The Revolutionary Act of Living a Healthy Life with Pilar Gerasimo

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There may not be a roadmap for being healthy in an unhealthy world, but Pilar Gerasimo is deviating from the norm to create a pathway to healthy living. In Episode 19 of the Big Bold Health Podcast, Pilar and Dr. Jeff Bland discuss the big, bold, revolutionary path to living a happy and healthy life for the long haul. It’s a rebel cause that requires exploring uncharted territory—are you ready to join the revolution? Show notes: Be sure to check out Pilar’s Healthy Deviant website and her 2020 book release: https://www.thehealthydeviant.com/

Jeffrey Bland: Well, welcome to the Big Bold Health Podcast. Boy am I excited. I have the privilege as the moderator member of the James Maskell, Jeff Bland team to entertain and learn from some of the most remarkable people in areas that we’re really pushing the envelope in the development of the new society. What will this new world look like that’s emerging and how will it really transform people’s lives, and hopefully how will it add value to people’s lives as we move through this next era of human cultural evolution?

Jeffrey Bland: Today I’m very, very fortunate to have Pilar Gerasimo, who is just a remarkable force of nature, as you’ll learn in a moment. I’m holding on a printed page, a resume, and I think most of us recognize it when we look at resumes, those of us that have had an interview for new employees, or something, or even writing our own resume, and then we look at and we say, does this really express what that person is all about, these pieces of ink on a piece of paper?

Jeffrey Bland: These are impressive pieces of ink on paper, I can tell you, as it relates to your background, starting at Mills College with your graduate there, and then moving on into all of your work now, Huffington Post and of course this whole thing I want to talk to you about with regard to healthy living and your advocacy in healthy living, your being the founding editor of Experience Life Magazine, which has grown up to be one of the principle forecasting of where society is going in terms of healthy living magazines. Your leadership and your art radiates through the pages of that magazine and its format, and the legacy that those issues from the start have served as guidance principles for many of the people in our industry.

Jeffrey Bland: These are words on page, but then there is Pilar Gerasimo, who is bigger than the words on page. So, welcome to the Big Bold Health Podcast.

Jeffrey Bland: I think my first question is, because it says so much about you and what we might want to get into is you’re involved in this Living Experiment Project. Talking about big and bold and a big mouthful. Could you maybe tell how did you get to the Living Experiment and how did this journey that you’re on lead you to this point?

Pilar Gerasimo: Thanks so much. First of all, I’m so honored to be here with you and what an amazing thing to be showing up and actually getting a chance to talk with you one on one, after years of encountering you at IFM conferences and other big events. It’s just a real pleasure to be here. Thanks for that.

Jeffrey Bland: Thank you.

Pilar Gerasimo: Living Experiment is the title of the podcast that I cohost with Dallas Hartwig, who is co-founder of The Whole 30, a lot of people know his work Whole 30 and It Starts with Food. He’s a big multi New York Times bestselling author.

Pilar Gerasimo: But both of us feel like in all of the work that we’ve done, we keep running up against the same issues and challenges, which is for people who are choosing to be healthy in an unhealthy world, mostly we’re having to figure it out as we go along. There is no map for how to do this thing. Ultimately we are all living in a world with challenges that have never existed before. Technological, digital, environmental, literally no other humans in the history of humanity, 2.5 million years of human development, have ever lived in anything even close to the circumstances we find ourselves in now.

Pilar Gerasimo: We can talk more about that, what that means, that evolutionary mismatch, but it’s also a psychic mismatch. It’s a cultural mismatch. It’s an energetic mismatch. How do you do this thing called being a healthy person in an unhealthy world? You figure it out.

Pilar Gerasimo: It is an experiment. You are a living experiment as you are choosing to be a healthy person working it out. But it requires constant experimentation on a day by day basis. We wanted to honor that and really acknowledge that from nutrition and movement and sleep and social connection and relating to technology and dealing with environmental challenges. Every single part of it is an untested unmapped journey.

Jeffrey Bland: Now there was a riff. That was beautiful. I think we could just pause for a moment. Get our cerebral neurons re-energized. there was so much content in what you just said. Let me just make a touchstone to it with your book, which is coming out, which I think plays so beautifully off of this theme with the healthy deviant concept, could you kind of help us understand how those fit together?

Pilar Gerasimo: Yeah. I want to say to the book, you get a major shout out in a couple of places in this book because the whole idea of the disease delusion and the tyranny of the diagnosis, it really figures into this book.

Pilar Gerasimo: The book, The Healthy Deviant, its subtitle is, “A Rule Breakers Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World. It comes out in January, but I’ve been working on it for five years and I started working on it when I left Huffington Post and our mutual good friend, Dr. Mark Hyman and I are having a conversation about this and it evolved out of some other work that I did with Experience Life Magazine and Lifetime Fitness called Revolutionary Act.

Pilar Gerasimo: About 2010 I think I originally wrote a piece called, “Being Healthy as a Revolutionary Act.” I wrote a manifesto for thriving in a mixed up world. And a connection happened there that I could not have predicted.

Pilar Gerasimo: We created a mobile app that about 200,000 people downloaded really quite quickly, and even though we didn’t promote any of these ideas very aggressively, they found a connection with a bunch of people who are like, “Hey, yeah, that’s me. I’m being a revolutionary. Thank you for naming it something.”

Pilar Gerasimo: Over the course of time, I guess the idea that being healthy as a revolutionary act evolved for me into a clarity that it’s actually a socially deviant act. It isn’t just a onetime revolution like, “Yay me. I’m going to go be healthy now.” It’s every day you’re working against the constructs, norms, and expectations of the society that keeps producing more and more unhealthy people.

