Oil Pulling. It’s the hot topic these days. I’ve heard about this ‘new’ (old) health remedy a lot in the past few weeks. I read two blog posts on oil pulling, had a discussion with two colleagues, heard about it in Yoga the other night and talked with my friend about the technique.
Then last night, bam! There it was again. On a fellow nurse blogger’s site, Gail Ingram of Nurse Gail was writing about oil pulling. You can read her full article, Oil Pulling Facts: Good Health or Good Hype? here.
And no, I have not tried oil pulling yet. I’m too afraid that I will be unable to hold the oil in my mouth for an extended period of time due to a very weak gag reflex (OK, probably TMI. LOL).
Back to the point of my post.
Reading Gail’s article last night inspired me further into the conviction that nursing rocks. In so many more ways than one. As I shared above, I have heard, read and seen lots of information over the past few weeks on this technique. And then to find Gail’s post, from a Registered Nurse, now I was onto the truth.
Her writing, the way she shared the evidence and statistics behind the technique, is so much more valid than getting information from a passing friend or story-telling blog (oops, like this one?). The nursing profession, with our vigorous education and training, clinical experience, evidence-based practice and specialty certifications, is at a huge advantage.
We are clinical experts with a voice of professional authority. We are leaders in our roles, communities and within relationship. People trust and look up to a nurse. Think about how many times you’ve been outside of work and something emergent has happened- who do they usually call on? You! A nurse.
Gail’s blog post reminded me also of our position as nurse leaders. With access to the evidence, we can utilize this research to make valid statements of even greater strength. And yes, while on my own blog I often talk about concepts that come from within (nursing from within) I also believe in a certain balance of intuition/mindset with the practical logic of scientific reasoning.
For me, I believe this is how I’ve had such great success with getting Reiki introduced at the hospital. I am in a Clinical Nurse Research role AND I practice Reiki in a way that nurses and hospital staff can relate to. I share the evidence, science and research (good and bad) behind the practice.
As a nurse leader, think about where you are receiving your information from. Then taking it a step further, as a nurse expert, focus on how you present your findings to your audience. Sometimes a large amount of data is needed, if your speaking to a highly analytical group. And then when you are in conversation with the public, sprinkle a bit of the data in with a lot of laymen terminology.
There are a lot of holistic, complimentary and health modalities floating around out there. Be sure to do your research, present yourself as an expert and utilize your nursing background to your advantage.
Again, I thank Nurse Gail for bringing her post to my awareness. It’s helped me make more of a conscious decision on what I will do with respect to trying oil pulling for myself. Which brings me to one final thought: what works for you may not work for me and what works for me may or may not work for the next person. We are unique beings with individual needs. We have to find the health routines, techniques and practices that serve ourselves best.
Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment or question below. And as always, enjoy your health today.