Sultan Yusuf Ahmed Salah of Somalia recently posted a YouTube video in which he claims that Young Essential Oils Founder Gary Young visited Somalia to test resins from their rare frankincense trees and write about his journey. According to Salah, Young promised to provide donations to establish health clinics and money to train teachers.
Young Living Farms legal department then contacted YouTube to request the video be removed because it contained copyrighted materials and false information to defame Young’s character. YouTube then removed the video. After the video was removed Utah Stories was contacted by two independent essential oils specialists telling us that Young Living Farms is trying to silence the truth of what Gary Young did when he visited Somalia.
Was Sultan Yusuf Ahmed Salah indeed mislead and lied to by Gary Young? Or is Salah himself an extortionist, as Young Living Farms claims?
Con Artist of Healer? D Gary Young – Founder of Young Essential Oils
Salah says that Young claimed to be a medical doctor and philanthropist, and that he wanted to donate money to help them build clinics and train teachers. According to Salah, the money was never sent, but instead Salah’s photos were used in highly fictionalized account of the events which occurred in Young Living Farms newsletter called Essential Edge to promote Young’s successful very dangerous frankincense collection trip to Somalia.
The photos, used in a four-part series on Young’s Somalia trip, depict Salah as a friend and protector of Young. Young writes in his newsletter that Sultan Yusuf Ahmed Salah showed up to the airport to ensure his safety. According to Salah, Young came to his village without proper notice began asking for photos and misleading him and his people with promises. Salah said he was most offended by how Gary Young used his men to pose for photos demonstrating the “danger” of his journey by posing with their guns.
Certainly this story has a great deal more detail than what we are able to present. Later in the day,Young Essential Oils Marketing and Legal Team spoke to Utah Stories off the record.
Utah Stories was scheduled to meet with Young Living PR and legal team at their Lehi headquarters yesterday morning, but they cancelled the meeting because we were unable to provide all questions beforehand. Utah Stories requested prior to the meeting electronic copies of the newsletters which have Young’s account of the story, before we attempted to provide detailed questions. They have not provided the materials.
We are simply seeking Young’s side of the story. Young has a history of a the very least stretching the truth. Young has consistently made claims that his oils can cure illnesses and diseases they are unproven to cure including infertility. Young has been convicted of practicing medicine without a license.
Still Utah Stories supports the essential oils Young Living promotes for helping with stress relief , anxiety and muscle pain. The Utah-based Young Living Farms is a world-wide businesses with seven farms. They employ 1,000 people. But the facts of Young Living Farms success do not forgive lies or misleading practices.
Utah Stories was able to find Young Livings Essential Edge stories online and have provided Young Living Farms our questions. But they have not responded to our e-mails except to make the following statement:
“Young Living maintains an ongoing commitment to inspire and support communities in need worldwide. Our customers, members, and employees, all share in this passionate dedication led by our Founder and CEO D. Gary Young. His experiences in becoming the world’s leading authority on the therapeutic value of essential oils were shaped through selfless service to others. Young Living continues to create opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people globally.”
Young Living says they will answer our questions via e-mail. We will present their answers in a follow-up story. We are requesting to speak with Gary Young and provide his side of the story, offering an unedited 10-minute video Q and A.
I don’t get it…. You are exposing this quack for what he really is…and then you say that you “support the essential oils Young Living provides” for such and such…. Either you support them or you don’t… There is no such a thing as being “a little pregnant”.
How can you support someone who practices medicine without a license…doesn’t that scare you? What if it was your wife or sister, or mother or father or someone you love that had been hurt by all his claims and shady practices?
That is a serious problem…you need to stand up for what is right and not a little bit here and a little be there. Otherwise it seems that you are saying it’s OK to be a criminal…. sometimes, and not some other times. I am quite disappointed to tell you the truth.