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What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Say About Young Living’s Products

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Young LivingTM wants their members and customers to be proactive with their well-being. But, as much as we would like to share the many health benefits these supplements provide, the FTC and FDA have many strict rules that we must adhere to. In fact, the FTC has 17 pages and the FDA has 14 pages of guidelines to follow.

No wonder it is so confusing to figure out what you can say. This is why we have created an additional guideline to explain how independent consultants should talk about Young Living’s products.

1.) What is a disease, and what is a disease claim?

Because supplements are not tested and approved by the FDA, anything resembling a disease claim is prohibited. This means we need to make sure any beneficial claims are not disease-related.

A disease is an abnormal function of the healthy body. Any claim that is reactive,or anything that claims to alter the abnormal function, should be treated as a disease claim. Normal age-related conditions, natural body functions, or temporary emotional states are not considered abnormal, so they are okay to talk about.

2.) Even if you are not talking about a specific disease, it can still be considered a disease claim.

Certain words or phrases can be so closely related to a disease that they imply a disease claim. Watch out for anything that is closely related to a disease, such as anything that is known to treat a disease or its symptoms. Also, don’t make a claim for a group that is at-risk for a disease, as this may imply a disease claim.

3.) Talk about being proactive.

The key to avoid accidentally making a disease claim is to talk about being proactive. Discuss the benefits of the products that help strengthen and support healthy structures and functions of the body. But don’t mix up proactive with preventive. You can’t imply that it will prevent a disease.

4.) Make sure everything you claim is backed up by “competent and reliable” science.

Any claim, theory, or study must be made by an expert or highly reputable scientific institution. The FTC has the last word on who and what is competent and reliable, so be careful when selecting your sources. You can use these studies to talk about essential oil qualities and the qualities of any of its components--but you must not imply that the claim refers to Young Living’s brand specifically. And remember even if a good, reputable study or source claims that a particular oil can treat a particular disease, this does not mean you can now cite and claim it. Avoid at all costs.

5.) Use Young Living’s resources.

Young Living cares about compliance with the FDA and FTC, which is why they are working on getting more information and scientific studies to help to validate your claims. To help you clarify what is acceptable, they have provided a guideline document as well as informative youtube videos that cover what you can say, and what you can’t. But this is not an all inclusive list, so it is still hard to distinguish what is acceptable and what is not. If you still are not sure, you can use the product descriptions on their website, which have been carefully created to meet FDA and FTC standards. 

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