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Oil Pulling to Replace Antibiotics?

Posted by Anonymous (San Diego, CA) on 12/31/2007

I've been reading your comments and suggestions on health issues and oil pulling. Thank you for publishing all your Q&A's. I recently had an impacted wisdom tooth pulled that had a cyst around it about the size of a thumb. The oral surgeon said that the molar next to it might have been damaged at the roots so he said that it might or might need to come out as well and he'll decide while he is doing surgery. I was under general anesthesia and when I woke up he said that one of the roots of the last molar was damaged from the cyst and he had to pull it out. Mind you, I have very nice white and straight teeth and only 2 ceramic fillings and never had braces. That was on Nov 20th. I went in for a follow up check up and everything was healing well and the stitches had dissolved and I was off of the antibiotic, cephalexin. On Dec. 15th I decided to start oil pulling (EV coconut oil and and EV olive oil) once a day in the morning. On the third day of oil pulling the surgery site had become inflamed and my lymph nodes were swollen. I called the oral surgeon, I told him it was swollen and green pus was coming out. I didn't tell him that I was oil pulling.' He put me on cephalexin (7 day course) again and I just saw him this morning and he wants me to continue the antibiotic for 3 weeks more to ensure I've killed off any infection as the there is no hole and the site is closed now. I've been taking the antibiotic for almost a week now and have stopped the oil pulling. My question is can I just stop the antibiotic after this 7 day course and start oil pulling. I'm concerned that I'm going to have reoccurring infections on this area. I have no way of knowing if food/bacteria is under my gum and I'll have problems in that area all the time now. Any suggestions as to what I should do?

I just had a baby Sept 24th and I am exclusively breastfeeding her. Now that I am reading more of your posts, I'm wondering if I had a herx effect? I'm so worried about any damage I might have cause my baby girl by me being on the antibiotic. And I've had extremely itching skin since the first round of antibiotic...fungus?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Most cysts occur because of metabolic acidosis bought on by the antibiotics. Antibiotics generally causes the body to become acidic, and in an attempt by the body to neutralize the acidity, the calcium is used as an emergency, resulting in excess fluids that are high in calcium, because of the lack of available bicarbonates to do the job. I have had other people told me their cysts completely disappeared with just taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, or in another case three times a day. Once the body has neutralize the acidity, excess serum calcium is reduced, and the cysts will slowly reduced. Some help can be noted with the taking of 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin along with the food. To allow the body to better utilze the calcium, a magnesium supplements usually in the form I preferred of magnesium citrate, or magnesium chloride in case it's not available. The body often needs a magnesium: calcium ratio of 2:1, but in practice, the dietary calcium to magnesium often is imbalanced. The usual dose I have observed to have helped is between 250 mg - 500 mg of magnesium citrate often taking about 5 days out of a week. Usually it is my observation that a woman will often have lactic acidosis or even more common metabolic acidosis during pregnancy which persist even months after childbirth. And hence bicarbonates, magnesium and lecithin were the major supplements. However, vitamin B complex, usually B50, will further help the body control the pH better, especially from the thiamine component of the B1. The form of thiamine I prefer is the thiamine mononitrate, as opposed to thiamine hydrochloride. So I may read the bottles and make sure that it is about 50 mg of thiamine mononitrate, along with 50 mg of B2, B3 (niacinamide), B6, and choline with possible exception of folic acid, and B12, which might often be in mcg. In general, a baking soda 1/2 teaspoon, or another remedy just 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass taken twice a day or three times a day can slowly prevent the cyst buildup. A small pinch of potassium citrate, such as 1/8 teaspoon along with the usual remedy may further help the cysts by reduction in size too. Still magnesium citrate remedy I must also used along with it too. Antibiotics tend to cause the body to be deficient in vitamin Bs, especially the B1, as well as cause the body to retain excess heavy metals. One or two day drinking of green tea no sugar no milk, which amounts to 3-4 cups would at least reduce the free heavy metals buildup caused by the antibiotics. It's a simple chelation, using the green tea, but I have found it to be helpful, but I prefer not to take too much, hence the one or two day should do the job in ridding of excess metals. The use of antibiotics may lead to a fungus, which result in the itch, and the apple cider vinegar and baking soda may deal with this best, a baking soda alone can also help too. There was one person who had fungus all over his body that lasted years and years and began disappearing using just the baking soda, which obviously stopped his itch. In case it was not help, I found it also helpful to use dechlorinator usually it's 10% sodium thiosulfate, solution applied to the skin, or add a couple of drops into the drinking water. A liter for me I might add about 10 drops of 10% sodium thiosulfate. This helped greatly in reducing acidity, metabolic acidosis, and some reduction of metals as the sodium thiosulfate also remove heavy metals. In larger amounts it tends to reduce excess serum calcium too. If cysts need to be reduce in greater amounts than this, or a more agressive reduction of calcium, I might use a simple 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 2 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice in 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day. This seems to remove excess serum calcium leading to cysts and worked twice faster than the baking soda. However, some people think it takes too much time to prepare, but I have noticed this remedy to work faster. It takes about 2-3 weeks to notice some improvement reduction of cysts, however. It should be noted that cysts don't occur overnight, but more than a year has gone before this formed, especially the 9 months pregnancy but antibiotics may have accelerated the problem. Taking or applying sodium thiosulfate alone may in some instances reduce the itchiness, but there are other remedies. However, this should cover most of the problem in my opinion.