Canker Sores Natural Remedies


In 1959, my professors taught me two things about canker sores: (1) the cause of these painful sores in the mouth is unknown; and (2) there is no effective way of preventing or treating canker sores.

In 2014, my pathology and internal medicine textbooks of pathology and internal medicine also teach me two things about canker sores: (1) the cause of these painful sores in the mouth is unknown; and (2) there is no effective way of preventing or treating canker sores.

In 2014, my pathology textbooks include several paragraphs on the possible causes of canker sores before concluding that the cause is unknown. In 2014, my internal medicine textbooks also include several paragraphs on the possible treatments of canker sores before concluding that there is no effective treatment.

In 1959, my professors laughed heartily at the notion that tongue coating can tell much about the state of the bowel—I would introduce the term bowel ecology 21 years later—and showed nothing but disdain at the thought of bowel detox.  In 2014, I repeatedly invited the professors of medicine in New York to join me at my WBAI radio program entitled Science, Health, and Healing and give a radio essay on bowel ecology for an hour. No one yet has accepted my offer.

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Cancer Sores reach down into the bowel and colon

I consider the oral cavity as the window to the alimentary tract. My work in pathology and clinical medicine has convinced me that canker sores can neither be understood nor effectively treated without deep ecologic thinking.

There is an epic planetary struggle between the oxygen-loving and oxygen-shunning organisms, and the incremental victories of the latter. A monumental tragedy of mass extinction of species is playing out on the global stage. Oxygen-loving frogs and related amphibian species are being decimated by oxygen-shunning fungi. The oxygen-shunners are also responsible for disappearing butterflies, the collapsing bee colonies, and the death of bats with fungus-ridden noses that fly out of their caves in broad daylight and drop dead. Humans are also fully engaged in this struggle, and losing with spreading epidemics of mystery maladies—chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, brain fog, polycystic ovary syndrome, low testosterone levels, gender devolution, memory deficits, and rising incidences of autism and nearly all forms of cancer. Regrettably, the main body of physicians is oblivious to the underlying ecologic shifts and their effects on the man-microbe conflicts. In servitude of The New England Journal of Medicine, they continue to seek answers only in increasingly potent—and toxic—drugs. Such drugs, of course, are valuable in the short run and wreak havoc on people in the long run.

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Oxygen as Canker Sore Treatment?

Canker sores are painful open sores inside the oral cavity and the upper throat. These ulcers are reddish in color and are surrounded by a halo-like flare of yellowish or grayish color. The ulcers form as breaks in the mucous membrane lining the mouth and throat and are also called aphthous ulcers, aphthous stomatitis, and Sutton’s Disease. Canker sores are subdivided into: (1) minor cankar (aphthous) ulcers when measuring less than a dime; (2) major aphthous ulcers are greater than 10 mm in diameter and are extremely painful; and (3) herpetiform ulceration, the most severe form, composed of clusters of numerous ulcers measuring 1–3 mm in diameter designated as Herpetiform ulcerations.

Trauma to the mouth is considered to be the most common cause of canker sores. That is silly. The mouth is a highly vascular region and saliva contains potent antimicrobial components—when the subject is healthy, that is—and healing of traumatic wounds occurs rapidly. I strongly disagree with the following statement at “Physical trauma, such as that caused by toothbrush abrasions, laceration with sharp or abrasive foods (such as toast or potato chips) or objects, accidental biting (particularly common with sharp canine teeth), after losing teeth, or dental braces can cause aphthous ulcers by breaking the mucous membrane.” This is an excellent example of misinformation. Wikipedia does not even mention the ecologic disruptions in the bowel microbiota that set the stage for the development of canker sores.

Canker sores are an oxygen problem. To explain this, below are brief comments about biofilms.


Biofilms are microbial tribes abiding the Darwinian imperatives—adapting to dynamic changes in the oxygen order and availability of their growth requirements in their microecologic conditions. Below is some text from my book Heavy Metal Load and Toxicity, the seventh volume of The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine to shed light on the relationship between biofilms and canker sores:

Oral dysoxygenosis is the state in which oxygen homeostasis is regionally disrupted by local conditions in the mouth. Mercury from dental amalgams appears to be one of the most, if not the most, potent disruptor of oxygen metabolism in the oral cavity. Other such disruptors are thioethers and other microbial toxins. Those factors also alter the local conditions that either inhibit or foster microbial growth, so facilitating biofilm formation. Such dynamics seem to play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of systemic disorders rooted in the oral cavity.

Biofilms also appear to play central roles in initiating, amplifying, and perpetuating anomalous and unremitting inflammatory responses—locally in the oral cavity and other locations as well as systemically in tissues far removed from the sites of biofilm formation. Such phenomena also set the stage for chronic and indolent lesions—infectious as well as noninfectious—again not only locally in the dental, periodontal, and sinusoidal tissues but also systemically in tissues distant from the oral and sinusoidal cavities.

The Sun-Soil Model of Health and Healing

Seen within the above broader context, biofilms cause indolent infections that weaken the local mucosal immunity in the mouth and set the stage for recurrent canker sores. This occurs with higher frequency in individuals with severe immune deficits, such as those receiving chemotherapy, steroids, and the so-called targeted drugs that block one or more crucial steps in the healing processes. From a clinical standpoint, canker sores require the Sun-Soil Model of Health and Healing as shown in the figure.


For the Prevention and Treatment of Canker Sores
(A preventive protocol for oral hygiene and to remove fatty microbial toxins associated with oral infections, chronic gingivitis, and receding jaw bone. This is not a substitute for the clinical evaluation of specific dental issues by a dentist.)
Morning, before breakfast
Sesame oil oral rinse – Five days / week – First thing in the morning.

Swish one teaspoon of oil vigorously in the mouth for
4-7 minutes, spit and rinse the mouth again.

First thing in the morning – Brush with toothpaste containing tea tree oil or neem tree extract
After breakfast, you may quickly brush your teeth with five drops of hydrogen peroxide and a sprinkle of baking soda.

After Lunch
Peroxide brushing – Pour five drops of food grade (12.5%) peroxide on the  toothbrush, sprinkle baking soda on it, and brush teeth. Followed by, if desired, brushing teeth with toothpaste containing tea tree oil or Neem

After Dinner
Toothpaste  containing tree tree oil or Neem
Nystatin/penicillin gargles  One-fourth tablet crushed and suspended
in one ounce of water/ alternate weeks. Swish, gargle, and spit. For penicillin sensitivity, a different antibiotic should be used under the supervision of a physician.

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