Our Mission

About Us


Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease

ISCD's mission is to promote the study of culturogenic disease by conducting original research and through media outreach to the public and medical institutions.


We are pioneers of Applied Medical Anthropology.  Our founders and directors are Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, Medical Anthropologists and co-authors of Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

 We use the fields of anthropology, biochemistry, and medicine to understand the cultural causes of disease.  In addition to the link between breast cancer and bras, we have made some remarkable discoveries, including the effect of sleep position on brain health and numerous diseases, the impact of the voice on the thyroid, and many illnesses caused by cultural taboos.  To read more of Sydney Ross Singer's articles and theories, go here.  


ISCD is a program of the Good Shepherd Foundation, a 501(C)3 nonprofit dedicated to human, animal, and environmental health.


Contact Info


P.O. Box 1880

Pahoa, Hawaii 96778



  • Encourage further research into the bra-cancer link
  • Educate the media and public about the bra-cancer link 
  • Facilitate online bra-free support groups
  • Fact check websites about the bra-cancer link
  • Encourage the manufacture of less harmful bras
  • Develop strategies to get the American Cancer Society to stop misinforming the public about the  bra-cancer link