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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.

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.

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.

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


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  3. 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:

    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

    • April 27, 2014 10:26 pm

      Celtic Sea salt.. also Lipsomal Vit C is soooo good at speeding up detoxing blew me away how good that type of Vit C is.. better than even an IV of Vit C

  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

    • April 3, 2014 3:03 pm

      400 mcg is a tiny amount and should have no effect at all

    • April 27, 2014 10:27 pm

      Stephanie, oh wow you must be very toxic DONT GIVE UP!!! I didnt understand many years ago when you feel worse you are actually going to get better.. best of luck..

    • May 7, 2014 1:19 pm

      Salt loading will help the kidney pain, I know because I was there. The salt made the pain go away within a few minutes for me. Works every time (for me). I now reach for my ’00’ capsules and a tall glass of water when I have detox symptoms. I take between two to four for the detox pain, but always with a tall glass of water.

  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

  20. MichaelKnight permalink
    April 26, 2014 3:32 pm

    Great article. I like it when people discuss their real world experiences. I’ve been taking iodine (ithroid) 12.5mg tablets (usually 3 a day) since November. About 1 month ago I broke out in a rash and acne on my chest. It FREAKED me out to say the least. Then I started getting acne on my arms, neck and well just about everywhere it seemed. I’ve also been having intermittent headaches, dry mouth, weird tastes in my mouth (semi-metallic yet salty), dry mouth, eye twitching, weird dreams, anxiety (although some of it was probably due to my “reactions”). Truthfully, it felt like I was falling apart all the sudden. I had researched iodine for a few months before actually trying it. I didn’t really have any “detox” symptoms though when I first began. They didn’t hit until I had been on Iodine for almost 5 months. Oh and I forgot to mention cherry angiomas. I had some before but in the last week I’ve probably sprouted 20 new ones. I’ve decided to quit iodine for a week and “flush” my system. I’ve started the salt loading and upped my dosage of Vitamin C and it seems to slowly be working, my kidney isn’t aching quite as bad and the acne appears to be letting up. Hopefully a week of stopping will allow me to get back in the groove again. I really never considered myself as being so “toxic” in bromide but I’m at a loss as to what else could explain the issues I’m having.

    • April 26, 2014 4:55 pm

      several people on the iodine list had a similar thing with the timing with no detox symptoms for several weeks or months and the getting caught off guard. I don’t think i ever needed more than about 3-4 days off but you have lots of different things popping up at once, so the skin is a good guide when the skin clears is a good indication of when to try again and maybe I would drop the dose a little for the first week or so when starting back.

      • MichaelKnight permalink
        April 27, 2014 10:27 am

        So far it seems the acne is beginning to go away. The strange salty taste still remains as does some faint kidney pain. I’m going to continue the salt loading for another few days and hopefully can get back to iodine again in about 4-5 more days. I will probably do the lower dose though and gradually work my way back up albeit much more slowly this time. Perhaps with a couple “rest” days built into the plan. I guess all those years of Gatorade, Mt. Dew and SunDrop sodas are all catching up to me.

      • May 1, 2014 4:34 pm

        ahhh the mountain dew of my youth little did i know…

  21. sks permalink
    May 4, 2014 2:21 am

    I am a hais sylist and have been having symptoms of halogenoderma/iododerma for over 8mo now. I had mild symptoms occur a few times in the past 10 years but never had it checked out as it went away and not return fur years. It has been so bad even my saliva glands have rapidly swelled, for hours, sometimes so fast I can’t drain the liquid quick enough and my lip splits leaving a wound then scab as thick as a zipper across my lip. Depending on the active symptom my face is either covered in plaque scabs, swollen, achy from a sebaceous cyst, or having crusty eyebrows from their glands swelling. After seeing a slew of Dr’s who’s guesses at a prognosis were so ludicrous and only prescribed meds that not only didn’t work, tended to make my symptoms worse, I decided to figure it out on my own b4 returning to a Dr office. Im typically stuck at home as I look like a druggy picker or ufc fighter having scabs from squeezing fluid out my skin, a fat lip or swollen cheeks, chin, nose, forhead or eyebrows, so I have spent time every day researching sense September. I have found conditions that come close but won’t explain all my symptoms. Halogenoderma/iododerma is the only one that has nailed it but I am confused as some suggest iodine overload or a reaction with another element in something I’m eating, taking or inhaling that causes my symtoms.
    I stopped all vitamins and prescriptions (birth control and heart burn meds) see if it would help.
    After draining an area, it will refill immediately. I never know when it will stop. I do know, if I leave the area alone & refrain from drainage, The area wills

