Recently, a diabetes discussion was cut off because it was veering off into medical issues. The Chemo thread, on the other hand, keeps on going. I saw no difference in terms of people relating their experiences and sharing knowledge.
Traditionally, these issues have been taboo on CH. But as we open up some of the restrictions from the old days, I really think that discussions of our experiences with these issues could be a valuable part of the treasure trove. We've always shunned discussing Bariatric surgery (Gastric Bypass and Banding), for example. But in truth, it is a major part of today's food environment. What chowhounds have experienced, with regard to such medically limiting procedures and our love of food, could be a major resource for those considering or being forced to go through these procedures. The Chemo thread is obviously popular because a lot of people are looking for solutions, and a lot of others have experiences to share.
I know that there are issues in terms of providing medical advice. Perhaps an entire section needs to be created and stickies posted warning people to both not give and not take advice given on this site as being necessarily medically sound. But having gone through a lot of these kind of eating related issues - from diabetes to colon cancer to gastric bypass - I can tell you that the medical world really, really sucks in terms of meeting the needs of a foodie, discussing those things that are important to us.
Doctors and nutritionists and such may be experts at telling you what works from a scientific perspective, but they can't answer your particular questions about the foods you like and what exactly to do about them. Chowhounds could do no worse for each other. We represent a diverse group of folks whose only real commonality is the love for great food - it's something that those who eat to live just don't understand. For some, it's a kind of eating that landed us in trouble - but the assumption that medical experts know what you can do about that better than our fellow eaters, is not always true.
There are going to be some heated exchanges. But if we stick to what worked (or didn't work) for us, and present first hand information as just that - take it or leave it, this is what I did and this is what happened. If we discuss what others have said (professionally and otherwise) respectfully, it should be a good source of information. In short, exactly like all our other discussions. We discuss nutrition and diet all the time - they are most certainly rife with medically related issues.