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

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Updated Freedom from Nicotine rules and courtesies regarding medical issues:

NO MEDICAL ADVICE - Members may not solicit or render medical advice, nor invite members to comment on the appropriateness of treatment or medications. While the site openly shares information regarding symptoms commonly experienced during withdrawal and recovery, no member can know for certain whether any symptom being experienced by a member is or is not related to quitting. If you have any question in your mind regarding any lingering health concern, including depression or mental health, seek medical assistance. If not satisfied with your physician's advice seek a second opinion. We are not physicians or doctors here at Freedom but students and teachers of nicotine cessation. 

NO POSTS CONTRARY TO PHYSICIAN ADVICE - Freedom posting privileges shall be immediately terminated if a member posts or notifies management that their doctor or health care provider advises them not to quit smoking at this time, or to follow a quitting plan other than cold turkey. Allowing any member to remain following such a disclosure would mean that this forum is acting contrary to the physician's advice. Freedom exists to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a site visitor or member 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. 

NO MEDICATION, HERB, EXERCISE OR DIETING RECOMMENDATIONS - Members are not permitted to render advice or make recommendations on these topics, whether on Freedom's message boards or on your profile page. 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 nicotine cessation forum staffed entirely by cessation educators who are not physicians, pharmacists or dietitians.


(Message edited by Joel_Spitzer On 04/14/2010 16:48 PM)
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