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Posted by Shemika (New Brunswick, NJ) on 08/10/2008

[YEA]  I found your site in June of 2007 because I allowed a dentist to talk me into repairing a chipped tooth, he even claimed he wouldn't do any drilling. But he lied & drilled so deep into my gums a nerve was damaged. I was in non stop pain from the time I left his office dispite the novacane,which got worst after it wore off. I could not sleep & cried every night for a month, almost going to the emergency room but determined not to go back to him and fearful of dentists. After searching the net I tried your herbal remedies for the pain and started oil pulling. And within a few days the pain was gone and the only thing I did to maintain it was the oil pulling. I continued it for about 9 mos and felt the tooth must have healed by then so I stopped oil pulling and about two months later the pain returned but there was swelling this time and I was told I must definately get a root canal asap. Instead I started oil pulling again along with ACV and the swelling went away and the pain stopped again. I also recently found a great book about healing cavities and tooth infections called Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. He has a website I believe is He advises what foods to eat to recover from cavites and pressure tecniques to restore the bodies hormonal balance which I barely tried but was amazed that they seem to work right away and I felt a difference. That tooth is now almost 100%. No sensitivity to hot or cold & I can chew any kind of foods no matter how hard, & the tooth no longer feels weeaker than the others. Unlike before when I had to chew certain foods like steak or nuts on the other side of my mouth.

Replied by Vania
Clarksville, Tennessee, Usa
Thank you for this information. I have been very foolish. I have not been to a dentist since 1990, when I lost the health insurance I'd been using until that time. I have had health/dental insurance for the last 7 or 8 years (through my employer), but my head has been in the sand, because I've been afraid to learn that the dentist will want to pull all my teeth. So that's over 20 years of no professional dental care (yes, I know that's crazy).

I just started oil pulling with Organic Coconut Oil 10 days ago, hoping to resolve some serious health issues. I'm not completely confident yet that it will work for me, but I'm continuing. So far, my back teeth have felt much less loose, and their hot/cold sensitivity seems to be reduced. My teeth look really good (I receive regular compliments on my beautiful smile), but of course, I've been worried about their health. I hope that continuing OP will help to save my teeth, now that I'm smart enough to try.

Shemika, just one question: What kind of oil do you use for pulling?

Posted by Valerie (Boulder, CO) on 07/28/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I started oil pulling for 20 minutes in the morning. I didn't always remember to do it and sometimes I would spit it out and forget to drink water afterwards. I also started using a toothpaste with Thieves oil. One day (now a week) I awoke with my mouth and lips inflamed and full of sores, some bleeding. This has been very painful. I can only drink liquid foods and have a hard time talking.

One other thing. I am not an athlete. I went to an athletic camp for a week from 9-11 and became extremely hot with lots of sweating.

I have a sense that I am going through a rough detox. I swish with HP and drink aloe vera juice along with smoothies I make with papaya/banana or beet greens + beet and carrots.

Any thoughts?

Replied by Ulrike
New York, NY
To those who have sores/infections after OP: did you follow the directions closely? It says that you are supposed to rinse your mouth and nose out with anti-bacterial solution (salt and/or baking soda). You are also supposed to drink water after OP, and you are supposed to use a naturally anti-bacterial oil like sesame oil. You are basically bringing up all sorts of germs from your system through delicate mucous membranes, and if you don't clean said membranes after OP, expect problems! As for the tooth alignment issues, most likely you had a preexisting condition (maybe deep pockets from poor oral hygiene) and after the OP removed the bacteria your tooth shifted.

One other note: simple toxicological tests indicate that anything put on the gums will flow to the connective tissues around the organs of the body. This can be shown in a lab! So there is the potential for the health of your gums to directly impact your internal organs and visa versa.

Posted by Van (Gooseby, UT) on 07/14/2008

As an extra safety measure after oil pulling, i swish colloidal silver around for a few minutes before i drink anything. cheers.

Posted by Jamie (Chico, CA) on 06/22/2008

[YEA]  This is a god send ... I stumbled onto your web page two weeks ago and just felt so blah.. I have been clean and sober 8 years and have a mulitude of heath issuse from being overweight and gout to PSO ... In two weeks of oil pulling, along with ACV and taking Gluten out of my diet, wild thing are going on in my body.. I have had a monthly flow first time in 2 years. my dark circles under my eyes gone .i have a case of Gout now but i think thats due to the rapid weight loss and huge energy change.. and best of all cravings for fast food and over eating has ceased ... my skin looks great and i think the toxins i put in my body are finally coming out. Thank the Goddess for this site.