    • sks permalink
      May 4, 2014 2:47 am

      will stay puffy and the fluid does not get absorbed back into my body. I have had a stressful year and considered lupas, adrenal exhaustion or even a kidney problem as I wondered if my lower left back twinges of over 5 yrs may actually be kidney pain. I never thought it could be from the chemicals I work with. I only work 2-3 days a week currently, but have been a hair stylist for 8 years. I am blonde so I use bleach on my own hair, not hair color which contains all the halogens. I have only once used hair color on my scalp for a period of time and I would have a reaction to it where my scalp would seem to slough a layer of skin away after a color. Not like dandruff, but like what happens under my eyebrow hairs. When I work, I wear gloves so besides a few splashes & when I rinse out the color, I don’t touch it. But I do smell the chemical scent when applying which can take anywhere from 10min to an hour per client. I also do a lot of brazilian blowouts which contain formaldehyde and I’m guessing halogens as well. Now I’m in a properly vented salon and the fumes rarely get to me. But b4 September I was working in a small space that made the fumes so unbearable I would have to take breaks during clients as my eyes wld water and my throat wld be dry.
      Having no other medications in my system, I colored my cousins hair (actually the same color with red & purple dyes as mine was when i had the scalp reaction). During or immediately after I cld feel the fluid running through my skin covering my scalp and going to areas if my face. When it’s on my scalp or sometimes my forehead between my eyes, I get an immediate headache. Then after I took ibprofin, it basically went throughout my whole body which rarely happens. Sometimes lymph nodes swell for a bit and lately the more fatty areas of my body, like inner thighs, will puff up and ache. I will get edema in one foot if I’m sitting too long as well.
      Ive been pondering switching careers but now I’m concerned I may have to. Is hair color/products a possibility of the cause?

      • sks permalink
        May 4, 2014 2:50 am

        I also had a reaction filled with rashes to a sulfate based medication they prescribed for this back in October.

  22. sks permalink
    May 4, 2014 5:55 am

    As I’ve checked out more of your blogs I find more similarities. As a former figure competitor, I had to eliminate all sodium from my diets which caused me to dislike salt now as any added salty flavoring to food is too salty for me. Although I always had a strict diet & worked my butt off in the gym, losing weight was a slow difficult process. I did have my thyroid checked bat one point and my t3 levels were a bit higher than me t4 which is different than most people, but still in the normal range for a healthy thyroid. That was 6/7 years ago tho. I am a slow healer, although better, my breast lift scars are pretty horrible and the surgery was pointless as my thin skin stretched back to how it was b4 the surgery which was only 2 or 3 years ago. I’m sensitive to medication, pain pills make me nauseous and muscle relaxers even at 1/4 a pill knock me out for hours. Not being a good sleeper, ive tried prescription sleeping pills but even just taking half the required dosage i feel too groggy the next day. Once a friend went to grab me a sleeping pill as it was 3am wide awake & he grabbed one of his klonopin on accident. Prettty sure he may have been groggy from me waking him up & possibly still a bit intoxicated from dinner earlier that night lol. Its effects were so bad, not only did i not get sleep, i can honestly say it was up there on top 5 worse days of my life. So tired I cld sleep standing up but couldn’t from the constant nausea and spinning feeling.
    The face issues all escalated after a rough breakup as well as around my 30th birthday. Sense, I haven’t felt like working out or being active in any way. But I was not depressed. Besides this, life was good. But the first few month’s, up until about February, I was so tired and just didn’t feel well. I would sleep a lot. Sleep til 2 and be fine going back to bed around 11. I have also always seemed to be a slow starter, feeling like I truly wake up around 3pm and my energy peeks between 6&8pm. Ive tried everything from caffeine, crazy energy pre workout drinks, “non prescription” uppers & adderoll(which typically make most talkative & social where although they helped me wake up & kick start the day, i felt more introverted, sometimes grumpy, dehydrated & even at 5mg the adderoll created more sleep issues and headaches). Non of these escalated or started symptoms up if they were paused. Although I’m not an alcoholic, I like social drinking or sipping on red wine when I cook if my boyfriends or friends are over for dinner. I used to sometimes get tipsy out of boredom after work. Now I don’t even feel like getting a silly buzz with friends at dinner parties and if I do, my tolerance has majorly decreased and half the normal amount of cocktails required for me to end up with a hangover can be debilitating the next day lol.
    I feel i have gotten more ADD like. I call it firecracker brain. I’ll be talking on a subject then switch suddenly to an unrelated subject from the random thought popping up in my head. I feel bad for any1 around me between 6&8pm as I turn into chatty cathy lol. I have a big imagination & sense of humor tho so at least I’m entertaining lol.

