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Blue Light and Sunshine May be the Next Gen Weapons Against Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

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  • Many infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Antibiotic overuse has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA
  • Exposure to natural sunlight on a large percentage of your skin can actually have a very potent antimicrobial action.
  • According to a new proof-of-principle study, blue light can selectively eliminate infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Blue light therapy has also been shown effective against MRSA and other resistant bugs
  • Low vitamin D levels increase your risk of being a nasal carrier of MRSA. This means that vitamin D status could be a modifiable risk factor for MRSA carriage and potentially MRSA infection, and is yet another reason for making sure your vitamin D levels are optimized year-round
  • UVB exposure has a number of other health effects unrelated to vitamin D production, including enhancement of mood and energy, melatonin regulation, suppression of MS symptoms, and the treatment of skin diseases

By Dr. Mercola

Skin and soft tissue infections are among the most common bacterial infections encountered in clinical practice.


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