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doTERRA US Founder Stands Behind Use Of Oils For Burn Treatment That Hospital Denies

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Doterra Max Goddard Burns

Last week, I wrote an article about 15-year-old Max Goddard, whose parents were detailing a terrible burn accident on maxgoddard.com.  Their original post about the accident has gone through several iterations, starting as a testimonial for the doTERRA oils they sell for a very successful living, and eventually just explaining that Max was on fire, and they took him to the hospital.

Subsequent postings on the website read like a doTERRA testimonial, of which there are thousands upon thousands within easy Google reach. The boy was not making as much progress, there was talk of specific interventions, but they slathered him in oils and he got better. Rather than following protocol, the head nurse allowed them to irrigate Max’s skin with oils, and his condition improved. Miracle upon miracle upon miracle, most attributed to the miraculous oils. Remember that time that his mom grabbed a scalding pot and he ran for the lavender oil? Thank God for the miraculous oils!

But their story is HARD TO BELIEVE.

I contacted the burn ward at The University of Utah hospital, where Max Goddard is supposedly getting treated. For obvious reasons, they could not comment on any specific case.  However, the representative made it clear that they practice “evidence-based medicine” and wouldn’t allow “any type of outside interventions that would endanger our patients.”

For clarification, “evidence-based medicine” is “The conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient” …Developed by David Sackett, a pioneer in EBP, this definition describes “integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.”

The thing about essential oils is that, while many people find them useful for many different ailments, there is certainly no clinical evidence based on systematic research that suggests that they should be irrigated onto third degree burns.  Even testimonials and heavy-duty essential oil followers will usually say things like “A third-degree burn affects even the tissue underlying the skin and needs immediate medical attention.” The anecdotal evidence does not support what the Goddards are saying that they are doing – how could a burn ward possibly consider testing it on critical care patients? (Answer: they wouldn’t. At least not according to the burn ward that the Goddards say that they are in).

The burn ward at University of Utah, like any respectable burn ward in the United States, cannot take a chance on the unproven claims of an oil salesman. Either the Goddards (who have a huge financial stake in the doTERRA company) were not truthful, or the representative of the burn unit (which has a large stake in following proven methods of treatment) was lying or unaware of what was happening in his hospital. I put my money on the former.

However, Andy Goddard says that the hospital is not telling the truth.

In a Facebook message to me, he wrote, “I imagine that the hospital would deny using the oils for lots of reasons: First, there are over 50 on staff just in the burn unit, and there’s no way for all 50 to know every aspect of every patient’s protocol. Second, they would be opening pandora’s box to publicly admit they allow any alternative method. When we asked them if we could use oils, we had to go through 3 levels of administration, and each did their own research of evidence with the oils.”

OK. But I could find no evidence, not even anecdotal, suggesting these oils should be IRRIGATED onto third degree burns. Maybe one person could be convinced, but to go through three levels of administration, each evaluating the nonexistent evidence and deciding to give it a green light, SEEMS unlikely. Further, a hospital that isn’t going to publicly admit the use of a therapy isn’t going to use that therapy. The hospital would be asking to be sued. I’ve been told two separate stories by two separate people, and I’m prone to go with the hospital’s rep on this one. If their denial is true, Andy is not just possibly making up stories about treatment, but suggesting that the very people who are saving his son’s life  would lie so as not to be held accountable for their actions.

AS THE STORY SPREAD BEYOND DOTERRA CIRCLES, the tone of the website changed. There are continuous updates about Max, but the oils haven’t been mentioned in several days. Instead, the focus is on the miracle of modern medicine. Andy explains it thus: “Burn care transitions significantly at the time of the surgery. Before surgery, the focus is preventing infection. After surgery, the focus is to help the grafts take. The doctors have been very open to using oils in conjunction with their silver and sulfa products before surgery, but didn’t want to take any chances with the oils hurting the skin grafts. So we’ve transitioned to using oils on the bottoms of his feet since the surgery.” It’s not hard for me to believe that they are rubbing oil on his feet – perhaps that’s what they’ve been doing all along.

