for Chronic Mouth Sores
Chet Day and friends
recall my first cold sore or mouth ulcer or canker sore or whatever
you call the pesky lip, gum, and/or tongue critters, but I've waltzed
with them my entire life, even when I'm eating healthy and living
the same holds true for many health-conscious people, judging from
my correspondence since 1993.
today I want to share what I've learned about mouth sores and what
you can do to prevent them and/or what you can do to help your body
heal them more quickly.
keep in mind the operative model I use for health: an identifiable
cause exists for every health problem. Once you remove the cause,
then your body will heal and return to its optimal state.
you open your Mosby's medical dictionary to the entry for "herpes
simplex," you learn that it is "an infection caused by
a herpes simplex virus (HSV), which has an affinity for the skin
and nervous system and usually produces small, transient, irritating,
and sometimes painful fluid-filled blisters on the skin and mucous
other words, modern medicine attributes cold sore outbreaks to the
herpes simplex virus.
defines "canker sore," as "an ulcerous lesion of
the mouth, characteristic of aphthous stomatitis."
closer to the front of Mosby's, we learn that aphthous stomatitis
is "a recurring condition characterized by the eruption of
painful ulcers (commonly called canker sores) on the mucous membranes
of the mouth. The cause is unknown, but there is evidence to suggest
aphthous stomatitis is an immune reaction."
that's my reaction too.
1993, when I started watching for cause and effect in my body, I've
observed that I can literally give myself a mouthful of canker sores.
All I have to do to CAUSE the pesky outbreak is to...
Get involved in stressful situations
Eat too many nuts, especially peanuts (usually over several days)
Eat too much refined sugar
Drink too much straight carrot juice
Brush my teeth with a name brand toothpaste
Get too much exercise
Get too much direct sunlight
Work too much instead of sleeping or resting
a teenager and young man, I would get one canker sore at a time,
usually on the underside of my right lip, close to the corner of
get a canker sore there on occasion, but at age 51 I can also get
them on my tongue, my gums, and in various places on the insides
of my lips.
I thought someone who eats and lives healthfully is disease and
symptom-free all the time?
what a lot of so-called experts and natural health gurus say, but
I've not found it to be true, either in my own life or in the lives
of those who write to me.
experience is that many people who eat and live properly still experience
cold sores, canker sores, and fever blisters on occasion, and that
it's especially true when they violate some of the factors of healthy
let's turn to some solutions.
best when I supplement with lysine, an essential amino acid.
take a 500 mg. lysine capsule every day along with brushing with
I don't get canker sores.
I forget or get careless with my supplementation of lysine, and
if I also eat poorly, work too hard, or stress out, my canker sores
come back like bad chili.
of readers have also discovered that lysine solves their mouth sore
problems. Let's tune in to what they have to say, shall we?
Chet, I've suffered from canker sores in my mouth since I was a
youngster. I'm 72 now.
twenty years ago, someone suggested I take L-Lysine to help relieve
the problem. I found that somewhere between one and six grams of
L-Lysine would stop the pain within a day, and would eliminate the
sore within three or four days.
the problem reoccurred quite regularly, I talked to my family doctor
about taking L- Lysine on a regular basis. He said it couldn't hurt,
so I began taking it daily, and the only time I developed canker
sores was when I ran out of L Lysine. Several years ago I decided
to quit for awhile. I have not had any sores develop.
wife went along fighting sores for several years by taking L-Lysine
when they appeared. Now she takes one gram per day and has no sores
I have always used lysine with great success. As soon as I feel
a cold sore coming on, I take a bifidophilus supplement and 2500
mg of lysine, three times a day. Works very quickly.
Chet: I have had canker sores since early childhood, and endured
all sorts of torture at the hands of those who thought they were
helping... powdered alum, cauterizing, etc.
in the 80's my brother-in-law told me about LYSINE (an amino acid).
when I have an outbreak, I take 1500+ milligrams daily until they
begin healing within a day or so, and the pain is gone in 3 days.
I remember to take about 500 milligrams daily, I don't get them
at all (or if I do, I up the dosage to 1500 again.).
chocolate, nuts, gelatin, and stress are all triggers for me. It
can be good or bad stress. I am so thankful to God for leading me
to Lysine, because I constantly had mouth ulcers (3 weeks out of
4) until I learned about Lysine.
used Lysine for the mouth sores that sometimes follow a viral infection,
cold, etc. and it seems to work every time. Of course they heal
on their own too:-))
Love & Harmony, Bev
told at a health food store that these are a sign of colon troubles
and that I should take L-Lysine and acidophilus.
husband suffered from cold sores and I now get cold sores as well...
a gift from him I think.
is my understanding that cold sores are caused by a herpes virus,
the good news being that the cold sore herpes virus is not supposed
to be able to co-exist in the body with the genital herpes virus.
when I feel that familiar tingle or whatever it is that precedes
a cold sore and leads me to suspect one coming on, I take 500-1000mg
of l-lysine up to 3 times a day and knock it out before it can take
hold... Other friends use this method successfully as well.
this helps others.
in sunny Southern California
I am an avid subscriber to your newsletters, recipes, etc. and wanted
to comment on mouth sores.
have suffered from these and have noticed a remarkable decrease
by changing toothpastes! Most toothpastes have sodium laureth sulfate
which is known to irritate and promote mouth sores.
I have increased my L-lysine, change toothbrushes regularly, especially
after an outbreak and try to lower the stress factors.
this helps someone.
of Naples, FL
those were interesting letters, weren't they?
are some food sources for lysine from Marilyn Diamond's cookbook:
apples, apricots, grapes, papayas, pears, alfalfa, beets, carrots,
celery, cucumber, dandelion, parsley, soybean sprouts, spinach,
turnip greens, nutritional yeast, soymilk, and tofu.
that said, I have to admit I've never been able to get enough lysine
from my foods. For me, supplementation works best.
you decide to try lysine, I recommend capsules rather than tablets
because the body will assimilate them better.
supplementation represents the single best approach I've learned
to date for helping to remove the cause of mouth sore problems.
From my correspondence over the years, I think many people suffer
from a lysine deficiency.
as you've seen above, readers suggest taking lysine at the first
sign of a mouth sore and then taking several capsules two or three
times a day.
better, you might want to supplement with lysine on a daily basis.
Make it a part of your health program.
what I've been doing for several weeks now, and I haven't had a
canker sore since making this simple and relatively inexpensive
addition to my routine.
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