That time of
year is quickly upon us again. We have had a chilly week here in Northeast Missouri and even
saw a few flurries early in the week. It's a bit warmer this weekend and we've enjoyed a few
sunny days. We are seeing more Christmas decorations going up and holiday shopping is in full
swing. This is one of our favorite times of year and we look forward to making your holiday
eating and shopping experiences as friendly as possible!
If you are looking for a
centerpiece for your dinner table this holiday season, our new
Sugar-Free Hams are back in stock and quickly climbing
the best-seller list. We took the honey powder out of the recipe so the only ingredients are
our pork and sea salt - no sweeteners, nitrates, nitrites, MSG or celery salt. For more
information on our pork producers and processing steps, visit our
pork blog page. If you are looking for more
sugar-free dinner ideas, be sure to check out the
Here is your chance to win this week: George at
Civilized Caveman is hosting another
epic giveaway, valued at over
$1500. The prizes include a Le Creuset set, a Royall Tailgater wood pellet grill, $250 worth
of US Wellness grilling meats, and another $250 worth of PaleoTreats. There are lots of ways
to get qualified to win, so head over to his
blog now for all the info!
Congratulations to Lindy Pals who was the lucky winner of a Weston A. Price-inspired prize package
from our latest
blog contest! If
you haven't already, sign up for our
blog so you will be the first to know about new contests and giveaways.
We came across an interesting project this week: The Human Food Project has teamed up
with a host of
collaborators to start on the
American Gut project, trying to learn more about how gut microbes affect our
health. They need as many participants as possible and there are some
perks to getting involved! Check out their
website for all of the information - this is a project that will be very
beneficial to our health and that of our children.
For a great stocking stuffer
for anyone on your Christmas list, we highly suggest the
Sockeye Salmon Oil. It is our featured
volume discount item this week so the more
you buy the more you save. This makes an excellent addition to anyone's diet, especially since
the typical American is not getting enough heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.
The only ingredient is pure wild-caught Sockeye Salmon oil harvested out of the icy waters of the
certificates are always great presents and let the recipient pick out exactly what they
want! We'll mail you the gift certificate along with a brochure and ordering information, or
we can email them for last minute gifts!
If you are looking for new recipe ideas for the
holiday season we highly recommend visiting our
Pinterest page. We are continually adding new recipes in every meat
category - beef, bison, lamb, pork, poultry, rabbit, seafood, organ meats and even have a whole
board dedicated to
If you plan on purchasing products
for Christmas, please keep in mind that Wednesday, December 19 at 10:00 am CST is the ordering
deadline for delivery before Christmas. We will
not be able to ship Monday, December 24 or Tuesday, December 25 due to the holiday. We
recommend ordering early as weather conditions this time of the year can sometimes complicate or
John, Lee Ann,
Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness
Back in Stock:
- Regular Pemmican bars, Honey and Cherry Free bars, and pails of each variety will restock on
Monday afternoon, December 3rd. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience.
Recent Health News|
Strength in Adolescence Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death
Low muscle strength in adolescence is strongly
associated with a greater risk of early death from several major causes, suggests a large study
published on the British Medical Journal
The effect is similar to well
established risk factors for early death like being overweight or having high blood pressure,
leading the authors to call for young people, particularly those with very low strength, to engage
in regular physical activity to boost their muscular fitness.
High body mass index (BMI)
and high blood pressure at a young age are known risk factors for premature death, but whether
muscular strength in childhood or adolescence can predict mortality is unclear.
So a team
of researchers, led by Professor Finn Rasmussen at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, tracked more
than one million Swedish male adolescents aged 16 to 19 years over a period of 24 years.
Participants underwent three reliable muscular strength tests at the start of the study (knee
extension strength, handgrip strength and elbow flexion strength). BMI and blood pressure were also
measured. Premature death was defined as death before age 55 years.
During the follow-up
period, 26,145 participants (2.3% of the group) died. Suicide was the most common cause of death
(22.3%) compared with cardiovascular diseases (7.8%) or cancer (14.9%).
strength was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of early death from any cause and also from
cardiovascular diseases, independently of BMI or blood pressure. No association was seen with cancer
Stronger adolescents also had a 20-30% lower risk of early death from suicide and
were up to 65% less likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia and mood
disorders. These results suggest that physically weaker individuals might be more mentally
vulnerable, say the authors.
