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Any products or services referred to in the articles on my site are personal recommendations by the authors of those articles. Links to businesses that sell products, such as vitamins and testing labs, are provided as information only for use (or not) by site visitors who are looking for additional information and online resources for products and services they may not be able to find locally or may not have previously come across. Other than as stated above, I have no relationship with these entities and link to them only to provide visitors to my site with sources that may be useful to them.
I have compiled and, in some cases, written the information included in this site. When known, the actual author, copyright date, and original source are included in all articles.
Through the years, the correspondence and feedback I have received from site visitors reflects that patients, patient advocates, family members of patients, and some health care providers routinely use of the information at my site. The information at my site is in no way meant to replace the doctor-patient relationship. The information is offered to help support site visitors' search for more information, information that will enable them, along with their physicians, make the best decisions for themselves in regard to their health care. Information on the care and behavior of herptiles is for educational use; all herp and other pet keepers are strongly advised to establish a good working relationship with a local vetereinarian trained in the diagnoses and care of the species kept.
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This site is for use by patients, their families, and caregivers. The information here is not meant to diagnose, treat, or in any other way supplant information from your health care providers.
About Melissa Kaplan|
I am not a health care provider for humans or other animals. I spent 18 years working in the health claims management field before falling ill in 1990. One of the things I learned on the job was that for the most part, patients saw themselves as passive recipients of their doctor's knowledge and orders. Long before I became ill, I realized that doctors do not know everything and that to ensure the best possible care and decision-making, patients must be pro-active in their discussions with their health care providers. The only way to be a partner in one's own health care is to research a wide range of information related to one's health issues.
The information and resources I have compiled at my site reflect some of my own journey through the maze of research and information I have read and compiled through the years. Some of the material at my site may be useful to you in your own quest for information and knowledge, some may not. Through the links to other health information sites, you will find still more information and resources that may be useful in your research. The only constant, when it comes to disorders such as CFS, FM, MCS, Lyme, etc., is that our knowledge is continually undergoing change and expansion as new research is completed and new factors are identified.
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In addition, when considering taking substances, especially any that may alter your neurochemistry, immune or endocrine systems, or gut constituents, you should not do so without first undergoing appropriate testing to make sure that the changes you want to make are indeed necessary.
Occasionally, a site visitor will email me with questions, comments or feedback. I treat all such correspondence from individuals as private, confidential correspondence between individuals. I do not divulge, transmit or in any other way collect any of the information that may come to me via personal correspondence to any other person or entity unless first discussed with the correspondent, regardless of the country in which the correspondent lives.
I maintain a listing of CFS and FMS support group listings across the United States. From time to time, support group leaders will contact me requesting to be added to the listing. The information they provide about their group is information they authorize to be shared publicly in their group's listing. Any personal information they may include in their correspondence with me is treated as private, confidential correspondence between individuals.
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