#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and an Update

First order of business, announcing our winners, who will each receive an autographed book by yours truly.  This week, they are Brenda LaFone and Doris M. Ellis.  Congratulations, both of you.  For those of you who are new to the blog (welcome), the contest runs every week, with a few exceptions, and you enter by commenting.  2 new winners will be chosen at random, notified, announced on this blog, and awarded–you guessed it–autographed copies of my latest book.

Now, for the update.  Several of you asked questions about oil pulling, as discussed on yesterday’s blog.  One was, “What kind of oil do you use?”  The answer: I currently use organic sesame oil, because that was recommended in one of the articles I read on Pinterest.  That said, most people use coconut oil.  Yes, you can use the solid kind, it will liquify in the warmth of your mouth, and yes you can buy liquid oil, as well as solid, in any good grocery store.  The only caveat is, the oil should always be organic.  I’m told that organic olive oil is good, too, but you’ll want to stay away from the standard varieties of vegetable oil, because most of them have a lot of preservatives–I don’t use them for anything, personally, but of course opinions are subjective, and that happens to be mine.  Most sites recommend that you use the oil for 15-20 minutes, first thing in the morning–day one, I lasted 5 minutes–but today I hopped onto my exercise bike and sloshed and swished as I rode, which made it easy.  At first, the taste bothered me, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue any longer.

Some important things to remember: DO NOT SPIT the oil into the sink or toilet when you’re finished.  Use the trash can.  Otherwise, you’re bound to mess up your plumbing, and who needs that?  Second thing to remember: NEVER, BUT NEVER swallow the oil.  It has been drawing toxins from throughout your body for 20 minutes, which means it will be nasty stuff.  I brush with regular toothpaste afterward, and I’m good to go.  At night, I use activated charcoal, which has also whitened my teeth considerably.  Since there is some debate about whether brushing with charcoal is safe or not, I recommend consulting your dentist–I have an appointment this month and plan to get his opinion.  Since I have had good results so far, I will probably continue, unless he has a VERY convincing argument.  I’ve found that regular doctors and dentists, necessary as they are, often have a knee-jerk reaction to alternative medicine.  Therefore, I will listen carefully, and decide for myself.  

That’s why God gave me a brain.  :)

30 comments to “Winners and an Update”

  1. Vickey McGee
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:13 pm · Link

    I love your thinking about doctors!!I read your articles and find them very interesting.

  2. Lois Rotella
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Thanks for the info. I listen also and make up my mind also.

  3. Renae
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:16 pm · Link

    I used to swish with coconut oil but I can’t seem to be consistent. I sure love to read your blogs because I feel like I’m right there with you! Amazing –)). Sounds like you’re getting healthier by the day. Miss u bunches

  4. Deborah Nelson
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!

  5. Ruby Norwood
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:34 pm · Link

    Thank you so much for all the great information that you share with us Linda! Congrats to the winners!! Enjoy

  6. Doris Ellis
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Thank you…Such an exciting note to see that I won. Love your Books and your Blog……

  7. Leanna
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Happy to get more information on the oil pulling. Glad you talk to your doctor about alternative treatments. I personally have had many of my doctors open to trying many different things.

  8. Teresa F
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 9:55 pm · Link

    I so agree since visiting Dr for Colonoscopy told me in front of hubs to quit taking all my supplements (herbs) for menopause before the procedure and how much $$ I was wasting – so when I became the nasty person from Hell, well he decided the herbs might really be helping me!

  9. Dawn Roberts
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Another good source for information would be a pharmacist, as they do have a medical degree and are more open to all forms of ” education”

  10. Paula L Rollins
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 10:42 pm · Link

    Linda love reading your notes and keeping up with current trends. Stay warm and dry and no more falling…

  11. Melaine
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this week’s winners. I’m going shopping tomorrow so maybe I’ll pick up some oil to try oil pulling. Right now I’m on the fence about it, but feel that I need to try it if I’m going to make a fair assessment about the process.

    Wish you all a blessed and great week.

  12. Prairie
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 11:08 pm · Link

    It has been my experience that most doctors don’t recommend natural alternatives. Our ancestors had no choice and often used natural methods and they worked. Would not recommend them for a serious problem but for minor conditions why not give them a try?

  13. Debbie Bleege
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Linda I love following your blog Your topics are interesting Congrats to the winners Keep your blogs blogging. Have a great week!

  14. Lynn Hogan
      · January 3rd, 2017 at 11:33 pm · Link

    Amen on using your brain!!! That’s all I’m saying. Lolol

  15. Peggy E Casey
      · January 4th, 2017 at 12:40 am · Link

    Thank you for your valuable information!

  16. Judith Cooper
      · January 4th, 2017 at 12:49 am · Link

    You make the most interesting posts. I am in a living center and can’t put to use some of your tips, but I certainly enjoy reading about them.

  17. Sharon Sovereign
      · January 4th, 2017 at 1:30 am · Link

    I have never heard of this before but will read up on it. Interesting.

  18. Pamela Devereux
      · January 4th, 2017 at 2:11 am · Link

    I’m glad you clarified what types of oil. I am allergic to coconut and thought, what else could I use?

    My doctor cycle starts next week. Will have to see what she has to say.

  19. Billiesue Sanders
      · January 4th, 2017 at 7:20 am · Link

    I am so glad to hear about this. Thanks so much!

  20. Virginia Horton
      · January 4th, 2017 at 9:32 am · Link

    I am with you Linda on useing you brain. Sometime the doctor is not always right.

  21. Eriko
      · January 4th, 2017 at 9:38 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing your post on oil and charcoal. I have heard many folks say this new added regime to their oral hygiene has truly helped them.

  22. Kathleen O
      · January 4th, 2017 at 10:09 am · Link

    Very educational Linda.. I have never heard of using charcoal as whitener. But I would have to check with the doctor for sure as I use some very powerful meds for my psoriasis and I never use anything I am not supposed to as it’s doing it’s job. Congrats to this weeks winners.

  23. Evelyn Baldwin
      · January 4th, 2017 at 10:30 am · Link

    Thank you for the update!

  24. Diane Sallans
      · January 4th, 2017 at 11:34 am · Link

    I’m always on the lookout for things that could help me feel better – Thanks for the complete description of technique.

  25. Kelly Driver
      · January 4th, 2017 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your blog! Love the tips, advice and fun notes that make me smile.

  26. Lois Rotella
      · January 4th, 2017 at 9:52 pm · Link

    Linda I was reading my new food network magazine, they were talking about new food stuff you should look for, they list Kitchen Basics broth and a new one is bone broth. I thought let you know,.

  27. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 4th, 2017 at 11:38 pm · Link

    Yes, God gave you a very good brain!!!

  28. Caryn Horn
      · January 5th, 2017 at 1:06 am · Link

    Thank you for answering the questions and thank you for sharing all the information on the products you are using. Maybe one of these days I’ll be healthier! Keep up the good work! :mrgreen:

  29. Pam
      · January 5th, 2017 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Love the comment on Dr.s, the ones my husband and I go to hate alternative meds, wanting instead to have us take meds they want us to take, & my husband usually gets worse! :( But He’s getting better now!:)

  30. Cari Cook
      · January 10th, 2017 at 1:59 pm · Link

    I was one of the winners in late 2016, I think October or November, and I have not yet received my book. Is there a problem? When can I expect to receive it? Thank you!

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