Replied by Sandy
Bangalore, India
Hi Jamie, Could you please detail your oil-pulling schedule? What oil do you use? How long do you oil pull? How many times a day? At what times? How much of a time-gap do you maintain between your eating and oil-pulling? Thanks!

Posted by Jessie (Kisumu, Kenya) on 06/20/2008

[YEA]  Dear Earth Clinic, I just found your site by accident. It a God sent gift from you and your team. I have only tried oil pulling and must say it worked miracles. Thank you. Keep up this wonderful of "giving".

Posted by Mike (Seguin, TX) on 06/12/2008

[YEA]  I have been oil pulling for 4 days. I used to smoke two packs a day and drink so much coffee I ended up in the hospital with caffiene intoxication. My teeth look so much cleaner and are starting to get white. They had been terribly stained. I work nights, 12 hour shifts, and always have big black bags surrounding my eyes. These bags are almost completely gone and my skin looks so clear. I also starting drinking 2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 oz of water before each meal. My skin is really starting to glow. My energy is reaching levels I have not felt in years. I am in my mid forties. I am really starting to look younger. This upsets my wife very much. She is upset that I am being stared at now by others whenever we are out together. She sees the differences in my appearance and energy but for some reason will still not try oil pulling or ACV. I am going to start keeping a journal and track the changes in my appearance and energy. I am so pleased with the results and it has only been four days!!!! I am enjoying being "noticed" so much more when I go out. It always nice to know that others find you attractive. I FEEL GREAT!!!!!!!!! I will continue with both of these practices for the remainder of my life. It is so cheap and yet the rewards are so tremendous.

Posted by Mona (Bangalore, India) on 06/10/2008

[NAY]  i have rheomathoid arthrites in my fingers and wrist. i started doing oil pulling for one month now, but it has increased the pain in my wrists.

Replied by Jessica
Burbank, CA
Since OP uses food and some food exacerbates certain types of arthritis, I would suggest trying a different oil. Look up which foods are contraindicated for your issue and then stay away from oils in that family.
Replied by Adad
Colombo, Sri Lanka
[YEA]   To Mona from Bangalore: Do not stop rinsing your mouth with sesame oil. I had rhumatoid arthritis three years ago in my fingers and wrists of both bands. Not only did my arthritis was completely cured in three months, but also my puffed up face which was due to allergic rhinitis (cattarrah). Further this practice also cured by wife's 20 year old bladder infection, the numbness on her thigh; my daughter's and niece's tooth ache; dark circles round another niece's eyes and some other cures about which I hope to post in details. Wish you good health and good luck. God bless you.
Replied by RvRev
Pittsburg, California

Posted by Robin (Alamogordo, New Mexico USA) on 06/03/2008

I have been reading the oil pulling feedback, and it seems a lot of people lose their fillings or are afraid they will anyway. What everyone should know about mercury amalgam fillings is that when all the mercury has leached out of them they will get loose and fall out whether you are oil pulling or not. It is possible that oil pulling may speed up the process of getting the mercury out of these fillings, which I think is a good thing as long as you are spitting it out. When we chew and breath we are ingesting mercury and mercury vapors from these fillings. They need to be removed anyway as soon as possible (by a dentist who knows how to do this safely >only) and replaced with some safer material. So in my opinion (worth 2 cents at least) if your fillings come out it is a good thing. Go get them replaced with a mercury-free filling material. Just my thoughts on the subject, everyone should do lots of research before doing anything. Thanks for the website, I really love it, and all who contribute for this valuable resource.

Replied by Peggy
Marengo, IL
[YEA]   I had a cavity in my wisdom tooth when eventually the tooth began to loosen and caused me pain. I started oil pulling in an effort to stabalize the tooth. The OP had eliminated the pain. After a month the tooth did not stabalize. But the tooth loosened up enough for a family member to yank it out of my mouth. The gums did not bleed and the gums closed up with out complications. When I examined the tooth I noticed that the OP had created a natural filling in the cavity. This amazing proof is why I continued to oil pull besides the other results of whitening of the teeth, stronger enamel and knowing I will never have to see a Dentist again to remove tarter, teeth or fill cavities, etc. I have been Oil pulling for 1 over 1 year and could not be happier with my over all mouth health.
Replied by Peggy
Marengo, IL
[YEA]   I had a cavity in my wisdom tooth when eventually the tooth began to loosen and caused me pain. I started oil pulling in an effort to stabalize the tooth. The OP had eliminated the pain. After a month the tooth did not stabalize. But the tooth loosened up enough for a family member to yank it out of my mouth. The gums did not bleed and the gums closed up with out complications. When I examined the tooth I noticed that the OP had created a natural filling in the cavity. This amazing proof is why I continued to oil pull besides the other results of whitening of the teeth, stronger enamel and knowing I will never have to see a Dentist again to remove tarter, teeth or fill cavities, etc. I have been Oil pulling for 1 over 1 year and could not be happier with my over all mouth health.

