Bromine is in everything from furnishings and pajamas to fire extinguishers and insecticides. Commercial bread products contain bromine as well as citrus soft drinks. As an American citizen, it is nearly impossible to avoid bromine exposure because unlike nearly every other nation of the world, bromine is even in the air we breathe.

Introduction to Bromine Toxicity


I’ve written a lot about iodine at AlivenHealthy because it’s such an important nutrient and every American and most people in developed countries are 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, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and other neurological disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, 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. Lugol’s 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. But as I mention cystitis, I have to remember my days working in nursing homes and long-term care as a nursing assistant. Often, elderly patients with urinary tract infections or bladder irritation would develop dementia as a result of a UTI or cystitis. So, consider the fact that Bromine Toxicity and Iodine Deficiency is often the root cause of cystitis and sometimes also chronic UTIs. 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 to learn more about cures for these disease. Often the cure for Parkinson’s Disease and other disorders are elegantly simple and surprising.

In particular, be sure to read more about Iodine Deficiency and Vitamin B12 Deficiency as a root cause of neurological disease including dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Aphasia, and more. Note that if your doctor won’t give you or a loved one a vitamin B12 injection just to see if it can reverse dementia or other neurological diseases, you can self-administer vitamin B12 topically through the skin using Dimethylsulfoxide.

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 [2].


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 [2].


Soft drinks that contain brominated vegetable oil:


  • Mountain Dew.
  • Squirt.
  • 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 [2][3].



  • 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: 


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. 



  • Pharmaceuticals:


The following pharmaceutical agents contain bromine:


 – Nicergoline

 – Brotizolam

 – Pipobroman

 – Merbromin



  • High-density drilling fluids
  • Dyes:



 – Tyrian purple

 – Bromothymol Blue



  • 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.



  • More:


Bromine is also used in zinc-bromine batteries and hybrid flow batteries. It is in use in households as well as in industry.

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Other Important Links:

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: What Every American Needs to Know 

How to Treat Vitamin B12 Deficiency Using DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) and Vitamin B12 Supplements

The Role of Iodine Deficiency in the Development of Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Other Types of Dementia, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Vitamin C, B Complex, Magnesium, Methylene Blue, Mucuna, and NAC for Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia

Vitamin D: The Harmful Effects of Supplementing without Vitamin K2

The Role of the Gut Microbiome and the Vagus Nerve in Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Lewy Body Dementia and Other Neurological Diseases

The Need for Alternative Treatments of Dementia and Degenerative Neuronal Disease

The Connection Between Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia

Disease Family Trees: How Closely Related Are Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis?

The Role of Iodine Deficiency in Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia

The Role of Iodine Deficiency in the Development of Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Other Types of Dementia, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Lewy Body Dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease: The Role of B -Vitamins Including Vitamin B17 (Laetrile)

PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency) Machines to Treat Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Pau d’Arco (Lapachol/Tabebuia Impetiginosa) and Its Effects on Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and Lewy Body Dementia

Melatonin and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder



[1] Yoquinto, L. (2012). The Truth About Potassium Bromate. Retrieved December 26, 2018 from


[2] MightyNest (2012). BVO: Cloudy Chemical Used in Citrus Soft Drinks. Retrieved December 26, 2018 fro 


[3] Wikipedia (2018). Bromine. Retrieved December 26, 2018 from