well, you have brought up two questions are are still ananswered. col rao says none of the oil soaks in, but i dont believe that. which constituents and how much is soaking in is another story. so, is it a food being used like this?
second, we have not determined the reason why refined oil is called for. is it to remove potential toxins or is it to give the oil certain properties?
i think the two are related. my best guess is that refined oil is less likely to soak in and more available to attach to toxins. otoh, many of us, myself included, have done quite well pulling with unrefined oils, though we have made sure they are organic as much as possible. i dont take a chance. i mix refined and unrefined oils together and pull with that. i feel really good.
From "Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill" book, on page 96, under REFINING:
"During refining, oils are mixed with an extremely corrosive base, sodium hydroxide(NaOH, caustic soda, known under the trade name "Drano"), or with a mixture of NaOH and sodium bicarbonate (Na2CO3). The mixture is agitated, then separated.
Refining removes free fatty acids from oils. Free fatty acids form soaps with NaOH, which dissolve in the watery parts of the mixture. Phospholipids, protein-like substances, and minerals are also further removed during refining. Refining temperature is about 75 degrees Celcius (167 degrees Farenheit). The oil still contains pigments, and is usually red or yellow at this stage."
that is the most reliable rule of thumb so far. perhaps part of your confusion is that most of us are fast and loose self experimenters. for example, i am crazy. i will do just about anything, especially if i think of it and it seems like it will work and it wont kill me.
– This may explain why it is best to choose ORGANIC, UNREFINED oils, as nutrients are absorbed through the inner lining of the cheeks… some studies are actually showing nutrients/extracts absorbed in smaller amounts, through the buccal delivery system, appear in the blood in larger amounts than when compared to an average dose taken orally – in regards to resveratrol in one study; 30 mg taken via Buccal vs. 250 mg digested orally, produces the same amount of nutrients in the blood. The example found here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resveratrol
- Search “buccal”.
So in this sense, during the beginning of pulling with UNrefined oil, all those good vitamins in sesame or sunflower are being absorbed, as the oil thins and bacteria, parasites, etc... are being pulled back and forth, the oil becomes more toxic as living space grows and thins… the milky thinned oil being that living space. This is why Oil Pulling is definitely not an “overnight miracle solution”, but obviously has long term benefits, which can sometimes be seen soon after the first treatment.
Also, “North Coast Man” makes a good point when describing the refining process for oil, as he describes a chemical used during this process as , “DRANO”! What”!? So yea, no Drano for me, thanks ;-)
"I would favor sesame oil for long term use because Sunflower oil & safflower oils have phytochemicals in them which mimic various hormones & might possibly cause some problems in some people.
Check this site for some facts on this matter ( http://www.nobreastcyst.com/phyto.html
So with all that I said, I hope some of you will understand why I only purchase “ORGANIC” oil. If you don’t know about absorption/digestion of organic vs. conventionally grown food, I implore you, do search as the studies are available online.
Be safe people – choose organic ESPECIALY FOR OIL PULLING! So much is being absorbed during the 10-20 minutes of pulling.