Posted by Paige (Cleveland, OH) on 05/22/2008

I started doing the oil pulling last week, missed a couple days over the weekend, then started back this week. Both when I first started and now since I've re-started my lymph nodes are swollen and extremely sore. Is this normal? It seems to me that it's traveling down my body, the first week was the nodes in my neck area, this week it's my arms and underarms. I was just wondering if it's normal...I thought perhaps it's because my body is ridding itself of toxins through the oil pulling. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks.

Replied by Roseann
San Diego, San Diego
Hi Paige....I am not a doctor or any other kind of health care professional; however, swollen lymph glands/nodes can be associated with infections and/or disease; since the symptoms you describe seem to disappear after stopping your swishing and then return once OP is reinstated it could be your Detox theory. I too noticed some lymph gland enlargement (even some neck veins) following my first swish or two....I continued swishing while reducing the force I was using and all gland/vein problems seem to have resolved..Good luck.
Replied by THealth
Los Angeles, CA
Hi Paige/ Roseann,
Regarding your swollen lymph nodes, what oil are using using for oil pulling? I think it is the sunflower oil which is causing it. I used to do oil pulling with sesame oil and was perfect but recently i started with sunflower oil and have swollen lymph nodes. I would suggest continue with your oil for sometime and if it does not get better then switch it to some other oil.
Replied by Paige
Cleveland, OH
I'm using Sesame oil, not sunflower.
Replied by Julie
Southern, Illinois
[YEA]   Regarding swelling lymph nodes as a side effect of Oil Pulling. I have had bumps under my arms all my life -- just thought that's what armpits looked like. I tried oil pulling for a week or so last year (Sesame oil, tablespoon or so). I only swished for 1 or 2 minutes (hoped to work up to longer). I immediately noticed my teeth were whiter, or maybe just shinier. But what absolutely astonished me was that the lumps/bumps under my arms were GONE. Completely! I had never in my life had smooth armpits before! I was flabbergasted. Well, life got busy and I quit oil pulling. My armpits returned to their former lumpiness. The Sesame oil sat on a shelf in the bathroom for about a year. I recently decided to try it again. I had no idea if the oil was still good -- but thought it couldn't hurt. I have only been oil pulling for 3 days, again just for a minute or so, and -- unbelievable -- the bumps under my arms are almost gone again! It's so blatant, it makes me laugh! Well, I am definitely going to keep up the Oil pulling routine (btw I only did it in the a.m.) -- and also am going to try to work up to doing it for a longer time. The longer I swish, as others know, the more the oily stuff becomes watery and you have to go longer to reach this stage. I don't know if the bumps under my arms are lymph nodes (they aren't painful or anything) -- whatever they are, they are almost gone again! I have also been feeling a renewed energy in the morning and hadn't known why, maybe because I was trying to drink my 8+ glasses of water a day-- now I think it's due to the oil pulling. I'm going to keep oil pulling and see if I keep feeling energetic, watch those bumps disappear, and see what else happens! If my half-hearted attempt yields these phenomenal and immediate results . . . something is definitely going on.

Posted by Robert B (Manhattan, New York) on 05/18/2008

Oil Pulling for Asthma.. I have been oil pulling on & off for the past year. I haven't noticed any change in my asthma but have noticed whiter teeth. Has anyone any more info on this Dr. Karach? Does he exist? & why hasn't he responded to this site? Many repeat this one source of text as absolute truth. Not to discredit many of the anecdotal claims here, though I believe some skepticism is actually healthy. One can fill a stadium with nonsense...& vast numbers of people repeating the same untruth won't change it to true.

Replied by Fiona
Auckland, New Zealand
Robert B from Manhattan: You may have been misdiagnosed with asthma and that's why its not working. Have you ever been Alpha 1 Tested? This maybe your problem.
Replied by Molly Bloom
San Francisco, CA
I'm only going to interject a moment here. I think it's sad when people take one therapy and expect it to be a magic bullet. True OP can help a myriad of conditions, but it is an adjunct to other therapies you should be doing, like eating healthy, bathing well (using oxygen based therapies like magnesium and H202) and a number of other things.

This magic bullet doesn't exist. Natural health takes more work than going to the doctor and getting pharmaceuticals.

OP kills the bacteria in the mouth that can overwhelm the system. It should be only one thing in your arsenal towards good health, not the only thing.