In contrast, male adolescents with the lowest level of
muscular strength showed the greatest all-cause mortality and also the greatest mortality in
cardiovascular disease and suicide before age 55 years.
Death rates from any cause (per
100,000 person years) ranged between 122.3 and 86.9 for weakest and strongest adolescents
respectively. Rates for cardiovascular diseases were 9.5 and 5.6 and for suicide were 24.6 and
The authors say that low muscular strength in adolescents "is an emerging risk
factor for major causes of death in young adulthood, such as suicide and cardiovascular diseases."
The effect sizes of these associations "are similar to classic risk factors such as body mass index
and blood pressure," they add.
They suggest that muscular strength tests, in particular
handgrip strength, could be assessed with good reliability in almost any place, including clinical
settings, schools and workplaces.
They also support the need for regular physical
activity in childhood and adolescence, saying: "People at increased risk of long term mortality,
because of lower muscular strength, should be encouraged to engage in exercise programmes and other
forms of physical activity."
Journal. "Low muscle strength in adolescence linked to increased risk of early death." ScienceDaily,
20 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2012.
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Dear Dr. Serrano, I've been reading about cumin possibly helping prevent
Alzheimer's. What is the link? And do you think there is any truth to it?Best,Dave E.
I think that
Alzheimer's is a inflammatory condition and curcumin is a very powerful anti-inflammatory and if you
have the right curcumin supplement it can make a difference. Make sure you stay away from
chemicals and toxins, eat a diet that is organic, and consume good fats including
, MCT, and
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clinical experience, and as an award-winning professor at Ohio State Medical School. Dr. Serrano has
an outstanding family practice on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio and works with a select group of
Honey Mustard Glaze:
- Salt and pepper
- 1 head bok choi
- 1 small heirloom tomato
- 2 slices of
- Honey Mustard Glaze (below)
- Herb Mayonnaise
2 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp brewed coffee
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
This glaze and method for cooking bacon can really be used any time
you make bacon. It's so easy and gives the bacon an extra little kick that will surprise
- Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Arrange bacon on a baking
sheet lined with foil.
- Using a pastry brush, apply glaze to one side of the bacon.
Cover with foil and weigh down using a second, smaller baking sheet or flat-bottomed oven safe
- Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Cut into 1×1 inch
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp Dijon
- 1 cup Canola oil
- 1 tsp lemon
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 tsp fresh thyme,
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp celery seed
- 1/2 tsp
- Put egg yolk and Dijon into a medium sized bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until you
have created an emulsion - don't add the oil too fast, or the emulsion could break.
remaining ingredients to taste.
For the Bite:
- Set a pot of water to boil on the stove for the bok choi. For this bite, it's
best to blanch the bok choi so that the leaves are softened and easier to work with. Blanching the
greens in salt water will also help retain their vibrant green color. We used large bok choi and
removed the stems. The leaves only take a second to blanch - you want to keep a little crispness to
them. Dip them into the boiling water, wait a second, and then put them straight into a bowl of ice
- While the water is heating, prepare the bacon and bake.
the meantime, cook the scallop. Heat a small pan on high heat. Oil pan with canola oil and heat
until nearly smoking. Sprinkle scallop with salt and pepper, and dust the top of the scallop with a
thin coating of Wondra flour. Sear the scallop on the floured side until golden brown, about a
minute. Flip when golden and cook for another minute. Add a tablespoon of butter to the pan and
baste the scallop to finish cooking and give it some extra buttery flavor. Let scallop rest for at
least 30 seconds before cutting it in half.
- When all the components are ready, assemble
the bite. Halve the scallop and layer the bok choi, tomato and bacon. Slather top half of scallop
with the herb mayo and serve
Recipe and photo compliments of
Bite Sized, a unique blog dedicated
to capturing all of the flavors of a meal in one bite. Check out their
for more recipe ideas and some very cool photos!
If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see
your recipes published simply email them to
Thanksgiving dinner included your
petite ham. It was fabulous! Thank you for
helping to make it an extra special day.
US Wellness Cattle -
These US Wellness cattle are moving to fresh
pasture just after sunset on a chilly November evening.
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About U.S. Wellness Meats
U.S. Wellness Meats was founded on
September 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:
Wild Caught Seafood,
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