Pilar Gerasimo: If I may, I’d love to just share some statistics with you that blow a lot of people’s minds. They blew mine when I originally discovered them piece by piece.

Jeffrey Bland: I would love it, but I want to look right into the camera and say, does this sound like big, bold health? I think we’ve just put an announcement and a very interesting set of lights on big bold health. Now please go.

Pilar Gerasimo: This just surprised me and I think that this is the case that a lot of people are thinking this way. I don’t pretend that I made this up. I think most of us who were observing closely what is happening around us in the healthcare system, in our schools, in our workplaces, are starting to feel like it’s going to take a very bold initiative, not some incremental slight twisting of a dial, but a dramatic departure from the way we’re living, relating, and planning our future to make this thing work.

Pilar Gerasimo: The statistics, and I think that these are reflected in a lot of the work that functional medicine is doing right now, it’s addressing these underlying issues. Currently in our culture in the US, 50% or more of US adults have been diagnosed with at least one chronic illness. Many of course have been diagnosed with more because they tend to go in groups. You get an inflammatory cascade that causes type two diabetes, and heart disease, and cancer, and maybe you have digestive problems, and you have depression.

Pilar Gerasimo: Fifty percent of US adults diagnosed with at least one, and many people haven’t been diagnosed yet, but still are very ill. So, consider it as probably more. Sixty-eight to seventy percent of people, depending on which statistic you want to believe, are currently overweight or obese. Eighty percent of US adults are suffering from some kind of mental or emotional disorder or condition, something other than flourishing. Eighty percent of people not thriving, not flourishing mentally and emotionally.

Pilar Gerasimo: It gets worse. This is incredible to me. 97.3% of US adults, this is according to research in the Mayo Clinic proceedings, not some crazy thing I made up. 97.3% of US adults are not practicing even the four most basic health sustaining behaviors. They included in their research things like a reasonably healthy diet, keeping in mind that the reasonably healthy diet was according to the US DA nutrition guidelines, which I think you and I can agree, is not that great of a standard.

Pilar Gerasimo: They included a reasonable amount of exercise, 30 minutes a day, five days a week, not smoking, and having a reasonably healthy body fat composition. Which I would say is not really a habit, it’s the outcome of healthy habits. But when they counted those four things, 2.7% of US adults are managing to do all four. Single digit percentages.

Pilar Gerasimo: Now keep this in mind, they only counted four things. There’s three really, really important things they didn’t count. And that is sleep, stress management, and social connection. You’re familiar with this research that suggests a lot of the things that they didn’t count, like sleep in particular, can be more impactful than the things that they did count.

Pilar Gerasimo: It can actually be more important that you get sleep then that you don’t smoke for example. So you think about, okay, a single digit percentage of the US population is doing the four things I did count. How many do you think are likely doing those four plus the other three? I argue, I don’t believe it can be more than 1%.

Pilar Gerasimo: In that context of a culture that is making it so difficult to be healthy and happy that 97.5% of people or so aren’t pulling it off. What kind of society does that? The only answer is it’s a sick society.

Pilar Gerasimo: Healthy deviance is basically this idea that we should acknowledge that it is a socially deviant set of behaviors that are required to be healthy, happy for the long haul. And maybe we can start addressing it as a social challenge rather than just a personal one, where I have a disease, I have a disorder, I have a condition. We are all suffering from this incredible array of challenges that can’t just be addressed at the individual level.

Jeffrey Bland: Well, I think you have just so beautifully encapsulated the essence of what we’re trying to get across in Big Bold Health. I don’t want to tease this apart too much because you’ve constructed such a beautiful model that we can all understand. But some of the things that you we’re talking about are metrics that relate to effect and some are related to cause. The question then comes down to can we tease this apart, if we look at this network that gives rise to these conditions that we call ill-health, can we tease it apart to look where the critical points are, like the acupuncture points that would create an outcome that would then treat the effects?

Jeffrey Bland: Because something like sleep, you can say sleep causes problems, but the lack of sleep is a result of other things that are upstream. What’s upstream, what’s downstream, and where do we want to put our attention? Because sometimes it’s almost overwhelming for a person to say, gee whiz, I don’t know if I can address all seven of those things. But if we can find maybe one that then affects the other six.

Pilar Gerasimo: That’s exactly right. I think that that’s the trick. In the book I talk about it being a whack-a-mole game. You address one issue only to find something else popping up. I think if we really draw it all the way back to the true root causes of our ill health, it is this the entire way we are living is producing a set of problems.

Pilar Gerasimo: Ultimately I think it starts with amplified awareness. I call it there are three non-conformist competencies, call them. The first I say is amplified awareness because we live in a culture that also depletes your awareness by distracting and overwhelming your sensory perception and encourages you to put your attention outside rather than on what’s actually going on with your body. We ignore our symptoms. We ignore our dis-ease. And they become an increasing array of calls for help from a very upset body. In the book… I don’t know if I can swear on this.

Jeffrey Bland: Oh, yes. It’s free speech on the Big Bold Health Podcast.

Pilar Gerasimo: Well, I call it pissed off body syndrome. That your body, mine may throw up a rash, which I get every time I go to New York City right now because it’s a stressful place for me. For you it might be a digestive problem. For someone else it might be insomnia. The experience of a pissed off body is there to tell you, and you know this, I learned a lot of this from you, it’s a signal that your body is under strain and stress.

Pilar Gerasimo: If you don’t even notice until the late stages of that distress signal that your body is upset, you are going to have a much harder time noticing what were the triggers for that particular distress call and what sets you up, what are the mediators, the antecedents, the things that were coming along from the beginning.

