Giving and getting medical advice online.

Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

07 Oct 2005, 19:05 #21

We seem to be getting a few physicians, dentists and I suspect other allied health professionals using www.whyquit.com as a resource to pass along to their patients. I think that it is important for all professionals in the medical field to feel comfortable knowing that what we cover at www.whyquit.com and Freedom will not interfere with any medical advice that they give. We only cover one topic here at Freedom and that is smoking cessation. As our medical disclaimer states:
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This site is not meant to replace the advice of any physician. Do not rely upon any information that you read here at Freedom (or that you obtain through posts, email, links) to replace consultations or advice received by qualified health professionals regarding your own specific situation. The information provided here at Freedom is intended as smoking cessation educational materials only and it should NEVER be construed as medical advice.

If you have any question in your mind regarding any lingering health concern, including depression or mental health, IMMEDIATELY seek medical assistance. If you are not satisfied with the advice being rendered by a physician, you always have the right to obtain a second medical opinion. We are not physicians or doctors here at Freedom. We are students and teachers of smoking cessation.

It is also important for you to understand that as a smoking cessation forum Freedom is staffed entirely by cessation educators who are not physicians, pharmacists or dietitians. Further, Freedom's Rules prohibit any member from rendering any medical advice to other members, from giving medication or herbal advice or recommendations or from giving dieting advice or recommendations, other than advice to seek the assistants of trained and qualified health care professionals.
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There are organizations and individuals who have such disclaimers and policies to simply protect themselves legally. We have these policies though because we believe they are right for every individual reading here. We do all we can to make sure that any information or concepts picked up here at Freedom do not pose any medical risk to our readers.
When it comes to the treatment or management of any medical condition we believe that it is best for every person to deal with a qualified medical professional in their real world. The materials and concepts that we cover only gives information making it clear how people can improve their health and likely extend the productive years of their lives by simply making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take another puff.
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

20 Jul 2006, 06:07 #22

No volunteer at this site shall render any medical, medication, herb, or dieting advice other than advice to seek the assistance of trained and qualified health care professionals.

There are organizations and individuals whose sites have disclaimers such as this to simply protect themselves legally. We have this policy because we believe it's right for every individual reading here. We do all we can to make sure that any information or concepts acquired here do not pose medical risks to readers.

When it comes to the treatment or management of any medical condition we sincerely believe that it is best for every person to deal with a qualified medical professional in their real world. The materials, concepts and information shared here allow readers to improve their health, and likely extend the productive years of their lives, by simply making and sticking to a personal commitment to Never Take Another Puff.
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

29 Apr 2007, 19:48 #23

At Freedom, dieting advice falls under the category of medical advice. Do not ask for dieting advice at Freedom and don't give it. We have some general weight control articles available for our readers that I will attach below. As it says in our Courtesies & Rules :
MEDICAL ADVICE, MEDICATIONS, HERBS, EXERCISE, OR DIETING RECOMMENDATIONS - Members are not permitted to render advice or make recommendations on these topics. If you have specific health concerns, medication or herb questions or need exercise or dieting assistance, please seek the assistance of qualified professionals. Freedom is a smoking cessation forum staffed entirely by cessation educators who are not physicians, pharmacists or dietitians.
Members are limited to one Freedom membership per lifetime.
Continuing membership is conditioned upon compliance with
the forum Rules and Freedom's Relapse Policy
Patience in weight control issues
Eating Healthy - Blood Sugar
"I would rather be a little overweight and not smoking than underweight and dead
After I Lose Weight I Will Quit Smoking
Video addressing weight control issues for people quitting smoking
Last edited by Joel on 11 Nov 2009, 02:29, edited 1 time in total.
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FreedomNicotine
Joined: 06 Dec 2008, 16:58

17 Nov 2009, 23:45 #24

This post is important and can't be brought up enough. While the post was originally geared at advice about medications, in fact it really applies to any kind of medical advice. We can bring up possible reactions that a person may have from quitting--and we may say at times that this symptom or that symptom may occur when quitting. But that does not mean symptoms should be ignored or written off, especially any symptom lasting beyond a couple of weeks. Then there are those symptoms that may happen the first few days, which are very likely from quitting smoking but, because of the nature of the symptom can't safely be written off either. Symptoms such as chest pains, which are common when quitting, can also be a warning of something happening totally independent of quitting and needs to be evaluated, even early on in a quit. The best advice we can give is always if you are experiencing a reaction out of the ordinary that is causing you concern, call your doctor, explain to him and her when you stopped smoking and what you are now experiencing and ask him or her if a visit is warranted. The other piece of life saving advice that we can give you is to prevent new diseases and minimize the risk if many crippling and life threatening conditions simply entails knowing from this point on to never take another puff!
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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

07 Sep 2012, 22:30 #25

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