Cold sores, fever blisters, cancer sores – they don’t make for a good day. Yes, cold sores are the Type 1 Herpes Virus and therefore as with any virus, you’ve got to be thinking about the immune system. These things pop out when you’re under too much stress from one or various sources. This can be an emotional stress that you’re dealing with; try some relaxation exercises, deep breathing or meditation. It can be a physical stress from body pains and injuries or working out too hard (too anaerobic). It can be from chemical/nutritional stress from too much sugar, lack of nutrient-dense foods, too much caffeine or eating something that you’re allergic to. It can also be thermal stress from the cold weather in the winter, or more commonly the heat and humidity from the summer sun.
There is a way to deal with the cold sores/fever blisters so they don’t reoccur, and it’s not by always having to take those liver damaging anti-viral medications. First, you’ve got to deal with the stress as just mentioned. Second, whether you’re dealing with a viral issue or not, there’s a calcium issue that needs to be addressed. Here’s how:
Calcium must be available and it must be able to get into the tissues. Despite what you might think or have been told to think by either the dairy association or most medical physicians, eating or drinking more dairy is not going to solve your calcium issue. Calcium needs an acidic environment in order to be properly absorbed, which is why supplements such as calcium carbonate or oyster shell calcium are such poor choices. The acidity primarily comes from proper stomach acid (HCL), which along with proper fatty acid metabolism pushes the calcium into the soft tissues and that will take care of the skin flare-ups. Lack of stomach acid, which commonly results in heartburn and indigestion (yes, I said lack of, not too much of), from a poor diet, stress, hydrogenated fats and not enough healthy omega 3 and 6 fats will leave the calcium with no place to go. Remember, stress DECREASES stomach acid (which can lead to heartburn-type symptoms, another “Is This Normal?” question).