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Bromide & Salt Loading

The iodine doctors have found in treating over 4000 patients that what is commonly thought to be a bad reaction to iodine is most likely bromide toxicity.  Iodine, Bromide, Fluoride and Chlorine are all halides.  When we are low in iodine and are exposed these other halides they will take a place on the iodine receptors.  If we have been exposed to many of these halides over a long time period we may be considered bromide toxic.  In the lab tests for iodine sufficiency the docs are seeing high levels of bromide excreted as the dose of iodine increases.  Moving bromide out of the body can cause symptoms (listed below) in people who are highly bromide toxic, as the iodine pushes the bromide off the iodine receptors.  There are several strategies for dealing with bromide symptoms if you get them.

Dr. Brownstein has said that less than 5% of his patients had any kind of detox symptoms from the  iodine protocol.

https://www.drbrownstein.com/homePage.php

When detoxing the most common solution is Salt Loading (see details below).

Many have had success stopping iodine for a couple days, then continuing.  Doing this on a regular basis is pulse dosing (days off and days on).  This is a common solution for any healing supplement that causes a detox or herxheimer reaction.  I have used this method for antifungal supplements as well when the die off detox gets overwhelming.

Sometimes just lowering the dose for a week or two, even a month or two depending on how long term you plan to use the supplement and allowing your body time to adjust before raising it up again is the easiest solution.  Some people use large amounts of Vitamin C.   The Vitamin C never worked for me though, it just added bowel irritability so if you have low bowel tolerance with Vitamin C keep that in mind.  I used all of the above methods.  At the bottom of the page I have included my iodine usage chart from 2009-2011 and you can see how I pulsed, took breaks and changed doses.  I didn’t keep track of my salt loading but I was taking a fair amount of salt daily and usually upped my salt when I attempted to raise my iodine dose.

Far less is known about the effect of Fluoride as it is pushed out of the body.  It often can take high doses of iodine over a period of time for the body to start to move the other halides out of the body.  Iodine used to be added to breads and baked good when that was stopped many manufactures started to use bromide instead.  Bromide is also a common fire retardant it is found in most new plastics, carpets, household goods, & new cars.  Bromated oil is in Mt.Dew and some Gatorade, although Gatorade has chosen to remove this as of sometime in 2013.  Bromide is commonly used in hot tubs and spas and of course chlorine is used in swimming pools and drinking water systems.  Fluoride is added to many water supplies and is in toothpaste and in many foods manufactured with fluorinated water.  Avoiding these halides is very difficult in our current culture.

Iodine is our only protection, After we have reached iodine sufficiency (which for some of us will take some time due to our currently high halide load) how much iodine we need to maintain that sufficiency in this toxic world is a matter of debate.  The iodine Doctors originally thought 25 mg and since have raised that and believe 50 mg is required.  We all have to take into account our body weight and exposure.  Some on the iodine list on yahoo who are in pools often take a high dose to counteract the chorine and bromide they are exposed to.

More and more doctors are becoming aware of the importance of iodine again but still it is too few.  Many if not most of us are using the iodine protocol on our own and taking responsibility for out own bodies.  As always nothing on this site is medical advice just a culmination of my experience and experiences of others on the protocol through observation of our own bodies.  Please seek out the assistance of an iodine knowledgeable physician.  I am accustomed to using myself as a guinea pig but that doesn’t mean I recommend it to those who have no experience in self treatment.

Bromide toxicity symptoms I had were:

Body: diarrhea or constipation, hormone changes, leg and hip ache,  frequent urination (mimicking  urinary infection) 

Mood: Anxiety, dream changes, irritability, lethargy

Head: brain fog, headache, sinus ache, runny nose, hair loss

Mouth: dry mouth, increased salivation, mouth and tongue sores,  odd swallowing sensation

Skin: Acne, skin rash (bromaderma) look in the archives for the pics of the rash I had on my chest

Twitching &  Jerking: eye lid twitching,  foot twitching,  tingling in hands or feet, leg jerking

Bromide Overdose

Many of these extreme symptoms of bromide toxicity are not likely to happen on a iodine protocol but it is interesting none the less.

Drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, acne, skin rash, blurred vision, dizziness, mania, hallucinations, increased thirst, hunger and urination, pancreatitis, muscle weakness, hypothyroidism, poor memory, psychosis, coma, possible attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) in children.

Salt Loading

1/4 teaspoon* unrefined salt dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water, then followed immediately with 12-16 oz pure water.

Repeat in 30-45 minutes if needed.  May repeat again until copious urination begins.

Observe subjective response (usually within several hours).

*Iodine Investigation Project participants have found 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in water works faster than the 1/4 teaspoon dosage.

http://www.drshevin.com/patient_education/nutrition_hygiene/salt/

http://www.drshevin.com/patient_education/nutrition_hygiene/iodine_deficiency/

Personally I could not tolerate drinking the salt water so I take my salt in OO caps that I fill with a cap-m-quick.  2 caps is a barely heaping 1/4 tsp.  Just drink lots of water with the caps.  Dr. Brownstein has said not to salt load for more than a week.  If the bromide detox symptoms do not subside in that time lower your iodine dose for a while then work back up again.  Make sure that you are getting at least 1/2 tsp plus generous use on food daily.  The salt loading is above and beyond that daily need

Below is my iodine usage in 2009-2011 you can see my pulse dosing and taking days off and lowering dose and rising again later all in response to how I felt detoxing bromides.  Getting up to 100 mg always pushed me over the edge quickly and I would have to back down.

Feb 25 March 4 2009 25 mg
March 5 April 1 50 mg
April 2 April 20 37.5 mg
April 21 April 30 25 mg
May 1 May 2 37.5 mg
May 3 May 15 25 mg
May 16 May 25 MTTSS 25 mg 37.5 mg W & F
May 26 May 27 NONE
May 28 —- 25 mg
May 29 June 5 12.5 mg
June 6 June 7 NONE
June 8 June 20 50 mg
June 21 July 11 75 mg
July 12 Aug 3 100 mg
Aug 4 —- NONE
Aug 5 Aug 17 100 mg
Aug 18 —- 50 mg
Aug 19 Aug 23 100 mg
Aug 24 Aug 28 50 mg
Aug 29 —- 75 mg
Aug 30 Aug 31 NONE
Sept 1 Sept 4 12.5 mg
Sept 5 Sept 15 50 mg
Sept 16 Oct 3 75 mg
Oct 4 Oct 5 NONE
Oct 6 —- 100 mg
Oct 7 Oct 10 50 mg
Oct 11 —- NONE
Oct 12 Oct 18 50 mg
Oct 18 Oct 25 NONE
Oct 26 Dec 3 M-F 25mg  S&S NONE
Dec 4 —- 50 mg
Dec 5 Dec 6 NONE
Dec 7 Dec 26 25 mg
Dec 27 Jan 26 2010 37.5 mg
Jan 27 Jan 28 50 mg 3 am 1 pm (not good with gentian violet)
Jan 29 Jan 30 37.5 mg
Jan 31 Aug 2 50 mg
Aug 3 Aug 6 62.5 mg
Aug 7 Aug 9 75 mg
Aug  10 Aug 31 62.5 mg
Sept 1 March 19 2011 75 mg
March 20
May 19 37.5 mg
May 20 August 1 50 mg
August 2 Nov 16 37.5 mg lugols
Nov 17 50 mg lugols

Salt Loading

1/4 teaspoon* unrefined salt dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water, then followed immediately with 12-16 oz pure water.

Repeat in 30-45 minutes if needed.  May repeat again until copious urination begins.

Observe subjective response (usually within several hours).

*Iodine Investigation Project participants have found 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in water works faster than the 1/4 teaspoon dosage.

http://www.drshevin.com/patient_education/nutrition_hygiene/salt/

http://www.drshevin.com/patient_education/nutrition_hygiene/iodine_deficiency/

Personally I could not tolerate drinking the salt water so I take my salt in OO caps that I fill with a cap-m-quick.  2 caps is a barely heaping 1/4 tsp.  Just drink lots of water with the caps.  Dr. Brownstein has said not to salt load for more than a week.  If the bromide detox symptoms do not subside in that time lower your iodine dose for a while then work back up again.  Make sure that you are getting at least 1/2 tsp plus generous use on food daily.  The salt loading is above and beyond that daily need

 

Redmond Minerals, Inc.
http://www.realsalt.com/

Celtic Salt
http://www.celticseasalt.com/

Hawaiian Specialty Salt Company, Inc.
http://www.hawaiisalt.com

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  3. Roni Dorris permalink
    November 29, 2012 2:21 pm

    Orthoiodosupplementation induces a cleansing reaction in some patients with high bromide levels. The signs include improved body odor and cloudy urine. The body odor lasts one to two weeks, but the cloudy urine may last several months before clearing up.

