Editorial Integrity

Our mission is to bring you the most objective, trustworthy, and accurate information. Our daily goal is to ensure that Christmas Kitchen is your practical and relevant content source for health and medicine among other subjects.

We are committed to providing information on a wide variety of different topics, and rather than filtering certain types of information that may or may not be applicable to any one individual’s personal choices, we rely on you, our reader, to choose the information that is most appropriate for you. However, the original medical editorial information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Christmas Kitchen Site!

The following sections detail our content policies and procedures.

Editorial Selection of Original Content Created by Christmas Kitchen

Christmas Kitchen creates original content with reference generally to the following criteria:

Relevance — Issues that could affect how you manage your own health and that of your family. Topics include coverage of breaking health news; drug and product launches, recalls, and alerts; health advisories; and expert commentary on managing diseases and conditions and staying healthy.

Clinical Significance — The latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Pediatrics, Diabetes Care, Circulation, and many others.

Trends — Seasonal interests, such as “Summer Safety,” “Allergy Seasons,” and “Cold and Flu”; public health awareness, such as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and “Healthy Heart Month”; and emerging health trends, such as the latest in nutrition, fitness, disease prevention, healthy living, alternative approaches, and much more.

Our Content Is Different

It’s more reliable. In a medium often accused of providing outdated and inaccurate information, Christmas Kitchen stands out as a credible, authoritative source of health information.

Our news and feature stories are based on our editors’ selections of the most important and relevant health events occurring on a given day. Our news articles are more than a short summary of a study or an event. They often contain interviews with the medical researchers who authored them, plus interviews with objective experts who can put the research into context and tell the reader what it means in today’s world.

Editorial Integrity — Christmas Kitchen’s journalistic responsibility is to make a clear distinction between news, features, reference, and other editorial information, so that individuals can readily distinguish independent editorial information from advertising.

Editorial Independence — In its reporting, Christmas Kitchen maintains exemplary principles of fairness, accuracy, objectivity, and responsible, independent reporting. Christmas Kitchen maintains sole control of its editorial content.

Journalistic Excellence — Christmas Kitchen upholds traditional journalistic principles of excellence in reporting original news for the Internet and in reviewing and corroborating information from other sources.

Editorial Policy for Christmas Kitchen Editorial Staff

Christmas Kitchen is the provider of many health information services, serving consumers, physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Anyone who serves on the Christmas Kitchen Editorial staff must fully disclose any potential conflict of interest with any sponsor or vendor.

Christmas Kitchen keeps its Editorial staff separate and distinct from staff dedicated to creating advertising content for our advertisers. No person will serve on both staffs, no Editorial employee will be asked to perform duties on behalf of an advertiser.

The Christmas Kitchen Editorial staff is charged with the responsibility of providing objective, accurate, and balanced accounts of events and issues. Christmas Kitchen reporters must diligently seek out subjects of stories or qualified experts to provide commentary. They also seek objective commentary or comment from a qualified spokesperson to provide balance.

Christmas Kitchen journalists strive to provide thorough and honest coverage and share a dedication to the highest professional standards.

Original Content Process

The content that we produce and the news that we feature is determined by physicians and medical journalists. It contains the latest information from reliable sources including the most important peer-reviewed medical journals, announcements from federal health agencies, and analyses on the latest health trends. Our experienced health reporters talk daily with prominent medical leaders, providing in-depth analyses, updates, and profiles that give our health news and content a perspective found nowhere else. Every original article is reviewed by our staff of full-time, board-certified contract physician editors.

Third parties may provide funding to Christmas Kitchen for the creation by Christmas Kitchen of original editorial content for the Christmas Kitchen Network. In such cases, the third party may work with Christmas Kitchen to identify a mutually agreed upon general topic, but the content will be produced in accordance with our Original Content Process and the third party will have no control over the content. At their request, these third parties may receive the attribution “Supported by [third party’s name]” on our editorial content during the period that they fund a program. This attribution is not intended to reflect any change in the editorial nature of the content.

Each completed story to be published is reviewed by a physician editor for accuracy, appropriateness of medical language, and proper characterization of the findings. The story is next reviewed by an Editorial editor who edits it for style, flow, punctuation, and readability. Finally, the story moves from editing to publishing to the site.

Licensed and Third Party Content

When Christmas Kitchen licenses health and wellness content from third-parties for publication on our site, the Christmas Kitchen senior Editorial editors and contract physician editors review the third-party’s editorial policies and procedures for consistency with the Christmas Kitchen Editorial Policies.

Educational Collaborations

Christmas Kitchen works with non profit organizations or associations whose primary mission is to educate the public on health topics or issues. We use a specific framework of criteria to review and select these organizations and work with them to create or select content within specific topic areas. The content is created by Christmas Kitchen, reviewed and edited by the third party, and then edited and approved by Christmas Kitchen’s editorial staff. Just like all of Christmas Kitchen’s editorial content, this category of content is subject to Christmas Kitchen’s editorial policy and process for accuracy, balance, and objectivity. In these instances, we place descriptive text at the top or at the bottom of the page to let the user know that Christmas Kitchen created the content with assistance and collaboration from the organization or association with whom we worked. In addition, the hyperlinked “educational collaboration“, linked to its definition, will be followed by the name of the organization with whom we worked to create the content. We also disclose if there was additional funding by other third parties who have no control over the content.


As more fully described in our Advertising Policy, Christmas Kitchen accepts advertising on the Christmas Kitchen Network from Advertisers, which may include third party banners, badges, contextual advertising and content created or provided by an Advertiser (collectively referred to as “Advertisements”, “Advertising”, or “From Our Advertiser”). Some advertisements, which may appear as text paragraphs, thumbnail pictures, badges, or other types of text or pictures, are what is known as “native advertisements” and appear adjacent to editorial content. These ads are labelled “Sponsor Content”, “From Our Sponsor”, “By (our Sponsor)”, or “From (our Sponsor).” Regardless of the form of an advertisement, the Advertiser is responsible for the accuracy and objectivity of their Advertising and it is subject to our Advertising Policy. Advertising is not reviewed by the Christmas Kitchen Editorial Staff and is not subject to this Editorial Policy. 

Christmas Kitchen PolicyLast updated on May 22, 2018
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