When it comes to our cells, iodine plays an essential role in helping to make thyroid hormone and also flush out halogens - bromine, chlorine, and fluoride.
While iodine is a vital nutrient needed by every cell in the body, the other halogens are considered toxic.†
As a person starts consuming more iodine (especially molecular iodine) and in larger quantities, the other halogens can be pushed off the cell receptors. The halogens then need to be flushed out which may involve several companion nutrients.
Ultimately detoxing of halogens is considered good, however, there may be some undesirable side effects. Through the work of doctors Jorge Flechas, Guy Abrams, and David Browenstein, the Iodine Protocol mapped out a process for iodine therapy and handling the detox.
Selenium 200+ mcg a day in the form of selenomethionine
Vitamins B2/B3. 100 mg riboflavin and 500 mg no-flush niacin, 1-2x per day. Many patients prefer the form of non-flushing B3.
Priming with Selenium
For those whose selenium levels are below range, the Iodine Protocol doctors recommend "priming" the thyroid with selenium before starting iodine as noted:
Patients with hypothyroidism prime for two weeks.
Patients with Hashimoto's prime for up to two months.
Salt Loading Method
Fo symptoms of halogen detox, salt loading is one method recommended by the Iodine Protocol to help alleviate discomfort.
Instructions: Dissolve 1/4-1/2 teaspoon unprocessed salt in 8 oz. of filtered water. Followed immediately by 12 oz filtered water. Repeat every 30-45 minutes as needed until copious urination begins.
“The body has to eliminate these toxic halides. One of the things that really helps us out is salt. Unrefined salt is a key part of the treatment program. I find when people used unrefined salt to help eliminate bromine, the detox problems with bromine and fluoride just melt away in the vast majority of people,” Dr. Brownstein says. (2)
Possible Detox Symptoms
Explained by Dr. Jeffrey Dach(3), below are some possible symptoms Bromine Detox:
Sluggishness / Lethargy
Bromoderma (acne) on face and hands
Disturbance of color perception
Sensitivity to light
Diarrhea / Constipation
Extensor Plantar Responses
1. Dach, Jeffrey. “Iodine and Bromine Detox With Unrefined Salt by Jeffrey Dach MD.” Jeffrey Dach MD, Publisher Jeffrey Dach MD Publisher Logo, 29 Jan. 2017, jeffreydachmd.com/2014/03/iodine-bromine-detox-unrefined-salt-jeffrey-dach-md/.
2. Detoxing Fluoride, Bromine And Chlorine Naturally