FASHA Privacy Policy, click  Membership & Donations

Privacy Policy

The privacy, confidentiality and safety of FASHA members as well as those inquiring about FASHA is of primary importance and concern. Any information obtained through the Discussion Board, “Contact” page, or any other means will be kept in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with other members or any third parties without that person’s expressed written permission (includes email). This includes but is not limited to any personally identifiable information: name, personal address, email address, phone number, etc..

Additionally:

  • Inquiries about group membership through any means (written, email, phone, in person, etc.) will be kept in complete confidence. Only the current administrator(s) (currently Ian Cameron) will have access to inquiries.
  • All members are required to agree to the Privacy Policy.
  • In the location of monthly meetings is strictly confidential and can only be shared with FASHA members. New members are required to agree to abide by the FASHA Privacy Policy in writing (including by email) prior to attending.
  • No photos of members will ever be taken or publicly displayed (FASHA website, Facebook, etc.) without the expressed verbal and written consent of that person.
  • Meeting minutes will not include any personal information.
  • Meeting minutes and the Discussion Forum are only accessible by members with a login name and password. It is recommended that members do not reveal any personal information in the Discussion Board. The current FASHA administrator reserves the right to restrict access to anyone who does not agree to or abide by the “Privacy Policy” or “Discussion Board” posting policy.
  • Discussion Board posts are deleted on a monthly basis. They are not stored or kept by FASHA in any form.
  • Email addresses - email addresses obtained by members through participation in the FASHA Email Group, are strictly confidential and cannot be shared with anyone not already a member of the FASHA Email Group.
  • FASHA Email Group (description and policy): The FASHA Email Group is an important and efficient means for FASHA administrator(s) to communicate with members outside of the FASHA website and meetings. Email addresses will not be shared with other members or put in the FASHA Email Group without the written (including by email) permission of that member. Members in the FASHA Email Group are required to agree to the Privacy Policy prior to being added to the group by the administrator. Members who agree to have their email addresses placed in the FASHA Email Group understand that other members in FASHA Email Group will have access to that email address.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Privacy Policy, please email the current administrator, Ian Cameron, at ircam2112@gmail.com.

FASHA Membership

Other than agreeing to the “Privacy Policy” and a genuine interest in and commitment to FASHA’s mission, there is no minimum requirement to become a FASHA member. Please use the “Contact Us” form for this purpose.

Things you should know about membership:

  • All participation is completely voluntary.
  • We currently do not charge any dues or fees for membership.
  • We do encourage donations (a $25.00 annual donation is suggested), all of which go towards FASHA’s mission.
  • No one will be denied membership due to inability to make financial contribution(s). We are glad you are here!
About Donations
  • as stated above, all donations go directly towards FASHA’s activities and mission.
  • we are completely voluntary and member driven. No one at FASHA receives a salary or any monetary/gift/other compensation.
  • we are completely reliant on voluntary donations of time, talent and money. We have no corporate sponsors.
  • all donations go towards only the areas defined below. No expenditures are made outside of these areas without majority (51%) approval of Donating Members (defined below)
  • we are currently not a non-profit organization but may decide to become one in the future. As a result, donations are not tax-deductible. In order to comply with current tax law which requires that the donations are taxed under someone’s social security number, the current administrator has set up a checking account under their Soc. Sec. # to collect the donations.
  • the administrator will be responsible to pay income taxes for donations and as such, will keep a minimum of 15% of donations in reserve in the account for that purpose.
  • “Donating Member” is defined as a member who has donated at least $25.00 to FASHA in the current calendar year.
  • all expenditures, transfers and withdrawals from the FASHA account must be approved in advance by a majority (51%) of the Donating Members through email/phone responses.
  • the administrator will keep an ongoing record of all FASHA account statements, deposits, expenditures and receipts which will be made available to any Donating Member as soon as possible.
  • the administrator will have all FASHA bank account statements (showing all deposits and expenditures, but not identities) available at each monthly FASHA meeting for Donating Members to peruse as requested.
  • the identity of person(s) who made donations will be kept strictly confidential and only known by the administrator(s).
  • by majority (51%) vote (at monthly meeting or through email), the Donating Members can, at any time,  request all FASHA funds be transferred to the account of another member, who will take on all administrative duties of managing the FASHA account. The past administrator is then required to make the transfer in a timely manner.
  • if and when FASHA becomes a tax-exempt/non profit organization, all funds in the FASHA account will be transferred to another bank account set up in accordance with the non-profit status.
All donations are limited to the following areas:


Resources

  • Science-based Medicine - Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, advice
    and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care. Online information about alternative medicine is overwhelmingly credulous and uncritical, click and even mainstream media and some medical schools have bought into the hype and failed to ask the hard questions. We provide a much needed “alternative” perspective — the scientific perspective. Good science is the best and only way to determine which treatments and products are truly safe and effective. That idea is already formalized in a movement known as evidence-based medicine (EBM). EBM is a vital and positive influence on the practice of medicine, but it has limitations and problems in practice: it often overemphasizes the value of evidence from clinical trials alone, with some unintended consequences, such as taxpayer dollars spent on “more research” of questionable value. The idea of SBM is not to compete with EBM, but a call to enhance it with a broader view: to answer the question “what works?” we must give more importance to our cumulative scientific knowledge from all relevant disciplines. SBM’s authors are all medically trained and have spent years writing for the public about science and medicine, tirelessly advocating for high scientific standards in health care.
  • Science-Based Pharmacy - If it looks like pharmacy-based quackery, we intend to scrutinize it and report on it.  We believe pharmacists are compromising the health and welfare of consumers through the sale of questionable products. Pharmacists need to take responsibility for restoring their own profession to one that relies on science, not mysticism and wishful thinking.   We plan to use this forum to advocate for higher standards in pharmacy education and regulation, as well as the overall regulation of drugs and other products sold in pharmacies.

 

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