The Discussion Forum in the Undoctored Inner Circle can be a powerful resource to help you succeed in your Undoctored quest for health, slenderness, and youthfulness. It’s a terrific way to share stories, take advantage of the huge range of knowledge and experience of Members, as well as Undoctored staff, and get feedback on such things as NMR lipoproteins, bowel flora analyses, and other detailed collections of information.
Used properly, and you can be rewarded with plenty of support, guidance, and camaraderie. Used improperly, and you can annoy other people, be annoyed yourself, and not obtain the information or support you desire.
So let’s review some basic do’s and don’ts that can help you use the Undoctored Forum as effectively as possible.
Here are some DO’s:
- DO share your stories—Personal stories of success, failure, lessons learned. Keep your posts relevant to the program and try to keep it succinct. If you start your post with something like “It all started in 1986 and 8 surgeries ago. . . . ” and then provide 7 paragraphs of detail, you will unfortunately turn off most Members who will simply skip your post. If there really is a need to recount a detailed story, try to carve the story up into several posts so that they are “digestible,” especially given the fact that, as modern people, we are all so inundated with so much information today. Shorter, succinct posts covering a limited range of topics = better feedback, deeper consideration and thought, more effective advice received.
- DO be polite and considerate—Bear in mind that Members are also parents, grandparents, PTA members, teachers, businesspeople, scientists, etc. meaning people from all walks of life with wide variation in knowledge and experience. A simple question from a 42-year old mother of three children may be a different sort of question than a question from a 65-year old retired biochemist. So respect that everyone is different with different levels of sophistication in health issues. People also often share personally sensitive information, so be mindful that the person posting the discussion may be especially sensitive about these issues.
- DO post focused comments or questions when beginning a new string—And limit to no more than 2-3 comments or questions per post. If you post, for instance, 14 questions you want answered, most Members will be overwhelmed and pass over your post and you will likely not obtain the answers you’re looking for. On the other hand, posting one or two focused questions is far more likely to yield an abundance of helpful responses. Obtain your answer(s), then post your next 2-3 questions.
- DO post detailed information, if desired, such as NMR lipoproteins, thyroid values, or bowel flora analysis that can contain many pieces of information, sometimes many pages of information. You can post as a graphic taken with your smartphone. The Forum is ideal for sharing complex information, unlike, say, Facebook or a 2-way video chat. Cross-out your name for anonymity.
- DO ask basic questions—Sometimes the complexity of discussions on the Forum can be intimidating to newcomers. Don’t let that happen; even simple questions are always welcome.
And some don’ts:
- DON’T post a list of symptoms or signs to obtain a diagnosis. We cannot diagnose conditions in the Forum or in any other part of the Undoctored website, as this would be practicing medicine and we do not practice medicine via a Forum exchange. Genuine diagnostic efforts require such tools as a physical examination, taking a pulse and blood pressure, and basic assessments such as EKG and screening blood work, none of which we have.
- DON’T “hijack” a Forum string by changing the topic or inserting something irrelevant to the original topic. For example, if Mary begins a string of posts about interpreting thyroid testing results, John should not insert a post about his coronary calcium score or his lipoprotein testing results. This is unfair to Mary and negates much of the benefit of the string Mary initiated, nor will John obtain the wealth of support and advice he might have received by starting his own string.
- DON’T mistake language struggles for rudeness or stupidity—There are occasional people on the Forum whose first language is not English, especially as our international membership grows, and they can sometimes say things that could be misconstrued as rude or belittling. If in doubt, question first and do not assume that rudeness was the intent. The majority of posts perceived as rude were really examples of inadvertent misuse of language.
It is also important to bear in mind that the Undoctored Forum is a space in which to obtain support for the Undoctored Wild, Naked, Unwashed program, a place to explore new ways to apply the Undoctored philosophy of addressing causes that allow various health conditions to emerge, but not to explore alternative “treatments” or experimental drugs or wacky personal ideas. I cannot emphasize enough how, if you come to understand this crucial distinction, just how empowering it can be in gaining magnificent control over health, weight, and the rate of aging. If you choose, for example, to post a discussion about the advisability of the HPV vaccine, i.e, a topic that is not part of the Undoctored program or philosophy, you are free to engage in a discussion about this topic, but Undoctored staff will not. Dr. Davis and Undoctored staff monitor the Forum for the sole purpose of supporting efforts on the Undoctored program and the Undoctored philosophy. Yes, we can explore new ideas, but they should remain within the working philosophy of addressing factors that allow disease to emerge.
In the end, we respect freedom of speech. But we all do our best to remain civil, polite, and respectful.