This is a small thing, but when un-elected bureaucrats can take ownership of what it means to offer healing and hope, what is next?
Government run amok ...
Thanks to our power-and-control-hungry government, I have to censor my own Facebook page and blog. I have to use what they are calling "creative" speech. This is to distinguish it from free speech -- or heck, just plain ordinary honest straightforward speech -- because that just doesn't exist anymore.
I've never made one single false claim about essential oils. I don't know anyone who has -- at least no one associated with doTERRA.
And yet, I'm being forced to speak in code. Riddles. Lawyer-speak. Circuitous, vague and possibly shady-sounding. I mean, wouldn't a reasonable person ask: If she means something, why can't she say it right out-loud? If something is true, why can't we speak it?
We haven't made false claims, but apparently we have made what the FDA calls "drug claims". In 2015 in America we can't say things like this: I take a drop of ______________ and rub it _________ to help with_____________.
So I'm not. I'm not saying those things. Even if they are true and I've personally experienced helpful effects or my friends have, I can't say them. Please -- to keep the jack-booted Feds from my door (only a slight exaggeration) try to read my code-language and if I ever slip up and say that essential oils have any benefit besides smelling good, just pretend that that you didn't read it here. Thank you.
Even in private Facebook groups, we are not to say these things. Even in PRIVATE groups. PRIVATE. Big Brother is watching and has algorithms and computery stuff to monitor Every. Single. Thing. You. Do.
I'm not a doctor. I've never claimed to be one. I'm a mom and grandmom. I've read and researched and always encourage others to do the same. I tell my stories, share ways these oils have helped me and my friends. I try, with integrity and honesty, to make a clear case for why you might want to consider adding essential oils to your own arsenal -- a free choice, made by an educated consumer.
Is this really such a dangerous thing?
I'll tell you this: Big Pharma must be scared to death of the power of essential oils to bring out the big guns and try to shut us down.
Well, I can't tell you because then it would seem that I'm drawing a parallel between essential oils and synthetic medication (I've already had to greatly censor this post or I run the risk of losing my small business).
You can do your own research though. It's not hard to figure out when you see the billions of dollars at stake.
So I'll be speaking in code. I'm being forced to say "seasonal" or "environmental threats"; "threats" or "supports proper immune function"; "supports proper digestion". I'll use proper, government-approved words.
Because God forbid we speak one word -- or maybe even have a thought inside our own private little heads -- that is not Government Approved.
So get out your magic decoder ring and learn about essential oils! Don't have one? Oh well, Big Pharma has a pill for that.
So. My apologies. I'm not being cagey in the future when I write about our oils. I'm being an American small-business owner simply trying to guide others toward a healthy and natural wellness path -- against near-impossible odds.
And just one last thing to file under the "law of unintended consequences" (although this probably was foreseen and completed intended): I just read a post from a moderator of an "autism & oils" Facebook group with 8,000 members. This is a group that supports families dealing with autism and doesn't endorse any specific brand of essential oil -- just mom-to-mom support, ideas, "what works for us" advice. The moderator is having to shut the group down because of our lovely lovely government -- Voldemort as she very rightly names this particular agency. This group isn't selling oils or endorsing any brand -- just helping. She is heart-broken and leaves thousands of families very alone and upset.
This is so wrong.
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