Whatever the context, I am the person people come to when they have a question. It’s almost irresistible I think.
Obviously I don’t know everything … yet. I’m just very good at finding answers and simplifying them. And I’m a die-hard skeptic, which doesn’t help.
The Pharmafist combines two of my passions:
- Punch health and science back alive in order to make them accessible and fascinating.
- Utterly destroy scientific myths and health beliefs, in a politically-correct manner or not.
But above all, my greater mission is to encourage people to develop their critical thinking and to make better decisions regarding their health.
Everything you see on this website (texte, drawings, programming, irreverent comments) is done by one person: me. Fortunately I don’t take myself too seriously.
If you enjoy what I do on this site, I invite you to like The Pharmafist’s Facebook page and to request that any of my cartoons in French be translated in English ASAP.
These groups and organizations are important to me and I share common objectives with them:
IMPORTANT MESSAGES AND WARNINGS
This site is both educational and humorous. Thus, you should not always take everything I say literally… My goal is to make you laugh and possibly that you learn in the process a little on scientific topics that are important to me. It contains my opinions that are professional and personal in nature about the state of the evidence on different topics. On this site, I do not give any medical advice and nothing published here should be taken as such. For questions related to your health, consult your doctor, your pharmacist and other healthcare professionals.
Copyright and Intellectual Property
Everything you see on The Pharmafist was done by me alone. I put a lot of effort, passion and energy in this, so I ask that you respect the intellectual property of my content and I invite you to contact me if you would like to use the images or text in one way or another.
The images and content of the website The Pharmafist are not free of copyright, since I use and adapt them for different media types. Therefore, any use that is not expressly authorized by me, as well as any reproduction is prohibited. Moreover, I hold a registered trademark for this (# 1682099).
I am not responsible for comments left by readers on this site. I do the best I can to moderate these through the immense amount of work involved in this site … but I’m just one person, not a company. Inappropriate comments probably escape me occasionally, that’s inevitable. In short, if you say bad stuff in a comment, it is you who will have to assume the consequences.
Comments must be on topic. Conflicts of interest should always be disclosed. I will take the liberty of stopping the discussion on any particular topic, if I feel that enough has been said and things are getting boring or repetitive. I will not post comments which are overtly nonsensical or in such poor English that I cannot understand them. I will prevent commentators from monopolizing the discussion (note : this last paragraph was copied from Edzard Ernst’s blog – http://edzardernst.com/rules).
There is no censorship; I welcome constructive criticism and even insults. However, I will not to approve comments if they clearly contain false information that could mislead readers and jeopardize the educational mission and rigorous nature of The Pharmafist. As an example, if a comment says “there is scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism” and that assertion is not supported by a relevant scientific reference (eg. a PubMed link).
Trade Names and Brands
If you wonder what I think of product XYZ, you’re out of luck. Apart from a few exceptions, I never write the names of medications, trademarks, companies or specific products. The reason for this is that I want to avoid any positive or negative bias towards specific brands (and well… to avoid being sued too). In my comics, I am therefore referring to the ingredients themselves or I invent fictional products inspired by reality.
Similarly, comments left here on the website or on Facebook mentioning a brand / specific company will be rejected and deleted.
Filtering of certain information
There are many questionable websites that spread misleading and dangerous health information online. I never say their names, because I don’t want to send them traffic. When I want to refer to them, I usually rephrase their names (eg “naturalholistichealthmagictherapy.com”. Similarly, if you include link to such a site in a comment, I will remove it and replace it with a Do Not Link or with non-hyperlinked text.
The comics are translated from French to English, sometimes by professional translators, but mostly by volonteers and readers who simply want to give me a hand. I’ve accepted the fact that the translations are not perfect, but that they can be improved over time, so I really appreciate when people tell me about translation mistakes or typos. In addition, if you feel that a translation is subpar, how about offering your help to make it better? The more proofreaders, the better.