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Liverwurst Restocks! 
Best Selling Steaks on Sale!    

September 23, 2012
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    



We are enjoying plenty of autumn sunshine this week along with cooler temperatures.  After the steamy summer we had, these cool nights are a nice change of pace.  We've had several rains over the last two weeks and our pastures are full and green once again.  The cattle are enjoying this change of scenery as much as we are! 


It's that time of year again - when the weather starts to change it means that cold and flu season is right around the corner.  There are many steps you can take to prevent your family from catching the flu bug.  Diet plays a huge part in health, and making sure your family is eating a nutrient dense diet will play a big role in keeping them healthy.  One staple in our winter diets is Beef Bone Broth - made with our grass-fed beef marrow bones the stock is one of the most nutrient dense products we offer.  It has long been recommended by nutritionist and doctors alike, and we receive calls weekly from cancer patients whose doctors are recommending bone broth.  It is also an important part of the Weston A. Price diet regimen - for more details on why it is so good for you visit their website.  We offer the beef bone broth, but if you want to try making your own, here is a helpful (and easy!) recipe for chicken broth.  Our free range chicken backs and feet are excellent additions to any chicken broth recipe.   


Looking for more Weston A. Price favorites?  Our Liverwurst restocked this week, and any of the organ sausages such as Braunschweiger or Headcheese are a great way to sneak organ meats into your diet.  For a great dose of healthy chicken liver with a rich beef flavor try the new Chicken Braunschweiger.      


This week our best selling New York Strip Steaks are on sale - and this doesn't happen very often!   Now is a great time to stock up for football tailgate grilling and these will keep in the freezer in case you want to save a few for the holidays.  Our All-Natural BBQ Sauce is also on sale and should be a staple at any football party! 


Want to watch a heartwarming video about two cultures working together for the better good of both?  Askinosie Chocolate has a beautiful partnership with cocoa farmers in Tanzania and this video takes you to remote Tenende, Tanzania with a group of high school students from local Springfield, MO to meet some of those farmers and to see where the rich cocoa beans are coming from.  If you have not tried their dark and white chocolate yet, we highly recommend it.  It will make a very healthy Halloween treat or a tasty Christmas present!   


We have been celebrating our 12-Year Anniversary all month here at US Wellness, and want to thank everyone who has participated via our newsletter, blog and social media outlets.  Special thanks to all of our Facebook Fans who have helped us hit the 15,000 mark recently - that is an amazing feat!   Congratulations to Facebook Fan Autumn J. who won the kids prize pack this week - please contact us to claim your winnings! 


We have seen a lot of changes over the last 12 years, and want to thank all of our dedicated readers and customers who have continued to make us their source for quality proteins.  We want to make the next 12 years even better than the first, and need your help.  We want to know what we can improve on to better answer your questions and ease your shopping experience.  Head over to our blog to leave us your thoughts and you will be entered to win a special prize package featuring some of the best kept secrets in the US Wellness store.  These are some of our favorite cuts that may not be mainstays in most households, but after you try them once they usually make the list! 


Thankful Regards, 

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

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healthRecent Health News
Overweight Man
What's the Main Cause of Obesity -
Our Genes or the Environment?

The ongoing obesity epidemic is creating an unprecedented challenge for healthcare systems around the world, but what determines who gets fat? Two experts debate the issue on today.

Timothy Frayling, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Exeter thinks that genetic factors are the main driver for obesity in today's environment. Twin and adoption studies show consistently that variation in body mass index has a strong genetic component, with estimated effects of up to 70%, he says.

Studies also show that people carrying two copies of a gene associated with obesity (the FTO gene) are, on average, heavier than those carrying two copies of the protective version.

A recent study of over 200,000 people showed that the FTO variant had a stronger effect in sedentary people than in those who are physically active, while studies of physical activity in schoolchildren suggest that education may not be as important as we think, he adds.

"Although DNA variations explain only a small percentage of the variation in body mass index, they provide proof of principle that genetic factors influence it over environmental factors," writes Frayling.

In conclusion, he says, genetic factors influence substantially where you are on the body mass index scale in a given population at a given time, and evidence is accumulating that these genetic factors may operate largely through appetite control.

