Salt Loading Dramatically Accelerates the Eliminatiom of Bromides by PTree 8 year
Treatment of Bromism
The most important element of treatment is cessation of bromide exposure. Additional treatment of bromide toxicity has traditionally involved saline loading (administration of large quantities of sodium chloride in water, typically by vein), which enhances kidney excretion of bromide. The chloride ion from sodium chloride competes with and replaces the bromide ion throughout the body. WHILE THE USUAL HALF-LIFE OF BROMIDE (the time for half of the body's complement of bromide to be eliminated) IS 12-14 DAYS (Horowitz, 1997), A HALF-LIFE OF 65 HOURS HAS BEEN CALCULATED WITH SALINE LOADING. Cases failing to respond to saline loading have been successfully treated with mannitol or "loop" diuretics (a type of diuretic, or water-excretion enhancing agent, that acts on a specific part of the kidney), and one report calculated a half-life of 1.65 hours with "diuresis," using the agents mannitol and ethacrynic acid (Horowitz, 1997). Hemodialysis has been used to treat bromism. Calculated bromide half-lives with hemodialysis in different case reports have been 1.78 hours (in a case report from 1951) (Merrill and Weller, 1952), 0.9 hours, and 1.38 hours in a more recent case report (Horowitz, 1997). Hemodialysis led to prompt resolution of focal neurological signs in a patient who failed to respond to saline (sodium chloride solution) (Horowitz, 1997). Patients with a depressed mental status due to bromism, or with bromide levels in excess of 200 mg/dL (25 mmol/L) may not achieve nontoxic levels (without treatment) for almost a month and would require five days of saline loading to achieve levels below 50 mg/dL (6.3 mmol/L), the threshold of what is normally construed as the toxic level (Horowitz, 1997). Therefore, in these cases it may be appropriate to use hemodialysis to remove the bromide ion from the blood rather than relying on the kidney (Horowitz, 1997).
Since starting Lugol's, I've noticed the salt pull completely takes care of barometric pressure pain. I usually just do the one salt pull, when I take my 8 drops of Lugol's in the morning, which does help with a lot of the misc. aches and pains. However, one night when tried going to sleep, I was getting a lot of the deep, down to the bone, muscle pain I get when there's a big weather change on the way. I thought, what the hey, and did a salt push. The pain went away right away. I've noticed if I keep up on the salt pushes, most of the time I'm not getting the barometric pressure pain at all.
Yesterday, I skipped the salt push. Big mistake. I was in major pain last night and couldn't sleep. Today, you can look outside to tell it is going to storm, so it's very obvious the pain last night was related to the weather. I went ahead last night and did a salt push, and the pain was 80% gone within 5 minutes, totally gone within 10 minutes, and I was then able to sleep. I do think I have to experiment to see how many salt pushes I need a day (and what I can stomach ... swallowing the Sea Salt water to me is very much like swallowing an Epsom Salt and water drink, yuck).
My theory (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), is this: Many scientists/doctors don't believe in barometric pressure pain because they can't prove it exists. It isn't measurable. They theorize it may be swelling at the cellular level, but because it's so microscopic they can't measure it. For some of us, I think it's like squeezing a bath toy. The toy gets squeezed, but there's no where for the water inside to go, and the toy goes through a lot of stress. If there are holes in the toy, when squeezed the water can go in and out of the toy as it needs ... no real stress to the toy. I think the salt push opens up the cell so it can allow fluids in and out more efficiently, allowing it to equalize as needed with the barometric pressure changes.
"I have swelled in the eyes, face, throat, hands, ankles, feet, um - I think everywhere! I have learned (at least for ME) that doing the salt-loading protocol works the best when I do it three times in a row, with 30 minutes between each of the three "pushes", using a 1/2 tsp of this brand of seasalt of which I find at my own local health food store.
I drink 16 ounces of fresh water after each push, instead of 12. And yes, I then eliminate quite well-thank-you-very-much, (out of "both exits") and the swelling reduces wonderfully!
I cannot say this will work as well for your sister, but it has worked quite well for me. If she's worried about the salt, she can (of course) try the 1/4 tsp first, with each "push", and 12 ounces of water instead of 16.
Basically you take 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Sea Salt in 1/2 cup warm water followed immediately by another 12-16 oz of water. The chloride will push the bromide out via the kidneys in the urine. Result: No headache or brain fog :)
It increases bromide elimination up to 10-fold!
Make sure to use a good quality salt such as "Himalayan Crystal Salt" or "Redmonts Real Salt"
I do my first salt load early in the morning, first thing, even before my first iodine intake. It prevents headaches and/or brainfog alltogether.