8 Ways to Deal with a Difficult Partner (Who Doesn’t Eat Like You Do)

8 Ways to Deal with a Difficult Partner (Who Doesn’t Eat Like You Do)

dealing with a difficult partnerOne of the biggest challenges of going Primal (or Keto or anything that goes against the norm of the Standard American Diet) is dealing with people who have no clue why you”;d ever do such a thing. Even though there have been tons of studies1 on the risks of eating processed foods, grains, and industrialized oils, there are just as many folks panicking when you pass on the rolls. It”;s even harder when those folks are your spouse or significant other.

If you”;ve ever heard your partner say…;

“;I”;d die if I couldn”;t have bread.”;

“;One cookie isn”;t going to wreck your diet.”;

“;Your body needs sugar!”;

“;You”;re having bacon again?!”

…;then you know what I”;m talking about. As a health coach, I see this more often than I don”;t. One half of a couple decides they”;re done feeling foggy and carrying around extra fat, while the other feels “;fine”; and finds no reason to change how they”;re eating –; even though they”;re pre-diabetic and their blood pressure numbers are sky high.

Signs You’ve Got a Difficult Partner

As you take steps toward improving your health and growing as a person, you might find that, instead of support, you”;re suddenly on the receiving end of someone who”;s sabotaging you, acting irritated and jealous, or just not willing to grow with you.

Your partner may come home with armloads of chips and cookies and refuse to eat anything that resembles a vegetable. Or make you feel bad when you ask for your burger lettuce wrapped. Or look at you like you”;ve got two heads when you grab the full-fat yogurt off the grocery store shelf. Sound familiar? These are all signs that you”;re dealing with a difficult partner. Here are some other indicators:

They”;re quick to blame you for their actions
They seem to try to sabotage you
They”;re controlling
They avoid or resist conversations with you
They minimize your wins or your progress
They judge you based on their beliefs
They use guilt as a way to control the situation

Here”;s the thing though. You can”;t change other people. I don”;t care how right you are, how much progress you”;ve made in your own health journey, or how much time you spend cooking epic protein-forward meals. People only change when they want to change. That said, you don”;t have to let someone else”;s resistance derail your own goals.

How Difficult Partners Affect Your Health

Aside from it being downright frustrating to live with someone who refuses to take responsibility for their own health, it can increase your risk of certain health conditions.

One study from Montreal”;s McGill University Health Centre evaluated the environmental factors, social habits, and eating and exercising patterns of couples and found that participants had a 26% higher chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes when their partner had the disease.2

The good news is, it works the other way too. In a trial funded by the National Institute of Health, researchers looked at the ripple effect of healthy behaviors in a household. Participants and their spouses were placed into two groups: an intensive lifestyle intervention (which included a specific diet and physical activity) and a care plan that included only education and support. Researchers weighed the couples at the beginning and end of the trial and found that approximately 25% of the spouses in the intensive intervention lost 5% more of their baseline weight compared to less than 10% of the spouses in the other group.3

All of which suggests that what you do can influence your partner. And vice versa.

9 Ways to Deal with a Difficult or Unsupportive Partner

These are the same tactics I teach my health coaching clients. They”;re powerful ones you can use in your own life to avoid frustration, discouragement, and potential derailment, while helping inspire your partner to pursue their own holy grail of good health.

1. Don”;t just set expectations, make agreements

A source of conflict in many relationships is the disconnect between expectations and agreements. You might tell your partner you”;ve decided to follow a ketogenic diet or pursue a Primal lifestyle, but unless you get clear on your expectations and lay out an agreement, that line can get fuzzy.

For instance, if your significant other brings home fresh baked bread when you”;re abstaining from grains, you may feel like he or she is trying to sabotage your efforts. But if an agreement hasn”;t been laid out and agreed to, all you have is the expectation that your partner shouldn”;t be doing that. Perhaps they don”;t know how important it is to you to not have bread in the house. Or they think they”;re being supportive by bringing home a treat. Getting clear on your expectations and agreements allows you to focus on your health goals without the pressure of assuming your partner knows what you want or need.

2. Have empathy toward your partner

It”;s easy to be irritated by a partner who”;s still dragging their butt out of bed, sucking down sodas to stay awake, or praising the virtues of Meatless Monday –; especially when you”;re feeling amazing doing the opposite. But it”;s important to consider the emotions they”;re going through during this time. There”;s a good chance they”;re jealous, fearful, or uncertain about your future together. After all, if your favorite couples”; activity used to be laying around, binging on junk food in front of the TV and now you”;re hitting the hay earlier, jumping out of bed in the morning, and making time to cook up a nutrient-dense breakfast, they may not be sure how they fit into the picture.

And remember, there”;s a big difference between empathy and sympathy. Sympathy is feeling bad or sorry for someone, where empathy is feeling those emotions with someone.

3. Communicate

When you”;re feeling unsupported, it can be hard not to nag, shout, or give your partner the silent treatment. However, learning how to communicate effectively can help you get over this hurdle and any others that can (and likely will) come up.

Open up about what you”;re going through, why you”;re shifting your lifestyle, and why you”;d really appreciate your support –; without putting blame or shame on your significant other. Then, take a step back and hear what they have to say. Listening is as important a skill as talking when it comes to communication. Be aware of your body language too. Things like crossed arms or legs or tightly clasped hands give off a defensive or closed-off vibe.

4. Be a role model

Just by doing what you”;re doing (purchasing unprocessed foods, cooking at home, getting out and exercising), you”;re planting a seed in your partner”;s mind about the importance of good health. Your positive actions have the ability to influence and motivate, without saying a word.

However, the biggest factor in whether or not they”;ll be inspired lies in their own beliefs. According to a study, participants who felt like certain results were attainable to them were more apt to see a role model as inspiring. And participants who believed they couldn”;t achieve more than they already had started to view themselves more negatively.4 In this case, a more gradual approach might be more beneficial if you want your partner to follow your lead.

5. Get your priorities in order

Another thing to keep in mind is that this is YOUR health journey. You”;re the one who”;s embarking on this change, not your significant other, your spouse, or even your kids. That”;s why it”;s crucial that you get clear on what message you”;re putting out there. Sure, it would be great if everyone in your household ate the same thing (who likes to make two dinners anyway?) and no one ever brought cookies or Halloween candy or artificially colored and flavored juice drinks into your home, but that”;s not necessarily realistic. It”;s not necessary to your success either.

So, asking yourself: is your partner being difficult because they”;re not supporting you? Or because they”;re not eating and moving their body exactly how you”;re doing it? Good questions to ponder. Someone can be supportive yet choose to not live a Primal lifestyle. And that”;s okay.

