About ICHNFM

Definitions and descriptions:

  • International: Founded in Portland Oregon USA and now mostly based in Barcelona Spain Europe. 

  • College:  noun
    1. an institution of higher learning, especially one providing a general or liberal arts education rather than technical or professional training.
    2. an institution for vocational, technical, or professional instruction, as in medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, or music, often a part of a university or a similar corporation outside a university.
    3. an endowed, self-governing association of scholars 
    4. the administrators, faculty, and students of such a group

  • examples:

    • American College of Cardiology

    • American College of Nutrition

    • American College of Advancement in Medicine​

  • Human Nutrition: Our focus is on human clinical/interventional/therapeutic nutrition, rather than animal nutrition, public health nutrition, or nutritional biochemistry or epidemology per se.

  • Functional Medicine: The science-based conceptual approach and intellectual structure of approaching patient assessment and disease treatment from the perspective of reversible dysfunction rather than self-determined fatally-destined disease. Two excellent articles on this topic: 

  1. Hyman M. Paradigm shift: the end of "normal science" in medicine understanding function in nutrition, health, and disease. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 Sep​ PDF

  2. Vasquez A. Web-like interconnections of physiological factors. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, 2006; April PDF

Infrastructure:

  • Intellectual infrastructure: International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine is an organization of international experts in Human Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physiology, Biochemistry, and various clinical disciplines including Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine, Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing

  • North America (United States): As a Limited liability company (LLC), the company has elected to indemnify its members, managers, employees, agents for liability and related expenses under ORS 63.160.

  • Europe (Spain): Established and registered business entity which happily pays taxes and provides appropriate employment.

 

Purpose, History, and Beginings: Dr Vasquez, "I founded ICHNFM in 2013 for several reasons, the biggest of which were/are:

  • To promote and advocate excellence and creativity among clinicians and scholars: To create a venue for experts to be fully creative and fully excellent, rather than restrained by administrators who -- as many of us have experienced -- require experts to "dumb down" their information to make it palatable. Our theme at the 2013 Conference was "unfiltered excellence."

  • Fair compensation for professors: To create a venue for experts where they are compensated in proportion to their value and work. In early 2013, I lead a major functional medicine conference orchestrated by a different functional medicine institute, and I found myself delivering my best hard-earned diligently-polished work and creativity to earn a mere 1.7% of the seminar's intake. This same functional medicine institute was paying its own upper administrators to the tune of $170,000 per year for a particular spokesman who worked for the organization less than part-time. The differential of 1.7% for my own work (gross undercompensation under the title of working for a "nonprofit organization") while that same organization was lavishly paying its upper administrators was the epitome of dysfunction under the title of "functional medicine." Hence, one of the ICHNFM themes is "incentivized excellence."

  • About Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM's Founder and Director:

    • Education including three doctorate degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

    • Publications, including ~115 scientific/medical essays, articles, editorials, letters

      1. JAMA—Journal of the American Medical Association

      2. BMJ—British Medical Journal

      3. The Lancet.com

      4. JAOA—Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

      5. Annals of Pharmacotherapy

      6. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

      7. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (x2)

      8. Nutritional Perspectives (more than 10 articles)

      9. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

      10. Integrative Medicine (x3)

      11. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

      12. Arthritis & Rheumatism: Official Journal of the American College of Rheumatology

      13. Nature Reviews Rheumatology

      14. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

      15. and several others

    • Author of more than 15 books, including the 700-page Functional Inflammology and the 900-page Naturopathic Rheumatology

    • Extensive Editing and Reviewing experience

      1. International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (Editor)

      2. Journal of Naturopathic Medicine (Reviewer)

      3. Autoimmune Diseases (Reviewer)

      4. Naturopathy Digest (Editor)

      5. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (Reviewer)

      6. PLOS One: Public Library of Science One (Reviewer)

      7. Neuropeptides (Reviewer)

      8. International Journal of Clinical Medicine (Reviewer)

    • PDF CV

 

