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      Date: 12/1/2006 12:24:34 AM   ( 8y ago )
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      sometimes it's fun to break down the pH picture into its smaller pieces, with their bits of interesting colour and so on...

      I was looking for something specific on Sesame Oil--which is a great healer (sesame seed has been known to be a cancer 'cure' -- one of a number of them, for some time, but this knowledge is not available to the public--it won't make the big players any money, etc...) but so far, I haven't found anything good yet. still looking--Sesame is still considered one of the two best oil pulling oils. Some would argue that it's what was native, but I think there's more to it.

      .Oh--and I can attest to the benefits of OP. First, the whitening, strengthening teeth.
      Wish I'd known about it decades ago...


      the following is looong. But looks like a good all-around summary--might be worth saving to file.

      Oil Pulling Wonders      

      Most Promising Home Remedy!

      7/12/2006: You may be thinking the same thing we did -- what the heck is Oil Pulling? Well, thank goodness for the kindness of our readers! We're so busy updating this site every day, we don't often have time to check out other websites to see what exciting new home remedies are being passed around. So when Kitty from Clatskanie, Oregon wrote us informing us about this ancient Ayurvedic cure called Oil Pulling or Oil Swishing, we were thrilled!

      It looks like Oil Swishing may become one of the top home remedies of all time. Please let us know if you've tried this amazing remedy -- it appears to be gathering momentum here in the USA.

      11/20/2006: The READER Q&A section is now located at the bottom of this page. Click here.

      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:
      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health. According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.

      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).

      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed. For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.

      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.

      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Click here to read the rest of this excellent article in its entirety.

      11/8/2006: Laura from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia writes, "I wanted to comment that the usage of the word "gargle" on your Oil Pulling page is a tad alarming given the warning NOT to gargle in the throat near the end of the instructions. It seems Dr. Karsch used it as well. I have never heard or used the word "gargle" unless it meant using the throat, so it is a tad misleading for the unsuspecting or the casual reader. Perhaps the alert could be placed at the beginning of the article to clarify the usage of the word and for safety's sake. Thank you for your time."

      Earth Clinic note: Laura is referring to the article posted above by Bharat Savur.

      OIL PULLING INSTRUCTIONS:
      First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.

      You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.

      Follow with 2 - 3 glasses of water.

      DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL!
      It now contains parasites and bacteria!

      DO NOT GARGLE IN THE THROAT!

      DO IT SLOWLY!

      HOW IT WORKS:
      The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

      Note #1:
      Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.

      Note #2:
      Only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results.

      Note #3:
      If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.

      Note #4:
      A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.

      Note #5:
      Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects. Your body is healing.

      Excellent Links for More Information:
      http://www.oilpulling.com/opuniversalremedy.pdf
      http://www.oilpulling.com/PULLING%20OIL_karacharticle.pdf

      READER FEEDBACK -- THANK YOU!

      11/29/2006: Mariana from Richmond, California writes, "oil pulling with sesame oil has so far cured my diarrhea and insomia.  My teeth are whiter. I am amazed that i have not gotten a cold or the flu this year. i was wondering if this also cures epilepsy?"

      11/14/2006: Valerie from Germantown, MD writes, "I have an infection in my tooth that is so bad that came back in 3 days after a 10 day dose of penacillion. Peroxide stopped working after a while. sunflower oil is the only thing that keeps it under control. If I skip a few days it will come back but when I start back up it goes away but I have no bad side effects. It has only been 3 months and my teeth are very white. I am hoping that by the time I reach my 6 month mark that my heels will be better also."

      POTENTIAL CURE FOR ASTHMA ATTACKS: OIL PULLING
      11/6/2006: Shakti from Chicago, IL writes, "Please post this where asthma sufferers can view it, this is important because I had a hard time finding a cure for asthma on your site but thank God I did. I began a regimen of oil pulling shortly after a lingering cold went to my lungs, I just couldn't get rid of the mucus. I prayed for relief. It got even worse after a chemical pesticide was sprayed in my home for pest control. The next day after the extermination I had the worst attack of my life, I couldn't stand it anymore, so after 10 years of not having to put any poison into my lungs I had to once again use an inhaler to control the attacks. After the second night of waking up feeling side effects of nervousness anxiety and panic I decided enough was enough. I went to the computer in the middle of the night and began hours of research to find a natural cure. That's how I found this miracle of a web site. The next day I went out a purchased some sesame oil and took one table spoon 3x a day at the onset of my asthma attack and Immediately after the very first dose the mucus expelled out of my longs, and within 10 minutes what had plagued me for over 10 years was no more. Since then If I have any tightening in my chest or shortness of breath I IMMEDIATELY do the oil pulling and the problem subsides in 10 minutes or less. ~~~Oh I'd be remiss if I did not mention the side effect, I took oil pulling for Bronchial Asthma but as a result I got a dazzling white smile, sinus relief, not to mention it remarkably helped to subside my symptoms PMS all unexpected but welcomed side effects. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! P.S. thanks my husband thanks you too, lol."

      11/3/2006: Mary from Brooklyn, NY writes, "I could not do the swishing for more than a minute or so the first time and tried it again a few minutes later. I just could not do it. The next day I tried again, with only one teaspoon, and again could only do it for a minute or so. I skipped a day and then tried again but to no avail. I am not a squeamish person and can do just about anything, but I was so afraid of swallowing this stuff. I did get very sick all that day and night with pains in my stomach, with a lot of gauging and then vomiting two globs of mucous. I had printed out the oil pulling and gave it to a friend. She said that she would not be able to do this because she has to take antibotics before having any dental work and that bacteria attacks the lining of the heart. This made me a little nervous about doing this and I would like your feedback. I did not read anything negative on the feedback and an wondering why? If I could not do it, there must be others? Thank you."

      Ted replies: "Dear Mary: Of course there is and always will be a negative feedback from pretty much any remedy! People in general do not post feedback as much as they should. I basically have two kinds of feedback, those with real problems and those who post false information. Don't worry, I can tell which is which!

      I did get very sick all that day and night with pains in my stomach, with a lot of gauging and then vomiting two globs of mucous.

      This is a common herx effect. Whenever the pathogen dies off, it releases a toxin. Normally the herx effect lasts about 3 days. If you want to minimize the herx effect there are several steps you should take. First, after the swishing, prepare a warm water and add a couple of drops of peppermint oil. The peppermint oil, the worse it taste (too hot or too cold) the more you need it. Use this as a mouthwash and do it a couple of times. Most of the toxins should be neutralized.

      Second, just drink strong cup of tea unsugared with a couple of drops peppermint oil in it. Always start with one drop.

      A green tea might be better as it might have more tannins. Tannins are basically an interesting chemical that I love to play with.

      Basically, it has a tendency to react with any foreign toxins and proteins neutralizing them and it becomes benign.

      Peppermint contains menthol, and chemically it is unusual in its own right in reacting with certain bacterial and viral toxins along the way neutralizing them too.

      This should stop the herx reaction pretty quick. But the speed will vary since everyone's body chemistry are different.

      Personally I would much prefer to use pure tannic acid and menthol crystals, but they are much harder to measure and use for most people. So I will keep this remedy simple.

      she would not be able to do this because she has to take antibotics before having any dental work and that bacteria attacks the lining of the heart.

      Antibiotics alone have a tendency to create toxins primarily causing yeast infection or candida afterwards.

      In that case oil pulling would not be the way to go, as the body is overburdened with heavy metal and bacteria which could cause a stronger herx reaction.

      As a result, eating chinese parsley (cilantro) for about a week would be the preferred way to reduce the heavy metal burden. Take it one week, do nothing the second week, and continue on the third week.

      To reduce the possible yeast built up besides the chinese parsley, taking some tea with one drop of rosemary oil or peppermint oil in a strong cup of unsugared green tea would do. Most tannins are good in that it does not increase the iron burden to the body, especially if they are not black in color, but will reduce the iron burden.

      This is good since the major source of food for most fungus, bacteria and candida is the iron that they create by creating an enzyme hemolysis which kills the red blood cell creating an anemia, but yet overburden the body with iron. Just reduce taking sugar should help a lot. If oil pulling is not your cup of tea, you can modify the oil, by adding one drop of peppermint oil to the sunflower oil or olive oil, to detox the the toxins instead of just keeping it in the oil, the toxins will also get neutralized too. There are many variations I have devised over the course of time doing this, such as rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, rose oil, etc. but peppermint oil is readily available. And for most people anyway, they are likely to get used to the peppermint already in used with most commercial toothpastes in the market at least for a century. Ted"

      10/13/2006: Kendra from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada writes, "I have been doing this procedure, oil pulling for two days. So far so good. However, I'm curious about a few things.... Why are we instructed to swish SLOWLY (what if we swished fast)? Why do we have to wait 4hours after eating or 1hours after drinking before we can do an oil pulling (and what if we didn't)? "

      Earth Clinic responds: Good question!  Anyone? Well, a friend reported that after she swished intensely and quickly for 10 minutes, her PMS (at that moment, rage) abated. Perhaps more experimentation needs to be done on this technique.

      10/13/2006: Bev writes, "I learned of Oil Pulling several months ago. Immediately my teeth became whiter. My mouth and teeth feel amazingly clean. My receding gums have started growing back and my teeth feel tighter or more secure. I have found switching back and fourth between different oils keeps my teeth their whitest. Sesame oil is my favorite. Olive oil gives the most dramatic results. I have also used Coconut oil. This is so easy and inexpensive! I plan to OP for life."

      9/29/2006: Tricia from Astoria, NY writes, "I have been pulling since july 06 with sesame and safflower oils. I just love the sesame because it tastes like halvah to me. My skin on the top of my right foot was covered with eczema and it was itchy and inflamed constantly. It is still discoloured from all the abuse it received from me. The wonderful result though is the inflamation has subsided. I am noticing new skin growing back slowly. It is thrilling to know that this harmless protocol is helping this painful debilitating disease that orthodox meds cannot heal. Peace and Health to all."

      9/25/2006: Sue from New Zealand writes, "Wow! Have only done this twice so far. I only did it to help support my husband who has been suffering from recurring boils in his ears. I said I would do this if he would. I didn't actually have a major problem with my nose. An annoying drip at times and as there is a lot of pollen around at present it has been a little clogged but nothing serious or even annoying. This morning I had to spit the oil out & start again as there was so much mucus draining down the back of my throat from my nose I was almost sick from the tickling & not swallowing. After using the salt/soda water up the nostrils, my nose is much clearer. The mucus from one side was quite yellow. I can breathe easily and have no drip. My husband's boil burst of its own accord with less pain than previous boils. The worst experiene he had was with one in his finger and one underhis arm at the same time. He had antibiotics. It took a long time to clear and he has had several in his ears since then so we have decided to give this a go & see if it clears the toxins out faster and with less pain. He also took turmeric in warm water and this relieved the pain almost immediately. I'll let you know if the boils disappear completely."

      9/24/2006: Margaret from Florida writes, "I used coconut oil for oil pulling.  My teeth are whiter. I find the info on this site to be the best. Thanks"

      9/21/2006: Janette from St. Petersburg, FL writes, "i used sesame oil to relieve tooth pain until i could get to the dentist. i did it twice. it did seem to make the pain less painful, however, i don't think i will ever be able to eat sesame seeds again... it was hard to keep the oil in my mouth for 15-20 minutes, but when the pain is that bad, you will try anything."

      9/20/2006: Liliane from Quebec, Canada writes, "I used sunflower oil for oil pulling. Believe it or not, this morning, I did it for the first time, after having problem with bronchitis and bronchiectasies, and coughing every day plus full of yellow and green mucus. Well, since this morning, nothing, no coughing and mucus.  I am ready for my 2e oil pulling right now before supper, cross my fingers so that it cure me after 14 years of health problems and a lots of antibiotic, months and months. I will give you feedback later on, I promise. One more thing, I did throw it in the toilet, but too greasy, so I will spit it out in a plastic bag full of paper, and throw it away. When the oil is in the toilet, it can eventually block. Merci.'

      9/18/2006: T. writes, "I have used this for years and have given it to many people. I used it for arthritis which has never returned as I used this method regularly. I have seen it cure snoring and many sinus issues. I have a friend who worked in a copper smelter and has emphesema and he swears by it. When I am exposed to pesticides and toxins or am experiencing die off from clenses I use this treatment. I am worried however that there is no information listed in your swish about toxins in the mouth after and the need to brush and gargle as well as snorting with baking soda and salt in warm water after so I am including the email I received years ago with the instructions I have as I would hate anyone to get sick or CA of the mouth due to not cleaning out the toxins right after swishing.

      Oil swish for getting rid of toxins When I first learned of this, I did it several times a day. Now, I just do it when I feel something coming on, nip it in the bud that way. I probably should do it every day. I got this back in 1992 in a handout a friend of mine brought back from Germany. She got it from a Yoga teacher there. I copied it. All I can do is give you the information I have. It says it was taken from an article that was published in a German magazine, Fortschritt fur alle (Progress for All). I have never researched it out any further than what I am giving to you, because I personally followed the instructions that follow and I KNOW that it WORKS for me. So, I don't feel the need to get validity from outside sources. You have to decide for yourself. By the way, the testimonies are not mine; they were on the handout too.

      If I were to write one, it would be very similar to testimony # five. Folk Remedy Oil Therapy According to Dr. Karach F. Karach, M.D., presented a paper before the All-Ukrainian Association. The meeting was attended by oncologists and bacteriologists belonging to that Academy of Science of the USSR. Dr. Karach explained an unusual simple healing process using cold- pressed oils. The results of this therapy invoked astonishment and doubt concerning the contents of his report. However, after further examining the workings of the oil therapy, one has but to then test it on oneself to prove its validity and effectiveness. It is most astonishing that such results can be affected with this absolutely harmless biological healing method. This simple method makes it possible to effectively treat the most varied diseases, in some cases enabling one to avoid surgical intervention and the taking of medications that can have harmful side effects.


      The exciting factor of this healing method is its simplicity. It consists of swishing cold-pressed vegetable oil in the mouth. The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own. In this way it is possible to heal cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously; the body rids itself of toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora. Dr. Karach says human beings are living only half their life span. They could potentially live to be 140 to 150 years old. He claims that the following illnesses can be effectively healed with the application of oil therapy: headaches, bronchitis, lung and liver conditions, toothache, thrombosis, blood diseases, arthrosis, paralysis, eczema, gastric ulcers, intestinal disorders, heart and kidney ailments, encephalitis, nervous conditions and female disorders. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. Dr. Karach says: "With the oil therapy, I healed my chronic blood disease of fifteen years. With the use of this therapy, I was healed within three days of an acute arthrosis that had forced me to lie in bed."

      If you can get it, the best oil to use is Hain Sunflower Oil or Spectrum Natural Peanut Oil. In the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach you take one tablespoon in the mouth but do not swallow it. The oil is slowly swished in the mouth and drawn through the teeth for fifteen to twenty minutes. It is thoroughly chewed and mixed with saliva as it is done in the Mayr cure. Chewing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. thus, the oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the chewing process continues, the oil gets thinner and white.

      It is then spit from the mouth into the toilet bowl. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been masticated thoroughly or long enough. After the oil has been removed from the mouth, the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed several times. It is preferable to use a cup of pure warm water to which has been added one-half teaspoon of salt and on-half teaspoon of baking soda. The teeth, gums and tongue must be brushed carefully. It is recommended that salt and soda be applied directly to the brush. After rinsing, gargle with the warm salt-soda water. You can add cooler water to what remains in the cup, thereby diluting its strength.

      Then tip the cup under the nose and gently sniff up the water to clean the nasal passages. Gently blow the nos. The sink must be cleaned because the spittle contains harmful bacteria and toxic bodily waste. If one were to see one drop of this liquid magnified 600 times under a microscope, one would see microbes in their first stage of development. It is important to understand that during the oil-swishing process one's metabolism is intensified. This leads to improved health. One of the most striking results of this process is the fastening of loose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and the visible whitening of the teeth.