Pilar Gerasimo: For a lot of people, things like trauma for example, that started out from early adverse childhood events or from prejudice and discrimination, or violent experiences that they had, set them up decades ago for the problems that they’re having now.

Pilar Gerasimo: But again, in our culture we just assume everything is diet and exercise and that gets hammered and hammered and hammered. I talk in my book too about the idea that it really sets people up for an experience of, first the culture sets them up to be ill, then the culture presents them with a bunch of solutions, symptom suppressing drugs and these diet and exercise interventions, and they keep trying one thing after another for this increasing set of whack-a-mole symptoms. And pretty soon now they have the side effects from the drugs and these procedures.

Pilar Gerasimo: I argue that you begin with amplified awareness as accepting that it isn’t going to be probably an instant simple solution like the ones that we’ve been marketed to believe that they can have. What’s actually going on, when are you triggered, how does it get worse, and how does it get better, when you do or don’t do the things that you’ve chosen to do to take care of yourself? What is getting in the way?

Pilar Gerasimo: Sometimes it’s environmental. It’s other people. It’s your schedule. I think we live in a culture that wants to make it about willpower and I really don’t think that that’s serving us very well, just insisting that if only you had more willpower, you could be a healthy person. I don’t think it works that way.

Pilar Gerasimo: I started with amplified awareness. The second thing I really recommend is focusing on preemptive repair for all of these things. Sleep is really important because it’s when of course your body repairs itself, but also these mini breaks throughout the day, I called them ultradian rhythm breaks, and they’re really a lot of the stuff that we’ve learned about the chrono genes, basically these timing genes in our body.

Pilar Gerasimo: I think that those kinds of interventions, of taking more breaks, being able to notice more, and then being willing to learn about how your body works, and this is the thing I love about the stuff that you teach. Your book, The Disease Delusion, I think makes it really clear for people who want to understand how their body works and when it doesn’t work, why it’s breaking down.

Pilar Gerasimo: I believe that this is a really steep learning curve for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be out of reach. I think we can learn how our bodies work, what creates health, what degrades health, and become more masterful in giving our bodies what they need.

Pilar Gerasimo: But the idea that it’s one intervention, or one diet, or one workout, or one quick trick, or a list of little listicle things, I think as a disservice to people. It’s really about learning how to be in agreement with your DNA, with the programming of your body, and the context of a culture that doesn’t explain how to do that

Jeffrey Bland: Hear, hear, applause. I can hear it ringing in the background. Here that audience of thousands behind us. Yeah. Wow. There’s so many things that you… The content that you’re delivering here per word is huge. But there are a couple that I want to go back and re-explore.

Jeffrey Bland: The first is the term willpower. I think that that is a very interesting term that I have spent quite a bit of time trying to understand, what do we mean? It’s like the word instinct. What are these things? Are these biological imperatives?

Jeffrey Bland: We say willpower. Is it in our genes? It’s somewhere on the genotype that we carry with the alleles from our mother and father that we have or don’t have certain willpower genes? Or really there’s something inherent that relates to the power to be willful, meaning to be deterministic and have our locus of control.

Jeffrey Bland: If we turn this around and say, what would steal the power that doesn’t allow us to exercise our locus of control? Then we start to say, well now just a second, power is a form of energy over time and energy comes from all sorts of things. We know of psychic energy, emotional energy, but we know metabolic energy. There are different forms of energy. Mobilizing that energy in short bursts then becomes power, and power to then engage in the will to be in control.

Jeffrey Bland: When you put this into a storybook form, then you might start going upstream saying, well, what steals my energy, that prevents me from having the power to be willful? It could be a cultural, or it could be a nutritional, or it could be a sedentary lifestyle. Now you start to personalize that question because not everybody loses their willpower, I believe, for the same reason.

Pilar Gerasimo: Totally agree. Absolutely. I talk about in the book a big section about the problem with willpower and I’ve actually created some really fun charts. I’d be happy to share, if you want to give people a glimpse into them, about how what we call willpower gets depleted and created.

Pilar Gerasimo: I often really think it comes down to what I call mojo. How much energy, vitality, resilience, awareness can you bring to bear and deploy in any given situation at any given time of day? And what I think a lot of people have noticed is this phenomenon that they call the ego depletion in a lot of the willpower literature and the research. It’s not the ego like, you have such a big ego, it’s the part of you that can determine consciously what you’re going to do or not do.

Pilar Gerasimo: We know it gets depleted not just over time during the course of the day, but that it gets depleted by stress and it gets depleted by effort. What’s really interesting to me is that a lot of what we tell people they have to do, like restrain themselves around dietary choices, actually depletes their cognitive capacity in a way that depletes their perceived and available willpower.

Pilar Gerasimo: I think it’s funny because, we live in a culture first of all, where from the moment you wake up, you’re blasted with the stuff from your phone and your television and the media and signs and traffic and all of the day comes at you from the moment you start out. Then we tell people, look,-a thousand unhealthy choices to choose from, pick your unhealthy choice because they’re all really available and easy, what I call the unhealthy default choices. Then we ask them to restrain themselves from making those decisions and say, what you should eat, is this, that or the other thing.

Pilar Gerasimo: So now people are hit with three different levels of depletion and then by the time they’re partway through their day, they are starting to feel really run down and exhausted. We don’t let people take breaks at work. We don’t encourage them to typically. By the time afternoon rolls around, people are at their all-time lowest experience of what we call willpower.

Pilar Gerasimo: And then what do we do? We either send them out to happy hour or at the very end of a long day, we send them home and typically people just fall apart. Even if they were good on their diet or whatever it was, they no longer have available resources.

