What to do about neurotoxic bromine flame retardants
Bromine flame retardants (PBDEs) are in virtually every commercial product containing plastic or fabric – drapes, pajamas, bedding, cell phones, sofas, chairs, pillows, computers, etc. Bromine is also used as a dough conditioner in bread, and is an ingredient (brominated vegetable oil) in some soft drinks.
One of the biggest impacts of bromine on the human body is the interference with iodine uptake, which in turn can cause endocrine disruption. Iodine is an essential mineral needed by the thyroid and other glands. In women, the breasts and ovaries are also large users. Tests of several thousand women show virtually all are iodine deficient, leading to thyroid disorders, fibrocystic breasts, PCOS, and other hormonal disruptions. Bromides are neurotoxic, leading to a wide variety of nervous system disorders.
A small group of MDs have conducted research showing inorganic iodine/iod ide supplementation can displace bromine from cells of the body, and force its excretion, ultimately detoxifying the body and reversing ill effects. They have also developed urine tests for iodine sufficiency and bromine excretion.