It's happy time, as the organizations and schools and ARC (see lengthy article at the bottom of the page) are riding the crest of the AT craze. None of them fund research, they all promote 'certification' or 'diplomas' that have no real credibility, and they all, basically, promote practicing medicine without a license.
2003 update -- I will make an
exception for the one organization promoting AT safety:
International Aromatherapists and Tutors Association (IATA).
|These are the organizations doing more harm than good
for the aromatherapists:
NAHA -- National
Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (U.S. -based) They're big, they're
unresponsive (check archives on the idma list (see Lists and Newsgroup
page to subscribe)), they don't fund research, and they stifle dissention
within the group, but, heck they like to party once a year. The illogical
statement on my AT homepage is from Jade Shutes, the current President
of NAHA.* Last year their keynote speaker was Dr. Bryan Lawrence, who worked
for 25 years for Reynolds Tobacco, formulating essential oils to make cigarettes
tastier and more addictive. Sure, he's a world renown expert on essential
oils, but ethical complications don't seem to bother NAHA, an organization
supposedly devoted to health. Most of the Schools
in the US are listed with them. Please also see my page on schools
Controversy continues to haunt NAHA. Many members have expressed their displeasure with what appears to be the acceptance by Jade Shutes, in the name of NAHA, of the controversial Raindrop Therapy (RDT) as practiced by Gary Young and the members of his Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) group that sells Young Living Oils. To view the White Paper on RDT that has been submitted to NAHA by members who oppose RDT, please click here.
2004 update: to read more about a movement
to open an investigation about the alleged mismanagement of NAHA, please
IFA -- International Federation of Aromatherapists (U.K. - based) Their 'research' page contains a few paragraphs about how nice research is, and how some universities are undertaking it, but is obvious in its lack of mention of their own spearheading or funding of research. Instead, most of the page touts their courses. The IFA's founding members are some of the best known authors of the AT fairy tale books, outstanding in their lack of proper references, science, or anything other an anecdotal notes.
Note: Spring 2002. The ISPA merged with RQA for form IFPA. I can't keep track of all this, but if you want to read about the machinations and fallout, which are still reverberating in the aromatherapy industry, please check Martin Watt's site.
ARC -- Aromatherapy Registration Council (U.S. -based) Quote from a contributor to this website: "this little self-appointed group dedicated to getting aromatherapists 'certified' to practice (ahem, what, medicine?) in the US is run by a few key diehards plus a cast of bit players that changes so often that they never manage to list the current board members out in public on their 'informational' website."
The ARC Opposition Statement website, hosted
by Susan Renkel, was launched in 2000 in response to a flame war raging
on the internet regarding certification. That website has expired,
but click here for the original opposition statement.
The ARC has held at least one nationwide testing.
UPDATE: there have been five or six nationwide testings, with approximately 100 successful test takers. The question on everyone's mind, but stubbornly unanswered by ARC: how many took the test? Is it too hard? Is it too easy? Is it just right? And in the scheme of things, is it relevant, and how does it help the profession? One candidate who passed is a Gary Young devotee, who uses the unsafe Rain Drop Therapy and teaches courses in how to be an aromatherapy cult member. ARC can't figure out what to do with him, despite many pleas from industry representatives to recind his ARC 'certification'. ARC has no ethics committe in place, so the 'Doctor' continues to flaunt his ARC registration while teaching unsafe use of EOs.
July 2003 update: a member of idma wrote to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) about a possible conflict of interest re: ARC. To read the letter and NCCA's response, please click here.
From a post to the idma list at the time of the controversy in 2000, read below. The debate has raged again every year since, and the complaints and questions remain the same. Actually, a new one surfaced in 2003 when ARC wouldn't release the pass/fail ratio, unlike other professions.
The ARC has not dealt with how they'll benefit North
I don't like dumping on folks when I think they're
doing their best to
But I don't see continuance of the ARC's program as
Proper planning includes addressing the many issues
that are certain to
We must be willing to admit that the unsolved problem
remains - we
How can one expect to sell something when they can't
explain the benefit
It's mighty damned presumptuous to keep running with
a program that has
Now, I'm at a point where I'm gonna try to figure out
the motives for
Why would someone as intelligent as Mynou DeMey
If I were on the ARC Committee now, I'd make it tough
for those who are
It should be pretty obvious who has the monkey on their
shoulder now -
Granted, all practitioners of AT are not on this and
the other AT lists, but the
My final advice to the ARC Committee members is that
they get smart now!
Note: July 2003 Mynou DeMey's increasingly shrill and hysterial personal attacks against those who posted on idma about ARC were so nonending and manic that finally someone had to step in and tell her to quit the list. The debate still goes on, but in a much more rational manner. Ms. DeMey was not the spokesperson for ARC, but seemed to appoint herself as it's voice in public, a very damaging move to ARC in many's opinion.