  4. December 6, 2012 2:50 pm

    I know that I could not drink the salt water like that without throwing up! I know I could not tolerate it! Luckily caps seems like the way to go.

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  7. March 19, 2013 10:07 pm

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  11. Ria permalink
    December 3, 2013 9:18 am

    I am intrigued by everything Dr. Brownstein has to say, however, even Celtic Salts contain Bromine (unfortunately). How can this be overcome? Selina’s Celtic Salts have a Bromine content of 0.0403 and an iodine content of <0.0002. See: https://www.selinanaturally.com/content/PDF/css_analysis.pdf

    Are there any other brand of Celtic Salts which do not contain bromine?

    Thank You.

    • December 5, 2013 2:28 pm

      All natural salts have low levels of bromine, iodine and fluoride but the salt overall is a balanced and natural product. The salt itself helps the body to remove bromide and fluoride while on the iodine protocol as it binds to he bromide and carries it out of the body. So I would not be concerned with the tiny amount of bromine in the salt. The only salt that does not have it is processed salt which is not good! I prefer the celtic but often use the realsalt as well,

  12. carole carole watkins permalink
    December 26, 2013 9:23 am

    Do I need to use salt that isnt ionized?

    • December 26, 2013 5:05 pm

      any unprocessed natural salt the most common are Redmond’s real salt, Celtic brand sea salt or Himalayan Pink salt

  13. January 14, 2014 2:48 am

    Great article! It took about a year of research, and listening to Dr. Brownstein’s videos on YouTube, before I had the guts to start the iodine protocol. I am also the kind of person who tries things without checking with a doctor first. I’ve found most can’t think outside the box and I prefer a natural approach to health issues whenever possible…including dealing with my hypothyroidism.

    Anyway, I started taking Iodoral (12. mg) a few months ago, starting with half a tablet a day. So far I’m up to 2 full tablets when I get up every day, and then 1 1/2 six hours later (with the companion nutrients: Selenium, B2/B3 – or the co-factors when I can find them, and C). I keep trying to do the full 50 mg (2 tablets twice a day) but whenever I add the extra half, I don’t feel good, so I’ll just hang here for a while. The one thing I notice is the runny nose, which seemed to start almost immediately after starting the Iodoral. Any time I’m around steam (think shower, dish washing, cooking), or eating, I need tissues. I should own stock in the company that makes Puffs by now.

    So I wondered if you knew how long this might last. Would it help if I make a better attempt to add more unprocessed Celtic salt to my diet? I’ve just never used a lot of salt, so it’s hard for me to remember.

    • January 14, 2014 5:17 pm

      boy the sinus area is really sensitive to clearing with iodine. Salt helps immensely with that. I put some Celtic salt in a veggie cap and take it with my supplements when i feel i need more than i am using with food, that way it is kind of a no brainier as far as remembering. I had a lot of nose discharge for several months.

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  16. nonie permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:26 pm

    I started the load with pink Himalayan salt and I have been experiencing extreme bloating, gas and diarrhea. I had been taking 25mg of iodine with the recommended supplements for weeks with no problems. I remembered about the salt later. The salt is causing more problems then the iodine. Is this normal? If so, when will this stop?

    • March 26, 2014 8:35 pm

      if you are not having any iodine detox symptoms you don’t need to salt load,

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  18. Stephanie permalink
    April 3, 2014 6:50 am

    Oh my I am only taking 400 mcg a day
    For 16 days now and my kidneys are already hurting quite a bit, headache ,and great fatigue

  19. Renee permalink
    April 6, 2014 8:45 pm

    I did get some bromide detoxing through sweat in my skin, it smelled terrible!! I found when I do take my vit C right with my iodine it lessens the bad affects

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