Andy sent me a photograph of a “patient supplied medicine” bottle, with his son’s information and the essential oils listed, with the directions that the oils are to be misted on the wounds.  I asked him if there was a difference between irrigation and misting, and he said that the bottle that had prescribed irrigation had been thrown away several days ago, after the surgery, when their protocol changed.
(Image: Via Andy Goddard)

(Image: Via Andy Goddard)

Maybe I should just let it go – they stopped mentioning the oils, no harm no foul, right? Except there is POTENTIAL harm. The Goddards’ story is not simply a report – they are trying to convince others to follow in their potentially made-up footsteps: “There are moments it feels like he may be going through this to help many others who are suffering know a better way.” The better way, of course, being to use the products that they have become rich selling. Already, if you search for Max Goddard, you can find examples of doTERRA spokespeople re-telling the story as a source of inspiration, and there are several instances in the comments of people expressing relief that now they know what to do in this type of emergency.

If the testimonial exists, and it does, and there is reason to doubt it, and there is, that doubt should also be readily available for people seeking information on how to treat their own children.

I’ve been consumed with this story over the past week.  I can’t imagine going through something so terrible with my own children, and on the flip side, I can’t imagine using unproven medicine on them in a life-or-death situation.  I have thought the Goddards were absolutely lying for their own profit, I have thought that they were just doing the best they could in a horrible situation.  As best as I can work out, there are three possibilities:

1) The burn unit at the University of Utah is treating Max with these essential oils, allowing them to be poured directly onto his open wounds, and either not everybody knows about it not everybody wants to admit it.  This doesn’t sit right with me, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities.

2) The Goddards have been irrigating the wounds as they said, without the explicit consent of the doctors. I have a friend who was horribly burned in an explosion, and he said that during the recovery period, he had to be drugged just for the cleaning of the wounds, and it was excruciating. I don’t want to believe that the Goddards are dumping pure oils onto such raw, open, painful wounds. I don’t want to. If this is what is happening, they are treating their child as a test subject in the midst of probably the most painful experience of his life, in order to prove their oils work and spread the word to potential buyers.

3) The Goddards are not actually treating him with the oils in the intensive way that they said, but are imagining how they would be treating him, and how well he would be doing. In this option, they are misting him, rubbing oils on his feet, etc., but exaggerated the part of the story where they irrigated his wounds.  I think this is the most likely option. As a parent, I feel for them, and I hope that their son will heal completely. Also as a parent, though, this option incenses me. If this is what is happening, they are treating their child one way, and pretending they are treating him by other means in order to convince other people to put their own children at risk in similar situations.

I cannot imagine what it is like to deal with a child with third degree burns all over his body. I want to give the Goddard family the benefit of the doubt and say that the story was true, and that they were just acting on instinct (in their case, a salesperson’s instinct). But now that I have good reason to believe that at least some parts of their story were fabricated, the benefit of the doubt lies in “maybe they believe in their product, and believe in their product so much that they believe that if this were true, it would happen in the way they describe.”

That is best case scenario, but if that is what is happening, it actually suggests the opposite: that the only time the products work miracles is in fairy tales. If the testimonial from somebody at the very top level of the company is based on EXAGGERATIONS, what does that suggest about doTERRA testimonials in general?

 (Image: DoTerra)

68 Comments

  1. JenH1986

    July 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I’m sorry I just don’t buy that a hospital would be willing to risk liability this way. And if they allowed it every asshole whose great grandma swore putting Crisco on a burn would help it would be demanding to speak to administration. I’m sorry their kid was injured. I hope that his recovery is speedy. The way the father has presented this is a way to make money during his son’s recovery and that’s just disgusting. Someone is going to put those oils on a third degree burn get incredibly sick and sue the hell out of doTerra and I got $10 that says at that time they’ll say “we do not recommend putting oils on 3rd degree burns”.

    • Greta Young

      July 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Yup. I see plenty of disasters waiting to happen.

      Funny enough, the roots of “butter on a burn” do have a wee bit of legitimacy to them, though this DoTerra BS I imagine does not. Back in the day, farmers used calendula (which blooms year round) to add yellow color to winter butter during months when the cows’ diet was not as good (as a result the butter would be pale in appearance). It was the soothing properties in the calendula flowers used as dye, not the butter, that helped as a burn remedy. Now crisco? Not so sure about that, haha…

    • pixie Ninja Tits

      July 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

      While I believe the calendula had soothing properties and it did help, I think that part fell out of common knowledge and the fact that the flowers helped, not the butter, became forgotten. A lot of people from my parents’ and grandparents’ remember being told to put butter on burns because they believed it helped and said nothing about flowers being used as a dye being the cause. It’s like a game of telephone passed down through the generations where bits get forgotten along the way lol.