6. Find common ground

Assuming that your SAD-loving partner would prefer to eat Twinkies and mac-n-cheese all day isn”;t just unfair, it”;s unproductive. Take a step back and figure out what foods you both enjoy eating (there”;s got to be at least one, right?). Maybe you both like eggs or salmon or grilled asparagus. Or a great rare steak. By finding a favorite food in common, you can come up with meals that satisfy both of your eating preferences. Plus, the effort of wanting to find common ground with your partner can reduce the tension of a “;my way or the highway scenario”;.

7. Join a supportive community

If you”;re not getting the support you need at home (or not enough support), there are tons of online groups you can engage with. Right now, the Mark”;s Daily Apple Facebook group has more than 200,000 members. Keto Reset has 32,000 members. And Primal Blueprint has more than 20,000 members. If that”;s not enough, reach out to a friend, a family member, or one of our expert health coaches.

Participating in a group gives you the opportunity to be with people who have a like-minded purpose. Not only will you be interacting with those who understand what you”;re going through, it can help you feel less isolated, less anxious, and less stressed out.

8. Reflect on your own journey

You might be all-in when it comes to your keto or Primal lifestyle now, but think back to the beginning of your health journey. Transitioning away from a morning toast and OJ routine, or sandwich-and-chips-on-the-go isn”;t always easy. And it”;s not something to take lightly. So, if your significant other isn”;t diving into Primal in one fell swoop, relax a little. They may need an approach that feels less scary –; where they”;re less likely to fail. Just remember that everyone”;s journey is different. Even the people who live under the same roof as you.

What”;s worked for you? Tell me if you”;ve used any of these tactics or other strategies, when dealing with a difficult or unsupportive partner.

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Womply Bills Lets Businesses Pay Invoices Using Credit Cards Even Where Cards Aren’t Accepted

Womply Bills Lets Businesses Pay Invoices Using Credit Cards Even Where Cards Aren’t Accepted

Womply Bills

Womply, a local commerce platform to help small businesses grow, has launched Womply Bills. The new feature enables business owners to pay any bill effortlessly via a credit card.

With Womply Bills, businesses can use any US-based credit card to pay virtually any company in America. Expenses can be paid even if the recipient doesn”;t accept credit cards.

Womply Bills

Research shows that 97% of businesses still use checks to pay bills. Cashflow has long been a burden of small businesses, hindering business continuity and growth. With the problems the current health crisis has created, cash flow is proving an even bigger burden to small businesses.

Making Bill Paying More Efficient

Womply Bills is designed to make paying expenses less costly, burdensome and time consuming. By simplifying the expenses paying process, small businesses can manage cashflow better. With improved cashflow management, small businesses are less likely to run into issues related to revenue stream.

Toby Scammell, founder of Womply, comments on how the credit card payment feature can assist small businesses:

“;Despite the cost and grief, companies still have to use paper checks to pay their bills. But, it doesn”;t have to be so expensive, cumbersome, or time consuming. Womply Bills alleviates these pain points with an elegant solution that”;s simple to use and benefits the business owner.

“;Now, businesses can extend their cash, avoid costly cash advances, and better budget for expenses, all while saving time, gaining flexibility on due dates, and racking up credit card rewards, points, and cash back.”;

Paying Every Expense with Womply Bills

From the rent on premises to utilities and taxes, practically every bill can be paid via Womply Bills. The process involves a business signing up to use the feature. They add their credit card, identify who they are paying, the payment amount and when it should be sent. Womply then charges the credit card. A fee of 3% is added on top of the payment. This can however be offset by the 1.5% – 5% cashback many business credit cards offer. Womply then sends the payment to the recipient, which is tracked end-to-end and delivered within seven working days.

Overcoming COVID-19 Hurdles

Many small businesses have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. During these difficult times, the need for quick, efficient, and stress-free payments is more important than ever. Paper checks have long been considered a cumbersome way of making payments. Despite this, a staggering amount of small businesses still rely on them. Womply Bills is designed to eliminate the pain points associated with paying expenses by paper checks. Consequently, businesses can enjoy more seamless payment processing during challenging times.

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30 PPP Fraud Prosecutions So Far, and Counting

30 PPP Fraud Prosecutions So Far, and Counting

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have aided more than 5 million small business owners, providing a much needed lifeline during the Coronavirus outbreak crisis. The overwhelming majority of business owners are legitimate and will use the money as intended to retain employees and stay operational.

But the PPP program has attracted a few rotten apples. And you won’t believe how rotten they are.

To date, the Justice Department has filed 30 PPP fraud cases. Defendants are charged with bilking taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars. Luckily, the Feds have recovered a large part of the loan proceeds already.

And what’s been recovered tells a wild tale.

Feds have seized a 2020 Lamborghini Huracan sports car, a Rolex Presidential watch, a 5.73-carat diamond ring, and a diamond bracelet — all purchased with PPP loan money. Other loot includes a Tesla, a 26-foot Pavati Wake Boat, two Rolls-Royces, a Lamborghini Urus, and a Ford F-350 pickup truck.

Authorities also seized cash hoards, froze bank accounts, and recovered other assets.

Some defendants blew taxpayer money on wild spending sprees, including Las Vegas gambling, visits to strip clubs, and day-trading. In one case, a married couple was apprehended at JFK Airport purportedly attempting to flee the country after submitting 18 fraudulent applications.

Every government program attracts a small number of grifters and criminals. And the DOJ has made it a priority to root them out. On March 16, 2020, Attorney General William Barr directed all 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to prioritize investigating and prosecuting PPP loan fraud cases.

PPP Loan Program Results

On March 27, 2020 Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — or CARES Act. It authorized the Paycheck Protection Program. PPP is a low-interest, forgivable loan program designed to help small businesses and self-employed individuals.

In an unusual example of government speed, the Small Business Administration started accepting loan applications just a week later on April 3, 2020. Through July 24, the SBA has approved 5,005,261 loans, constituting $519,505,881,228, demonstrating its success.

The majority of the funds are going to help the nation’s 31 million small businesses, there’s no doubt about it. The number of fraud prosecutions is very small by comparison.

30 PPP Fraud Cases – So Far

Could these prosecutions involve nothing more than paperwork mistakes? They do not appear to be honest mistakes. All appear to involve egregious circumstances — assuming the government ultimately proves the facts. Some defendants actually were under indictment for other charges at the time of applying for loans. Others hid their criminal past.

