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Iodine, Fluoride, and Halides – Endocrine Disruption Explained

Do you worry about the effects of iodine, bromine, fluoride, or chlorine on your body? If so, this episode is for you!

Today, Betty explains the halides and their connection to thyroid function.

Nowadays, we hear a lot on these topics such as we need to detox from them, we need to take doses of iodine, fluoride in toothpaste is bad for you, and chlorine in the pool can cause thyroid dysfunction. But what’s really true and what’s a misconception?

Betty will answer all of these questions and more by showing you what the most accurate research says. By using her broad experience as a functional medicine practitioner, you’ll finally know everything you need to know about halides and the thyroid.

Get ready for a heaping dose of knowledge and clarity! After this episode, you’ll know that halides are not so scary after all.

Key Topics/Takeaways:

  • What’s really true about halides.
  • Why it’s important for women to have adequate levels of iodine.
  • Symptoms of iodine deficiency + who’s at risk.
  • Is fluoride in water, food, and toothpaste actually harmful?
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • What the research shows about halides and the thyroid.
  • How much exposure to chlorine is actually harmful?
  • The best way to test your iodine levels.

Memorable Quotes:

“I wouldn’t worry a ton of chlorine other than the effect of it on your skin and lungs.” (8:02, Betty)

“Bromine is number one an essential nutrient, and also number two, not truly something that is going to alter iodine’s function at the thyroid.” (11:39, Betty)

“Fluoride out of all the halides is the only one that we know disrupts thyroid function at super physiological doses, above five milligrams a day” (12:38, Betty)

Connect with Betty Murray:

Certified Nutritionist & Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner
CEO & Founder, Living Well Dallas Functional Medicine Center

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