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U.S. Wellness Bi-Weekly News Brief Monticello, Missouri
June 22, 2008

Dear John,

The week of June 15th will go down as a historical flood week in Lewis County Missouri. Fortunately, U.S. Wellness pastures and offices are on high ground.

U.S. Wellness is a very small part of the food chain in this great land. However, many Americans are going to set down for Sunday dinner with a better appreciation for the men and women that provide food for America's families. Much nation media attention was focused on the loss of approximately 5 million acres of crop land to the Flood of 2008.

Sadly, our small very rural county was headline news in the national media almost every day this week. Certainly wish it had been on a positive note versus the carnage the Mississippi River dealt to levee districts that failed containing some the most highly productive farm land in the USA.

The largest town in county, Canton (2500 population) will be a levee survivor after a frenzied fight fought with 1000 volunteers over last weekend and the early part of last week. Water rose above the earthen levee on June 17, but the man made wall of lumber and sand turned back the tide as it did in 1993.

Our neighbors directly across the Mississippi have a gapping hole in their levee and 17,000 acres of ruined crops. Same story on many more agricultural levees up and down stream on both sides of the river from Canton, Missouri.

The summer of 2008 will shed more light on a world that will struggle to feed itself for the coming decades. China, India and many third world countries are developing large numbers of middle class consumers which is upsetting the agricultural balance. Every day more arable land gets laid to waste via development, highways and erosion.

The lessons of the Roman Empire need to be placed on the table for agricultural planners as the 21st century unfolds.

On a brighter note, please notice two unique recipe books for your review in the ' what's new ' section below.

In closing, take a moment on the Sabbath to pray for those who lost houses, possessions, businesses, and crops in the Flood of 2008.

Warmest regards,

John, Lee Ann, Megan, Lacey and McKenzie on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats

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  • Happy Cows - June 18, 2008

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    The following items are back in stock:

    Something NEW!

    Tenderloin Filets, sandwich steaks and sirloin tips should be back in stock on June 28. We apologize for the painful delay.

    beef snack sticks small

    This week's sizzling savings include:

    Sale expires midnight CST June 28, 2008.

    Eric Seranno

    This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to the email address below for Dr. Eric Serrano M.D. question and answer series.

    Answers now appear below and in the bi-weekly U.S. Wellness Newsletter. Your name will not be displayed.

    Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to answer literally any question related to health and wellness involving grass-fed meats. Dr. Serrano has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background and 14 years of clinical experience. This includes working with a number of world class athletes and a large local family practice in Ohio.

    Please email using the address below and place Dr. Serrano's name in the subject line. Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness Newsletters or below in News Alerts.

    Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advance degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness.

    Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
    475 North Hill Road
    Pickerington - OH - 43147-1157


    Hi Dr. Serrano,

    I switched to grass-fed beef last year and have eaten this meat exclusively. Because of food sensitivities I cannot eat fish, most pasteurized dairy and wheat.

    My daily diet consists of coconut milk and coconut oil, grass-fed beef and chicken, eggs, raw nuts, some butter, a little Swiss cheese and lots of fresh vegetables and some fruit. The only grain I can tolerate is rice. I eat no processed or pre-packaged food and no sodas of any kind. Because of this diet, my cholesterol recently tested at the following:

    Total cholesterol: 284
    HDLC: 90
    Triglyceride: 91
    Low Density Lipoprotein: 176
    Very Low Density Lipoprotein: 18
    Hemolysis Index: Normal
    My other blood results are all in the normal to excellent range.

    I am 51 years old, female and post menopausal. My weight is stable -- not skinny -- but stocky and muscular. I have no medical conditions, and I take no prescription medicine.

    My doctor told me that my good cholesterol cancels out my bad cholesterol, however, my total cholesterol is high and he would like to see it lower.

    In the past, I have tried the low-fat/no-fat type of eating and found it very difficult to maintain my energy level and clarity of mind. Also, my weight would fluctuate. My hair would get dry and my skin would be rough, and I'd get skin rashes. I cannot tolerate a lot of whole grain foods so I would end up feeling hungry and unsatisfied throughout a busy day.

