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The Psychosis-Inducing Beverage Ingredient You've Probably Never Heard Of

The Psychosis-Inducing Beverage Ingredient You've Probably Never Heard Of

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  • About 10 percent of sodas sold in the US contain an additive called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which has been banned in food throughout Europe and Japan. BVO is corn- or soybean oil bonded with the toxic element bromine.
  • BVO has been shown to bioaccumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and animal studies have found it causes reproductive and behavioral problems in large doses.
  • Bromines are common endocrine disruptors, and are part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. When ingested, bromine competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. This can lead to iodine deficiency, which can have a very detrimental impact on your health.
  • Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and can trigger a number of psychological symptoms such as acute paranoia and other psychotic symptoms. Bromine toxicity can also manifest as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, and cardiac arrhythmias.

By Dr. Mercola

If you live in the U.S. and drink Mountain Dew and some other citrus-flavored sodas, then you are also getting a dose of a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO).  


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