      The oil swishing is done best before breakfast. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach. The therapy is not harmful if it is repeated several times a day. Repetition hastens the healing process and renders it more effective. How long? This therapy should be repeated until one has returned to his original vitality and his sleep has been returned to a peaceful state. One who practices this therapy faithfully will awaken refreshed in the morning with no bags under the eyes. Normal appetite and improved memory are additional benefits.

      Healing symptoms: Patients who suffer from chronic conditions may appear to get worse in the beginning. Dr. Karach emphasizes that a worsening of your condition may be a sign that the disease is in the healing process. It may even happen that your temperature increases. A word of caution: Whereas the oil therapy can be very helpful to people, it is not a substitute for ongoing care by a qualified health practitioner. Any serious symptoms that develop during the course of this treatment should be reported to your doctor to determine whether they are due to the healing process or to a worsening of your condition, which may require immediate medical treatment. How often? Questions as to the repetition and duration of therapy can only be answered on an individual basis. Acute conditions oftentimes improve quickly, within two to three days.

      Chronic conditions usually need longer therapy, sometimes up to a year. Never give up!!! Testimony 1 For fifteen months I had been having pain in my liver. It seemed to become more intense and frequent as the weeks went on. I had tried all the different remedies I knew - special teas, vitamins. Swedish Bitters, ginger compresses, and so on--but the pain did not go away. After I prayed to Mother Mary for help regarding this problem, a friend handed me a piece of paper describing an oil therapy from Dr. F. Karach. I decided to try it since nothing else had worked for me thus far. Each morning before breakfast, I took one tablespoon of sunflower oil and slowly swished it in my mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes. I repeated the procedure each night before going to bed. After spitting out the oil, I found it helpful to use my Water Pik to thoroughly cleanse the tongue and gums.

      Three days after I had started the treatment, the pain disappeared completely! One week when I was extremely busy, I could only do the treatment in the morning and not at night. During that time, I noticed the recurrence of a slight pain in my liver, which disappeared again when I resumed the practice twice a day. I have now been using the treatment regularly for 1 1/2 to 2 months. I am very grateful to Mother Mary for making me aware of this therapy and hope that it will be helpful to all of you in treating whatever health problems you might have. Testimony 2 I had been on chemotherapy for a whole year, which had left me weak and tired and very depleted. In October 1991, I started the oil treatment and noticed an immediate improvement in how I felt. My energy began to return and I was able to go back to work full-time plus overtime.

      I do not have a strong immune system and I feel this treatment is helping me in that area, even though I usually only have time to use the treatment once a day. Everyone around me has been coming down with the flu, but I have not had it. My housemate has tried the treatment, too. Every time she feels a sore throat coming on, she swishes the cold-pressed oil in her mouth and the sore throat disappears! Testimony 3 I want to tell you about my exciting experience in using Dr. Karach's oil therapy. About forty-five years ago, I tested oil products in a laboratory for the Esso Standard Oil Company. Recently, I had a doctor test me for any residue that might be remaining in my body from this type of work. Since the tests indicated that I had a considerable amount of the residue in my body, he recommended that I take a supplement to remove it. I ordered the supplement but, interestingly, the order was lost. In the meantime, I learned of the oil therapy.

      So, I tried it for about a week (one to two times a day). Before reordering my supplement, I thought I should have my doctor test me again. Miraculously, he said, "There's not a trace of the residue left in you. It's all gone!" To say the least, I was thrilled! I have continued to use the oil therapy for its many other benefits, and as a preventative as well as a curative. I have noticed that I have not had any colds or coughs, unlike so many others around me. Testimony 4 I started the oil therapy one night when my teeth and upper and lower jaws were extremely sore--so much so that I feared my teeth were shifting and that I might have to have an extraction. I actually thought I might have to go to an oral surgeon. I followed the instructions and repeated the therapy the next morning and next night.

      When I awoke the following day, me teeth and jaws were very comfortable and the soreness never returned. Testimony 5 The idea of a simple, inexpensive, effective health therapy has always captured my interest. When I learned of the oil therapy, I started swishing immediately, experimenting with different oils. I had been to the dentist for a checkup after five years. Although I didn't have any cavities, I had serious deterioration in my gums. I had tried the usual remedies of baking soda and sea salt. My gums would improve somewhat but the condition would never clear up completely. For years I have also had postnasal drip and a film on my teeth in the morning as well as a heavy feeling in my mouth. Severe colds, flu and bronchitis have been a yearly experience. In general, I have had a difficult health history but have been on a good diet and work constantly on my health. I don't do things half way, so I enthusiastically started the oil- swishing therapy three times a day. In the evening, I would often swish for twenty minutes and follow up with an additional twenty minutes while reading or exercising.

      To my great joy, I immediately began to experience a clean feeling in my mouth each morning. My teeth felt like velvet and have become whiter. The gum condition cleared up in seven days! During the swishing, I experience mush drainage from my sinuses. I have slept more soundly than I have in years. j I have noticed little troubles clear up and my energy has been good. It takes concentration to keep the oil moving in the mouth, but this is necessary because the action of chewing and swishing activates the microorganisms out of the bloodstream into the saliva. The scarping of the tongue with a spoon is something I have practiced for years.

      I feel it is an important part of the cleansing of the mouth from bacteria. I am delighted with the therapy and looking forward to further changes in my body. Testimony 6 I learned about the oil therapy from a friend. It made sense and seemed simple and inexpensive, so I immediately decided to give it a try. I have been doing this therapy twice a day for about two months now. I feel it is one of the main reasons I have escaped getting the flu while so many others around me have been sick, including my husband. I think it is also quite effective in clearing toxins and purifying the blood. I have observed that a blood condition that had been making me very tired and keeping me awake at night has improved a great deal. I certainly intend to continue doing the oil therapy on a long term basis.

      I have little to lose and, I think, lots to gain! Testimony 7 I must admit that I was a bit skeptical upon hearing about the oil swishing treatment. But it sounded so simple, and the possibility of improving my health stimulated my desire to try it for a while. After using this treatment for the last two months, I can truly say that I feel stronger and less vulnerable to the latest illness going around the neighborhood. I have also noticed that my digestion has improved. I can eat less and yet not feel famished before my next meal. It's a great little remedy."

      9/19/2006: Tamara writes again: "This follows the last email that I wrote.  I use mostly cold pressed olive oil but I have seen people who can't stand the oil in their mouths use pure water and it turns white as well. I don't have scientific reasearch to back it up but any oil I have used works for me. One other caution is that if someone is really toxic, five min can be enough or the toxins will burn the mouth. Once I forgot and swished for about 40 min and ended up with mouth sores for about a week as the toxins burned my mouth. I now set a timer that I carry around with me as to not go over twenty min."

      9/15/2006:  Stacey writes, "I found that my tongue felt amazing after the first time. It was pink and CLEAN. no matter how much I scrub with my toothbrush my tongue never seems to feel that clean. As well I found that the skin on my face was softer and smoother, my pores were smaller. I was afraid that I would breakout in "Adult acne" but i didn't!!!!! As far as all my other ailments, the jury is still out. Stacey"

      9/15/2006: Pavithra from Hyderabad, India writes, "Oil pulling made my skin smooth."

      9/13/2006: David from Phoenix, AZ writes, "Oil pulling cured Brain Fog, Produced Whiter Teeth, Face used to be wrinkled around eyes but now amazingly smooth. I use expeller pressed organic virgin olive oil. I do a series of 3 flushes in the morning lasting seven minutes each and repeat the process just before bedtime. I have read reports that the mouth starts to re-absorb the very toxic used oil when prolonging (the oil pull) with the first tbs of oil for 15-20 minutes. Take the extra effort and expense and at least renew oil at the halfway point. I'm hooked for life. Combine this with an epsom/ olive oil liver flush for even better results. I removed over 2,500 bilium stones. (Confirmed by a lab)"

      9/4/2006: Annie from Stafford, VA writes, "I thought I'd post a comment after my first day's experience with oil pulling, for all of you fellow novices out there who are thinking about trying it. I used sesame oil because I couldn't find sunflower oil (which I had decided, before going shopping for oil, that I'd probably prefer). I was afraid that the taste of ANY of the oils would make me want to gag, but it didn't -- although I do find the warm, greasy feel of it in my mouth somewhat disgusting, and I wonder if it matters if I refrigerate the oil.

      My first session was soon after rising, on an empty stomach. After one whole minute of vigorous swishing/pulling, I was ready to spit -- and what I spat out was thin and white. I can hardly believe that it takes most folks 15-20 minutes for the oil to change consistency -- and I find it even harder to believe that most people are actually spending this long at it. If that is truly what is required for me to experience any real benefit, then it looks like I’m out of luck -- and my hat is off to those of you who can and do keep at the pulling for this long; you are hardier souls than I. Immediately after spitting out all that I could, I spent a few seconds swishing & pulling with hydrogen peroxide (which I do every day after brushing), and then I looked at my teeth in the mirror – as if one oily minute would have brightened the appearance of my tooth enamel! I drink both coffee and red wine every day, though, and despite brushing, flossing, and rinsing with peroxide daily, my teeth are on the dingy side, but did seem ever so slightly brighter after the oil pulling -- or was it my imagination, and/or wishful thinking?

      I did a second session later this same day not quite two hours after a meal, and found it much more difficult to keep the oil in my mouth for even the one full minute without gagging, but I managed, and again what I spat was thin and white. Hereafter I plan to try to do at least the one minute every morning for a while, and will post again if I have any interesting results to report."

      7/11/2006: Kitty from Clatskanie, OR writes, "We have a group of people doing this procedure on curezone.com

      http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=738

      also www.oilpulling.com has info

      There isn't a lot of information on it, in english anyway. It's excellent for dental health with results within days if not hours. It's truly amazing!!! One lady had 3 #9 pockets plus numerous 8, 7, 6 and 5s. After Oil Pulling for 5 minutes a day for two months, she went to the dentist with 2 #7 pockets at worst.

      I've been doing it for a few months now. I had gone to the dentist because of problems with a couple deep pockets. He was going to send me to a periodontist for possle surgery. Then I found out about oil pulling. I had posted on the dental forum at curezone and someone mentioned the oil pulling. After a couple days of doing it my gums felt much better. Now after about 3 months my gums are so much better, my teeth are markedly whiter, my mouth feels clean and gums healthy. My cracked heels are almost cured as well (go figure that). I have less aches and pains. It used to be difficult climbing the stairs and getting up my feet would hurt, but I feel much better all around. It's a crazy thing to do but it's fantastic. It's so simple and inexpensive. I use refined expeller pressed (Hain brand) sunflower oil. I also started adding a few drops of oil of oregano, which has anti bacterial properties. Check us out at curezone! Kitty"

      7/24/2006: Molly from California writes, "I first read about this therapy with Andreas Moritz's book "The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush". Something just resonated with me, I don't know what it was exactly. I have been doing it for 5 months, with a group of people, whose testimonials come in every day. We have people experimenting with other oils, and clays. We've added Oregano Oil and Tea Tree Oil to the pulling oil to add more antibacterial effects. Some say that this has cured their psoriasis. It does seem to have an effect on skin, like the healing of cracked heels. The dental testimonies are amazing. I am truly hooked for life on this. For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to going to the dentist!"

      8/2/2006: Patricia from Astoria, NY writes, "Oil pulling has stabilized my overeating, reduced the itching due to eczema. I have also released 5 pounds in 10 days. I started pulling in mid July during a power failure that lasted 9 days. I started with roasted sesame oil which I loved but switched to cold pressed after reading a lot of testimonials on curezone. I pulled in the morning on an empty stomach and my mouth would fill with saliva after 15 minutes. I have since started pulling after 2 pm and after 5minutes the saliva is flowing. I then spit it out and do the pulling for another 15 minutes. I feel energetic. I haven't noticed my teeth getting any whiter. My face has lost its puffiness. There are some pimples that broke out since I began but their time on my face is short lived. I will write an update when new healings come to light. Peace, Patricia"

      8/2/2006: Joan from West Los Angeles, CA writes, "I have been pulling now for about 3 weeks.  My teeth look a tiny bit whiter, but the main thing is that my sinuses seem to open up in the morning after pulling. My tongue is definitely more pink than its ever been and I don't have quite as intense dark circles under my eyes!  This practice is definitely energizing and I think my metabolism is speeding up -- I have lost about 2 lbs eating the same way I always do.

      I felt very fatigued the first 2 days after pulling with Sunflower Oil, but after that, haven't felt any side effects. I have terrible cracked heels, but so far haven't noticed much change.  I think it would take them at least 2 months to heal.  At any rate, I love this new practice and don't have any plans to stop."

      8/3/2006: Ifra from London writes, "'My face has gone smooth, and looks moisturised, my circles are decreasing, and my eyes, which were like inside my sockets, have started to come out, and look a bit brighter, my double chin, which i have been looking for a good exercise for, is slowly decreasing, but not too much as yet. my metabolism has gone a bit faster, i feel hungry, whereas before i used to just eat, and bored eat, whereas now i actually feel hungry. my tongue which was so cracked up and ugly and yellow, has actually shown a bit of colour, and is now not rough like before, but nice and soft. As yet i am still waiting to see if my cracked feet will heal, but i do feel energized, and healthy feeling. I have only started for 6 weeks now, and i only swish in the mornings, i want to do it 3 times, maybe that's when i will know the cures quickly, i think if someone like me wants quick results then 3 times a day. i would recommend it to everyone in the world, for a precaution against diseases, after all if we don't see anything happening outside of the body, we definitely know the insides are getting cleaned and all the toxins are going and diseases etc."

      READER Q&A

      READER QUESTION
      11/30/2006: Jackie from Sioux Falls, SD writes, "I have been "oil pulling" for over a month now, and I generally spit it out after about one minute. At that time it is already a foamy whitish color. Am I still getting the benefits if I do not rinse for the full 20 min.?"

      Ted replies, "Dear Jackie: For 1 minute? Generally, no. The possible exception is removal of heavy metals in your mouth. You can lessen the time but still not 1 minute, but you must add other things! 1 minutes is quite acceptable if you have a reaction against it as the bacteria dies, it releases the toxins too much for your body to take.

      The idea of the 20 minutes came from microbiology where if you treat the oils long enough (sunflower oil, but really coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil) often kills most organism during that period.

      The kill time can be lessened if you were to add tea tree oil one drop (very hot for some) and detoxify and kill (one drop of peppermint oil), but still 1 minutes is not enough, 2-3 minutes I think is the bare minimum for most kills to be effective and this means you must add the peppermint oil and the tea tree oil together - if you can stand it! So yes, you can shorten the time, but you have to add the other oils too. The addition of soap powder (or toothpaste) mixed with it, to the oil pulling will also speed the killing and this might be possible to get closer to 1 minute, but still difficult.

      It must be recognized that certain oils are more effective in killing. For example if it is candida, then maybe olive oil and tea tree oil. If it is a cold viruses or sore throat from viruses, then it is coconut oil with some soap solution, and/or tea tree oil and/or peppermint.

      The time should not be fixed since some people cannot take it. The reason is simple: when the organisms get killed, they release a toxin. The toxins can be detoxify or neutralized with the peppermint oil.

      In case of removal heavy metals, 1-2 minutes is enough. If by chance you experience negative reaction of oil pulling which often happens during the first 3 days, then I often suggest to try only 3-5 minutes. 1 minute will not be enough to kill the organism, the figure is a bit closer to 3 minutes and this is with the tea tree and peppermint oil too.

      The true deciding factor is really not the benefits you will get it anyway albeit less, it is how you can tolerate the thing! If you can't tolerate doing it for 10 minutes, the optimum is somewhere closer to 5!

      Most of these problems are the toxins released when they get killed in some instances, the solution remains clear even AFTER 30 minutes. In this instance, much of the problem have to do with LACK of saliva, in which case you must modify by adding water to the mixture. In your case you have plenty of saliva, but that doesn't mean the organisms get killed.

