How can I get my mom to try natural alternatives to her multiple medications?
I recently bought some D-mannose, a natural supplement that has great reviews for helping to control urinary tract infections (uti's) -- for my mom. She tried it once and said it seemed to help. But her next uti, she went back to taking antibiotics, saying they always work. She doesn't like being "pushed" to do anything, so I didn't say anything about the negative effects of the antibiotics.
This has happened with other "organic" suggestions my sister and I have given her regarding her health. But our alternatives (probiotics, vitamin C, D, filtered water) get abandoned for multiple medications, many of which we feel have been given to treat the side effects of the other medications.
She's currently taking meds for blood pressure, uti's, acid reflux, shingles, atrial fib, and coumadin for blood thinning. She also has head tremors, neuropathy, and knee swelling which she doesn't take meds for. She's 83 and still gets around well; does her own cooking, cleaning, driving, and slot machine stuffing.
But she drinks too much coffee and eats too many sweets and rarely drinks water. And, as I mentioned, is stubborn about doing what she wants to do.
Has anyone else had any success in getting a stubborn mom to try, and continue to use, natural alternatives?