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Lobster! ~ Stocking Stuffers ~ Sale on Steaks 

December 15, 2013
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    Christmas Tree 

December has flown by here at US Wellness - thanks to all of our customers who have been placing holiday orders early!  We truly appreciate your patronage and the early orders.  Since both Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on a Wednesday, we will not be able to ship on Tuesday or Wednesday the last two weeks of the month.  This will severely limit our shipping capabilities, so if you need an order for the holidays we highly encourage you to place the order before 10:00 am CST to ensure delivery this week.  We will not be able to resume the normal shipping schedule until the week of January 6. 

Looking for last minute stocking stuffers?  The benefits of fish oil have been highly documented, and the Sockeye Salmon Oil and Vitamin D3 in Wild Salmon Oil both make excellent gifts.  This time of year it is often hard for most to get their daily does of Vitamin D, making it a great time to add D3 to your diet. 

Another great stocking stuffer for young and old are the new Pork Rinds - these have quickly become best sellers here at US Wellness Meats.  Since they are shelf stable, they make great on-the-go snacks!

We are very excited to announce a special new addition to our seafood department - Wild Caught Maine Lobster!  We were lucky enough to sample some of the best lobster we've ever had, and can't wait for you to try it.  Just in time for holiday shipping - order before 10:00 am CST this week to ensure your lobsters arrive in time for the holidays.  Paired with any of our grass-fed beef steaks and topped with Wild Caught Shrimp, these make an unforgettable surf 'n' turf holiday feast!

If it is time to make your favorite winter soup and stew recipes, the versatile Stew Beef is on sale this week only, so now is a great time to stock up!   Also, if you are looking for gift ideas for your favorite cat or dog, Ground Chicken Backs, Tripe Pieces and Pet Burger are favorites among many of our furry friends here at US Wellness!

We hope everyone is having a safe (and warm!) holiday season.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering through severe winter weather all over the country, and we continue to keep our ranching neighbors in South Dakota in our thoughts.  The relief efforts are still underway, following the devastating blizzard that hit South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska, killing thousands of livestock.  For more information on the recovery, you can visit Ranchers Relief.

December Regards,    


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

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You Are What Your Father Eats: Father's Diet Before Conception Plays Crucial Role in Offspring's Health, Study Suggests

Mothers get all the attention. But a study led by McGill researcher Sarah Kimmins suggests that the father's diet before conception may play an equally important role in the health of their offspring. It also raises concerns about the long-term effects of current Western diets and of food insecurity.

The research focused on vitamin B9, also called folate, which is found in a range of green leafy vegetables, cereals, fruit and meats. It is well known that in order to prevent miscarriages and birth defects mothers need to get adequate amounts of folate in their diet. But the way that a father's diet can influence the health and development of their offspring has received almost no attention. Now research from the Kimmins group shows for the first time that the father's folate levels may be just as important to the development and health of their offspring as are those of the mother. Indeed, the study suggests that fathers should pay as much attention to their lifestyle and diet before they set out to conceive a child as mothers do.

"Despite the fact that folic acid is now added to a variety of foods, fathers who are eating high-fat, fast food diets or who are obese may not be able to use or metabolize folate in the same way as those with adequate levels of the vitamin," says Kimmins. "People who live in the Canadian North or in other parts of the world where there is food insecurity may also be particularly at risk for folate deficiency. And we now know that this information will be passed on from the father to the embryo with consequences that may be quite serious."

The researchers arrived at this conclusion by working with mice, and comparing the offspring of fathers with insufficient folate in their diets with the offspring of fathers whose diets contained sufficient levels of the vitamin. They found that paternal folate deficiency was associated with an increase in birth defects of various kinds in the offspring, compared to the offspring of mice whose fathers were fed a diet with sufficient folate.

"We were very surprised to see that there was an almost 30 per cent increase in birth defects in the litters sired by fathers whose levels of folates were insufficient," said Dr. Romain Lambrot, of McGill's Dept. of Animal Science, one of the researchers who worked on the study. "We saw some pretty severe skeletal abnormalities that included both cranio-facial and spinal deformities."

The research from the Kimmins' group shows that there are regions of the sperm epigenome that are sensitive to life experience and particularly to diet. And that this information is in turn transferred to a so-called epigenomic map that influences development and may also influence metabolism and disease in the offspring in the long-term. (The epigenome is like a switch, which is affected by environmental cues, and is involved in many diseases including cancer and diabetes. The epigenome influences the way that genes are turned on or off, and hence how heritable information gets passed along).

Although it has been known for some time that there is a massive erasure and re-establishment that takes place in the epigenome as the sperm develops, this study now shows that along with the developmental map, the sperm also carries a memory of the father's environment and possibly even of his diet and lifestyle choices.

"Our research suggests that fathers need to think about what they put in their mouths, what they smoke and what they drink and remember they are caretakers of generations to come," said Kimmins. "If all goes as we hope, our next step will be to work with collaborators at a fertility clinic so that we can start assessing the links in men between diet, being overweight and how this information relates to the health of their children."

McGill University. "You are what your father eats: Father's diet before conception plays crucial role in offspring's health, study suggests." ScienceDaily, 10 Dec. 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

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Dear Dr. Kim,

I own a small grocery and have more and more customers asking for soy-free options.  What exactly is all the danger with soy?  Is it all bad? any insight would be appreciated.
Dave S.
Chicago, IL

Dear Dave,

Let's get the good aspect out of the way.  Fermented soy is ok and great for you.  All of the benefits of soy are basically enhanced when in the fermented state.
Here are the potential risks, some being studied more than others:
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
  • Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Soy phytoestrogens are potent anti-thyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.
  • Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D.
  • Soy proteins are a very fragile protein and denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
  • Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods. 
Here is a GREAT article about the goods and the bads. I never recommend soy protein as a source of protein unless I know exactly how it is produced. The negatives outweigh all sorts of benefits. The other fact that most, if not ALL, soy in the United States is GMO, I feel that is a big problem.

Good Luck,

Dr. Michael Kim

Have a question?  Email any health and wellness questions for the question and answer series.   This 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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Steamed Lobster with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Steamed Lobster

  • 4 lb Lobster  
  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts 
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, Unsalted, for dipping 
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Organic 
  • 1 tsp Salt and Pepper 
  • 2 Tbsp Shallot, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat oven to roast at 400. 
  2. Rinse Brussels sprouts, and discard the ends. 
  3. Thinly slice shallots. 
  4. Toss Brussels sprouts and shallots in coconut oil, salt, and pepper. 
  5. Roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes, stirring once. 
  6. Bring a large pot of water to boil. 
  7. Add lobster to the pot and cover tightly with a lid. 
  8. Cook for 15 minutes.  

This recipe and photo are courtesy of our good friends Bill & Hayley at Primal Palate.  Whether you are new to paleo or a paleo pro- you will find their website a wonderful resource.  If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
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