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This site, brafree.org, is a service provided by Elizabeth R. Vaughan M.D., F.A.A.E.M., and Vaughan Integrative Medicine.

Please read this agreement.

We encourage free and open exchange of information and ideas, but ask you to abide by certain terms as a condition of using this site. Your use of this site constitutes your agreement to these terms.

You affirm that you understand and agree to all of the Terms of Use

By using this site, you affirm that you understand and agree to all of the Terms of Use on this and subsequent pages, including the Photo Use Policy.

By using this site, you affirm that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are less than 18 years of age, please click here to exit now.

By sending an email to Dr. Vaughan at this web site, you affirm that you are at least 18 years of age.

Everything on this site is copyrighted

All of this site's content, including but not limited to text, articles, photographs, images, graphics, trademarks, logos and service marks, is owned by Vaughan Integrative Medicine and is protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws, meaning, among other things:

  • The site's content is for your personal, non-commercial use.
  • If you copy (download) any material from this site, that copy must be exclusively for your personal non-commercial use and that downloaded material must retain copyright, trademark and other ownership notices contained in the material.
  • Storing or archiving any significant portion of the content or creating a database using the content is prohibited.
  • Any other activity or use of this site that is a violation of United States intellectual property laws or international treaties, including but not limited to copying other than on an isolated basis for personal use; modifying the content; and publishing, transmitting, creating derivative works from, transferring, selling or displaying the content of the site, is prohibited.

About the Doctor-Patient relationship...

The fact that Dr. Vaughan responds to a letter or email sent to her by you, does not establish a doctor-patient relationship, where no such relationship existed previously.

Dr. Vaughan will not prescribe drugs, nor prescribe specific medical treatment for any person who has not been treated by her, in her office, under the terms and conditions of treatment which prevail in her office.

Your use of this service is at your own risk.

You understand that there may be delays, omissions, inaccuracies or other errors in posted information, or other problems inherent in electronic communication. Therefore...

Never use email to contact Dr. Vaughan about an emergent or urgent medical matter.

You understand that you should never email Dr. Vaughan about an emergent or urgent medical matter, since you understand that she may not be able to respond to email for an undetermined period of time, or your email message may be delayed, misrouted, or lost.

If you are Dr. Vaughan's established patient, you should contact her directly by telephone, if you have an emergent or urgent medical problem. If you are not her patient, you should contact your own physician, or consider going to the nearest Emergency Room.

Content of email responses is privileged and copyrighted

By sending an electronic communication (email) to Dr. Vaughan, you agree that the content of any such email becomes her intellectual property, for use by her for any purpose whatever, subject to our Privacy Policy elsewhere on this web site.

By soliciting an electronic communication (email) response from Dr. Vaughan, you agree that the entire content of her response remains her intellectual property, protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws, under the same terms and restrictions enumerated under the heading "Everything on this site is copyrighted", above.

Terms of service may be changed

These Terms of Service may be changed or modified at any time. A notice of changes or modifications will be posted by indicating the date of the most recent change in the Site Map. You agree to review this agreement periodically to keep current on its terms.

Your continued use of the site after any change or modification to this agreement constitutes your agreement to any changes or modifications in the terms.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless brafree.org, Dr. Elizabeth R. Vaughan, Vaughan Integrative Medicine, and their affiliates, employees, contractors, officers, directors, and telecommunications providers from all liability, claims, and expenses, including attorneys' fees, that arise from the breach of any of the terms of use of the site or in connection with your use of this site.

BraFree.org reserves the right to assume exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification under this agreement.

This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of North Carolina.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us.

We will never provide personal information about you, as an individual, to any third party. (The exception is, if a court order forces us to.) We don't presently collect personal information about users. If we should do so, that information could be shared with advertisers or other third parties, but only in the aggregate, never with an individual's identity associated with it.

Neither your name, nor your postal address, nor your email address, nor your telephone number, will be revealed to any unauthorized third party without your written permission, subject only to a valid court order requiring its release.

We won't sell individual information about you to any other party.

The contents of any email or letter you send to Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan is absolutely confidential, subject only to a valid court order requiring its release. One exception: If your email message or letter reasonably appears to constitute a threat of bodily harm to yourself or any other person, or constitutes a threat to the public order, Dr. Vaughan reserves the right to contact appropriate authorities.

If you are Dr. Vaughan's patient, any communication with Dr. Vaughan - whether by email, letter or phone call - is subject to the same rules of confidentiality which would apply if you were seen by her, in her office.

From time to time, Dr. Vaughan may quote, on this web site or in advertising, all or portions of email or letters she receives. In such cases, the identity of the writer will be concealed unless the writer has given permission to be identified.


The opinions expressed on this website are those of Elizabeth R. Vaughan, M.D., F.A.A.E.M. Many physicians - perhaps most physicians - and the American Cancer Society assert that no link has been positively demonstrated between bras and breast cancer. (But we waited 50 years for someone to demonstrate a positive link between cigarettes and lung cancer). Read the medical research page for a partial listing of relevant research upon which Dr. Vaughan bases her opinions.

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