Charlatans of Natural Healing
I got fascinated by essential plants oils in the late 1980s and have been using them ever since, mostly as additives for my daily ritual which involves immersing myself in a steamy hot bath every morning with at least one essential oil and some bath salts or baking soda. I love experimenting with different aromas and checking out the possible medicinal effects whenever I have a cold or muscle ache of any sort.
Essential oils contain tremendous healing power, so you’d think some sort of scientific consensus on maximizing their use would exist. Unfortunately, this field is peppered with quacks, and none bigger than Gary Young, who holds high school education but pretends to be a naturalist doctor thanks to a online diploma mill.
Young has published some large and very expensive tomes on essential oils which are really just tools for capturing and indoctrinating victims into his snake oil pyramid scheme where the price of oil products will be five or six times more than necessary. He pretends to be retailing the world’s purest and finest essential oil, but I’d be shocked if his oils weren’t primarily cheap carriers with at least one synthetic fragrance added. Synthetic fragrances are employed by most companies today because they have a better throw and last a lot longer than the real thing, which tends to fade quickly. Young pushes a therapy he calls “Raindrop” in which he massages a subject’s feet with essential oil and then puts drops of oil along the subject’s spinal column. He claims this technique was developed from the teachings of famed Lakota shaman Black Elk, just a blatant attempt to jump on the bandwagon of a real mystic healer.
At least David Stewart has some real college degrees, but I’m afraid he is no more trustworthy than huckster Gary Young. I have not read the book, which sells for over $30, but I did notice some very critical comments on Amazon calling the author out on numerous factual errors. Mostly though, the book is filled with pious remarks and loads of Biblical references. Stewart wants to tear down the entire medical profession and replace it with essential oil therapies. He also wrote a wildly misleading book about the use of oil in the Bible, yet doesn’t even seem to realize that cannabis oil was the main ingredient in the sacred anointing oil because he accepts the plant identifications from the King James translation. Funny how none of these clowns even mention the incredible benefits of cannabis oil. Doesn’t this seem strange, especially since some of these essential oil quacks have also been caught running fake cancer treatment pyramid schemes before the great oil rush came along.
Finally, we arrive at Bruce Lipton, who is the most educated and likeable of the bunch, but I’m afraid not much more trustworthy. You see, this book pretends to offer solutions to our health problems, but really, it’s just an infomercial leading into another hype scheme. Dr. Lipton believes our minds affect our body chemistry, which is true, but he doesn’t really deliver anything more meaningful than that blanket statement. Yet all of these authors command huge sales and cult followings? Why are these hucksters so successful while the truly enlightened get no press at all? If plant oils are ever going to be truly understood and appreciated, it’s not going to happen through pyramid schemes employed by con men to reap outrageous profits.
And this is territory I entered when I decided to pursue my Shaman Shop concept to forge new ceremonial tools. I do believe in the healing powers of essential oils as well as the power of meditation as a crucial tool in healing. But I also know this field is dominated by charlatans, and I have to wonder, are some of these dudes seeding disinfo in order to discredit the emergence of legitimate natural oil-based medicines?