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Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer

Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer are a husband-and wife medical anthropology team, the co-authors of several groundbreaking and controversial health books, and the co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. They are internationally recognized for their revolutionary and shocking research linking breast cancer with the wearing of tight bras, which they describe in their book, Dressed To Kill.

Sydney was trained in biochemistry, anthropology and medicine. He received a B.S. in biology from the University of Utah in 1979. He then spent two years in the biochemistry Ph.D. program at Duke University, followed by another two years at Duke in the anthropology Ph.D. program, receiving a Master’s Degree. He then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, Texas on a full academic scholarship, where he spent one year in the medical humanities Ph.D. program, and received an additional two years training in medical school. He left medical school to help develop a new field of applied medical anthropology.

Soma was awarded a B.A. degree in environmental studies from Sonoma State University in 1973, and had been a licensed optician from 1970-1982. From 1982 on, she has been a director of the Good Shepherd Foundation. Soma successfully spearheaded a voter initiative in California, the first in the country, banning the use of cruel and painful steel-jaw leghold traps. She also started a pre-school focusing on nature and animals, called Children’s Gardens, and has been a lobbyist promoting humane treatment of animals, anti-vivisection and anti-pound seizure laws. After meeting Sydney, Soma became involved in medical anthropology research and, with her husband, co-founded the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease.

Syd and Soma currently live in Hawaii, on a rainforest preserve, where they grow their own food, produce their own energy, and perform lifestyle research on various culture caused diseases.