If you remember your science class and the periodic table there is something interesting we learned about called the Halide 17 family.  This family of elements is critical to dis-ease or health, including immunity and recovery.  Here’s why…..

 Group 17 elements are called halogens because halogen is a Greek word which means ‘salt producing’. Halogens include fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine. They all are non-metals. They react with metals to form compounds called salts.

In our modern world of big agriculture production and boxed food – these chemicals are more accessible to us in larger quantities.  It’s a slow leeching of these chemicals into the body and in ways that are invisible to us until there are symptoms, we don’t know what they are doing in our bodies.  This poisoning can happen over years for most people so it’s difficult for most to make the connection – though some adept and astute researchers have made the connections and it’s astounding how we are missing the boat on a big opportunity to feel well, have clear thought processes, rational thought and higher intelligence.  

FLOURIDE is a binder nutrient and is used in water supplies, toothpaste, and some medications such as breathing medications and some antibiotics which contain a black box warning.  (Medications that start with FLO contain flouride) which also has a negative impact on the pineal gland which has responsibilities for producing hormones related to happy mood, with sleep and brain detoxification.  

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CHLORINE affects not only the thyroid but downstream affects the heart.  

Dr. Joseph Price, a medical doctor, wrote a fascinating book in the late 1960’s entitled, Coronaries/Cholesterol/Chlorine. He states, “The basic cause of athereosclerosis,  heart attacks and most forms of strokes is chlorine. The chlorine contained in processed water.”

To support this position, Dr. Price did a series of animal experiments on chickens. Within a few months, 95% of the chickens drinking chlorinated water developed athereosclerosis. To retest these results, Dr. Price divided the original control group into two groups, conducted the exact same experiment and obtained the exact same results.

Both chickens and pigeons are excellent laboratory models in the study of athereosclerosis in humans. More recently, Richard Bull of the Environmental Protection Agency studied the effects of chlorinated water on pigeons. His findings support Dr. Price’s research and go a step further. Bull found pigeons given chlorinated water with diets low in calcium had serum cholesterol levels 50% greater than the unchlorinated group.

In addition, chlorine causes excess free radicals. Free radicals lead to cell damage. Once the cells are damaged, we see an elevation in serum cholesterol levels, athereosclerosis, hardening of the arteries and plaque formation. Chlorine can cause all these problems related to heart disease and can also be a cause of cancer. The plaque in athereosclerosis is essentially a benign tumor in the blood vessels.

In lung and breathing conditions, studies have shown that a reduction in Redox potential (the ability of the body to clear free radicals) contributes to a worsening of conditions and fluid build up.  

BROMINE – where do we find it.  Bromine is used in lots of modern food processing.  It’s in pesticides and herbicides that are sprayed on conventionally grown crops, 

BROMINE -based ingredients are used in many over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as a treatment for many differing health problems. Bromide ions have the ability to decrease the sensitivity of the central nervous system which makes them effective for use as sedatives, anti-epileptics, and tranquillizers.

There are some countries have already placed a ban on bromines (not in the US), varieties of this chemical can still make their way to your food by means of ingredients or pesticides:

  1. Potassium bromate – This type of bromine is often found in flour. Hamburgers and hot dogs served in restaurants may contain some level of bromine. The addition of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods is one reason why bromide exposure is high in the US and western cultures. According to commercial baking companies, adding bromated flour makes the dough elastic, enabling it to stand up to bread hoods better.
  2. Brominated vegetable oil – This emulsifier is used in certain soda products, such as Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Sun Drop, Squirt, Fresca, and other citrus-flavored soft drinks. Sodas contain not only bromine, but also high amounts of high fructose corn syrup and caffeine, sodium benzoate, and artificial colorings.
  3. Methyl bromide – This type of bromine is often found in pesticides. Bromine-pesticide is used mainly on strawberries that are predominantly cultivated in California. Aside from methyl bromide, ethylene dibromide is commonly used in intensive horticulture and for postharvest treatment. According to experts, the use of pesticides containing bromine is the main route of human bromine exposure.

When ingested, bromine can accumulate in your central nervous system and trigger a number of psychological and psychotic symptoms, like acute paranoia. Bromine can also affect your:

  • skin
  • appetite
  • digestion
  • cardiovascular health

Symptoms of bromine toxicity here –


Iodine is the last major body molecule for the body, and is not well understood by allopathic medical training or literature.  What we now know is that There is competition on cell site receptors for iodine with the ingestion or exposure to flouride, chlorine and bromine.  

In your thyroid it interferes with iodine linkage to the receptor site and can lower the proper activation of the thyroid when needed.  This leads to many low thyroid symptoms and problems.  

What about iodine?  

