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Essential oils and supplements to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19? If it smells fishy to you, the FTC agrees. According to the FTC, three high-level distributors for Utah-based multi-level marketing company doTERRA International, LLC, broke the law because they didn’t have scientific proof to back up their health benefit claims.

The complaints filed by the Department of Justice on the FTC’s behalf say each defendant — a pediatrician, a nurse practitioner, and a former registered nurse — claimed during a series of webinars that doTERRA’s products could prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. The FTC says they touted their medical expertise in promoting doTERRA’s products.

To settle the lawsuits, each defendant has agreed to pay a $15,000 penalty. The three defendants also agreed to stop making claims that aren’t approved by the FDA about preventing/treating/curing COVID-19. And the defendants will have to have scientific proof for any health claim they make.

When it comes to spotting unsupported claims about the prevention, treatment, or cure of COVID-19:

  • Stay informed. Visit the FDA’s website to learn about treatments for COVID-19. When there’s a medical breakthrough, you’re not going to hear about first through an ad or sales pitch.
  • Ask your doctor. If you’re curious about a product that claims to treat any disease, talk to your doctor or health care provider about it.
  • Know that unproven products and treatments might be dangerous. Taking unproven products might mean that you stop or delay taking proven medical treatments ordered by your health-care provider. Unproven products might also cause bad interactions with your medications or with other products you might take.

Read Common Health Scams to learn more.


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March 07, 2023

Why can't I make a comment?

March 07, 2023

A penalty of $15,000 is probably a very small amount compared to the money that they made. They sold a lie and defrauded people. While it is good that they were caught they still made money. They should have their licenses suspended and the fine a lot higher to discourage others from cheating the public. To me this was just a slap on the wrist.

George S.
May 01, 2023

In reply to by Tom

They didn't make nearly as much money as the promoters of a pseudo-vaccine which didn't prevent, treat or stop a virus, such as Dr. Fauci. The vaccine manufacturers wanted to hide the data for 75 years, and if you read about the data, it's very clear why.

March 07, 2023

I am thrilled with the news. I can't thank you enough for your hard work in stopping these criminals.

Susan S
March 07, 2023

Seriously? The same could be said about the vaccines and mask policies. Is the pot calling the kettle black ?

March 22, 2023

ITs Criminal the FDA doesnt regulate vitamins. Esp since we are finding out many are laden with LEAD and heavy metals. How can we get this important point across to regulators? IT WOULD CREATE JOBS!

Deborah J Aitkins
March 07, 2023

Why aren't Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, and others held accountable for claiming Covid vaccines were safe and effective in preventing catching or passing the virus when they obviously didn't have scientific proof and reality proved otherwise? Why were they claimed to be safe with so many adverse reactions and deaths and why were they, and still are in some instances, being mandated when they are not safe or effective?

April 05, 2023

In reply to by Deborah J Aitkins

Predictably, This question would Never be addressed\answered Honestly! Crimes Against Humanity is what it is!

March 07, 2023

Does the punishment fit the crime? NO

Jeff A Whitehead
March 07, 2023

Great to see the 1st amendment is alive and well. Thank you FTC for protecting me and my family. You guys are great!

Sandra M Beebe
March 07, 2023

I think personall, those in evil running this country, are just trying to TARGET and rid off all natural products!!

March 10, 2023

Happy to see action taken on this webinar that I and others in the anti-MLM movement found, recorded, and reported. These reps and their husbands harassed me and copyright claimed myself and Truth in Advertising for trying to bring awareness to their illegal behavior. Hopefully some action is coming against the real problem in this situation, Doterra, who manipulates their reps into thinking this is ok to do. Especially since this is in direct violation of the 2020 FTC warning letter and the 2104 FDA warning letter that Doterra received. Clearly they have not stopped making unsubstantiated health claims. I have personally submitted a plethora of evidence showing that fact. Fingers crossed this is just the first step.

Shayla Benner
March 22, 2023

Dear webmaster, You always provide in-depth analysis and understanding.