A $5 million dollar donation will provide doTerra access to cancer patients at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare claims to be “one of the most respected medical providers in the Greater Cincinnati region.”

For more than 150 years, St. Elizabeth has been the heart and soul of healthcare in Northern Kentucky.

Founded with one small hospital in 1861, St. Elizabeth Healthcare now operates five facilities throughout Northern Kentucky.

In a press-release issued last month St. Elizabeth Healthcare disclosed a $5 million dollar from doTerra.

So the story goes;

doTERRA first learned of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center from one of its wellness advocates who was a former patient of Dr. Flora and is now a cancer survivor.

doTerra made a $5 million dollar donation to St. Elizabeth Healthcare, which the medical provider claims marked ‘the start of a synergistic partnership between the two organizations.’

According to St. Elizabeth, doTerra’s donation is ‘largest corporate donation in St. Elizabeth Foundation’s 30 year history.’

St. Elizabeth is currently working towards opening a new Cancer Center in Edgewood.

doTerra’s $5 million dollar donation will give them

an entire floor of the building that is dedicated to the holistic, patient-centered approach to care known as integrative oncology.

The doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology will be more than 8,400 square feet on the first floor of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center.

The Center will provide a calming space with holistic care options to complement St. Elizabeth’s comprehensive medical care, including the use of doTERRA essential oils and aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and a spa-like atmosphere for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Whether or not doTerra products will be pushed onto St. Elizabeth patients is unclear.

Also unclear is who will be paying for stocked doTerra products. St. Elizabeth’s press-release doesn’t go into details.

As far as I’m aware there’s no studies demonstrating any medical benefits of essential oils for cancer patients.

That St. Elizabeth Healthcare would thus dedicate an entire floor of their Cancer Center to promote doTerra oils is pretty concerning.

In 2014 doTerra received a warning from the FDA, specifically in relation to their essential oils being

promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)(B)], because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.

It’s pretty obvious doTerra’s paid access to St. Elizabeth’s patients is an attempt to associate the company’s products with cancer treatment.

And what will inevitably follow is doTerra distributors using the partnership as a pitch to any cancer patients they come across.

Hi (insert random cancer patient), did you know doTerra oils are used by a Mayo Clinic Care Network provider for cancer treatment?

I’ve got the exact same oils right here for you to buy!

Let’s face it, legitimacy via association is ultimately what doTerra have paid St. Elizabeth $5 million for.

I imagine the doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology floor is going to be plastered with company advertising.  Will doTerra distributors be running around the rest of the hospital pitching oils to other patients? Who knows.

If the documented medical science was there, I have no issue with essential oils being used by medical providers as part of cancer treatment.

It’s not though. And as far as I can see, doTerra’s and St. Elizabeth’s partnership is gearing up to be a regulatory minefield.

Best of luck to both companies.