Pilar Gerasimo: I think the idea that willpower is some kind of a moral advantage, that it’s something that you get, or you build, or you deserve to have, I think it’s really just a matter of vitality and autonomy.

Jeffrey Bland: Hear, hear. That’s right.

Pilar Gerasimo: Can I ask you a question about this?

Jeffrey Bland: Yeah.

Pilar Gerasimo: Because I think this is one of those pieces of functional medicine that gets really tough for people and I’m going to… I have to say I’m super excited. I get to interview you when we’re done here for the Living Experiment Podcast. But one of the resistances that a lot of people have to functional medicine protocols is that they take so much what we call willpower.

Pilar Gerasimo: I’m supposed to follow this thing and take these supplements and it’s just too hard. Part of it is that we layer that protocol on top of already really busy lives in people who are already depleted energetically, people who are not able to bring to bear the full measure of their attention to their own self care and then they, like, well, “It didn’t work for me. It was just too hard. It’s impossible. I can’t possibly do that.” And they go back and get on symptom suppressing drugs because it’s just “easier”.

Pilar Gerasimo: I think part of what I see working when functional prescriptions, or functional protocols, or functional approaches work for people is a willingness of practitioners and their teams to address these underlying issues of stress, time poverty, and depletion. Do you think that that’s coming along and coming up more in some of the functional medicine stuff as opposed to just the science of how this works?

Jeffrey Bland: Yeah, so, oh boy, you’ve just crossed over a very interesting bridge. I don’t want this to be the bridge to the River Styx, but this is a very, very interesting opening to what I think is a very substantive conversation. So I’m going to try to make my response, hopefully sound bite-ish and understandable.

Jeffrey Bland: I believe personally, know I’m sounding like a disruptive innovator and alien to my own concept of functional medicine. I think that functional medicine is misunderstood often when it’s practiced in thinking it’s a series of therapies, it’s a series of protocols. It’s really a way of thinking. If you can get to that, if you get a person to understand that there’s a way of thinking about their relationship to the planet and their genes and how it interfaces with their environment and their lifestyle choices, that conscious thing that can live with them 24 hours a day, you know, and become part of the way that they’re Franny and Zooey, the Salinger book of living with each heartbeat occurs, then the protocols are not as important as the experience of how they’re approaching life, which is what you are all about, in the way that you’re developing your model.

Jeffrey Bland: That to me is where we ought to be spending more of our time. Is to really, let me go back to Selye, the father of stress. You were talking about stress. I think it’s a very important question. Stress is actually an agnostic term. It really is not a value term. It doesn’t mean good or bad, it just means the ability of an organism to respond to a change in the environment.

Jeffrey Bland: It could be a positive change or it could be a negative change. We’ve often contextualized it to be a negative change because of the kinds of things our environment you’re describing, which produce a negative response to the body if it has to bolster its defense against a threat.

Jeffrey Bland: If we start looking at what Selye he actually said, he wrote another book that was not as well read, but I thought was extraordinarily insightful, called Altruistic Egoism. In this book he said that our ego should be very strong, but if they’re focused on altruistic outcomes, which go outside of our own individual selfish needs to that of the broader community, our egos empower greater good in the community, that that then pays back to improve our stress resilience.

Jeffrey Bland: So that the construct is that stress is often because we’re too far working on our own ego at a selfish level without this sense of giving it over to the bigger system. So that then connects to me to what you were saying earlier, that a perspective is to how we live in the planet, how we have grace with the nature, how we see our relationships with other living things, and how that then becomes part of a bigger part of our principle of living, that is a functional life that then relates to a system of outcome that produces health and not dis-ease.

Pilar Gerasimo: That’s such a more integrated, organic, holistic way of thinking about health. That’s the only way that it really works. It’s interesting too, in talking about healthy deviance, one of the things that I focus on is that the difficulty of being a lone person trying to do this in the context of a culture and/or a family, or a business, where everyone is walking the other way and where your doctor may be telling you there is no way that you’re approach, this crazy lifestyle focused personalized approach, is going to work. Just get with the program and do what everybody does and take this prescription.

Pilar Gerasimo: That in itself is so depleting and it’s stressful. Not in a good way. You don’t get that sense of, “hey, we’re in this together.” We’re all on the same team. We’re going to be trying to get healthy together.

Pilar Gerasimo: Humans, in the 2.5 million years that we came up as hunter/gatherers never had that experience. It was always in our shared best interest to be healthy and happy together. If one person was under strain and stress, it became the motivation for a whole bunch of people to get behind solving that problem.

Pilar Gerasimo: Stress was often the instigator, or the catalyst, for an improvement, as opposed to the beginning of a downward spiral that it is for many folks now, where we live in a society where the majority of people, because most people are depleted, somewhat inflamed, and somewhat ill, if any one person needs a little more help because they’re suddenly in a crisis of illness, there isn’t a lot of additional resources to go around within their group setting.

Pilar Gerasimo: The stress is experienced by the one person and then it’s experienced by all the people around them who don’t have enough to share, or don’t have enough bandwidth to think about changing anything about their daily lives.

Pilar Gerasimo: Then you have a group experience of stress, where the family, the business unit, the organization, the cult, the whole society, Or the healthcare system, or economy, all starts drifting downward.

Pilar Gerasimo: But I want to bring it back to the individual, because even though we can look at that bigger picture and see it clearly, it’s very difficult to feel empowered and intervening at that level. One of the points that I like to make about healthy deviance is you can begin. You can begin making change in your own life. You’re shifting this mindset and recognizing it’s like that scene in The Matrix, the 1999 film, Keanu Reeves where Morpheus offers him the two pills, the red pill and the blue pill.

