Monday, July 13, 2015

And Then doTERRA Disappeared from the Internet

FDA censorship at its finest.  Well played, FDA.  Well played.  
July 13, 2015

To all dōTERRA Wellness Advocates,

On behalf of the executives, we are grateful for your belief in dōTERRA products and our global mission of bringing greater hope to the world. We have experienced amazing growth together as we’ve shared the wonderful benefits essential oils provide. This growth has required us to improve our systems and processes, and it is now also requiring us to mature how we share dōTERRA products with others.
We want to give you an update on how to present dōTERRA products in a legal and compliant manner. dōTERRA continues to work with the FDA on the concerns they raised with us last September. While we have devoted significant additional resources toward compliance and made progress to address the FDA’s concerns about our Wellness Advocates’ disease and drug claims, we need to see much faster and more far-reaching improvement with our efforts to eliminate inappropriate claims. We want to reiterate our longstanding policy that dōTERRA products are not drugs and may not be promoted to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. No one should make any such claim about our products.
Today we are announcing a new policy and accompanying guidelines about how dōTERRA products can and cannot be marketed. These new guidelines are effective immediately.
  • When talking about dōTERRA or dōTERRA products, including on the Internet, social media, video productions, audio recordings, printed material, webinars, and meetings, Wellness Advocates may only use and make claims that are approved by the company. Please see the “Approved Claims List” and instructional videos.
  • All dōTERRA Wellness Advocates wishing to have a static online dōTERRA presence may only use a dōTERRA-approved Replicated Website. Since this Replicated Website is provided by dōTERRA, it will contain only dōTERRA compliant content. These sites may not be linked to any other website or online site. To set up your own dōTERRA Replicated Website, login to www.mydoterra.com and click on the “My Website” tab, then follow the instructions to customize your site.
  • dōTERRA Wellness Advocates may not have any other independent website using or showing dōTERRA trademarks or trade dress (dōTERRA name, pictures or logos, dōTERRA product names or pictures, etc.).
  • Any current or existing websites that are not approved dōTERRA Replicated Websites and that use dōTERRA trademarks must be taken down immediately, and scrubbed of any and all dōTERRA trademarks, trade-dress, and other dōTERRA references. There must be no links from these scrubbed sites to any other Internet sites or social media mentioning or referencing dōTERRA or its products.
  • The only Internet sites that may be linked to an official dōTERRA company website are the company approved Replicated Websites. No other websites may be linked to any website mentioning dōTERRA or dōTERRA products or executives.
  • dōTERRA branded Facebook pages, Instagram pages, Pinterest pins, blogs, or YouTube channels are not permitted. Specifically, this includes sites with dōTERRA in the name or that are made to appear as a dōTERRA marketing site instead of a personal site.
  • Wellness Advocates with a social media presence, either personal or business, should review the static content regularly and scrub it to delete any claims in the comment or third party sections that are not legal.
  • Wellness Advocates should also ensure that any material they produce, sell, or provide in the marketing of dōTERRA products is legal and compliant with FDA regulations relating to product claims.
  • Wellness Advocates achieving the rank of Premier and above are required to view the training videos and take the online test that will be found on doterrauniversity.com on or before Aug 1, 2015.
These reforms are necessary to comply with the law as well as the requests the FDA has made of dōTERRA. Strict compliance has always been a priority for dōTERRA. We know that our Wellness Advocates strive to comply with the law. There may have been some uncertainty as to how to talk about the products and to make legal product claims, but now--with better clarity and clear guidelines--we anticipate absolute adherence. We know that you have the best interest of dōTERRA at heart. Nevertheless, discipline for violating these guidelines and resisting compliance may include a monetary fine, account suspension, or termination. If these changes do not result in the desired outcomes, more changes will likely need to be made. We hope these reforms will not only bring us into stricter compliance, but also empower us to speak with greater certainty about the benefits of dōTERRA’s amazing products. As executives of the company, we have been heartened by the overwhelming and positive responses that we already have received from you to the announcement of these changes on our recent conference calls and trainings.
dōTERRA is an amazing company with wonderful products and good people. Our mission–to bring wellness and hope to those in need—has not changed. We are taking these important steps to preserve the products and opportunities for future generations.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Sincerely,
David N. Stirling
President

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spot It! Awesome! (Review)

Today I got to spend a little time in my son's class at school.  He's in an Extended Day Kindergarten class to help bolster up some skills, before going on to 1st grade.  His teacher had me spend a little time with the kids playing this:


It's a card game where you pull out two cards, and the kids try to find a matching letter or shape, one on each card.  There are six shapes/letters on each card, and you're guaranteed to find a matching combo out of any card in the set.  The teacher has them slap the table when they find it, and if they guess it, they keep the cards.  The one with the most cards at the end wins!  

I had so much fun playing this with the kids, that we didn't want to quit!  I came home and looked it up on Amazon right away.  Highly recommend!  I could see the whole family having some fun with this.  