Statement of Mission, Vision, Goals: [High-level expertise] International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine is an organization of international experts who seek to develop their individual and collective expertise to the highest possible level and then [global dissemination] disseminate this expertise globally via peer-reviewed scientific publications, evidence-based textbooks, medical/clinical symposia, and lectures available by distance learning and internet-based technologies. [Scientific advancement, medical education, societal benefit] International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine seeks to compile, organize, and integrate into cohesive and durable (patho)physiologic models massive amounts of credible peer-reviewed scientific data to effect conceptual and paradigm-shifting scientific advancement with the ultimate goal of furthering the education of physicians/clinicians and healthcare policymakers to culminate in the enhancement of societal health.

 

Audiences:

  • Primary care, specialist physicians, and other clinicians and health professionals: allopathic medical physicians, osteopathic medical physicians, nurses and nurse practicioners, physician assistants, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians, pharmacists, and others.

  • Medical schools

  • Hospitals, medical offices, healthcare systems

  • Medical students

  • Institute of Medicine (I.O.M.)

  • World Health Organization (W.H.O.)

  • Nobel Prize Committee

  • Public access provided as much as possible and per agreement with presenters/authors and in accord with copyright/trademark protections

Copyright © 2013-2015 by International College of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (ICHNFM.ORG) Contact: admin @ ichnfm.org

 

Course accreditation varies per audience, location, country, and topic; see course details for specific information:

  • Example of accreditations for our 2013 International Conference and other events:

    • Accreditation for continuing medical education (CME) for medical doctors: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston www.utmbhealth.com and International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 35.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    • Accreditation for continuing education for dieticians: Dannemiller www.dannemiller.com is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dieticians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive [approximately 30-35] continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this material

  • One of the foundational principles of ICHNFM is that of teamwork and collaboration: ICHNFM has partnered with various organizations and busineses for the deployment of educational materials, for the accreditation of programs and for the pleasure of sharing our educational materials with the broadest audience possible. Some partnerships have included: 

    • BRC: Biotics Research Corporation

    • DDI: Doctors Data Incorporated

    • PACE: Providers of Approved Continuing Education 

    • UTMB: University of Texas Medical Branch Continuing Education

    • Palmer College of Chiropractic (continuing education)

 

Education delivery formats:

  • Books, articles, private consulting, video presentations, recorded live presentations, live classes via the internet, interactive forums, on-site seminars and symposia.

  • Products, Pricing, and Policies:

  • Videos: Pay-per-view paid on our website and delivered via Vimeo.

  • Live sessions with Professors: Pay-per-session; courses are pre-paid via our website and are delivered via live interactive format. Videos are archived and available postproduction via pay-per-view.

  • Books, printed/physical materials, shipping policy: Shipped directly via the publisher internationally with tracking and exceptionally low shipping costs due to bulk discount pricing.

  • Professional consultations: Paid via website per customized agreement, scope, terms, importance, complexity, and duration.

 

Statement on human rights (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): ICHNFM extends the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Articles 1-30 listed below) to include access to 31) clean water, clean air, and clean food, 32) adequate nutrition and healthcare, and 33) basic education as basic human rights; to hold an opposite opinion is to enslave, indebt, or erase people and/or populations. (Alternate wording: the denial of these rights weakens the well-being, freedom, and self-determination of people and/or populations.)

