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    This topic came up on another thread. Swishing oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to rid your body of toxins. I have looked the concept up online and have found several sites that talk about it. With that said, not one of them try to explain the physiology behind it. It makes no sense to me. How do I pull toxins from my body through my salivary glands and into the oil? What mechanisms are at work here?

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    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ht=oil+pulling

    I tried it for a little ahwile but didn't stick with it for too long. Did make my teeth feel clean. I think oil destroys the bacteria in the mouth which ends up as the white foamy stuff you spit out.
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    • #3
      That is 0% logical.

      A lot of toxins are supposedly fat soluble, but there is no way that you could extract them through your mouth. The best thing is to lose any excess weight, eat a clean diet and plently of healthy fats to make sure that there is good turnover of fat in the body.

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      • #4
        I agree, not logical from a physiological standpoint. I do want to mention that as stated above and elsewhere, the coconut oil turns white and frothy after a while in the mouth. This is interesting because I notice the same thing when I fry fish in canola oil with a glob of coconut oil in the canola oil. The oil turns really frothy, white, and bubbly when the fish is put in to fry. Wonder what is going on there?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kyle46N View Post
          I agree, not logical from a physiological standpoint. I do want to mention that as stated above and elsewhere, the coconut oil turns white and frothy after a while in the mouth. This is interesting because I notice the same thing when I fry fish in canola oil with a glob of coconut oil in the canola oil. The oil turns really frothy, white, and bubbly when the fish is put in to fry. Wonder what is going on there?
          There could be something in your mouth that emulsifies the coconut oil. Think of it like frothy mouth coconut oil mayonaise.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lcme View Post
            There could be something in your mouth that emulsifies the coconut oil. Think of it like frothy mouth coconut oil mayonaise.
            Eew. LOLOL

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            • #7
              I was the one to post that earlier. I just tried it for 1/2 hour and I noticed that some of the coconut oil disappeared. When I spit it out, there was less oil than what I started out with. Where id it go? It also slowly lost its oily feel as I swished it. We need to do some more research to see what is going on here. coconut oil & water does not mix. Yet whatever oil was left mixed perfectly with the saliva... Very Strange. I could be mistaken, but it seems to me that ALL the oil disappeared and the only thing left was saliva ! Does saliva mix with coconut oil? I have to do some experiments to see what is happening.

              Grizz

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              • #8
                it's the oil, not just saliva

                i've done it with safflower oil and coconut oil and after a few minutes it turned watery and white. some enzymatic saliva action, maybe some bacteria. if there was less oil than when you started and you swished for 15 minutes then some of it got down your throat, no way it couldn't have

                as far as whether or not it works, i don't know. swishing with safflower oil made me feel nauseated until it broke down with the saliva, my stomach felt fine with coconut oil. my teeth feel the same as always
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                • #9
                  I don't know about it pulling toxins out the body, but it makes sense that it could deal with funk already in the mouth. My husband never saw a dentist when he was younger, and has pretty unfortunate oral hygiene now as a result. I wonder if this would help him until we can afford the dentist to plug/fill/pull those suckers?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                    I was the one to post that earlier. I just tried it for 1/2 hour and I noticed that some of the coconut oil disappeared. When I spit it out, there was less oil than what I started out with. Where id it go?

                    Grizz
                    Probably swallowed some of it.
                    Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                    Current weight: 199
                    Goal: 145

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                    • #11
                      Katt,
                      I repeated it again today. There is a total transformation of the coconut oil. The oily feel disappears and it turns very liquid, just like saliva. It also turns white and looks like saliva.

                      Also my teeth feel great after doing this. I didn't notice any loss of liquid this time, so I must have swallowed some on my first test. This is very interesting.

                      Grizz

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                      • #12
                        i don't think it could hurt, but i doubt it actually detoxifies you.
                        my primal journal:
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...Primal-Journal

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                        • #13
                          1st off we have an official scientific study on oil-pulling. Result: In the light of the present study it is concluded that Oil Pulling is having dental benefits and it has resulted in a significant reduction in plaque and gingivitis scores. Hence it can be recommended as an Oral hygiene aid. [pg 17]
                          http://www.johcd.org/pdf/Effect_of_O...Gingivitis.pdf

                          Dr. Karuch speaks
                          Dr. (med.) Karach said the Oilpulling heals totally “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. It heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”
                          It is important to understand that during the oilpulling / oilswishing 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.
                          http://oilpulling.com/

                          When Dr. Deepak Chopra speaks, I listen. He has been on PBS many times discussing health issues.
                          Dr. Deepak Chopra promotes the practice in his 2001 book, Perfect Health. Chopra notes that oil pulling is one of many Ayurvedic techniques valuable for purifying and strengthening the body. According to Ayurveda, organ meridians are present in the tongue just as they are in key points such as the hands, feet and ears. That makes the tongue integral for diagnosis, and care of the tongue important in preventing and treating illness.
                          http://www.naturalnews.com/025578_oi..._learning.html

                          These sources are more or less reputable, so we can conclude that Oil Pulling does have many benefits.
                          Grizz

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                          • #14
                            Just out of curiosity, how many times a week do you do this? Does it have to be a daily ritual?

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                            • #15
                              It is recommended as a once or twice per day ritual. I used it when I was having some gum issues and it totally cleared it up. The dentist had recommended $900 in gum treatments that I didn't need after a few weeks of it.
                              True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
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