IODINE is called the light molecule by Dr. Bernard Jensen who pioneered nutritional therapies in the early 1900s and at one time ran several natural health clinics focusing on among other things nutrients.   

(Note:  current study of cell metabolism has shown that when a cell does it work a little bit of light is emitted from the cell.  This connects the concept that iodine (the light molecule) is necessary in every cell. 

Iodine is metabolized in the human body through a series of stages involving the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid gland and blood.  It was once believed that not much is needed for the body – however modern understanding is that the thyroid alone can store up to 50MG, and the entire body up to 1500MG!  Current RDA is 150Mcg.  

Iodine is found throughout the body.  In fact it’s now known that T2 is produced from the ovaries and is a stimulant for the pituitary gland and thyroid. Other tissues that absorb and use large amounts of iodine are:

Breast   Salivary glands     Pancreas    Cerebrospinal fluid    Skin    Stomach Brain    Thymus

Iodine deficiency or insufficiency, in any of these tissues will lead to dysfunction of that tissue. Hence the following symptoms could provide clues that you’re not getting enough iodine in your diet. For example, iodine deficiency in:

Salivary glands = inability to produce saliva, producing dry mouth
Skin = dry skin, coarse skin, and lack of sweating (3-4 weeks of iodine supplementation can typically reverse this, allowing your body to sweat normally again).

Hair – dry, course almost straw like hair that breaks easily
Brain = reduced alertness, lowered IQ, frustration, depression, and poor perception levels. 
goiter, abnormal weight gain, decreased fertility, constipation, and fatigue

Muscles – sore muscles that struggle to recover from exertion. 

Two of the very important things that iodine does in the body is – 

  1. Boosts Your Immune System

It is a scavenger of free hydroxyl radicals, and like vitamin C, it also stimulates and increases the activity of antioxidants throughout the body to provide a strong defensive measure against various diseases, including heart disease and cancer. 

2.  Remove toxins – not only does it remove flouride, chlorine and bromine, but can help your tissues to remove other toxins stored in the muscles and other tissues that store iodine.  I call it the “great cleaner.”  Because of it’s benefits with cleansing the body.  

3.  Iodine is the activating nutrient for the thyroid.  TSH is triggered from the pituitary gland and then T4 is produced from the thyroid and contains 4 iodine molecules.  It’s then converted in the body through a series of processes and T3 is the result is T3 a hormone with 3 iodine molecules.  The T3 is what connects to the thyroid via the correct receptor sites and in doing so it “turns on” your thyroid.  Low thyroid in some cases is an issue with a shortage of T3, often because of a lack of iodine, and/or a shortage of co-factor nutrients, or a malfunction in the conversion process between T4 and T3.  Most thyroid medications are T4 only and miss this important conversion step.  If you thyroid medications don’t help you feel better, this could be why.  

This is a scientific review of the metabolism of iodine –

Why are we deficient?  

Iodine was most often in the soils and in fish eaten as part of a wild foraging diet, and for those living in coastal regions, the ingestion of sea salts and sea weed.  

The introduction fo nuclear waste into the oceans has reduced the amount of iodine because iodine helps keep the oceans clean of radioactive isotopes.  

We eat less fish, and the fish have less iodine.  

We don’t eat sea weed and use processed sodium instead of proper sea salt.  

NOTE:  iodized salt is in effective because a) qty of fortification is low, b) bromine is used to process the salt which competes with the iodine in package, c) iodine is unstable in that form and evaporates or dissipates as soon as the package is opened.  You might be lucky to get 10% of what’s on the label, however with the advent of low salt diets, most people aren’t even getting that.  

Where can you get it from?  

There are two forms of supplementation that are generally recognized – Nascent and Lugosi.  Two experts in this area Dr. David Brownstein, MD, and Dr. J. D. Flechas, MD along with a few other pioneers have done extensive study on iodine and utilized it extensively to help their patients recover from various ailments.

Iodine has been a key element of my recovery and I have seen the results in my own clients.  

So why is it bad for your immune system – a key element of homeostasis in the body is a healthy thyroid.  It fires things up when healing needs to happen, and can be one way to send energy and resources in to fix what’s going on.  People with low thyroids often are slower to recover from illness and injury and will stay sick longer.  

What are your next steps – work to stay away from flouride by purchasing flouride free toothpaste and avoiding it at the dentist, and filter your drinking water if your municipality uses it.  Avoid processed industrial foods (specifically GMO foods) when choosing your food, and clean with things like lemon juice, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.  Other options are essential oil based cleaners that are very effective at cleaning.  

Supplement iodine. If you want more information on Iodine and Iodine supplement – contact me at

If you would like to know if there has been any research done on iodine here is a listing of some –

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