Bromine – A Health Enemy We Can’t See, Feel or Touch


So here we are, all innocent and dewy-eyed, looking at a luscious plate of food and smiling at the thought of how healthy it will make us. We can practically feel our pores shrink, our muscles strengthen, our hair get thick-so many good things just a fork away.

Well, I hate to rain on your parade and all that, but odds are high that plate of food may include health enemies you need to avoid.

Let’s discuss just one of the possible bad guys lurking on that plate: Bromine

You’ll find bromine in some soft drinks, energy drinks, bread, and other baked goods. It’s also used to treat the water in pools and hot tubs. It comes in fire retardant fabrics-pajamas, carpeting, upholstery, car interiors, etc. Even in computer plastic, although they say, without providing any specifics, there’s less now than there used to be.

Bromine causes cancer

Why is it dangerous? Well, it causes cancer, but we can go years without a clue about the path we’re on. No symptoms to bother us. Just going along, singing a song.

Alarm bells don’t start ringing until we’re well along a very bad path. Yes, you can fight back even then, but why make it so hard on yourself? As they used to say in the old Westerns, “Cut ’em off at the pass.”

But there is one big-time, pretty-fast-acting effect of bromine-and the mountain of symptoms thereof.

Bromine whacks your thyroid. You can search the world over and not find a health problem with more symptoms than those that show up when the thyroid falters.

Bromine replaces the chemically-similar iodine in your thyroid hormone, putting your thyroid out of business. Iodine has mojo; bromine doesn’t.

According to doctors, though, everything is just fine. How can that be? Thyroid blood tests can’t distinguish between useless bromine and action-packed iodine, so you hear the famous words, “You’re fine!”

But you’re not fine. Not even close. And the death-warmed-over feeling doesn’t even tell the whole story.

Bromine and the endocrine system

When one part of the endocrine system, such as the thyroid, goes down, all the others join in the fight. Given the odds they face, it’s like leaping on a funeral pyre, but they’re fighting for your life, so they make the sacrifice.

Your adrenals go downhill, and stress skyrockets. How much fun is that? None. Same with all the other glands of the endocrine system-including your immune system. For example, allergies and autoimmune disease both point to an immune system in trouble.

And more merriment awaits down the road. Without thyroid hormone that actually works, heart attack risk doubles. Cancer risk skyrockets, especially breast and prostate cancer. In fact, you’re sending invitations to just about every disease known to man.

All because of toxins like bromine. Many, many sickly thyroids would work if we let them.

Avoid bromine. Don’t eat bread that has bromine in it. Don’t use bromated flour, and don’t eat anything made with bromated flour. Now, this is tough. You have to avoid pizza dough, ice cream cones, pretzels, cookies, cake, pies, cereal-anything you buy that’s made with wheat. Organic bread, etc. should be okay, but read the label.

You want unbleached, unbromated flour. And if you’re really lucky, it’ll be stone-ground.

Also, add iodine to your supplement program. Maybe just until you overcome the bromine battle, but maybe forever; it depends on what your thyroid has to say about it.

Your health is up to you, of course, but if you don’t take care of business, you’re going down. As my mother used to say when we seemed determined to ignore her fine advice and go our own way, “Don’t come crying to me!”

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God is good,

Bette Dowdell   
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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