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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:aboutGastro
Web address:http://www.aboutgastro.com
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct532776
Date of initial review: 14 Aug 2012
Validity of certificate12 Oct 2012 - Oct 2014
Date of last visit07 Nov 2012

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.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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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
The information provided herein is intended for your general knowledge only and has not been verified by medical personnel. http://www.aboutgastro.com/
All information on this site has been edited by:
Jessica A. Lea MSc, Senior Editor
Jessica is the Senior Editor of aboutGastro. She is a graduate of University of London where she acquired her Masters in Bioinformatics. She completed her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Cardiff University. Jessica brings with her years of extensive research experience in the health sciences.
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2. Presentation of the site
aboutGastro is committed to educating those that seek reliable, unbiased and transparent information on diseases, conditions and lifestyle changes in the field of human digestive health and gastroenterology.
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To help visitors better understand the vast number of diet plans available to help improve their health and lifestyle.
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Purpose of the website
The information provided on this site is meant to enhance and complement the relationship between patients and their doctors and not replace it.
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3. Confidentiality
We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities. (...) We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet servic...  (14 Aug 2012) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
Knudsen, N., Laurberg, P., Rasmussen, L., Bülow, I., Perrild, H., Ovesen, L., & Jørgensen, T. (2005). Small differences in thyroid function may be important for body mass index and the occurrence of obesity in the population. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 90(7), 4019. Retrieved from http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/90/7/4019.short
How to improve thyroid function. (n.d.). Retrieved from http:/...
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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5. Justification of claims
Experts all agree that calorie restriction is how humans lose weight. Where the diet and nutrition experts begin to disagree is in the suggestion that restricting fruit and starch consumption after 2 p.m. will help keep the body from storing its calories as fat. Most experts in this field, with supporting studies, have concluded that it doesn’t matter what time of day food is consumed nor what type of food it is, the body will use or store the calories accordingly.
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6. User support and adequation
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
This website is funded mainly by content licensing agreements and by selected advertising on this site.
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8. Advertising policy
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We do not promote or advertise any product within our content. Our content is free of any commercial influence. We do not control the content that appears in any advertisement on our site. We make every effort to assess the honesty of any content in an advertisement on our site.
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Our website hosts advertisement banners and sponsored links.
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Advertisements are marked by the word "Advertisement" or "Sponsored Links".
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