Bromine Toxicity: One More Reason to Be Wary of What You Eat

Did You Know…this common additive is banned in much of the world outside the U.S., and may be destroying your thyroid while causing headaches, weight gain, and poor health?

Drinking one Mountain Dew isn’t going to ruin your health, but drinking a flavored soda and eating a hot dog in a bun or a freshly baked muffin on a daily, weekly, even monthly basis, can have disastrous consequences on your long-term physical and mental health.  All three contain a harmful additive called bromine, which leaches your body of iodine and builds up over time as bromine toxicity.

This Additive Can Drive You Crazy 

An accumulation of bromine in the central nervous system has been implicated in the onset of psychotic disorders.  Between 1920 and 1960 nearly 20% of all hospital admissions for acute paranoid schizophrenia were caused by diets high in bromide-containing foods and beverages.  Exposure to bromine also disrupts the endocrine system, which regulates mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function, and reproduction.  Some of the telltale signs that bromine is lurking in your system include…

 

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Bleeding and inflamed gums
  • Memory loss


The Ban on Bromine 

The FDA originally declared bromine safe for consumption, but later reneged on that statement… without implementing a ban!  Bromine was banned in foods and drinks throughout Europe, Japan, and Canada in the 1990s, but bromine is still widely used in various forms as a food additive in America.

Potassium bromate taints breads, baked goods, and flour, and is even added to toothpastes and mouthwashes as an antiseptic and astringent.  Methyl bromide is sprayed as a pesticide on our fruits and vegetables.  Our sodas are laced with sodium bromate (BMOs), as are our hair dyes, toiletries, fabrics and upholsteries.  The seats, armrests, shift knobs and door trims of our cars are made with bromine, as are the swimming pool treatments used in hot tubs.

Iodine deficiency

 

 Iodine is a mineral that is essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Without iodine, the thyroid gland simply does not function. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) afflicts 13 million people, and experts assert that 10 to 40% of the population has suboptimal thyroid function symptomatic of iodine deficiency.

 

When bromine levels are high, iodine levels are low. Bromide competes with iodine for the same receptors—iodine can no longer be captured and the body is gradually depleted of this essential mineral. Iodine deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate cancers. Consider the low incidence of cancer in Japan, where 89 times more iodine is consumed than in America. Low iodine has been linked to fibrocystic breast disease, hyperplasia and atypical mammary tissue, all of which subside after two to three months of iodine supplementation. Lower your exposure to bromine, and your iodine levels are likely to rise.

     It seems no food, personal care product or surface is safe from bromine… and neither are we.

Here are a few action steps experts say you can take to protect against bromine exposure:
  Wash produce and eat organic whenever possible
  Limit soda intake
  Use an ozone purification system in your hot tub
  Opt for chemical-free cosmetic products
  Keep your cars and homes well-ventilated