5 stars!
~Jen:)

Monday, December 9, 2013

GIMP/TubeDimmer Download Review - AVOID THIS PRODUCT!!!

I downloaded some free photo editing software this past weekend.  I thought it would be a great alternative to Photoshop.  I actually also downloaded it 18 months ago, and forgot I had it on my computer.  It apparently is comparable to Photoshop, but unfortunately I have no Photoshop skills, so I had no clue how to use it.  (Hence not using it/forgetting it for 18 months.)

So this past weekend I tried again.  I'm about to open up a new website for my doTERRA team, and have some projects I'm hoping to work on.  A friend pointed out the free GIMP software, and after a few days I figured it was probably safe to download.

I used the Advance Downloading options, intending to avoid the toolbars and unnecessary shortcuts being added to my screen.  All appeared ok until I realized I still have no idea how to use the program.  A day or so later, when going to view my blogs, I found that several words were double underlined, and when I'd hover over the lines, I'd have these ads from a site called "FriendsChecker.com".  What the heck???  A pop-up movie ad player would pop up when I scrolled to the bottom of the page as well.  The thought of having my blog readers being bombarded with ads disgusted me, so I've spent the last two days trying to get rid of this crap!

First thing I tried was getting rid of the GIMP.  The odd thing was, when I downloaded it, there was a notice that I was now agreeing to TubeDimmer, and if I removed my cookies, it would re-activate?  WHAT???  It was the most bizarre message.  I had no idea what to do to get around this "agree to suck it up" message.  So I got rid of everything that was downloaded the same day as the GIMP, and went to sleep.

This morning I woke up and the double underlined hyperlinks were still on my blog.  Heck, it was still on ANY site I'd navigate to.  So I logged into my Comcast account and downloaded the Norton Antivirus software and Constant Guard.  Restarted the computer.  Still there!!!

At one point when re-starting my browser, I noticed a small bit of writing somewhere near the URL space that flashed the words "Tube Dimmer".  That was one of the programs I thought I uninstalled!  It's still here!!!  So I googled, "How do I get rid of Tube Dimmer?" and there was a forum for instructions given by others infected with this malware.  Some were saying they were infected after visiting healthcare.gov websites.  One other person commented they seemed to get it after downloading the GIMP freeware.  Some said about a website called TwoCow or something like that.  (Never heard of it.)

The bulk of the instructions are this:  Go to your Control Panel (on the Start menu), and click on Uninstall Programs.  When the menu comes up, use the search box (top right of page) and type in "Creative Island Media".   When it comes up (and it will!), click the Uninstall button near the top of the box.

For me, it didn't stop the problem until I re-started my computer.  I'm hoping and praying that's the trick!  I'm usually pretty careful about clicking on links and avoiding all appearances of malware, adware, spyware, etc.  But if it's infiltrating healthcare.gov and other commonly used sites, everyone'd better look out.  Thank God it's gone so far.  I was praying (and still am!) that it would stay away!!!

UPDATE: This morning I opened up my computer, and the crap was back!  I found another few bits of info that I missed on how to get it off of my web browsers as an add on.  After following the steps, I'm hoping it's gone for good!  Here's the link to that article, and I'll paste the full link so you can be sure if you want to click on it or not! ;) http://www.onlinethreatalerts.com/article/2013/3/6/is-friendschecker-a-fake/ 

ZERO Oreos to GIMP software.  It might work if you know how to use Photoshop already, but it's not worth the risk, unless they detach from this adware crap.  Whether or not they're intentionally connected I can't say for sure, but it appeared so.  Good luck, and be forewarned!!!

~Jen:)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Perfect Fit, DiCarlo Brides Series Book 1, by Heather Tullis

It's been a long time since I picked up a romance novel.  This one was quite a find.


I read the whole thing on my phone!  (Love the Kindle app!)  Cami DiCarlo and her sister discover a most surprising secret: their dad was a cheater!  He had affairs with at least six women, and fathered six daughters!  Their lives were uprooted when learning this new surprise after his funeral, and his will dictated that they all live together in a remote Colorado town in order to claim their inheritances.  They would have to work together to continue his legacy in hotel and resort building, and after a year of this adventure, they would receive their inheritances, and they could go their separate ways.

Cami is less than pleased, and the reader walks through her troubling journey of learning to accept that her father was not who he led her to believe, but also attempting to find the goodness in her sisters.  From day one of the experiment, Cami meets Vince, handsome "lawnboy", and an eventful journey begins.

I enjoyed this book pleasantly.  The idea was clever, the writing was well done, and the fine details were intricate.  I recommend it as a great "cell phone read" - something you can pick up while waiting for the bus, sitting in the car, or whatever works for you.  It wasn't a nail biter by any means, but a nice "sweet romance", good for general audiences of all types.  And it's free on Amazon at the date of this post!

I give it four Mint Oreos!
~Jen:)

p.s. - Looking forward to catching the next ones, also available at Amazon at very affordable rates.

p.s.s. - I was not reimbursed in any way for this review.  All opinions are of course solely mine.  

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