    Right now I feel great, take daily exercise and have lots of energy. However, I feel under constant assault by the current low cholesterol fad and wonder if I'm doing something wrong.

    Would you please advise me on my total cholesterol profile?

    What are your thoughts about today's idea of "one size fits all" cholesterol numbers for everyone?

    What should normal cholesterol be?



    Dear Joan:

    Thank you for your detailed letter.

    Yes, your numbers are fantastic and I agree with your physician about the HDL and LDL. Your diet is actually very good, but I hope you are taking fish oils because you are not consuming enough essential fats in your diet and you require greater amounts than the one provided by grass-fed beef.

    Joan to answer the question why your cholesterol is high, takes a little more than what you gave history wise but here is the reason why your cholesterol is "high". The reason is, because you are menopause and your body is reading that is low in certain hormones like estrogen and progesterone, so I am sure at one point on time you were having hot flashes or other symptoms related to menopause, and as you remember those hormones, estrogen and progesterone, come from cholesterol; consequently, the body will make extra cholesterol so it can manufacture more cholesterol derived hormones, but in your case it is not doing it, so it keeps making extra cholesterol.

    Joan to fix this problem, which i think is not a problem because laboratory values are just guidelines and not a diagnosis I will check your thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and if you are under stress, I will check your cortisol levels, which will show most of them low to borderline low and that will explain why your cholesterol is 284.

    Joan you must consume nuts so you can have other good fats. Please refer to my fat article before.

    Thank you and continue your excellent life style.

    Joan do not change or add medications you are doing great.

    Dr. Serrano

    short ribs



    • 3 Lbs. beef short ribs - cut into serving size pieces
    • 12 anise seeds
    • 2 tbsp. soy sauce (note non soy substitute below)
    • 1/2 cup dry red wine
    • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
    • 2 tsp. beef broth stock
    • 2 tsp. powdered mushrooms
    • 1 cup hot water
    • 1/4 tsp. Bouquet Garni for beef

    Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe

    Ingredients for soy sauce replacement:

    • 2 tbsp. beef broth
    • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tsp. molasses
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil
    • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
    • black pepper to taste
    • 1/4 cup boiling water

    Preparation for Soy Sauce Substitute:

    1. Combine all the ingredients. At this point, you can either a) use the sauce as is, leaving for an hour to give the flavors a chance to blend, or b) for a thicker, richer sauce, boil the liquid until it is reduced by half, about 3 tablespoons.

    2. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Use the sauce within 3 - 4 days.

    Short Rib Preparation:

    1. Place short ribs in deep bowl.
    2. Crush anise seeds thoroughly.
    3. Combine with soy sauce or substitute, wine, garlic powder, and ginger.
    4. Pour over ribs.
    5. Marinate for several hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.
    6. Drain short ribs and brown in heavy frying pan.
    7. Pour off excess fat.
    8. Add beef stock base and powdered mushrooms to hot water; combine with marinade.
    9. Pour over browned ribs.
    10. Crush Bouquet Garni and sprinkle over meat.
    11. Cover tightly and simmer slowly for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until ribs are very tender.
    12. Thicken sauce, if desired, with 2 teaspoons arrowroot mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water.

    Makes 4 or 5 servings.

    Serve with rice noodles.

    Thank you:

    Happy Cows - June 18, 2008
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    U.S. Wellness Meats was founded on September 1st, 2000. Pasture management and meat science research originated in 1997. The company office is domiciled in Monticello, Missouri in Lewis County which joins the Mississippi River 140 miles North of St. Louis. The company has branched from beef products into lamb, certified humane pork, free range poultry, salted and unsalted grass-fed butter, grass-fed raw cheese, raw honey, gourmet rabbit , artisan soaps, wholesale packs, nutraceuticals , seafood, grass-fed goat , pre-cooked entrees and on sale products.


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