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Fountain of Youth?
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June 17, 2012
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    



Happy Father's Day!  We hope all the Dads out there are enjoying a relaxing weekend with their families!  If you forgot about this important day, it's never too late to surprise dad with a delivered box of steaks, ribs and franks!  


There are many out there elusively seeking the fountain of youth, doing anything possible to keep their health and bodies in tip top shape to last them through their golden years.  WebMD recently posted a story on the "Best Anti Aging Foods," which caught our eyes, as some of our favorites made the list.  We agree that these nutrient-dense foods will boost your health and even help you lose weight, so add as many as possible to your diet today and your body will thank you in the years to come!

  • Fresh Produce: spinach, leafy greens, blueberries, apples
  • Protein:  Think chicken breast, grass-fed beef, eggs, and seafood 
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna, as well as walnuts, flax seed and grass-fed meats.
  • Red Wine: packed with antioxidants, stick to only one glass per day
  • Nuts: high in good fats, they are a great snack in between meals
  • Dark Chocolate: an excellent source of monounsaturated fats and flavanols, a few squares is a sure mood-booster! 

Do you ever get caught trying to defend your high-fat diet?  Your family can't understand why you cut the carbs?  Mark's Daily Apple to the rescue - they recently posted an extremely informative article about the many benefits of a high-fat diet, and responses for the uninformed acquaintances who question you mercilessly for your dieting choices.  The article goes on to explain the many benefits of some of our favorite foods:  butter, coconut oil, and grass-fed beef roasts.  


We were so happy to see our good friends at Paleo Parents featured in the most recent edition of Women's World!  Paleo Parent Mom Stacy graced a two-page spread in the magazine explaining how a healthy paleo diet changed not just her life, but that of her family as well.  As an added bonus - she lost 138 pounds along the way!  Check out the article for more details, and visit their website for the whole story.  If you are looking for more kid-friendly paleo meal ideas, you'll want to try their cookbook, Eat Like a Dinosaur.  You can also visit the recipe page they shared with us as a US Wellness Feature Chef for some of their family's favorites!  


Speaking of Paleo - we thought this was very cool: Paleo Magazine is putting together a Readers Favorite Cookbook and they need your help!  They are accepting recipes through September 1, 2012 and are paying for photos and any cover photos will be awarded $250.  For more information please visit their website


If you happen to be in the Kirkwood area of St. Louis, be sure to stop by and visit the newest Local Harvest Grocery location!  They have been dedicated wholesale customers for many years and we wish them the best of luck in their new location.  If you have a local restaurant, grocery, or buying group and are interested in joining our wholesale program please  drop us an email.    


Congratulations to Primal Por Vida for winning our Father's Day Grilling Giveaway on Facebook!  This tasty prize package included some of our favorite steaks, patties and franks.  Don't miss your chance to win by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or our newest endeavor: Pinterest.  We have tons of recipe ideas, reading suggestions and a whole board dedicated to bacon!


Just a reminder - if you are planning on ordering product for a 4th of July event, please keep in mind that since July 4th is on a Wednesday, we will be unable to ship any orders on Tuesday or Wednesday that week.  FedEx is closed on the 4th, so we will be unable to deliver or ship any orders that day.  Monday, July 2 will be the only day we will be able to ship that week, so if you need an order before the holiday please plan accordingly.  


Summer Regards, 

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

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Hello Dr. Kim,

With pool season in full swing here in Chicago, I'm wondering which SPF you recommend for adults?  I have fair skin, and usually burn the first time out in the sun each year, but after that will develop a healthy tan.  But I do still use sunscreen if I'm out in the heat of the day.  Since adding more healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, lard, avocados, mostly grass-fed beef) to my diet I've noticed I tolerate the sun much better, but still wear sunscreen to be safe.  Just curious to see if you recommend a high spf, as I've been hearing conflicting reports on sunscreen lately, or if I should stick to something light?

Keli S. 




Dear Keli,

Great question for the upcoming summer!  Great work on adding the healthy fats and the benefits you are gaining.

Recent studies with sunscreen have shown that multiple application and the actual density or thickness of the sunscreen is what is vital to its effectiveness. The ability to apply it multiple times throughout the day has added effects on the skin. The multiple applications lets the skin absorb the sunscreen and increase its effectiveness.

Now the ultimate question about SPF. The higher the SPF, the better the protection. This is not always true. If you apply 70 SPF or higher, and apply it with a nice thick layer at three times per day, you will see added benefits and an actual SPF 70 benefit. However, putting on a thin, poorly applied layer of SPF100 will do you good, but not as much. You may be ending up with a SPF reading of less than 50. Does that make sense?

The key to application of sunscreen is not only the SPF, but the thickness at which you apply the sunscreen. Studies have shown that the addition of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and cinnamates have shown a synergistic effect with SPF. It would be beneficial to find this in your sunscreen product. There may be added benefit of adding a chemical sunscreen first and then adding on the physical sunscreen after. The physical sunscreen initially prevents the UV rays from hitting the skin. However if that later breaks down, the chemical layer will allow for slow dissipation of the UV rays below causing less damage.

My recommendation would be as such. Continue to take in the healthy fats from US Wellness meats and a good supplement such as Infinity Fitness Alpha Omegas. Apply a nice layer of approximately 1mg-2mg/cm2 on your skin. This is a pretty healthy layer.  The thickness of the application of the sunscreen is key. If you have ever wondered why an SPF70 product does not give you the protection that you need, this is the reason why. I would reapply at least three times while I lay out in the sun. Have a great summer with you and your family!

Good Luck,

-- Michael Kim, D.O.



