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Blogs and social media are now the main means used
for spreading marketing hype and lies.

Many sites that seem to offer helpful advice are just a mechanism to make cash from ill and gullible people. Health advisory web sites are frequently run by people with no training in health care. Homesteader and similar sites repeat information from out-of-date books resulting in dangerous advice. Some so called 'doctors' have realised they can make lots of money by selling quack products and services. If you see the title 'Dr'. beware, it is often used to mislead people into thinking they are medical doctors when they are not.

While many Americans seem to think their Constitution gives them freedom of speech, this does not extend to companies, organisations and individuals. Most of these blogs and groups are 'private' and the group owners or moderators can censor anything they dislike, or which could expose themselves or their friends lack of integrity. This allows con artists free reign and stops them being exposed to scrutiny. That is something desperately needed in trades packed with those who will lie and cheat to make money from the gullible or ill.

In the USA many blog operators claim to be Christians, yet they do not care if they sell dangerous products or refer people to sellers of quack cures. Beware of sites making claims about essential oils and the Bible. In Biblical times distilled essential oils were not available. Beware of those constantly using the word 'God' in their messages, this is a classic selling technique used by con artists to capture the hearts of believers.

Nov. 2016: An adverse reactions reporting site which I highly recommend run by The Tisserand Institute. These reports are from individuals and some are not medically documented, but its existence may indicate oils and formulas that are causing problems worthy of more detailed investigation.
Oct. 2016: A new essential oils safety board in Canada. People can report adverse effects of using oils.

Link error: If in my files you see a link to 'cropwatch.org' it should be cropwatch.org.uk

August 2016: Due to some systems not recognising a space between words, all the .pdf files have now been renamed with an underscore.
July 2016: Article about blog sites that link to Amazon suppliers some of which sell dangerous essential oils without any warnings on the Amazon shop sites.

April 20016: An article of critical importance to UK and USA readers who detest animal testing of products.

18th. Update on the file 'Google are pirates' and the new court judgment-updated again July 2016.

Feb. 2016: For UK readers; an article on how the EU has affected the essential oils trades.

Dec 2015: Readers may wish to know that the organizer of the oil conference 2015 which I review on the articles page, has threatened to: "get google to take my site down; legal action over breach of copyright; my claims on their lack of evidence over medicinal uses are false", etc. My server has refused to remove the article because it is legal and "fair comment". The files will remain as examples of people being misled about what essential oils can do, as well as major safety errors being widely disseminated via blogs and other means.

Sept. 2015: At the age of 70 all sales of my publications and courses have ceased. This web site will remain as an information resource and new info will be added as and when I feel it necessary. The peddlers of trash in this trade can't breath a sigh of relief just yet! Thank you for the support from my thousands of readers around the world over the last 25 years. Martin.

July 2015: The full review of the Essential Oils Revolution online conference. I was sent around 65 files by a person concerned about the contents. They were right, much of it is dangerous quack medicine. Most of the subscribers probably did not know that the majority of the speakers are doTerra essential oils agents. They made many medicinal claims in these files as a way round the warnings by the FDA to Young Living and doTerra. They also give wrong information gleaned from blog sites. See also Dec 2015 above.

Two separate reviews from the above conference. These are of Dr J. Axe shocking quack medicine claims.

Sept. 2014: Article about the claims made on blogs over Frankincense oil for cancers.

August 2014: An article on the lies of Gary Young over his trip to Somalia by Mynou De Mey.

See also this review of Young Living and their fake Christian ethics. Direct link

A review of the dreadful book 'Modern Essentials' published by a DoTerra distributor.

Feb. 2014: A tribute to an old friend Bernie Hephrun who some of my readers may know.
Oct. 2013: After years of complaints to the FDA, they finally took action over the illegal medicinal claims of multi level oil sellers and their distributors. Click here to see details of one petition sent to the FDA.
April 2013: Our book Frankincense & Myrrh is now available in kindle format - use a search engine as I do not sell anything now

Nov. 2012: Consumer alert. Beware of claims made for oils from this site: venkatramna-perfumers.com
They are selling some extremely dangerous oils such as distilled mustard seed, while making medicinal claims which would harm you if you believed them. This company also do not know the difference between amber oil and ambergris oil. Their whole knowledge base is highly suspect.

An increasing concern is the growth in pseudo scientific web sites providing misleading safety data on chemicals and the products they occur in. Beware if you find a site that classifies a chemical as "dangerous", but the site does not say in what circumstances and volumes. The fact a chemical may have proven toxic if consumed to excess, does not mean that chemical is always dangerous in any product it is used in.

Quiet a number of these so called "dangerous" chemicals are natural constituents of the plants in our everyday foods, indeed some are considered to have positive health effects such as anti oxidants, anti cancer, etc.

These consumer advice websites often try to declare "green credentials" giving them an air of authority. If someone cannot provide exact information on volumes of a chemical required to cause problems, and in what circumstances of use, then the information they give is all but worthless.

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