by Phillip Day

Are you inter­ested in a sim­ple detox­i­fy­ing tech­nique that could have the most pro­found and ben­e­fi­cial effect on your health? Wel­come to oil pulling, the ele­men­tary process of pop­ping two tea­spoons of veg­etable oil into the mouth and work­ing the fatty liq­uid about the oral cav­ity like a mouth­wash for twenty min­utes, then spit­ting it out.

That’s it?

Oil pulling (OP), an old Ayurvedic ther­apy, has been around for thou­sands of years, yet has only become known and prac­tised in west­ern cul­tures quite recently. Few proper stud­ies have been done on its pro­found effects since there’s no finan­cial gain at the end, but infor­mal stud­ies have been car­ried out illus­trat­ing how well the tech­nique works to relieve immune sys­tem stress. The full story is cov­ered in Bruce Fife’s defin­i­tive book on the sub­ject, Oil Pulling Ther­apy. You should be aware of this pro­ce­dure and what it is capa­ble of achieving.

Sci­ence now recog­nises that the state of a person’s oral microflora influ­ences sys­temic health, and this in turn offers some sur­pris­ing ‘new’ tools in deal­ing with major ill­ness. Tooth­paste adverts now sound off about the link between poor oral health and sys­temic ill­ness such as heart dis­ease. While some think this infor­ma­tion new, Dr Weston Price, a renowned den­tist in the early 1900’s, researched this sur­pris­ing con­nec­tion with can­cer over eighty years ago.

Patients prac­tis­ing oil pulling two to three times a day have reported a wide range of aston­ish­ing remis­sions over the years, rang­ing from asthma, autism, arthri­tis, peri­odon­ti­tis and chronic fatigue to sinus and hor­mone issues, skin dis­or­ders, dia­betes, heart prob­lems and can­cer. OP does not work in iso­la­tion for sys­temic ill­ness though den­tal health does improve dra­mat­i­cally, gums tighten, bad breath is ban­ished and teeth are whitened. Com­bine OP with other meta­bolic approaches Cre­dence pro­motes, how­ever, and pre­pare to be very surprised.

The tech­nique itself can be car­ried out with any veg­etable oil, such as olive, sesame and sun­flower, but the most pop­u­lar and, in my view, effec­tive tool is vir­gin coconut oil for its mild taste, mid­dling tex­ture and well-known antifungal/antibacterial prop­er­ties. A tea­spoon or two of the oil or solid coconut cake is popped into the mouth and worked until it has liq­ue­fied (over 24 C). It is then pulled through the teeth and swished around the oral cav­ity in the man­ner of a mouth­wash, ensur­ing all areas are cov­ered. While oil and water repel one another, one oil will blend with another. In like man­ner, the coconut oil blends and dis­solves the fatty cell walls of bac­te­ria, fungi, tox­ins, cata­bolic debris, pus and other detri­tus. When the mix is ejected 20 min­utes later, these ene­mies of the immune sys­tem are sent pack­ing. The spring-back effect on the immune sys­tem is some­times very notice­able. Dr Bruce Fife comments:

Tox­ins are pulled from the body the very first time you try it. One of the first cleans­ing symp­toms you will expe­ri­ence is an increased flow of mucous from your throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s meth­ods of remov­ing tox­ins. While you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before reach­ing a full 20 min­utes. That’s okay, take another spoon­ful of oil and con­tinue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15–20 minutes.

You may also expe­ri­ence a lit­tle nau­sea and per­haps even need to vomit as your body expels toxic waste. Other symp­toms may also arise tem­porar­ily. These symp­toms will sub­side as your body becomes cleaner and you become more com­fort­able with oil pulling. Unlike other meth­ods of detox­i­fi­ca­tion that last for only a short time, oil pulling should become a reg­u­lar part of your daily sched­ule, like brush­ing your teeth.” 1

Lead­ing Inter­net physi­cian Dr Joseph Mer­cola is also a big fan:

When done cor­rectly, oil pulling has a sig­nif­i­cant cleans­ing, detox­i­fy­ing and heal­ing affect, not only for your mouth and sinuses but also for the rest of your body. Can­dida and Strep­to­coc­cus are com­mon res­i­dents in your mouth, and it’s these germs and their toxic waste prod­ucts that cause plaque accu­mu­la­tion and tooth decay, in addi­tion to sec­ondary infec­tions and chronic inflam­ma­tion through­out your body. Oil pulling can help lessen the over­all toxic bur­den on your immune sys­tem by pre­vent­ing the spread of these organ­isms from your mouth to the rest of your body, by way of your blood­stream. The poten­tial ben­e­fits of oil pulling extend well beyond your mouth. Oil pullers have reported rapid relief from sys­temic health prob­lems, such as arthri­tis, dia­betes and heart dis­ease.” 2

The best time to com­mence OP is on an empty stom­ach first thing in the morn­ing when the con­cen­tra­tions of bac­te­ria and tox­ins are high­est in the mouth (dur­ing your elim­i­na­tion cycle). Other times of the day to get swish­ing might be half an hour before lunch and half an hour prior to bed. You won’t die if you swal­low the mix but don’t, it’s a toxic bag after it’s done its work. Don’t spit it down the toi­let or sink either since coconut oil has the dis­con­cert­ing propen­sity to re-solidify under 24 C and then you’ll have to call out the plumber. Spit into the rub­bish bin or other recep­ta­cle or bury it in the gar­den like I do.

In a minor­ity of cases, oil pulling may gen­er­ate a cleans­ing or Herxheimer’s reac­tion such as skin-breakouts, rashes, or other appar­ent dete­ri­o­rat­ing of symp­toms. Oil pulling is not dan­ger­ous so you should not be con­cerned about con­tin­u­ing and work­ing through any tem­po­rary over­load. It’s all a mess but it’s leav­ing. For more infor­ma­tion, obtain Bruce Fife’s excel­lent Oil Pulling Ther­apy book.

Other Resources:

Oil Pulling Ther­apy by Dr Bruce Fife

Coconut Cures by Dr Bruce Fife

Dr Mer­cola on oil pulling

1 http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article%20oil%20pulling.htm

2 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/08/coconut-oil-combats-tooth-decay.aspx

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