I’ve had a number of health problems this summer. I was diagnosed with bladder polyps, and had surgery to get those removed. But every two weeks I’ve been getting sick with other random things (stomach viruses and strep throat, among others), that presented along with hematuria (blood in pee, for the uninitiated) and flank pain.
I’m not looking for medical advice - I’m under the care of a GP and my urologist, and while they don’t really know what’s going on yet, I’m mostly content to just let them do their jobs.
But my mom’s convinced I have a candida reaction, and I need homeopathic treatment. She claims that all the antibiotics I’ve been on (and I have been on a metric buttload of them) are causing yeast to colonize my body, even though I’ve seen no symptoms of oral or genital thrush. I eat a ton of yogurt every day, and I’ve started drinking kefir too, just to prevent any actual yeast infections, so you don’t need to preach probiotics to me. They can’t do any harm and they taste good.
So how do I (gently) get her to shut up about homeopathy? She’s always been an overly credulous new-agey type, and I really don’t want to have to explain how the law of similars is completely illogical over the phone. I was going to send her a quackwatch link, or a link I found listing candida as one of the FDA’s top 10 medical rip-offs, but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. She’s rather sensitive about her new-ageyness. Advice?