U.S. Wellness News Alert

Spring Has Sprung - Ground Beef Sale & New Chocolate!   

April 10, 2011
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,
Spring Daffodils  

Happy Spring!  We have been experiencing typical Missouri spring weather this week - high winds and sunny skies and a few showers have left us with green pastures and happy cows!   We are looking forward to more warm temperatures and sunny days. 


Looking for healthy Easter treats your family will love?  We are very excited to present a new line of organically raised Dark and White Chocolate bars.  We taste-tested this exquisite line of chocolates and placed our first order that very same day!  Askinosie Chocolate is a local Missouri company whose owner has traveled the world and brought back the finest cocoa beans to his Springfield, MO chocolate factory where they take the raw cocoa "beans to bar" in their own facility, something that is very rare to find.  One taste of the San Jose Del Tambo, Tanzania, or Davao chocolate bars and you will understand why we are such big fans! 


It's back!  Our buckets of Beef Tallow are finally back in stock.  Our apologies for the extended shortage.  We also have the smaller, 2.25 lb pails of tallow in stock if you need a smaller amount.  Bought a big bucket and not sure what to do with it?  The uses are endless!  We have customers who fry everything from french fries to chicken in the tallow. (Did you know that McDonalds used to fry all their french fries in tallow?!)  It can also be used as shortening to make desserts or pastries, and can be used to make your own soap, candles or pemmican.    


Our best-selling 75% lean ground beef is on sale this week - so be sure and stock up!  The 75% lean ground beef is full of heart-healthy omega-3s and cancer-fighting CLA, which are both found predominantly in the fat of grazing animals.    


If you have ordered online recently, you may have noticed the green highlight on your internet address bar.  We have recently upgraded our security settings to the highest available for your increased protection.  We had a few questions about the changes, so if you notice the green toolbar, it just means we're working harder to protect your information!


US Wellness Trivia Contest!    

Enter for your chance to win a 15% discount code that can be applied to any one order under 40 lbs.  We will randomly draw 30 winners who email the correct answer on Sunday, April 10.  Promo codes will be emailed on Monday morning and will be active for 30 days. 

This week's question: "What famous mail route started in the month of April back in 1860?"  Please email your answers to jen@grasslandbeef.com.

Thanks to all who have been participating in our Trivia Contests! In the last news alert, we asked: What country has the most per capita consumption of olive oil?  The answer was: Greece.   

Spring Regards, 

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

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Inventory Updates

The following items are back in stock:     Petite Top Sirloin

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Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BCserrano

Question and Answer Column

Eric Seranno


Dear Dr. Serrano,


This question is in regards to your response to Robert's letter about his daughter's health from the March 6 Newsletter.  Please address the gluten issue with this family and the other newsletter readers.  Gluten intolerance is far more prevalent than previously suspected.  It could be causing her symptoms of energy loss, bloated belly and stunted growth.  Gluten intolerance can be responsible for many other health issues, some quite severe, like increased chances of cancer.  If someone has severe gluten intolerance it only takes one piece of cracker the size of 1/8 of your thumbnail to set off an inflammation reaction in the body that lasts up to 6 months.  For more information on this issue, you can contact Tim Gerstmar, ND.  Dr. Gerstmar is very knowledgeable about gut health and gluten issues and frequently lectures at the local WAPF chapter meetings.

Dr. Tim Gerstmar
Aspire Natural Health
Redmond, WA

Thank you.



Dear Linda,  


My apologies for not addressing that specific issue but I thought they had bigger problems than just gluten but I will address that issue now. I am going to address it a little different than usual because I follow certain medical "research" rules and others I don't, about this issue.

Gluten is a protein found in many grains including rye, wheat, oats, spelt, barley, kamut and probably some other grains if we look for them. There are different levels of gluten "problems"  including intolerance, true allergy, and just plain viral-like reaction.


Note that I made up the viral-like reaction but I have seen it in my office so I know it is true even though you don't read about it.
I am going to explain each problem one by one so the public have a general understanding what these problems are and how to treat and properly diagnose it.

