Last Updated: June 2019
Millions of people come to Veritas Health sites—Spine-health, Arthritis-health, Sports-health, and Pain-health—to learn more about their health and feel empowered on the journey toward wellness.
The Veritas Health, LLC Forum is designed to be a community of support, encouragement, and learning. It’s a respectful place where health information seekers can connect with one another and discuss how pain has affected their lives.
Failure to follow the Veritas Health Forum Code of Conduct may result in a warning, the removal of posts and/or your account may be temporarily or permanently closed. The Veritas Health Code of Conduct may be modified and updated on an ongoing basis without notice. It is important to check back to this page regularly. Please read this document carefully and help us to keep the Veritas Health Forum a welcoming and positive environment for everyone.
1.01 The Veritas Health Forum is moderated on a daily basis.
1.02 Moderators (liz, william garza, memerainbolt, and challenger) are volunteers, not employees of Veritas Health, LLC. Moderators devote their time to help the member community and are required to act as professionals. Moderators have full and final authority in applying the Veritas Health Forum Code of Conduct. Veritas Health, LLC employees may but are not required to monitor the Veritas Health Forum.
1.03 Moderators are not health care professionals and will not provide medical advice.
1.04 Veritas Health, LLC assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, or failure to post.
1.05 Veritas Health, LLC, its employees, and moderators reserve the right to edit, monitor and/or delete posts and comments at our complete discretion, with or without notice.
2.01 Use only one account. Multiple accounts may be banned and future registration blocked.
2.02 There is a good chance someone has previously posted on an issue you would like to discuss. Please use the search function and read related topics and threads before you post.
2.03 Do not duplicate. Posting a question or comment in multiple categories may be removed as a duplicate.
2.04 Only share your personal experience. Do not correct or invalidate the experience of others, and do not contradict the medical advice others have received from health care professionals.
2.05 Do not give medical advice.
3.01 Moderators and members should conduct themselves with respect and honesty.
3.02 Be positive.
3.03 Immediately alert the moderators if you feel that another member is posting medical advice, or is providing concerning or inappropriate information. Provide a link to the page in question and give the moderator your reason for concern.
3.04 The moderators reserve the right to delete a post or ban a member for inappropriate or concerning posts with or without notifying the author. An explanation may be provided upon user request.
3.05 No pornographic, sexually explicit, harassing, or degrading images are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to, strategically covered nudity, sheer or see-through clothing, lewd or provocative poses, and close-ups of inappropriate body parts. Medical images and videos may be permitted if and when approval has been obtained from a moderator. Approval will only be granted if the material contains no Protected Health Information (“PHI”), and has no images of the patient’s face. Images must meet all Veritas Health, LLC Acceptable Use Policies as described in Veritas Health, LLC Terms and Conditions of Use.
3.06 Do not post material that is harassing, libelous, abusive, degrading, threatening, harmful, critical or otherwise objectionable to other members, moderators and/or health care professionals.
3.07 Do not post material that is vulgar, obscene, offensive or otherwise objectionable. This includes the use of #$%@ or XXXXX as a means to hide inappropriate language.
3.08 Do not engage in any solicitation.
3.09 Do not publish proprietary or unauthorized content or materials in the Veritas Health Forum without permission as doing so may violate copyright law. Any outside content or material directly quoted must include a reference to the source from which it came.
3.10 Do not impersonate other individuals.
3.11 Do not post surveys or polls.
3.12 Do not engage in religious or political discussions.
3.13 Use complete sentences and keep abbreviations to a minimum.
3.14 Do not remove or edit any message put in your thread by one of the moderators. This is a violation of Forum rules and the member is subject to immediate banning.
3.15 All posts should be in English. Use of any other language is accepted only as part of a question and/or response.
4.01 Moderators are not health care professionals and do not give medical advice.
4.02 Content posted in the Veritas Health Forum is for informational purposes only and is not intended for medical diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a physician for any health problem or medical condition.
4.03 Do not post information that could be considered medical advice and do not give medical advice of any kind.
4.04 Do not ask Forum members for medical advice, medical analysis or the interpretation of diagnostic tests.
5.01 Do not respond to any Forum member’s request for analysis of diagnostic tests.
5.02 Do not claim to be a health care professional of any kind.
5.03 Do not use any phrase, title, or letters that could indicate you are a health care professional.
5.04 If you are a health care professional who wishes to become a verified member with Veritas Health, LLC doctor directory, please contact advertising.
5.05 Do not give health care recommendations or referrals to specific health care professionals or medical institutions.
6.01 Keep your identity protected. Do not post or use your real name.
6.02 All posts can be read, used, reproduced, and cited outside the Forum on Veritas Health, LLC in any form of media including but not limited to external websites, emails, or printed materials.
6.03 All discussions are permanently cataloged by Veritas Health, LLC. Be careful with the information you post and be sure this is something you want to share. In limited and exceptional circumstances, moderators may be able to remove your post. Links and references cannot be removed even in exceptional circumstances.
6.04 Do not post the personal information of other Forum members.
6.05 Do not post the names of health care professionals or medical facilities.
6.06 Do not identify specific places of business or establishments.
7.01 Members are not permitted to solicit, compile, or use personally identifiable information from other members (such as through research surveys, etc.) without written permission from Veritas Health, LLC. Forms of personally identifiable information can include but are not limited to addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, or other contact information that may appear.
8.01 Do not post advertisements or commercial solicitations. Doing so will result in banning and possibly blocking of site/product/service’s name from the Veritas Health, LLC Forum. If you wish to promote your organization on our sites, see our advertising section.
8.02 Do not advertise your personal blog or website. You may, however, include your blog URL in your signature line.
8.03 Veritas Health, LLC does not tolerate any form of spamming.
8.04 Do not use Veritas Health, LLC Forum for the sale of any item.
9.01 No external links may be published. All discussions and/or comments containing an external URL will not be published.
10.01 Permanent banning will occur after a member receives 3 formal warnings from the moderators. Severe infractions will lead to immediate banning.
10.02 Moderators have full and final authority in applying the Veritas Health Forum Code of Conduct. Moderators use their best judgment based on their experience and the severity of an incident to establish a temporary and/or permanent ban. The length of a temporary ban will be determined by the severity of the incident.
10.03 Banning may occur prior to any communication or warning to a member. All correspondence between a moderator and banned member will be done via formal email.