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Comment author: Lila 09 November 2017 11:46:20PM *  0 points [-]

Treating Candida via diet isn't accepted science: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/candida-cleanse/faq-20058174

So it's not surprising a doctor wouldn't diagnose you.

Comment author: kbog  (EA Profile) 10 November 2017 12:30:08AM *  4 points [-]

Eliezer's solution wasn't dietary treatment, it was to use imported Nizoral.

Comment author: Gregory_Lewis 11 November 2017 12:29:59AM 1 point [-]

Although it isn't clear in the story, doctors often use empirical treatment: i.e. treat the most likely culprit, then rely on the patient to come back if it doesn't work.

So I don't take this as a huge strike against the medical profession - after all, knowing a treatment hasn't worked is a large informational edge.