Have you ever heard of Oil Pulling?
Disease – starts in your mouth, right?
Recently I visited my dentist as I was sure I had at the worst a cavity and at the best I had developed sensitive teeth. After taking some x-rays and finding nothing, she recommended that I take a script for antibiotics in case of an infection. Now I could of filled the script and taken the antibiotics only to find that there was no infection, which of course for those who know my personal story, would know that this is too risky for someone who has had too many bouts with candidiasis.
Needless to say I didn’t fill the script but settled for the other choice and that was; sensitive teeth. About 2 months on and the pain in my teeth which has now become pain in my face, my jaw, my throat and somedays up into my temple and across my eye has sent me to my doctor as I’m now suspecting at the worst an infection. Well I’m glad it wasn’t as at least I don’t have to deal with antibiotics. What I’m not glad about is the “possible” diagnosis. Neuralgia.
Next thing is I have a referral and an appointment in 2 days time to see a neurologist about this condition. Now while it is not life threatening, and I’m not alone as a surprising amount of people deal with the symptoms of Neuralgia every day, but it’s the pain that it causes which is very disconcerting. And I am not someone who’s not able to cope with pain as it’s almost been second nature to me. So my first step before considering any traditional medical treatment is Coconut OIl.
Can Oil Pulling Help With a Neurological Disease
I pull out my book, “Oil Pulling Therapy” written by Bruce Fife and look for any references to damaged or irritated nerves and find something that I knew but had forgotten.
Our mouths are the entryway into our bodies for bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Hundreds of billions of microscopic organisms inhabit our mouths and digestive tracts. Some of these organisms are beneficial and others are not. However, all are potentially harmful. Even the beneficial organisms can become deadly if they find entrance into the bloodstream. Microbes can seep into the bloodstream through open sores and wounds or through inflamed tissue…….the human mouth has far more germs than a dog’s mouth.
People who have serious dental problems, like advanced gum disease or a tooth abscess, are most likely to pass microbial invaders into the bloodstream, but any cut or ulcer in the mouth can do the same. If you have gingivitis, as most do to one extent or another, simply brushing your teeth each day causes the gums to bleed. This provides germs an entryway into your bloodstream.
Now while I don’t have gum disease I have suffered with ulcers in my mouth for most of my life. Do I think this has something to do with neuralgia? I’m not sure. But it got me thinking about something my doctor asked me? “Have I had shingles?” Shingles can be a cause of Neuralgia. Shingles is a virus. Now I haven’t had Shingles and nor do I want to but less than 2 years ago I had a severe case of Chicken pox that I caught from my children. Do I think this has caused the Neuralgia – not sure on that one either. I may never know what’s causing it and the nerve that’s causing the pain may not be found either but my point is if there is a link between the health of the mouth and the health of the body then I’m going to do all I can to prevent any further disease in this one.
Update – Since writing this article my journey with suspected Neuralgia has ended positively – To read the results and the rest of the story click here.
Oil Pulling – not just a thing of the past
Oil pulling is not a new invention. It’s been used for generations in Ayurvedic medicine. Its a very simple, harmless and inexpensive treatment for dental health. Teeth become whiter, gums pinker and breath fresher. However the other plus is that oil pulling soaks up or pulls disease-causing bacteria and their toxins out of the bloodstream through a vein under the tongue. While it cannot be medically proven the testimonies of people being cured of health problems is endless.
It’s easy as 1.2.3. From Bruce Fife’s Book “Oil Pulling Therapy”
- Take 2-3 teaspoons of liquid coconut oil into your mouth.
- Suck, push and pull the oil through the teeth and gums. The solution will turn a milky white – this means it’s working
- Swish the oil continually in the mouth for 15-20 minutes then discard the oil in the rubbish
Let me know if you try the oil pulling and if it’s made a difference.