Here’s a rundown of the 30 PPP loan fraud cases to date with some of the lurid details alleged:

Two Men, Identity Theft and a Conspiracy (Rhode Island – May 5)

David A. Staveley, aka Kurt D. Sanborn, and David Butziger were charged with conspiring to seek over $530,000 in PPP money. It’s alleged they falsely claimed to have dozens of employees at 4 different businesses, including a restaurant neither owned. They allegedly discussed their fraud in email and one assumed the identity of his own brother. Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta of the FBI”;s Boston Field Office said in a statement, “Thankfully we were able to stop them before taxpayers were defrauded.”

Texas Engineer (Texas – May 13)

Shashank Rai, an engineer from Beaumont, is charged with multiple counts of fraud and false statements to the SBA for seeking more than $10 million in PPP funds. He allegedly claimed to have 250 employees when there is no record of any in his business, Rai Family LLC. Court documents allege that handwritten notes recovered from his trash describe how he planned to use $3 million of the money for personal investments.

Reality TV Personality (Georgia – May 13)

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Maurice Fayne was indicted on fraud charges over a $3,725,500 PPP loan application for his company, Flame Trucking. Fayne allegedly claimed he had 107 employees and submitted forged bank statements. It’s alleged he then blew the money on a Rolex Presidential watch, a 5.73 carat diamond ring and other jewelry. He also allegedly used the money to pay $50,000 for restitution in a previous fraud case, $40,000 in back child support, $139,000 to lease a Rolls Royce Wraith — and $230,000 to associates who helped him run a Ponzi scheme. When arrested, he had almost $80,000 in cash at his home and $9,400 in his pocket, authorities claim.

East Texas Man and the Online Name Generator (Texas – May 19)

Samuel Yates of Maud, Texas is charged with fraudulently applying for $5 million with two different lenders. He claimed to have 400 employees, but actually had zero. The complaint claims Yates used a name generator on the Internet to create names of fake employees. He also allegedly submitted forged tax documents.

Manhattan Businessman (New York – May 21)

Muge Ma, a/k/a “;Hummer Mars,”; a Chinese national residing in Manhattan, was arrested on charges of trying to obtain over $20 million in PPP and EIDL money. Ma is alleged to have falsely represented to the SBA and five financial institutions that his companies had hundreds of employees when he was the only employee. He also allegedly was involved in a scheme claiming to represent the New York State Government in procuring COVID-19 test kits.

Hollywood Film Producer (California – May 22)

William Sadleir, the ousted head of Aviron Pictures, was charged with wire and bank fraud in connection with a $1.7 million PPP loan. He allegedly used some of the money to pay off $80,000 in personal credit cards and a $40,000 car loan. Sadleir was Executive Producer on films like Serenity, starring Matthew McConaughey. In an unrelated matter the SEC charged Sadleir with allegedly defrauding investors of $13.8 million through Aviron.

Lyft Software Engineer (Washington – May 22)

Baoke Zhang, a software engineer at ride share company Lyft, is charged with wire and bank fraud. He allegedly created fake technology companies to obtain $1.5 million in funds. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said in a statement, “;I am pleased that the systems designed to detect and deny fraudulent payments caught his scheme before federal funds went out the door.”;

Man on Parole (Virginia – May 29)

Joseph Cherry II of Virginia was indicted on 10 counts of COVID fraud and faces 10 to 30 years of prison time on each count. Cherry was on supervised release in an unrelated federal case when he applied to the SBA program. It is alleged he got over $190,000 in proceeds and managed to withdraw cash or cashier’s checks for $140,000. “Providing false statements to gain access to SBA’s programs will be aggressively investigated by our office,” said Hannibal Ware, Inspector General of the U.S. Small Business Administration, in a statement.

Walmart Project Manager (Oklahoma – June 4)

Benjamin Hayford is charged with fraud for seeking about $4.4 million in PPP financing. He allegedly certified that his business was operating as of February 15, 2020 (a requirement of the law) and had 247 employees. Prosecutors say a search of his email account showed he didn’t even set up a company until a few days before applying in April. At the time of his arrest Hayford was a Project Manager for Walmart. The retail giant suspended him and stated the charges were unrelated to Walmart.

Auto Repair Shop Owner (California – June 5)

Geoffrey M. Palermo of Novato faces charges of wire fraud and making false statements. The former manager of the San Francisco Hilton allegedly embezzled from the hotel in a kickback scheme going back to 2013. After leaving the hotel he opened GMP Cars, an auto repair shop. In April he allegedly obtained a PPP loan of $1.7 million by falsely certifying that GMP Cars had employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes. In fact, according to the criminal complaint, Palermo used company funds for lavish personal expenses including a Ferrari racing car, leaving the business in financial distress.

IT Company Business Owner (Illinois – June 16)

Rahul Shah of Evanston is charged with bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution. He allegedly applied for $441,000 under the Federal Paycheck Protection program for several companies. The allegations say he submitted fake IRS documentation. Several individuals he allegedly submitted payroll documentation for said they never worked for his company, per investigators.

Austin High Roller (Texas – June 18)

Michael George McQuarn, 51, of Austin, is charged with with fraudulently receiving over $2 million in SBA loans for two fictitious companies, Vantastic Voyages, LLC and Happy Days Movers, LLC. McQuarn allegedly used the money for personal purposes including buying a 26-foot Pavati Wake Boat and a Rolls Royce.

IT Services Company Owner (Massachusetts – June 22)

Elijah Majak Buoi, president of Sosuda Tech LLC, is charged with fraudulently applying for over $13 million in PPP aid. Buoi allegedly misrepresented how many employees he had and that the United States was their primary residence (required). He ultimately received over $2 million but the government seized $1.98 million from business bank accounts.

Wedding Planner (Texas – June 23)

This owner of a wedding planning company is charged with submitting two PPP applications, and claiming to have 120 employees when he actually had none. Fahad Shah got $1.5 million in funds. He allegedly used the money to buy a Tesla car, make personal investments and make his home mortgage payments.

Married Couple Attempting to Flee (Virginia – June 24)

The FBI apprehended Monica Jaworska and her husband Tarik Jaafar at JFK Airport allegedly attempting to flee to Poland. The paid are charged with submitting 18 fraudulent Paycheck Protection applications with false payroll tax returns, and receiving $1.4 million in funds. The Feds managed to freeze most of the funds but not before the couple allegedly withdrew $30,000 in cash.

Funeral Director (Texas – June 24)

Jase DePaul Gautreaux aka Jase Dixon, a funeral director in Houston, is charged with seeking $13 million in funds and ultimately receiving over $1.6 million. The criminal complaint charges him with false statements to a financial institution, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. He allegedly submitted applications on behalf of a business that did not exist and for businesses he did not own.

