Thankfully, I did pass the summer school course. And don’t get me started on my attempts to pass my driving test in order to get a license. Apparently, you really do need to know your left turn from your right. The fact of the matter is that you can’t control the symptoms of dyslexia, which I know all too well.

The Good

Without really knowing about it, I think dyslexia actually prepared me for adulthood. Initially, I learned to accept the fact that those mistakes of mine caused by dyslexia were going to be with me for the rest of my life. It was simply part of who I was, and instead of getting frustrated, I learned to do things over and over until I got it right. Whether it was editing manuscripts, writing articles, speaking in front of groups, or simply reading a book, these tasks took more effort but the outcome was worth it. All skills necessary to be in publishing—however, how I got into publishing is another story. As a book publisher, I have tried to take all the good that dyslexia has given me and publish books that are accessible, easy to understand, and jam-packed with solid information all worth knowing. In addition, my dyslexia has allowed me the opportunity to publish books specifically for children and adults who have learning disabilities. (See the list of titles below.) Hopefully, one of these titles can help someone like me to deal more practically with their own personal issues.

Considering all the possible outcomes, when all is said and done, it seems to me that my dyslexia has worked out just fine. After all, my expansion as a publisher over the years has brought many books to the North, the South, the East—and oh, yes, the West.

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WHEN THE SUBJECT IS RAPE now available as an audiobook

Posted: 2023/09/25

Garden City Park, NY: Square One is pleased to announce that its newest title When the Subject Is Rape ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0522-0) has now been made available in audiobook format as narrated by Christy Hodson.

Written by Alan W. McEvoy, PhD, When the Subject Is Rape is designed specifically to illustrate the role men can play as allies in a woman’s recovery from rape.

This book examines the many aspects of rape. It looks at both the short- and long-term emotional and psychological impacts rape can have on a woman, what she can expect during the prosecution of her rapist, and strategies that can help her to recover from the assault. It discusses how the men in her life should communicate with her and address her needs throughout her recovery, and describes how they should conduct themselves to avoid unintentionally causing her more pain. It also explains how to identify changes in behavior that may signal an undisclosed rape. Even if a rape goes unreported, both the emotional consequences and the need for support throughout the recovery process will still be present.

Rape is not an easy subject to discuss. Sexual violence can radically alter the course of a woman's life. By understanding the trauma associated with rape and other forms of sexual assault, men can play an important part in a woman's healing process. When the Subject Is Rape provides information that can help men to create a climate of support for the empowerment of women who are on the path to recovery.

The book has been applauded by Publishers Weekly (“An insightful manual . . . an ideal road map for male partners or friends who want to help, but don’t know where to start”), Medium (“There’s a continuous sense of humanity and sensitivity to McEvoy’s guidance”), and Midwest Book Review (“Expertly written . . . every community library, every college/university library, and every counseling center needs to have a copy of When the Subject Is Rape”). In addition, Dr. McEvoy has a popular blog supported by the nationally popular magazine Psychology Today – to see Dr. McEvoy’s blog, you can click here or copy/paste the URL below:

To hear a sample from the just-released When the Subject Is Rape in audio, please CLICK HERE.

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Great new review from librarian-fave publication Booklist for SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL WOMEN INVENTORS (out 10/3/23)

Posted: 2023/09/15

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: As we near its publication date of October 3, 2023, Square One is excited to share the news that Booklist has given a positive review to Secrets of Successful Women Inventors ($19.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757005244).

The review is now online and appears also in the September 15, 2023 print issue edition of Booklist (the flagship publication for the American Library Association). See below for an excerpted review quote:

“[P]roves that America can indeed be the land of invention opportunities for women . . . includes inventing how-tos and remarks from experts on intellectual property, public relations, social media, funding resources, and the like. This inspirational tome on do-it-yourself inventing would make a great pairing with other related practicums.” —Barbara Jacobs, Booklist

This is our second book with acclaimed writer and longtime Inventors Digest columnist Edith G. Tolchin, whose first book with us is Secrets of Successful Inventing ($19.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757004070) from 2015. About the new book and Ms. Tolchin's longstanding experience within the industry, Shark Tank celebrity Barbara Corcoran has this to say:

“Edith G. Tolchin has spent her entire career working with inventors. In Secrets of Successful Women Inventors, Edith highlights some of the greatest top-notch successful women inventors and reputable service providers, all eager to share their stories and advice. In her easy-going, personable style, Edith has gleaned the 'cream of the crop' from each of these impressive women. It’s a gift to anyone who’s ever had a winning idea but nowhere to go and no roadmap to birth their vision.”Barbara Corcoran, “Shark” on ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank and founder of the Corcoran Group

