I just borrowed a book from the library, Pain Free At Your PC, by Pete Egoscue and was attracted to his disclaimer:
As for all my books, I provide a disclaimer with a difference. Instead of the usual "The following material is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician," followed by a recommendation that you consult a doctor before following the program that's being offered and a disclaimer of legal responsibility should there be adverse consequences, I take another approach. Don't read this book if you feel you need a protection of a disclaimer and its counsel. I'm serious. Health care must start with personal responsibility.This vital role should not be delegated to any expert. Yours is the ultimate judgment. Any disclaimer that suggests otherwise does a great disservice.
This is the type of disclaimer I always wanted to see, but somehow, never saw. We all have a LOT of books on nutrition, exercise, medication, etc., and what do we see? A disclaimer that we should first consult a doctor (that sure is a big assumption that doctors know best), or that we shouldn't sue for unwanted effects, etc.
To me, such disclaimers always reduced the credibility of the works, even if I know that they were just put there for legal reasons. I really can't help thinking that such works are simply saying, "We recommend this, but don't blame us." Why, anyone should easily see that if that's the case, why should I even believe you? Yeah, I know, the lawyers can have a heyday from absence of such disclaimers. But I think you get my point.
As the disclaimer above says, we should take responsibility for our actions, and stop looking for someone to blame. If I'll ever write a book, I'll remember to put a similar disclaimer.
"Don't read this book if you feel you need a protection of a disclaimer and its counsel. I'm serious."
-- I really like that. 8)
Maybe a modification could be a signature to use in health forums?