Medical disclaimer

The Company provides health, nutrition and fitness programs, which may consist of online information, diet plans, recipes, exercises, forums and professional in-person training and consultation (Programs). Such Programs include The Fast 800 programme, iFast-12 and The Blood Sugar Diet. Our websites and each of the Programs are made available subject to this Medical Disclaimer.

You must read the disclaimer and complete the checklist below.

1      CHECKLIST

1.1    You must complete this checklist before commencing any of the diets/ exercise programs recommended on the website or before commencing/ signing up to the programs. We always recommend speaking to your usual or appropriate health professional before starting any diet or exercise program.

1.2    If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.

1.3    The diets and/ or the programs are not recommended for the following:

(a)    People who are underweight and/ or have an eating disorder, or a history or suspicion of an eating disorder.

(b)    Children (under 18 years old)

(c)    Type 1 diabetics

(d)    Pregnant women, breast feeding mothers or anyone undergoing fertility treatment

(e)    People who have a significant psychiatric disorder or substance abuse.

(f)     People who are under active investigation or treatment, or have a significant medical condition affecting ability to comply with diet.

(g)    People who have had a recent cardiac event, myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular accident (<3 months previously) or other heart abnormalities.

(h)    People who have had uncontrolled heart disease, uncontrolled hypertension, or kidney failure

(i)     People who are feeling unwell, have a fever, are frail or recovering from significant surgery (<6 months ago).

1.4    Use CAUTION and discuss with a medical professional before commencing the diets and/ or programs and if any of the following apply:

(a)    You have a significant underlying medical condition

(b)    Are on insulin – detailed assessment & education by health professional to plan a suitable reduction in medication/insulin to avoid a potentially dangerous drop in blood sugar (hypo).

(c)    If you have type 2 diabetes and are on medication, it will be necessary to adjust your medication.
It may need to be reduced or stopped as blood sugars improve and to avoid hypos.

(d)   If you are on certain diabetic medication and have ‘hypoglycaemia unawareness’ (you cannot tell if you have a ‘hypo’ when your sugar level drops).

(e)    If you are on blood pressure medication this may need to be reduced or stopped as blood pressure improves.

(f)     Those with a psychiatric history in the past

(g)    If you are taking other medications, e.g. Warfarin.

(h)    If you have moderate or severe retinopathy you will need extra screening within 6 months (as retinopathy can sometimes get worse when blood sugar improves)

(i)     People with epilepsy (though there is some evidence that diet can improve epilepsy)

(j)     Pregnancy: Clearly avoiding fasting/low calorie diets is wise, however if there is a risk of (or previous history of) Gestational diabetes,
you might consider the Mediterranean style diet.

1.5    We always recommend speaking to your usual or appropriate health professional before starting any exercise program. In particular, if you answer yes to any of the questions below, you should consult your doctor before commencing the program and/ or exercises suggested on the websites:

(a)    Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?

(b)    Have you been told by your doctor that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor because you have a heart condition?

(c)    Have you had any chest pain in the past month when not doing physical activity?

(d)    Do you lose your balance as a result of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness/collapse?

(e)    Do you have a bone or joint problem (eg back, knee, or hip) that could be made worse by exercise?

(f)     Is your doctor currently prescribing medication for your blood pressure or heart condition?

(g)    Do you have any injuries and/or are unwell?

(h)    Do you have asthma?

(i)     Do you have any medical conditions that prevent you from doing exercise?

(j)     Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

2     MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

2.1    Our websites and Programs contain general information about medical conditions, nutrition, health and diets. The information is not advice and should not be treated or construed as such.

2.2    The medical information on our websites and Programs are provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied. We make no representations or warranties in relation to the medical information on our websites and Programs. You must not rely upon such information for any particular diagnosis, treatment, or care. Our website and the Programs are not a substitute for medical advice and/or medical treatment.

2.3    Without limitation, we do not warrant or represent that the medical information on our websites and Programs will be constantly available, or available at all; nor is it complete, true, accurate, current and not misleading.

2.4    Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on our websites and Programs as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

2.5    The Company, authors and contributors cannot guarantee that the Programs, recipes, meal guides, exercise plans, forums, program content and any other information on the Website are safe and proper for every individual users. Therefore, each Program is offered without warranties or guarantees of any kind, express or implied, and the authors disclaim any liability, loss or damage caused by the Website and programs contents, either directly or consequentially. No EU or other government regulatory body has evaluated the recipes and information seen on the Website. The Programs, recipes and other information are also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.

2.6    NEITHER THE COMPANY, NOR ANY AUTHORS AND/OR CONTRIBUTORS SHALL BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY IMPROPER OR INCORRECT USE OF THE INFORMATION AND PROGRAMS FOUND AND CONTAINED ON THE WEBSITE. WE ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYONE’S USE OF THE INFORMATION.

2.7    USING THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO BODY, HEALTH AND CONDITION THAT MIGHT ARISE AS A RESULT OF USING THAT INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COMPANY OR ITS AUTHORS AND/OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE), OR ANY OTHER THEORY ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SYSTEM, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. THIS LEGAL DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY, WHETHER BASED ON ALLEGED BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION.

2.8    EACH USER AGREES TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS, THE COMPANY, AUTHORS, CONTRIBUTORS, ANY ENTITY JOINTLY CREATED BY THEM, THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE WEBSITE AND/OR PROGRAMS.

2.9    Nothing in this medical disclaimer will:

(a)    limit any of our liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or

(b)    exclude any of our liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.