** Originally posted by Moderator **
The moderation team wants to remind everyone in the community of one the key points of our mission statement for this message board:
[INDENT]The National Psoriasis Foundation is committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for all, no matter their treatment preferences, membership in the Foundation or severity of disease.[/INDENT]
There have been a number of conflicts recently between people who choose to treat their psoriasis with conventional medicine and those who use alternative options.
As our rules state, all participants are free to express their opinions in a respectful manner. Respect is the key to keeping the message board a positive, supportive place for everyone.
Obviously, not everyone uses the same standards for assessing potential treatments. Some people consult with dermatologists, while other people prefer to consult with alternative practitioners, or to forgo consultation altogether. These decisions should be respected.
Here is the National Psoriasis Foundation's official statement regarding medical information on the board:
[INDENT]The message board was designed for educational purposes only and not for the purpose of rendering medical advice. Individual variances in psoriasis cases require the consultation of a physician to make sound medical decisions. The information presented on the message board is not intended to replace the counsel of your physician. It is important to see your doctor before altering anything in your treatment plan. The National Psoriasis Foundation does not endorse any medications, products, equipment or treatments for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.[/INDENT]
Because this disclaimer is posted in the rules and because it applies to all posts on the message board, it is not necessary for individuals to post reminders about the merit of treatment advice. This applies to posts reminding people of FDA approval requirements interjected into conversations about alternative treatments as well as posts listing published side effects interjected into conversations about FDA-approved medications.
Repeated, unsolicited posts about the possible dangers of any type of treatment – alternative or conventional – are not constructive and are detrimental to the message board community. This is not to say that you can’t start a thread on such a topic or post a response to a question about side effects. It’s the unsolicited posts that detour a thread into a debate over conventional vs. alternative that are problematic, and will be deleted to keep the conversations on topic and the climate of the board hospitable.
Thank you for your understanding.