Pilar Gerasimo: I think we all have that choice. We can take a bitter wake up pill and go like, man, we just woke up in the middle of this weird parasitic energy and vitality sapping life thing. Or we can just stay asleep and go with the program. It might seem normal, but it’s really quite soul-sucking.

Pilar Gerasimo: Even though waking up can be man, it feels initially like me against the world, you start to find other healthy deviants, that crew of people that are walking around disrupting the system. I feel like the work that you’ve done, the work Institute for Functional Medicine has done the work that Big Bold Health is now embracing, is elevating this effort to something beyond just that individual overcoming a series of stresses and making it feel like a more shared movement and an experience that we can take on together. I think we can handle it much better when we recognize we’re not alone in it.

Jeffrey Bland: Hear, hear. Can you see why I love Pilar Gerasimo? I look at my t-shirt and it says, “health is personal.” I think we have just been talking about that in big and bold language. So thank you, Pilar. What a marvelous discussion. We could go on for hours and we will, but for all of you-

Pilar Gerasimo: But I need to turn the tables on you.

Jeffrey Bland: For all of you, I hope you’ve gotten a snippet of the magic that’s involved with this movement. Thanks a million.

Pilar Gerasimo: Thanks so much, it was lovely.

 

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You acknowledge and agree that any contributions originally created by you for  us shall be deemed a “work made for hire” when the work performed is within the scope of the definition of a work made for hire in Section 101 of the United States Copyright Law, as amended.  As such, the copyrights in those works shall belong to COMPANY from their creation.  Thus, COMPANY shall be deemed the author and exclusive owner thereof and shall have the right to exploit any or all of the results and proceeds in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity, in all languages, as COMPANY determines.  In the event that any of the results and proceeds of your submissions hereunder are not deemed a “work made for hire” under Section 101 of the Copyright Act, as amended, you hereby, without additional compensation, irrevocably assign, convey and transfer to COMPANY all proprietary rights, including without limitation, all copyrights and trademarks throughout the universe, in perpetuity in every medium, whether now known or hereafter devised, to such material and any and all right, title and interest in and to all such proprietary rights in every medium, whether now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity. Any posted material which are reproductions of prior works by you shall be co-owned by us. 

 

You acknowledge that COMPANY has the right but not the obligation to use and display any postings or contributions of any kind and that COMPANY may elect to cease the use and display of any such materials (or any portion thereof), at any time for any reason whatsoever.

 

Limitations on Linking and Framing. You may establish a hypertext link to the Site so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship of your site by us or by the Site. However, you may not, without our prior written permission, frame or inline link any of the content of the Site, or incorporate into another website or other service any of our material, content or intellectual property.

 

Disclaimers

 

Throughout the Site, we may provide links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. Our linking to such third-party sites does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of such sites, or the information, products or services offered on or through the sites. In addition, neither we nor affiliates operate or control in any respect any information, products or services that third parties may provide on or through the Site or on websites linked to by us on the Site.

 

If applicable, any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors, and not COMPANY. Neither COMPANY nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. Furthermore, COMPANY neither endorses nor is responsible for the accuracy and reliability of any opinion, advice, or statement made on any of the Sites by anyone other than an authorized COMPANY representative while acting in his/her official capacity.

 

THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE AND BY COMPANY AND ANY THIRD-PARTY SITES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR ANY OF ITS FUNCTIONS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT ANY PART OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING BULLETIN BOARDS, OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE IT AVAILABLE, ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

 

WE DO NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SITE OR MATERIALS ON THIS SITE OR ON THIRD-PARTY SITES IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY OR OTHERWISE.

 

You agree at all times to defend, indemnify and hold harmless COMPANY its affiliates, their successors, transferees, assignees and licensees and their respective parent and subsidiary companies, agents, associates, officers, directors, shareholders and employees of each from and against any and all claims, causes of action, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to your breach of any obligation, warranty, representation or covenant  set forth herein.

 

Online Commerce

 

Certain sections of the Site may allow you to purchase many different types of products and services online that are provided by third parties. We are not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of these products and services. If you make a purchase from a merchant on the Site or on a site linked to by the Site, the information obtained during your visit to that merchant’s online store or site, and the information that you give as part of the transaction, such as your credit card number and contact information, may be collected by both the merchant and us. A merchant may have privacy and data collection practices that are different from ours. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. In addition, when you purchase products or services on or through the Site, you may be subject to additional terms and conditions that specifically apply to your purchase or use of such products or services. For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website and click on its information links or contact the merchant directly. You release us and our affiliates from any damages that you incur, and agree not to assert any claims against us or them, arising from your purchase or use of any products or services made available by third parties through the Site.

 

Your participation, correspondence or business dealings with any third party found on or through our Site, regarding payment and delivery of specific goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, representations or warranties associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. You agree that COMPANY shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or other matters of any sort incurred as the result of such dealings.

 

You agree to be financially responsible for all purchases made by you or someone acting on your behalf through the Site. You agree to use the Site and to purchase services or products through the Site for legitimate, non-commercial purposes only. You also agree not to make any purchases for speculative, false or fraudulent purposes or for the purpose of anticipating demand for a particular product or service. You agree to only purchase goods or services for yourself or for another person for whom you are legally permitted to do so. When making a purchase for a third party that requires you to submit the third party’s personal information to us or a merchant, you represent that you have obtained the express consent of such third party to provide such third party’s personal information.