    • Tammi permalink
      May 29, 2014 7:15 pm

      Halogenoderma is caused by halogens like bromides and iodine (see reference: However, it is more likely that your skin condition is caused by bromides or chlorine. I’m no doctor, but your reaction to the clonopin, which is a bromide, is pretty suspect. Those of us that are exposed to a lot of environmental toxins are much more sensitive and react more quickly. Based on what I’ve read in “The Iodine Crisis” I would think that taking iodine (Iodoral) would be beneficial. You should find yourself a practitioner that is educated about higher dosing that the RDA recommends, someone that can help you and perform an iodine loading test to see what your levels are at this time. Iodine and Bromine compete for the same receptors in the body. No one really knows how much iodine is necessary. The medical profession’s fear of iodine is based on a bunk study and perpetuated by one of the study’s co-authors who later worked for the NIH. Read “The Iodine Crisis” – it will change your thinking and your life!

  23. Laura permalink
    June 10, 2014 7:34 am

    Thank you for posting your experience with bromide & iodine. I greatly appreciate it the info. Do you know anything about inhaling bromide into the lungs, copious amts (abnormal amts) getting on one’s skin and into the eyes, and the effects of bromide on an 8-9 pound cat (confer: a barely 100+ pound human)?

    • June 10, 2014 3:54 pm

      No but the way you put it that freaks me out, soon as my Dr put me on inhalers and allbuteral nebulizer I lost my eye site to blurry and sometimes double vision.. I found it these meds are FULL OF bromides ~~ Im so pissed, but need to most times a week.. I am trying hard to avoid them.. sometimes though need my inhaler.. I have been doing a bromides detox since November and have a lot of bromides detox body odor so I know I have a lot and I need to keep taking the right supplements and iodine to keep it going only sometimes its all too much and I have to stop for a week or so… be-careful hun, you can find me at my group its the website below. I use LDN therapy for my fibro and CFS issues.. join if you want to know more.

  24. lee snell permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:57 am

    Hi I have been taking iodine on and off a bit and the most I have been able to take is 1200 mcg and get quite bad detoxification symptoms but I have found the salt load a life saver but what I add to my salt load is apple cider vinegar to help stomach the salt.



  25. Carol permalink
    June 29, 2014 2:19 pm

    I’m up to 100mg of iodine. I’m doing 6 days on, one day off. It’s been 3 weeks since I started iodine. I read that one should take 1/4tsp of salt daily. Not as a salt loading, but daily with ones supplements. Loading would be in addition to. I’ve been taking Himalayan sea salt in capsules..and everytime I drink them, though I drink 16oz or more of water, about 5minutes later, i get the worst bout of dry heaves. I think i’m going to get sick, but i don’t. I”m just having a hard time with the salt. I do take the other co-supplements, no problem.

    My period also came about 1 week late since supplementing with iodine. I was reading on curezone, some women mention that they were late, and some missed 1-2 months,, then would regulate back.

    I have also mixed iodine with coconut oil, and use this on my face. I could be wrong, but it looks like it’s helping slowly clear up my melasma.

    • June 30, 2014 5:34 pm

      That’s a lot of water that could be an issue, but i have never used the Himalayan salt either as mentioned below, i always use Celtic salt but you can just more heavily salt your food as long as you are getting plenty of salt throughout the day as a baseline, you may already be getting enough.

    • August 10, 2014 12:46 pm

      Try using Celtic Sea salt there’s controversy with the Himalayan that could be your problem. Also try mixing CSS with a whole juice of lemon in water with some Stevia drops it’s quite nice that way follow it up with some water after.

  26. June 29, 2014 7:11 pm

    I am wondering if you having issues with the crap they have recently been finding in the pink salts.. why not try getting some Celtic sea salt in course ground and put in empty capsules? Best of luck

  27. jmb permalink
    June 30, 2014 1:20 pm

    Tatiacha, how long did it take you to get through the ‘detox’ symptoms and start feeling good using iodine? How long is typical? Thank you for this article.

  28. July 3, 2014 1:48 am

    I started to detox heavy when I changed up my VIT C to lipsomal Vit C speed up my detox so much that I had to cut back on my iodine mg.. FOUND OUT my medicine I have been taking for allergies have bromine in it too.. Ive been adding it back trying to get it out UGH

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  34. February 28, 2015 9:38 am

    Hi Tatiacha, so where are you now with your iodine dosage? Do you still keep increasing or at a point where you just take a maintenance dose and what is it? Thanks.

