Majid Ali, M.D.
What did my flashlight teach me about canker sores? What do medical textbooks teach me about canker sores? Most importantly, what did my patients teach me about canker sores? I answer the questions in this order and then offer guidelines about the prevention and treatment of canker sores.
What did my flashlight teach me about Canker Sores?
Canker sores (also known as aphthous ulcers) are discrete painful areas of inflammation, redness, and ulceration involving the mucous membrane lining of the tongue, lips, cheeks, and throat. If neglected , they become chronic and set the stage of other inflammatory lesions of the oral cavity. They respond well to my Oral Protocol and Bowel remedies (see below).
What do medical textbooks teach me about Canker Sores?
The cause of canker sores is unknown. There are vague references to bacterial, viral, yeast, and parasitic factors, as well as inflammatory lesions of the tongue. The condition is not contagious. Other names used for them include: aphthous stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth) and Sutton’s Disease when the sores are multiple and recur with high frequency.
The common types of canker sores include: (1) minor aphthous ulcers (lesion size between 3–10 mm (0.1–0.4 in); (2) major aphthous ulcers(size greater than 10 mm in diameter); and (3) herpetiform ulcerations, which is the severest form.
What did my patients teach me about Canker Sores?
Canker sores develop as consequences of altered states of bowel ecology, especially the issues of gut fermentation, excess mycotoxin production, leaky gut state—all caused by sugar and antibiotics abuse, undiagnosed and untreated mold allergy, food allergy and intolerance, parasitic infestations, and problems of indigestion and absorption. These factors cause: (1) excess acidity in the oral cavity and other corrosive fluids in the urinary and genital tracts; (2) increased free radical activity damage; (3) thickening of bodily fluids that interfere with optimal cellular breathing; and (4) biofilm formations over mucous linings. Biofilms are slimy layers of tangled proteins, rancid fats, and sticky sugars in which are embedded diverse microbial species that protect each other from natural and synthetic antibiotics.
The above is my explanation of the fact that most tobacco smokers do not develop leukoplakia. So, tobacco is a secondary factor. The same is true of viral and bacterial populations which are present in all oral cavities and genital and urinary tracts.
Canker sores are most commonly found on the insides of the cheeks, and the surfaces of the throat. Less commonly, it involves various areas of the genital and urinary tracts.