Bromide: Prevalent and Detrimental
The periodic table is made up of families. Each element
in a family has similar properties but is unique in its own way. The
halogen family is comprised of Iodine, Bromine (Bromide is the reduced form),
Fluorine, and Chlorine (and a few others). While Iodine has many benefits in
the body, Bromide competes for binding sites and is very detrimental to the
absorption of Iodine.
Being in the same family, the atomic make up of Iodine and
Bromide is very similar. If a person’s body is not saturated with Iodine,
Bromide can trick the binding sites into thinking it is Iodine. Since
Iodine and Bromine compete with one another for absorption and receptor
binding, the body can only eliminate Bromine if there is sufficient Iodine
available. Bromide is rapidly absorbed in the intestinal tract and has a
long half-life. Once bound to a cell, it can occupy the body for years.
The normal half-life of Bromide is 12 days and in cases of salt restriction and
chronic Bromide exposure, the half-life of Bromide can be as high as 45-50
days. Bromide adversely affects Iodine utilization.
The national average for Bromide is 1-2mg/24 hour.
Based on research, Bromide values of 5mg/24 hour cause drastic exponential
issues. However, any level of Bromide should be addressed. Possible
symptoms of Bromide toxicity or Bromide detox include: headaches, brassy or
metallic taste in the mouth, and skin rash tend to be the most common.
See list on next page for more possibilities.
Coupling the Bromide analysis with
Iodine, provides key insights of whole body Iodine sufficiency or deficiency.
Possible Sources of Bromide:
Fire retardants (polybrominated
diphenyl ether) added to many common household items (ie: mattresses,
carpeting, furniture foam, plastics of computers, televisions, radios,
clothing, draperies, etc.)
Antibacterial agent for pools
and hot tubs
Fumigant for termites and other
Anti-caking agent used in bread
making process (including pasta and cereal - Brominated flour)
Brominated vegetable oil that
may be added to citrus-flavored drinks (including Mountain Dew, AMP Energy
drink, and some Gatorade products)
(including: Celexa, Cipramil, Dalsan, Emocal, Recital, Sepram and
Asthma inhalers and
prescription drugs (including Atrovent inhaler, Atrovent nasal spray,
Ipratropium nasal spray, Pro-Panthine, Pyridostigmine bromide, and the
Possible Symptoms of Bromide
Toxicity and Bromide Detox:
The Iodine Crisis – Lynne Farrow