Being vegetarian has NOTHING to do with malnutrition. In fact, a vegetarian diet, and especially a vegan diet is MUCH healthier than the tradition diet of the western world. Many people in the western world are malnourished, most of whom are meat and dairy consumers. Anyone can become malnourished if they're not eating healthy, whole foods as their main source of nutrients. Has nothing to do with vegetarianism, in fact, vegetarians and vegans especially, are; as a whole, much healthier individuals.
As far as distilled water goes, there is nothing wrong with it. We get the majority of our minerals in foods. The problem is, due to modern day chemicals, the earth's soil is very depleted of these minerals so our food isn't as rich in them as it used to be. But if you're eating a whole foods diet rich in vegetables, consuming Sea Salt and/or himalayan salt, you should be getting enough minerals. Mineral baths such as Epsom Salt baths can help as well since our bodies are capable of absorbing minerals through the skin. Supplements are always a good idea too, for everyone. Sea vegetables are especially rich in minerals.
same here. Have been OP-ing for about two months, 10 minutes every morning, everything according to the simplest protocol, sunflower oil, no extra additives. Had all the clean-teeth-benefits and the nice feeling in mouth and i found it was also very relaxing to start the day with. I even felt that the relaxed feeling stayed on during the day.
But then in the second month I could not help noticing that my teeth were getting more sensitive with every day. Cold or warm drinks were starting to be really painfull, biting on something hard was causing me pain.
When I stopped the OP-ing the pain was gone in two days and has not returned since.
Regretfully I decided not too do any more oilpulling and i also would not recommend it to anyone who has no particulair issues with dental health.
I did it out of curiosity and out of cleansing motives, I enjoy rather perfect health, so no miracles cures needed for me. Shame about the beautifull white teeth, but if I would venture to interpret, then I take the oil was taking some protective layer from my teeth.
But that is just guessing.
I have been OP'ing for many months now and have noticed this when I have stopped and started up again. I have wondered if it is due to my mercury fillings. What is the most uncomfortable for me is brushing with baking soda, although I have not had the other symptoms you describe. It has gone away, though (obviously I am still OP'ing so it is not as bad as yours, but I thought I would share my experience!).
i have been oilpulling for over a year now. I have gone thru some sensitive periods, one was just before my abcess got better and then I had no pain at all after going thru alot of pain and sensitivity for a few days. I think it is the gums and teeth detoxing the extra mercury that got into them from my old mercury fillings that I had removed and replaced. So I don't worry too much about it as I view it as the bodys way of pulling these toxins out of us and so I expect we will have some discomfort on the way.
I have had so much positive results with oilpulling. It took about 4 months to rid me of allergies that I had since I was 22. I don't have the build up of plaque on the bottoms of my teeth anymore. I had some vertical lines on my cheeks that are not there anymore. So I feel it is anti-wrinkle. I did have a blister come up on my bottom lower gums, but I continued to oilpull and it also healed itself. I view these as toxins being pulled out from the gums. My teeth still get sensitive now and then but I view it as a good thing since I read that the body detoxes in waves, not all at once. It knows when it is well enough to dump toxins. Sometimes we have to go thru the clouds to see the sun. This is all IMHO.
I test my urine and I am 7 in the morning, that is rather alkaline. So that is not my problem. My sensitivity only lasts for a short period of time 3 or 4 days, but since the body detoxes heavy metals in stages that should be expected. One detoxes heavy metals better though when ones body is in an alkaline state from all I've read. I can go months without having sensitivity, then when I do it is not lasting, that is why I believe I'm just heavy metal dumping again, since I did have Amalgam fillings and the mercury can accumulate in the gums. As always this is IMHO.
Actually most people experience quite the opposite and lose sensitivity. I've been OPing for 2 years AND I drink distilled water...so that makes me think there might be something else to this. Could be the oil you are using? Are you adding anything to it, like Oil of Oregano or Peppermint?
Are you brushing your teeth with anything abrasive, like baking soda? Do you use a mouthwash? Are you using anything new in your routine? I read that humans experience the most sensitivity between the ages of 25-30. Are you stressed in any way? Grinding your teeth in your sleep can lead to sensitivity.
I'm trying to remember back to when I started. I could not drink anything acidic because I would be up all night with my teeth throbbing. I remember it being about 3 months into OP that I noticed that I could drink anything I want. Just my experience.