Owner of Private Investigation Firm (Ohio – June 24)

Nadine Consuelo Jackson is charged with bank fraud and other charges for seeking forgivable loans in the amount of $1.3 million, $1.2 million and another $46,000 in Economic Injury Disaster funding. She allegedly claimed to have 73 employees at her Dayton private investigation business. Three people she allegedly claimed as employees told investigators they never heard of her company. The bank recalled one loan and the Government seized funds for the other two.

Ophthalmologist Already Under Indictment (New York – June 24)

Apparently one fraud isn’t enough for some people. Meet Goyal, MD, an ophthalmologist in Rye, New York, was under indictment for healthcare fraud. That didn’t stop him from allegedly applying for two PPP loans using different business names. He also allegedly lied certifying he had no pending indictments. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “Goyal allegedly looted over $630,000 in federal funds earmarked for legitimate small businesses in dire financial straits.”

Seattle Doctor (Washington – June 30)

Dr. Eric R. Shibley is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. The complaint alleges he applied several times to get aid totaling $3 million, in the names of businesses with no actual operations. He allegedly lied about his criminal past, and submitted fake tax documents including names of people who did not work for the businesses.

Man Under Indictment (Wisconsin – July 8)

Ahmad Kanan, formerly of Madison, is charged with wire fraud and money laundering. He allegedly applied for two loans totaling $119,560 acting as owner of Altin Labs, Inc. The indictment alleges Kanan was under federal indictment on an unrelated matter at the time. He then allegedly transferred $47,000 to his personal checking account.

Trucking Company Owner (Utah – July 8)

Hubert Ivan Ugarte of Draper, with the assistance of Lisa Bradshaw Rowberry of Provo are charged with fraudulently obtaining a PPP loan of $210,000. He allegedly lied about not being under criminal charges — he in fact was under indictment for a bribery scheme. After two banks declined, Rowberry allegedly said she would help him re-apply through a friend. Ultimately Ugarte received funds from Transportation Alliance Bank. Ugarte allegedly used funds for past due truck payments to Kenworth instead of required payroll.

Medical Company Owner (Florida – July 10)

Carlos Belone is charged with wire fraud and other charges in connection with several fraudulent PPP applications. He allegedly got $22,000 which he then deposited partially into a personal account and partially gave to another company in furtherance of a $5.6 million Medicare kickback scheme.

Construction Company Owner (Washington D.C. – July 13)

Oludamilare Olugbuyi is charged with fraudulently obtaining two PPP loans totaling more than $400,000. Allegedly he submitted fake IRS 1099 Forms containing worker social security numbers that were invalid. The complaint claims he submitted a tax return reporting $175,565 income for tax year 2019. However, on April 14, 2020, Olugbuyi allegedly filed a 1040 “non-filer return” reporting $1 in income for 2019 which qualified him to receive a $1,200 economic impact payment.

The Cryptocurrency Investor (Texas – July 14)

Joshua Thomas Argires of Houston was arrested on various fraud charges. Argires allegedly filed two fraudulent applications seeking $1.1 million in forgivable funding. One was on behalf of a company called Texas Barbecue and the other called Houston Landscaping. Argires allegedly invested some of the proceeds in a cryptocurrency account and withdrew other funds via ATM transactions.

The Vegas High Roller (California – July 16)

It’s easy to take risks on day trading and gambling when you’re using taxpayer money. Andrew Marnell of Los Angeles is charged with bank fraud. He allegedly used aliases to obtain $8.5 million in aid using fake tax filings and falsified records of payroll costs. He allegedly blew through about $200,000 in Las Vegas casinos, where he was caught on surveillance cameras at a Bellagio blackjack table. Authorities also claim he lost $500,000 on risky stock market trades. Wells Fargo previously fired him for embezzlement, according to news reports.

Handmade Entrepreneur (Arkansas – July 16)

Ganell Tubbs, the entrepreneur owner of Little Piglet Soap Company and Suga Girl Customs, an Etsy shop, is charged with fraudulently obtaining nearly $2 million in PPP loans. Days later she paid $8,000 on her student loan and then went on a spending spree at Sephora and other retailers, it is alleged.

Ex-Microsoft Executive (Washington – July 23)

Mohan Mukand, who used to work for Microsoft and Amazon according to his LinkedIn profile, is charged with submitting 8 PPP applications on behalf of six companies. According to the U.S. Attorneys office, the companies didn’t exist or didn’t have the employees he claimed. Authorities allege he bought a company on the Internet in May with no employees, and then forged documents to claim he had paid millions in payroll taxes in 2019. He allegedly transferred a quarter million dollars of proceeds to his personal brokerage account.

High-Living Florida Man (Florida – July 27)

David T. Hines of Miami is charged with fraudulently seeking $13.5 million in PPP money using false statements about various companies’ payroll expenses. He was approved for $3.9 million. Days later he allegedly bought a 2020 Lamborghini Huracan sports car for $318,000. He also allegedly squandered money at luxury retailers and Miami resorts.

Miami Chiropractor (Florida – July 29)

Dennis Nobbe, a chiropractor in Miami, is charged with wire fraud, health care fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. He allegedly obtained $200,000 in Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster funds and used the money for personal expenses. Allegations also claim he perpetrated a credit card scam on low-income patients. He allegedly got patients to open credit cards to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses for services he did not fully render.

Houston Partier (Texas – August 4)

Lee Price III is charged with making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. He allegedly received over $1.6 million. He then went on a luxury buying blitz acquiring a Lamborghini Urus, a Rolex watch, a 2020 Ford F-350 pickup truck, and real estate — according to allegations. He allegedly squandered thousands at strip clubs and nightclubs.

The DOJ and U.S. Attorneys are using a variety of charges for enforcement, including wire fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1343) and making false statements to the SBA and FDIC-insured banks (18 U.S.C. § 1014). Depending on the charges, penalties could include up to $1 million in fines and up to 30 years in prison, legal experts say.

But of course, the government has to prove the allegations. Justice Department lawyers remind everyone that, “A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. ”

More Prosecutions on the Horizon

PPP money is still available and the current deadline for applying is August 8, 2020 (unless extended). A total of roughly $649 billion has been authorized by Congress, leaving $130 billion still available for small businesses as of July 24th.

Have we seen the last of PPP fraud prosecutions? No. New ones are being announced weekly. But it’s important to remember that 30 frauds out of 5 million loans is a minuscule number. The overwhelming majority of loans have no allegations of fraud surrounding them.