    • guest

      July 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      “Second and third degree burns require immediate professional medical attention. first-degree burns and sunburns (and some follow up for more severe burns) benefit greatly from both the pain relief and healing of essential oils. Bacterial infection is often a problem with burns. Almost all essential oils offer protection against this. Most recommended is Lavender and White Fir is sometimes used for pain relief.” This is off their website, it was linked to the last article the author wrote. So, doTerra already has their butt covered. What is very scary is all the testimonials on this site, people have used these oils (or so they say) instead of taking their children to the hospital when they have had severe 2nd and, what sounds like, 3rd degree burns. I don’t know if he just doesn’t know the procedures outlined by his own company, is lying, or went rogue and did what he wanted. I think the whole thing is just too weird and scary. I still can’t believe their first instinct was to oil him down and bathe him, instead of calling 911.

  2. K Jones

    July 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Anyone notice that the bottle with the oils is from a janatorial supply company? You can see it under the label. Not even a sterile container.

    • JenH1986

      July 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I’m super unfamiliar with actual medical practices, but out of sheer curiosity. Would the hospital allow the family to mist his feet and put that in a janitor bottle and slap a label on it so it wouldn’t get tossed out because he’s in a burn unit? Because if it was truly dr. prescribed it wouldn’t be in a windex bottle.

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  3. Obladi Oblada

    July 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Like I said before, the only reason I think there might be a slim chance that someone would look the other way if they asked to do this is if they knew the burn victim would not survive and it gave their family some measure of comfort. Even at that, I highly doubt it. These people are charlatans, at best.

    • jo

      July 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I agree, a last ditch effort. But really, at that point you’re doing it for the family’s piece of mind more than for the patient.

    • Allyson_et_al

      July 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      And even that seems more likely in hospice than in a hospital setting, for med mal reasons.

    • Obladi Oblada

      July 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      That’s very true.

    • Greta Young

      July 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Right? Remember the “snake oil” vendors of yore?

    • Obladi Oblada

      July 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      That’s exactly what it makes me think of.
      (I have some ocean front property for sale, by the way. *eye roll*)

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      They aren’t charlatans. But they are the best people I know.

  4. jo

    July 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    At the hospital I worked at, patients couldn’t even bring in their medications from home if they were being admitted, everything needed to be re-ordered, that’s a common safety practice, so I am beyond skeptical of his claims.
    I will admit to having a huge chip on my shoulder when it comes to the essential oil community, though. When one of my children was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago these people literally came out of the woodwork to sell my things that would ‘cure’ her. It still makes my blood boil thinking about it.

    • scooby23

      July 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      That’s horrible. It’s terrible enough to have a child with cancer, and now people are going to guilt you into buying their unicorn tears or something? Honestly, if I had cancer, I would rather trust people who have dedicated years of their lives to helping with the disease than some douchebag who read an article on natural news.com.

      I hope your daughter is ok now. *hugs*

    • Allyson_et_al

      July 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      How did you not punch them in the throat? Or did you punch them? Because I would be totally behind you if you did. I hope you child is better.

    • jo

      July 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      No I did not, but I wish I had. They’re sneaky though, they would show up at my door and were always a ‘friend’ of one of my friends, but when I would later ask my friend about it, it would usually be a person they met maybe once or twice at a book club or something.

    • Allyson_et_al

      July 18, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      You have a lot more restraint than I do.

    • Obladi Oblada

      July 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      The size of the balls on some people is amazing. They think they are helping but it implies that you aren’t doing everything in your power to help your sick kid. I’m fairly confident that you would have given your kid an intravenous flow of gasoline if you thought it would have helped her. I know I would. As Allyson_et_al said, you have more restraint than me.
      I sincerely hope your child is healthy and doing well.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      They were idiots then. Oils aren’t a panacea, and they don’t cure anything. Then can help support the body.

  5. Guest

    July 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I call bullshit for so many reasons. 1. 3rd degree burns destroy every layer of the skin, requiring burn units (without pain meds) to use something similar to a Brillo pad to scrub the dead skin from the burns. 2. Burn patients, especially those with 3rd degree burns, are highly susceptible to infection, meaning most hospitals are required to take all infectious disease protocols before touching the patient. 3. A respected hospital/burn unit would not allow a third-party to administer medications/oils without their approval (unless both sides had lawyers and somebody signed one hell of a liability waiver. Now I am not a burn specialist, this is culled from a multitude of college courses, so if someone is a burn expert, then please correct me. If they were claiming the essential oils helped with scarring, then that could possibly be believable. Finally, the bottle is from HY-Ko, a janitorial supply company based in Utah, that has multiple state contracts. So as another poster said, it is not sterile. I just think someone needs to investigate before someone reads this B.S. and decides to use it on their loved ones, causing massive a infection that kills them.