      While I don't want to get oil pulling into an orthodox protocol, it must be realized that olive oil might be effective against bacteria and fungus, and coconut oil more effective against viruses, while sunflower oil are best overall and is a bit more effective in removal of free heavy metals, again this is just my observations. The deciding factor is you need to know their components and what they are effective against, such as oleic acid (olive oil), lauric acid (coconut oil, and linoleic acid (sunflower oil but also have oleic too). This is why sunflower is generally better. It is high in both linoleic acid and oleic acid. Since many people are not aware that linoleic have antibacterial properties, here is a research which quite related to sunflower oil in the components. See below. Ted

      Antibacterial activity of linoleic and oleic acids isolated from Helichrysum pedunculatum: a plant used during circumcision rites. Dilika F, Bremner PD, Meyer JJ.

      Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa.

      The antibacterial activity-guided fractionation of the dichloromethane extract of leaves of Helichrysum pedunculatum resulted in the isolation of linoleic and oleic acids. Linoleic acid inhibited the growth of all the Gram-positive bacterial species tested with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) varying between 0.01 and 1.0 mg/ml. Oleic acid was active against three of the five Gram-positive bacteria at a MIC of 1.0 mg/ml. Both compounds were inactive against the Gram-negative species tested. A synergistic effect between the two fatty acids was observed against Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus kristinae.

      PMID: 10925024 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

      READER QUESTION
      11/29/2006: Peg writes, "How can anyone just flush with oil for 20 min i did it for 10 and it was very difficult to continue any clues?"

      Ted replies, "Peg: 10 minutes would be o.k., but next time add the peppermint oil 1 drop to it. It will make it easier for you as this will neutralize the toxins that are released as the microbes get killed, and it makes it easier for you to do it without problems. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/18/2006: Cherokee from San Francisco, CA writes, "I just oil pulled for the first time, for twenty minutes, and the oil was still yellowish upon spitting. I am wondering if perhaps I am a bit less toxic than some? I've been vegetarian for twelve years (i'm 31), don't eat fast food, don't drink soda (or any hf corn syrup), and avoid partially hydrogenated oils at all cost. Any other vegetarians with feedback? Diet has a lot to do with toxicity, so I wonder."

      Ted replies, "Dear Cherokee: It is still yellow? Since I am getting many complaints on this, I might as well give you a formal proof. Add a sunflower oil to 1/4 full to a test tube. Then add 1/4 of water. Shake it vigorously for one minute. The solution will be milky white regardless. If you put in too little water, say 1/16, the solution will be mostly yellow. The problem is very likely that your mouth lacks saliva or you put too much oil in the mouth in ratio to the saliva being thus generated. When this happens, you need to drink more water (you might be dehydrated) or alkalize your body. Alkalizing will also increase your saliva. Just take one whole freshly squeezed lemon and add baking soda until no fizz, then add water to 1/2 glass. Take this one a day at least. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Alan from London writes, "Hi there, I have amalgam (mercury containing) fillings and was wondering if oil pulling is suitable with these ? Thanks."

      Ted replies, "Dear Alan: The best solution appears to be to remove the amalgam fillings and replaced them with a non-mercury kind. After you remove it then, oil pulling would be most helpful.

      If it is not possible, then consider one tablespoon of sunflower oil and peppermint oil. Do it for about 3 times and that should reduce mercury somewhat, but the cause will not be removed.

      To reduce mercury exposure somewhat, supplementing magnesium should help. Taking plenty of selenium supplements and garlic should also help displace mercury out of your body easier.

      It is also important to take plenty of granulated lecithin when you eat the food. Since mercury are oils soluble, and removal of oil soluble compounds are difficult a fat emulsifier could help you a lot. This is to be taken one one tablespoon of granulated lecithin with every meal of food you take.

      Since metals are somewhat acid forming, taking some baking soda regularly should also help. Try a simple 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water taken at least 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Janet writes, "I read oil pulling is not recommended for those taking antibiotics before dental work. Should I stop oil pulling since I do this? I have constant canker sores and was hoping this would be a remedy for me. Can I just not oil pull before dental work? I don't understand the harm. Thank you."

      Ted replies, "Dear Janet: A canker sore remedy is often to acidic body and constant constipation, or minor consitipation where the body has no ready means of getting rid of the toxins. I would prefer you just take baking soda + citric acid 1/4 teaspoon each to 1/2 glass of water and take it 2 times a day, once in the morning and one before bedtime. Monitoring urinary pH is important that you get it within pH of 6-7. Most people with canker sores have urinary pH of just 5-5.9. Eating less fried foods, eating slowly, and less sugar, no potato chips, chocolates and no fruit drinks will help much. Taking some milk of magnesia will help reduce constipation the safest, if the formulation contains no aluminum compound.

      The reason why it is not done before dental work is the fear of herx effect occuring after dental work. So if you are doing oil pulling presently and you have no problems with this, no herx effect, then you can continue to do so. Adding peppermint oil one drop to one teaspoon can often reduce the Herx effect. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Kathy from Nashville, TN writes, "my question is as follows: does anyone else have trouble with the oil not becoming clear or white after 20 minutes? My mouth gets very full of saliva at this point, but the mixture is still slightly yellow. I have trouble making it that far and not sure I could continue any longer. I've been told that my saliva is very thick (by dentists) thus causing plaque issues. Could this be the reason it takes so long?"

      11/23/2006: Suzy from British Columbia, Canada writes, "This is in response to Kathy from Nashville. I have done oil pulling for the 2nd day now (20 minutes each) and I have also experinced a yellowish color and thin (not the white thick). My tongue feels very clean from it. I am thinking maybe I donot have very many heavy metals in my body as the reason?? I am healthy and I have done a blood analysis 2 years ago and told that I have some heavy metals but not many?? Also I have been doing the 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp citric acid for about a month now and my ph levels are at healthy levels. So I also question why the oil is not turning a white, but I will try more."

      Ted replies, "Dear Kathy: A thick saliva can mean that you don't drink enough water or are partially dehydrated. It could also mean that the body's acid/alkaline is not balanced. Often a thick saliva whenever I have in the past, is that I am not alkalized enough, or don't take enough zinc supplements, such as zinc acetate, 25 mg/day for at least a week and take some 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water to twice a day, at least.

      The body's antioxidant level is low. To increase the antioxidants consider taking one whole lemon freshly squeezed and add baking soda until there is no more fizz then add water to 1/2 glass and take it at least once a day. One person I know who had trouble raising his pH had to take at least 4 times a day, just to get normal pH, as he is sick, so the body is very acid.

      The best ways around the oil pulling problem is just take only 1/2 tablespoon and swish around with constant change in the oil. You need not wait for 20 minutes as prescribe if you know how the logic was was thought up in the first place.

      Basically microbiologist know that oils such as linoleic acid will often kill most of them within 20-30 minutes. I have even checked heavy metals presence with some vigorous swishing of less than even 1-2 minutes and there it was.

      Therefore in event it does not get yellow, don't worry. Just use less oil, but change it more often in between, every 2-5 minutes would be o.k. assuming your toxic load is high. If you this for 20 minutes the results will still be the same, even if it is still mostly yellow, most of the toxins will be killed regardless.

      Should the process causes sore throat, then just add peppermint oil to the sunflower oil. That would be enough to neutralize the toxin. Often brushing your teeth first will help, but in event it does not help, try supplementing with zinc and consider taking baking soda for a least a week. Take plenty of water, the saliva should thin itself by then. Ted

      READER QUESTION
      10/24/2006: Laurie from Bakersfield writes, "Could you please let me know if it would be O.K. for a child to oil pull? He has cerebal palsy and has suffered with allergies and sinus problems for years. How dangerous is it if he accidentally swallows it? (he doesn't have great control over his mouth. Also I have a daughter who has ADD (Attention deficeit disorder) do you have any home remedys for her? Thanks!"

      Ted replies, " Dear Laurie: Allergies and sinus problems will often be greatly helpped with taking zinc acetate, 20/mg, magnesium 100 mg/day, sodium molybdate and fulvic acid. These are four important supplements that helped with allergies and quite a common deficiency often results in allergies.

      The other issue is taking some 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day in 1/4 glass of water, once in morning and once in evening on empty stomach. For children the dose is half that of an adult. Alkalizing pH will restore the health by increasing oxygen necessary to oxidize the bugs. Most of sinus problems is often due to fungus issues, so removing rugs, carpets in the house in a place where the child sleeps should help.

      How dangerous is it if he accidentally swallows it? (he doesn't have great control over his mouth. Also I have a daughter who has ADD (Attention deficeit disorder) do you have any home remedys for her?

      Swallowing the oil pulling is not dangerous, but accidental oil getting into the lungs obstructing the breathing passages is not good either. Therefore, to remove the heavy metals, giving a small amounts of chinese parsley of 10-20 leaves per day, fresh mixed with food taken on alternate weeks should be greatly helped.

      Since heavy metals is at issue, taking 1/8 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda on 1/4 glass of water should help remove BOTH the bugs and the metals, since sodium citrate is a by product of this reaction will help most of the condition better than just the baking soda alone.

      So you just have to decide whether the sinus is more serious or learning difficulty is. Learning difficulty this second formula will work and I have seen some good feedback from this. The secret is that you must do these ONLY ON ALTERNATIVE WEEK. On first week you can give him hydergine, pyroglutamate, citric acid plus baking soda, and chinese parsley. On the second week you do absolutely nothing to allow the body to relax and detox itself. Then on third week you begin again. The children body has a limited capacity to remove the toxins out and they need AT LEAST a week of this. Sometimes I have seen longer. Where the treatment lasts only a week, and for two weeks you do nothing.

      However, in case of zinc supplements for a child with this condition, this is even more unusual. You can only give him only 2-3 days and stop and wait for two weeks and begin.

      Cod liver oil, fish oil and lecithin given at different times will help remove heavy metals.

      I wouldn't recommend oil pulling, I would recommend things that I have seen to worked well with children and just stick to well worn path that I found to have worked extremely well since this protocol was tested and continually improved upon for the last two years for children with learning disorders.

      It is important that the child avoids eating any fried foods as oil in fried foods act like a sponge on heavy metals while you are using cooking utensils made from stainless steel. As you know stainless steel have nickel and iron. Nickel people do have a reaction. Just imagine what happens if eat it. Therefore, only boiled foods, baked foods, and as usual no microwave cooking and sweets. No processed food.

      To the drinking water, add 1/8 teaspoon of disodium EDTA per liter of water. This will remove any free radical from the body and allows the child to recover faster. I have not decided yet whether this should be continued definitely or to do the alternate week approach. You have to decide that yourself. However, in my opinion use this only on alternate weeks approach and if all goes well you MIGHT consider using this throughout the treatment period.

      As before, this protocol has worked very well with children's learning disorders. Carnosine is one supplement that seems to reduce the toxicity of copper and zinc in the brain, but I have at the moment did not receive any feedback from parents on this. Usually when I pressed for it the typical responses is they were cured and no feedback was needed. Ted"

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      7/12/2006: You may be thinking the same thing we did -- what the heck is Oil Pulling? Well, thank goodness for the kindness of our readers! We're so busy updating this site every day, we don't often have time to check out other websites to see what exciting new home remedies are being passed around. So when Kitty from Clatskanie, Oregon wrote us informing us about this ancient Ayurvedic cure called Oil Pulling or Oil Swishing, we were thrilled!

      It looks like Oil Swishing may become one of the top home remedies of all time. Please let us know if you've tried this amazing remedy -- it appears to be gathering momentum here in the USA.

      11/20/2006: The READER Q&A section is now located at the bottom of this page. Click here.

      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:
      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health. According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.

      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).

      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed. For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.

      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.

      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Click here to read the rest of this excellent article in its entirety.

      11/8/2006: Laura from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia writes, "I wanted to comment that the usage of the word "gargle" on your Oil Pulling page is a tad alarming given the warning NOT to gargle in the throat near the end of the instructions. It seems Dr. Karsch used it as well. I have never heard or used the word "gargle" unless it meant using the throat, so it is a tad misleading for the unsuspecting or the casual reader. Perhaps the alert could be placed at the beginning of the article to clarify the usage of the word and for safety's sake. Thank you for your time."

      Earth Clinic note: Laura is referring to the article posted above by Bharat Savur.

      OIL PULLING INSTRUCTIONS:
      First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.

      You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.

      Follow with 2 - 3 glasses of water.

      DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL!
      It now contains parasites and bacteria!

      DO NOT GARGLE IN THE THROAT!

      DO IT SLOWLY!

      HOW IT WORKS:
      The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

      Note #1:
      Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.

      Note #2:
      Only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results.

      Note #3:
      If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.

      Note #4:
      A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.

      Note #5:
      Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects. Your body is healing.

      Excellent Links for More Information:
      http://www.oilpulling.com/opuniversalremedy.pdf
      http://www.oilpulling.com/PULLING%20OIL_karacharticle.pdf

      READER FEEDBACK -- THANK YOU!

      11/29/2006: Mariana from Richmond, California writes, "oil pulling with sesame oil has so far cured my diarrhea and insomia.  My teeth are whiter. I am amazed that i have not gotten a cold or the flu this year. i was wondering if this also cures epilepsy?"

      11/14/2006: Valerie from Germantown, MD writes, "I have an infection in my tooth that is so bad that came back in 3 days after a 10 day dose of penacillion. Peroxide stopped working after a while. sunflower oil is the only thing that keeps it under control. If I skip a few days it will come back but when I start back up it goes away but I have no bad side effects. It has only been 3 months and my teeth are very white. I am hoping that by the time I reach my 6 month mark that my heels will be better also."

      POTENTIAL CURE FOR ASTHMA ATTACKS: OIL PULLING
      11/6/2006: Shakti from Chicago, IL writes, "Please post this where asthma sufferers can view it, this is important because I had a hard time finding a cure for asthma on your site but thank God I did. I began a regimen of oil pulling shortly after a lingering cold went to my lungs, I just couldn't get rid of the mucus. I prayed for relief. It got even worse after a chemical pesticide was sprayed in my home for pest control. The next day after the extermination I had the worst attack of my life, I couldn't stand it anymore, so after 10 years of not having to put any poison into my lungs I had to once again use an inhaler to control the attacks. After the second night of waking up feeling side effects of nervousness anxiety and panic I decided enough was enough. I went to the computer in the middle of the night and began hours of research to find a natural cure. That's how I found this miracle of a web site. The next day I went out a purchased some sesame oil and took one table spoon 3x a day at the onset of my asthma attack and Immediately after the very first dose the mucus expelled out of my longs, and within 10 minutes what had plagued me for over 10 years was no more. Since then If I have any tightening in my chest or shortness of breath I IMMEDIATELY do the oil pulling and the problem subsides in 10 minutes or less. ~~~Oh I'd be remiss if I did not mention the side effect, I took oil pulling for Bronchial Asthma but as a result I got a dazzling white smile, sinus relief, not to mention it remarkably helped to subside my symptoms PMS all unexpected but welcomed side effects. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! P.S. thanks my husband thanks you too, lol."

      11/3/2006: Mary from Brooklyn, NY writes, "I could not do the swishing for more than a minute or so the first time and tried it again a few minutes later. I just could not do it. The next day I tried again, with only one teaspoon, and again could only do it for a minute or so. I skipped a day and then tried again but to no avail. I am not a squeamish person and can do just about anything, but I was so afraid of swallowing this stuff. I did get very sick all that day and night with pains in my stomach, with a lot of gauging and then vomiting two globs of mucous. I had printed out the oil pulling and gave it to a friend. She said that she would not be able to do this because she has to take antibotics before having any dental work and that bacteria attacks the lining of the heart. This made me a little nervous about doing this and I would like your feedback. I did not read anything negative on the feedback and an wondering why? If I could not do it, there must be others? Thank you."

      Ted replies: "Dear Mary: Of course there is and always will be a negative feedback from pretty much any remedy! People in general do not post feedback as much as they should. I basically have two kinds of feedback, those with real problems and those who post false information. Don't worry, I can tell which is which!