  1. Intolerance - The body can actually digest some of the gluten but not much, like it has an overload threshold.   This means it can digest some of the gluten but if you continue to consume it all the time then you develop local symptoms like bloating, gas, or feeling full all day, maybe because the body is missing an enzyme, a probiotic or some nutrient that aids in the digestion of gluten.  These symptoms usually go away after a few hours or days.
  2. True Allergy - When you eat gluten you develop not only local digestive symptoms like above, but now you have a runny nose, cough, unable to workout without shortness of breath, eventually might develop joint pain, and start having systemic problems in which gluten will affect your heart, your joints - even causing arthritis, the brain - causing depression, schizophrenia, or dry skin.  In addition, this gluten will cause severe intestinal and digestive problems which end up developing celiac disease, which for a physician means positive intestinal damage shown by biopsy. The numbers "now" are 1 in 100, but notice I said celiac and not intolerance, so I bet that these numbers are way higher.  Sometimes patients on this level are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, depression, schizo, asthma, reflux, prostatitis, etc. Physicians need a biopsy to truly diagnose celiac, although I don't believe in the biopsy because by the time you show damage to your intestines, too many things have been happening already.  Other ways to diagnose celiac disease are Antiglidin antibodies, anti endomysial anitbodies, tissue transglutaminase antibody, HLADq2, and DQ8 for genetical susceptibility.  The most valid one, or I will say most accurate, is doing the elimination diet for 14 days, but again this one also has its weaknesses because if you are allergic to milk, and not gluten, but you have an intolerance to gluten it might not show that you have an intolerance because you are still having symptoms to the milk.
  3. Viral Reaction - This is the worst one because the patient has seen a bunch of doctors, biopsies, medicines, every test in the book has been done but your symptoms are not in the gut, but in your immune system and heart.  If you eat one piece of gluten you get so sick that they think the  patient is making it up or they diagnose you with all kind of diseases every time they see you. 

The problem with gluten is that it is everywhere and this society has been taught they can't exist without bread, pasta, chips, soy sauce (yes, soy sauce has gluten in it), oats that are "gluten" free, etc.  Once people are diagnosed with an allergy they decide to go to "gluten" free meals, and sometimes these are as bad as the original grain.

Yes, gluten is a protein like what you find in bacteria walls, like some of the viruses that contain certain proteins, so the body treats it as such, and yes is very prevalent.  As a physician that cares for each patient I must look at the whole picture, and I am sending John my presentation so he can put it on the website in some way, look at the overall picture and then narrow it piece by piece and you will help your patients.

If readers want to know how I treat gluten I will let them email US Wellness if they are interested, and I will give you my protocols, which are different for each patient.  


Thank you Linda for your advice.

Good Luck,  

Dr. Serrano

This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com for the Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.

question and answer series.  Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness.


Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness Newsletters or News Alerts under your first name only. 


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.


Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.

475 North Hill Road

Pickerington, OH 43147-1157

Email Questions To: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com   

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recipeFeatured Recipe

Spiced Bacon Twists   

Ingredients:Spiced Bacon Twists
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • Dash cayenne pepper 
  • 10 center-cut bacon strips 
  1. Combine the first five ingredients; rub over bacon on both sides.  
  2. Twist bacon; place on a rack in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. 
  3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until firm; bake longer if desired.  

Yield: 5 servings 


Recipe and photo compliments of Taste of Home.

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Customer Feedback

I received my first order of meat last week and haven't had a chance to tap into much as I had some other stuff that needed to be used up first. I have two things to say:

Best. Bacon. EVER.

My cats are very happy with your pet food. I have to cook it first so their tummies get used to it (with a supplemental probiotic), but now they go to the fridge when I come into the kitchen looking for more meat. My diabetic cat is looking and feeling healthier, with less dry skin and he's playing more.

Thank you!!

Haddam, CT

Wholesale Hello!

We are happy to introduce a new section in our News Alerts that will shine some light on a featured US Wellness Wholesale customer.  We have many wholesale outlets around the country that many customers may not be aware of, so this is our chance to brag about them!  If you are interested in becoming a US Wellness wholesaler, simply drop us an email at: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com.   


BM Organics PresentationOur first Wholesale Hello! takes place in Fort Lauderdale, FL at BM Organics, located on North Dixie Highway.  This hidden gem of a store is tucked away at an unassuming location but once you walk in the store you know you've found something good.  They have shelves of organic snacks, nuts, baking goods, and skincare products, walk a little further and you will find tables lined with fresh, organic produce, and coolers full of meat and dairy products.   


A few members of the US Wellness crew had the pleasure of traveling to Fort Lauderdale last week (it was 40 degrees when we left Missouri, so we didn't really want to leave 80 degree FL weather!) and speaking at their Weston A. Price chapter meeting.  Charles and Dr. Paola Weber are not only the owners of BM Organics, but they are the WAP chapter leaders for Broward County, and the parents of five wild and very healthy children.   We got to talk about our farms and the benefits of grass-fed meats, and look forward to another visit soon.   


