I've been waiting for you to delve into this:)
The problems we've got stem from the fact that our lovely Iodine is displaced by the unnatural amounts of the other halogens in our bodies, and the fact that one of these other halogens is fluoride, which I don't believe serves any good purpose(not to the body OWNER anyway, perhaps to those who WISH to "own" the aforementioned body...)
Bromine: I have not found a cell receptor for Bromine (Br) to date, and at this time, bromine has not
been classified as being essential to human health. However bromine - either as potassium bromide
or sodium bromide - has anti-seizure properties, and it is an interesting and effective trace mineral in
regards to hyperthyroid conditions.
Many marine plants, particularly kelp, are a rich source of bromine and iodine, and depending on their
Bromine / Iodine ratio and whether someone is hypothyroid or hyperthyroid, this can have a beneficial
or unfavorable effect on thyroid functions when regularly consumed.
When reports of hypothyroidism cases surfaced as a result of certain cultures regularly consuming
seaweed (i.e. kelp), some researchers believed the high Iodine content in those marine plants to be
the reason. However, further research would have either revealed a higher bromine / iodine ratio in
the plants compared to those of other regions, or that these same people possibly also consumed
higher amounts of "goitrogenic" vegetables (such as lima beans, cassava, cabbage, sweet potatoes,
rutabaga), which can result in depressed iodine / thyroid functions. On average, most varieties of kelp
tend to increase thyroid functions.
In hyperthyroidism, where milder forms of nutritional therapy such as PABA or magnesium have not
been very effective, I have seen bromine work well in human and animal applications, and provided
the proper amount is used, no side effects are experienced. Bromine inhibits both, T4 thyroxine and
T3 triiodothyronine hormones, and in some cases only a short course of bromine is needed to return
(hyper) thyroid functions back down to normal. (see also Acu-Cell Nutrition "Tin & Iodine").
THE SALT ARCHIVE SUGGESTS THE REAL FACTS: involve
the BROMIDE / CHLORIDE ION RATIO
The results of an [MRBLOCH SALT Archive] investigation into the correlation of the Cl-/Br- ion ratio in the body shows the regulating mechanism in the kidney, counterbalancing the changes of salt diet, that retain bromides in preference to chlorides.
1. Plants have a high Bromide content in their halogenides.
2. Any salt free diet has a relatively high bromide content
3. Salt (NaCl) used as a condiment has little bromine
4. The bromide content of urine halogenides is always lower than that of bloodserum [twice as low]
5. The kidney reabsorbs bromide in preference to chlorides
6. Sweat and saliva, have a higher bromide content, than blood and urine. Sweating causes more bromide losses than chlorides, counteracting the reverse effect of the kidneys.
[from Bulletin of the Research council of Israel 1959 vol 8A no 4] Bloch , Kaplan, Schnerb 1959
It would seem that people who sweat profusely [as in hypertension] lose more bromides [perhaps we should forget about sodium squabbles for a moment], causing salt [chloride ions] to increase in influence. The delicate balance of Chloride ions to Bromide ions is regulated in the kidneys and compensates the losses in sweat and urine.
Conclusion - eat salt - but together with plenty of bromide containing foods.. Better still, eat Bromine rich Dead Sea Salt .