I wish the person with asthma much luck. There are a ton of things out there in the natural health arena to pursue and read about. Please don't nay say OP because it hasn't helped your one condition.


Replied by Jon
Tempe, AZ
Asthma: Cut out wheat and dairy for a few weeks and see what happens. This means cut it out completely. Many people find relief with this simple elimination diet. Did I mention you should cut out these common allergens COMPLETELY? No exceptions. If it's going to make a difference, you'll see it in 4-6 weeks max. Curious if it's working? Then after 3-4 weeks try a slice of wheat bread and see if you feel crummy.
Replied by Gina
Los Lunas, New Mexico
What in the world is oil pulling and what is it used for?


Replied by Robert
Manhattan, New York
thanks Jon, for the suggestion...I have learned to omit wheat from my diet & do feel better for it. As for the oil pulling, I am not giving it a big thumbs down, just stating my experience. I gave it a go for a few weeks straight at various intervals & didn't notice any difference in my breathing. I have tried many things over the years for my exercise induced asthma... herbs, accupuncture, & eliminating triggers has been the most help...clean environment, anti-inflammatory diet & with the passing of my cat, I rarely use my inhaler. I still oil pull occasionally for oral health. & Molly I think you're I believe the root for me may be more emotional than physical.
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hello Robert, don't know what the suggestion was that didn't help, but wanted to alert you that Selenium is one thing that asthmatics are found to be low on. You might try adding this mineral supplement to see if it helps to alleviate your asthma.
Replied by Desiree
Pasadena, CA. USA
I am interested if anyone knows if Oil Pulling of any particular oil has helped Alpha 1 sufferers... My brother has been diagnosed with Alpha 1 and is in advanced stages. Any Alpha 1 information/advice would be greatly appreciated! Much gratitude, Desiree

Posted by Sheena (Port Louis, Mauritius) on 04/30/2008

[NAY]  Hi there! I discovered this site 2 weeks ago and i really liked it. I started oil pulling since that very first day. I suffer from sinus, swollen legs, acidity, hair loss, candida, fungus and bad breath. However, i haven't noticed any change up to now except for my skin which is a little smoother. It has always been smooth though. My mouth doesn't even "feel great" like many of you and the bad breath is still there. I maintain a VERY good dental hygiene. Any advice would be highly appreciated.

Replied by Victoria
Brooklyn, NY
Hi. I just came across this therapy and am going to give it a try--it's cheap! Regarding your candida and other issues--what else are you doing? The diet, anti-fungals, supplements? I have similar problems and high copper/heavy metals. I have recently added zinc to my arsenal of supplements and feel that it is helping a lot! Also, Natural Dentist mouthwash has Grapefruit Seed Extract in it and helps keep candida out of my mouth--as far as I can tell! I am also having interesting results with acupuncture. And I recommend yoga to everyone!
Replied by Ana
It very well may be related to your level of toxicity. Those with higher levels take a while longer for any one thing to be obviously resolved. Your body, in it's amazing ability to heal itself will take care of the most pressing dis-eases and problems first and less homeostasis threatening issues after. Same holds true for any type of detox (fasting, rawfoods, Essiac, MMS, etc.).
Replied by Rathmussen
Montreal, Canada
For the bad breath, get a good stainless steel tongue scraper (the plastic ones don't work well). This will get the remaining oil and a lot of bacteria flora off your tongue. (I do it before and after an oil pull). I hope that helps!
Replied by Cat
Austin, TX
8/22/08 for Sheena - Try getting rid of wheat, suger, and milk in your diet. Candida loves wheat and suger (including hi-sugar fruit). If you are a person of color, as I am, milk could be a problem for you. As I have gotten older, I've found that milk and wheat intolerance has increased the symptoms you mentioned and I have all sorts of other symptoms such as red eye, swoll-painful lymph nodes in neck, joint/shoulder pain terrible breath, stomach problems and large amounts of mucus. Increase your water consumption to near a gallon a day and try a low carb diet (i.e. veggies, low-sweet fruit, and meat) for at least 7 days and see if your problems don't abate or even disappear. I lost weight and got rid of my problems with this diet. Keep Oil pulling to lower your desire (as I have found) for sugar and add 1-2Tab ACV once a day before a meal. I've found increased energy and a clearer mind with the Apple Cider Vinegar. Cat

