My son has very painful canker sores that don’t seem to go away.
Q. Dear Terry, “My son has very painful canker sores that don’t seem to go away. We’ve tried the over-the-counter creams and gels, but they haven’t worked. Is there anything he can take to help?” — Joe S., De Pere, WI
A. Dear Joe, I believe diet is extremely important when it comes to preventing canker sores. I would start removing dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs), sugar, soft drinks, and all grains from your diet. Your diet should consist of animal proteins from beef, bison, lamb, poultry, and fish, with non-starchy vegetables and fruits. You can also eat nuts, seeds, and berries. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I have also found that canker sores heal extremely well and quickly when we maintain a higher level of calcium. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores, and cold and flu.
I recommend that your son add calcium lactate to his daily regimen, along with magnesium, and zinc for extra support.
Terry . . . Naturally