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Terms of Use, updated 31 July 2015

By visiting this website, you agree to comply with our terms of use. Please read this document to understand to what you are agreeing. If you do not agree with any of the terms and conditions described here, please exit this site immediately. By using this site, reading its content, copying its content, downloading its content, screen-grabbing or photocopying items of content, or bookmarking content, you are agreeing to be legally bound these terms.

We Do Not Provide Medical Advice

Information provided on this site is not medical advice, legal advise or therapeutic advice of any kind. Even if you are a client of an author who is medically licensed in some capacity for the delivery of health-care services, their writing on this site is not medical advice to you. You must discuss and evaluate any and all such information within the legal bounds of the practitioner-client relationship, which is entirely independent of this site.

The information contained in this website or discussed in any forum on this website, or transmitted to you electronically or otherwise in response to a request or submission from you, is not intended nor implied to qualify as medical advice, diagnosis of a medical condition, or treatment for any medical condition, nor should this information be construed as psychological counseling or any emotional or mental health diagnosis or treatment. The information we provide is for educational, entertainment and/or political purposes. Although there is a legal presumption that we should urge you to always seek professional health services for any concerns you may have about your personal physical, emotional, or mental health, this is not always good advice to follow. Professionalism does not equate to competence, as you will see with many of the articles posted on this site.

Intellectual Property and Copyright

As far as we know, none of the information on this site is proprietary. We believe it is entirely public-domain information, freely available for anybody and everybody to use as they see fit. However, all of this information is copyrighted and all rights are reserved. That means that you need to get written permission to use any of the writings, text, images, illustrations, graphics and logos posted or appearing on this site. This includes the downloadable newsletters in PDF format, each of which has its copyright independently declared.

This copyrighted material may not be used for any commercial purpose, even an indirect one where no profit is obtained. This includes promotional purposes of any and all kinds.

Downloading newsletter PDF files and printing web pages is permitted (and invited!) for your personal, non-commercial use as long as the all copyright notices are intact. If you extract or excerpt any PDF files or web pages, you must include or insert the applicable copyright notice—except for fair-use excerpts and quotes, which must cite the appropriate source. The unauthorized or prohibited use of any of copyrighted materials may subject you to civil liability or criminal prosecution, or both, under applicable U.S. federal and state laws, as well as foreign laws and international conventions.

Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation on Liability

We assume no liability for any diagnosis, treatment, decision you make, or action you take, or fail to take, in reliance upon information contained in this website, or contained in any Internet resource linked from this site or to this site. We assume no responsibility or risk for your use of this website, any website linked from this website and any website linked to this website. This disclaimer also applies to anybody using this information as part of a service or representation. CERI and the authors and contributors to this site will not be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damage, or any incidental or consequential damages arising either directly or indirectly from any materials on this website.

If any of these terms and disclaimers are locally invalid, this will not invalidate other terms listed here.

Your Privacy

We will protect your privacy regarding email addresses and site usage to the extent of decisions that we make. However, it is not possible for us to prevent the malware and hacking that are rampant in this day and age. The software systems available today are not secure. And we cannot claim any expertise for thwarting hackers, phishers, viruses and worms that may compromise our site and the systems of our Internet service providers.

Modifications to These Terms of Use

We reserve the right, at any time, for any reason, at our sole discretion, to change these terms of use. We will post or display a notice of change on the What's New Menu, along with the date of the change. So please make it a habit to use the What's New menu as an entry point for your use of this site.

Legal Actions

These terms of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of California. In the event there is any dispute, claim, or cause of action arising out of or related to this website, or the use of such website, you agree to exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts located in San Jose, California, and you agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any such dispute, claim, or cause of action must be filed within six months after it accrues.

Use of Interactive Services

If and when we implement chat rooms, question and answer forums, and/or other interactive services, the following terms of use will apply: (a) You may not submit or transmit any message that is obscene, libelous or defamatory, or that violates any other person’s or entity’s copyrights, privacy rights, trademarks, trade secrets, or rights in other confidential information. You agree to indemnify us for any and all damages suffered by third parties as a result of your violation of this term. (b) You may not submit or transmit any message, data, image, or program with the intent to threaten the safety of others, or to cause others to reasonably believe that they are being threatened. (c) You may not interfere with other users’ use of this website.

This notice shall constitute the entire agreement between you and us concerning your use of our website and services. If any portion of this document is deemed by any court to be invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.