TINA: The Truth in Advertising Inc. filed a claim to the Better Business Bureau last year, and the case was settled in February. They were investigating Young LIving Oils claims that some of their reps were making. They found posts on Facebook and Instagram that their oils can help Autistic children “think more clearly.” The reps were claiming that by regularly using their oils that adults and especially children suffering from autism could find benefits from using their products.
This comes after Young Living has been backpedaling their claims since the inception of their founding. Gary D. Young (deceased) founder of Young Living claimed that the oils helped reverse his essentially being a parapalegic, and also cured his wife’s infertility. There is no science or scientific studies backing up any of their claims. And they have been in hot water for years for how many of their reps have been recommending to customers that the oils be ingested. These oils can cause kidney damage if ingested, and there are cases every year of patients in emergency rooms suffering due to improperly using essential oils. Essential oils fall under the category of aromatherapy and only due to the company distancing themselves from what some of their reps might say, have they avoided further fines.
According to the Challenger (Truth in Advertising Inc.), Young Living distributors have been using and continue to use unsubstantiated, and therefore misleading, health-related disease treatment claims to market the Company’s essential oil products. The Challenger asserts that such health-related claims include both express and implied claims that Young Living’s essential oils can treat or alleviate symptoms of, among other conditions, urinary tract infections, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety, strep throat, influenza, Alzheimer’s and arthritis.
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