When it comes to wellness for my family, I’m a big believer in knowing a brand inside and out.
When I first started looking into essential oils, I was swept away by Young Living’s promises. The whole “Seed to Seal” approach sounded amazing. Fortunately, a brief Google search on Gary Young (the CEO and founder of Young Living) exposed documentation that reads like a crime novel.
Below is a brief summary of Gary Young’s escapades…in 1987 alone:
After two arrests, two year-long probations, and a total of 90 days in jail for practicing medicine without a license, Gary Young left the U.S. to try his luck in Tijuana. He created the Rosarita Beach Clinic—a health center which offered quick “cancer treatments” for $6,000–10,000 a pop.
Prospective patients for the Rosarita Beach Clinic were invited to send in blood samples and receive a “specialized blood crystallization” report. Recipients would then be scared into buying a Gary Young fraud treatment for whatever ailments the test revealed. When Dr. John Renner (a Board Member of the National Council Against Health Fraud), discovered the clinic, he decided to put Gary Young’s test to the test.
Dr. Renner supplied his own blood to be examined—but listed it under three different patient names. The results he received back were anything but scientific. Indeed, each blood sample was diagnosed with thee completely different results.
But Dr. Renner wasn’t the only one to discover the truth behind Gary Young’s clinic. The L.A. Times also wrote a scathing article about their experience with the company. It all started when a reporter (John Hursty) sent in blood samples from healthy, young tabby cat named name Boomer. Gary Young’s clinic analyzed the cat’s blood (assuming it was from a human) diagnosed it with aggressive leukemia, and prescribed a program of supervised healing at their oh-so-pricey clinic. But don’t worry about the cat’s health; when the L.A. Times asked a licensed veterinarian to run tests the Boomer’s blood, the results were quite different. The tests found zero traces of leukemia.
Just for kicks, the L.A. Times reporter then sent in a “follow-up” sample of blood (this time it was from a chicken) to Young’s clinic and listed it under another human name. This diagnosis was as phony as the first, claiming liver inflammation and “a pre-lymphomic condition.”
“But wait,” you may be thinking, “How different could animal blood look?” The answer is clear-as-day different. When the same chicken-blood samples were presented to Dr. Faramarz Naeim (head of hematopathology at the UCLA Medical Center), the doctor immediately noted that the blood cells were “oval-shaped” and therefore not human.
Some of my friends have asked why I no longer buy my frankincense oil from Young Living, Honestly, how could I possibly trust a company founded by a man who preyed on desperate cancer victims?