These policies are valid from 1 December 2017.
This site is written and edited by Rachel Ramey. You may direct any questions to me at rachel (at) naturally-holistically (dot) com.
This site does not accept traditional cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, I do make use of affiliate links*. The compensation received through these affiliate links does not influence the content of this site. (The topics dictate the links, not the other way around.) For example, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. (See below for further information about product recommendations.)
I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites, etc. The views and opinions expressed here are purely my own. If I claim or appear to be an expert on a certain topic, product, or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my knowledge or experience, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
For the sake of transparency, I would like to disclose the following existing relationships, which may have a notable impact on the content of this site, or which may provide added insight into the author’s point of view.
My husband is the Director of Communications for ParentalRights.org.
SexualHealth.naturally-holistically.com is a sub-section of this site. It is, however, intentionally unlinked and kept separate to maintain the family-friendly nature of this site and prevent the inadvertent viewing of age-inappropriate material by readers’ children.
(Policy created with the help of disclosurepolicy.org.)
I welcome questions, and even corrections, particularly if they’re accompanied by corroborating evidence. However, it is important to me for this site to be a safe, respectful space free of confusion, and I reserve the right to remove (or refrain from approving) comments that interfere with those goals. Comments will be removed if they are mean-spirited or contain vulgarity, if I believe they introduce confusion rather than furthering the conversation, or if they are of the “anything not mainstream is quackery” variety. (True spam comments will also be deleted, of course. This is not the place to market Russian brides!)
The content of this site is provided for educational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. Nothing here has been evaluated or approved by the FDA.
What You Need to Know About Product Recommendations Here
With specific exceptions as noted below, all products recommended here at Naturally, Holistically Healthy are my personal favorites — products I use within my own household and recommend (in varying frequency, depending on the product). Although some of these items may have originally been discovered through their being offered to me for review or testing purposes on my other sites, the blog, etc., if I am recommending them it is because they have truly made it into my personal rotation, not because someone offered them to me in hopes I would feature them.
- where explicitly noted. Occasionally I may not have a personal need or preference for a certain type of product, but believe it would be beneficial for readers to know what I would choose if I did, or I may feel readers need a resource recommendation and I haven’t yet had a chance to read a resource thoroughly. In these instances, it will be clearly noted that’s the case.
- on the blog. I do believe honest, specific product reviews are beneficial to consumers, so I will accept solicited products for review on the blog (and if these become favorites, they may appear as recommendations elsewhere). These reviews are not monetarily compensated; only the product (or service) itself is provided for review. I promise honesty in these reviews. (They don’t help you, otherwise!) You may, in fact, notice a greater incidence of positive or neutral reviews over primarily negative ones. This is not an indication of bias; rather, I tend to filter most products prior to accepting them for review, and not waste my time on products I expect will be poor quality or a poor fit for you, my audience. Unless I think there’s reason to provide a particular warning about a product, one I strongly dislike was probably simply never under consideration in the first place. Essentially, blog reviews should be considered just that — reviews — and not necessarily recommendations unless the words of the review provide a clear endorsement.
- on the Sexual Health sub-site. Sexual health is, obviously, highly personal, and that sub-site has a slightly different intent. The same guidelines regarding compensation still apply, but the goal is to provide information about various options, rather than my personal recommendations. (Also, I imagine you don’t want to know too much about my personal preferences in that area!) For this reason, although I will provide as honest information as possible regarding the products profiled, I do not make the same guarantee that they are all my personal top picks.
- supplements and lab work. I offer access to certain supplements and lab tests as a service. As such, I offer all supplements and lab tests that are available through my networks. It is my belief that these are all good quality products, but the availability of a given test or supplement should not be construed as an endorsement by me (nor should it be assumed that a supplement that’s good for one individual is necessarily beneficial for another). [NOTE: Coming Soon]
*An affiliate link is a link whereby I’m tagged as the person who sent you to the shopping site, so if you make a purchase, I get a small commission from that — much like a traditional salesman. This does not increase your cost in any way, but blesses my family and helps keep the site online. Thank you!