This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to for the question and answer series. Our question and answer series now also features Dr. Serrano's business partner, Dr. Mike Kim, MD.  He is consistently eating and living a healthy lifestyle because of his family connection with DM2, HTN, Hyperlipidemia. He is currently finishing his training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado, Denver under the tutelage of Dr. Serrano, a world renowned nutrition specialist.

Dr. Kim is always seeking the latest and newest ways to help people with weight loss, athletic performance and healthy eating. He has a deep connection with MMA fighters, NFL athletes, and other professional athletes. He is at the forefront of breaking science with Muscle Pharm Sports Science and Research Center. His goal is to make living healthier for everyone, one meal at a time.

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Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet May Help Some Children With Autism, Research Suggests

A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers at Penn State. The research is the first to use survey data from parents to document the effectiveness of a gluten-free, casein-free diet on children with ASD.

"Research has shown that children with ASD commonly have GI [gastrointestinal] symptoms," said Christine Pennesi, medical student at Penn State College of Medicine. "Notably, a greater proportion of our study population reported GI and allergy symptoms than what is seen in the general pediatric population. Some experts have suggested that gluten- and casein-derived peptides cause an immune response in children with ASD, and others have proposed that the peptides could trigger GI symptoms and behavioral problems."

The team - which included Laura Cousino Klein, associate professor of biobehavioral health and human development and family studies -- asked 387 parents or primary caregivers of children with ASD to complete a 90-item online survey about their children's GI symptoms, food allergy diagnoses, and suspected food sensitivities, as well as their children's degree of adherence to a gluten-free, casein-free diet. The team's results appeared online this month in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience.

Pennesi and Klein and their team found that a gluten-free, casein-free diet was more effective in improving ASD behaviors, physiological symptoms and social behaviors for those children with GI symptoms and with allergy symptoms compared to those without these symptoms. Specifically, parents noted improved GI symptoms in their children as well as increases in their children's social behaviors, such as language production, eye contact, engagement, attention span, requesting behavior and social responsiveness, when they strictly followed a gluten-free, casein-free diet.

According to Klein, autism may be more than a neurological disease - it may involve the GI tract and the immune system.

"There are strong connections between the immune system and the brain, which are mediated through multiple physiological symptoms," Klein said. "A majority of the pain receptors in the body are located in the gut, so by adhering to a gluten-free, casein-free diet, you're reducing inflammation and discomfort that may alter brain processing, making the body more receptive to ASD therapies."

The team found that parents who eliminated all gluten and casein from their children's diets reported that a greater number of their children's ASD behaviors, physiological symptoms and social behaviors improved after starting the diet compared to children whose parents did not eliminate all gluten and casein. The team also found that parents who implemented the diet for six months or less reported that the diet was less effective in reducing their child's ASD behaviors.

According to the researchers, some of the parents who filled out the surveys had eliminated only gluten or only casein from their children's diets, but survey results suggested that parents who completely eliminated both gluten and casein from their child's diet reported the most benefit.

"While more rigorous research is needed, our findings suggest that a gluten-free, casein-free diet might be beneficial for some children on the autism spectrum," Pennesi said. "It is also possible that there are other proteins, such as soy, that are problematic for these children."

The reason Klein and Pennesi examined gluten and casein is because they are two of the most common "diet offenders."

"Gluten and casein seem to be the most immunoreactive," Klein said. "A child's skin and blood tests for gluten and casein allergies can be negative, but the child still can have a localized immune response in the gut that can lead to behavioral and psychological symptoms. When you add that in with autism you can get an exacerbation of effects."

Klein's advice to parents of children with ASD?

"If parents are going to try a gluten-free, casein-free diet with their children, they really need to stick to it in order to receive the possible benefits," she said. "It might give parents an opportunity to talk with their physicians about starting a gluten-free, casein-free diet with their children with ASD."

Penn State. "Gluten-free, casein-free diet may help some children with autism, research suggests." ScienceDaily, 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 5 Jun. 2012.
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Gluten-Free Southern Fried Chicken 


Southern Fried Chicken     




  1. Gently rinse the chicken parts with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the pieces in a gallon-sized ziploc bag, and add the buttermilk. Put the bag in the fridge and marinate overnight.  
  2. The next day, place the pieces in a colander and allow them to drain for 20 minutes. Move the pieces around every few minutes so they properly drain. This process will help bring the pieces to room temperature, which is a crucial part of getting this dish right. Meanwhile, warm the lard in a cast iron skillet on medium heat for about 10 minutes.  
  3. In a shallow pan, mix the potato starch, salt, paprika, and black pepper. Coat the chicken pieces with the potato starch mixture, then place them in the skillet. You only need to coat the pieces that you're going to fry immediately.  
  4. Fry the pieces for ten minutes on one side, reducing the heat if the lard starts to smoke. Flip the pieces over and fry for another ten minutes. The internal temperature should be around 165 degrees.  
  5. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Drain the chicken pieces on paper towels for a few minutes, then place them in the oven (on a cooling rack if you have one, otherwise a plate or cookie sheet is fine) while you fry the rest of the pieces. Before adding new chicken pieces, check your lard and add more as needed.  
  6. That's it! Season with a little salt and pepper right before serving, if you'd like. 



Recipe and photo compliments of our past feature chef: The Domestic Man.   For more gluten-free recipes be sure to visit his website !   If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email them to


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Hungry Dog I have been feeding my little ones your pet burger for some time (with a brief financial backslide to canned junk) and find that they are extremely healthy.  I intend to continue with your pet burger for as long as I own dogs and the economy allows.
I guess I just wanted to know that they were getting the organ meats as well as the muscle.
My vet does not agree with this diet, but I don't listen to him!!!
Just like myself, my dogs rarely go to the vet.  I find that doctors are pharmaceutically trained and I just don't like chemicals!  "If it can't be patented, the pharmaceutically trained say it's no good"!  I disagree.  God made what we need - not a chemical company.

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