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Marketing Anti-Medicine: Young Living’s M.O.

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 Living’s distributors / users. These well-intentioned users—many of whom are my dear neighbors—have bought into a belief that essential oils can trump the doctor’s office, pharmacy, and even the emergency room. The ripples from this type of thinking can have life threatening consequences!

What’s at the root of this alarming culture? Two words: Gary Young. While I consider many Young Living users my friends, I have no tolerance for the founder and CEO of Young Living. Gary Young is a self-proclaimed “doctor” who has been arrested multiple times for practicing medicine without a license. True story! I could go on for days discussing Young’s frightening past, but below are just a few of the dangerous claims Gary Young has made on essential oil’s “healing” powers:

  • Young has long avowed that he cured his own paralysis with essential oils. However, according to Dr. Eva Briggs, MD, Young has never provided any documentation of either his hospitalization (supposedly he was in an ICU for four months) or his miraculous cure. More suspicious still, a brochure published by Young in 1987 solely attributes his recovery to “Oscillation Frequency Stimulation Infusion” without once mentioning essential oils. Ugh.
  • In his widely-distributed recording, “The Missing Link,” Gary claims that he healed a woman’s lupus in eight days with the blend of oils found in Young Living’s Immupower (pg 29).
  • In the same tape, he argues that the cure for diabetes is simply Coriander (page 11), and compares lavender oil to chemotherapy as a cancer treatment (page 12).
  • He also states that “born deafness” can be restored with Helichrysum oil (page 25).

Disturbingly, Young Living’s own CEO sets the trend for Young Living’s distributors (even with the best of intent) to teach users to rely and expect essential oils to be the sole means to heal life-threatening conditions, burns or illnesses.

To contrast this, I really appreciate doTERRA’s far more balanced approach. For example, in 2013, doTERRA brought a team of six doctors to their yearly conference; their presentation emphasized the importance of use of their oils in conjunction with modern medicine as a synergistic approach to health care. Thanks to Dr. David K. Hill, doTERRA’s Chief Medical Officer, doTERRA is now leading the industry by working hand-in-hand with health-care professionals to equip more specialists and hospitals with essential oils.

To wrap things up, I loved a quote DoTERRA’s statement last July on this very topic, “essential oils are progressively becoming a more vital ingredient in the recipe for optimal health.” Instead of proudly claiming their oils and the only “ingredient” to healing, doTERRA clearly values the power of both modern medicine and the power of distilled plants working together to make our lives more healthy, whole, and full.

Now that’s a brand I can trust.

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A Colorful, Criminal Past: Gary Young

Over the past month I have come to reluctantly accept that Gary Young—the founder and CEO of Young Living—is not the man he claims to be.

The process of admitting that someone you admire is actually, well, a con artist, is painful. So, I understand the impulse to rationalize in his defense. (“He’s a great healer!” “You are just a hater!” “Where’s the proof?” etc.,)

Heck, I’m guilty of writing all of those comments myself. Yet, as more documents surfaced online, justifying it all became emotionally exhausting. I was practically carrying lavender oil everywhere I went.

Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that this man is a convicted psychopath. Yes, Gary Young was arrested not once, not twice, but five times (one of which involved threatening his own family members with an axe)! I have listed the sources below. Check them out; unfortunately, they’re all legit.

1981: First Arrest—Spokane, Washington

Gary Young was arrested and convicted for practicing medicine without a license at Golden Six Health World (his first clinic). Despite lofty claims to the contrary, Gary Young only has a high school diploma. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a year-long probation.

See Colwell C.D. State of Washington v. Donald Gary Young. In the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of Spokane. Information No. 83-1-0235-5; filed March 8, 1983.

1983: Second Arrest—Spokane, Washington

On March 9, Gary Young offered cancer treatment and prenatal care to an undercover cop. He was arrested by the Washington State Police Force for again practicing medicine without a license.

It was discovered that he distributed literature claiming he was a graduate of “The American Institute of Physioregenerology.” The institute’s founder went on record stating that Gary Young had dropped out after only a few classes and owed $1,800 in unpaid tuition fees.

Gary received a 60 day suspended sentence and another year probation.

You can read about this arrest here in the Spokane Chronicle.

1988: Third Arrest—Fife, Washington

Again, Gary Young was arrested for practicing medicine without a license. He served 60 days in jail and another year in probation.

You can find articles chronicling this arrest in the San Diego Union on March 8, March 11, and June 18.

1993: Fourth Arrest—Fife, Washington

Gary was arrested yet a fourth time for an unlicensed medical practice and plead guilty to the charges.

1993: Fifth Arrest—Spokane, Washington

On September 27, Young was terminated from Young Living, Inc. for fraudulent misrepresentation of himself as a doctor, misuse of company funds to support his personal endeavors, and overall erratic behavior.

Court and police records reveal that two days later, he returned to the company. He attempted to force entry into the office by removing a door’s hinge pins and battering at the door with the axe. He then shoved his second wife down the stairs and confronted his son and an employee at the back door with the axe. He had to be forcibly removed by the police. His shaken victims were each issued protective orders by the Superior Court of Washington.

In later court action in Utah County, Utah, several of Young’s family members including his mother, sister, and niece, filed sworn affidavits. These documents reveal that Young was physically abusive to his children (spanking them when they were infants and kicking them with his pointy-toed cowboy boots). Even his own mother went on record stating that he mentally and emotionally abused her.

Ultimately, I don’t know which is more disgusting: the truth behind Gary Young’s slick facade or Young Living’s continued cover up on his behalf.

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