  1. Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

  2. Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

  3. Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

  4. Article 4. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

  5. Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

  6. Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

  7. Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

  8. Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

  9. Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

  10. Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

  11. Article 11. (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

  12. Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

  13. Article 13. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

  14. Article 14. (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

  15. Article 15. (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

  16. Article 16. (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

  17. Article 17. (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

  18. Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

  19. Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

  20. Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

  21. Article 21. (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country. (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

  22. Article 22. Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

  23. Article 23. (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

  24. Article 24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

  25. Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

  26. Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

  27. Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

  28. Article 28. Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

  29. Article 29. (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

  30. Article 30. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

Position against scientific misconduct; position protecting those who reveal fraud/misconduct: ICHNFM seeks to communicate and rely on valid information, and therefore the organization cannot tolerate original publication or reiteration of false/inaccurate information. Questioning research validity is an integral part of science itself and is therefore duly protected. For additional perspectives, see the following essays in Nature: 

  • The time is right to confront misconduct. Nature 01 August 2012 LINK

  • Stop ignoring misconduct. Nature 31 August 2016 LINK

For examples of direct action by ICHNFM to protect the integrity of science and clinical practice, see the following examples from ICHNFM faculty:

  • Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM Director. Neuroinflammation in fibromyalgia and CRPS is multifactorial. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2016 Apr LINK

  • Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM Director. Reply to "role of Western diet in inflammatory autoimmune diseases" by Manzel et al. In current allergy and asthma reports (volume 14, issue 1, January 2014). Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2014 Aug LINK

  • Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM Director. Interventions need to be consistent with osteopathic philosophy. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006 Sep LINK

  • Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM Director. Comment: evaluation of presence of aspirin-related warnings with willow bark. Ann Pharmacother. 2005 Oct LINK

  • Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM Director. Calcium and vitamin D in preventing fractures: data are not sufficient to show inefficacy. BMJ. 2005 Jul  LINK

  • Dr Vasquez, ICHNFM Director. Isoflavones and postmenopausal women. JAMA. 2004 Nov LINK

Statement on organic foods, sustainable agriculture, the overuse of pesticides and genetically manipulated organisms (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): ICHNFM advocates organic foods and sustainable agriculture (in agreement with a United Nations report); ICHNFM opposes the overuse of toxic pesticides and the inappropriate use of (including the forced consumption of) genetically manipulated organisms/foodoid products. While all toxic chemicals are obvious causes of concern, glyphosate and atrazine warrant particular concern due to their widespread distribution, political misuse, genotoxic effects, mitochondriopathic effects, cyp450 inhibiting effects, and reproductive toxicity.

 

Statement on corporate and governmental responsibility to reduce the population's exposure to xenobiotics, metal and chemical toxins, and POPs--persistent organic pollutants (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): ICHNFM sees that xenobiotics/pollution/toxins released into the environment are directly contributing to the worldwide burden of disease. As such, all people/industries/corporations/governments should seek to reduce use and release of such chemicals; specifically, governments should use their appropriate authority and obligation to protect their citizens in this regard. 

Statement of social responsibility and contextualization (drafted and posted 2014 Aug): ICHNFM requires that educational materials be socially contextualized with a humanistic emphasis; humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and requires critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism). In direct opposition to any notion that science and intellectual work are and should be separate from the goal of benefiting human life (ie, profiteering, or political misuse of science), we affirm that work in the sciences, healthcare, and medicine should hold preeminent the goal of providing benefit to humanity at large and not primarily for private or political interests, in particular what we have defined as the goals of healthcare: physical health and psychosocial freedom, both of which are required for the optimization of human potential and human culture. Likewise, faculty members and teaching staff are required to model and embody beneficence, nonmaleficence, ethics, and justice; repeated violations of these ethical considerations will result first in conversation and if not resolved will result in termination of any working relationship because ICHNFM will maintain its ethics and integrity and will not be tainted by affiliation with faculty or presenters who are socially reckless or maleficent, regardless of the scale or medium (ie, including private emails and public/social conversations and comments). ICHNFM will maintain the highest standards of science, clinical applicability, ethics, and social effect/influence/beneficence.


