Zero Medical Advice Policy

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Zero Medical Advice Policy

JohnPolito
Joined: 11 Nov 2008, 19:22

12 Nov 2008, 15:40 #1


Zero Medical Advice Policy
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 or 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 nicotine cessation educational material 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 another medical opinion. We are not physicians or doctors here at Freedom. We are students and teachers of nicotine cessation.

It is also important for you to understand that as a nicotine 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 or exercise advice or recommendations, other than the 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 is 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, Dip or Chew.

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Joel Spitzer
Joined: 13 Nov 2008, 14:04

10 Dec 2008, 15:23 #2

Our zero medical advice policy extends beyond information given at the Freedom board. Our policy has always been that if a person writes to us on any of our boards or in any email sent question asking for us to comment on advice given by his or her personal physician, we are not going to respond to these questions or be able to offer any kind of advice. Here is what I have written on this topic at the AskJoel board utilizing an an article from the original MSN AskJoel board from 2006.

Standard responses to inquiries seeking medical advice

(Date Posted:11/17/2008 17:37 PM)

"My doctor says..."
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From: Joel (Original Message) Sent: 1/12/2006 7:12 AM
Every now and then we get emailed questions or submitted posts where a person is going to his or her doctor for smoking cessation help and then wants us to comment on what we think of the specific advice that his or her doctor is giving as to how to deal with quitting.

We have a policy in place here at the AskJoel board. If a person writes us and makes it clear that he or she is under a doctors care for any medical related condition or for smoking cessation issues we are not going to comment on the course of treatment. Basically, writing and asking us about any medication issue, whether it is a medication that is supposed to be treating smoking or one that is treating any other condition is going to result on the post not being answered. As it says in our Medical Disclaimer:

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.

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.

We have a string at Freedom titled Medication adjustments. It discusses how people who are on certain medications may need to be evaluated if they are experiencing problems after quitting. Again though, the advice here needs to be clear and simple. If a person is experiencing any kind of physical symptom after quitting that is causing them concern that person should be dealing with his or her doctor.

Below is a copy of the full medical disclaimer we have for this board:
Medical Disclaimer
Joel Spitzer is a professional smoking cessation counselor not a physician. Although knowledgeable, almost all of the ex-smokers assisting Joel are ex-smokers and not professional smoking cessation counselors.

Ask Joel is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a site visitor and his/her physician. Do not rely upon any information at this site to replace individual consultations with your doctor or other qualified health care provider.

The information provided here at Ask Joel is intended as smoking cessation education and counseling 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.

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.
Last edited by Joel Spitzer on 10 Dec 2008, 15:27, edited 2 times in total.
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