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October 12, 2007

Uno, Dos, Tres: 3 Health Products Debunked

By Worker Bee
22 Comments

There’s always some new product anxious to help you part with your hard-earned cash. Some products are healthy or helpful, but some are downright dishonest scams. These three have become popular of late. Don’t fall for the hype!

Oil pulling

Nonsensical and useless, the popularity of oil pulling persists. Through very particular “sieving” of an oil mixture in the mouth (think mouth rinse in slow motion), the oil supposedly draws toxins from the blood. If it were possible for oil to “pull” toxins out of the veins in the tongue, it would also be possible for oil to enter the bloodstream through your tongue. A molecule is a molecule. Toxins can’t “leak” out of your veins – if they could, you wouldn’t need to “pull” them out. Besides, even if toxins could “leak” from your veins, it would take far more than 15 or 20 minutes of “pulling” to cleanse your entire blood supply. Furthermore, fat-soluble toxins (the kind that would bind to oil) are not in the bloodstream. They are in your…fat cells! And on and on it goes. Read this terrific expose if you still think oil pulling is effective – it’s guaranteed to change your mind.

Homeopathic Compact Discs

Oh, brother. There are some discs out there that apparently “transmit” homeopathic waves to your body via your computer. What will they come up with next? See Mark’s scathing breakdown of homeopathy – or, more accurately, of bad science.

Toxin-Removing Skin Patches

Patches that claim to draw toxins out of the skin are bogus. It’s simply not possible.

Further reading to protect your pocketbook and your health:

Top 10 Dumbest Drugs

Worst Health Scams (from hoodia to cellulite treatments to oxygenated water)

The Apple Patch Diet Scam

The Mesunique Scam (and more)

The Colloidal Silver Scam

– via New Scientist

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Nancy S
Nancy S
8 years 11 months ago

The “expose” on oil pulling seems to link to a pro-oil pulling site? I am confused and curious.

Lemur
Lemur
8 years 11 months ago

Yeah, I’m thinking the “oilpulling.com” link was pasted twice by accident because both links are the same, there’s no expose link. Still, thanks for the info, I hadn’t even heard of it before.

Sara
8 years 11 months ago

Oops, thanks for catching that, Lemur. It has been switched. πŸ™‚

Lemur
Lemur
8 years 11 months ago

Thanks for changing it, Sara. πŸ™‚

And just FYI, the link is still slightly wrong, it’s got an extra “/” at the end that will take you to a “can’t locate that file” page. If you delete that “/” the page will load correctly.

Sorry, not trying to be a nitpicker!

Cat
Cat
8 years 11 months ago

Ummm…I thought oil pulling was not to remove toxins from your blood, but to remove bacteria from between your teeth, kind of like flossing. The whole toxins thing sound bogus, but just cleaning your gums seems possible.

Sara
8 years 11 months ago

You are not nit picking! πŸ™‚ I am clearly html challenged this weekend πŸ˜‰

Thanks!

Suzanne
Suzanne
8 years 11 months ago
I decided to try oil pulling instead of taking antibiotics to get rid of a sinus infection. I figured it was worth a try, and if it didn’t work, then I’d go to the doctor and take whatever was perscribed to me. The first day that I tried, my headaches went away. My sinus infection is gone, and I haven’t done anything differently other than the oil pulling. My skin looks a lot better and my teeth are stronger. I don’t know about it being a “cure-all” for disease, but I do know that it has helped me out. It’s… Read more »
Rose
7 years 9 months ago

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Kathleen
Kathleen
7 years 3 months ago

This is what oil pulling has done for me over three years:

Keratosis Pilaris (skin condition with no medical remedy) healed by 90%

Facial wrinkles and crows feet diminished by more than 50%

Ear wax diminished by 75%

Aches in joints diminished 100% (this after years of taking ibuprofen so I could get to sleep despite the aches

Teeth whitened

My son no longer needs his allergy meds as long as he oil pulls.

Be fair, and post all sides of this.

Suvetar
Suvetar
5 years 5 months ago

Aren’t all those oils high in Omega 6?

Why would I gargle with something for 10-20 every day that I’m trying to avoid ?

And what toxins does it pull from your teeth? If you have toxins in your mouth, you’re eating the wrong kind of foods!

Ken Smith
Ken Smith
5 years 3 months ago

@Suvelar, there is always coconut oil.

As for toxins, maybe they mean oral bacteria.