      I did get very sick all that day and night with pains in my stomach, with a lot of gauging and then vomiting two globs of mucous.

      This is a common herx effect. Whenever the pathogen dies off, it releases a toxin. Normally the herx effect lasts about 3 days. If you want to minimize the herx effect there are several steps you should take. First, after the swishing, prepare a warm water and add a couple of drops of peppermint oil. The peppermint oil, the worse it taste (too hot or too cold) the more you need it. Use this as a mouthwash and do it a couple of times. Most of the toxins should be neutralized.

      Second, just drink strong cup of tea unsugared with a couple of drops peppermint oil in it. Always start with one drop.

      A green tea might be better as it might have more tannins. Tannins are basically an interesting chemical that I love to play with.

      Basically, it has a tendency to react with any foreign toxins and proteins neutralizing them and it becomes benign.

      Peppermint contains menthol, and chemically it is unusual in its own right in reacting with certain bacterial and viral toxins along the way neutralizing them too.

      This should stop the herx reaction pretty quick. But the speed will vary since everyone's body chemistry are different.

      Personally I would much prefer to use pure tannic acid and menthol crystals, but they are much harder to measure and use for most people. So I will keep this remedy simple.

      she would not be able to do this because she has to take antibotics before having any dental work and that bacteria attacks the lining of the heart.

      Antibiotics alone have a tendency to create toxins primarily causing yeast infection or candida afterwards.

      In that case oil pulling would not be the way to go, as the body is overburdened with heavy metal and bacteria which could cause a stronger herx reaction.

      As a result, eating chinese parsley (cilantro) for about a week would be the preferred way to reduce the heavy metal burden. Take it one week, do nothing the second week, and continue on the third week.

      To reduce the possible yeast built up besides the chinese parsley, taking some tea with one drop of rosemary oil or peppermint oil in a strong cup of unsugared green tea would do. Most tannins are good in that it does not increase the iron burden to the body, especially if they are not black in color, but will reduce the iron burden.

      This is good since the major source of food for most fungus, bacteria and candida is the iron that they create by creating an enzyme hemolysis which kills the red blood cell creating an anemia, but yet overburden the body with iron. Just reduce taking sugar should help a lot. If oil pulling is not your cup of tea, you can modify the oil, by adding one drop of peppermint oil to the sunflower oil or olive oil, to detox the the toxins instead of just keeping it in the oil, the toxins will also get neutralized too. There are many variations I have devised over the course of time doing this, such as rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, rose oil, etc. but peppermint oil is readily available. And for most people anyway, they are likely to get used to the peppermint already in used with most commercial toothpastes in the market at least for a century. Ted"

      10/13/2006: Kendra from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada writes, "I have been doing this procedure, oil pulling for two days. So far so good. However, I'm curious about a few things.... Why are we instructed to swish SLOWLY (what if we swished fast)? Why do we have to wait 4hours after eating or 1hours after drinking before we can do an oil pulling (and what if we didn't)? "

      Earth Clinic responds: Good question!  Anyone? Well, a friend reported that after she swished intensely and quickly for 10 minutes, her PMS (at that moment, rage) abated. Perhaps more experimentation needs to be done on this technique.

      10/13/2006: Bev writes, "I learned of Oil Pulling several months ago. Immediately my teeth became whiter. My mouth and teeth feel amazingly clean. My receding gums have started growing back and my teeth feel tighter or more secure. I have found switching back and fourth between different oils keeps my teeth their whitest. Sesame oil is my favorite. Olive oil gives the most dramatic results. I have also used Coconut oil. This is so easy and inexpensive! I plan to OP for life."

      9/29/2006: Tricia from Astoria, NY writes, "I have been pulling since july 06 with sesame and safflower oils. I just love the sesame because it tastes like halvah to me. My skin on the top of my right foot was covered with eczema and it was itchy and inflamed constantly. It is still discoloured from all the abuse it received from me. The wonderful result though is the inflamation has subsided. I am noticing new skin growing back slowly. It is thrilling to know that this harmless protocol is helping this painful debilitating disease that orthodox meds cannot heal. Peace and Health to all."

      9/25/2006: Sue from New Zealand writes, "Wow! Have only done this twice so far. I only did it to help support my husband who has been suffering from recurring boils in his ears. I said I would do this if he would. I didn't actually have a major problem with my nose. An annoying drip at times and as there is a lot of pollen around at present it has been a little clogged but nothing serious or even annoying. This morning I had to spit the oil out & start again as there was so much mucus draining down the back of my throat from my nose I was almost sick from the tickling & not swallowing. After using the salt/soda water up the nostrils, my nose is much clearer. The mucus from one side was quite yellow. I can breathe easily and have no drip. My husband's boil burst of its own accord with less pain than previous boils. The worst experiene he had was with one in his finger and one underhis arm at the same time. He had antibiotics. It took a long time to clear and he has had several in his ears since then so we have decided to give this a go & see if it clears the toxins out faster and with less pain. He also took turmeric in warm water and this relieved the pain almost immediately. I'll let you know if the boils disappear completely."

      9/24/2006: Margaret from Florida writes, "I used coconut oil for oil pulling.  My teeth are whiter. I find the info on this site to be the best. Thanks"

      9/21/2006: Janette from St. Petersburg, FL writes, "i used sesame oil to relieve tooth pain until i could get to the dentist. i did it twice. it did seem to make the pain less painful, however, i don't think i will ever be able to eat sesame seeds again... it was hard to keep the oil in my mouth for 15-20 minutes, but when the pain is that bad, you will try anything."

      9/20/2006: Liliane from Quebec, Canada writes, "I used sunflower oil for oil pulling. Believe it or not, this morning, I did it for the first time, after having problem with bronchitis and bronchiectasies, and coughing every day plus full of yellow and green mucus. Well, since this morning, nothing, no coughing and mucus.  I am ready for my 2e oil pulling right now before supper, cross my fingers so that it cure me after 14 years of health problems and a lots of antibiotic, months and months. I will give you feedback later on, I promise. One more thing, I did throw it in the toilet, but too greasy, so I will spit it out in a plastic bag full of paper, and throw it away. When the oil is in the toilet, it can eventually block. Merci.'

      9/18/2006: T. writes, "I have used this for years and have given it to many people. I used it for arthritis which has never returned as I used this method regularly. I have seen it cure snoring and many sinus issues. I have a friend who worked in a copper smelter and has emphesema and he swears by it. When I am exposed to pesticides and toxins or am experiencing die off from clenses I use this treatment. I am worried however that there is no information listed in your swish about toxins in the mouth after and the need to brush and gargle as well as snorting with baking soda and salt in warm water after so I am including the email I received years ago with the instructions I have as I would hate anyone to get sick or CA of the mouth due to not cleaning out the toxins right after swishing.

      Oil swish for getting rid of toxins When I first learned of this, I did it several times a day. Now, I just do it when I feel something coming on, nip it in the bud that way. I probably should do it every day. I got this back in 1992 in a handout a friend of mine brought back from Germany. She got it from a Yoga teacher there. I copied it. All I can do is give you the information I have. It says it was taken from an article that was published in a German magazine, Fortschritt fur alle (Progress for All). I have never researched it out any further than what I am giving to you, because I personally followed the instructions that follow and I KNOW that it WORKS for me. So, I don't feel the need to get validity from outside sources. You have to decide for yourself. By the way, the testimonies are not mine; they were on the handout too. If I were to write one, it would be very similar to testimony # five. Folk Remedy Oil Therapy According to Dr. Karach F. Karach, M.D., presented a paper before the All-Ukrainian Association. The meeting was attended by oncologists and bacteriologists belonging to that Academy of Science of the USSR. Dr. Karach explained an unusual simple healing process using cold- pressed oils. The results of this therapy invoked astonishment and doubt concerning the contents of his report. However, after further examining the workings of the oil therapy, one has but to then test it on oneself to prove its validity and effectiveness. It is most astonishing that such results can be affected with this absolutely harmless biological healing method. This simple method makes it possible to effectively treat the most varied diseases, in some cases enabling one to avoid surgical intervention and the taking of medications that can have harmful side effects. The exciting factor of this healing method is its simplicity. It consists of swishing cold-pressed vegetable oil in the mouth. The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own. In this way it is possible to heal cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously; the body rids itself of toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora. Dr. Karach says human beings are living only half their life span. They could potentially live to be 140 to 150 years old. He claims that the following illnesses can be effectively healed with the application of oil therapy: headaches, bronchitis, lung and liver conditions, toothache, thrombosis, blood diseases, arthrosis, paralysis, eczema, gastric ulcers, intestinal disorders, heart and kidney ailments, encephalitis, nervous conditions and female disorders. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. Dr. Karach says: "With the oil therapy, I healed my chronic blood disease of fifteen years. With the use of this therapy, I was healed within three days of an acute arthrosis that had forced me to lie in bed."

      If you can get it, the best oil to use is Hain Sunflower Oil or Spectrum Natural Peanut Oil. In the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach you take one tablespoon in the mouth but do not swallow it. The oil is slowly swished in the mouth and drawn through the teeth for fifteen to twenty minutes. It is thoroughly chewed and mixed with saliva as it is done in the Mayr cure. Chewing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. thus, the oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the chewing process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. It is then spit from the mouth into the toilet bowl. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been masticated thoroughly or long enough. After the oil has been removed from the mouth, the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed several times. It is preferable to use a cup of pure warm water to which has been added one-half teaspoon of salt and on-half teaspoon of baking soda. The teeth, gums and tongue must be brushed carefully. It is recommended that salt and soda be applied directly to the brush. After rinsing, gargle with the warm salt-soda water.

      You can add cooler water to what remains in the cup, thereby diluting its strength. Then tip the cup under the nose and gently sniff up the water to clean the nasal passages. Gently blow the nos. The sink must be cleaned because the spittle contains harmful bacteria and toxic bodily waste. If one were to see one drop of this liquid magnified 600 times under a microscope, one would see microbes in their first stage of development. It is important to understand that during the oil-swishing process one's metabolism is intensified. This leads to improved health. One of the most striking results of this process is the fastening of loose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and the visible whitening of the teeth. The oil swishing is done best before breakfast.

      To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach. The therapy is not harmful if it is repeated several times a day. Repetition hastens the healing process and renders it more effective. How long? This therapy should be repeated until one has returned to his original vitality and his sleep has been returned to a peaceful state. One who practices this therapy faithfully will awaken refreshed in the morning with no bags under the eyes. Normal appetite and improved memory are additional benefits. Healing symptoms: Patients who suffer from chronic conditions may appear to get worse in the beginning.

      Dr. Karach emphasizes that a worsening of your condition may be a sign that the disease is in the healing process. It may even happen that your temperature increases. A word of caution: Whereas the oil therapy can be very helpful to people, it is not a substitute for ongoing care by a qualified health practitioner. Any serious symptoms that develop during the course of this treatment should be reported to your doctor to determine whether they are due to the healing process or to a worsening of your condition, which may require immediate medical treatment. How often? Questions as to the repetition and duration of therapy can only be answered on an individual basis. Acute conditions oftentimes improve quickly, within two to three days.

      Chronic conditions usually need longer therapy, sometimes up to a year. Never give up!!! Testimony 1 For fifteen months I had been having pain in my liver. It seemed to become more intense and frequent as the weeks went on. I had tried all the different remedies I knew - special teas, vitamins. Swedish Bitters, ginger compresses, and so on--but the pain did not go away. After I prayed to Mother Mary for help regarding this problem, a friend handed me a piece of paper describing an oil therapy from Dr. F. Karach. I decided to try it since nothing else had worked for me thus far. Each morning before breakfast, I took one tablespoon of sunflower oil and slowly swished it in my mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes. I repeated the procedure each night before going to bed.

      After spitting out the oil, I found it helpful to use my Water Pik to thoroughly cleanse the tongue and gums. Three days after I had started the treatment, the pain disappeared completely! One week when I was extremely busy, I could only do the treatment in the morning and not at night. During that time, I noticed the recurrence of a slight pain in my liver, which disappeared again when I resumed the practice twice a day. I have now been using the treatment regularly for 1 1/2 to 2 months. I am very grateful to Mother Mary for making me aware of this therapy and hope that it will be helpful to all of you in treating whatever health problems you might have. Testimony 2 I had been on chemotherapy for a whole year, which had left me weak and tired and very depleted.

      In October 1991, I started the oil treatment and noticed an immediate improvement in how I felt. My energy began to return and I was able to go back to work full-time plus overtime. I do not have a strong immune system and I feel this treatment is helping me in that area, even though I usually only have time to use the treatment once a day. Everyone around me has been coming down with the flu, but I have not had it. My housemate has tried the treatment, too. Every time she feels a sore throat coming on, she swishes the cold-pressed oil in her mouth and the sore throat disappears! Testimony 3 I want to tell you about my exciting experience in using Dr. Karach's oil therapy. About forty-five years ago, I tested oil products in a laboratory for the Esso Standard Oil Company. Recently, I had a doctor test me for any residue that might be remaining in my body from this type of work. Since the tests indicated that I had a considerable amount of the residue in my body, he recommended that I take a supplement to remove it. I ordered the supplement but, interestingly, the order was lost.

      In the meantime, I learned of the oil therapy. So, I tried it for about a week (one to two times a day). Before reordering my supplement, I thought I should have my doctor test me again. Miraculously, he said, "There's not a trace of the residue left in you. It's all gone!" To say the least, I was thrilled! I have continued to use the oil therapy for its many other benefits, and as a preventative as well as a curative. I have noticed that I have not had any colds or coughs, unlike so many others around me. Testimony 4 I started the oil therapy one night when my teeth and upper and lower jaws were extremely sore--so much so that I feared my teeth were shifting and that I might have to have an extraction. I actually thought I might have to go to an oral surgeon. I followed the instructions and repeated the therapy the next morning and next night. When I awoke the following day, me teeth and jaws were very comfortable and the soreness never returned. Testimony 5 The idea of a simple, inexpensive, effective health therapy has always captured my interest. When I learned of the oil therapy, I started swishing immediately, experimenting with different oils. I had been to the dentist for a checkup after five years. Although I didn't have any cavities, I had serious deterioration in my gums. I had tried the usual remedies of baking soda and sea salt.

      My gums would improve somewhat but the condition would never clear up completely. For years I have also had postnasal drip and a film on my teeth in the morning as well as a heavy feeling in my mouth. Severe colds, flu and bronchitis have been a yearly experience. In general, I have had a difficult health history but have been on a good diet and work constantly on my health. I don't do things half way, so I enthusiastically started the oil- swishing therapy three times a day. In the evening, I would often swish for twenty minutes and follow up with an additional twenty minutes while reading or exercising. To my great joy, I immediately began to experience a clean feeling in my mouth each morning. My teeth felt like velvet and have become whiter. The gum condition cleared up in seven days! During the swishing, I experience mush drainage from my sinuses. I

      have slept more soundly than I have in years. j I have noticed little troubles clear up and my energy has been good. It takes concentration to keep the oil moving in the mouth, but this is necessary because the action of chewing and swishing activates the microorganisms out of the bloodstream into the saliva. The scarping of the tongue with a spoon is something I have practiced for years. I feel it is an important part of the cleansing of the mouth from bacteria. I am delighted with the therapy and looking forward to further changes in my body. Testimony 6 I learned about the oil therapy from a friend. It made sense and seemed simple and inexpensive, so I immediately decided to give it a try. I have been doing this therapy twice a day for about two months now. I feel it is one of the main reasons I have escaped getting the flu while so many others around me have been sick, including my husband.

      I think it is also quite effective in clearing toxins and purifying the blood. I have observed that a blood condition that had been making me very tired and keeping me awake at night has improved a great deal. I certainly intend to continue doing the oil therapy on a long term basis. I have little to lose and, I think, lots to gain! Testimony 7 I must admit that I was a bit skeptical upon hearing about the oil swishing treatment. But it sounded so simple, and the possibility of improving my health stimulated my desire to try it for a while. After using this treatment for the last two months, I can truly say that I feel stronger and less vulnerable to the latest illness going around the neighborhood. I have also noticed that my digestion has improved. I can eat less and yet not feel famished before my next meal. It's a great little remedy."

