Frequently Asked Questions

Books

Can Providers list their books on the “Choosing Alternatives” website?

Yes, they can do so, For books on the subject of their treatment specialty without paying a fee for the listing. Our reasoning is that our Subscribers will want such information for their own health reasons. We do charge the Provider a modest handling fee when there is a sale of their book. The book has to be on the subject(s) for which the Provider has registered with us.

Is your book “Choosing Alternatives” available as both an e book and is it in print?

The eBook novel “Choosing Alternatives” is available worldwide on most book websites, including Amazon, as an eBook. It will be available in print on the same sites on or before, January 1, 2018.

Newsletters

What’s the difference between the free and the paid newsletter?

The paid newsletter has the results of new specific medical therapy studies sorted by the type of Chronic illness that the studies are about. Readers can see a summary of the results and can contact Providers who are using those new techniques, if they want. The free newsletter shows the statistics of how many such new studies we have published each month showing the positive, negative and indeterminate results, but does not show the studies themselves.

How do you determine whether or not to charge for a specific monthly issue?

A Subscriber is not charged unless and until we publish a new study in the subscriber’s specific area of interest. Until that happens they won’t receive the monthly newsletter, nor are they charged for it. Thus, Choosing Alternatives becomes a sort of subscriber’s vigilant, free watchdog monitoring the results of new studies in their chronic illness area of interest.

How do you know if or that the new therapies you list are successful?

We don’t know that they are successful. We only know that the studies are: new, come from established institutions [i.e. Medical Schools] and appeared in peer reviewed professional publications. Subscribers determine if: a] they want to contact the provider, and/or b] investigate the study and/or the provider[s]’ results and/or c] consult with the subscriber’s own medical professionals.

How long will you keep our subscription money if there is no newsletter on our subject?

We will refund any subscriber’s subscription payment anytime on request. We maintain the subscriber’s account until the earlier of: the emailing to the subscriber of a monthly newsletter that meets the subscriber’s request or a subscription payment refund request.

Can a subscriber subscribe to more than one chronic illness category?

Yes, a subscriber can subscribe to any or all the chronic illness categories. There is no increase in subscription costs by doing so. The result of subscribing to more categories is that the subscriber will generally receive, and therefore be charged for, more monthly issues than subscribing to just one newsletter category. since any month that has results in those categories will be emailed to the subscriber and charged for.

Can a subscriber send this newsletter to someone else?

No. the Subscribers Terms of Use do not allow this. There are multiple reasons other than just publisher greed and/or copyright. They are: a] If the person to whom it is sent is not registered with us they will not get any follow up newsletters with information in that subject area. Thus, they will not get notice of and changes in either the study results or of changes in providers and, b] an unregistered person cannot use our provider review service. Thus, others cannot benefit from that person’s experience. Finally, such forwarding is prohibited by our Terms of Use.

Do you also offer the newsletter in print as well as emailed?

Unfortunately no, because we have subscribers and providers in many countries. The complexity of calculating each country’s postage would be cost prohibitive.

Payment

How do you determine whether or not to charge for a specific monthly issue?

A Subscriber is not charged unless and until we publish a new study in the Subscriber’s specific area of interest. Until that happens they won’t receive the monthly newsletter, nor are they charged for it. Thus, Choosing Alternatives becomes a sort of Subscriber’s vigilant free watchdog monitoring the results of new studies in their chronic illness area of interest. We only publish each new study once. We do not repeat them.

Why is the difference between a 1 month versus a 12 month [1 year] subscription so large?

A 1-month subscription costs $20/month; compared to a 12 month subscription which costs $150 for the year, or $12.50/month. This reflects both lower administrative costs for the longer subscription as well as newsletter industry practice. If the Subscriber requests a refund for a 12 month subscription, the cost will be prorated at the 1 month rate.

Providers

What is a Provider?

A Provider is a professional person or practice which has asserted to Choosing Alternatives that he/she/it is licensed in its specialty and geographic area of practice to provide the medical therapy for which it has listed its identifying information.

Why do Providers have a separate “Terms of Use” Agreement?

Because they are agreeing to act in a different capacity than Subscribers. Providers treat patients. As such they need to be licensed and registered in the area where they practice. They also need to state that they are qualified, experienced and have used the therapy for which they are listing themselves.

Why do you prohibit Providers from advertising on your site?

Our view is that Providers should have a website which shows their experience in depth. Choosing Alternatives is an information site, not an advertising site. It’s difficult for anyone to be impartial when faced with potential huge advertising revenues.

Provider Reviews

Is there a way that Subscribers can comment on the services of Providers?

Yes, click on the “Reviews” tab. There is a form there, which you can fill out and email to us. We post all such reviews, unless specifically asked not to post it. We will not post reviews that are defamatory. Any Subscriber can get the level of their satisfaction across without resorting to inflammatory language.

Site Uses

What is the purpose of the free newsletter on statistics of new study results?

The free newsletter enables interested people to see the monthly volume of new studies in their area[s] of interest. This can help them decide: a] if they want to subscribe, or b] if they want to be listed as a provider, and c] the volume of new studies in their area of specialty, if they are a medical health care worker.