The FDA has been charged with making sure that food and drugs are safe and do what they are marketed to do. Unfortunately, money talks, and large corporations like pharmaceutical companies, the dairy industry and the Monsanto have a lot of it.
Legally, only "drugs" that have been approved by the FDA can be said to "diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent a disease," and the FDA has all but ensured that natural, God-made substances will never be approved.
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The FDA approval process is very expensive, costing an average of $800 million dollars to get just one new drug approved. Pharmaceutical companies can pay this because their drugs are patented and they can charge 100s or even 1000s of dollars per pill in order to recoup their costs and make a hefty profit.
But, because Essential Oils are natural, “God-made” substances, they cannot be patented, and the companies that produce them simply cannot afford the costs to get them approved by the FDA.
Young Living for example, has more than 80 single oils. If they got just half of them FDA approved, and even if it only cost them 200 million per oil to do so, (which is 1/4 of the actual average cost) it would cost them 800 million dollars to get approval for 40 of their 80 some oils. For comparison, the entire essential oil industry is a billion dollar industry. It's just not feasible for a non-patentable "Drug" to go through the approval process.
However, if you can isolate the chemical that causes the desired effect and replicate it in a laboratory, you can patent that.
So, instead of using the natural substance itself, pharmaceutical companies figure out exactly which chemical in a certain plant causes the desired effect and replicates that chemical in a lab. They then patent their new drug, pay to have it approved and then sell it for huge profits.
Aspirin is one well-known drug that is simply a replication of a naturally occurring chemical found in plants like willow bark and wintergreen.
As a result of the FDA’s rule on what constitutes a drug, it is illegal for companies (and distributers) to claim that essential oils have any type of medical benefit, even if they have the studies to back it up.
For example, research studies show that tea tree oil kills more than 700 strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Yet, it is illegal for a distributer or company to say that tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, not because those claims are false, or even unproven, but because tea tree oil is not approved by the FDA as a drug, and only drugs can be said to cure, treat or prevent any disease or illness.
That's right, friends. There are studies proving the effectiveness of essential oils’ abilities to kill bacteria, fungus, mold, and even viruses, studies suggesting that certain EOs lower blood pressure, protect against colds and flu, and even have the ability to kill cancer cells, but to make any such claims or to even suggest these benefits is illegal in the United States.
I hope I have encouraged you to do a little digging yourself into the FDA, it's regulations and its ties to big Pharma--and big dairy and Monsanto while you're at it.
As I mentioned in my previous post, many people believe that there is no research supporting these medical benefits, but the truth is that there are hundreds of studies on essential oils from all over the world. In the next post, we'll take a look at some of this research and what it means.