    • February 28, 2015 1:50 pm

      Right now I am at a low dose and that is mostly because I don’t have the money for the appropriate companion supplements I take 6.25 or 12.5 mg most days depending on what time of day, if I take it later in the day it tends to keep me up so I take the smaller dose if I take it in the morning I take the 12,5 mg

  35. April 13, 2015 3:33 am

    I took 800 mcg of Kelp Iodine and I have the worst headache. I did the celtic salt 10 minutes ago.I hope the headache goes away.I want to take the iodine,and get the bromide out,but this headache is horrible.I couldn’t handle this headache for days.

    • April 13, 2015 12:35 pm

      The amount of iodine in kelp is very small and the kelp also has fluoride and often bromide in it as well, so it is a terrible source of iodine. In my own personal experience taking little tiny amounts (micrograms mcg vs milligrams mg) of iodine from any source made me feel worse. It is not enough to move out any Bromide.

  36. September 24, 2015 3:51 pm

    Hi there I wonder if anyone has experienced asthma symptoms worsening while taking Iodine? and if so how did they deal with it?

    I was going great when I first started taking lugols iodine 25mg a day, felt very well, then had the runny nose, salty taste in my mouth, and after that went away, my asthma got really bad. Stopped for a week and started again with salt loading and upped my vit c dosage. Worked my way up to 12.5mg. I will definitely try the pulse dosing and see if that helps.

    I am also finding the salt water very hard to drink, but read that it had to be dissolved in 1/2 a cup of warm water followed by purified water. If I take it in the 00 capsules will it have the same effect as with the warm water?

    • September 24, 2015 4:10 pm

      I don’t know anything about worsening of asthma. Yes the salt will work the same in capsules, you should still drink plenty of water with them.

  37. June 16, 2016 8:02 am

    I don’t know if you are still answering questions here, but I have one. You mentioned in your blog: ” Dr. Brownstein has said not to salt load for more than a week.” I don’t remember reading that in his book. It can take longer than a week to detox from the Bromine. Can you help me understand this?

    I have been on Iodine for 10 days and have done the salt once a day. It is really starting to make me nauseous when I take it and one day this week I thought I was going to throw up. I take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and I’m not sure if that is my problem. Do you take the salt with food or by itself? I can’t seem to find any instructions regarding whether to take with food or away from food. Do you take it with your iodine or at different times of the day? Also another question — will I always need to take the companion supplements? Or is that only until I’ve detoxed most of the bromine out of my system?

    Thank you!

    • June 17, 2016 1:26 am

      I know Dr Brownstein has updated his book a couple times so I am not sure what his current recommendations are. For me I couldn’t drink the salt I would put into capsules and take it with food. The companion supplements should be taken as long as you are using high amounts of iodine, they are needed to put that iodine to good use. We are constantly bombarded by bromide so many people continue with the iodine at higher levels after the detoxing phase to keep the bromide at bay. The iodine group that was on yahoo has moved to facebook they would have all the latest info.

  38. October 20, 2016 6:02 am

    From my understanding it’s Chloride that displaces Bromide…so I might rotate through a pharmaceutical grade potassium chloride, magnesium chloride along with sodium to keep the electrolytes in balance.

    Also I seem to get delayed reactions…I take a pretty high dose wallop of potassium iodide on one day and then do a few Chloride flushes and everything is fine…then 3/4 days later I seem to get symptoms again (grogginess, acne, depression) ….has anyone else had this experience? After chloride flushing the symptoms are slightly better but it just seems to be I have to sit it out till the symptoms go completely. Anyone else?

    • October 20, 2016 8:36 am

      I have no experience in doing that, and I am not sure if they iodine docs have tried it or not, but you may want to join the iodine facebook group and ask if anyone else has tried it.

  39. Michelle Crone permalink
    August 15, 2018 8:14 pm

    Has this flush helped with the bromide levels and how have you accurately assessed that? Asking for a client who I found high bromide levels in.. with hashimoto thyroiditis and nodules?

  40. Rachelle Crosbie permalink
    August 1, 2020 3:22 am

    Does anyone else have issues with nausea with the salt loading even when putting it in capsules? Last time I tried I came very close to losing my dinner shortly afterwards; was not pleasant. I know I’m low in iodine, NZ has none in our soil.


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