GOP Frontrunner Carson Was Involved in Pyramid Scheme

By now everyone has heard about Ben Carson’s Egyptian pyramid story. Specifically, that the GOP 2016 presidential frontrunner believes that Egyptian pyramids were built by the biblical Joseph for the purpose of storing grain. This of course contradicts the archeological consensus that pyramids were in fact built to honor Egyptian royalty. Pharaohs and their families were mummified and their bodies stored with their most prized possession in tombs inside the pyramids. Biblical Archaeologist Jody Magness of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill notes “The use of the pyramids as tombs is verified by both written (literary) sources and archaeological evidence.”

Believe it not, there is another pyramid story involving Ben Carson that is even more outrageous that thinking that pyramids were built as giant grains silos.This one though does not involve Egyptian (or even Mayan) pyramids, but rather a financial pyramid scheme.

For years, the Republican doctor has been a spokesperson and proponent of nutritional supplements sold by a vertical marketing company called Mannatech (MTEX). The company has a questionable record of frivolous claims, for example that its pills can cure everything from cancer to Parkinson’s’ disease to cystic fibrosis. The company has even been forced to settle a deceptive marketing lawsuit filed in of all places Texas, a state not particularly known for its consumer rights advocacy record. Current Texas governor and former state’s attorney Greg Abbott’s office handled the case. After the $4 million restitution settlement (with an additional $1 in penalties), Abbott noted “Texas will not tolerate illegal marketing schemes that prey upon the sick and unsuspecting.”

Mannatech is in the multi-level marketing business, where independent sellers not on its payroll purchase its supplements for the purpose of reselling those supplements to other customers. As is the case with most multi-level marketing schemes, the company ends up making most of its earnings from selling its products to the sellers themselves, rather than actual users. 228,000 “members” have purchased Mannatech products in the last 12 months.

Carson already admitted to being paid $42,000 to speak at a Mannatech event in 2013 during a GOP debate. But the doctor was more than a paid speaker. He has touted the benefits of the product for years, even claiming that the supplements cured his own prostate cancer at a vertical marketing networking event filled with salespeople. In a video distributed to prospective sellers by the company, Carson states “Basically what the company is doing is trying to find a way to restore natural diet as a medicine, or as a mechanism, for maintaining health. That’s why I was drawn towards Mannatech because it recognized the influence on health of natural foods.”

It is not yet clear if Ben Carson was in fact a true believer in the Mannatech product or simply another con man in it to make as much money for himself as possible. He believes so many crazy things that perhaps we should give him the benefit of the doubt and conclude that he is simply just another genuinely crazy person seeking the Republican nomination for President.


Bethenny Frankel Advises Women To Beat Men in Business

Bethenny Frankel tells female entrepreneurs to be better than the men! Unfiltered and raw, the 45-year-old goes in hard and passionate about succeeding in male dominated industries. While many who know her from Bravo’s hit reality show Real Housewives of New York or have followed her highly publicized, nasty divorce from husband Jason Hoppy would never take any advice about handling men from this reality star, those who know business, money, and success are all ears when she speaks.

Capturing the hearts of millions around the world as the underdog on the Real Housewives of New York back in 2008, Frankel, just seven years ago, could not afford her rent or cab fare to get around the city. She rose to success in front of the Bravo cameras with her brainchild Skinny Girl Margarita, becoming a mogul worth over a reported $25 million. After countless doors slamming in her face, disappointing setbacks, and brutal rejections, Frankel found herself selling her brand to Beam Global for an undisclosed amount. Still owning the name Skinny Girl, the mogul expanded her brand into shape wear, appliances, and healthy snacks. Call her what you may, this native Jersey girl went from being a pitied, alienated cast mate amongst a group of elitist socialites with summer homes in the Hamptons to being the most respected self made millionaire calling her own shots.

While debates circulate throughout social media and numerous court documents still have fans questioning whether or not Frankel owes any credit or half of her Skinny Girl fortune to her soon-to-be ex-husband Hoppy, many wonder if Frankel’s long, drawn-out three year divorce proceedings has made her very bitter and hardened towards men. Because the liquor business is driven by men and marketed by men, Frankel knew she had to be a hundred times better than all the men in her industry. The mogul, according to CNBC, advised women in business to look at the wall in front of them and swim there first. Sharing with women around the world the tools and mindset needed to reach the top, Frankel does not sugarcoat or coddle. Urging women to stay on top of their game, keeping their eyes open at all times, and never discussing the glass ceiling, she travels the country speaking to forums filled with aspiring female entrepreneurs. Frankel prides herself on not being concerned with how much more money the man next to her is making, she drills down and refuses to rest to stay ahead of her competition.

Determined to keep her winning streak, Frankel is fighting tooth and nail to keep husband Hoppy from getting a dime of her fortune. The couple wed in front of millions of Bravo viewers back in 2010. Hoppy was there by her side as she was knocking on doors to launch her Skinny Girl idea. The cameras captured the highly emotional moment when Hoppy, after many negotiations on behalf of his wife, received the call that Beam Global purchased her brand. She persuaded Hoppy on camera to quit his pharmaceutical sales position to come work for her. Hoppy made it clear that he would agree to come work as partners with his wife, but not as her employee. Somewhere along the lines, the partnership and employee understanding was seriously lost as Frankel reported to the media that Hoppy relied heavily on her to make all the franchise decisions and financially take care of them both. Hoppy maintains that he helped negotiate the Beam Global deal that made her millions. He insists his wife has serious deep seated issues with men stemming from a volatile upbringing. Hoppy accuses his wife of using men and then tossing them out to win.

While many of Frankel’s fans do not agree with how she handles her men in her personal life, they salute her with respect as a business woman who knows how to play with the big boys. Whether she chews them up and spits them out or beats them to the wall first, Frankel is determined to win by any means necessary. And what her female fans love most about her…she really wants them to win, too.

By Meleika Gardner