If you will be in the Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to stop by!


BM OrganicsBM Organics 

4861 North Dixie Highway

Store #2

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

(954) 533-3282  



photosApril 5, 2011 - Lewis County, MO

April Grazing
Finally some green grass!  Our cows are happy to be out on green pastures again after the long Missouri winter! 


US Wellness - Supporting Our Troops

Supporting Our Troops
As the war on terror continues to rage in the Middle East, we continue to follow and support our troops both at home and abroad who work daily to protect our freedom.  Beginning in our 2011 News Alerts we will focus on different organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the lives of our American Soldiers.

Soldiers AngelsThe Soldiers' Angels motto basically says it all: "May No Soldier Go Unloved May No Soldier Walk Alone May No Soldier Be Forgotten Until They All Come Home."

They are dedicated to the care of all soldiers, veterans, and their families.  Through Soldiers' Angels, you can actually "adopt" a soldier, which is a very easy process and a great idea for school groups, businesses, or individuals and soldiers truly appreciate the letters and care packages they receive.  Visit their website for all the details, and be sure to follow them on Facebook for all of their latest activities. 

The Soldiers' Angels organization has recently reactivated the Operation Tenshi/Angel, due to requests from marines on base in Okinawa. The aftermath of the devastating earthquake and hurricane that hit Japan has left thousands of it's residents homeless, and many are heading to US military bases to seek shelter.  They are not expecting this trend to slow down anytime soon, and troops are in dire need of supplies to help take care of stranded victims.  If you would like to help this important cause, visit the Operation Tenshi/Angel website for more details and to find out what supplies are needed and what you can do it help.

In Memory

The grass-fed meats and smart niche food community lost a lion at the peak of his game on March 25, 2011.  Terry Gompert was a personal friend and mentor to US Wellness Meats.  We first crossed paths in the fall of 2000 after a pasture walk at the Ken Suter farm.  The pasture walk was followed by grilling steaks over an open flame and discussing the merits of grass-fed meats and how to educate consumers on smart proteins.  The mentoring continued ever since.


Since 1983 Mr. Gompert had served as the Knox County Extension Agent with the University of Nebraska. Terry is best known as a unique teacher with the ability to get his farmers and ranchers to think out of the box.  Never once did he ever suggest how to solve a problem but he would keep asking difficult questions to make everyone think past normal parameters in his presence.  This has led to innovations on all seven continents. Terry's circle of endeavors was extraordinary compared to most men who only worry about their immediate family.  Terry's circle included all free spirits in the new age of niche agriculture running the gamete from grass-fed meats, grass-fed dairy and organic vegetables.


A measure of a man is who shows up to pay respects.  Terry's memorial on March 30th was an over flow crowd in the community room of a steakhouse in Creighton, NE.  I would estimate 300+ friends arrived and several came from a great distances to pay their respects.  The minister made his usual opening remarks which were followed by eulogies from his immediate family.  The surprise was when the minister invited members from the audience to come forth and express their memories.  Comments were two minutes max but lasted for an hour.  Most mentioned Terry's integrity, ethics, and reverence to God in their remarks, laced with sadness, knowledge and humor.


In closing, Terry had a straight path to heaven without a stop light in his way.  Very few men have walked a better path to perpetual life.

John Wood 

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About U.S. Wellness Meats

U.S. Wellness Meats was founded on US Wellness CattleSeptember 1st, 2000. Pasture management and meat science research originated in 1997.

The company office is located 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:

Grass-Fed Lamb, Compassionate Certified Pork, Poultry, Wild Caught Seafood, Grass-Fed Bison, Grass-Fed Butter, Raw Grass-Fed Cheese, Raw Honey, Gourmet Rabbit, Wholesale Packs, Nutraceuticals, Pre-Cooked Entrees, Snacks, and Pet Food.

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On Sale!
75% Lean Ground Beef

The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST Saturday April 16, 2011.


Box 4AL - 75% Lean Ground Beef 

- 25 lbs


Hickory Smoked Sliced Beef Brisket 

- 8 (1.5 lb) packages    

Free Range Chicken Liver 

- 1.5 lb package


All-Natural BBQ Sauce 

- 4 (16 oz) bottles 




TriTip Steak 


Tri-Tip Steak 

- 6.5 oz 


Cranberry Turkey Jerky 

- 8 oz package


Pet Burger 

- 1 lb package


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