The Farr Institute is here to help consumers make better decisions by publishing research on direct to consumer health services—this research aims to improve public knowledge and address some of the greatest challenges that we face as a society today. Our journal publishes not only product data but also reviews, critical comment, news and analysis.
We have a very research-based approach to our rankings. All products are awarded points in 4 main categories:
The average score across all four categories informs the final rating.
We are very careful to only sell products that are safe, with verifiable results. On ingredient safety, this is how we award our stars:
We are committed to giving consumers the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to make informed choices when buying consumer health products and services.
By analyzing data from multiple sources and collaborating with global health institutions, we can enhance the care of patients and public health. We produce clinical, biological, and population research for public benefit.
Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, earning Honors in many rotations. She secured one of five positions in their highly-ranked OB/GYN residency program. During her career, she delivered over 2000 babies and specialized in minimally invasive procedures, menopause, endometriosis, menstrual disorders, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. After clinical practice, she founded a medical device company to commercialize her six patented medical devices for both life-threatening and non-life-threatening conditions. She is a prolific medical writer and featured healthcare expert.
Daniel Boyer is a practicing Doctor of medicine with a focus on medical research. He specializes in molecular biology, histology, pharmacology, embryology, pathology, pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, gynecology and obstetrics.
Kire Stojkovski is a practicing medical doctor whose work has been published in some of the most respected medical journals and cited hundreds of times. He has certifications in physiotherapy and is the sports doctor for three young football teams in his home state. In 2019 he was a part of a training course for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Kire is currently pursuing a PhD in oncology.
Shannon Ancrum is a freelance writer specializing in content related to the healthcare and holistic wellness industry. When she’s not traveling the world, you can find her crafting compelling blogs and articles for alternative health and wellness businesses. She’s gifted at unraveling complex medical jargon and making it crystal-clear for the mere mortal.
Nadine has been writing for over six years, but she knew very early on that medical research was her calling. She is a fitness expert with a love for yoga and keto diets. When she is not writing or debunking claims made by popular OTC supplements, she’s travelling the world and learning new food and exercise disciplines.
Hannah is a fitness enthusiast who has to know all the ingredients before she can put anything into her body. She prides herself in her obsession of research and can be found researching the most recent studies before she makes her next health or food decision. Hannah is also a respected personal trainer, which explains her love for the weight loss and nutrition niches.
Emily is a health enthusiast who obsesses over the ingredients in her packaged products. When she’s not writing, she’s giving unsolicited nutrition advice at dinner parties. She has been writing for over five years which have seen her work published and cited many times.
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