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—when Gary Young consistently practiced medicine without a license (he only has a high school diploma). Gary Young served a total of 120 days in jail and spent two years on probation.
Then in 1993 Gary Young was arrested in Fife, Washington, for setting up an unlicensed medical practice. This time he plead guilty to the charges. In response to Gary Young’s less-than-ethical business practices, Young Living notified Gary Young of his imminent termination as CEO. This is where things get bizarre. Police documents and court records give a detailed account of how Gary Young broke into the Young Living’s premises and threatened multiple employees (including family members) with an axe. He had to be forcibly detained by police, and the Superior Court of Washington issued both Young’s family and his employees protective orders due to Gary’s violent behavior. True story.
“Seed to Seal” is a Sham
Young Living loves to boast that they control the entire process from “Seed to Seal,” but the numbers simply don’t add up. Consider this: Young Living only maintains seven farms while still claiming to grow 90 different oils (for approximately 3 million distributors). There’s no way those limited hectares could produce their entire line of products.
Young Living actively hides the fact that they outsource many of their oils. Which makes me wonder, who are these shadow growers and distillers? Can they be trusted? In stark contrast, doTERRA is fully transparent in their partnering with hundreds of fair trade co-ops in over 33 different countries—often relying on small, community-run farms to grow plants in their indigenous locations (because location key in plant potency).
Some people refer to this transition as an “exodus” but honestly, it was more of an “evacuation.” Emily Wright, Dr. David Hill, Greg Cook, and David Sterling left Young Living after repeatedly witnessing Gary Young’s alarming lack of ethics. For example, Gary Young claimed in Young Living seminars to have performed life-saving surgeries!? This, from a man who only has a high school diploma!? I say bravo to the doTERRA execs for putting their conscious ahead of their financial security and walking away.
More Isn’t Merrier.
When it comes to oils, I appreciate that doTERRA puts purity over profit by focusing on 40 oils instead of the 90+ that Young Living mass produces. This may sound a bit counterintuitive, but consider which restaurant you would trust more: one with dozens upon dozens of entrees or one with a selective list. Whose ingredients do you think will be the most fresh? Which dishes will be the most refined?
Likewise, when you consider how much time and rigorous testing it takes to secure its CPTG certification, I love that doTERRA doesn’t spread their resources too thin.
Counting the Cost
I approach essential oil pricing like I do at Costco (ahh…the magic of unit pricing). So that’s another big plus when it comes doTERRA oils. Let’s say you were looking for a generic starter kit with about 7 oils. You’d probably compare Young Living’s Everyday Oils Kit (6, 5-ounce blends and 4, 5-ounce oils: Wholesale cost $130) to doTERRA’s Introductory Essentials + Mood Management Kit (5, 15-ounce blends and 3, 5-ounce oils: Wholesale cost: $20 + $115= $135). With doTERRA you’d 25ml more. Worth the extra $5? You bet!
Young Living has a history of bold-faced lies. It’s a habit that started with their founder and continues to this day.
● In 1983, Gary Young claimed in flyers that he graduated from the The American Institute of Physioregenerology. Yet according to the Institute’s founder, Gary Young was a dropout. He never completed 2/3rds of his coursework and owed a significant amount in tuition.
● In a brochure from 1987, Gary Young stated that his paralysis was healed by “Oscillation Frequency Infusion,” alone. In the 90s, his story conveniently changed. He now claims that his recovery was solely due to essential oils and fasting.
● Gary Young touts he received the Humanitarian Award from the State Medical Examiner’s Office of Baja, California. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has flatly denied that they have ever awarded Gary Young anything.
● Gary Young asserted he trained in aromacology from the Royal Masonic Hospital in London. The Royal Masonic Hospital stated that they have no record of Gary Young at all.
● Up until 2002, Young Living’s website boasted that Gary Young was Utah Certified Neuropath. The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (UDOPL) contacted Young Living and insisted that the statement be removed. You can still find this blatant lie on Gary Young’s personal website.
Ultimately, I am relieved to now secure my oils from an organization named one of “America’s Best Employers” by Forbes. Every time I rub lavender oil on my toddler’s feet, I know that I can trust both doTERRA’s products and their roots.
And that, my friends, is why I chose doTERRA.