Bromines are a common endocrine (hormone) disruptor, making iodine unavailable in the thyroid and anywhere else iodine is needed. This will inhibit thyroid hormone production resulting in a low thyroid state.
When you ingest or absorb bromine, it displaces iodine, and this iodine deficiency leads to an increased risk for cancer of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary, and prostate. This phenomenon is has been given its own name – the ‘Bromide Dominance Theory’.
Bromine toxicity can also result in skin rashes, psychiatric disorders, severe acne, loss of appetite and abdominal pain, fatigue, a metallic taste in the mouth, and cardiac arrhythmias.
Bromines can be found where?
– Pesticides (methyl bromide)
– Medications such as some inhalers, nasal spray, for ulcers, and anesthesia agents
– Plastics (to make computers)
– Fire retardants like polybromo diphenyl ethers or PBDEs is used in fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and mattresses
– Bakery goods and some flours – for impatient bakers (potassium bromate)
– Soft drinks, including Mountain Dew, Gatorade and other citrus-flavored sodas – in the form of brominated vegetable oils (BVOs)