 

Interactive Features

 

This Site may include a variety of features, such as bulletin boards, web logs, chat rooms, and email services, which allow feedback to us and real-time interaction between users, and other features which allow users to communicate with others. Responsibility for what is posted on bulletin boards, web logs, chat rooms, and other public posting areas on the Site, or sent via any email services on the Site, lies with each user – you alone are responsible for the material you post or send. We do not control the messages, information or files that you or others may provide through the Site. It is a condition of your use of the Site that you do not:

  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Site.
  • Use the Site to impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity.
  • Interfere with or disrupt any servers or networks used to provide the Site or its features, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of the networks we use to provide the Site.
  • Use the Site to instigate or encourage others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person.
  • Gain unauthorized access to the Site, or any account, computer system, or network connected to this Site, by means such as hacking, password mining or other illicit means.
  • Obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through this Site.
  • Use the Site to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law.
  • Use the Site to post or transmit any information, software or other material that violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material that is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or rights holder.
  • Use the Site to post or transmit any information, software or other material that contains a virus or other harmful component.
  • Use the Site to post, transmit or in any way exploit any information, software or other material for commercial purposes, or that contains advertising.
  • Use the Site to advertise or solicit to anyone to buy or sell products or services, or to make donations of any kind, without our express written approval.
  • Gather for marketing purposes any email addresses or other personal information that has been posted by other users of the Site.

COMPANY may host message boards, chats and other private/public forums on its Sites and on other platforms. Any user failing to comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement may be expelled from and refused continued access to, the message boards, groups, chats or other such forums in the future. COMPANY or its designated agents may remove or alter any user-created content at any time for any reason. Message boards, chats and other public forums are intended to serve as discussion centers for users and subscribers. Information and content posted within these public forums may be provided by COMPANY staff, COMPANY’s outside contributors, or by users not connected with COMPANY, some of whom may employ anonymous user names. COMPANY expressly disclaims all responsibility and endorsement and makes no representation as to the validity of any opinion, advice, information or statement made or displayed in these forums by third parties, nor are we responsible for any errors or omissions in such postings, or for hyperlinks embedded in any messages. Under no circumstances will we, our affiliates, suppliers or agents be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained through these forums. The opinions expressed in these forums are solely the opinions of the participants, and do not reflect the opinions of COMPANY or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.

 

COMPANY has no obligation whatsoever to monitor any of the content or postings on the message boards, chat rooms or other public forums on the Sites. However, you acknowledge and agree that we have the absolute right to monitor the same at our sole discretion. In addition, we reserve the right to alter, edit, refuse to post or remove any postings or content, in whole or in part, for any reason and to disclose such materials and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to any third party in order to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request and to protect ourselves, our clients, sponsors, users and visitors.

 

Registration

 

To access certain features of the Site, we may ask you to provide certain demographic information including your gender, year of birth, zip code and country. In addition, if you elect to sign-up for a particular feature of the Site, such as chat rooms, web logs, or bulletin boards, you may also be asked to register with us on the form provided and such registration may require you to provide personally identifiable information such as your name and email address. You agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Site’s registration form. If we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, or incomplete, we have the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site (or any portion thereof). Our use of any personally identifiable information you provide to us as part of the registration process is governed by the terms of our Privacy Policy.

 

Passwords

 

To use certain features of the Site, you will need a username and password, which you will receive through the Site’s registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are responsible for all activities (whether by you or by others) that occur under your password or account. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and to ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your password or account information.

 

Limitation of Liability

 

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE, OUR SUBSIDIARY AND PARENT COMPANIES OR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE, INCLUDING OUR MESSAGING, BLOGS, COMMENTS OF OTHERS, BOOKS, EMAILS, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES, OR THIRD-PARTY MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE OR BY US IN ANY WAY, EVEN IF WE ARE ADVISED BEFOREHAND OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, OUR LIABILITY AND THE LIABILITY OF OUR SUBSIDIARY AND PARENT COMPANIES OR AFFILIATES IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.) YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY USER. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE, ANY MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES ON THE SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THE SITE’S TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE AND THE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND/OR MATERIALS.

 

THIS SITE IS CONTINUALLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND COMPANY MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, IMPLIED OR EXPRESS, AS TO ITS ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR APPROPRIATENESS FOR ANY PURPOSE.

 

WITH REGARDS TO CONTENT RELATING TO HEALTH & WELLNESS ON THE SITE:

THIS SITE OFFERS HEALTH, WELLNESS, FITNESS AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION AND IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL. DO NOT DISREGARD, AVOID OR DELAY OBTAINING MEDICAL OR HEALTH RELATED ADVICE FROM YOUR HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONAL BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE READ ON THIS SITE. THE USE OF ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

 

NOTHING STATED OR POSTED ON THIS SITE OR AVAILABLE THROUGH ANY SERVICES ARE INTENDED TO BE, AND MUST NOT BE TAKEN TO BE, THE PRACTICE OF MEDICAL OR COUNSELING CARE. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS AGREEMENT, THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND COUNSELING INCLUDES, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PSYCHIATRY, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOTHERAPY, OR PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TREATMENT, INSTRUCTIONS, DIAGNOSIS, PROGNOSIS OR ADVICE.

 

Termination

 

We may cancel or terminate your right to use the Site or any part of the Site at any time without notice. In the event of cancellation or termination, you are no longer authorized to access the part of the Site affected by such cancellation or termination. The restrictions imposed on you with respect to material downloaded from the Site, and the disclaimers and limitations of liabilities set forth in these Terms of Service, shall survive.

