Answers to some commonly asked questions.
Do you take money from drug companies or doctors?
There’s a lot of buzz out there about influencers not disclosing that they’re taking money from big pharma or brands. This is absolutely not the No Granola model. We are not sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and we do not promote/endorse specific doctors in exchange for payment.
So how do you make money?
Content and product testing. We will always disclose anything paid for by a partner as “sponsored” or “gifted” across our website, email, or social media. Sponsored content is what allows us to keep things free and accessible. Sometimes our reviews may actually be unpaid and arise from our own curiosity to test something out.
Why do you need to make money?
Because we need to operate! We serve a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet. People = investing in our contributors, editors, photographers, designers, etc. who are often also fellow chronic condition fighters. Profit = being able to sustain and grow our platform to help as many people as we can. Planet = leveraging our advocacy to give back to healthcare awareness causes.
Is this site just for women? Or just for women with endometriosis?
Nope! The story begins through our founder, Maya, and her healthcare journey. But advocating for yourself and trying to find strategies to cope with chronic conditions is a universal topic, and we aim to represent different voices and conditions. Why not join our quest for better health and share what you’ve learned in service to others?
Do you work with people who have chronic conditions?
Absolutely! We aim to empower our contributors to spread their healthcare journeys and advocate for their own conditions, as well as talk about the universal nature of dealing with chronic conditions.
We also aim to provide freelance employment opportunities to writers, editors, designers etc. We know first hand what it’s like to work freelance while shouldering chronic disease. Drop us a line.
What if I disagree with an article?
That’s fine. Healthcare is a highly charged, personal subject. And each person’s experience (whether they’re a patient, practitioner, or partner) is going to be totally unique to them. We’re not here to please everyone or preach a “silver bullet” – that’s impossible. We just ask that you be respectful. Better yet, pitch us on a post you can write about your personal experience.
How can I write for No Granola?
A submission form and guidelines are coming soon. In the meantime, submit a contact form and we can chat about what you’d like to contribute. Our editorial focus is on telling stories of resilience and thriving. Pain is real; suffering is optional.
What if I want to contribute but need to use a pseudonym?
We totally get it and respect your situation. Not everyone is out about their conditions, and we understand the stigma and sensitivity you may feel. We can use pseudonyms for patient journey stories that require anonymity. However, our professional practitioners are generally expected to use their names, clinics, and photos.
Why do you have so many practitioner contributors who are not medical doctors?
In the quest for the best health possible, Maya tried just about everything available to her to find relief. You can read more about that journey here. Part of what worked for her was a holistic healthcare approach that included different modalities – alternative ones in addition to working with doctors trained in Western medicine. The variety of practitioners and their areas of expertise is meant to help give different strategies and ideas. We welcome medical doctors and practitioners who want to roll up their sleeves and help us reimagine healthcare experiences and patient advocacy.
I feel like I’m going through something similar, can I talk to you?