      9/19/2006: Tamara writes again: "This follows the last email that I wrote.  I use mostly cold pressed olive oil but I have seen people who can't stand the oil in their mouths use pure water and it turns white as well. I don't have scientific reasearch to back it up but any oil I have used works for me. One other caution is that if someone is really toxic, five min can be enough or the toxins will burn the mouth. Once I forgot and swished for about 40 min and ended up with mouth sores for about a week as the toxins burned my mouth. I now set a timer that I carry around with me as to not go over twenty min."

      9/15/2006:  Stacey writes, "I found that my tongue felt amazing after the first time. It was pink and CLEAN. no matter how much I scrub with my toothbrush my tongue never seems to feel that clean. As well I found that the skin on my face was softer and smoother, my pores were smaller. I was afraid that I would breakout in "Adult acne" but i didn't!!!!! As far as all my other ailments, the jury is still out. Stacey"

      9/15/2006: Pavithra from Hyderabad, India writes, "Oil pulling made my skin smooth."

      9/13/2006: David from Phoenix, AZ writes, "Oil pulling cured Brain Fog, Produced Whiter Teeth, Face used to be wrinkled around eyes but now amazingly smooth. I use expeller pressed organic virgin olive oil. I do a series of 3 flushes in the morning lasting seven minutes each and repeat the process just before bedtime. I have read reports that the mouth starts to re-absorb the very toxic used oil when prolonging (the oil pull) with the first tbs of oil for 15-20 minutes. Take the extra effort and expense and at least renew oil at the halfway point. I'm hooked for life. Combine this with an epsom/ olive oil liver flush for even better results. I removed over 2,500 bilium stones. (Confirmed by a lab)"

      9/4/2006: Annie from Stafford, VA writes, "I thought I'd post a comment after my first day's experience with oil pulling, for all of you fellow novices out there who are thinking about trying it. I used sesame oil because I couldn't find sunflower oil (which I had decided, before going shopping for oil, that I'd probably prefer). I was afraid that the taste of ANY of the oils would make me want to gag, but it didn't -- although I do find the warm, greasy feel of it in my mouth somewhat disgusting, and I wonder if it matters if I refrigerate the oil. My first session was soon after rising, on an empty stomach. After one whole minute of vigorous swishing/pulling, I was ready to spit -- and what I spat out was thin and white.

      I can hardly believe that it takes most folks 15-20 minutes for the oil to change consistency -- and I find it even harder to believe that most people are actually spending this long at it. If that is truly what is required for me to experience any real benefit, then it looks like I’m out of luck -- and my hat is off to those of you who can and do keep at the pulling for this long; you are hardier souls than I. Immediately after spitting out all that I could, I spent a few seconds swishing & pulling with hydrogen peroxide (which I do every day after brushing), and then I looked at my teeth in the mirror – as if one oily minute would have brightened the appearance of my tooth enamel! I drink both coffee and red wine every day, though, and despite brushing, flossing, and rinsing with peroxide daily, my teeth are on the dingy side, but did seem ever so slightly brighter after the oil pulling -- or was it my imagination, and/or wishful thinking? I did a second session later this same day not quite two hours after a meal, and found it much more difficult to keep the oil in my mouth for even the one full minute without gagging, but I managed, and again what I spat was thin and white. Hereafter I plan to try to do at least the one minute every morning for a while, and will post again if I have any interesting results to report."

      7/11/2006: Kitty from Clatskanie, OR writes, "We have a group of people doing this procedure on curezone.com

      http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=738

      also www.oilpulling.com has info

      There isn't a lot of information on it, in english anyway. It's excellent for dental health with results within days if not hours. It's truly amazing!!! One lady had 3 #9 pockets plus numerous 8, 7, 6 and 5s. After Oil Pulling for 5 minutes a day for two months, she went to the dentist with 2 #7 pockets at worst.

      I've been doing it for a few months now. I had gone to the dentist because of problems with a couple deep pockets. He was going to send me to a periodontist for possle surgery. Then I found out about oil pulling. I had posted on the dental forum at curezone and someone mentioned the oil pulling. After a couple days of doing it my gums felt much better. Now after about 3 months my gums are so much better, my teeth are markedly whiter, my mouth feels clean and gums healthy. My cracked heels are almost cured as well (go figure that). I have less aches and pains. It used to be difficult climbing the stairs and getting up my feet would hurt, but I feel much better all around. It's a crazy thing to do but it's fantastic. It's so simple and inexpensive. I use refined expeller pressed (Hain brand) sunflower oil. I also started adding a few drops of oil of oregano, which has anti bacterial properties. Check us out at curezone! Kitty"

      7/24/2006: Molly from California writes, "I first read about this therapy with Andreas Moritz's book "The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush". Something just resonated with me, I don't know what it was exactly. I have been doing it for 5 months, with a group of people, whose testimonials come in every day. We have people experimenting with other oils, and clays. We've added Oregano Oil and Tea Tree Oil to the pulling oil to add more antibacterial effects. Some say that this has cured their psoriasis. It does seem to have an effect on skin, like the healing of cracked heels. The dental testimonies are amazing. I am truly hooked for life on this. For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to going to the dentist!"

      8/2/2006: Patricia from Astoria, NY writes, "Oil pulling has stabilized my overeating, reduced the itching due to eczema. I have also released 5 pounds in 10 days. I started pulling in mid July during a power failure that lasted 9 days. I started with roasted sesame oil which I loved but switched to cold pressed after reading a lot of testimonials on curezone. I pulled in the morning on an empty stomach and my mouth would fill with saliva after 15 minutes. I have since started pulling after 2 pm and after 5minutes the saliva is flowing. I then spit it out and do the pulling for another 15 minutes. I feel energetic. I haven't noticed my teeth getting any whiter. My face has lost its puffiness. There are some pimples that broke out since I began but their time on my face is short lived. I will write an update when new healings come to light. Peace, Patricia"

      8/2/2006: Joan from West Los Angeles, CA writes, "I have been pulling now for about 3 weeks.  My teeth look a tiny bit whiter, but the main thing is that my sinuses seem to open up in the morning after pulling. My tongue is definitely more pink than its ever been and I don't have quite as intense dark circles under my eyes!  This practice is definitely energizing and I think my metabolism is speeding up -- I have lost about 2 lbs eating the same way I always do.

      I felt very fatigued the first 2 days after pulling with Sunflower Oil, but after that, haven't felt any side effects. I have terrible cracked heels, but so far haven't noticed much change.  I think it would take them at least 2 months to heal.  At any rate, I love this new practice and don't have any plans to stop."

      8/3/2006: Ifra from London writes, "'My face has gone smooth, and looks moisturised, my circles are decreasing, and my eyes, which were like inside my sockets, have started to come out, and look a bit brighter, my double chin, which i have been looking for a good exercise for, is slowly decreasing, but not too much as yet. my metabolism has gone a bit faster, i feel hungry, whereas before i used to just eat, and bored eat, whereas now i actually feel hungry. my tongue which was so cracked up and ugly and yellow, has actually shown a bit of colour, and is now not rough like before, but nice and soft. As yet i am still waiting to see if my cracked feet will heal, but i do feel energized, and healthy feeling. I have only started for 6 weeks now, and i only swish in the mornings, i want to do it 3 times, maybe that's when i will know the cures quickly, i think if someone like me wants quick results then 3 times a day. i would recommend it to everyone in the world, for a precaution against diseases, after all if we don't see anything happening outside of the body, we definitely know the insides are getting cleaned and all the toxins are going and diseases etc."

      READER Q&A

      READER QUESTION
      11/30/2006: Jackie from Sioux Falls, SD writes, "I have been "oil pulling" for over a month now, and I generally spit it out after about one minute. At that time it is already a foamy whitish color. Am I still getting the benefits if I do not rinse for the full 20 min.?"

      Ted replies, "Dear Jackie: For 1 minute? Generally, no. The possible exception is removal of heavy metals in your mouth. You can lessen the time but still not 1 minute, but you must add other things! 1 minutes is quite acceptable if you have a reaction against it as the bacteria dies, it releases the toxins too much for your body to take.

      The idea of the 20 minutes came from microbiology where if you treat the oils long enough (sunflower oil, but really coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil) often kills most organism during that period.

      The kill time can be lessened if you were to add tea tree oil one drop (very hot for some) and detoxify and kill (one drop of peppermint oil), but still 1 minutes is not enough, 2-3 minutes I think is the bare minimum for most kills to be effective and this means you must add the peppermint oil and the tea tree oil together - if you can stand it! So yes, you can shorten the time, but you have to add the other oils too. The addition of soap powder (or toothpaste) mixed with it, to the oil pulling will also speed the killing and this might be possible to get closer to 1 minute, but still difficult.

      It must be recognized that certain oils are more effective in killing. For example if it is candida, then maybe olive oil and tea tree oil. If it is a cold viruses or sore throat from viruses, then it is coconut oil with some soap solution, and/or tea tree oil and/or peppermint.

      The time should not be fixed since some people cannot take it. The reason is simple: when the organisms get killed, they release a toxin. The toxins can be detoxify or neutralized with the peppermint oil.

      In case of removal heavy metals, 1-2 minutes is enough. If by chance you experience negative reaction of oil pulling which often happens during the first 3 days, then I often suggest to try only 3-5 minutes. 1 minute will not be enough to kill the organism, the figure is a bit closer to 3 minutes and this is with the tea tree and peppermint oil too.

      The true deciding factor is really not the benefits you will get it anyway albeit less, it is how you can tolerate the thing! If you can't tolerate doing it for 10 minutes, the optimum is somewhere closer to 5!

      Most of these problems are the toxins released when they get killed in some instances, the solution remains clear even AFTER 30 minutes. In this instance, much of the problem have to do with LACK of saliva, in which case you must modify by adding water to the mixture. In your case you have plenty of saliva, but that doesn't mean the organisms get killed.

      While I don't want to get oil pulling into an orthodox protocol, it must be realized that olive oil might be effective against bacteria and fungus, and coconut oil more effective against viruses, while sunflower oil are best overall and is a bit more effective in removal of free heavy metals, again this is just my observations. The deciding factor is you need to know their components and what they are effective against, such as oleic acid (olive oil), lauric acid (coconut oil, and linoleic acid (sunflower oil but also have oleic too). This is why sunflower is generally better. It is high in both linoleic acid and oleic acid. Since many people are not aware that linoleic have antibacterial properties, here is a research which quite related to sunflower oil in the components. See below. Ted

      Antibacterial activity of linoleic and oleic acids isolated from Helichrysum pedunculatum: a plant used during circumcision rites. Dilika F, Bremner PD, Meyer JJ.

      Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa.

      The antibacterial activity-guided fractionation of the dichloromethane extract of leaves of Helichrysum pedunculatum resulted in the isolation of linoleic and oleic acids. Linoleic acid inhibited the growth of all the Gram-positive bacterial species tested with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) varying between 0.01 and 1.0 mg/ml. Oleic acid was active against three of the five Gram-positive bacteria at a MIC of 1.0 mg/ml. Both compounds were inactive against the Gram-negative species tested. A synergistic effect between the two fatty acids was observed against Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus kristinae.

      PMID: 10925024 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

      READER QUESTION
      11/29/2006: Peg writes, "How can anyone just flush with oil for 20 min i did it for 10 and it was very difficult to continue any clues?"

      Ted replies, "Peg: 10 minutes would be o.k., but next time add the peppermint oil 1 drop to it. It will make it easier for you as this will neutralize the toxins that are released as the microbes get killed, and it makes it easier for you to do it without problems. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/18/2006: Cherokee from San Francisco, CA writes, "I just oil pulled for the first time, for twenty minutes, and the oil was still yellowish upon spitting. I am wondering if perhaps I am a bit less toxic than some? I've been vegetarian for twelve years (i'm 31), don't eat fast food, don't drink soda (or any hf corn syrup), and avoid partially hydrogenated oils at all cost. Any other vegetarians with feedback? Diet has a lot to do with toxicity, so I wonder."

      Ted replies, "Dear Cherokee: It is still yellow? Since I am getting many complaints on this, I might as well give you a formal proof. Add a sunflower oil to 1/4 full to a test tube. Then add 1/4 of water. Shake it vigorously for one minute. The solution will be milky white regardless. If you put in too little water, say 1/16, the solution will be mostly yellow. The problem is very likely that your mouth lacks saliva or you put too much oil in the mouth in ratio to the saliva being thus generated. When this happens, you need to drink more water (you might be dehydrated) or alkalize your body. Alkalizing will also increase your saliva. Just take one whole freshly squeezed lemon and add baking soda until no fizz, then add water to 1/2 glass. Take this one a day at least. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Alan from London writes, "Hi there, I have amalgam (mercury containing) fillings and was wondering if oil pulling is suitable with these ? Thanks."

      Ted replies, "Dear Alan: The best solution appears to be to remove the amalgam fillings and replaced them with a non-mercury kind. After you remove it then, oil pulling would be most helpful.

      If it is not possible, then consider one tablespoon of sunflower oil and peppermint oil. Do it for about 3 times and that should reduce mercury somewhat, but the cause will not be removed.

      To reduce mercury exposure somewhat, supplementing magnesium should help. Taking plenty of selenium supplements and garlic should also help displace mercury out of your body easier.

      It is also important to take plenty of granulated lecithin when you eat the food. Since mercury are oils soluble, and removal of oil soluble compounds are difficult a fat emulsifier could help you a lot. This is to be taken one one tablespoon of granulated lecithin with every meal of food you take.

      Since metals are somewhat acid forming, taking some baking soda regularly should also help. Try a simple 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water taken at least 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Janet writes, "I read oil pulling is not recommended for those taking antibiotics before dental work. Should I stop oil pulling since I do this? I have constant canker sores and was hoping this would be a remedy for me. Can I just not oil pull before dental work? I don't understand the harm. Thank you."

      Ted replies, "Dear Janet: A canker sore remedy is often to acidic body and constant constipation, or minor consitipation where the body has no ready means of getting rid of the toxins. I would prefer you just take baking soda + citric acid 1/4 teaspoon each to 1/2 glass of water and take it 2 times a day, once in the morning and one before bedtime. Monitoring urinary pH is important that you get it within pH of 6-7. Most people with canker sores have urinary pH of just 5-5.9. Eating less fried foods, eating slowly, and less sugar, no potato chips, chocolates and no fruit drinks will help much. Taking some milk of magnesia will help reduce constipation the safest, if the formulation contains no aluminum compound.

      The reason why it is not done before dental work is the fear of herx effect occuring after dental work. So if you are doing oil pulling presently and you have no problems with this, no herx effect, then you can continue to do so. Adding peppermint oil one drop to one teaspoon can often reduce the Herx effect. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Kathy from Nashville, TN writes, "my question is as follows: does anyone else have trouble with the oil not becoming clear or white after 20 minutes? My mouth gets very full of saliva at this point, but the mixture is still slightly yellow. I have trouble making it that far and not sure I could continue any longer. I've been told that my saliva is very thick (by dentists) thus causing plaque issues. Could this be the reason it takes so long?"

      11/23/2006: Suzy from British Columbia, Canada writes, "This is in response to Kathy from Nashville. I have done oil pulling for the 2nd day now (20 minutes each) and I have also experinced a yellowish color and thin (not the white thick). My tongue feels very clean from it. I am thinking maybe I donot have very many heavy metals in my body as the reason?? I am healthy and I have done a blood analysis 2 years ago and told that I have some heavy metals but not many?? Also I have been doing the 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp citric acid for about a month now and my ph levels are at healthy levels. So I also question why the oil is not turning a white, but I will try more."

      Ted replies, "Dear Kathy: A thick saliva can mean that you don't drink enough water or are partially dehydrated. It could also mean that the body's acid/alkaline is not balanced. Often a thick saliva whenever I have in the past, is that I am not alkalized enough, or don't take enough zinc supplements, such as zinc acetate, 25 mg/day for at least a week and take some 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water to twice a day, at least.

