Disclaimers, Intended Audience, and Advertising Policy

In accordance with the Code of Conduct of the Health on the Net Foundation, readers of this site are encouraged strongly to read the following information in its entirety. This blog has been reviewed by the Swiss-based foundation for compliance with HONcode principles for objective health information on the web. The ScienceBlogs version of Terra Sigillata received its accreditation on 6 Feb 2008 and we are reapplying for transfer of accreditation to our relocated site.


The author of this blog is known by a pseudonym, Abel Pharmboy, PhD. As detailed under ‘About,’ the author holds BS and PhD degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from US research universities. The author has 20 years of experience in biomedical research and public and university education in the health sciences. Questions regarding the authors’ qualifications and professional credentials may be directed to abelpharmboy [at] gmail [dot] com.

Intended Audience

This blog is written to provide broad appeal on issues of dietary supplements, herbal medicines, and prescription and nonprescription drugs. The intended audience includes health consumers and other members of the general public interested in science and medicine, university students and postgraduate trainees in the basic sciences and medicine, university faculty members in science and journalism, and research scientists in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and dietary supplement industries. Please note, however, that the author is a basic scientist who is not authorized to practice medicine in any jurisdiction. Therefore, views expressed here are based solely on analysis of basic science data and do not, in any way, constitute medical advice. Should you have a medical condition or question about your medical treatment, these queries should be directed to your personal physician or other licensed, healthcare provider.

Advertising Information

No advertising currently exists on this site. The author will from time-to-time offer book reviews and product reviews. Each post will indicate whether the review made use of a promotional copy or was a personal purchase of the author.

Comment Policy

Commenters are asked to provide a valid e-mail address to prevent spam. E-mail addresses will not be used for any marketing purposes nor will they be released to any third party. However, any E-mail message sent directly to the author will be considered public information unless specifically denoted as a private communication.

Comments will not be censored by the author although spam filters will sometimes cause a delay in the appearance of a comment, particularly if the comment contains hyperlinks. Please remain patient if your comment is held for moderation and does not appear; it just means that I haven’t gotten to it yet.

However, the author reserves the right to delete comments that include personal threats, fraudulent attribution, and/or the unauthorized disclosure of personal information for any reader or fellow commenter. As the sign reads at McSorley’s Old Ale House in New York City: “Be Good or Be Gone.”

Disclaimer Regarding Pharmaceutical and Medical Information Contained On This Blog

Some statements on this blog will include educational information on US FDA-regulated medicines and botanical or dietary supplements. However, please note that the author is a PhD basic scientist and university educator who is not licensed to practice medicine in any jurisdiction. Information on this weblog is not intended to provide medical advice and is offered only with the understanding that the author and blog host are not liable for the misconception or misuse of information provided. The author and blog host shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this blog or the use of any products mentioned. Readers should note that the best source of information for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease is their physician and other appropriately-trained and legally-credentialed members of their healthcare team.

This disclaimer was last updated on 20 July 2010.

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