 

Refund Policy

 

Your purchase of a product or service or ticket to an event may or may not provide for any refund.  Each specific product, service, event or course will specify its own refund policy.

 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act

 

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under the U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by COMPANY infringe your copyright, you, or your agent may send to COMPANY a notice requesting that the material be removed or access to it be blocked. Any notification by a copyright owner or a person authorized to act on its behalf that fails to comply with requirements of the DMCA shall not be considered sufficient notice and shall not be deemed to confer upon COMPANY actual knowledge of facts or circumstances from which infringing material or acts are evident. If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against you, the DMCA permits you to send to COMPANY a counter-notice. All notices and counter notices must meet the then current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see http://www.loc.gov/copyright for details. COMPANY’s Copyright Agent for notice shall be annettegiarde@bigboldhealth.com.

 

Assignment

 

This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of COMPANY and our respective assigns, successors, heirs, and legal representatives. Neither this Agreement nor any rights hereunder may be assigned without the prior written consent of COMPANY Notwithstanding the foregoing, all rights and obligations under this Agreement may be freely assigned by COMPANY to any affiliated entity or any of its wholly owned subsidiaries.

 

Dispute Resolution

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington and any dispute shall be subject to binding arbitration in Bainbridge Island, Washington. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

 

Class Action Waiver

 

You may only resolve disputes with us on an individual basis, and may not bring a claim as a plaintiff or a class member in a class, consolidated, or representative action. Class arbitrations, class actions, private attorney general actions, and consolidation with other arbitrations aren’t allowed.

 

The arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a class or representative proceeding or claims (such as a class action, consolidated action or private attorney general action) unless all relevant parties specifically agree to do so following initiation of the arbitration.

 

Severability

 

If any clause within these Terms of Service (other than the Class Action Waiver clause above) is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that clause will be severed from these Terms of Service, and the remainder of these Terms of Service will be given full force and effect. If the Class Action Waiver clause is found to be illegal or unenforceable, this entire Provision will be unenforceable and the dispute will be decided by a court.

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: March 2019

 

The following Privacy Policy governs the online information collection practices of BIG BOLD HEALTH LLC (“COMPANY,” “we” or “us”). Specifically, it outlines the types of information that we gather about you while you are using the www.bigboldhealth.com website (the “Site”), and the ways in which we use this information. This Privacy Policy, including our children’s privacy statement, does not apply to any information you may provide to us or that we may collect offline and/or through other means (for example, at a live event, via telephone, or through the mail).

 

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. By visiting and using the Site, you agree that your use of our Site, and any dispute over privacy, is governed by this Privacy Policy. Because the Web is an evolving medium, we may need to change our Privacy Policy at some point in the future, in which case we’ll post the changes to this Privacy Policy on this website and update the Effective Date of the policy to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use the Site after we post any such changes, you accept the Privacy Policy as modified.

 

How We Collect and Use Information

 

We may collect and store personal or other information that you voluntarily supply to us online while using the Site (e.g., while on the Site or in responding via email to a feature provided on the Site). The Site only contacts individuals who specifically request that we do so or in the event that they have signed up to receive our messaging, attended one of our events, or have purchased one of our products. The Site collects personally identifying information from our users during online registration and online purchasing. Generally, this information includes name and e-mail address for registration or opt-in purposes and name, postal address, and credit card information when registering for our events or purchasing our products. All of this information is provided to us by you.

 

We also collect and store information that is generated automatically as you navigate online through the Site. For example, we may collect information about your computer’s connection to the Internet, which allows us, among other things, to improve the delivery of our web pages to you and to measure traffic on the Site. We also may use a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie” to enhance your experience with the Site. Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. By showing how and when visitors use the Site, cookies help us deliver advertisements, identify how many unique users visit us, and track user trends and patterns. They also prevent you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of the Site where you may have entered preference information before. The Site also may use web beacons (single-pixel graphic files also known as “transparent GIFs”) to access cookies and to count users who visit the Site or open HTML-formatted email messages.

 

We use the information we collect from you while you are using the Site in a variety of ways, including using the information to customize features; advertising that appear on the Site; and, making other offers available to you via email, direct mail or otherwise. We also may provide your information to third parties, such as service providers, contractors and third-party publishers and advertisers for a variety of purposes. Unless you inform us in accordance with the process described below, we reserve the right to use, and to disclose to third parties, all of the information collected from and about you while you are using the Site in any way and for any purpose, such as to enable us or a third party to provide you with information about products and services. If you do not wish your information to be used for these purposes, you must send a letter to the Online Privacy Coordinator whose address is listed at the end of this Privacy Policy requesting to be taken off any lists of information that may be used for these purposes or that may be given or sold to third-parties.

 

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily make your personal information available for viewing by third parties online – for example on message boards, web logs, through email, or in chat areas – that information can be seen, collected and used by others besides us. We cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of such information.

 

Some of our third-party advertisers and ad servers that place and present advertising on the Site also may collect information from you via cookies, web beacons or similar technologies. These third-party advertisers and ad servers may use the information they collect to help present their advertisements, to help measure and research the advertisements’ effectiveness, or for other purposes. The use and collection of your information by these third-party advertisers and ad servers is governed by the relevant third-party’s privacy policy and is not covered by our Privacy Policy. Indeed, the privacy policies of these third-party advertisers and ad servers may be different from ours. If you have any concerns about a third party’s use of cookies or web beacons or use of your information, you should visit that party’s website and review its privacy policy.

The Site also includes links to other websites and provides access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we do not control. When you access another website or purchase third-party products or services through the Site, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting or the provider of such products or services.