      The body's antioxidant level is low. To increase the antioxidants consider taking one whole lemon freshly squeezed and add baking soda until there is no more fizz then add water to 1/2 glass and take it at least once a day. One person I know who had trouble raising his pH had to take at least 4 times a day, just to get normal pH, as he is sick, so the body is very acid.

      The best ways around the oil pulling problem is just take only 1/2 tablespoon and swish around with constant change in the oil. You need not wait for 20 minutes as prescribe if you know how the logic was was thought up in the first place.

      Basically microbiologist know that oils such as linoleic acid will often kill most of them within 20-30 minutes. I have even checked heavy metals presence with some vigorous swishing of less than even 1-2 minutes and there it was.

      Therefore in event it does not get yellow, don't worry. Just use less oil, but change it more often in between, every 2-5 minutes would be o.k. assuming your toxic load is high. If you this for 20 minutes the results will still be the same, even if it is still mostly yellow, most of the toxins will be killed regardless.

      Should the process causes sore throat, then just add peppermint oil to the sunflower oil. That would be enough to neutralize the toxin. Often brushing your teeth first will help, but in event it does not help, try supplementing with zinc and consider taking baking soda for a least a week. Take plenty of water, the saliva should thin itself by then. Ted

      READER QUESTION
      10/24/2006: Laurie from Bakersfield writes, "Could you please let me know if it would be O.K. for a child to oil pull? He has cerebal palsy and has suffered with allergies and sinus problems for years. How dangerous is it if he accidentally swallows it? (he doesn't have great control over his mouth. Also I have a daughter who has ADD (Attention deficeit disorder) do you have any home remedys for her? Thanks!"

      Ted replies, " Dear Laurie: Allergies and sinus problems will often be greatly helpped with taking zinc acetate, 20/mg, magnesium 100 mg/day, sodium molybdate and fulvic acid. These are four important supplements that helped with allergies and quite a common deficiency often results in allergies.

      The other issue is taking some 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day in 1/4 glass of water, once in morning and once in evening on empty stomach. For children the dose is half that of an adult. Alkalizing pH will restore the health by increasing oxygen necessary to oxidize the bugs. Most of sinus problems is often due to fungus issues, so removing rugs, carpets in the house in a place where the child sleeps should help.

      How dangerous is it if he accidentally swallows it? (he doesn't have great control over his mouth. Also I have a daughter who has ADD (Attention deficeit disorder) do you have any home remedys for her?

      Swallowing the oil pulling is not dangerous, but accidental oil getting into the lungs obstructing the breathing passages is not good either. Therefore, to remove the heavy metals, giving a small amounts of chinese parsley of 10-20 leaves per day, fresh mixed with food taken on alternate weeks should be greatly helped.

      Since heavy metals is at issue, taking 1/8 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda on 1/4 glass of water should help remove BOTH the bugs and the metals, since sodium citrate is a by product of this reaction will help most of the condition better than just the baking soda alone.

      So you just have to decide whether the sinus is more serious or learning difficulty is. Learning difficulty this second formula will work and I have seen some good feedback from this. The secret is that you must do these ONLY ON ALTERNATIVE WEEK. On first week you can give him hydergine, pyroglutamate, citric acid plus baking soda, and chinese parsley. On the second week you do absolutely nothing to allow the body to relax and detox itself. Then on third week you begin again. The children body has a limited capacity to remove the toxins out and they need AT LEAST a week of this. Sometimes I have seen longer. Where the treatment lasts only a week, and for two weeks you do nothing.

      However, in case of zinc supplements for a child with this condition, this is even more unusual. You can only give him only 2-3 days and stop and wait for two weeks and begin.

      Cod liver oil, fish oil and lecithin given at different times will help remove heavy metals.

      I wouldn't recommend oil pulling, I would recommend things that I have seen to worked well with children and just stick to well worn path that I found to have worked extremely well since this protocol was tested and continually improved upon for the last two years for children with learning disorders.

      It is important that the child avoids eating any fried foods as oil in fried foods act like a sponge on heavy metals while you are using cooking utensils made from stainless steel. As you know stainless steel have nickel and iron. Nickel people do have a reaction. Just imagine what happens if eat it. Therefore, only boiled foods, baked foods, and as usual no microwave cooking and sweets. No processed food.

      To the drinking water, add 1/8 teaspoon of disodium EDTA per liter of water. This will remove any free radical from the body and allows the child to recover faster. I have not decided yet whether this should be continued definitely or to do the alternate week approach. You have to decide that yourself. However, in my opinion use this only on alternate weeks approach and if all goes well you MIGHT consider using this throughout the treatment period.

      As before, this protocol has worked very well with children's learning disorders. Carnosine is one supplement that seems to reduce the toxicity of copper and zinc in the brain, but I have at the moment did not receive any feedback from parents on this. Usually when I pressed for it the typical responses is they were cured and no feedback was needed. Ted"

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      7/12/2006: You may be thinking the same thing we did -- what the heck is Oil Pulling? Well, thank goodness for the kindness of our readers! We're so busy updating this site every day, we don't often have time to check out other websites to see what exciting new home remedies are being passed around. So when Kitty from Clatskanie, Oregon wrote us informing us about this ancient Ayurvedic cure called Oil Pulling or Oil Swishing, we were thrilled!

      It looks like Oil Swishing may become one of the top home remedies of all time. Please let us know if you've tried this amazing remedy -- it appears to be gathering momentum here in the USA.

      11/20/2006: The READER Q&A section is now located at the bottom of this page. Click here.

      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:
      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health. According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.

      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).

      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed. For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.

      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.

      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Click here to read the rest of this excellent article in its entirety.

      11/8/2006: Laura from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia writes, "I wanted to comment that the usage of the word "gargle" on your Oil Pulling page is a tad alarming given the warning NOT to gargle in the throat near the end of the instructions. It seems Dr. Karsch used it as well. I have never heard or used the word "gargle" unless it meant using the throat, so it is a tad misleading for the unsuspecting or the casual reader. Perhaps the alert could be placed at the beginning of the article to clarify the usage of the word and for safety's sake. Thank you for your time."

      Earth Clinic note: Laura is referring to the article posted above by Bharat Savur.

      OIL PULLING INSTRUCTIONS:
      First thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking, take 1 TBSP of either sesame or sunflower oil. Put the oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. 15 - 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it's still yellow, you haven't done it long enough.

      You can do this 2 more times during the day if you want to detox faster. Make sure you do it on an empty stomach, however. Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well.

      Follow with 2 - 3 glasses of water.

      DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL!
      It now contains parasites and bacteria!

      DO NOT GARGLE IN THE THROAT!

      DO IT SLOWLY!

      HOW IT WORKS:
      The oil pulls all mucous, bacteria and toxins from your body through your saliva. According to Ayurvedic medicine, mucous is a poison that must be removed.

      Note #1:
      Keeping the chin tilted up makes sure the oil gets to the back molars.

      Note #2:
      Only sesame and sunflower oils produce favorable results.

      Note #3:
      If after meals, wait at least 4 hours before you Oil Pull. After drinking, wait 1 hour.

      Note #4:
      A worsening of symptoms is an excellent indication that the disease/ailment is being cured.

      Note #5:
      Do not stop Oil Pulling if you feel aggravated symptoms or heightened side effects. Your body is healing.

      Excellent Links for More Information:
      http://www.oilpulling.com/opuniversalremedy.pdf
      http://www.oilpulling.com/PULLING%20OIL_karacharticle.pdf

      READER FEEDBACK -- THANK YOU!

      11/29/2006: Mariana from Richmond, California writes, "oil pulling with sesame oil has so far cured my diarrhea and insomia.  My teeth are whiter. I am amazed that i have not gotten a cold or the flu this year. i was wondering if this also cures epilepsy?"

      11/14/2006: Valerie from Germantown, MD writes, "I have an infection in my tooth that is so bad that came back in 3 days after a 10 day dose of penacillion. Peroxide stopped working after a while. sunflower oil is the only thing that keeps it under control. If I skip a few days it will come back but when I start back up it goes away but I have no bad side effects. It has only been 3 months and my teeth are very white. I am hoping that by the time I reach my 6 month mark that my heels will be better also."

      POTENTIAL CURE FOR ASTHMA ATTACKS: OIL PULLING
      11/6/2006: Shakti from Chicago, IL writes, "Please post this where asthma sufferers can view it, this is important because I had a hard time finding a cure for asthma on your site but thank God I did. I began a regimen of oil pulling shortly after a lingering cold went to my lungs, I just couldn't get rid of the mucus. I prayed for relief. It got even worse after a chemical pesticide was sprayed in my home for pest control. The next day after the extermination I had the worst attack of my life, I couldn't stand it anymore, so after 10 years of not having to put any poison into my lungs I had to once again use an inhaler to control the attacks. After the second night of waking up feeling side effects of nervousness anxiety and panic I decided enough was enough. I went to the computer in the middle of the night and began hours of research to find a natural cure. That's how I found this miracle of a web site. The next day I went out a purchased some sesame oil and took one table spoon 3x a day at the onset of my asthma attack and Immediately after the very first dose the mucus expelled out of my longs, and within 10 minutes what had plagued me for over 10 years was no more. Since then If I have any tightening in my chest or shortness of breath I IMMEDIATELY do the oil pulling and the problem subsides in 10 minutes or less. ~~~Oh I'd be remiss if I did not mention the side effect, I took oil pulling for Bronchial Asthma but as a result I got a dazzling white smile, sinus relief, not to mention it remarkably helped to subside my symptoms PMS all unexpected but welcomed side effects. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! P.S. thanks my husband thanks you too, lol."

      11/3/2006: Mary from Brooklyn, NY writes, "I could not do the swishing for more than a minute or so the first time and tried it again a few minutes later. I just could not do it. The next day I tried again, with only one teaspoon, and again could only do it for a minute or so. I skipped a day and then tried again but to no avail. I am not a squeamish person and can do just about anything, but I was so afraid of swallowing this stuff. I did get very sick all that day and night with pains in my stomach, with a lot of gauging and then vomiting two globs of mucous. I had printed out the oil pulling and gave it to a friend. She said that she would not be able to do this because she has to take antibotics before having any dental work and that bacteria attacks the lining of the heart. This made me a little nervous about doing this and I would like your feedback. I did not read anything negative on the feedback and an wondering why? If I could not do it, there must be others? Thank you."

      Ted replies: "Dear Mary: Of course there is and always will be a negative feedback from pretty much any remedy! People in general do not post feedback as much as they should. I basically have two kinds of feedback, those with real problems and those who post false information. Don't worry, I can tell which is which!

      I did get very sick all that day and night with pains in my stomach, with a lot of gauging and then vomiting two globs of mucous.

      This is a common herx effect. Whenever the pathogen dies off, it releases a toxin. Normally the herx effect lasts about 3 days. If you want to minimize the herx effect there are several steps you should take. First, after the swishing, prepare a warm water and add a couple of drops of peppermint oil. The peppermint oil, the worse it taste (too hot or too cold) the more you need it. Use this as a mouthwash and do it a couple of times. Most of the toxins should be neutralized.

      Second, just drink strong cup of tea unsugared with a couple of drops peppermint oil in it. Always start with one drop.

      A green tea might be better as it might have more tannins. Tannins are basically an interesting chemical that I love to play with.

      Basically, it has a tendency to react with any foreign toxins and proteins neutralizing them and it becomes benign.

      Peppermint contains menthol, and chemically it is unusual in its own right in reacting with certain bacterial and viral toxins along the way neutralizing them too.

      This should stop the herx reaction pretty quick. But the speed will vary since everyone's body chemistry are different.

      Personally I would much prefer to use pure tannic acid and menthol crystals, but they are much harder to measure and use for most people. So I will keep this remedy simple.

      she would not be able to do this because she has to take antibotics before having any dental work and that bacteria attacks the lining of the heart.

      Antibiotics alone have a tendency to create toxins primarily causing yeast infection or candida afterwards.

      In that case oil pulling would not be the way to go, as the body is overburdened with heavy metal and bacteria which could cause a stronger herx reaction.

      As a result, eating chinese parsley (cilantro) for about a week would be the preferred way to reduce the heavy metal burden. Take it one week, do nothing the second week, and continue on the third week.

      To reduce the possible yeast built up besides the chinese parsley, taking some tea with one drop of rosemary oil or peppermint oil in a strong cup of unsugared green tea would do. Most tannins are good in that it does not increase the iron burden to the body, especially if they are not black in color, but will reduce the iron burden.

      This is good since the major source of food for most fungus, bacteria and candida is the iron that they create by creating an enzyme hemolysis which kills the red blood cell creating an anemia, but yet overburden the body with iron. Just reduce taking sugar should help a lot. If oil pulling is not your cup of tea, you can modify the oil, by adding one drop of peppermint oil to the sunflower oil or olive oil, to detox the the toxins instead of just keeping it in the oil, the toxins will also get neutralized too. There are many variations I have devised over the course of time doing this, such as rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, rose oil, etc. but peppermint oil is readily available. And for most people anyway, they are likely to get used to the peppermint already in used with most commercial toothpastes in the market at least for a century. Ted"

      10/13/2006: Kendra from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada writes, "I have been doing this procedure, oil pulling for two days. So far so good. However, I'm curious about a few things.... Why are we instructed to swish SLOWLY (what if we swished fast)? Why do we have to wait 4hours after eating or 1hours after drinking before we can do an oil pulling (and what if we didn't)? "

      Earth Clinic responds: Good question!  Anyone? Well, a friend reported that after she swished intensely and quickly for 10 minutes, her PMS (at that moment, rage) abated. Perhaps more experimentation needs to be done on this technique.

      10/13/2006: Bev writes, "I learned of Oil Pulling several months ago. Immediately my teeth became whiter. My mouth and teeth feel amazingly clean. My receding gums have started growing back and my teeth feel tighter or more secure. I have found switching back and fourth between different oils keeps my teeth their whitest. Sesame oil is my favorite. Olive oil gives the most dramatic results. I have also used Coconut oil. This is so easy and inexpensive! I plan to OP for life."

      9/29/2006: Tricia from Astoria, NY writes, "I have been pulling since july 06 with sesame and safflower oils. I just love the sesame because it tastes like halvah to me. My skin on the top of my right foot was covered with eczema and it was itchy and inflamed constantly. It is still discoloured from all the abuse it received from me. The wonderful result though is the inflamation has subsided. I am noticing new skin growing back slowly. It is thrilling to know that this harmless protocol is helping this painful debilitating disease that orthodox meds cannot heal. Peace and Health to all."

      9/25/2006: Sue from New Zealand writes, "Wow! Have only done this twice so far. I only did it to help support my husband who has been suffering from recurring boils in his ears. I said I would do this if he would. I didn't actually have a major problem with my nose. An annoying drip at times and as there is a lot of pollen around at present it has been a little clogged but nothing serious or even annoying. This morning I had to spit the oil out & start again as there was so much mucus draining down the back of my throat from my nose I was almost sick from the tickling & not swallowing. After using the salt/soda water up the nostrils, my nose is much clearer. The mucus from one side was quite yellow. I can breathe easily and have no drip. My husband's boil burst of its own accord with less pain than previous boils. The worst experiene he had was with one in his finger and one underhis arm at the same time. He had antibiotics. It took a long time to clear and he has had several in his ears since then so we have decided to give this a go & see if it clears the toxins out faster and with less pain. He also took turmeric in warm water and this relieved the pain almost immediately. I'll let you know if the boils disappear completely."

      9/24/2006: Margaret from Florida writes, "I used coconut oil for oil pulling.  My teeth are whiter. I find the info on this site to be the best. Thanks"

      9/21/2006: Janette from St. Petersburg, FL writes, "i used sesame oil to relieve tooth pain until i could get to the dentist. i did it twice. it did seem to make the pain less painful, however, i don't think i will ever be able to eat sesame seeds again... it was hard to keep the oil in my mouth for 15-20 minutes, but when the pain is that bad, you will try anything."

