Oil Pulling for Oral Health
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.
The most effective oil pulling is done by placing around a tablespoon of cold pressed organic sesame oil into the mouth and swishing the oil around the mouth for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out.
First, the oils mix with the saliva, turning it into a thin, white liquid. Lipids in the oils begin to pull out toxins from the saliva. As the oil is swished around the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, the oil continues to absorb toxins, and usually ends up turning thick and viscous and white. Once the oil has reached this consistency, it is spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.
Multiple scientific studies show the efficacy of oil pulling therapy. One study shows that oil pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health. Specifically, using sesame oil as an oral health agent helps to reduce the amount of S. mutans (germ) count in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva. Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop bacterial from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity.
A huge thank you to all the people who celebrated our clinic's ribbon cutting with us! It was great to meet so many nice members of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce and others from around the area. Our reception area was packed with people even though the weather was nasty outside. We even managed to recruit a good majority to take an outdoor picture for the cutting of the ribbon!
Juicing has been a topic I've heard about for quite a long time. During high school I worked in the produce department at a local grocery store. A few people would ask me about juicing and juicers, but I didn't know much at the time. One day, an older woman came up to me and explained how raw juicing saved her life. She was dying from cancer and claimed that after going on a juice only diet, she was cured and her doctors were absolutely baffled. My co-workers and I thought she was crazy, but what she said stuck in my head nonetheless.
I went quite a few years not interested in juicing because it seemed costly and time consuming. I had tried it a few times after finding a juicer at a garage sale for $15 and thought the cleanup wasn't worth the effort. Then, after graduating chiropractic school, I was reintroduced to it by a colleague I worked with in Chicago. The ingredients he used figured to make a nasty tasting concoction, but to my surprise it always tasted excellent. At that point I was hooked. I found the old garage sale juicer and began making my own juices 4-6x a week.
Dr. Oz writes this about juicing: "There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. Valuable compounds called flavonoids and anthocyanins are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cellular damage, which comes from everyday cellular maintenance and is exacerbated by exposure to chemicals and pollution."
Dr. Mercola from Mercola.com writes that there are three main reasons to juice:
There are a wide variety of juicers on the market. I've used a handful and have done quite a bit of research to find the perfect moderately priced juicer. Firstly, there are two main kinds of juicers - masticating and centrifugal. Masticating use slow speed and normally employ an auger to crush whole foods into juice while expelling out most of the fiber into a separate container. Centrifugal juicers usually operate at high speeds and use a form of grater that spins, releasing the juices and spitting fibers into a rear receptacle. The main benefit of each is that masticating supposedly introduces less oxygen, lower temperatures and leaves the healthy enzymes and nutrients more intact in your juice. Centrifugal normally have bigger feeding tubes which require less cutting up of foods and juice almost as fast as you can shove things down the tube for it to eat. Normally for people just getting started or in a hurry, centrifugal works just fine. If you have more time and want a "better quality" juice, then masticating might be your option.
My favorite juicers
An interesting article on vaccinations:
I came across a post last week entitled “Dear Parents, you are being lied to. “ In it the author attempted to essentially tell parents who choose not to vaccinate that they are wrong, victims of a deceitful web of lies, and the equivalent of “vaccine preventable disease receptacles.”
Muscle Stripping: The provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with muscle stripping. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Many chiropractors agree that the carrier on the right is the best position for preventing hip dislocation – your baby’s thighs are supported to the knee, with the main weight of their body on their bum, not their crotch, unlike in the Baby Bjorn.
Although chiropractors care for more than just back pain, many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this pervasive condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.
A few interesting facts about back pain:
You’re in agony, in a darkened room, with no sound. Your throbbing head feels as though it is splitting in half and you’re nauseous, maybe even vomiting. You have a migraine and you just want the pain to go away…and never come back.
What Causes a Migraine Headache?
There are many triggers – the most common are:
Typical medical treatment for migraines is prescribed preventative and symptom-relieving medication.
Positive Results with Chiropractic Care
A number of research studies have examined the effects of chiropractic care on the frequency, intensity and duration of migraine headaches. One such study, conducted for six months at the Chiropractic Research Center of Macquarie University in Australia, involved 177 participants who had migraine headaches for an average of 18 years.
The results of the study were impressive; most of the participants experienced positive outcomes. Seventy-two percent had substantial reduction or noticeable improvement in their symptoms, including a drop in the frequency, intensity and duration of their migraines, and a decreased need for their migraine medications.
Consider the All-natural Approach
If you or someone you love suffers from migraine headaches, or any other type of headache, please consider all-natural, conservative chiropractic care. Ask to see our testimonials; we have many patients who are grateful for the headache relief they have experienced as a result of chiropractic care.
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Thomas R. Pellatt, DC
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