Critical Review of Dr. Eva F. Briggs Report
A Critical Review of Eva F. Briggs, M.D. Report on Gary Young,
Young Living Essential Oils, and Raindrop Therapy
by Jim Lynn
On December 13, 2002, Quackwatch.org posted a report written
by Eva F. Briggs, M.D., a family practitioner in Marcellus, New
York, entitled, A Critical Look at Gary Young, Young Living
Essential Oils, and Raindrop Therapy.
This letter is a response to Dr. Briggs. I hold no ill will toward
Dr. Briggs, but she must be held to account, since her purpose is to
denigrate the beliefs and practices of many Young Living affiliates.
To begin, Quackwatch.org is run by Stephen Barrett, M.D,
a de-licensed doctor. He appears on various TV programs as
a talking head to give sound bites that denounces any alternative
He is currently being sued for, among other things:
Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Perjury, Subornation of Perjury, Extortion,
Stalking, Terrorist threats, Assault, Filing false police reports,
Illegal lobbying, Illegal influence of foreign government officials
and/or agencies, Trespass, Invasion of Privacy, Violation of Civil
Rights, Civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
(RICO), Abuse of Process, Negligence, Civil Conspiracy:
(1) One of Barrett's quackbuster colleagues appeared as an expert
witness in the trial of a dentist Florida. The witness gave
false credentials including that he was a former employee of or
consultant to the FDA Office of Criminal Investigation. In fact his
whole seven page resume seems to have been a tissue of lies.
The dentist was acquitted in spite of the expert opinions of the
With this background, if Dr. Briggs was truly interested in
exposing fraud, she would have submitted her report to a more reputable
source than that of Quackwatch.org. She cites Quackbusters three times
as a reference in her review.
Below are several references and websites to search more information about Quackwatch and Mr. Barrett:
Bibliographical incest is the practice of quoting oneself as
a reference. No worthy writer does it, yet Dr. Briggs does
so six times in her critical review.
By placing reference numbers at the end of such statements,
Dr, Briggs falsely leads her readers to believe her information
has a legitimate documented source readers may review.
It does not. For example, her reference #20 reads, "Personal
communication to Dr. Eva Briggs Nov 27, 2002." She does
this six different times. So how does one review such a
reference? No one can. Such references are not legitimate.
Used in a critical review, they demonstrate a willful attempt
to deceive, and amount to nothing more than she said
he said kinds of rubbish.
In her review, speaking of Raindrop Therapy, Dr. Briggs states,
"A thorough analysis of the potential problems associated with
each of the oils is detailed in the National Association of
Holistic Aromatherapists' White Paper on Young Living Oil's Raindrop Therapy."
The so called "White Paper," better called "Toilet Paper," was
written by two nurses and submitted to NAHA for publication.
The White Paper takes a "critical stand against the use of the
oils in "Raindrop Therapy."
NAHA has never accepted this paper, nor will you find it listed
in any of their material. But Dr. Briggs statement makes it appear otherwise.
Far from condemning Raindrop Therapy, NAHA has adopted
a new Raindrop Policy which will be published in their upcoming
Aromatherapy Journal, NAHA¹s official publication.
The truth is that the authors of this White Paper have never
tried Raindrop Therapy themselves. The oils they critiqued
in their paper were not produced by Young Living, so there
can be no valid relationship between the oils critiqued and
Young Living oils.
Further, the White Paper avoids all mention of the only
scientifically designed study of Raindrop Therapy undertaken
by David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A.; one of only 100 Registered
Aromatherapists in the entire U.S. Dr. Stewart is also a
member of NAHA, but his work has been rebuffed due to
anti Young Living sentiments by some NAHA members.
For an abstract of Dr. Stewart's Raindrop Therapy study, go to:
http://www.raindroptraining.com and click on "research."
Dr. Briggs writes, "Another newsletter suggests that independent
distributors target church groups by offering seminars on "biblical
healing." The distributors could then take advantage of the
assembled groups to attract new customers."
What she fails to say is that essential oils played a key role in
the early Christian Church, and that there is a strong spiritual
connection between the oils and divine healing (See Mark 6:13
and James 5:14). Why would a licensed M.D. find fault with
healing of any kind, and most especially that which comes
Dr. Briggs goes on, "Another sales leader suggests stopping
complete strangers while grocery shopping, telling them about
YLEO, and then deducting the gas mileage for the shopping trip
as a business expense." Those are not quite my words,
but I am honored to be the one Dr. Briggs speaks of here.
Again, what Dr. Briggs fails to say is that any time a business
owner uses his vehicle to do business qualifies as a legal tax
deduction. The thrust of her words is to make out this activity
as being unethical, when it is completely acceptable and within
the bounds of law. Such business activity is carried out thousands
of time every day by the business community at large.
D. Gary Young:
Dr. Briggs makes serious accusations against D. Gary Young,
founder of Young Living Essential Oils, Inc.
It is not my intent to say anything for or against Gary Young.
I will say he is a man as any other man. I know him as an
honorable person, not the huckster Dr. Briggs makes him out
The correct thing to do is to allow Gary to speak for himself.
Should he not do so will not change my love for Young Living
Essential Oils, or the Corporation's mission. It will not affect
my w ork to make these therapeutic grade oils known to the
masses, nor to stop my work exposing modern medicine for
the fraud it is.
There is a higher authority at work here than any man-made
corporation, beyond the failings of man. The real essence of
Young Living Essential Oils is not a man, but God, Himself.
For within the oils is the spark of God that brings healing.
I require no earthly authority, or scientific structure to verify
the healing value of Young Living Essential Oils. My authority
is the Word of God. This is why I use and promote the use
of essential oils, not because of any human authority.
There will forever be people like Dr. Briggs and Stephen Barrett
to pull down, to attempt to discredit the work of others who
do not represent their interest. So be it. But I for one will not
live my life to conform to their interest. I will not listen unless
they can speak with honest credentials and without bias.
Until then, I will live and seek truth with the common sense
and mind God gave me.
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