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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oil You Pulling My Leg?

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds!
If you haven’t heard of “oil pulling” for better health, I’m sure you will soon. It’s nothing new— been around for thousands of year. It’s actually a folk remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Supporters claim it’s capable of improving oral and systemic health by "pulling out toxins" (which are known as ama in its origins of Ayurvedic medicine) and thereby reducing inflammation.
Okay, then.
I’m not knocking this homespun remedy for what ails you—quite the contrary. I’m all about “what have you got to lose” if it’s cheap, easy and non-toxic. The thing I can’t get past is moving oil around in my mouth for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Holding mouthwash in there for more than a few seconds is a challenge for me, and that has a somewhat pleasant taste.
The very thought of slurping a spoonful of sesame, black seed or olive oil makes me flash on prepping for a colonoscopy. And I don’t think I need to tell you how delightful that is.
I suppose one could swish sweet-flavored oil like coconut. Or if you wanted to chase away vampires or your least favorite people, you could go with garlic infused.
The dilemma is, if a person can actually get past the oil residue coating the inside of their mouth, they then have to decide what to do with the leftover swish-gunk (not a scientific term). The gunk is produced when the oil mixes with your saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, it continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick, viscous and white (yuck!). When the oil has reached this consistency, it has to be spit (spat?) out before the toxins are reabsorbed.
Here’s a question I ponder… what happens, exactly, when I re-absorb my own toxins? Will my tongue turn blue, shrivel up and fall out? Hey, why did my hubby Garth just come running into the room grinning and waving a bottle of olive oil at me?
Once emulsified, how do we get rid of this toxic goop? Should we resurrect the spittoon? Watch more ballgames to learn how to spit properly?  Will gunk-spitting clog the drain?
I have a few friends doing this, and even my daughter is giving it a pull, because apparently there are more benefits than just good oral health.  For instance, it might help everything from symptoms of bronchitis and arthritis to the reduction of eczema. Two big benefits for consideration are improved vision and abbreviated hangover after alcohol consumption. Those may be reason enough to convince me to give it a tryor not.
There are no real scientific research results to back up these claims, of course. But if holding some oil in your mouth can cure all these ailments, the cost sure beats the heck out of making Affordable Healthcare payments. I wonder if swishing and pulling can cure that?  Guess there’s nothing to lose by giving it a try.
So waddya say? C’mon…let’s crack out the oil and get this pulling party started!

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