My mother in law is in town. We picked her up from the airport last night. She wears a cross almost bigger that her, she is tiny to begin with so it really stands out. She fondles it when she talks to us. She was married to a chiropractor for over 20 years. She is going to a kinesiologist so he can tell her her problems by waving carrots above her arm. She has osteoporosis but refuses to eat dairy because she “thinks” she is allergic (not lactose intolerant). She just thinks it makes her stuffy in the head and that apparently is very bad and means she is allergic. She conducted her own experiment, she stopped consuming dairy. (That’s it, that was the experiment.) She is now refusing to eat gluten because she met a nutritionist at a “Whole Foods” grocery store and now believes inflammation causes illness and gluten makes you tired. She doesn’t want to feel tired in the afternoon or puffy, ever. She calls doctors of modern medicine allopaths. She doesn’t like them because they prescribe drugs. SO she found a homeopath who is also an MD (wtf?) so she can get a prescription for hormones. (not to clear if that is for menopause or what exactly). She said she knows homeopathy works because she has a book that explains it.
My mother in law is a very kind, sweet woman. I want her to be happy and healthy. I don’t want her to waste away into nothingness because alternative medicine practitioners have convinced her that food and modern medicine is evil. I started a conversation with her last night but I think I came off a little condescending. So I ask you this wise world of the Skepchick community: How do you deal with woo from family members at the holidays? Do you keep your scientific information quiet to keep peace at the dinner table or do you try to sway the people you care about any chance you get? More importantly, should I just STFU or try to explain things to my MIL?
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