Thoughtful Garden

Thoughtful Garden

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This policy (together with our terms of website use and any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which The Thoughtful Garden will collect and process any personal data we collect from you or which you provide to us in the course of using our site

By providing us with your data, you warrant that you are over 13 years of age.

The Thoughtful Garden is the data controller, and we are responsible for your data (referred to as “we,” “us,” or “our” in this privacy notice).

The information we hold about you must be accurate and up to date. Please let us know if your information changes at any time by emailing us at 


What Data Do We Collect About You, For What Purpose, And On What Grounds Do We Process It

Personal data means any information capable of identifying an individual. It does not include anonymized data.

We may process the following categories of personal data about you:

  • Communication Data includes any communication you send us through the contact form on our website, email, text, social media messaging, social media posting, or any other communication you send us. We process this data to communicate with you for record-keeping and the establishment, pursuance, or defense of legal claims. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests, which in this case are to reply to communications sent to us, to keep records, and to establish, pursue, or defend legal claims.
  • Customer Data includes data relating to purchases of goods and services, such as your name, title, billing address, delivery address, email address, phone number, contact details, purchase details, and card details. We process this data to supply the goods and services you purchased and keep records of such transactions. Our lawful ground for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and taking steps to enter into such a contract at your request.
  • User Data includes data about how you use our website and any online services, together with any data you post for publication on our website or through other online services. We process this data to operate our website and ensure relevant content is provided to you, to ensure the security of our website, to maintain back-ups of our website and databases, and to enable publication and administration of our website, other online services, and business. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests, which in this case are to enable us to administer our website and our business correctly.
  • Technical Data that includes data about your use of our website and online services such as your IP address, your login data, details about your browser, length of visit to pages on our website, page views and navigation paths, details about the number of times you use our website, time zone settings, and other technology on the devices you use to access our website. The source of this data is from our analytics tracking system. We process this data to analyze your use of our website and other online services, to administer and protect our business and website, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you, and to understand the effectiveness of our advertising. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests, which in this case are to enable us to administer our website and our business properly, grow our business, and decide our marketing strategy.
  • Marketing Data that includes data about your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences. We process this data to enable you to partake in our promotions, such as competitions, prize draws, and free giveaways, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and to measure or understand the effectiveness of this advertising. Our lawful ground for this processing is our legitimate interests, which in this case are to study how customers use our products/services, develop them, grow our business, and decide our marketing strategy.


We may use Customer Data, User Data, Technical Data, and Marketing Data to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you (including Facebook adverts or other display advertisements) and to measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve you. Our lawful grounds for this processing is legitimate interests which is to grow our business. We may also use such data to send other marketing communications to you. Our lawful ground for this processing is consent or legitimate interests (namely, to grow our business).

Sensitive Data

We do not collect any Sensitive Data about you. Sensitive data includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health, and genetic and biometric data. We do not collect any information about criminal convictions and offenses.

Where we are required to collect personal data by law or under the terms of the contract between us, and you do not provide us with that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract (for example, to deliver goods or services to you). If you don’t provide us with the requested data, we may have to cancel a product or service you ordered, but if we do, we will notify you then.

We will only use your data for a purpose it was collected for or a reasonably compatible purpose if necessary. For more information on this, please email us at If we need to use your details for an unrelated new purpose, we will let you know and explain the legal grounds for processing.

We may process your data without your knowledge or consent where this is required or permitted by law. We do not carry out automated decision-making or automated profiling.

How We Collect Your Personal Data 

We may collect data about you by providing the data directly to us (for example, by filling out forms on our site or sending us emails). We may automatically collect specific data from you using cookies and similar technologies as you use our website. Please see our cookie policy for more details about this.

We may receive data from third-party analytics providers such as Google, advertising networks such as Facebook, search information providers such as Google, and providers of technical, payment, and delivery services, such as data brokers or aggregators.

Marketing Communications 

Our lawful ground for processing your personal data to send you marketing communications is either your consent or our legitimate interests (namely, to grow our business).