Statement on vaccine enforcement and dependence (drafted and posted 2015 Jan): Given that vaccines are neither universally safe nor completely effective, mandating their use is both unscientific and unethical. Recent data correlating vaccine mandates with increased mortality gives all healthcare providers and policymakers legitmate cause for concern and the obligation to act on that concern by implementing the precautionary principle. Until and unless these concerns are resolved, ICHNFM supports 1) the rights of patients/persons to make their own decisions about vaccinations and 2) the clinical and population-wide use of protocols to improve immunity via more safe and comprehensive means as discussed in the 2014 publication describing a comprehensive antiviral strategy:Unifying Antiviral Strategy published by ICHNFM (English and Spanish, PDF). To be clear, ICHNFM is not "anti-vaccine"; we simply and plainly support informed consent and patient autonomy (basic medical ethics), judicious patient-centered and patient-focused healthcare, and critical review of the research literature and case reports; overuse of and dependency upon vaccines and anti-viral drugs as the sole means to prevent and treat viral illnesses is unscientific, illogical, inequitable, and globally unaffordable. 
Sample sources supporting this position: 

 

Statement on medical ethics, research ethics, including implications for mandatory drug use, forced steriliztions, etc (drafted and posted 2015 Feb): While this statement is still in development, for the time being, ICHNFM endorses the Nuremberg Code as outlined here and extends these considerations from research to patient care and public health. The ten points of the Nuremberg Code are:

  1. Required is the voluntary, well-informed, understanding consent of the human subject in a full legal capacity.

  2. The experiment should aim at positive results for society that cannot be procured in some other way.

  3. It should be based on previous knowledge (like, an expectation derived from animal experiments) that justifies the experiment.

  4. The experiment should be set up in a way that avoids unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injuries.

  5. It should not be conducted when there is any reason to believe that it implies a risk of death or disabling injury.

  6. The risks of the experiment should be in proportion to (that is, not exceed) the expected humanitarian benefits.

  7. Preparations and facilities must be provided that adequately protect the subjects against the experiment’s risks.

  8. The staff who conduct or take part in the experiment must be fully trained and scientifically qualified.

  9. The human subjects must be free to immediately quit the experiment at any point when they feel physically or mentally unable to go on.

  10. Likewise, the medical staff must stop the experiment at any point when they observe that continuation would be dangerous.

 

Conditions/Terms of Use: Use of this website and any related courses or forums implies agreement with the conditions on this page. Terms of use: Any use of this website or ICHNFM's related forums and teaching/learning/working environments implies agreement to ICHNFM's Conditions for Use policies. Violation of any of these terms as judged solely by ICHNFM administration will be grounds for explusion/exclusion without any refund (if applicable).

Brief Summary:

  • ICHNFM is committed to creating and maintaining a work and learning environment free from drama and unpleasantness.

  • Among members/students/instructors/attendees, professional-level communication is expected per common courtesy and standards of etiquette/netiquette, per the examples detailed below.

Examples of norms and expectations for ICHNFM discussions, forums, and any working/learning environment:

  • Appropriate use: Professional discussions related to the wide fields of healthcare, medicine, nutrition, and functional medicine. 

  • Community monitoring and policing: We all share in the responsibility of keeping this forum professional, clean, useful, and enjoyable. Any inappropriate posts should be flagged and reported immediately within the forum and/or to admin@ichnfm.org where it will be received by our infrastructure.

  • Etiquette definitions/examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etiquette_in_technology

  • Etiquette rules: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

  • Professionalism: Logical, polite, professional, articulate, properly communicated/spelled/structured sentences and other communication are expected. A standard of professionalism is confidentiality; so any posted questions or cases about clients/patients must have identifying information removed prior to posting.

  • Polite behavior: No insults, attacks, criticisms of person.

  • Our “be nice or leave” policy: Any violations of the intent and use of the forum will be noted by administrative discretion as grounds for revocation of membership/access/enrollment immediately and likely/possibly without any applicable refund, or with refund minus all administrative and logistical costs. This is not the place for politics, comments, sales, marketing, or complaints that should be sent in private messages or not at all.