In addition to Ms. Tolchin's considerable expertise within the inventing industry, Secrets of Successful Women Inventors shares "success stories" from the following remarkable women:

* Kenya Adams (CEO/Founder of Panty-Buddy, LLC)
* Jennipher Adkins (Founder of the haircare product line Jenny Capp)
* Cyndi Bray (Inventor of Wad-Free®)
* Judy Edwards (Founder and Co-creator of Squatty Potty LLC)
* Lindsey Valiulis Fleischhauer (Co-Founder of Totes Babies)
* Beth Fynbo (Founder of Busy Baby)
* Lizzy Greenburg (Co-Founder of Curious Baby)
* Kelley Higney (Founder and CEO of Bug Bite Thing)
* Maureen Howard (Founder of the Baby Merlin Company and Creator of the Magic Sleepsuit)
* Melissa Hyslop (Creator/Inventor of Malarkey Kids, and the "Munch Mitt")
* Maryann Kilgallon (Founder/CEO/Inventor of POMM® Kids and POMM® Silver)
* Lisa Lane (Inventor of the Rinseroo)
* Kimberly Meckwood (Owner/Inventor of Click & Carry)
* Jessica Miller (CEO/Co-Founder of Squid Socks)
* Athalia Monae (Inventor of Pouches by ALAHTA)
* Erin Robertson (Founder/Creator/CEO of Ta-Ta Towels)
* Bernadine "Denie" Schach (Founder/Inventor of Hairdini Inventing Products, Inc.™)
* Angelique N. Warner (Inventor of Nurse 'N Go and GoGoVie)
* Tara Williams (Founder/CEO of Dreamland Baby)
* Meghan Wolfgram (Founder of SwiftPaws)

In addition to Ms. Tolchin's own chapter on offshore manufacturing in the book's second section ("What You Need to Know—Advice and Resources"). readers will also learn about how best for women inventors to secure publicity for their inventions (Dana Humphrey, Whitegate PR); tips on choosing the best invention service provider (Joan Lefkowitz, ACCESSORY BRAINSTORMS); funding resources (Kedma Ough, MBA); a primer on intellectual property rights (Carolyn Favorito, Esq.); taking an invention from concept to revenue stream (Susan L. Springsteen, nth Solutions LLC); and how best to make use of social media (Elizabeth Breedlove). The book also takes a look back in time with insets at various women inventors through history.

Secrets of Successful Women Inventors will be available in both paperback and digital/eBook formats starting October 3, 2023 wherever books are sold. More to come . . .

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Millions of Americans Need to Read These Health Books NOW!

Posted: 2023/08/21

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: We've all heard that as long as you've got your health, that's all you need. Unfortunately for the millions of Americans now experiencing a nationwide increase in strokes, eye problems, and an uptick in thyroid and hormone deficiencies, finding a way back to health is proving tough indeed.

Enter Square One Publishers, who has the following five strong-selling books that everyone should read:

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT WOMEN’S HORMONES, Second Edition ($18.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757005183) is the fully revised and updated version of Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith’s bestselling title that guides readers to natural hormone treatments for PMS, Menopause, Osteoporosis, and PCOs among others. Over 85,000 copies sold to date.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT EYESTRAIN ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757005015) from longtime bestselling author/optometrist Jeffrey Anshel, OD takes a close look at the near-epidemic levels of eyestrain now at play across the country—and the necessary steps one can take to help resolve the issue.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT HASHIMOTO’S DISEASE ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757004759) is specifically targeted to help the more than 20 million Americans with thyroid problems to restore their health through both traditional and complementary medicine.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT STROKES ($16.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757004834) is written by both a medical doctor (Amytis Towfighi, MD) and a health writer/researcher (Laura J. Stevens, MSci) who herself sustained a stroke. This book is aimed not only at those who have had a stroke and are eager to recover from one and to prevent another—it is also essential reading for those who want to arm themselves with the knowledge that may help them to avoid a stroke in the first place.

And in her newest book MAXIMIZE YOUR MALE HORMONES ($17.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757005152), bestselling author and health icon Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith presents a clear-eyed guide to testosterone deficiency—along with the various other crucial hormones that millions of American men need in order to maintain the health of their bodies and their minds.

All of these health titles, together with the rest of the Square One catalog, are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, and anywhere else where you get your books.

Start reading!

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