Iodine and Bromine Detox With Unrefined Salt by Jeffrey Dach MD

celtic sea saltIodine and Bromine Detox With Unrefined Salt

by Jeffrey Dach MD

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David Brownstein MD advocates the use of unrefined sea salt for Bromine detoxification prior to and coincident with an Iodine supplementation program with Iodoral.  He will typically start the unrefined sea salt, half tsp twice a day, Magnesium and Vitamin C,for at least a week, and then start the Iodoral at 25 mg per day. (personal communication)

This is important to avoid the annoying symptoms of Bromide excretion called “Bromism” which may be severe enough to cause the patient to stop taking Iodoral.

800px_SaltFarmers_PakThale_edit11Here is a typical protocol:

Unrefined Sea Salt (Celtic) – 1/2 tsp. in water twice a day
Selenium – 200 – 400 mcg per day
Magnesium – 400 – 1200 mg per day
Vitamin C – 3,000 – 10,000 mg per day
Vitamins B2/B3 (ATP CoFactors) – 100 mg riboflavin and 500 mg no flush niacin, inositol hexanicotinate form, 1-2x per day

See the Guide to Supplementing with Iodine Stephanie Burst ND, What you need to know to get started with Iodine Supplementation.

Here are the symptoms which can be avoided with the Bromine Detox Protocol with Celtic Sea Salt:

Symptoms of Bromide Detox From the Guide :
Cherry Angiomas
Sluggishness / Lethargy
Impaired Memory/Concentration
Bromoderma (acne) on face and hands
Disturbance of color perception
Impaired Memory/Concentration
Abnormal pigmentation
Slurred Speech
Emotional Instability
Hair loss
Vision changes
Runny Nose
Reflex changes
Schizophrenic-like actions
Metallic Taste
Sensitivity to light
Diarrhea / Constipation
Eyelid twitching
Dream changes
Increased salivation
Extensor Plantar Responses
Kidney pain
Dry mouth
Body Odor / Sweating
……This list is quoted from “Gulflink Military document – Chapter on Bromism”

Discussion of Symptoms of DermoBromism – Dermatology_Colour_Handbook_Rycroft_Manson_2010

See p.172 in Color Handbook of Dermatology by Rycroft and Manson.

These are the dermatologic manifestations of Dermo-Bromism:

“urticaria, acneiform papules and pustules, tense haemorrhagic bullae arising on plaques of erythema, and hypertrophic
vegetating masses”  Quoted from Rycroft.

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How do you detoxify from bromine? By reversing the competitive inhibition of the halogens — iodine supplementation will help the body excrete excess bromine. Salt, which provides a large amount of the chloride, can also help the body eliminate bromine.

I have found the combination of unrefined salt and iodine invaluable in helping my patients detoxify from bromine. You should take one-half to one teaspoon of unrefined salt each day. Iodine supplementation of 12 to 50 mg per day is adequate for most patients.

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So why do so many people state that they cannot take iodine due to a reaction?

The answers may lie with what are termed the “companion nutrients”. Each of these nutrients are critical to the success of the Iodine Protocol, and thus is essential to the proper working of your body.  Those companion nutrients are as follows:

Unrefined Salt (Celtic) – 1/2 tsp. or more per day
Selenium – 200 – 400 mcg per day
Magnesium – 400 – 1200 mg per day
Vitamin C – 3,000 – 10,000 mg per day
Vitamins B2/B3 (ATP CoFactors) – 100 mg riboflavin and 500 mg no flush niacin, inositol hexanicotinate form, 1-2x per day

3) The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine Stephanie Burst ND
The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine, What you need to know to get started By Stephanie Buist, ND HC  .   pdf file


Iodine – Instructions on Google Docs



Salt Loading: 1/4 teaspoon* unrefined salt dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water, then followed immediately with 12-16 oz pure water.Repeat in 30-45 minutes if needed.  May repeat again until copious urination begins. Observe subjective response (usually within several hours). *Iodine Investigation Project participants have found 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in water works faster than the 1/4 teaspoon dosage. Note: not for use in patients with CHF, heart disease, or the elderly.