  • Signature: You may include up to 2-3 lines in your signature, and the first line must include only your name and degrees/credentials (graduate/doctorate only for those who have such); signatures that are overly bulky/offensive/promotional will be deleted and the user may be banned.

  • Name & user id: Each participant can have only one identification and log-in. “Usernames” cannot be changed and need to be based on your real first and last names. This is a professional forum, and we expect dialogues among professionals with real names and real credentials, not among cartoon names and first names only (ie, this is not a forum for kids), and not just with “Dr” without defining degrees (the degree tells us the title).

  • Confidentiality and group ownership: All conversations and postings in this forum are considered confidential and owned by the members/participants and ICHNFM and are not to be shared outside of these discussions and forums. Confidential information such as that which identifies patients should not be posted; any posted questions or cases about clients/patients must have identifying information removed prior to posting.

  • Liability: ICHNFM is not liable for inappropriate use of this forum; individuals may be liable/responsible for their actions and posts and should use common sense and good judgment.

  • Updates: These rules for the forum will be periodically updated and posted on this page; users are responsible must remain in good standing with the posted rules and “common sense and good taste” rules of etiquette and proper and professional behavior in order to maintain access to using the forums.

  • Refunds: ICHNFM does not provide refunds following the receipt of intellectual property, whether delivered by book, article, course, video, or live event/conference. Intellectual property is deemed fully transferred at the first occasion of access by the student/attendee. Partial refunds may be processed only for gross and unsolvable failures to deliver course information. Very importantly, violation of these terms of use and exclusion/expulsion from ICHNFM courses/forums does not entitle someone to any refund; we do not reward misbehavior or misuse of ICHNFM materials with money. If misbehavior results in exclusion/expulsion from ICHNFM content/course/forums, then the value is deemed forfeited by the person causing the offense. 

  • Privacy: Here are the standards and norms; violation of these can easily warrant immediate exclusion and may entail liability. Information in the forum is considered protected information and is not for public use or distribution. 

    • Students and attendees: Don't share posts/conversations/material outside of this group. 

    • Everyone: Don't post case reports with identifying information; respect patient privacy and confidentiality in case discussions. 

    • ICHNFM: We don't share information with anyone and we respect our own privacy and the privacy of the attendees and will take reasonable steps to protect all of the above. The industry standard for conferences and courses is that sponsors and educational partners may receive names and contact information from the attendees/students; that is --again-- the standard of the CE/CME industry and the reward to companies for sponsoring/underwriting/promoting educational events, since they can only seek affiliation and do not have the opportunity to promote sales of products. 

 

Refund/Return/Delivery policy: Because we deal with intellectual property, we do not provide refunds because the intellectual property is delivered-in-full at the moment of delivery/access; once the information is delivered, no refund is appropriate. The only exceptions to this policy apply to 1) partial returns on large bulk-discounted orders for bookstores and large educational events, and 2) cancellation of attendance prior to live seminars, either on-site or via the internet. In these situations, return credits are subtracted from by any administrative, shipping/stocking, and bank fees. Customers are responsible for providing accurate contact information and --especially in the case of book orders for example-- accurate direction/mailing information and are further responsible for being present to receive packages. Failure of address or failure to be present to receive packages will likely result in failure of delivery and additional costs.

 

Ownership and right of use and sale: Except for articles/videos/materials that are open-access, publicly available, or used with owner's permission, all informaiton contained in ICHNFM's various websites is owned by ICHNFM and protected as intellectual propery. Additional protections such as copyrights and trademarks have often been secured to provide additional protections and means by which to seek financial compensation for the technical/strategic damages incurred by misuse of our material. ICHNFM reserves the full right to its material, the design of its courses, and to deny services to persons who evidence unprofessional behavior or mis-use of ICHNFM's materials, works, events, forums, etc.

 

Accreditations and Educational Partnerships: Described here.

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