FEMFACTS
26 Dec 2018

Herbs, laughter and breast size... What?

While eating more fruit or trying to be more relaxed are commendable efforts, they are not “methods for breast enlargement”.

Tijana Cvjeticanin
Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Herbs, laughter and breast size... What? - NewsMavens
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Advice about non-surgical breast enlargement can be found all over the internet. Some recommend eating or avoiding certain types of food; others try to sell dietary supplements; yet others claim that some massage techniques would produce such effect.

An article published on 24.12.2018. on a Bosnian website “Novi” compiles bits and pieces of such information from all over the web, creating a unique digest of multiple “natural breasts enlargement” stories.  

WHAT’S THE CLAIM?

The headline of the article seems to announce a first-hand experience story:

“She revealed how she enlarged her breasts in a natural way: You’ll immediately do the same, TOO BAD WE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THESE TRICKS BEFORE”  

However, the “she” from the title is a no-show in the article. The text opens with this remark:

"Some women are brave enough to go under the knife, but some are not, so take a look at a few ways to naturally enlarge your breasts."  

Then it just continues to list the “breast enlargement tips” as follows:

1. Herbs

Many sources say that there are herbs and supplements which stimulates breasts growth. Buying those supplements can sometimes be dangerous for your health. These are the plants which actually really stimulate breasts growth: red clover, fenugreek, palm, wild yam, fennel, milk thistle, Dong quai, dandelion and watercress.

2. Camellia tea

This product is a true example of a herb used right. This tea contains fennel, fenugreek and some other ingredients which soften the taste of this strong tea.

3. Amino acids

Amino acids are generally good for health, not just for breast enlargement. They build proteins which are filled with nutrients and also help the hormones which lead to breast enlargement.   

4. Breast massage

It’s recommended to use some oil. One breast should be circled around about 100-300 times. You have to be really patient if you’ve decided to enlarge your breasts using this method.

5. Avoid caffeine and sugar

Reduce the intake of coffee and sugar if you want bigger and healthy breasts. It’s known that caffeine and sugar slow their growth. If you decide to drink green tea, look for that without caffeine.  

6. Find the right bra size

One of the main reasons for malformed breasts in women is an unfitting bra. Find one which fits you perfectly and also gives you enough support.   

7. Natural estrogen

One of the best supplements with added estrogen is natural estrogen with pomegranate extract. Unlike other plants, you don’t have to use estrogen daily. But actually it will help you enlarge your breasts.  

8. Diet

Breasts enlarging diet should contain: apples, beetroot, barley, flax seeds, garlic, soy sprouts, dry plums, walnuts, pistachios and red wine.

9. Reduce stress

Try to exercise, that rejuvenates mind and body and also helps reduce stress. Another way is to meditate and try yoga. Laugh as much as possible!  

“Novi” is among the most read websites in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a vast network of social media pages which distribute its content. Its official Facebook page alone has over 980,000 “likes”, but its overall reach is far larger. Over the years, the website has created, bought or rented a few dozen Facebook pages -- some with over 100,000 followers - which it uses as promotional outlets.

According to data obtained with “CrowdTangle”, this particular article has been shared on 30 Facebook pages. Some are explicitly connected to “Novi” through their “About” sections, or use of the website’s logo. Other appear to be unrelated to the website, with names indicating “just for fun” types of pages, like “How much do they love you” or “Sick jokes”. But even a brief run through each page shows that it almost exclusively shares “Novi’s” content. Moreover, all shares happened almost simultaneously - between 14:55h and 15:08h local time on Monday 24th.

The cumulative reach of all these pages amounts to 3,462,596 Facebook users -- a gargantuan number for a country of 3,5 million people.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

None of these claims are true. The only way nutrition can change breast size is by influencing overall body mass, i.e. weight gain or weight loss. There are no “nutrients” which magically grow or reduce breasts, nor is “stress” a factor in the matter.

This is a digest of what does and does not influence a change in breasts size in women and girls:

Breast size is determined by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and body weight. If you’re interested in increasing your bust size without surgery, your options are limited.

Be wary of supplements, herbs, creams, enlargement pumps, and massages that are advertised as natural remedies. There is no evidence that these are effective. (Healthline)

Breast enlargement might be a side effect of certain prescription drugs -- such as hormone therapy (estrogen), birth control pills and certain antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. However, the components of these medications aren't found in over-the-counter breast enhancement supplements. (Mayo Clinic)

With that, we’ll put the accuracy of these claims to rest and take a look at a few other issues this article has. Besides being completely fake, it’s also a collection of baffling sentences which butcher scientific facts, logic and reason. To run through just a few: estrogen is a hormone, not a “plant”; amino acids are more than just “good for health” -- they are essential for a body to function; proteins are not “filled with nutrients” -- they are nutrients. But this is the least of its problems.   

The opening remark, for example, implies that all women want -- or should want -- to enlarge their breasts. Those who are “brave” do it with a surgical procedure for breast augmentation, i.e. “go under the knife”. Those who don’t get “plastic surgery” are just not brave enough to do it.

The option in which a woman is (or should be) content with her body the way it is -- breasts included - seems not to be on the table.

The distribution of this article is yet another matter of concern. As noted above, this piece of junk news was offered to almost 3.5 million people on Facebook as real information. The pages used for that include those which purport to be health related -- Zdrava Hrana (Healthy food), Zdrava ishrana i zdravlje (Healthy diet and health), Zdravi recepti (Healthy recipes); but also some which specifically target women -- Dnevna doza dame (Daily dose of a lady) and Uradi Sama (Do it yourself - in local language, the term is not gender neutral - “sama” connotes female gender).

But the most troubling share is found on a page with a title that’s beyond cringy: Najljepse cure osnovnih i srednjih skola -- The prettiest girls of elementary schools and high schools. It looks like this:

CONCLUSION

We rate the headline of the article which misleadingly announces a first-person account of “breast augmentation” as clickbait. All claims about “natural ways to enlarge breasts” are both pseudoscience and fake news. Finally, the implied assumption that all women are either in need of, or want “larger breasts” as sexual objectification of women.

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