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HONcode status The health Website
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Self Help Group
is in compliance with the HONcode


Title of the site:Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Self Help Group
Web address:http://www.ibsgroup.org/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct581696
Date of initial review: 15 Feb 2000
Validity of certificate09 Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014
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This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy



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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
Founder
Jeffrey D. Roberts, MSEd, B.Sc.

Medical Advisory Board
Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
Lucinda A. Harris, M.S., M.D., Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale/Phoenix
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Please remember that we do not actively monitor the contents of and are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this BB or any entity associated with this BB. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, wi... (09 Mar 2012) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
Mission:
The IBS Self Help and Support Group is an award-winning site which works to educate those who are living with IBS and to increase awareness about this and other functional gastrointestinal disorders.
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For the collaborative platform:

This forum is designed to help our new visitors navigate their way around our site and our discussion forums
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Audience:
The IBS Self Help and Support Group, formed its charter in 1987 as a patient led and patient governed educational organization for those who suffer from IBS, those who are looking for support for someone who has IBS, medical professionals who want to learn more about IBS and to be responsible patient advocates on local, regional and federal levels.
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Purpose of the website
The information provided within by the IBS Group is intended as supplemental material only. In no way are these documents meant to be a substitute for professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner, nor should it be implied as such. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your condition, or before starting a new program of treatment. Information for this website comes from personal experience with the disease and from research and clinical experience in the field.
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3. Confidentiality
IBS Self Help and Support Group ("IBS Group") respects your privacy. That's why we have created this Privacy Statement to explain how and why we collect certain information online, and how we use that information. This statement also explains how you can prevent collection of certain information about yourself, if you choose. Please take a few moments to read our Privacy Statement. This statement applies to both information we collect from visitors to the IBSGroup.org Web site, as well as information we collect or have access to when on our message boards.
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For the collaborative platform:

The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this BB or any entity associated with this BB. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
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4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Sources at the end of articles. Also in the about us page.
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
Source:
Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com
Lotronex.com
Amitiza.com
Mark Pimentel MD, Annals of Internal Medicine vol. 145 no. 8 557-563
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For the collaborative platform:

You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by these forums. You agree, to the best of your ability, to give references (links) to any health or medical information you provide, when you are not providing your own personal experience, ie: anything that you have not undergone by yourself.

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Site last update visible at the bottom of each page.
 
Last updated March 3, 2012
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Posted Yesterday, 10:31 PM
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5. Justification of claims
The medical community has not yet determined the cause for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A combination of treatments may help a sufferer cope with the symptoms; however given the diverse symptoms of IBS sufferers; diarrhea, constipation, pain, bloating, etc.., and it's chronic nature, none of these treatments at present will ultimately cure IBS.
IBS is a non-life threatening illness. It does not progress or increase your risk of developing Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Cancer. Treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms so you can live your life as normally as possible.

There...
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For the collaborative platform:

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use these forums to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, inappropriate for a young adult or child, or otherwise violative of any law. This BB enforces a zero tolerance policy for hate. Those propagating hate about an individual, group, religion or belief will lose their posting privileges. You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by these forums. (09 Mar 2012) - Link

6. User support and adequation
Postal address, phone and e-form provided.
Contact Us
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
The activities of the IBS Self Help and Support Group's web site are supported solely by advertisements. (...)Some funding to develop content is provided in the form of an unrestricted educational grant or promotional grant, and is branded as such.
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For the collaborative platform:

Jeffrey Roberts, Founder
IBS Self Help and Support Group
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8. Advertising policy
Advertisement
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Advertising and affiliation do not dictate editorial content.
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Advertising and affiliation do not dictate editorial content. There is no implied endorsement of any sponsored product advertised on/through the IBSGroup.org website.
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An advertisement is distinguished by the word "Advertisement".
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For the collaborative platform:

If you would like to advertise a product on this website please refer to our Advertising page. Any member who misuses their account by posting unpaid advertising will have their membership removed from this website.
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