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Sunshine and Pericarditis

Jeanne from San Diego writes:

Dr. Cannell: I have pericarditis  and retired about 3 months ago. Once I started getting out and sunbathing in my bathing suit my symptoms disappeared! Thank you very much. When I went to my doctor, he was amazed at my improvement but refused to believe sunshine had anything to do with it. He said he had never heard of sunshine curing pericarditis!

Dr. Cannell replies:

Dr. Cannell: I have pericarditis  and retired about 3 months ago. Once I started getting out and sunbathing in my bathing suit my symptoms disappeared! Thank you very much. When I went to my doctor, he was amazed at my improvement but refused to believe sunshine had No, like your doctor I have never heard of it either, but unlike your doctor I believe it is possible the sunlight cured your pericarditis. The majority of cases of pericarditis are infectious with viruses the most common agent. Sunlight will trigger formation of antimicrobial peptides, which are potent and broad spectrum antibiotics. Anyone who takes more than 2,000 IU  per day knows that lower respiratory infections are less common and by sunbathing in your bathing suit your were getting about 10,000 IU per day.nything to do with it. He said he had never heard of sunshine curing pericarditis!

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