You know, that makes sense. I came from a very severe abuse situation, all the therapy has not taken the memory, and with the memory comes pain. Memory-pain. Though I am 45 now, the memory-pain is always there, and there are few moments where I truly am fully happy, as that memory-pain lurks. It is better than it was due to some very difficult soul work I did a few years back, and sometimes things surface to be dealt with. During those times I am depressed and chewing more. But as I have improved with loving myself, the drive has lessened. I am looking for and anticipating a full healing, however and get very frustrated that I just can't have a spontaneous healing.
A yoga/tai-chi class I am taking helps keep me in the now, and work, too, but when I am home (where my abuse took place-in the place that is supposed to be safest-home), I do not feel safe and I chew and chew.
You have given me a possible viable solution, as well as a new layer of self-awareness. I have not thought of what I have written to you before. That home does not feel safe, hence the need to chew and create painkilling saliva.
I will go over to the oil-pull forum and check it out. Thank you so much. You are such a groovy guy and I am hoping that the day will come that you will tell your story, as the little chapters you give us in this forum about who you are and where you have been are interesting. And I know there is more than one of us that wonder what you look like. It's the whole naked-in-the-clay thing, can't help it. ;)