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Saturday, December 7, 2013

EZee Health - Coconut Oil, Part II, The Miracle Medicine

A week or more ago I posted the Coconut Oil, Part I - Weight Lost and Energy. If you missed it, you can catch up on how beneficial the Coconut oil is here. I was supposed to write the second part, long ago, but got caught up in work and stuff. So finally I'm posting the long overdue, Coconut Oil - Part II, The Miracle Medicine.

The Miracle Medicine 

So far, coconut oil keeps you thin, gives you energy, and you can cook with it. But it gets better. Coconut oil is uniquely effective at protecting your health, primarily because of its high concentration (48-50%) of lauric acid. Lauric acid is a very important triglyceride (3-part fat) that breaks down into monolaurin, which kills bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil also contains a small amount of caprylic acid, which kills fungus (for example, athlete's foot fungus) and yeast (candida). One or more of coconut oils medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) also kill a wide variety of intestinal parasites. Because of its composition and high MFCA content, coconut oil is effective for treating and preventing:

  • heart disease, 
  • chronic fatigue syndrome, weakness
  • osteoporosis, 
  • gallbladder disease, 
  • diabetes, 
  • liver disease, 
  • Crohn's disease, 
  • prostate enlargement, 
  • asthma, 
  • bronchitis, colds, cough, flu, sore throat
  • constipation, ulcers, upset stomach
  • dysentery, 
  • earache, 
  • fever,
  • gingivitis, 
  • jaundice, 
  • kidney stones, 
  • nausea, 
  • swelling, 
  • toothache, 
  • tuberculosis, 
  • tumors, 
  • typhoid
  • wounds and many more. 

That's a lot of protection for an inexpensive food that until recently was a standard part of our diet!

Intestinal Health and Tooth Re-mineralization 

Coconut Oil fights microbes  and bacteria in the Digestive Tract and can successfully stop tooth decay.
Researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ireland have found that coconut oil effectively inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria that can cause cavities and mouth infections, without causing any harmful side-effects. For that study they added enzymes to coconut and several other oils, to mimic the digestion. Than they applied the digested form of oil to different harmful bacteria, including the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, a common acid building bacteria found in the mouth and and Candida albicans, a highly problematic yeast strain that can cause oral thrush infection. The final result demonstrated that only the coconut oil showed any antibacterial and yeast fighting properties, without creating any side effects. Further more, the enzymes modified coconut oil not only fights antibiotic resistant bacteria, but doesn't encourage their production as usually the treatment with antibiotic does. (For the complete article)

You might seriously consider replacing your tooth paste with more natural coconut oil based one. If you go through and research the ingredients in your Tooth Paste you will most certainly find that most of them would do exactly the opposite of what they claim to bring. Toothpaste cleans teeth and removes plaque, which is beneficial, but if your goal is to maintain healthy teeth through a proper diet, mainstream toothpastes will work against your efforts. Furthermore, they contain questionable ingredients that may do more harm than good.
  • Glycerin - by itself is not a bad ingredient. But used in out tooth paste might be more harmful than it seems. Some suggest that it leaves a fine layer of film on the teeth, that prevents them from re-mineralization. 
  • Fluoride - I don't claim to be an expert, but based on my reading and research on the subject, fluoride is a highly toxic element and the form found in the tooth paste doesn't even exist in nature. This by itself alone screams "danger, keep away". Once ingested, fluoride compounds attack the structural integrity of our insides and damage the collagen in our body. Thus we get muscle stiffness, ligament damage and bone aches. Not only flouride was never proven to stop tooth decay, but can cause dental fluorosis, as well as many other serious health problems. 
  • Saccharin - Artificial sweeteners can never be good. I stopped using all the artificial sweeteners log time ago and moved to the natural alternative - Stevia. Artificial Sweeteners are already proven carcinogens, contribute to obesity, diabetes...even brain cells death.
  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate - SLS is a well known carcinogen. 
There are several healthier alternatives to Tooth Paste.

My favorite is the Home-made Coconut Oil tooth paste, fluoride-free, SLS-free, chemicals-free...

Shopping List:
  • Baking Soda 
I would like to try adding Redmond Trading Company Clay  once I find it, it will feel more like tooth paste.

For more on how to re-mineralize you teeth you can Read here. A reading that blew my mind away.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice, dating back thousands of years. It consists of using some form of a vegetable oil (the only one I've tried is coconut oil) and swishing it around in your mouth for a period of 15-20 minutes. Coconut Oil Pulling is another good way to prevent all the harmful bacteria enter the intestinal track or live in your mouth.