Under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, we may send you marketing communications from us if

  1. You made a purchase or asked for information from us about our goods or services or
  2. ou agreed to receive marketing communications; in each case, you have not opted out of receiving such communications since. Under these regulations, if you are a limited company, we may send you marketing emails without your consent.

However, you can still opt out of receiving our marketing emails anytime.

We will get your express consent before we share your personal data with any third party for their own marketing purposes.

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you OR by emailing us at at any time.

If you opt out of receiving marketing communications, this opt-out does not apply to personal data provided due to other transactions, such as purchases, warranty registrations, etc.

Disclosures Of Your Personal Data

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below:

  • Service providers who provide IT and system administration services.
  • Professional advisers, including lawyers, bankers, auditors, and insurers
  • Government bodies that require us to report processing activities.

We require all third parties to whom we transfer your data to respect the security of your personal data and treat it according to the law. We only allow such third parties to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Data Security

We have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, altered, disclosed, or accessed without authorization. We also allow access to your personal data only to those employees and partners who have a business need to know such data. They will only process your personal data based on our instructions and must keep it confidential.

We have procedures in place to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach if we are legally required to.

Data Retention

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it, including to satisfy any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

If you leave a comment on an article, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can automatically recognize and approve any follow-up comments instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

For tax purposes, the law requires us to keep basic information about our customers (including Contact, Identity, Financial, and Transaction Data) for six years after they stop being customers.

In some circumstances, we may anonymize your personal data for research or statistical purposes, in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice.

Third-party Links

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins, and applications. Clicking or enabling those links may allow third parties to collect or share your data. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience, so you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will set up several cookies to save your login information and screen display choices. Login cookies last two days, and screen options cookies last a year. If you select “Remember Me,” your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Suppose you edit or publish an article; an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and indicates the post ID of the article you edited. It expires after one day.

Acceptable Use Policy

This is the acceptable use policy, which, together with our terms of website use, sets out the terms under which we, The Thoughtful Garden, allow you to use our site, (“site”), whether you are a visitor or a registered user.

Please read the terms of this policy carefully, as by using our site, you indicate that you agree to comply with and be bound by them.

Prohibited Uses Of Our Site

Whether you are a visitor or registered user, you must comply with our terms of website use and use our site for lawful purposes only. In particular, you must not use our site for the uses listed (without limitation) below:

  • Any fraudulent activity.
  • Any activity which breaches any applicable law or regulation, whether national or international.
  • Any activity which may cause or result in harm to a child under 18 years of age.
  • Sending unsolicited advertising or other content (spam) or entering into any arrangement for such material to be sent.
  • Reproducing, selling, or otherwise handling our site or its contents in breach of our terms of website use.
  • Knowingly introducing to our site, or transmitting or attempting to transmit to any other site, computer, or network, viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs, or other material, code, or program which is malicious or technologically harmful.
  • Attempting to gain unauthorized access to our site, our software, our server, or any server, computer, or database connected to our site; or
  • Attacking our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.

Contributing And Interacting

Our site may offer users the facilities to upload or contribute content or other material or interact with others. When using these facilities, it is your responsibility to ensure that any contribution or interaction is, as far as you are aware, factually correct, represents your honest opinion, and does not breach any applicable law or regulation.

In addition, any contribution or interaction must not include any material which (without limitation):

  • is defamatory, obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory;
  • is or refers to sexually explicit material;
  • promotes violence, illegal activity, or any form of discrimination;
  • infringes any other person’s copyright, database right, or trademark;
  • threatens, harasses, upsets, embarrasses, alarms, or annoys any other person or is likely to do so;
  • advocates, promotes, or assists any illegal activity;
  • is likely to deceive any person or is made in breach of a legal duty owed to a third party (such as a duty of confidence);
  • invades another’s privacy or causes inconvenience or anxiety to any person;
  • is used to impersonate any person or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or
  • gives the impression that the material emanates from us if this is not the case.


If we at any time use our site to provide users with any interactive service, the following moderation provisions will apply:

  • we will notify users if moderation is in place and, if so, whether the moderation is provided by a person or is automated;
  • if moderation is in place, we will give you a means to contact the moderator;
  • although we will do our best to assess any risks that such interactive service may pose, we will be under no obligation to moderate it, and we expressly exclude any liability for any loss or damage to any person caused by the use of it and
  • children should always be supervised when using the interactive services on our site, whether such services are moderated or not.

