We enjoyed warm spring weather and light rains early last week here in Northeast
Missouri, then Mother Nature changed her mind and decided to keep winter around a little longer! We've
had a cool weekend, but are looking forward to warmer temperatures this week!
Celiac disease vs. gluten sensitivity? Be sure and check out the
blog this week for an interesting article on the gluten
sensitivity study. There is a definite difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, but it
is often a very fine line. As the number of celiac disease cases continue to rise, it is important to
learn about the symptoms and the benefits of a gluten-free diet.
Looking for a reliable source of extra virgin, cold pressed, unfiltered, first pressing olive
oil? Look no further! We are very excited to be able to source such a high quality Olive Oil,
coming to us from a family farm in California, where they grow their own olives and bottle the oil - a trait
that is increasingly hard to find. We are currently carrying the milder
Late Harvest Olive Oil, and a slightly peppery
Mid Season Olive Oil - both are a must-have for any primal
Mark's Daily Apple for a recent post on the current
research and benefits of olive oil, and the
important traits to look for when buying olive
School lunches have made the press quite a bit recently, and we often get questions
about how parents can get quality meats in their schools. So we were happy to see the government
addressing the growing childhood obesity problem by looking at school lunch standards - which haven't been
raised in fifteen years. The
proposed changes are not
perfect, but they are a step in the right direction. Chef and healthy food advocate Jamie Oliver is
making it easier for us to share our opinion with the USDA. Simply visit his
Food Revolution site to submit your comments directly to
the USDA. It is important to let them know we want more grass-fed meats, free range poultry and healthy
dairy options for our school children. If you are interested in having US Wellness Meats supply your
school with any of our products, simply visit our
US Wellness Kids page and we'll send a personal note to your
of our readers in the Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to stop by one of our premier wholesalers -
BM Organics this Thursday evening, March 31 for a presentation from several US Wellness
reps, and to enjoy some free samples!
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, March 27. Promo codes will be emailed on Monday morning and will be active for 30 days.
This week's question: "What country has
the most per capita consumption of olive oil?" Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.Thanks to all who have been participating in our Trivia
Contests! In the last news alert, we asked: What is the traditional profession of leprechauns? The answer
John, Lee Ann, Megan,
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Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC
Question and Answer Column
Dear Dr. Serrano,
I have a
question regarding nutrition and athletes. More specifically, manageable ways to monitor potential nutrient
deficiencies that can affect optimal hormone efficiency - which in turn relates to athletic
I played major college football, and during my career, I'm convinced my body
chronically fluctuated between sub-optimal and optimal performance due to my thyroid disease (hashimoto's -
which wasn't determined until a year after playing).
After my career, I trained and
completed a triathlon. During this period, I developed at least one or two more autoimmune issues (skin
related) due to over-training and chronic inflammation. Switching to
grass-fed protein, eliminating grains and other toxins, and supplementing
vitamin D and
fish oil helped me overcome these problems (for the most part).
Throughout the process, my knowledge of nutrition, hormones, and training increased tenfold, and I am now
more familiar with how everything is connected.
My question(s) relates to optimal
nutrition for athletes. I work with young athletes, and I'm researching ways to ensure my kids aren't
handcuffed by chronic deficiencies, inflammation, or diseases, like I was when I played.
In my case, I believe the following tests, monitored every couple months, would have proved immensely
- Complete thyroid panels (trainers and doctor usually just checked my T4 and TSH)
hormone tests - specifically Testosterone (total and free) and Estradiol
- Glucose and Insulin
- C-reactive Protein
- Other tests for autoimmune issues - especially those that affect
digestion and absorption of nutrients
a complete picture of what was going on inside my body, I think I could have monitored my diet, supplement,
and training protocols more efficiently, which would have improved my performance immensely (e.g. Less stress
from toxins and deficiencies due to thyroid disease = less inflammation = less stress overall = improved
hormone function (increased natural testosterone, Hgh, T3, etc) = increased performance)
Do you think the tests I listed are appropriate for establishing baselines for athletes? Do you
recommend any others that can be easily monitored to ensure adequate nutrient intake and optimal hormonal
function? Is it even worth it?
Thanks in advance. Hope all is well.
Before you address any of the nutritional issues we need to address the two must important
equations in this particular problem:
- Overzealous parents
Sometimes we forget that our kids are just kids, and we, as parents don't look at the real picture but
only look at how good or bad our child is in a particular sport or activity and we start thinking: how can I
make him better? Instead of, what is my child good at so i can cultivate or encourage that area?
With a new breed of coaches that only care about winning it is
very hard not to address practices, which by the way are too long, or seasons, which now are all year.
We don't allow breaks, and these seasons and practices in return cause over-training, under-eating, health
Because you are an advanced athlete and you are interested in some type of testing for athletes, I am
going to make some recommendations for what you are looking for.
- The tests your recommend are not good enough to find out how you or the
child are doing health wise
- Blood tests are
just guidelines, not the answer
- Best test is a
performance record keeping:, write everything you have been doing, eating, supplementing, competing,
companionship, friends, dates, times of what you did, how you did and how you felt, this is way better than
any blood test
- You are looking for very
specific values and to capture the general public or kids that are having problems, some of those test will
not show what you are looking for
- If I had a
choice of what test to order, the first one will be a food dairy, then a food allergy test
- If money and time were not a decisive factor then I
would order other tests but they would be specific for each situation
- If you are going to establish baselines then I would use saliva for the
hormones, immunolab for the allergies, and then would check for each vitamin
Thank you Adam, I hope these
recommendations help you with your questions.
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reminder to email health and wellness questions to email@example.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
Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness Newsletters or News Alerts under your first name
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
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Wine-Braised Short Ribs
- 2 lbs
Beef Short Ribs, cut into pieces
- 1 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
medium onion, chopped
- 1 can (28 ounces)
Crushed Tomatoes with Italian Seasonings
- 1 cup Dry Red Wine
- Cooked Soft
Polenta or Pasta (optional)
oil in large stockpot over medium
heat until hot. Place
beef short ribs in stockpot; brown evenly.
- Remove from
stockpot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Add onion to stockpot; cook and stir
5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes and wine.
- Return beef to stockpot;
bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beef is
- Remove beef; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Cook,
uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Season with
salt and pepper, as desired.
- Serve short ribs with sauce
and polenta or pasta, if desired.
Recipe and photo compliments of Beef It's What's For
I read about you from Dr. Sears here in South Florida so I decided to give you a try.
I received your package the other day and last night I grilled three
. These very well could have been the most delicious
steaks I have ever had.
What a great combination - healthy and delicious!
forward to a long and delicious relationship with
US Wellness Meats
Boca Raton, FL
March, 2011 - Chaffin Family
These scenic shots
come from Chaffin Family Orchards, home of our new
Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
US Wellness - 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.Operation Gratitude
is a charitable organization out of California that is dedicated to
sending care packages to our soldiers. The special thing about this organization is that you do not
have to donate money to make a difference.
One of their biggest needs now is personal
letters written to deployed troops and wounded warriors. You can also help out by sending supplies,
donating used cell phones, or by organizing a collection drive. Follow them on
to stay up-to-date on all of their events, and to hear about more ways you can
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