8) Brownstein, David. “Clinical experience with inorganic, non-radioactive iodine/iodide.” The Original Internist 12.3 (2005): 105-108.

8) Miller, D. W. “Extrathyroidal benefits of iodine.” Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 11.4 (2006): 106.

9) Dijck-Brouwer, DA Janneke, et al. “Thyroidal and Extrathyroidal Requirements for Iodine and Selenium: A Combined Evolutionary and (Patho) Physiological Approach.” Nutrients 14.19 (2022): 3886.

Nevertheless, some adults fail to escape from the usually transient Wolff–Chaikoff effect and remain hypothyroidic (iodide myxedema) or progress to hyperthyroidism (Jod–Basedow effect) [207]. They obviously lack appropriate thyroid autoregulation [195], and likely have thyroid autoimmunity, often unrecognized or subclinical, or another underlying thyroid disease [6,103,202,207]. Basing optimal intakes on them closes a perfect vicious circle, because many of those may have contracted this condition because of anD iodine/selenium disbalance in the past.

10) Nichol, R. W. “Bromism: The Sodium Chloride Treatment.” British Medical Journal 1.3405 (1926): 636.

11) BECHET, PAUL E. “THE INTRAVENOUS ADMINISTRATION OF SODIUM CHLORIDE IN BROMODERMA.” Journal of the American Medical Association 87.5 (1926): 320-321.

12) Togawa, Go, et al. “Effects of Chloride in the Diet on Serum Bromide Concentrations in Dogs.” International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine 16.3 (2018): 197-202.

13) Cann, Stephen A., Johannes P. Van Netten, and Christiaan van Netten. “Hypothesis: iodine, selenium and the development of breast cancer.” Cancer causes & control 11.2 (2000): 121-127.

14) Manjer, Jonas, Malte Sandsveden, and Signe Borgquist. “Serum Iodine and Breast Cancer Risk: A Prospective Nested Case–Control Study Stratified for Selenium Levels.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 29.7 (2020): 1335-1340.

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Hawaiian Specialty Salt Company, Inc. David Brownstein on Bromine Detoxification Published on Sep 17, 2012

Excerpts of Dr. David Brownstein’s Lectures on Iodine, Mercury, Cancer and Detoxification.


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Salt Loading / Adrenal Support Protocol
Perform the salt loading protocol when you are experiencing issues with iodine supplementation. 1/2 tsp celtic (or other unrefined) salt in 1/2 cup of warm water Follow the above with a glass of 12 oz filtered water. ** Repeat every 30-45 minutes as needed until urination begins Why does this help? Salt – containing chloride – binds to the bromide in the blood stream and carries it out through the kidneys.


Adrenal Support  (heart palps, racing pulse)

You may experience times when you feel jittery when taking iodine.  Some have also described a “vibrating” sensation.  Others have reported heart palpitations or even increased pulse rates.  This is more than likely adrenal related. (Note:  If these continue seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner)  Performing the following supplementation can help with these symptoms.

2,000 mgs Vitamin C
200 – 400 mgs Magnesium
1/2 tsp Celtic Salt


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  5. Hi Dr. Dach. I agree with your info. I have a question: what do you think about Chlorella to reduce retoxification and reduce detox symptoms?

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  8. I am living in western ND and experiencing extreme bromism symptoms with or with out taking iodine.
    I got a water test and discovered The city water is over 52 ppm bromide. I stopped cooking with it and drinking it. Is there any safe way to shower in it or treat it to make it safe.

  9. I am experiencing cold hands and feet with any use of iodine no matter what the source. Even vegetables but I’m typically cold. Is this considered a symptom mentioned above? It’s not listed.

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