Breaches Of This Policy

Any breach of this acceptable use policy will be dealt with in the same way as a breach of our terms of website use, and we reserve the right to take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate, including restricting your use of our site and taking legal action against you. We are not liable for any loss or damage caused by any breach of this acceptable use policy.


Please check this page regularly, as we may revise this acceptable use policy anytime. We may change or update our fair use policy any time using notices published anywhere on our site.

Terms of Use

This page (and the documents it refers to) tells you the terms of use on which you may use our website, (our site), whether as a guest or a registered user. Please read these terms of use carefully before using the site. By using our site, you accept these terms of use and agree to abide by them. If you disagree with these terms of use, please do not use our site.

About Us is a site operated by Debra Sicilian and The Thoughtful Garden (“we” or “us”) in Branford, CT. Our email address is 

Our Site

We allow access to our site temporarily and reserve the right to withdraw, restrict, or change our site at any time and without notice. We will not be liable if, for any reason, our site is unavailable at any time or if the content is changed or out of date.

You must treat any user identification code, password, or other security feature about our site as confidential. If, in our opinion, you aren’t complying with these terms of use, we have the right to turn off any such code, password, or feature at any time.

It is your responsibility that anyone who accesses our site through your internet connection is aware of these terms and complies with them.


We may revise these terms of use at any time by amending this page, provisions, or notices published elsewhere on our site.

Intellectual Property Rights

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site and the material published on it. Copyright laws and treaties around the world protect those works. All such rights are reserved.

You must not use any part of the materials on our site for commercial purposes without a license from us or our licensors. Without our prior written consent, you may not reproduce any part of our site in any format (including on another website) (including content, images, designs, look, and feel).

If, in our opinion, you are in breach of these provisions, your right to use our site will cease immediately, and you must either return or destroy (as required by us) any copies of the materials you have made.

Reliance On Information And Links

The contents of our site (including links to other sites and resources provided by third parties) are for information only, and we shall not be liable for any use of or reliance on such materials. You shall be responsible for ensuring that any products, services, or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.

We sometimes receive compensation from the companies whose products or services we recommend. We test each product thoroughly and only recommend products that we use ourselves. We are independently owned, and the opinions expressed here are our own. 

Information About You And Your Visits To Our Site

We process information about you using our privacy policy. By using our site, you consent to such processing and warrant that all data you provide is accurate.

Linking To Our Site

This website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License. Please feel free to share or repost my articles for any non-commercial purpose—no need to ask permission. Links back to my website ( are always appreciated.

Uploading Material To Our Site

When you upload material to our site or contact other users, you must comply with our Acceptable Use Policy. If you upload material in breach of our Acceptable Use Policy and we suffer loss, you will reimburse us for such loss.

Any material you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary, and we have the right to use, copy, distribute, and disclose it to third parties. Suppose any third party claims that any material posted or uploaded by you to our site violates their intellectual property rights or their right to privacy. In that case, we have the right to disclose your identity to them.

We will not be responsible or liable to any third party for the content or accuracy of any materials you or any other site user posted.

We have the right to remove any material or posting you make on our site if we believe such material does not comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.

Viruses, Hacking And Other Offences

You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing any material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our site, the server on which our site is stored, or any server, computer, or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service or distributed denial-of-service attack.

By failing to comply with this provision, you would commit a criminal offense, and your right to use our site will cease immediately, and we will report your actions to the relevant authorities.

Our Liability

While I try to provide correct information on The Thoughtful Garden, I will double-check all my facts but realize that medicine is a constantly changing science and art. One doctor may have a different way of doing things from another. I welcome any comments, suggestions, or corrections of errors. I take no money from drug or device companies. By reading this blog, you agree not to use the information posted here as medical advice to treat any medical condition in yourself or others, including but not limited to the patients you are treating. Consult your physician for any medical issues that you may be having.

Nothing in this medical disclaimer will limit any of our liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law or exclude any of our liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

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