Still, a June report by the Government Accountability Office found, “there is a significant risk that some fraudulent or inflated applications were approved.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the Treasury Department would review every PPP loan over $2 million. However, the GAO recommended oversight of the more than 4 million smaller loans, also.

The government watchdog also pressed for safeguards and oversight plans to avoid double dipping. There’s a recommendation to audit COVID-19 unemployment benefits paid to workers rehired by employers using PPP loan funds.

Yet to Come: The PPP Forgiveness Process

Another wrinkle is the loan forgiveness process. Millions of small businesses eventually will apply for forgiveness. That’s bound to trigger another round of scrutiny.

In order to get Paycheck Protection loans forgiven and not have to repay the money, small business owners have to show proof that at least 60% of the money was used for payroll and the rest for other permitted expenses. A requirement of forgiveness is that borrowers must rehire or retain workers — and maintain salary levels.

The DOJ has signaled it may also pursue civil penalties not just criminal prosecutions, particularly around loan forgiveness. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan P. Davis noted in a June 26th speech: “When the borrower is ready to seek forgiveness of the loan, it has to certify that the funds were in fact used to pay costs that are eligible for forgiveness. If an applicant knowingly answers any of these questions falsely, it may face False Claims Act liability.”

This means you have to be just as scrupulous when applying for forgiveness as when you applied for the money initially. The False Claims Act can impose steep financial penalties, including treble damages.

If the PPP debt is not forgiven, the interest rate is very low — 1%. Businesses that have to repay the money get 2 years to repay if funding was issued before June 5. If you got funding after June 5, you have five years to repay. The PPP promissory note you signed will have the terms applicable to you. See the SBA website for updated forgiveness information.

Should Business Owners Be Worried?

It’s a scary thing for legitimate business owners to sign borrower certifications under potential penalties of fines and prison time. The SBA programs have complex rules. It could be easy to trip up innocently.

This has caused some entrepreneurs and business owners to think twice about applying. No one under pressure of this pandemic wants to fumble on a technicality while legitimately trying to pay employees and keep their life’s work afloat. One local businesswoman told me she prayed for two weeks before applying because of her fears over confusing requirements.

Representatives of the Department of Justice say honest owners acting in good faith shouldn’t worry. Stephen J. Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, wrote in an op-ed in Texas Lawyer:

“Rest assured that we will be careful not to discourage legitimate businesses from accessing the important financial resources that Congress made available through the CARES Act. We will not punish companies that accessed stimulus funds in good faith compliance with the rules. Nor, will we seek out applicants who made technical mistakes in processing paperwork or honestly misunderstood regulatory or certification requirements. Our focus is on fraud.”

Let’s hope the entire government is on the same page as Mr. Cox.

This article is not intended as legal advice. It’s intended to offer news and peer perspective on an important issue that affects us as business owners. Stay informed and check with your attorney and/or accountant with questions.

Case data source and image source: Justice.gov

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Nick Kyrgios Withdraws From the U.S. Open Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Nick Kyrgios Withdraws From the U.S. Open Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Nick Kyrgios Withdraws From the U.S. Open Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Nick Kyrgios is withdrawing from the 2020 US Open.

The 25-year-old Australian tennis star opted out of the competition out of concern due to the pandemic, he announced in a video Saturday (August 1).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Nick Kyrgios

“Dear tennis, let’s take a breath here and remember what’s important, which is health and safety as a community. We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but we can never recover lives lost,” he said.

“I’ve got no problem with the USTA putting on the US Open, and if players want to go, that’s up to them. So long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely,” he continued.

“No one wants people to keep their jobs more than me…but tennis players, you have to act in the interest of each other and work together. You can’t be dancing on tables and money-grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition. That’s just so selfish…that’s what this virus is about. it doesn’t care about your world ranking or how much money you have. Act responsibly.”

This tennis star confirmed they’re playing the U.S. Open…

Dear Tennis,

I will not be playing this year at the US Open.

It hurts me at my core…;But I”;m sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you. #SincerelyYours, @NickKyrgios pic.twitter.com/7EecHNU82l

–; UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) August 1, 2020

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Coping with Comorbid Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Coping with Comorbid Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Tips that work. A plan. These are what help in the battle with mental illness and substance abuse. The material here is from individuals dealing with both diagnoses and for their family members. Tips are shared anonymously for privacy reasons.

If you suspect alcohol or drugs are interfering with your life and your ability to handle your mental health issues, you may be facing a dual diagnosis situation. Talk to your doctor or mental health professional without delay to begin the process of understanding and trying treatment options.

I have learned that willingness is the key to successful recovery work. The willingness to take actions that bring change must completely come from within.
I recommend the program of Alcoholics Anonymous to anyone suffering from alcohol dependence or abuse.
Long-term, consistent counseling helps, and medications provide temporary relief, offering stability and clarity to begin the true work of recovery.
Dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction is never easy, but it is even more difficult when you have a mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. It”;s possible, however, and millions of us are successfully coping every day.
If you relapse, think of that as just another day, another step to getting back to handling your life one day at a time. Don”;t give up. Just go back to what was working for you.
Find out what”;s really going on with you. For a long time, I didn”;t know I had bipolar disorder because the symptoms of heavy drinking masked everything else. I only found out when I heard other people in my AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings talk about their anxiety getting worse as they drank more and more alcohol. That”;s when I went to a doctor.
A lot of people drink to feel better or to control other symptoms, but that doesn”;t really work. You may feel better or be able to fake it for a while, but eventually it doesn”;t help, and you end up with more problems and damage from the alcohol.
It”;s work. Every. Day. But it”;s worth it all. I feel so much better now that I don”;t drink. I don”;t know why I ever did.
Give AA a chance. Even if it seems weird at first. The people there have been where you are and can help you. AA may be the only way to stop drinking. They understand. And a lot of them have depression or anxiety. They know what they”;re talking about. And they care. If they don”;t, find another meeting. There”;s something for every kind of person.
“;Do the next right thing.”; That”;s from AA, and sometimes it”;s all I can remember, but it helps just to have that little sentence to say.
I found a lot of help in NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meetings and in their Family-to-Family program. What they showed me made me understand more about what my family was going through. My son is in their peer group now. I think it helps him.
Join a support group. Ask your counselor or mental health center for one near you. They have different kinds of groups, and some are just for substance abuse. Go to two, if you can, one for the substance abuse and one for other mental health problems. You can do this, and it helps to have other people on your side.
Just go. Whether it”;s to a meeting, a counseling appointment, or support group, just get out of the house. Don”;t spend too much time alone.
Don”;t worry about what anyone else thinks. If your family or friends don”;t understand, just do what you have to anyway. You”;re doing this for you.

