Getting a new car, a new mattress, a new carpet or eating a sandwich on a fluffy slice of soft bread is not just part of life it’s comforting. However, for some these things are dangerous and cause extreme illness. 

Bromine was introduced to baked good products in 1970s as a dough conditioner. It is known to bind to breast tissue, the thyroid and the prostate. Some experts say bromine could be the root cause for the rise in prostate cancer, sluggish thyroid function and breast cancer as it binds to the cells kicking out the iodine which is needed for proper function.

“Bromine is a known binder of iodine, it binds to where iodine needs to bind to and it can push iodine out of the body,” Dr. David Brownstein told The American Nutrition Association (1:14.25).

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Brownstein is considered the forerunner of iodine and thyroid regulation.

Brownstein said the increase in bromine usage, “Worsened an iodine-deficiency problem already present in the United States and it competitively inhibited iodine in the body by adding a goitrogen (bromine).”

Bromine is not just in bread, it’s in many products we buy today. One of the biggest offenders of adding bromine to our bodies is inhalation of the “new car smell.”

ID-100162318WebMd says, “That ‘new car smell’ may come from toxic chemicals, according to new research.”

The new car smell is comprised scientifically of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

There are over 60 VOCs detected in a new car. Compound Interest is an organization run by a chemistry teacher that analyzes chemical compounds and reports his findings for educational use. They say 20% of the VOCs dissipate each week from a new car however, some factors amplify the off-gassing.

Compound Interest says, “Concentrations will be decreased by ventilation of the car but can be increased by increased temperatures within the car.”

The Ecology Center, a nonprofit, analyzed the chemical content of more than 200 new cars testing for toxicity. They found the safest ratings in the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius while the worst ratings were found in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Chrysler 200 SC. The test was done in 2011-12, the results would be different today if tested due to the highest levels of toxicity coming from flame retardants. 

Different parts of the car off-gas different quantities of this dangerous substance that does not belong in the body. The nob on the stick shift contains 333 parts per milion (ppm) of bromine. The steering wheel contains 3 ppm bromine. Each seat contains 2.5% bromine, as well as 94 ppm lead and 6,798 ppm of antimony a toxic heavy metal connected to those with autism. The door trim which often houses storage compartments on the inside of the doors contains 11 ppm.  (source 1:15.50)

ID-10025698For people who have a compromised immune system this off-gassing can send them into a downward spiral. It usually takes 6 months for the off-gassing to dissipate. 

Compound Interest further says the toxicity, “Can be above recommended indoor guidelines for VOCs for the first 6 months after the car’s manufacture. This could lead to headaches, sensory irritations, and minor allergic responses. 

Opening the windows of the car aids greatly in allowing the toxic gasses to escape and dissipate. The two top offenders in the new car smell are bromine and chlorine, halides.

Brownstein says, “If we are exposed to excess amounts of one halide, it will cause our body to release other halides.”

Other problematic materials containing these toxic chemicals are carpets, items treated with fire retardants such as mattresses and furniture, computers, televisions and appliances. 

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.



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