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FAQ2019-04-18T23:24:54+00:00
What is the Franklin Institute of Wellness?2019-04-18T23:23:32+00:00

The Franklin Institute of Wellness is the primary sponsor of research at the FIW Foundation.  FIW is a fully authorized postsecondary institution offering 7 distinct programs in various fields of natural health.

The college was established in 2013 by Dr. Jessie Hawkins to raise the bar in herbalism and aromatherapy education. FIW is the only aromatherapy college in the US with a full research team of professionals conducting original scientific studies into the effects of herbs and essential oils. As a formally recognized college, educational credentials earned from FIW provide our graduates with the recognition and credibility necessary to achieve success both within and outside of the world of natural health.

Is my donation tax-deductible?2019-04-18T23:16:21+00:00

Yes. The Franklin Institute of Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Financial contributions may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Be sure to consult with your financial professional to determine the extent to which contributions may benefit your personal or corporate taxes.

How are you funded?2019-04-18T23:20:06+00:00

The FIW Foundation receives its funding from a wide range of sources including:

  • Contributions from the Franklin Institute of Wellness, an integrative health college
  • Individual gifts and contributions
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Industry commissioned research
  • Research grants
  • Fund raising activities
  • Gifts and in-kind donations of resources and services necessary for research
Why is clinical research so important?2019-04-18T23:16:13+00:00

The overwhelming majority of research conducted in the integrative health field is “bench” or laboratory research. This is research conducted in the lab to analyze the quality and purity of products, identify active chemicals within plant matter or essential oils, and discover actions that can be contributed to either parts of these plants or the plant extracts as a whole. Lab research may even extend to research on cell lines and research on rodents or other animals to identify how these substances may work.

While lab research is extremely important and a necessary first step to scientific inquiry, it does not answer questions on the actions of these ingredients within the human body. To bridge the gap from the lab to clinical practice, human research is required. This produces evidence on administration methods, preparations, dosing, safety, and much more.

How does a company commission research work?2019-04-18T23:16:09+00:00

Companies can fund research work in one of two ways:

  1. By contributing towards existing projects and studies.
  2. By commissioning studies on their own products or programs.
How much does a research study cost?2019-04-22T16:42:45+00:00

As a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, the FIW Foundation covers the actual expenses of a research project, which is often much less than for-profit research firms charge for similar work. These actual expenses cover a wide range of costs:

  • Ethical Authorization from an independent IRB
  • Preparation and postage for participant supplies
  • Travel and training for participating medical centers
  • Legal expenses for consent forms and corporate agreements, where applicable
  • Consultation fees with independent content experts, where applicable
  • Salaries and taxes for research team
  • Secure transmittal and storage of protected participant data as required by law
  • Open Access publication of findings, where applicable
  • Travel expenses for dissemination of research findings
  • Overhead costs–web hosting, data collection tools, security certificates, digital utilities, analysis software

Clinical studies vary significantly in cost. A meta-analysis or epidemiological study could cost as little as $10,000 – $15,000 in situations where data are readily available. Original clinical trials for herbs, essential oils, and dietary supplements may cost anywhere from $100,000 to $850,000+, depending on the population, product, duration, availability of measurement instruments, number of outcomes being measured, and other variables.

This is far less than the estimated $19 million average clinical trial for pharmaceutical companies seeking drug approval (John Hopkins School of Public Health, 2018). One reason integrative health is so much more affordable is that the treatments used are often far less invasive and rely on substances that have a lengthy history of use.

The FIW Foundation works to keep research costs low by funding research work through a variety of means, including in-kind donations, community gifts, and volunteer work. However, the Foundation also protects the integrity of the work and human participant ethical requirements, for which there are no shortcuts or cost-reduction options.

Who can access your findings?2019-04-22T16:46:14+00:00

Regardless of outcome, all studies are published in plain English on the Publications section of the website. Certain findings are also submitted to scientific journals and conference presentations.

The total dissemination for each finding varies depending on the significance of the research, among other factors. The FIW Foundation makes every effort to dissemination all findings to a wide range of medical professionals, researchers, and other interested parties who could improve practices and recommendations based on these findings.

What type of products do you study?2019-04-18T23:15:52+00:00

The FIW Foundation studies herbal products, essential oils, dietary supplements, and health behaviors or preventive practices. Our team studies specific branded products if that brand finances the research. For non-commissioned work, products are selected by professional choice from our research team.

All corporate sponsors and funding agencies sign ethical agreements that acknowledge that donations and sponsored research cannot be influenced by giving and will not provide preferential selection in products.

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