You”;re not alone. People are gathering every day to get help and support from each other and from programs, support groups, medical professionals, and family or friends.

The concept of “;one day at a time”; might be broken down further, if needed. One second is not so very long. And yet, we live our lives just that way, in tiny bits of time like seconds. We all do.

Where can you find this help? Find information and talk lines online as well as locally. Hospitals, mental and behavioral health centers, community connections groups, the “;Yellow Pages”; of your telephone book, churches, friends, and libraries.

If you are a student, your school can be helpful. Many colleges and universities offer free counseling along with other information to students and staff.

Talking to your doctor or pastor is one way to get started. What”;s important is to start. After that, it becomes easier to develop your own plan and to stick with it.

Let friends and family members know what you”;re doing and why. Tell them how they can help you.

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The Role of Metabolic Health in Better COVID-19 Outcomes

The Role of Metabolic Health in Better COVID-19 Outcomes

Return guest Dr. Paul Saladino is a board-certified psychiatrist and also board certified in nutrition. He wrote “;The Carnivore Code,”; which just came out in an updated second edition. In this interview, he discusses the impact metabolic health has on COVID-19 outcomes.

He”;s done a magnificent job explaining the science that supports the natural lifestyle strategies that optimize our immune systems to defeat not only COVID-19, but also most other infectious agents.

“;The psychiatry was a jump-off point for thinking about how immune function and metabolic health affects mental health,”; he says. “;I quickly realized that everything in the body was connected and I couldn’t just focus on the brain without focusing on the rest of the body, and that has led us to where we are today.

I think that as we are faced with coronavirus, it’s a reminder of the metabolic health and how critical that is. I think so much of the media focus right now is on the next drug or the coming vaccine …; but all of those strategies kind of miss the point. [They”;re] just Band-Aids …;

No drug is going to protect us from the next infection and the next infection. And one of the things that we’re going to talk about today, which is so eerie, yet revealing, is all of this data suggesting that coronavirus susceptibility is intimately connected with metabolic health.”;

Immunometabolism Is an Important Field of Medicine

We’ve long known that metabolic health is crucial for robust immune function. Saladino believes immunometabolism –; the connections between metabolism, metabolic health and the immune system –; is easily one of the most important, if not the most important, field in emerging medicine.

One of the classic changes that we see associated with insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome is overactivation of the innate immune system, with decreasing activity in the adaptive immune system.

Saladino reviews NHANES data1 from 2009 to 2016, which reveal 87.8% of Americans are metabolically unhealthy, based on five parameters. That data is over four years old now, so the figure is clearly greater than 90% of the population today.

That means virtually everyone is at risk for Type 2 diabetes and all the chronic diseases associated with insulin resistance, which run the gamut from cancer to Alzheimer”;s.

“;[NHANES] use criteria that we use to define metabolic syndrome,”; Saladino explains. “;They use a waist circumference of less than 102 or 88 centimeters for men and women respectively, a fasting glucose of less than 100 milligrams per deciliter, hemoglobin A1c of less than 5.7, a systolic blood pressure less than 120, a diastolic blood pressure less than 80, and triglycerides less than 150, in addition to an HDL of greater than 40 for men and 50 for women, as criteria for metabolic health.

What they found –; and this is really the point that is so striking –; is that only 12.2% of people met that criteria. That means 87.8% of people are metabolically unhealthy or have at least one of these metrics that suggests that they may have some degree of metabolic unhealth.”;

Similarly, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that as of 2016, 39.8% of adults over the age of 20 were obese. When you include those who are overweight, that percentage skyrockets to 71%, and excess weight typically correlates with metabolic dysfunction and impaired health.

“;Now, it’s not so much an indictment on our population; it’s an indication, it’s a real call-to-arms to say, “;This is what we should be talking about,”; and it’s a real jumping-off point for discussions about how metabolic unhealth has repeatedly been connected with worse outcomes, [be it] COVID-19, MERS or seasonal flu. It’s a huge piece of it, and I haven’t really seen much media coverage of this at all.”;

Insulin Resistance Is a Modern Plague

Indeed, while the media reports that the comorbidities include obesity, diabetes, age and being of color, they don’t discuss the underlying problems, which are vitamin D deficiency and insulin resistance. As noted by Saladino:

“;Insulin resistance underlies many of those comorbidities, and I’ll show data to suggest that as we age, more of the population becomes insulin-resistant, probably because we become a little less resilient to nutrient deficiency and we become a little more sensitive to the lifestyle factors that make us insulin resistant in the first place.

With aging, we see a direct correlation with insulin resistance. But the immune compromise, the insulin resistance that comes with aging, is not inevitable. It’s an assumption, because 88% of the population are metabolically unhealthy.

The narrative here is very important because if we can escape the immunologic sort of dysfunction and insulin resistance that so often accompanies aging, then we can totally change our lifestyle.”;

Metabolic Age Is More Important Than Biological Age

Saladino discusses the results of a Nature Medicine study2 published in 2019, which looked at immune age and metabolic age using high-dimensional longitudinal monitoring:

“;You can look at multiple measures of immunologic aging by looking at different varying proportions of immune cell subsets. This is all very esoteric and it looks complex, but the takeaway is that immune aging is associated with relative changes in different types of immune system response.

What’s very interesting is we see the same types of immune system response changes mirrored in people who have more severe coronavirus outcomes …; One of the classic changes associated with insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome –; these are all synonyms –; is overactivation of the innate immune system, with decreasing activity in the adaptive immune system.

Characterized another way, we can look at the cytokines associated with different T-helper subsets. What we generally see …; is that certain cytokines for T-helper 2 tend to predominate over T-helper 1, and you get changes in the way the innate and adaptive immune systems are responding to invaders. And that’s what we see in people as they age.

That’s associated with activation of different inflammasomes, like the NLRP3 inflammasome, which is associated with that innate immune system. The innate immune system is always activated; it’s dendritic cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, neutrophils.

The adaptive immune system is T cells and B cells. So basically, what we see in immunologic compromise, what we see in insulin resistance, is that the innate immune system gets overactivated at the expense of the adaptive immune system.

You might say, “;Oh, that’s good. One part of the immune system is more activated.”; But what you have happening is that the adaptive immune system isn’t able to be activated properly, and the resolution of the inflammation doesn’t happen in the way it should.”;

So, the overarching principle is that it’s not your biological age that matters so much, but rather it”;s your immune and metabolic age. The good news is those are more malleable than we are led to believe. From that perspective, we can address COVID-19 in completely different ways.

