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07 Jun 2017

PART 1: WHY DID I INVESTIGATE THIS OUTFIT?

In December 2002, I wrote an article exposing Gary Young, Young Living Essential Oils, and the Young Life Research Clinic as dishonest and misleading. Many people in the aromatherapy community asked me how I developed an interest in this subject. This article explains my interest and summarizes my findings about these enterprises. The longer original article, which also contains footnotes to my references, may be found at The day Young Living broke my heart. This shorter piece touches on the key points and also includes some information not included in the first story.

One spring day in 2002, I picked up what appeared to be a textbook lying on an acquaintance’s...



06 Jun 2017

The Truth about Gary Young - Young Living Essential Oils

I am following up on the latest Gary Young scam in Somalia. I wish to present the true facts about this man. Please distribute this everywhere that you can, send it to everyone you know, whether in Africa, Europe, and anywhere else in the world.

FAQ'S ABOUT GARY YOUNG - PART ONE

  1. Is is true that Gary Young is an MD?

Between 1982 and 1985, Gary attended Bernadean University and earned a doctorate in naturopathy: http://www.dgaryyoung.com/d-gary-young-about.php

This seems to indicate that Gary Young studied there for three years. Bernadean University is not a University, it is a company selling fake diplomas.

  • Reprint from an article in the...



02 Jun 2017

Recently, I discovered that one of my favorite essential oil brands has, well, a less than a reputable past. Gulp. In fact, police reports on Young Living’s founder and CEO Gary Young reveal that he is guilty of promoting fake medical licenses, sham certifications, and even phony diplomas.

 At first, I didn’t want to believe what I was hearing about Gary Young, so I decided to sleuth around a bit to find his vindication. Instead, I uncovered two archived newspaper articles that pushed me over the edge.

 You can check them out yourself here: Spokesman Review—October 28, 1986and LA Times—October 23, 1987. Below is a brief summary of their disturbing contents:

 In 1983, Gary Young was arrested in Spokane (a second time) for practicing...



29 May 2017

Shady Sourcing: Why I Can’t Trust Young Living’s Essential Oils


Last week, was a total treat—I was invited to tour the farm that supplies the organic milk and free-range eggs that I buy at my local health store. Let's just say that getting some face-to-face time with the farm’s five new calves, was the highlight of my summer. Anyways, the drive home was filled with an epiphany moment: that brand's ethics matter—really, really matter.


It might sound overly sentimental, but knowing where/how a product is sourced can make a profound difference. Being “source aware” is good for the soul, it’s good for the body, and it’s good for this friendly place we called Earth.


I started thinking about the origins of other products that I...



25 May 2017

First let me preface: I love my essential oils. Open my purse, my gym bag, my diaper bag—even my ooh-la-la special occasion clutch—and you’re bound to find frankincense, eucalyptus, and lavender oils at the ready (and probably a half dozen more).


I firmly believe that essential oils can empower us moms to help soothe and comfort our littles.

Indeed, if you take a look at the 10,000+ peer-reviewed/evidence-based studies about essential oils (published in scientific journals), it is clear that essential oils—in tandem with modern medicine—can have remarkable results. That’s the key phrase, ladies: “in tandem with modern medicine.”


I have become increasingly alarmed by the anti-medicine culture embraced by many of Young...



22 May 2017

As I explain my story below, I urge you to keep an open mind and look at all the facts and ask questions. If someone tells you to pay no attention to this and just move on…ask yourself why they are doing this and what they have to gain from keeping you in the dark.

Thursday February 25th 2016 was the day this all started. As an Aromatherapy student, I spend a lot of time in various aromatherapy/essential oil Facebook groups. It was late afternoon this particular Thursday that I came across a post in one of the groups that contained GC/MS test results of a Cinnamon Bark essential oil sample the sample was found be adulterated with synthetics. This bit of info did not surprise me, as Essential Oil adulteration runs rampant...



18 May 2017

Recently, I started looking into essential oils for my fam. I had just gotten the babe to sleep and had curled up with some peppermint tea when I made the fateful Google search—“Young Living Founder and CEO Gary Young.” I was surprised by the number of negative articles that popped up. At first I dismissed the claims as outlandish and tried to distract myself with an article on frankincense oil. I mean, surely, this ‘esteemed specialist’ can’t only have a high school diploma, right?!  But I couldn’t get rid of the pit in my stomach. In fact, I ended up spending the next month digging through court records, government inquiries, and expert testimonies. I was finally forced to admit that Gary Young is not a man...



18 May 2017

This may come as a jolt to my doTERRA friends—prepare yourselves—but I used to love Young Living oils (blush). I was even an avid Gary Young fan (oh remorse). Fortunately, just as I was gearing up to attend the 2013 Young Living convention, I had a candid conversation with my sister (the skeptic in the family) that started me down a path of research and realization. (I hate it when my sister’s right). Here’s what I discovered so you can avoid making my embarrassing mistake.

 

The Founder is a Criminal

 

Gary Young has a very colorful past. I didn’t want to believe it at first, but the police records and court documentation is all legitimate. The first three arrests occurred back in 1981, 1983, and 1988



15 May 2017
Today, I’ve decided to pull my hair up and get serious about the purity of essential oils. After all, if I’m gonna be rubbing them on my stomach/feet/chest/face (the list goes on and on), sniffing them, and even tasting them—they had better be 100%, no-nonsense pure. Unfortunately, NOT all essential oils are created equal. 
Here’s the riff: every essential oil company claims their contents are “pure.” Ugh. So who can you trust?
Personally, I trust certified aromatherapists, dermatologists, massage therapists, oil distillers, naturopathic physicians, and holistic nutritionists. So I researched what these specialists look for when selecting their essential oils. Here’s the collective criteria: 
Rigorous Testing


15 May 2017
If you, like me, fell in love with Young Living for its holistic care and positive impact—I’m afraid you’re about to be blindsided by some uncomfortable documentation on Gary Young. I had the same experience last week while Googling Young Living’s founder and CEO. Yes, the truth was difficult to swallow, but it’s also empowering for us moms determined to find the most trustworthy products for our families.    

Gary Young—in an attempt to add some legitimacy to his marketing materials—has blatantly exploited multiple cultures for his own gain. Recently, an online “truth-crusade” led by Native Americans and Somalis have exposed his unconscionable treatment of vulnerable populations.    

For example, Gary Young has long...