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I’ve written a lot about iodine at AlivenHealthy because it’s such an important nutrient and every American is deficient. In my opinion, correcting this deficiency is one of the first steps a person can take toward finding a cure for Lewy Body Dementia or any other chronic or degenerative disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease or Lewy Body Dementia (or any of the other related diseases) and you’re searching for a cure, I always recommend that people start with treatments that are widely available and that will do no harm. Iodine has a broad impact on many systems of the body. In other words, it might help you get rid of cystitis while simultaneously curing breast cancer. Believe it or not, two decades ago when I worked in long-term care facilities, people with urinary tract infections and cystitis would regularly develop dementia out of the blue at the same time. And when the cystitis or UTI cleared up, so did the dementia. Holistic medicine acknowledges that these connections exist though doctors regularly deny it. What I’m trying to say is, if you’re searching for a cure for Lewy Body Disease or Multiple Sclerosis or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, read anything you can, particularly about holistic remedies. Often the cure for Parkinson’s Disease and other disorders are elegantly simple and surprising.
Bromine is an element that competes with iodine in the body. It sits right above iodine on the periodic table, which means that these two elements (bromine and iodine) share certain characteristics and behaviors. Unfortunately, while Bromine can be absorbed by the body and the body often confuses bromine as iodine (because bromine’s chemical structure is similar to that of iodine), bromine does not satisfy the body’s needs as iodine does. In fact, bromine competes with iodine and therefore contributes to the problem of iodine deficiency.
Bromine is nearly ubiquitous in the United States. People are regularly exposed to bromine through the following channels:
- Commercial bread products:
While the use of potassium bromate is illegal in the European Union, Canada, Brazil, China, and elsewhere (due to its disease-causing properties), it is still legal in the U.S. Potassium bromate was first patented for bread baking in 1914. It speeded up the process of aging flour and it bleached the dough, enhancing its elasticity. Ideally, after the process of making commercial bread products is complete, no potassium bromate remains, but often, trace amounts still exist as a byproduct. In 1982, Japanese studies demonstrated that potassium bromate causes thyroid cancer and so one could surmise that the overall effect of being exposed to trace amount of potassium bromate over time would be negative for the health of the thyroid gland. To avoid commercial bread products that contain potassium bromate, consumers need to check the ingredients label and steer clear of any products that list “potassium bromate” or “brominated flour”.
- Brominated Vegetable Oil:
Brominated vegetable oil is used in citrus sodas and some sports drinks (e.g. Gatorade) to emulsify the liquid and help the citrus flavors stay suspended in solution. The brominated vegetable oil is what gives these drinks their “cloudy” appearance. The use of brominated vegetable oil in soft drinks is banned in the European Union, Japan, and India .
In Wisconsin, a man opened a can of Mountain Dew and found a dead mouse in the can. When the man sought legal damages, Pepsi responded with the claim that a mouse would turn into a “jelly-like substance” if submerged in Mountain Dew because of the presence of brominated vegetable oil. Mountain Dew won the case on the basis of this fact .
Soft drinks that contain brominated vegetable oil:
- Mountain Dew.
- Fanta Orange.
- Sunkist Pineapple.
- Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange.
- Powerade Strawberry Lemonade.
- Fresca Original Citrus.
- Brominated Flame Retardants (PBDE’s):
Bromine compounds in flame retardants slow down the chemical reactions that cause a fire. Unfortunately, bromine can build up in humans, animals, and the environment over time, causing all kinds of problems. Flame retardants represent the largest commercial use of bromine .
- Silver bromide:
Used in combination with silver chloride and silver iodide in photographic emulsions.
- Ethylene bromide:
Ethylene bromide was an additive in fuels that contained lead as an anti-engine knocking agent. Its use has declined since the 1970’s.
Bromomethane (along with ethylene bromide) was once widely used as a pesticide. Using the tenting method, bromomethane was used to fumigate housing and fumigate soil.
The following pharmaceutical agents contain bromine:
- High-density drilling fluids
- Water Treatment and Swimming Pools:
Bromine is used by itself as well as in chemical compounds for water treatment. It is often used in place of chlorine in swimming pools because it stings the eyes less than chlorine.
Bromine is also used in zinc-bromine batteries and hybrid flow batteries. It is in use in households as well as in industry.
Other Important Links:
 Yoquinto, L. (2012). The Truth About Potassium Bromate. Retrieved December 26, 2018 from https://www.livescience.com/36206-truth-potassium-bromate-food-additive.html
 MightyNest (2012). BVO: Cloudy Chemical Used in Citrus Soft Drinks. Retrieved December 26, 2018 fro https://mightynest.com/articles/bvo-cloudy-chemical-used-in-citrus-soft-drinks
 Wikipedia (2018). Bromine. Retrieved December 26, 2018 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromine#Applications