“;It’s a lot of fear-based messaging, saying, “;Here’s a new spike of the virus.”; “;It’s popping up here, it’s popping up there.”; But nobody’s really talking about what you can do to change your susceptibility to this virus,”; Saladino says.

“;What I want to empower people to understand is that this immunologic tolerance, this insulin resistance paradigm, has not been discussed at all despite the fact that there are tons of evidence that it’s really, really important.”;

Cytokines

Cytokines are small proteins secreted by cells in your innate and adaptive immune systems. They serve to regulate diverse functions in your immune response. Cytokines are released by cells into your circulation or directly into your tissues.

cytokines

The cytokines locate target immune cells and interact with receptors on the target immune cells by binding to them. The interaction triggers or stimulates specific responses by the target cells.

In response to bacterial and viral infections such as COVID-19, your innate immune system generates both proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines.3 The inflammatory response plays a crucial role in the clinical manifestations of COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 triggers an immune response against the virus, which, if uncontrolled, may result in lung damage, functional impairment, and reduced lung capacity.4,5,6,7

The SARS-CoV-2 viral infection-related inflammation and the subsequent cytokine storm in severe cases plays a crucial role in patient survival.8 The extensive and uncontrolled release of proinflammatory cytokines is termed the cytokine storm. Clinically, the cytokine storm commonly presents as systemic inflammation and multiple organ failure.9

Immunologic Tolerance Rises as Insulin Resistance Falls

One scientific article10 that speaks to this is “;Association of Blood Glucose Control and Outcomes in Patients With COVID-19 and Pre-Existing Type 2 Diabetes,”; published in Cell Metabolism, June 2, 2020.

What it found was that when blood sugar is well-controlled and there’s less glycemic variability, people do better when contracting COVID-19. When they have high levels of glycemic variability, which is indicative of insulin resistance, they fare much worse.

“;So there’s really no question at this point that glycemic variability, overall metabolic status, overall metabolic health are critical,”; Saladino says. The common mistake here is that you don”;t want to get that control back using drugs. Your best bet is to get it back using natural lifestyle strategies.

Another paper11 that demonstrates the impact of insulin resistance on COVID-19 was published in Cardiovascular Diabetology, May 11, 2020. It found you can use the triglyceride to glucose index (TyG index) as a gauge to predict the severity and mortality of COVID-19.

“;Imagine that. There’s an association of the insulin resistance marker, the TyG index –; this is fasting triglycerides, fasting glucose –; with the severity and mortality of COVID-19.

This should be, in my opinion, mainstream news headlines, and the headlines should be, “;You can be stronger against coronavirus. You can have a stronger immune system. You can decrease your risk of having a severe coronavirus outcome.”; But instead it’s mostly fear, it’s “;Hide in your homes. What’s the next drug that’s going to save us?”; …; Cardiovascular health is immune health. That is immunometabolism.

What you do to improve your heart health is also what you do to improve your immune health, is also what you do to improve your brain health, is also how you decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s, is also how you decrease your risk of seasonal flu and every other single infectious illness that you will all encounter for the rest of your life. It’s one thing; not 60 different drugs …; which is why the [conventional] paradigm doesn’t work.”;

Low LDL Associated With Greater COVID-19 Severity

Interestingly, Saladino cites research showing that low levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with greater COVID-19 severity. LDL and total cholesterol levels were significantly lower in COVID-19 patients as compared to healthy subjects. “;To me, this is a really interesting [finding] in two ways,”; Saladino says, adding:

“;In “;The Carnivore Code,”; I challenged the LDL-centric hypothesis of cardiovascular disease and I share a lot of data about how important LDL actually is in the immune system. I think that’s exactly what we’re seeing in this study.

When your body is doing an immunologic thing, when your body is fighting a pathogen, it totally makes sense that the LDL would be a part of that, in either LDLs consumed, or those who have lower LDL are more susceptible to infection.

This is something we see over and over, and there are even genetic syndromes of very low LDL, specifically one called Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome involving a genetic polymorphism in an enzyme that makes cholesterol.

People with that syndrome have very bad infections and they can be rescued by giving them egg yolks. So these people are given cholesterol in the form of egg yolks, or they’re given supplemental cholesterol, and they do much better.

It’s pretty clear that cholesterol, which is packaged into this LDL lipoprotein particle, is intimately involved in the immune response. And so, in someone who is metabolically healthy, a higher LDL above 100 or 150, or even 200 mg/dL might not be the horrible thing that we’ve all been taught it is, especially if the HDL, the triglycerides, the triglyceride to glucose index, that glycemic variability, are all pointing toward metabolic health …;

It’s about context. This LDL is a valuable immunologic particle and we can’t just get myopic, looking at LDL. We have to think about it in terms of all these other measures.”;

Top Strategies to Improve Your Metabolic Health

Considering the fact that your metabolic health determines your COVID-19 risk, it would be a sound idea to implement strategies that will improve your metabolic flexibility and insulin sensitivity. Saladino”;s top recommendations for achieving that include:

1. Eliminate processed carbohydrates, sugars, grains and vegetable oils –; “;I think that from a food perspective, those are the key evils that are really wreaking havoc on our metabolism,”; he says. The worst culprit of them all is probably vegetable oils. “;Polyunsaturated vegetable oils are highly oxidizable and very metabolically damaging. So, start with them,”; Saladino says.

For more information about this, see “;New Study Tells Why Chicken Is Killing You and Saturated Fat Is Your Friend,”; which features Saladino”;s interview with science journalist and author, Nina Teicholz. Saladino also reviews the mechanisms by which vegetable oils wreck health in greater detail in this interview, so be sure to listen to it in its entirety, or read through the transcript.

2. Eat animal foods –; As noted in the paper,12 “;Immune Function and Micronutrient Requirements Change Over the Life Course,”; published in the journal Nutrients, nutrient deficiencies that can compromise immune function include vitamins, A, C, D, E, B2, B6, B12, folate, iron, selenium and zinc.

These vitamins are primarily found in animal foods, which is why shunning animal foods tends to lead to nutrient deficiencies. Even folate is found in organ meats in highly bioavailable form. “;If you want to have a robust immune system, you want to be metabolically healthy. You don’t want to be insulin-resistant and you need to have nutrient adequacy in your diets,”; Saladino says.

“;How do you get nutrient adequacy? You get these micronutrients from bioavailable sources in organ meats and in the muscle meat of animals.”; If you cannot stomach the idea of organ meats, consider using a desiccated organs supplement, such as those Saladino sells.13

3. Time-restricted eating –; Compressing the window of time in which you eat down to six to eight hours a day, eating your last meal at least three hours before bedtime, is another very powerful strategy to improve your insulin sensitivity.