    • Lisa

      July 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I’m not a burn expert either, but I’m an occupational therapy student, so this does fall under my scope of practice eventually. And everything you have said is in line with what I’ve learned from the burn course, as well as the actual burn units. There is no way in hell that the hospital would EVER allow this–it is asking for an infection to occur in an already highly dangerous situation.

      Now, for reduction of scarring? After everything is more or less healed? That I could see a hospital agreeing to. Heck, the outpatient burn clinic I spent some time in encouraged patients to bring in their own lotion (hygienic reasons) when the therapist was working on scar and tissue massage, but that’s outpatient.

      This is just beyond horrifying.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      We visited Max in the hospital. Oils on the counter, and misting from the room. Also, people seem to think that gallons of oils were used. You don’t use high volumes of the oils.

  6. Youthier

    July 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Isn’t he contradicting himself? First he says that not all 50 people in the burn unit could know. Fair. But if it went through 3 levels of administration that each did their own research, a ton of people have to know. Plus, I know people who work at hospitals. Family irrigating with oils would get around a unit.

  7. Lindsey

    July 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    My husband’s grandma is really in to alternative therapies and a couple of months ago, my sister in law had a migraine, so my husband’s grandma slathered my SIL with peppermint oil(all over her face). My SIL had to go to the ER because her face swelled up so bad.

    There’s no way a hospital would allow unvetted medication to be used on a person in such critical condition. For many reasons, but first, because it could be harmful, and second, because if the kid dies, the family could sue for the hospital using the alternative therapy(and win).

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Your husband’s grandma doesn’t know how to use peppermint oil, then. You don’t need to slather anything. A little goes a long way.

  8. Bobsie

    July 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Notice at the top it states, “patient supplied medication”. I may be way off base (which is fine) but I would take this as the patient supplied his own ‘medicine’. Now hospitals don’t allow meds from home, but these are oils which aren’t medication. His family could have supplied it and the hospital labeled it. As they label almost everything, and I’ve seen Ensure (health shakes) brought from home and they labeled it very similarly.

    • MamaLlama

      July 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I think you might be on to something.

  9. arielmarie

    July 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    “First, there are over 50 on staff just in the burn unit, and there’s no way for all 50 to know every aspect of every patient’s protocol”
    It’s called EMR, dumbass. Anyone that would go into his room would look at his medical chart on the COMPUTER that all 50 staff have access to. Also, if he had to go through 3 levels of administration, I’m pretty sure every single member of the staff would be informed in order to protect their own asses.
    This all makes me sooo angry.

    • Allyson_et_al

      July 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Right? Because if f not, what’s to stop them from overdosing patients on pain meds or forgetting to change their dressings? I agree, this guy is either a liar or an idiot, or both.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      He’s none of them. If you met him, you would know he’s an honest person, and fairly intelligent.

    • whiteroses

      August 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      This isn’t honesty. Lying is the exact opposite of honesty, actually.

  10. Blueathena623

    July 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I do not understand this growing interest in alternative/more natural therapies. If they were so effective the first time around, why did we develop modern medicine?

    • cmichelle

      July 18, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      While I admit that there are certain compounds that I work to avoid in my household cleaners, etc., I also cringe every time I hear people go on ad nauseam about the dangers of chemicals. “This natural therapy is so safe because it doesn’t have chemicals in it!” Everything. Is. Chemicals.

    • Blueathena623

      July 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      I think it’s ok to avoid certain things because of their effect (just say no to carcinogens), but everything is chemical, and so many natural chemicals are deadly.

    • moonie27

      July 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Everything is a carcinogen. Some things just work a lot quicker than others.

    • Blueathena623

      July 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Yes, life itself is carcinogenic, but I meant the ones that act a bit more rapidly.

    • moonie27

      July 18, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      My answer was meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek 🙂

  11. Kelly

    July 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    If they actually dumped oil on this kid’s third degree burns, I hope they go to prison. That is torture. Their original story is one of the most horrific things I’ve ever heard of a parent doing to a child and I was a victim of some pretty intense child abuse myself.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Yes, trying to help your son with oils you know work, because you’ve used them, is akin to child abuse.