 

We may also make some content, products and services available through our Site or by emailing messages to you through cooperative relationships with third-party providers, where the brands of our provider partner appear on the Site in connection with such content, products and/or services. We may share with our provider partner any information you provide, or that is collected, in the course of visiting any pages that are made available in cooperation with our provider partner. In some cases, the provider partner may collect information from you directly, in which cases the privacy policy of our provider partner may apply to the provider partner’s use of your information. The privacy policy of our provider partners may differ from ours. If you have any questions regarding the privacy policy of one of our provider partners, you should contact the provider partner directly for more information.

 

Be aware that we may occasionally release information about our visitors when release is appropriate to comply with law or to protect the rights, property or safety of users of the Site or the public.

 

Please also note that as our business grows, we may buy or sell various assets. In the unlikely event that we sell some or all of our assets, or one or more of our websites is acquired by another company, information about our users may be among the transferred assets.

 

Google Analytics

 

We also use Google Analytics Advertiser Features to optimize our business. Advertiser features include:

  • Remarketing with Google Analytics
  • Google Display Network Impression Reporting
  • DoubleClick Platform integrations
  • Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting

By enabling these Google Analytics Display features, we are required to notify our visitors by disclosing the use of these features and that we and third-party vendors use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) or other first-party identifiers, and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to gather data about your activities on our Site.  Among other uses, this allows us to contact you if you begin to fill out our check-out form but abandon it before completion with an email reminding you to complete your order.  The “Remarketing” feature allows us to reach people who previously visited our Site, and match the right audience with the right advertising message.

You can opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s ad settings and/or you may opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

 

Facebook

 

As advertisers on Facebook and through our Facebook page, we, (not Facebook) may collect content or information from a Facebook user and such information may be used in the same manner specified in this Privacy Policy. You consent to our collection of such information.

 

We abide by Facebook’s Data Use Restrictions.

  • Any ad data collected, received or derived from our Facebook ad (“Facebook advertising data”) is only shared with someone acting on our behalf, such as our service provider. We are responsible for ensuring that our service providers protect any Facebook advertising data or any other information obtained from us, limit our use of all of that information, and keep it confidential and secure.
  • We do not use Facebook advertising data for any purpose (including retargeting, commingling data across multiple advertisers’ campaigns, or allowing piggybacking or redirecting with tags), except on an aggregate and anonymous basis (unless authorized by Facebook) and only to assess the performance and effectiveness of our Facebook advertising campaigns.
  • We do not use Facebook advertising data, including the targeting criteria for a Facebook ad, to build, append to, edit, influence, or augment user profiles, including profiles associated with any mobile device identifier or other unique identifier that identifies any particular user, browser, computer or device.
  • We do not transfer any Facebook advertising data (including anonymous, aggregate, or derived data) to any ad network, ad exchange, data broker or other advertising or monetization related service.

 

General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR)

 

The GDPR took effect on May 25, 2018, and is intended to protect the data of European Union (EU) citizens. 

 

As a company that markets its site, content, products and/or services online we do not specifically target our marketing to the EU or conduct business in or to the EU in any meaningful way. If the data that you provide to us in the course of your use of our site, content, products and/or services is governed by GDPR, we will abide by the relevant portions of the Regulation.

 

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), or are accessing this site from within the EEA, you may have the right to request: access to, correction of, deletion of; portability of; and restriction or objection to processing, of your personal data, from us. This includes the “right to be forgotten.”

 

To make any of these requests, please contact our GDPR contact at annettegiarde@bigboldhealth.com

 

Children’s Privacy Statement

 

This children’s privacy statement explains our practices with respect to the online collection and use of personal information from children under the age of thirteen, and provides important information regarding their rights under federal law with respect to such information.

  • This Site is not directed to children under the age of thirteen and we do NOT knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site. We screen users who wish to provide personal information in order to prevent users under the age of thirteen from providing such information. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personally identifiable information from a user under the age of thirteen as part of the Site, we will delete such information from our records. If we change our practices in the future, we will obtain prior, verifiable parental consent before collecting any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site.
  • Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site, we also do NOT knowingly distribute such information to third parties.
  • We do NOT knowingly allow children under the age of thirteen to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information through the Site.
  • Because we do not collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen as part of the Site, we do NOT condition the participation of a child under thirteen in the Site’s online activities on providing personally identifiable information.

The HIPAA Privacy Rule

 

The US Department of Health and Human Services provides:  The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.  The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.”

 

You acknowledge that our operation of the Site does not constitute the practice of medicine, and specifically does not create a doctor-patient relationship between you and Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD (the “Doctor”).  The information provided on the Site is for educational purposes only. 

 

Notwithstanding the fact that the Site does not create a doctor-patient relationship between you and DOCTOR, our preservation of your personal health information shall be HIPAA compliant.

 

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, “patients” are those individuals who have secured the in-person services DOCTOR.  If you are a patient of DOCTOR, you will be provided with a copy of DOCTOR’s HIPAA Privacy Statement, which governs the information collection practices of patients’ personal information by DOCTOR.

 

How do we store your information?

 

Your information is stored at the list server that delivers the Site content and messaging. Your information can only be accessed by those who help manage those lists in order to deliver e-mail to those who would like to receive the Site material.

 

All of the messaging or emails that are sent to you by the Site include an unsubscribe link in them. You can remove yourself at any time from our mailing list by clicking on the unsubscribe link that can be found in every communicaiton that we send you.

 

Changes to this Policy

 

This policy may be changed at any time at our discretion. If we should update this policy, we will post the updates to this page on our Website.

 

Questions About this Policy

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy please direct them to:

annettegiarde@bigboldhealth.com