Eating a Varied, Real Food Diet Is Key

In short, eating real food, in a time-restricted window, is your surest bet to beat insulin resistance. Also remember to give some consideration to your macronutrient ratios.

As explained by Saladino, while a low-fat, high-carb diet may reduce your insulin resistance, you”;re at high risk for nutrient deficiencies in the long term, as so many of the most bioavailable vitamins and minerals are found in animal-based fats.

“;I think the sweet spot is eating an animal-based diet. Not exclusively animals for all people, but realizing that animal foods have been incorrectly vilified. They’re an integral part of the human diet, including organ meats.

Also include some of the healthiest carbohydrates, the nonprocessed carbohydrates, into your diet occasionally, and don”;t go either low-carb, high-fat all the time or low-fat, high-carb all the time. Having a mix, but having a robust amount of protein throughout …; I think that’s a sweet spot for most people.”;

Low Glutathione May Increase COVID-19 Severity

Saladino also cites a recent hypothesis highlighting the potential role of glutathione in COVID-19. The paper,14 “;Endogenous Deficiency of Glutathione as the Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations of Death From Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19): A Hypotheses Based on Literature Data and Own Observations,”; is written by a Russian medical doctor and Ph.D.

What he found was that the reactive-oxygen-species-to-glutathione ratio was able to predict the severity of COVID-19 and the patient”;s outcome. When the patient had a low ROS-to-glutathione ratio, the patient had a very mild case. The fever disappeared on the fourth day without any treatment whatsoever.

When the ROS-to-glutathione ratio was high, the patient developed air hunger on the fourth day, experienced significant fever, hoarseness, myalgia and fatigue persisting for 13 days. A patient with even higher ROS and lower reduced glutathione had critical disease requiring hospitalization for COVID-19-related pneumonia. According to the author:15

“;Based on an exhaustive literature analysis and own observations, I proposed a hypothesis that glutathione deficiency is exactly the most plausible explanation for serious manifestation and death in COVID-19 infected patients.

The major risk factors established for severe COVID-19 infection and relative glutathione deficiency found in COVID-19 infected patients with moderate-to-severe illness have converged me to two very important conclusions:

(1) oxidative stress contributes to hyper-inflammation of the lung leading to adverse disease outcomes such as acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiorgan failure and death;

(2) poor antioxidant defense due to endogenous glutathione deficiency as a result of decreased biosynthesis and/or increased depletion of GSH is the most probable cause of increased oxidative damage of the lung, regardless which of the factors aging, chronic disease comorbidity, smoking or some others were responsible for this deficit.

The hypothesis provides novel insights into the etiology and mechanisms responsible for serious manifestations of COVID-19 infection and justifies promising opportunities for effective treatment and prevention of the illness through glutathione recovering with N-acetylcysteine and reduced glutathione.”;

Glutathione, Zinc and Selenium

As noted by Saladino, these findings also tie into the issue of zinc and its importance for proper immune function, as zinc helps mitigate the oxidative stress reaction. The question is, why do these people have such low glutathione in the first place?

Saladino believes it”;s probably due to underlying nutritional deficiencies such as glycine deficiency, or oxidative stress caused by smoking, heavy metal toxicity, EMF exposure, eating lots of processed vegetable oils or insulin resistance. Any of these could cause low glutathione.

To improve your glutathione, you need zinc, and zinc in combination with hydroxychloroquine (a zinc ionophore or zinc transporter) has been shown effective in the treatment of COVID-19.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), meanwhile, is a precursor of glutathione, and may protect against coagulation problems associated with COVID-19, as it counteracts hypercoagulation and breaks down blood clots.

Selenium is also important, as some of the enzymes involved in glutathione production are selenium-dependent. Saladino cites research showing an association between regional selenium status and the severity of COVID-19 outcome cases in China. The lower the amount of selenium in the hair, the lower the cure rate was.

“;Why is this? It’s probably because glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase are selenium- dependent enzymes, and these enzymes are intimately connected by controlling this antioxidant redox system,”; Saladino explains.

“;So, what we’re seeing is this huge immunologic injury, this imbalance of the innate and adaptive immune system, we’re seeing insulin resistance, and we’re seeing diffused oxidative damage, and all that stuff can probably be controlled with lifestyle. That’s the huge takeaway.”;

One of the best ways to increase glutathione, though, is molecular hydrogen. It is my absolute favorite as it does so selectively and will not increase glutathione unnecessarily if you don”;t need it. You can view Tyler LeBaron”;s excellent lecture on the details of how it does this in “;How Molecular Hydrogen Can Help Your Immune System.”;

More Information

We cover a lot of ground in this interview, far more than has been summarized here, so for more details, be sure to listen to the interview. Saladino is a wellspring of well-researched information. We also review:

The use of quercetin in lieu of hydroxychloroquine, either of which needs to be taken with zinc, at the first signs of symptoms.
The hazards of oxalates, found in many plant foods and the benefits of a carnivore diet.
Links between COVID-19 and pulmonary vasculitis –; A new hypothesis suggests SARS-CoV-2 attacks the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels surrounding the lungs’ air sacs, or alveoli, causing fluid leakage and blood clots. According to Saladino, low glutathione may be at play here as well.
How you can improve your insulin sensitivity in as little as nine days by eliminating all fructose.

To learn more, be sure to visit his website, CarnivoreMD.com, and pick up a copy of “;The Carnivore Code,”; now in its updated second edition. He also has a great podcast called “;Fundamental Health.”; On the social media platforms, you can find him by searching for @carnivoreMD.

“;If those who are susceptible to COVID-19 due to insulin resistance and diabetes are able to use this as a wake-up call and change their metabolic health, they will change the quality of life for the entire time that they’re living,”; Saladino says.

“;My dad is a perfect example of this. He”;s 70 years old, a retired internist, and I’m going to get him a continuous glucose monitor. He’s not as metabolically healthy as he should be, but I’m encouraging him to improve his metabolic health.

And the beauty of that might just be that if coronavirus is the impetus, if coronavirus is the trigger that he needs to change his metabolic health –; to use a continuous glucose monitor, to show himself his glycemic variability and understand how much risk that puts him at, or just to give him an indication that he’s a little insulin-resistant because he’s eating bread or vegetable oil, or not getting enough nutrients.

If he makes the change, he’s decreasing his risk of coronavirus, but he’s also decreasing his risk of seasonal flu, diabetic complications, coronary artery disease, hypertension and stroke. I mean, the list goes on and on. That’s what you and I are about, and that’s what I think it’s all focused on.”;

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