He adds: "If true, plans based on changing our environment, such as banning the sale of supersized sugary drinks, may be more successful than plans to increase awareness through education."

But John Wilding, Professor of Medicine at the University of Liverpool believes that changes in our environment are responsible for increasing obesity.

He acknowledges the role of genetics in the regulation of body weight, but argues that the rapid increase in obesity seen over the past 30 years cannot be due to genetic changes.

In contrast, the evidence that the environment has changed is overwhelming, he says.

He points to the recent fall in the cost of energy dense foods, alongside successful promotion by the food industry, and a decline in physical activity due to changes in transport, technology, and the built environment as key drivers for the obesity epidemic.

It will be important to identify genetic causes for rare cases that may be treated, he says. However, changes to the food and physical environment are going to be essential if we are to have a meaningful impact on the obesity epidemic.

He calls for "a radical approach ... backed by strong legislation influencing food production and marketing, and ensuring the built environment and transport systems are designed to encourage active living."

In summary, he says "obesity is a complex disorder with both genetic and environmental causes. The predominant driver is environmental, and changes to the environment will be essential if we are to tackle the current epidemic."

BMJ-British Medical Journal. "What's the main cause of obesity -- our genes or the environment?." ScienceDaily, 12 Sep. 2012. Web. 12 Sep. 2012.
Ask the Doctor - Question & Answer Series

Dear Dr. Kim,

I was reading an article where you were suggestioning as to whether or not to use Sockeye Salmon or an individual Vitamin D supplement. My young child was just tested for Vitamin D and his levels were very low although he gets a lot of sunshine daily living in Arizona. His physician recommended 1,000 IU a day and to retest in three months. It does not seem like enough to bring his levels up to a healthy range considering his levels tested in the low 20's. Won't this amount just keep his levels where they are at?

Unfortunately, his insurance does not support a physician in nutrition, so I am not sure of his accuracy on D recommendation. Do you have any suggestions to help raise his levels?  He will be starting school this year and so will be exposed to everything out there.

Thank You,


Dear Melanie,

Vitamin D absorption is a fat soluble vitamin that is absorbed in the gut. The best time to supplement your child with Vitamin D is between noon and 2:00 pm.  The best one for us is the active Vitamin D3. I would try and get a lot of my vitamin D naturally with the supplement. Fish, eggs, and mushrooms are great sources.

Is your child allergic to wheat?  Dairy?  Do they have any other absorption issues when it comes to foods? There is more to the story then just being malnourished in the Vitamin D world with the fact that your child is getting enough sun.

How is your child's vitamin E, A, & K levels?  These also follow a similar pathway as Vitamin D. This is something I would get checked by your child's pediatrician, especially vitamin K. See if those solutions solve any of your child's issues. The next step I would do after this is to check calcitonin levels and add some calcium.

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.


Recipe Corner

Caramelized Broth Brisket with Beef Jam       


Caramelized Broth Brisket
  • 3 lbs beef brisket  
  • 1-2 onions (yellow preferred), sliced 
  • 2 cups beef broth  
  • salt 
  • pepper 
  • Italian seasoning (or a combination of dried basil, parsley and oregano) 


  1. Add onions to bottom of shallow roasting dish (I used this but any braising dish will do just as well). 
  2. Salt, pepper and season both sides of the brisket and place on top of the onions. 
  3. Roast for 90 minutes in a 350 degree oven to cook the onions. 
  4. Add the broth, cover and reduce heat to 325; roast for an additional 4 hours (baste the meat with the broth every 30-60 minutes, if you're able, until it's no longer a liquid).

    *Enjoy a rich and savory roast that will have you begging for more! The nutrient-dense bone broth will caramelize with the onions and make a sweet jelly-like sauce to spread over your meat. It's BEEF JAM!  



Recipe and photo compliments of Paleo Parents, a very helpful blog for anyone trying to please children on a gluten-free diet.  For more dinner ideas and healthy meals for kids visit their website!


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On Sale!
NY Strip with Asparagus

The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST Saturday September 29, 2012.


New York Strip Steaks

- 14 oz



- 8 oz


Alaskan Sablefish

- 4 oz


All-Natural BBQ Sauce

- 1 gal


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