Hi folks. Just wondering what you think about this. I know about putting medical disclaimers (I've worked in health care for over 30 years and a doctor I am not:) But what do you think about sites that offer insights and information about health or disease issues and also monetize them? I'm having an ethical debate with myself right now. There are affiliate programs and someone suggested ad sense (which I'm not a fan of right now). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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DBSTAR Premium
If you are making it clear it is your opinion, based on direct experience or on the best authority, if you state that any real medical advice should be given by a professional, than the information you supply could be helpful.
For example if I am interested in discovering what a neuritis is and what are the current cure options, and you supply the information, the links and so on, it is useful and you could also suggest what worked best for you....
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Rick Jantz Premium
That's exactly what I'm thinking. Send them to the experts but talk about my experiences, what I've learned. I would also be sure to advise them to ALWAYS seek their doctor's advice before trying something new or making any serious changes, like playing around with their meds. Thanks for your comments.
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nathaniell Premium Plus
It depends on what you are recommending. A weight loss book would be fine, a 'how to cure cancer' book would not.

If you are building the site to profit, I would look at where your largest profit would be. Is it an ebook with advice? Is it it a set of physical product to help the person do something?

I think there's no problem with trying to help people with a medical problem. I would maybe stay away from trying to "cure" it, and lean towards "relief" or "dealing with" so you don't have to worry about too many disclaimers.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Well said, Nathaniell. I would not go anywhere near saying there's a cure but rather go the relief or managing aspect. A "my experience" type of ebook might be something I look at down the road but only when I think it would be of value. Thanks
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steveo5770 Premium
I don't see anything wrong with it as long as the information you're giving is backed by science.
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Rick Jantz Premium
Actually, I would want to link to the authority sites for the medical details. I don't want to speak about things I'm not qualified for, that's one area I would have to be very careful with.
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Salniter Premium
Mnnn...backed by science...hmnnn...like the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies who alter data to suit their purposes and kill tens of thousands of people as a result? Hmnnn...I'd go with personal experiences myself. Cynical soul that I am :-)

PS My cynicism is well-earned in case you were wondering :-)
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steveo5770 Premium
I'll take science backed medicine over new age quackery any day. You wanna talk about dangerous!
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Rick Jantz Premium
I think it's a combination of both and that's what I'll be looking at in a few months. I support science backed medicine but also know there are many great alternative treatments and such that are proving their value. Thank you both.
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Salniter Premium
I think it's a great idea.
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Rick Jantz Premium
I think so, too and would be writing from personal experience. I read a rant about this a week ago that really raised some questions for me.
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Riaz Premium
wow i'm interested in finding out about this as well, some might think it's unethical :/
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Rick Jantz Premium
Some may, I agree. But I would be writing from personal experience so they can't say I'm being an opportunist. It's something I would rather not have or be writing about. Thanks for your interest.
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Salniter Premium
Why on earth would it unethical?
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Rick Jantz Premium
Sainiter, some people do think it might be. "Making money off of people's illnesses", that sort of thing. But I wouldn't start with that. I would provide experiences and information for people to learn. Later I would monetize as appropriate. By then I could show the value of the site as well.
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Salniter Premium
I suppose you could say that the entire health care system is unethical, in that case! Which it kind of is. But I believe that in general, doctors and hospitals are doing the best they can...but don't kid yourself, they have monetized and they are making money from it! As to the pharmaceutical companies...well, those would be the unethical guys!
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Rick Jantz Premium
Almost sounds like a post I could do :)
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