  12. cmichelle

    July 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I live in Boise, and the University of Utah Burn Center is the most respected burn center in the region. A good friend was transferred there when he was severely burned, as are all other burn patients requiring intensive treatment. I highly doubt that they would risk their reputation and allow for these oils to be used.

    I wonder if Goddard is sticking to his story so hard because he recognizes that he messed with the “legitimacy” of his claims of oils having such strong healing properties. Many individuals who follow alternative/natural therapies like essential oils are very reluctant to listen to research-based science, instead preferring the anecdotal testimonials that back up what they want to believe. Admitting that he made up the story would be highly damaging to the brand. I’m comfortable with him being a charlatan, but I know of individuals within my social circle who believe in the magical healing properties of doTerra oils.

    • Blueathena623

      July 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      I was just reading a book on the history of western medicine, and one of the issues discussed was how could we think that such and such remedy (like horse urine mixed with nettles for an ear ache or something like that) actually worked. In the end it’s just due to the fact that the human body is pretty impressive, and if you put horse piss in your ear and your immune system naturally fights the infection, you’ll be a urine convert. This happens enough times, and then people discount/ignore all the times it didn’t work.

    • K Jones

      July 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Which is exactly why real medicine can be proven with double-blind studies. Half the patients in the trial are given the real thing, half are given a dummy pill (sugar pill). Shows you how many people get better on their own vs the pill.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Visited Max in the hospital. They had oils pumping out of a diffuser in his room.

    • whiteroses

      August 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      You do realize that doesn’t prove your point right?

  13. shorty_RN

    July 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    There is no way on God’s green earth that hospital is letting those parents spray their burned child with oils. Nope nope nope.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      They let them pump them out in his room through a diffuser. So why not spray on him directly?

    • whiteroses

      August 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Do we need to explain the difference between a diffuser and direct contact?

  14. Karin

    July 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I use essential oils from another company, but I use them to supplement the Western style medicine I normally use. Lavender and a couple of other blends help me to relax and sleep, eucalyptus helps my asthma, things like that. I would never, ever think to use them on a burn, especially not one like this boy has. That is not reasonable at all.

  15. K Jones

    July 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I just can’t get over that the mother says that this incident was a way of God “using her son to tell people to believe in miracles.” Any God that would cause that kind of pain to a child to teach a “lesson” to others is no God I could believe in.

    • footnotegirl

      July 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Which, since it’s in the Bible (See: Job’s children and wife being killed jut to prove that Job would stay faithful), is a big reason why I choose not to believe in any deities.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Who says He caused it? I think God can use experiences like these to show that He actually exists, and can provide miracles.

  16. K Jones

    July 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Also, I looked up the protocol for “patient supplies meds” at the hospital near me and it says a pharmacist (doctor of Pharmacy, aka Pharm.D) has to approve anything brought to the hospital, which they say is unlikely to happen. Also, any mixtures would be considered “compounded medicines” and MUST be from a licensed compounding pharmacy. The wording states the pharmacist must be able to verify the contents and integrity of the medications. I would be interested to know how U of U handles it. Their policies should be publicly available.

  17. A

    July 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    So the bottle says to mist before SSD, looked that up and it is silver sulfadiazine. Medline says for SSD “Your burn must be healed so that infection is no longer a problem”(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682598.html) My theory is that maybe they have been bs-ing the time line and his burns have healed to the point where using the oils followed by an antibacterial cream (SSD) won’t do any harm because the burn is already healed substantially

  18. Elena

    July 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve never used essential oils but someone told me there are actual studies showing that they are being used in at least one hospital to speed healing from MRSA? Would be interested to read those.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      If you haven’t used them, you should try. I can’t believe the author is bashing this family and the oils without having even tried them.

  19. SkepticalOne

    July 22, 2014 at 1:47 am

    My theory is that the oils are being used on his 2nd and lesser degree burns and that’s where the legitimate confusion is coming from.

    I would guess that Max’s burns on his face were 2nd degree or less and the oils perhaps were used on those areas of skin. They could not have been 3rd degree burns based on the picture of his burned face that was on the blog (now removed), and the pictures of his face the last couple of posts in which Max’s face looks fantastic.

    I gave myself a large 2nd degree burn on my chest (it was NOT a sunburn!), and I used fresh Aloe Vera gel (used the leaves on the plant), Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil. I continued the Manuka Oil and kept my chest out of the sun for about a year after. I healed with nary a scar or any inkling of the trauma. Throwing my own experience in here because based on it, I can see how non-traditional remedies have the potential to work.

