Your burning questions, answered.
We appreciate your curiosity about the GoodNature Program and will do our best to quell it here. These are just some of the questions that pop up about the program.
What’s the purpose of the program?
The purpose of the GoodNature Program is to collect stool from healthy people and then study the stool in hopes of advancing medical treatment for a potentially fatal disease called C. difficile, or C. diff for short. C. diff is a bacterium that can cause a large range of symptoms, from everyday diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.1 Some people with C. diff are even housebound due to a shortage of treatment options.
Who can participate?
The program is recruiting healthy individuals who have regular bowel movements and are 18 to 50 years old, are of a normal weight, don’t smoke, and have no history of gastrointestinal disease or alcohol or drug abuse. Women cannot participate while they’re pregnant, though we encourage them to keep us in mind for the future. And you don’t need health insurance to participate. So chances are good that you’re a candidate.
If I were to participate in the program, how does it work?
If it’s determined through the screening process that you’re a good fit, you’ll be required to provide stool at the donation center four to five times a week for up to four months. During your visits, you may also be asked to have a medical screening, which includes a physical or a blood draw. This will likely happen once every two to six weeks.
Will I get paid for my time and donations?
We absolutely respect your time and know how valuable it is. With that in mind, the program will give you $75 for every donation and $75 for every medical screening. Donors can also receive $500 bonuses for donating at least four times a week during a donation period lasting two to six weeks.
You’re telling me I get paid to do my business, and someone with C. diff could benefit too?
All right then, how do I get started?
Your first move is to take our questionnaire and see if you’re eligible to participate.