by Bob Romero —
Bob Romero has been a diligent student of esoteric spiritual subjects and metaphysics for many years, with a life-long quest for answers. He has submitted new and original articles that focus on life lessons and experiences he wishes to share with our readers and the world.
Recently I went to a new dentist because I moved a few miles away from Denver. I had been very satisfied with my previous dentist. It was disappointing when the new dental hygienist recommended a deep cleaning every three months that would be ongoing, and it would cost a $1,000 each time. I’m sure that her decision was based on her training at the dental school where she became a dental hygienist. After much consideration, I got a second opinion from my former dentist. He said that it was an aggressive treatment plan and would not recommend it. So, I decided to go back to my old dentist and make the long trip to his office every six months.
I also did some research on a holistic approach to deep teeth cleaning. The one technique that kept popping up was called “Oil-Pulling”. The article on WebMD, which is a traditional Western medicine website, endorsed the method, and stated that it was based on science. Swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes will cause bacteria and other microorganisms that cause plaque and tooth decay, to stick to the coconut oil. Then spit the coconut oil into the trash and not the sink as it will clog up the pipes. It is an ancient practice from India, and it is a great supplement to regular flossing and brushing. When I mentioned it to my dentist, he said that he had other patients that had been doing it, and stated that whatever works for me, is fine with him. He also said that my teeth were healthy and would last a long time. The WebMD article also revealed that oil-pulling is part of Ayurvedic medicine.
My curiosity then led me to investigate Ayurvedic medicine which is India’s primary healthcare system. I found a wonderful website called “Taking Charge of your Health & Wellbeing” from the University of Minnesota describing it. It states that Ayurveda is completely holistic and strives to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit. Much to my delight, it is one of many holistic practices that are covered at this website. It says that “Holistic practices are healing practices that are outside of pharmaceutical or surgical treatments”. However, they can complement conventional western medical procedures. What I like about holistic practices, is that they cover the whole body, and address not only physical, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. Now I can get additional information of the techniques that I was aware of and learn about ones that are new to me. It is interesting to me to see how Spirit can guide us from disappointment to new avenues of enlightenment.