      9/20/2006: Liliane from Quebec, Canada writes, "I used sunflower oil for oil pulling. Believe it or not, this morning, I did it for the first time, after having problem with bronchitis and bronchiectasies, and coughing every day plus full of yellow and green mucus. Well, since this morning, nothing, no coughing and mucus.  I am ready for my 2e oil pulling right now before supper, cross my fingers so that it cure me after 14 years of health problems and a lots of antibiotic, months and months. I will give you feedback later on, I promise. One more thing, I did throw it in the toilet, but too greasy, so I will spit it out in a plastic bag full of paper, and throw it away. When the oil is in the toilet, it can eventually block. Merci.'

      9/18/2006: T. writes, "I have used this for years and have given it to many people. I used it for arthritis which has never returned as I used this method regularly. I have seen it cure snoring and many sinus issues. I have a friend who worked in a copper smelter and has emphesema and he swears by it. When I am exposed to pesticides and toxins or am experiencing die off from clenses I use this treatment. I am worried however that there is no information listed in your swish about toxins in the mouth after and the need to brush and gargle as well as snorting with baking soda and salt in warm water after so I am including the email I received years ago with the instructions I have as I would hate anyone to get sick or CA of the mouth due to not cleaning out the toxins right after swishing.

      Oil swish for getting rid of toxins When I first learned of this, I did it several times a day. Now, I just do it when I feel something coming on, nip it in the bud that way. I probably should do it every day. I got this back in 1992 in a handout a friend of mine brought back from Germany. She got it from a Yoga teacher there. I copied it. All I can do is give you the information I have. It says it was taken from an article that was published in a German magazine, Fortschritt fur alle (Progress for All). I have never researched it out any further than what I am giving to you, because I personally followed the instructions that follow and I KNOW that it WORKS for me. So, I don't feel the need to get validity from outside sources. You have to decide for yourself. By the way, the testimonies are not mine; they were on the handout too. If I were to write one, it would be very similar to testimony # five. Folk Remedy Oil Therapy According to Dr. Karach F. Karach, M.D., presented a paper before the All-Ukrainian Association. The meeting was attended by oncologists and bacteriologists belonging to that Academy of Science of the USSR. Dr. Karach explained an unusual simple healing process using cold- pressed oils. The results of this therapy invoked astonishment and doubt concerning the contents of his report. However, after further examining the workings of the oil therapy, one has but to then test it on oneself to prove its validity and effectiveness. It is most astonishing that such results can be affected with this absolutely harmless biological healing method. This simple method makes it possible to effectively treat the most varied diseases, in some cases enabling one to avoid surgical intervention and the taking of medications that can have harmful side effects. The exciting factor of this healing method is its simplicity. It consists of swishing cold-pressed vegetable oil in the mouth. The healing process is accomplished by the human organism on its own. In this way it is possible to heal cells, tissue and all organs simultaneously; the body rids itself of toxic waste without disturbing the healthy microflora. Dr. Karach says human beings are living only half their life span. They could potentially live to be 140 to 150 years old. He claims that the following illnesses can be effectively healed with the application of oil therapy: headaches, bronchitis, lung and liver conditions, toothache, thrombosis, blood diseases, arthrosis, paralysis, eczema, gastric ulcers, intestinal disorders, heart and kidney ailments, encephalitis, nervous conditions and female disorders. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. Dr. Karach says: "With the oil therapy, I healed my chronic blood disease of fifteen years. With the use of this therapy, I was healed within three days of an acute arthrosis that had forced me to lie in bed."

      If you can get it, the best oil to use is Hain Sunflower Oil or Spectrum Natural Peanut Oil. In the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach you take one tablespoon in the mouth but do not swallow it. The oil is slowly swished in the mouth and drawn through the teeth for fifteen to twenty minutes. It is thoroughly chewed and mixed with saliva as it is done in the Mayr cure. Chewing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. thus, the oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the chewing process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. It is then spit from the mouth into the toilet bowl. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been masticated thoroughly or long enough. After the oil has been removed from the mouth, the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed several times. It is preferable to use a cup of pure warm water to which has been added one-half teaspoon of salt and on-half teaspoon of baking soda. The teeth, gums and tongue must be brushed carefully. It is recommended that salt and soda be applied directly to the brush. After rinsing, gargle with the warm salt-soda water. You can add cooler water to what remains in the cup, thereby diluting its strength. Then tip the cup under the nose and gently sniff up the water to clean the nasal passages. Gently blow the nos. The sink must be cleaned because the spittle contains harmful bacteria and toxic bodily waste. If one were to see one drop of this liquid magnified 600 times under a microscope, one would see microbes in their first stage of development. It is important to understand that during the oil-swishing process one's metabolism is intensified. This leads to improved health. One of the most striking results of this process is the fastening of loose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and the visible whitening of the teeth. The oil swishing is done best before breakfast. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach. The therapy is not harmful if it is repeated several times a day. Repetition hastens the healing process and renders it more effective. How long? This therapy should be repeated until one has returned to his original vitality and his sleep has been returned to a peaceful state. One who practices this therapy faithfully will awaken refreshed in the morning with no bags under the eyes. Normal appetite and improved memory are additional benefits. Healing symptoms: Patients who suffer from chronic conditions may appear to get worse in the beginning. Dr. Karach emphasizes that a worsening of your condition may be a sign that the disease is in the healing process. It may even happen that your temperature increases. A word of caution: Whereas the oil therapy can be very helpful to people, it is not a substitute for ongoing care by a qualified health practitioner. Any serious symptoms that develop during the course of this treatment should be reported to your doctor to determine whether they are due to the healing process or to a worsening of your condition, which may require immediate medical treatment. How often? Questions as to the repetition and duration of therapy can only be answered on an individual basis. Acute conditions oftentimes improve quickly, within two to three days. Chronic conditions usually need longer therapy, sometimes up to a year. Never give up!!! Testimony 1 For fifteen months I had been having pain in my liver. It seemed to become more intense and frequent as the weeks went on. I had tried all the different remedies I knew - special teas, vitamins. Swedish Bitters, ginger compresses, and so on--but the pain did not go away. After I prayed to Mother Mary for help regarding this problem, a friend handed me a piece of paper describing an oil therapy from Dr. F. Karach. I decided to try it since nothing else had worked for me thus far.


      Each morning before breakfast, I took one tablespoon of sunflower oil and slowly swished it in my mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes. I repeated the procedure each night before going to bed. After spitting out the oil, I found it helpful to use my Water Pik to thoroughly cleanse the tongue and gums. Three days after I had started the treatment, the pain disappeared completely! One week when I was extremely busy, I could only do the treatment in the morning and not at night. During that time, I noticed the recurrence of a slight pain in my liver, which disappeared again when I resumed the practice twice a day. I have now been using the treatment regularly for 1 1/2 to 2 months. I am very grateful to Mother Mary for making me aware of this therapy and hope that it will be helpful to all of you in treating whatever health problems you might have. Testimony 2 I had been on chemotherapy for a whole year, which had left me weak and tired and very depleted. In October 1991, I started the oil treatment and noticed an immediate improvement in how I felt. My energy began to return and I was able to go back to work full-time plus overtime.


      I do not have a strong immune system and I feel this treatment is helping me in that area, even though I usually only have time to use the treatment once a day. Everyone around me has been coming down with the flu, but I have not had it. My housemate has tried the treatment, too. Every time she feels a sore throat coming on, she swishes the cold-pressed oil in her mouth and the sore throat disappears! Testimony 3 I want to tell you about my exciting experience in using Dr. Karach's oil therapy. About forty-five years ago, I tested oil products in a laboratory for the Esso Standard Oil Company. Recently, I had a doctor test me for any residue that might be remaining in my body from this type of work. Since the tests indicated that I had a considerable amount of the residue in my body, he recommended that I take a supplement to remove it. I ordered the supplement but, interestingly, the order was lost. In the meantime, I learned of the oil therapy. So, I tried it for about a week (one to two times a day). Before reordering my supplement, I thought I should have my doctor test me again.


      Miraculously, he said, "There's not a trace of the residue left in you. It's all gone!" To say the least, I was thrilled! I have continued to use the oil therapy for its many other benefits, and as a preventative as well as a curative. I have noticed that I have not had any colds or coughs, unlike so many others around me. Testimony 4 I started the oil therapy one night when my teeth and upper and lower jaws were extremely sore--so much so that I feared my teeth were shifting and that I might have to have an extraction. I actually thought I might have to go to an oral surgeon. I followed the instructions and repeated the therapy the next morning and next night. When I awoke the following day, me teeth and jaws were very comfortable and the soreness never returned. Testimony 5 The idea of a simple, inexpensive, effective health therapy has always captured my interest. When I learned of the oil therapy, I started swishing immediately, experimenting with different oils. I had been to the dentist for a checkup after five years. Although I didn't have any cavities, I had serious deterioration in my gums. I had tried the usual remedies of baking soda and sea salt. My gums would improve somewhat but the condition would never clear up completely. For years I have also had postnasal drip and a film on my teeth in the morning as well as a heavy feeling in my mouth.


      Severe colds, flu and bronchitis have been a yearly experience. In general, I have had a difficult health history but have been on a good diet and work constantly on my health. I don't do things half way, so I enthusiastically started the oil- swishing therapy three times a day. In the evening, I would often swish for twenty minutes and follow up with an additional twenty minutes while reading or exercising. To my great joy, I immediately began to experience a clean feeling in my mouth each morning. My teeth felt like velvet and have become whiter. The gum condition cleared up in seven days! During the swishing, I experience mush drainage from my sinuses. I have slept more soundly than I have in years. j I have noticed little troubles clear up and my energy has been good. It takes concentration to keep the oil moving in the mouth, but this is necessary because the action of chewing and swishing activates the microorganisms out of the bloodstream into the saliva. The scarping of the tongue with a spoon is something I have practiced for years.

      I feel it is an important part of the cleansing of the mouth from bacteria. I am delighted with the therapy and looking forward to further changes in my body. Testimony 6 I learned about the oil therapy from a friend. It made sense and seemed simple and inexpensive, so I immediately decided to give it a try. I have been doing this therapy twice a day for about two months now. I feel it is one of the main reasons I have escaped getting the flu while so many others around me have been sick, including my husband. I think it is also quite effective in clearing toxins and purifying the blood. I have observed that a blood condition that had been making me very tired and keeping me awake at night has improved a great deal. I certainly intend to continue doing the oil therapy on a long term basis.

      I have little to lose and, I think, lots to gain! Testimony 7 I must admit that I was a bit skeptical upon hearing about the oil swishing treatment. But it sounded so simple, and the possibility of improving my health stimulated my desire to try it for a while. After using this treatment for the last two months, I can truly say that I feel stronger and less vulnerable to the latest illness going around the neighborhood. I have also noticed that my digestion has improved. I can eat less and yet not feel famished before my next meal. It's a great little remedy."

      9/19/2006: Tamara writes again: "This follows the last email that I wrote.  I use mostly cold pressed olive oil but I have seen people who can't stand the oil in their mouths use pure water and it turns white as well. I don't have scientific reasearch to back it up but any oil I have used works for me. One other caution is that if someone is really toxic, five min can be enough or the toxins will burn the mouth. Once I forgot and swished for about 40 min and ended up with mouth sores for about a week as the toxins burned my mouth. I now set a timer that I carry around with me as to not go over twenty min."

      9/15/2006:  Stacey writes, "I found that my tongue felt amazing after the first time. It was pink and CLEAN. no matter how much I scrub with my toothbrush my tongue never seems to feel that clean. As well I found that the skin on my face was softer and smoother, my pores were smaller. I was afraid that I would breakout in "Adult acne" but i didn't!!!!! As far as all my other ailments, the jury is still out. Stacey"

      9/15/2006: Pavithra from Hyderabad, India writes, "Oil pulling made my skin smooth."

      9/13/2006: David from Phoenix, AZ writes, "Oil pulling cured Brain Fog, Produced Whiter Teeth, Face used to be wrinkled around eyes but now amazingly smooth. I use expeller pressed organic virgin olive oil. I do a series of 3 flushes in the morning lasting seven minutes each and repeat the process just before bedtime. I have read reports that the mouth starts to re-absorb the very toxic used oil when prolonging (the oil pull) with the first tbs of oil for 15-20 minutes. Take the extra effort and expense and at least renew oil at the halfway point. I'm hooked for life. Combine this with an epsom/ olive oil liver flush for even better results. I removed over 2,500 bilium stones. (Confirmed by a lab)"

      9/4/2006: Annie from Stafford, VA writes, "I thought I'd post a comment after my first day's experience with oil pulling, for all of you fellow novices out there who are thinking about trying it. I used sesame oil because I couldn't find sunflower oil (which I had decided, before going shopping for oil, that I'd probably prefer). I was afraid that the taste of ANY of the oils would make me want to gag, but it didn't -- although I do find the warm, greasy feel of it in my mouth somewhat disgusting, and I wonder if it matters if I refrigerate the oil.

      My first session was soon after rising, on an empty stomach. After one whole minute of vigorous swishing/pulling, I was ready to spit -- and what I spat out was thin and white. I can hardly believe that it takes most folks 15-20 minutes for the oil to change consistency -- and I find it even harder to believe that most people are actually spending this long at it. If that is truly what is required for me to experience any real benefit, then it looks like I’m out of luck -- and my hat is off to those of you who can and do keep at the pulling for this long; you are hardier souls than I. Immediately after spitting out all that I could, I spent a few seconds swishing & pulling with hydrogen peroxide (which I do every day after brushing), and then I looked at my teeth in the mirror – as if one oily minute would have brightened the appearance of my tooth enamel! I drink both coffee and red wine every day, though, and despite brushing, flossing, and rinsing with peroxide daily, my teeth are on the dingy side, but did seem ever so slightly brighter after the oil pulling -- or was it my imagination, and/or wishful thinking?

      I did a second session later this same day not quite two hours after a meal, and found it much more difficult to keep the oil in my mouth for even the one full minute without gagging, but I managed, and again what I spat was thin and white. Hereafter I plan to try to do at least the one minute every morning for a while, and will post again if I have any interesting results to report."

      7/11/2006: Kitty from Clatskanie, OR writes, "We have a group of people doing this procedure on curezone.com

      http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=738

      also www.oilpulling.com has info

      There isn't a lot of information on it, in english anyway. It's excellent for dental health with results within days if not hours. It's truly amazing!!! One lady had 3 #9 pockets plus numerous 8, 7, 6 and 5s. After Oil Pulling for 5 minutes a day for two months, she went to the dentist with 2 #7 pockets at worst.

      I've been doing it for a few months now. I had gone to the dentist because of problems with a couple deep pockets. He was going to send me to a periodontist for possle surgery. Then I found out about oil pulling. I had posted on the dental forum at curezone and someone mentioned the oil pulling. After a couple days of doing it my gums felt much better. Now after about 3 months my gums are so much better, my teeth are markedly whiter, my mouth feels clean and gums healthy. My cracked heels are almost cured as well (go figure that). I have less aches and pains. It used to be difficult climbing the stairs and getting up my feet would hurt, but I feel much better all around. It's a crazy thing to do but it's fantastic. It's so simple and inexpensive. I use refined expeller pressed (Hain brand) sunflower oil. I also started adding a few drops of oil of oregano, which has anti bacterial properties. Check us out at curezone! Kitty"

      7/24/2006: Molly from California writes, "I first read about this therapy with Andreas Moritz's book "The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush". Something just resonated with me, I don't know what it was exactly. I have been doing it for 5 months, with a group of people, whose testimonials come in every day. We have people experimenting with other oils, and clays. We've added Oregano Oil and Tea Tree Oil to the pulling oil to add more antibacterial effects. Some say that this has cured their psoriasis. It does seem to have an effect on skin, like the healing of cracked heels. The dental testimonies are amazing. I am truly hooked for life on this. For the first time in my life, I'm looking forward to going to the dentist!"

