Saturday, September 8, 2018
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Anita Vasquez has endured a nightmare that no parent should ever have to face, and now she needs our help. She has hit absolute rock bottom with nowhere else to go. I am confident that if we work together and get her story out there, the right people will help her up. Social media is a powerful tool, and we have a chance to prove that today.
Anita took her children to the doctor for a well visit. Her four month old daughter, Aniya Blu, was mistakenly injected with a Gardasil vaccine intended for her son. Soon after, Aniya fell ill. Anita took her to the hospital. She told the staff about what had happened at the drs office, worried because the shot is not meant for someone so young.
The hospital said that Aniya's sodium levels were low. They accused Anita of making her sick. CPS walked into the room where Anita was breastfeeding Aniya and removed her from her mother's care. A CPS worker labeled Anita as having Munchausen by Proxy, without so much as an interview with her. Aniya was placed in foster care.
After several months CPS requested that Anita's parental rights be terminated by the court. Funds raised from family and friends and from Anita selling lumpia in her spare time hired an attorney for the trial. The attorney did not present any of the key evidence in the case. CPS claimed that Aniya had been completely well since she was placed in foster care and kept away from her mother. Given that evidence I probably would have made the same call the jury did, but they were wrong.
Anita has evidence from the hospital that a pituitary cyst found on an MRI is the cause of Aniya's adrenal insufficiency as well as low cortisol levels. While Aniya was in state care, away from her mother, she was life-flighted to the nearest children's hospital because her levels were dangerously low. Aniya's foster parents had been told she was completely healthy by CPS, even though they had evidence to the contrary, so it was a surprise to them when she got sick. They were then told they would have to have her levels tested regularly for the sake of her health.
After Anita's rights were terminated, she had no money left for an attorney for an appeal, but she fought anyway. She went to court for the appeal and when it sounded like she wasn't going to get her evidence into the record she spoke out, like any of us would have done in that situation. She is tired and scared, but she is fierce. She needs her daughter home with her so she can guarantee she gets proper medical care. For speaking out, she was arrested and put in jail.
She is not backing down. She is not going away. The evidence is on her side. Please share her story, so maybe the right person will see it and be able to help her get her daughter back.
Anita is also raising funds to hire another attorney for an appeal. She only has 10 days.
Please use Pay pal for donations to email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018
When I first became a Young Living member I was given a list of "Hot Words" to avoid when sharing with others about Young Living. The list got shoved in a pile of other things I got with my kit, and I didn't give it much thought. As I started sharing my story with others in hopes my friends would improve their lives like I had, I started getting messages from my enroller about words I had used that were unacceptable. Grrr! It quickly became a source of severe frustration for me.
The FDA has made it clear that we are not to make claims that our products treat, cure, or prevent any medical conditions. We are also not allowed to diagnose or prescribe anything. We cannot in any way discuss symptoms when sharing YL with others. Everyone's body is different and therefore responds to oils in a different way. Just because an oil does something for me, that doesn't mean someone else will respond to it the same way.
As a mom and a writer being compliant was aggravating. I would agonize over what word to use in a post, until one day I realized it wasn't bothering me anymore. I hadn't worried about my word choice in weeks. I changed my way of thinking, and everything just seemed to fall into place. Think of it like this...we don't "fix" things, we "support" them. So, lavender supports healthy skin. Breathe Again supports a healthy respiratory system. Thieves supports wellness. Progessence Plus supports healthy hormones. Does that make sense? For a list of "Say this, not that" go here.
You may think to yourself that you see things online all the time that aren't compliant. Well, other companies don't educate their members as well as Young Living. And some people are just rule breakers. Plus, FDA compliance was not always a thing. So older posts may not have been taken down, even though they should have been.
Why is compliance important? If Young Living does not adhere to the rules set forth by the FDA, they can be shut down. There are people who go through individual and group Facebook pages, as well as websites to check for compliance. If YL catches you sharing about their products using non-compliant language, they can deactivate your Young Living account. That may seem extreme to some, but it's not worth risking their business on. If it were my company, I would do the same thing.
If you are struggling with what is acceptable to share, you can reach out to your enroller. If you have been posting for a while and are unsure, you can go back and search your YL posts and check them for compliance.
Just as Young Living rewards us all the time, the FDA has rewarded our compliance. Gary Young was so awesome at working with the FDA and following their guidelines, that we are excited to announce so FDA approved products. Thieves Cough Drops can now be used to treat cough. Our Mineral Sunscreen can be said to prevent cancer. And we now have an FDA approved acne treatment.
Also any time you recommend an oil for ingestion, make sure you specify the Vitality line (even though it's the same oil that's in the 15 ml bottle). Just remember any time you get frustrated that we stay compliant for a reason.