U.S. Wellness News Alert
New Featured Chef & Home Chef Announced;
Kabobs, BBQ Ribs, Chicken & Charcoal Sale;
Cashew Ice Cream Re-stocked;
Dr. Serrano: Homocysteine Comments;
Recipe: Summer Beef Salad - super healthy;
HR 2749 Contains CODEX In The Fine Print;
Patriotism Highlight - Darrell "Shifty" Powers

July 19, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,

U.S. Wellness Meats was excited to see grass-fed beef featured in Forbes Magazine's research article: The Healthiest Foods on Earth.  It is refreshing to know that more people are becoming aware of the amazing benefits of a diet rich in CLA and omega 3's. 

As we are in the heat of summer grilling season, be sure to take advantage of the sale on NY Kabobs and all-natural Ono Charcoal this week.  They make a perfect duo for summer grilling!

Be sure to visit our Featured Chef section on the website this week.  This month's featured professional chef is Fritz Knipschildt, owner of Knipschildt Chocolatier and Chocopologie in Norwalk, CT.  Our featured home chef this week is valued customer Ronita Pitts.  Read both interviews to learn their cooking secrets and advice for cooking delicious grass-fed meat!

On a somber note, Google CODEX and learn what these 5 letters represent.  CODEX is cloaked in HR 2749 and is a powerful reason to keep up the fight with your elected officials.

A reminder for our bulk-chicken order customers: South Carolina chicken orders will not be shipping the week of July 27.  Orders will ship out as usual on Tuesday, July 21 and will resume on Tuesday, August 4.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Best Summer Regards,

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

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Table of Contents
INVENTORY NOTES > 87% Lean Ground Beef is back!
DR. ERIC SERRANO M.D., M.S., B.C. > What Is The Correct Homocysteine Level
FEATURED RECIPE > Summer Beef Salad
HAPPY COWS > Summer 2009
PATRIOTISM > Thank you Darrell "Shifty" Powers
HISTORY > U.S. Wellness Meats
ENERGY TIPS > 2 Oounces = 320 calories and No Caffeine
Inventory notes
Week of July 19, 2009

The following are back in stock:

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Dr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
Question and Answer Column
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 15 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
EMAIL QUESTIONS TO: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com


Dear Dr. Serrano,

I eat low-carb, grass-fed meat rich diet.  I am a 45 year old female -- 5'3" tall, 107 pounds -- active.  My cholesterol is 273 -- HDL is over 107; Triglycerides 60; VLDL: 7; HS CRP- .9.  Fasting Insulin under 2 and Glucose 80.
My serum b12 is 1100 and serum folate is over 25.
My doc is very happy with these numbers and although my total cholesterol bounces between 220 and 280 -- the HDL is always over 100 and my triglycerides are in the 40s to 60 range.  VLDL and CRP are always the same.  Never has he suggested a statin -- just says to keep up the good work.
New doc tested homocysteine for the first time and I was shocked to see it at a whopping 13.6.  New doc says it's irrelevant and don't worry about it in light of all my other numbers and my general health.  
The top range for women is 13.9 and many health writers say it should be under 7.  These same health writers say a deficiency of folic acid or b12 can cause this elevation but I clearly do not have deficiencies of either of those.  I did some  research and discovered homocysteine testing can be falsely elevated if blood is not spun within 30 minutes of collection.

Apparently plasma is the best way to test for homocysteine for accuracy, but I just had a plain old blood draw. Also, it appears that women can have fluctuating levels throughout their menstrual cycle and undue stress or anxiety or anger or depression can cause elevations.  I have been stressed and suffered all of the aforementioned during  the past year over death in family and a legal battle.  Also,  the tech kept missing my vein and I was getting really scared that she didn't know what she was doing during the draw.    Should I have the homocysteine re-tested?

Dear Annie:

Sometimes we can get normal levels in the blood, but that doesn't mean they are correct. I always say treat the patient not the blood.

You did not tell me if you take a vitamin supplement or if you have any symptoms, but you seem to be doing well.  In some people your B12 levels don't mean a thing because the bone might be dumping it into the system due to low levels and that is why they are high now, but if you recheck again. they are low. Are you taking any B12 supplements, do you have reflux?

Stress is the mimicker of all diseases and based on what you are telling me I agree with YOU.

If you want an accurate test of all your vitamins, contact Kelly Salvatore at 614 774 6373.  The test is covered by insurance and it is very accurate.

You might not be using the B12 properly and you might need methylcobalamine, or also TMG,

Best regards,

Dr. Serrano

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Featured Recipe:
Summer Beef Salad with Arugula & Red Onions
Summer Beef Salad

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 lb green beans, halved
  • 1/2 lb arugula, washed
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 beef skirt or flank steak, barbecued and sliced

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oil, and cilantro.  
  2. Add the onion, green beans, arugula, and bean sprouts and toss well.
  3. Divide among four plates and top with beef slices.
Serves 4. 

Recipe compliments of Pasture Perfect.

Feel free to share your favorite recipes at recipes@grasslandbeef.com.

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Happy Cattle, July 13, 2009

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Above: Cattle moving into fresh, lakefront pasture in Missouri sunshine.  Below: Cattle enjoying new pasture at sunset.

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Patriotic Memorial

We received the following story this week and still in the Independence Day spirit, thought it important to share. 

We're hearing a lot today about big splashy  memorial services.

We would like to see a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle", the symbol of the 101st Airborne, on his hat.

Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the 101st.  I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served, and how many jumps he made.

Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so, and was in until sometime in 1945 . . . " at which point my heart skipped.
At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . do you know where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.

I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was, and I know what D-Day was. At that point he said "I also made a second jump into Holland, into Arnhem." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . . .and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day.

I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France, and he said "Yes. And it's real sad because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.

I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in Coach, while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have it, that I'd take his in coach.

He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still some who remember what we did and still care is enough to make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it. And mine are brimming up now as I write this.

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade.
No big event in Staples Center.

No wall to wall back to back 24-7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right.

Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please share this story to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace, Shifty.
"A nation without heroes is nothing."
Roberto Clemente
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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,
organic grass-fed butter, grass-fed raw cheese, raw honey,
gourmet rabbit, wholesale packs, nutraceuticals,
beyond hydration, seafood, grass-fed goat, pre-cooked entrees, and on sale products.

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Grass-fed beef pemmican bars are a great way to start the day or make a super high energy lunch in seconds packed with protein and calories used by our native American ancestors for centuries.

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NY Kabobs
- 1 lb package

Ono Kiawe Charcoal
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Ground Chicken
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BBQ Back Ribs
- 1.7 pound package

BBQ Short Ribs
- 1.5 pound package in all natural BBQ sauce 


Sugar Free Garlic Franks
- 1 lb package

Ground Lamb
- 1 lb package

Turkey Jerky
- 8 oz package
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