      8/2/2006: Patricia from Astoria, NY writes, "Oil pulling has stabilized my overeating, reduced the itching due to eczema. I have also released 5 pounds in 10 days. I started pulling in mid July during a power failure that lasted 9 days. I started with roasted sesame oil which I loved but switched to cold pressed after reading a lot of testimonials on curezone. I pulled in the morning on an empty stomach and my mouth would fill with saliva after 15 minutes. I have since started pulling after 2 pm and after 5minutes the saliva is flowing. I then spit it out and do the pulling for another 15 minutes. I feel energetic. I haven't noticed my teeth getting any whiter. My face has lost its puffiness. There are some pimples that broke out since I began but their time on my face is short lived. I will write an update when new healings come to light. Peace, Patricia"

      8/2/2006: Joan from West Los Angeles, CA writes, "I have been pulling now for about 3 weeks.  My teeth look a tiny bit whiter, but the main thing is that my sinuses seem to open up in the morning after pulling. My tongue is definitely more pink than its ever been and I don't have quite as intense dark circles under my eyes!  This practice is definitely energizing and I think my metabolism is speeding up -- I have lost about 2 lbs eating the same way I always do.

      I felt very fatigued the first 2 days after pulling with Sunflower Oil, but after that, haven't felt any side effects. I have terrible cracked heels, but so far haven't noticed much change.  I think it would take them at least 2 months to heal.  At any rate, I love this new practice and don't have any plans to stop."

      8/3/2006: Ifra from London writes, "'My face has gone smooth, and looks moisturised, my circles are decreasing, and my eyes, which were like inside my sockets, have started to come out, and look a bit brighter, my double chin, which i have been looking for a good exercise for, is slowly decreasing, but not too much as yet. my metabolism has gone a bit faster, i feel hungry, whereas before i used to just eat, and bored eat, whereas now i actually feel hungry. my tongue which was so cracked up and ugly and yellow, has actually shown a bit of colour, and is now not rough like before, but nice and soft. As yet i am still waiting to see if my cracked feet will heal, but i do feel energized, and healthy feeling. I have only started for 6 weeks now, and i only swish in the mornings, i want to do it 3 times, maybe that's when i will know the cures quickly, i think if someone like me wants quick results then 3 times a day. i would recommend it to everyone in the world, for a precaution against diseases, after all if we don't see anything happening outside of the body, we definitely know the insides are getting cleaned and all the toxins are going and diseases etc."

      READER Q&A

      READER QUESTION
      11/30/2006: Jackie from Sioux Falls, SD writes, "I have been "oil pulling" for over a month now, and I generally spit it out after about one minute. At that time it is already a foamy whitish color. Am I still getting the benefits if I do not rinse for the full 20 min.?"

      Ted replies, "Dear Jackie: For 1 minute? Generally, no. The possible exception is removal of heavy metals in your mouth. You can lessen the time but still not 1 minute, but you must add other things! 1 minutes is quite acceptable if you have a reaction against it as the bacteria dies, it releases the toxins too much for your body to take.

      The idea of the 20 minutes came from microbiology where if you treat the oils long enough (sunflower oil, but really coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil) often kills most organism during that period.

      The kill time can be lessened if you were to add tea tree oil one drop (very hot for some) and detoxify and kill (one drop of peppermint oil), but still 1 minutes is not enough, 2-3 minutes I think is the bare minimum for most kills to be effective and this means you must add the peppermint oil and the tea tree oil together - if you can stand it! So yes, you can shorten the time, but you have to add the other oils too. The addition of soap powder (or toothpaste) mixed with it, to the oil pulling will also speed the killing and this might be possible to get closer to 1 minute, but still difficult.

      It must be recognized that certain oils are more effective in killing. For example if it is candida, then maybe olive oil and tea tree oil. If it is a cold viruses or sore throat from viruses, then it is coconut oil with some soap solution, and/or tea tree oil and/or peppermint.

      The time should not be fixed since some people cannot take it. The reason is simple: when the organisms get killed, they release a toxin. The toxins can be detoxify or neutralized with the peppermint oil.

      In case of removal heavy metals, 1-2 minutes is enough. If by chance you experience negative reaction of oil pulling which often happens during the first 3 days, then I often suggest to try only 3-5 minutes. 1 minute will not be enough to kill the organism, the figure is a bit closer to 3 minutes and this is with the tea tree and peppermint oil too.

      The true deciding factor is really not the benefits you will get it anyway albeit less, it is how you can tolerate the thing! If you can't tolerate doing it for 10 minutes, the optimum is somewhere closer to 5!

      Most of these problems are the toxins released when they get killed in some instances, the solution remains clear even AFTER 30 minutes. In this instance, much of the problem have to do with LACK of saliva, in which case you must modify by adding water to the mixture. In your case you have plenty of saliva, but that doesn't mean the organisms get killed.

      While I don't want to get oil pulling into an orthodox protocol, it must be realized that olive oil might be effective against bacteria and fungus, and coconut oil more effective against viruses, while sunflower oil are best overall and is a bit more effective in removal of free heavy metals, again this is just my observations. The deciding factor is you need to know their components and what they are effective against, such as oleic acid (olive oil), lauric acid (coconut oil, and linoleic acid (sunflower oil but also have oleic too). This is why sunflower is generally better. It is high in both linoleic acid and oleic acid. Since many people are not aware that linoleic have antibacterial properties, here is a research which quite related to sunflower oil in the components. See below. Ted

      Antibacterial activity of linoleic and oleic acids isolated from Helichrysum pedunculatum: a plant used during circumcision rites. Dilika F, Bremner PD, Meyer JJ.

      Department of Botany, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa.

      The antibacterial activity-guided fractionation of the dichloromethane extract of leaves of Helichrysum pedunculatum resulted in the isolation of linoleic and oleic acids. Linoleic acid inhibited the growth of all the Gram-positive bacterial species tested with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) varying between 0.01 and 1.0 mg/ml. Oleic acid was active against three of the five Gram-positive bacteria at a MIC of 1.0 mg/ml. Both compounds were inactive against the Gram-negative species tested. A synergistic effect between the two fatty acids was observed against Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus kristinae.

      PMID: 10925024 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

      READER QUESTION
      11/29/2006: Peg writes, "How can anyone just flush with oil for 20 min i did it for 10 and it was very difficult to continue any clues?"

      Ted replies, "Peg: 10 minutes would be o.k., but next time add the peppermint oil 1 drop to it. It will make it easier for you as this will neutralize the toxins that are released as the microbes get killed, and it makes it easier for you to do it without problems. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/18/2006: Cherokee from San Francisco, CA writes, "I just oil pulled for the first time, for twenty minutes, and the oil was still yellowish upon spitting. I am wondering if perhaps I am a bit less toxic than some? I've been vegetarian for twelve years (i'm 31), don't eat fast food, don't drink soda (or any hf corn syrup), and avoid partially hydrogenated oils at all cost. Any other vegetarians with feedback? Diet has a lot to do with toxicity, so I wonder."

      Ted replies, "Dear Cherokee: It is still yellow? Since I am getting many complaints on this, I might as well give you a formal proof. Add a sunflower oil to 1/4 full to a test tube. Then add 1/4 of water. Shake it vigorously for one minute. The solution will be milky white regardless. If you put in too little water, say 1/16, the solution will be mostly yellow. The problem is very likely that your mouth lacks saliva or you put too much oil in the mouth in ratio to the saliva being thus generated. When this happens, you need to drink more water (you might be dehydrated) or alkalize your body. Alkalizing will also increase your saliva. Just take one whole freshly squeezed lemon and add baking soda until no fizz, then add water to 1/2 glass. Take this one a day at least. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Alan from London writes, "Hi there, I have amalgam (mercury containing) fillings and was wondering if oil pulling is suitable with these ? Thanks."

      Ted replies, "Dear Alan: The best solution appears to be to remove the amalgam fillings and replaced them with a non-mercury kind. After you remove it then, oil pulling would be most helpful.

      If it is not possible, then consider one tablespoon of sunflower oil and peppermint oil. Do it for about 3 times and that should reduce mercury somewhat, but the cause will not be removed.

      To reduce mercury exposure somewhat, supplementing magnesium should help. Taking plenty of selenium supplements and garlic should also help displace mercury out of your body easier.

      It is also important to take plenty of granulated lecithin when you eat the food. Since mercury are oils soluble, and removal of oil soluble compounds are difficult a fat emulsifier could help you a lot. This is to be taken one one tablespoon of granulated lecithin with every meal of food you take.

      Since metals are somewhat acid forming, taking some baking soda regularly should also help. Try a simple 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water taken at least 3 times a day on an empty stomach. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Janet writes, "I read oil pulling is not recommended for those taking antibiotics before dental work. Should I stop oil pulling since I do this? I have constant canker sores and was hoping this would be a remedy for me. Can I just not oil pull before dental work? I don't understand the harm. Thank you."

      Ted replies, "Dear Janet: A canker sore remedy is often to acidic body and constant constipation, or minor consitipation where the body has no ready means of getting rid of the toxins. I would prefer you just take baking soda + citric acid 1/4 teaspoon each to 1/2 glass of water and take it 2 times a day, once in the morning and one before bedtime. Monitoring urinary pH is important that you get it within pH of 6-7. Most people with canker sores have urinary pH of just 5-5.9. Eating less fried foods, eating slowly, and less sugar, no potato chips, chocolates and no fruit drinks will help much. Taking some milk of magnesia will help reduce constipation the safest, if the formulation contains no aluminum compound.

      The reason why it is not done before dental work is the fear of herx effect occuring after dental work. So if you are doing oil pulling presently and you have no problems with this, no herx effect, then you can continue to do so. Adding peppermint oil one drop to one teaspoon can often reduce the Herx effect. Ted"

      READER QUESTION
      11/13/2006: Kathy from Nashville, TN writes, "my question is as follows: does anyone else have trouble with the oil not becoming clear or white after 20 minutes? My mouth gets very full of saliva at this point, but the mixture is still slightly yellow. I have trouble making it that far and not sure I could continue any longer. I've been told that my saliva is very thick (by dentists) thus causing plaque issues. Could this be the reason it takes so long?"

      11/23/2006: Suzy from British Columbia, Canada writes, "This is in response to Kathy from Nashville. I have done oil pulling for the 2nd day now (20 minutes each) and I have also experinced a yellowish color and thin (not the white thick). My tongue feels very clean from it. I am thinking maybe I donot have very many heavy metals in my body as the reason?? I am healthy and I have done a blood analysis 2 years ago and told that I have some heavy metals but not many?? Also I have been doing the 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp citric acid for about a month now and my ph levels are at healthy levels. So I also question why the oil is not turning a white, but I will try more."

      Ted replies, "Dear Kathy: A thick saliva can mean that you don't drink enough water or are partially dehydrated. It could also mean that the body's acid/alkaline is not balanced. Often a thick saliva whenever I have in the past, is that I am not alkalized enough, or don't take enough zinc supplements, such as zinc acetate, 25 mg/day for at least a week and take some 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 glass of water to twice a day, at least.

      The body's antioxidant level is low. To increase the antioxidants consider taking one whole lemon freshly squeezed and add baking soda until there is no more fizz then add water to 1/2 glass and take it at least once a day. One person I know who had trouble raising his pH had to take at least 4 times a day, just to get normal pH, as he is sick, so the body is very acid.

      The best ways around the oil pulling problem is just take only 1/2 tablespoon and swish around with constant change in the oil. You need not wait for 20 minutes as prescribe if you know how the logic was was thought up in the first place.

      Basically microbiologist know that oils such as linoleic acid will often kill most of them within 20-30 minutes. I have even checked heavy metals presence with some vigorous swishing of less than even 1-2 minutes and there it was.

      Therefore in event it does not get yellow, don't worry. Just use less oil, but change it more often in between, every 2-5 minutes would be o.k. assuming your toxic load is high. If you this for 20 minutes the results will still be the same, even if it is still mostly yellow, most of the toxins will be killed regardless.

      Should the process causes sore throat, then just add peppermint oil to the sunflower oil. That would be enough to neutralize the toxin. Often brushing your teeth first will help, but in event it does not help, try supplementing with zinc and consider taking baking soda for a least a week. Take plenty of water, the saliva should thin itself by then. Ted

      READER QUESTION
      10/24/2006: Laurie from Bakersfield writes, "Could you please let me know if it would be O.K. for a child to oil pull? He has cerebal palsy and has suffered with allergies and sinus problems for years. How dangerous is it if he accidentally swallows it? (he doesn't have great control over his mouth. Also I have a daughter who has ADD (Attention deficeit disorder) do you have any home remedys for her? Thanks!"

      Ted replies, " Dear Laurie: Allergies and sinus problems will often be greatly helpped with taking zinc acetate, 20/mg, magnesium 100 mg/day, sodium molybdate and fulvic acid. These are four important supplements that helped with allergies and quite a common deficiency often results in allergies.

      The other issue is taking some 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day in 1/4 glass of water, once in morning and once in evening on empty stomach. For children the dose is half that of an adult. Alkalizing pH will restore the health by increasing oxygen necessary to oxidize the bugs. Most of sinus problems is often due to fungus issues, so removing rugs, carpets in the house in a place where the child sleeps should help.

      How dangerous is it if he accidentally swallows it? (he doesn't have great control over his mouth. Also I have a daughter who has ADD (Attention deficeit disorder) do you have any home remedys for her?

      Swallowing the oil pulling is not dangerous, but accidental oil getting into the lungs obstructing the breathing passages is not good either. Therefore, to remove the heavy metals, giving a small amounts of chinese parsley of 10-20 leaves per day, fresh mixed with food taken on alternate weeks should be greatly helped.

      Since heavy metals is at issue, taking 1/8 teaspoon of citric acid plus 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda on 1/4 glass of water should help remove BOTH the bugs and the metals, since sodium citrate is a by product of this reaction will help most of the condition better than just the baking soda alone.

      So you just have to decide whether the sinus is more serious or learning difficulty is. Learning difficulty this second formula will work and I have seen some good feedback from this. The secret is that you must do these ONLY ON ALTERNATIVE WEEK. On first week you can give him hydergine, pyroglutamate, citric acid plus baking soda, and chinese parsley. On the second week you do absolutely nothing to allow the body to relax and detox itself. Then on third week you begin again. The children body has a limited capacity to remove the toxins out and they need AT LEAST a week of this. Sometimes I have seen longer. Where the treatment lasts only a week, and for two weeks you do nothing.

      However, in case of zinc supplements for a child with this condition, this is even more unusual. You can only give him only 2-3 days and stop and wait for two weeks and begin.

      Cod liver oil, fish oil and lecithin given at different times will help remove heavy metals.

      I wouldn't recommend oil pulling, I would recommend things that I have seen to worked well with children and just stick to well worn path that I found to have worked extremely well since this protocol was tested and continually improved upon for the last two years for children with learning disorders.

      It is important that the child avoids eating any fried foods as oil in fried foods act like a sponge on heavy metals while you are using cooking utensils made from stainless steel. As you know stainless steel have nickel and iron. Nickel people do have a reaction. Just imagine what happens if eat it. Therefore, only boiled foods, baked foods, and as usual no microwave cooking and sweets. No processed food.

      To the drinking water, add 1/8 teaspoon of disodium EDTA per liter of water. This will remove any free radical from the body and allows the child to recover faster. I have not decided yet whether this should be continued definitely or to do the alternate week approach. You have to decide that yourself. However, in my opinion use this only on alternate weeks approach and if all goes well you MIGHT consider using this throughout the treatment period.

      As before, this protocol has worked very well with children's learning disorders. Carnosine is one supplement that seems to reduce the toxicity of copper and zinc in the brain, but I have at the moment did not receive any feedback from parents on this. Usually when I pressed for it the typical responses is they were cured and no feedback was needed. Ted"

      Did you try Oil Pulling?
      What did it cure?

      PLEASE SEND US YOUR FEEDBACK!





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