Bromide Poisoning May Be the Cause of Your Headaches, Bad Mood and Thyroid Problems!
Symptoms of Bromide Poisoning
Bromide poisoning can put you in the wrong mental space with dark thoughts, depression, brain fog, and general weariness. Don’t we all do it from time to time? Before looking for tonics, adaptogens, immune boosters, and smart drinks, let’s discuss some of the other symptoms of bromide poisoning. Neurological development is affected by bromide because it dominates iodine receptors, causing behavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia (ADD and ADHD) and unexplained headaches .
We treat these symptoms with Rtalin, painkillers and mood altering medications and expensive top drawer supplements. But do we recognize the underlying causal factors? In addition to an altered emotional and intellectual status quo, bromide poisoning can lead to adult acne, canker sores, and a bad metallic taste in the mouth. Iodine deficiencies also increase in direct proportion to bromide toxicity. Because fluoride also displaces iodine, modern “hygienic” mouthwashes only make the situation worse.
Bromide poisoning and thyroid problems
High levels of bromide have been implicated in all thyroid diseases, from simple hypothyroidism to autoimmune diseases to thyroid cancer. Bromide levels are 50 times higher in the thyroid tissue of thyroid cancer patients. By now we all know that iodine has something to do with thyroid function and in many cases all it takes is a little iodine to correct hypothyroidism. But bromide rivals iodine and won’t give up so easily! Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease will erupt when resident iodine stores have been squeezed out by bromide. Initially, adding iodine to the equation will make things worse as it will displace bromide in the bloodstream.
The battle of the halogens
Chlorine, fluoride, bromide and iodine belong to a group of elements we call halogens. They have a pecking order and iodine is subject to displacement by the other three halogens of this family. So if the chlorine, fluoride, or bromide levels are too high, they usurp the iodine receptors. We experience familiar symptoms of iodine deficiencies even when we fill up on kelp, shellfish, or Lugol’s iodine. The bromide tyrant interferes with our iodine stores. Chlorine and fluorine affect our thyroid glands and also displace iodine. We filter our water and use fluoride-free oral care products, but we unintentionally saturate ourselves with bromide.
Where does bromide come from?
Where does bromide come from? Bread! The stick of life, they call it. Prior to 1960, iodine was used as a dough improver, but was later replaced by bromide. You won’t see bromide listed under the ingredients on the package. All you see is a big, soft slice of bread. You will ingest the bromide and it will compete with your iodine stores. A low iodine status will be the result. Investigative studies have shown that when bromide was used by the baking industry instead of iodine, people became increasingly iodine deficient. Double shot!
Other sources of bromide include any grains that are treated with the pesticide: methyl bromide. This includes flours, rice, beans, lentils and other legumes. We don’t like to eat weevils, molds, fungi or creepy crawlies in our food, so too often they get zapped with methyl bromide and we consume it. Some countries refuse to import such products, but for now, South Africa seems to turn a blind eye, preferring toxins to “goggas”. Some of our dried fruits are also treated with bromide to maintain their shelf life. We also breathe in bromide-rich vapors from carpets, mattresses, and other household items that have been chemically treated.
Modern “medicine” and bromide vaccines
We know that mercury poisoning can be caused by vaccines, but who would want to be vaccinated with bromide? During the Gulf War, soldiers were inoculated with bromide. Some of them had no idea what was happening, let alone why. Emotionally they crumbled until the real cause was discovered. It wasn’t so much war trauma as bromide poisoning! The bromide that invades the system is stored as bromine in the tissues and fat cells and is a very dangerous substance. The antidote is iodine, but not without a toxic backlash. The protocol is demanding, because the bromide must be eliminated as soon as the iodine is taken.
Half a teaspoon of salt makes bromide disappear!
Gulf War troops suffering from emotional problems were treated by orthomolecular doctors who guided them through an iodine-based detoxification protocol. To treat bromide poisoning, they were given supervised iodine supplementation. He was chased away with a good pinch of salt! Yes, salt contains chloride, another of the halogens that expels bromide. The salt loading technique is the brainchild of Dr. William Shevin. a natural form of salt is best to use. Half a teaspoon of sea salt was mixed with a cup of water for treatment. As soon as an adverse effect was felt while taking the iodine dose, they drank the mixture. (Eating more salt doesn’t work the same way.)
Over time, iodine re-engages with its own receptors and again restores full functionality. We don’t realize how much iodine contributes to so many aspects of our physical and emotional well-being. It’s only when we lose it that we notice how terribly emotionally and physically we feel. A few drops of Lugol’s famous iodine won’t even the score until the bromide factor is resolved. So take it with a pinch of salt!