The practice of oil pulling started in India thousands of years ago, and was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.

I attempted Oil Pulling after reading loads of articles where experts explain how bacteria and infection can enter the blood through the mouth, it does make sense that addressing these infections could have an impact in other parts of the body, I just haven’t had personal experience with this. I believe Oil Pulling can be beneficial and at best it doesn't harm your body in any way. It's quite inexpensive and has a great potential to increase the oral and intestinal health, without any downside or side effects.

Oil Pulling Method?

It's an incredibly simple method.

  1. Swish and Twirl - In the morning, before breakfast on an empty stomach you take 1-2 tablespoon Coconut Oil in the mouth but do not swallow it. Move it slowly in the mouth as rinsing or swishing or Dr Karach puts it as "sip, suck and pull through the teeth" for fifteen to twenty minutes. The oil will get thicker and milky as it's mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. If the oil is still yellow, it has not been pulled long enough. 
  2. Spit Oil into the sink or trash can. The oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. If one were to see one drop of this liquid magnified 600 times under a microscope, one would see microbes in their first stage of development. 
  3. Rinse and Brush well with warm water. First rinse well with warm water, before you brush your teeth. Now is the perfect time to use the Home-made Coconut Oil Tooth Paste
  4. You should clean the sink thoroughly, because the spittle contains harmful bacteria and toxic bodily waste. Use antibacterial disinfectant.
The oil pulling /swishing is done best before breakfast. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach. Although, it's said you can Oil Pull with any kind of vegetable oil, I prefer to do it with Coconut Oil, for the added benefit of antibacterial and yeast fighting properties. The most obvious result of coconut oil pulling is improved dental health. Teeth become whiter, gums pinker and healthier looking, and breath fresher. That alone makes it worthwhile. What is really remarkable is that the health benefits don't stop there. Many health problems, including those which medical science has yet to find cures for, are also improved or completely cured.

Does it Work?

Buy Oil Pulling 

I don't really have much personal experience with the method. I started using the Coconut Oil Pulling for oral and dental reasons. After seeing all these articles and books, I was curious to try. After a dental implant surgery, I felt that certain areas around the new teeth were getting very sensitive and I decided to try Coconut Oil Pulling as an added cleaning method. The truth be said, I found the method very effective. Even my dentist was surprised on the monthly scheduled cleaning how little plaque was there to remove. My teeth were whiter and smoother.

Now for the added health and detoxifying benefits, I can recommend you buy and read the book of Dr. Bruce Fife : Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing (Kindle edition for only 9.99$ US).

"All disease starts in the mouth! As incredible as it may seem, most of the chronic and infectious illnesses that trouble our society today are influenced by the health of our mouths. Our mouths are a reflection of the health inside our bodies. If you have poor dental health, you are bound to have other health problems. Despite regular brushing and flossing, 98 percent of the population has some degree of gum disease or tooth decay. Most people aren't even aware they have existing dental problems. Recent research has demonstrated a direct link beetween oral health and chronic illness. Simply improving the health of your teeth and gums can cure many chronic problems. More brushing, flossing, and mouthwash won't solve the problem. What will work is Oil Pulling Therapy. Oil pulling is an age-old method of oral cleansing originating from Ayurvedic medicine. It is one of the most powerful, most effective methods of detoxification and healing in natural medicine." (From the book)

Coconut In Modern Medicine

People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine. In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: asthma, bronchitis, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, jaundice, kidney stones, malnutrition, nausea, sore throat, swelling, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. While coconut possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food and medicine.

Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is a unique and different from most all other fats and possesses many health giving properties. It is now gaining long overdue recognition as a nutritious health food. Coconut oil has been described as "the healthiest oil on earth."

Summary and Verdict:
Coconut oil can replace most of your medicine cabinet, energize you, and make you slimmer in the bargain.

I'm sure we can add many more medical ways to fully utilize Coconut Oil, because it's just one amazing gift from the nature, an inexpensive 100% natural medicine to add to our every day life.

In Part III, I'll outline the cosmetic, dermatological and topical use of Coconut Oil and share some of my personal beauty secrets in using it. If you missed Coconut Oil, Part I - Weight Lost and Energy, you can find the complete article here.

Part III coming soon........

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