I don't know what to tell you here except to possibly change your oil if you want to give it another shot. I just hate to see anyone give up on this for the exceptional benefits it provides.
but I am giving the op a rest. I am sure it was that, because the sensitivity went away shortly after I stopped. I was using safflower/coconut/sesame oil with nothing added.
Maybe it is a healing reaction and the three months is key? But I could not continue the way I was.
Speak to your dentist on this, but if you have given up flouride toothpaste you may want to go back to it and see if that helps...I went through a period where I stopped using flouride toothpaste (out of fear) but found my dental health declined during that time frame. When I went back to using flouride toothpaste my dental health improved.
Should we drink it IDK, but I think brushing with it helps!
Me too -- although I think that fluoride detox can be a culprit in convincing people that Fl is good. c.f. Fl-based antidepressants.
Spdina, you may want to look at some of our old posts from about a year ago where we did a lot of teeth-health discussion and research. (Also a lot about the dangers of Fl on the Iodine forum, and I'm sure Wombat and V and Trapper could point you in the right direction over there!) But Fl is of questionable efficacy even when topically applied, and ingested, it's of no help in preventing tooth decay and in fact is harmful to bones. Much research supporting this. Fluoridealert.org is a great clearninghouse for this info, well documented.
Don't mean to be a contrarian, but if you do the research you will never want to drink water with Fl, brush with it, ingest foods or drugs that contain it, etc. again.
Let me know if I can send you my Flouride Primer (send me your e-mail and I will send it to you!)
I brush with oil and then xylitol, Sea Salt and baking soda and my teeth are clean and strong...
The other teeth rebuilder is to eat raw milk and also dessicated bone wafers for teeth and bone-replenishing minerals.
You are probably having trouble with trace amounts of plaque. Try using one of those electric vibrating toothbrush machines. They are superior with cleaning teeth and gum linings over regular toothbrushes.
I would try just the sesame or sunflower oil per the basic OP protocol and see if that changes anything with the tooth sensitivity. You could also reduce the time you are OP'ing. One difficulty with OP is that there is no standard response to the protocol -- the oilpulling.com site offers a lot of information but apart from that, we just have our own archives here.
I do hope you find an approach that works for you.
What kind of oil have you been using? Arnold just posted above some early experience and observations...one of which was that coconut and flax seed oil seemed to magnify his tooth pain/sensitivity, but sesame did not. I may have said this before, but one casualty of this forum is the standard protocol set forth at oilpulling.com which includes using sunflower or sesame -- if you have not tried using those alone, it might be worth it to see if your tooth sensitivity improved.
I hope you are feeling better! I am going to pay attention to what kind of oil I use and correlation to tooth sensitivity, etc. and will post on it if there is anything worth sharing...
Oddly, I experienced sensitive teeth when I first started oil pulling. I did notice it when it happened but continued on pulling and it did go away. It didnt last too long or I would have gotten concerned also. I too, do not have an health issues, nor do I have any teeth problems, but started this with my husband because he has KP and I found out that op helps with that.
The question of mineral depletion has been on my mind a lot lately also. One, because I have my own distiller for water and have been concerned about leaching from that, and two the question of the OP possibly pulling out minerals. Matter of fact just yesterday after speaking to a health conslor, whom I respect, I did decide to purchase and begin adding minerals to every gallon of distilled water that I make.
However, I do still have concerns, and I do believe, that oil pulling could be pulling out important minerals.
I have also meant to get some dessicated bone wafers. (Does that sound disgusting or what???) But they are supposed to be high in bioavailable minerals, of course, and therefore good for teeth and bones...
I just started oil pulling myself. I have done a lot of research on it. I have written a post/article on it which you can read here http://bit.ly/13DIxLQ
Reasons you may be getting sensitive teeth:
1.You haven't Takking a break!! You have to take a break from oil pulling every 4 weeks for at least a week. I recommend 2 weeks! Otherwise instead of pulling all the toxins and bad stuff out it starts pulling your good stuff out! Things like your good bacteria, vitamins, and minerals! This could be whats causing your teeth sensitivity problems.
2.Brushing your teeth with toothpaste! While oil pulling DON'T use toothpaste. Brush your teeth with water before oil pulling. After oil pulling rinse a few times with warm salt water & brush with baking soda or soap!
3.If you had sensitive teeth prior to starting oil pulling it may get worse temporarily which means your body is responding to the oil pulling!
If it continues even when doing all the above things try switching the oil you use. The only oils you can use for oil pulling are coconut, sesame, & sunflower oil. I use Tropical traditions gold label virgin coconut oil which I love! I use it for everything!