Majid Ali, M.D.
What did my flashlight teach me about oral
thrush? What do medical textbooks teach you about
oral thrush? Most importantly, what did my patients
teach me about thrush? 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 Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush consists of patchy, thick, tan-white or
cream-colored deposits, sometimes with a cottage
cheese appearance, on the surfaces of the tongue,
insides of cheeks, gums, tonsils, and throat.
Sometimes cracks develop at the corners of the
mouth. Usually painless, although thrush lesions can
cause pain. When rubbed or scraped, the involved
areas often bleed and become tender. By itself, oral
thrush does not cause fever.
Oral thrush is generally considered to be a fungal
infection caused by Candida species. I return to
this subject later.
What do medical textbooks
teach you about Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush (also known as oral candidias) is an
infection of the mucous membranes of the mouth
caused by yeast fungi of the genus Candida. The most
common culprit species is Candida albicans. Less
commonly, Candida glabrata or Candida tropicalis are
the causative agents. In babies, oral thrush is
referred to as candidiasis, while in adults, the
terms candidosis and moniliasis are used.
In most severe form, oral thrush can spread down the
esophagus, causing difficulty of swallowing
(esophageal candidiasis) and beyond, such as the
lungs (systemic candidiasis).
What did my patients teach me
about Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush develops 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 oral thrush
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 oral
thrush, you will stop “rusting” in all parts of your
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:
(1) Dr. Ali’s Oral Hygiene protocol; (2) topical
oral anesthetic gargles; and (3) 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 www.majidali.com).
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