The information contained in this guide is designed to provide an informational foundation on which to base conversations with your personal physicians. This information is in no way intended to supersede the recommendations given to you by your medical caregivers. Medical care is a highly individualized art, and a therapy that is appropriate for one patient may be contraindicated for another. Therefore, you should not follow any suggestions in this text that contradict the advice given to you by your personal physician. If you have a question about your medical condition, or if at any time you feel you need the advice or treatment of a physician, you should seek it immediately. This text is in no way designed to serve as a surrogate for appropriate medical care by a licensed medical practitioner.