Policies & Principles

Last Edited: 08/04/2013

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Authoritative Information
Any medical or health advice provided and hosted on this site will only be given by the blog author (user “MoniqueSerpasPT”), a trained & licensed physical therapist, or another qualified health professional.  A clear statement will accompany any piece of advice offered that is from a non-medically qualified individual or organization.  Our blog is moderated at least quarterly and posteriorly by volunteers “MoniqueSerpasPT” and “admin.”  Internet users posting comments on this blog should not be considered as health professionals.  Moderators will remove spam and ban users that post comments that do not follow the Discussion Participation & Comments policy below.  Users will not be warned or notified before being banned.  See About Me for more information on my education history, credentials, and certifications.

A Complement to Professional Care
The information provided on this site (including comments from MoniqueSerpasPT) is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing medical provider.  Information is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice.  You should seek the advice of your health care professionals in all matters relating to your health.  Internet users posting comments on this blog should not be considered as health professionals.

Confidentiality & Privacy
I undertake to honor or exceed the legal requirements of medical information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site and mirror sites are located.  Names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, email content, or any other confidential, private, semi-private, or personally identifiable information will never be knowingly shared with a 3rd party.  Any email addresses submitted to our newsletter subscription are stored in Google’s FeedBurner service and used exclusively for sending blog content updates.  PLEASE NOTE: Any data submitted in the comments section at the bottom of any posts and/or pages on this site are considered Public information.  This data is recorded in our site’s database as well as the DISQUS comment system whose privacy policy can be found here.  So please, do not post any information into the comments that you would not want to be made publicly available to anyone else on the Internet.  I remind you that everyone can read and use your comments. You do not have the possibility to erase your own comments.  Any responses that I make to comments are also Public information.  In addition, like many sites on the Internet, we use Google Analytics and SimpleReach to gather anonymous site statistics.  This information is used to ensure I am delivering the best content possible to my readers.  These anonymous statistics are not shared with third party or other companies other than Google.

Source Attribution
I make every effort, where appropriate, to support information contained on this site with clear references to source data and, where possible, to have specific HTML links to that data. The date when a page was last modified will be clearly displayed (e.g. at the top or bottom of the page).

Treatment Justifications
Any claims relating to the benefits/performance of a specific treatment, commercial product or service will be supported by appropriate, balanced evidence in the manner outlined above in Source Attribution.

Transparency & Accessibility
See About the Blog for ways of contacting me directly.

Financial Disclosure
This site is funded through my own personal investment.  My site displays advertising and sells exercise PDFs that are financial sources of income.  Moderators “MoniqueSerpasPT” and “admin” are volunteers.

Advertising Policy
All promotional or advertisement information such as articles, banners, or logos, will be clearly indicated and easily identifiable with the word “Advertisement” or “AdChoices” above the advertisement or in the lower-right corner of the banner or logo.  Any non-paying banner ad will be distinguished from editorial content by the label “banner.”  Our editorial content is not influenced by the Google sponsored ads and links.

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any textual links within the site that link to other sites, products, books, or any other resources should not be considered advertisements.  These links are provided solely as further reading, reference, and/or information to supplement editorial content.

This blog will not accept paid endorsements of any kind, including advertisements that consist of “paid product reviews” which give the appearance of a unbiased review.  This site will do its best to avoid any conflicts of interest.  However, if any editorial content presents a potential conflict, the details of the conflict will be displayed at the top of the page or post containing the potentially conflicting content.

Discussion Participation & Comments
Internet users commenting on my blog must behave with respect and honesty at all times.  Internet users may not post any commercial/advertising comments.  Moderators reserve the right to erase, without notification, any comment they would judge inappropriate.  Internet users commenting on my blog must post information which is true and correct to their knowledge. We invite you to provide resources (references, links, …) on health/medical claims when possible and relevant.  The minimum age for the use or participation in the comments thread is 18 years of age.