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
What do medical textbooks teach me about Canker
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
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.
Prevention and Treatment
Since the stage for the development of canker sores
is set by elements in the bowel, blood, and liver,
the integrative approach requires that all relevant
factors be recognized and addressed effectively.
This allows me to make an essential point about the
integrative model: If you choose this path, it will
be the beginning of your journey of becoming your
own primary physician. You begin with clearing
canker sores, you will stop “rusting” in all parts
of your body—literally.
Topical use of anesthetic gels give temporary
relief. However, I usually find better results with
topical application of a mixture of vitamins A and E
(in equal proportion).
I present my guidelines for oral hygiene and for
restoring the health of the bowel and the liver in
articles on this site. I also suggest the following:
* Use Dr. Ali’s Oral Hygiene protocol
* Use topical oral anesthetic gargles
* Detect and address all of the relevant factors.
I discuss these subjects at length in my two-DVD
video seminar entitled “Bowel” and a DVD video
seminar entitled “Liver” (available from
Healthy Mouth, Unhealthy Mouths
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