    I’m also curious about the timing…
    1) why was the blog started on July 1st; what kind of coincidence to start posting just the day prior to a major accident?
    2) how is it possible that 10 hours and 10 minutes after the accident that a very detailed post was up? In my experience in even the most minor of issues that bring you to the hospital are mind-blowingly long experiences but with something as intense as this which included a flight to a burn unit, it really seems odd to be able to pull together such detail in less than 10 hours.

  20. Kelly

    July 22, 2014 at 3:59 am

    As a personal friend of the Goddards I can assure you they are using oils as I put some on his feet myself. I saw the irrigation also and when the nurses spoke with me they said this was the first they’ve ever seen the oils used in their center. The Goddards are using everything possible for the highest good of their son Max. He is progressing well. Let’s celebrate that!

    • enomrah

      August 12, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I also know the Goddards. They are not liers or delusional people who would make up a fantasy about how they would be treating their son if allowed. I am appalled that the author and so many of the commenters on this site are so quick to judge armed with nothing but their own doubt. Max’s parents have been using essential oils for years to support the body in its ability to heal. What they have done and are doing is based on years worth of experience with the oils. I myself have only had experience with minor burns using lavender oil but the results have been less pain and better healing. I have friends who have experienced worse burns than mine who have used lavender oil and have had amazing results so I would use essential oils on a more severe burn while I waited for medical help which I know ca take quite a while to receive. I appreciate and respect Shelly for her opinion based on facts and on experience. I know my defense of the Goddard’s will be suspect because I have used used essential oils for over a year without a profit and believe they have been a great benefit to my family. I hope you will give Shelly’s comment the validity it deserve she is even skeptical about essential oils but doesn’t jump to calling my friends liers or delusional story tellers without meeting them. Thanks lets think before we judge.

  21. Shelley

    July 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

    i work in the medical profession and I think you have to understand that a hospital will respect the wishes of a patient (or the patients guardians) to a very large degree. I suspect that if the patients family insisted on the oil treatments, and doctors found no harm in administering those treatments, then the hospital would respect the wishes of the family. So, the claim by the father that he had to go through three levels of administration to get approval for the essential oil treatments sounds about right. Since the hospital cannot comment on treatments on specific patients, then they will give inquirers the standard line about evidence based medicine.

    I don’t know anything about essential oils, and being a medical professional I consider them suspect…but what I know about hospital protocol does not make me believe the family is lying about using the oils in a hospital setting.

    • disqus_BtYpn8ueu6

      August 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Finally, a voice of wisdom. Essential oils are creeping into medical settings. But they should be introduced slowly, and with proper studies done to show their effectiveness or lack of. doTERRA is actively trying to encourage this type of research (peer-reviewed). My brother and a current med student friend love the organic chemistry component to essential oils.

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  23. EssentiallyTrue

    August 1, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I am truly taken aback by the harsh criticism, skepticism and rude comments/accusations regarding the difficult path these parents have chosen to trail blaze, in search for the best outcome for their son. I admire these parents’ passion and determination to push through rigid Western medical protocols in order to be allowed to use Eastern/holistic medicine as an adjunct to that protocol. There is NOTHING wrong with integrating both worlds of medicine and the ones who oppose the loudest are simply the least informed and most closed-minded. These good people are not frauds and are not capitalizing on their son’s unfortunate accident. They are not religious radicals. They, like so many others who have researched, experienced and benefitted from use of these CPTG oils, are just wholehearted believers in the healing properties of them. That doesn’t make them bad people, it just tells me they’re a lot smarter than their critics for being brave enough to ‘think outside the box’ in order to best help their son. It saddens me that so many who commented have been so unfair to people they don’t even know. Instead, you could be spending your energy for good by praying for and wishing well their son, Max. Shame on you Susan Vdovichenko for such a caustic, cynical, closed-minded article! I’m sure you are loving being in good company with all the other caustic, ignorant, closed-minded commenters!

  24. Sally

    September 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I heard the goddards story in person. I also saw him. There is no doubt in my mind that the oils have made the difference. Seeing him then seeing a person who has not used the oils for burns anyone can see the difference. Why would you want to speak so unkind to a family who has been through so much pain already? My guess is that you have 1. Never experienced a tragic accident with your child & 2. Never used the oils from DoTerra. If you had, you would not speak as you do.

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