I think this is a poorly written article since the section on oil pulling focuses on one statement (removing toxins) and yawns about it.

2011 version update would be awesome.

Mary
Mary
4 years 10 months ago

Seems to me that the oil pulling mimics the effects of getting enough healthy fat in your diet. Seems like the health benefits of the oil are being absorbed as you gargle?

I don’t oil pull (hate the taste of oil on it’s own) but I do take plenty of coconut oil and use olive oil as a moisturizer, and have many of the same benefits.

PrimalPerson
PrimalPerson
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t say that oil-pulling “works” or doesn’t work, just that the logic behind the dismissal is weak. A molecule is not a molecule. Every molecule is different and has different properties. If nothing could enter or leave the bloodstream through the tissues and vessels under the tongue, then why have doctors prescribed that nitroglycerin be administered there for immediate treatment of an angina attack? Now, whether any particular fat-soluble contaminants could pass through the barrier is a different (or more specific) question.

bob
bob
3 years 6 months ago

that’s a strawman argument. nobody is claiming it pulls toxins from the blood except for the skeptics. it cleanses bacteria from your mouth. a healthy mouth means a healthier body. other skeptics claim its a scam. so who is being scammed and who is getting rich off it? you flat earthers won’t try to heal yourselves but depend on big pharma to load you up with $500/mo drugs that won’t even cure you. who’s the real suckers being scammed?

Erik
Erik
3 years 5 months ago
“it would take far more than 15 or 20 minutes of β€œpulling” to cleanse your entire blood supply.. Um, I am not an advocate for oil pulling nor am I against it. But I do like to read the pros and cons of it since I do practice it quite frequently(for better oral health more than anything.) I have heard this argument that I quoted from the person who wrote this article above before. I can “debunk” that argument with “sheer logic” as “debunkers” love to do and say. You aren’t supposed to cleanse your entire blood supply in just… Read more »
connie
connie
3 years 1 month ago
I have oil pulled off and on for general oral health. It does wonders for my gums, my teeth, and my skin. It does absorb well this way, while I have digestive issues with fat right now, this is helping me absorb healthy oils. Also, it gives me very fresh breath. I use the extra virgin coconut oil. My older son had a toothache and while having to wait for his dentist appt. I suggested he use this for relief. He did, and being the skeptic he is, could not believe the tooth pain was gone in just one pull.… Read more »
apps
apps
2 years 3 months ago

A molecule is a molecule, sounds right. But before and after, is a molecule still that molecule?
A strawberry (before) turns to poop (after), not really the same, is it?
I only wrote this because oil pulling has worked great for me! Seriously!! πŸ™‚

Heidi
Heidi
1 year 10 months ago
I highly respect this website and Mark for all the research he has put into the quality information he brings our way. But this article just sucks. It’s a dissapointment some other “worker bee” writer is allowed to post to this site and taint the good name it has. Besides having poor taste in “logic” about Oil pulling, they don’t even have there facts straight about what Oil pulling actually is. It’s not supposed to pull toxins from the blood, but bacteria from the mouth that is breathed in and enters by the things we put in our mouth. There… Read more »
Dilt
Dilt
1 year 5 months ago
Oil pulling works, but it is not even supposed to pull out anything from the veins. The bacteria or plaque that is between teeth, and especially between teeth and gum tissue (especially when the gum is receding with age) is impossible to get clean with just a brush, so you first use oil to “pull” the plaque from there, and then you finish with your normal tooth brushing (after first rinsing and spitting the oil out). Most people have some level of gum infection sometime or another, and the bacteria can enter the bloodstream via that, causing all kinds of… Read more »
Steve
Steve
1 year 5 months ago

Mark Sisson, I’m really keen on hearing your response to all the comments about this article!

Steve
Steve
1 year 3 months ago

I’m very surprised we haven’t heard from you Mark. It seems you don’t like to accept that you’re wrong? Or maybe your popularity has caused you to think you’re above people questioning your wisdom? Whatever is, oil pulling seems to persist because it works.

Rolan
Rolan
1 year 3 months ago

Try oil pulling first for at least a month before you write an article to debunk oil pulling. Oil pulling has improved the overall health of my gums, now pink and way less sensitive, stopped ALL gum bleeding, removed bad breath, whitened my teeth and reduced my pockets from 4 and 5’s to 1 and 2. Research and rewrite will you.

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