Posted by Camille (Moncton, Canada) on 04/12/2008

[NAY]  I have been oil pulling for app. 7 weeks to help with allergies and sinus problems, eczema, IBS and insomnia. I have suffered from extremely low energy levels for app. 1 year but seem to be getting better after using omega 3 supp., stress vit. and vit.c.( my hair always seems oily and dull now no matter that I wash it every day and with different shampoos ) I do not seem to notice anything with the oil pulling as yet however I have had a strong metallic taste in my mouth for a week that has not gone away yet. I started using organic sunflower oil for 20 min. which always turned white and recently switched to cold pressed organic sesame oil for 30 min. that never gets as white as the sunflower oil did. after reading your Q&A my new routine is : drink baking soda water, brush teeth with toothpaste, oil pulling, rinse with salt water,brush teeth without toothpaste and drink 2 1/2 glasses of water. Can you comment or make improvements to my routine and explain the metallic taste as no one else has mentioned it? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Replied by Anthony
Atlanta, Georgia
Hey there Camille. Glad to see you're being so proactive about your oral hygiene and overall health. Looking at your routine, you are doing a few things out of order. I hope this information helps. Your routine should START with OP. Do it first thing in the morning. Well, you should FLOSS first. Also based upon your symptoms, it sounds like you have a BAD case of parasites. Try a Health Food Store or a herbal company you trust and get a liquid/tincture of Black Walnut (also a tooth whitener). Add 10 drops to 1 Tbs Sesame Oil (make sure it's RAW sesame seed oil, NOT toasted). Now, really focus on swishing thoroughly, making sure you don't swallow any mucous that comes up as it will be loaded with parasites. Then take a few minutes after getting it all out to let your mouth settle back before you do the rest of your routine. Next brush using an organic toothpaste. Any salt rinsing should be with Sea Salt, not table salt. Brushing afterwards with nothing else is fine.
Only swallow something alkaline into your acidic stomach (like baking soda or calcium/magnesium) at NIGHT before bed. Again, allowing your mouth to set for a while, the best thing you can put in your stomach in the morning is a fresh apple! Surprise. Surprise. Don't cut it, just bite into it! :-)
Replied by Jules
Crofton, Md
I'm new to this site and just started oil pulling with flax seed oil, so I can't really comment on it yet. However, I found your comment about the metallic taste in your mouth interesting. I kept suffering from a metallic taste in my mouth (among other problems)and I am now convinced it was the eye drops I was using. I have Sjogren's so I'm constantly dealing with dry eyes and mouth. You mentioned you have allergies, so I'm wondering if you use eye drops a lot or recently switched to a different brand while you started the oil pulling? I found out that the drops can enter your bloodstream through your tear ducts. Once I stopped using eye drops the metallic taste went away. I'm now using this over-the-counter pure water mist spray that I found at my local pharmacy. Just thought I would share.

Posted by Terry (Saint Louis, USA) on 04/07/2008

This post is in response to those who are experiencing a general nausea/headache/joint pain while participating in a treatment. The experience can be considered a "Herxheimer Reaction". This is the response by the body to a rapid die-off of a bacterial contaminant or purging of a heavy metal. The body is overloaded by these toxins as it tries to expel them from the body and responds with the general aches and pains. If the sensation becomes too intense, back off on the treatment for a brief period until the body can catch up with the load placed on it and then resume the treatment. Best Wishes

Posted by Hollis ( Hilo, Hawaii) on 04/06/2008

[YEA]  aloha Molly from SF who wrote about her oil pulling experience of 3 years.....I have done OP now for 18 months, every A.M. using sunflower oil. I appreciate your advice about switching oils every 2 months as I plan to do OP for the rest of my mouth, teeth and gums have never been better...and I really think it has kept me from getting sick with colds and such. OP is easy, cheaper than drugs and so effective..

Replied by Rita
Hermitage, Tn, Usa
I have a question for Hollis from Hawaii. Did you experience a cleansing crisis during your 18 months of OP ? If so, what happened? I just started OP and am hoping I will not have one. I am into my third week of the Daniel fast and feeling so well. I enjoyed the two sessions of OP I have done since yesterday and find that my teeth feel very clean and my chapped lips have improved.

Posted by LJ (Three Oaks, Michigan) on 04/02/2008

[YEA]  I am interested in the oil pulling treatment, but have a question and a comment. First, I wanted to try to do it a few times a day, but I rarely go more than 3 hours without eating/snaking on something. Changing that isn't a good option. What is the minimum amount of time I can wait after eating, if 4 hours isn't possible, and how soon after doing this can I eat? Second, I wanted to clear up something I read in the comments. Combining an oil and a liquid such as saliva makes an emulsion just like mayonnaise. This combo will turn white with enough mixture, regardless of any toxins or bacteria. As a cook, and a chemist, I know this for a fact. That isn't to say that toxins or bacteria aren't involved! They just aren't the cause. I'm looking forward to starting this treatment.

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