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School's Out ~ Easy Summer Grilling Ideas ~ Burger Sale! 

June 2, 2013
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

We hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.  Ours was quite rainy - and the rain has not let up this week.  All of our rivers and creeks are on the rise and we are looking forward to dry, sunny weather this week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those still cleaning up from the tornado destruction that has made its way across the Midwest this week. 

Now that school's out and summer ball season is in full swing, you are probably looking for some quick and easy dinner ideas, we sure are!  For a whole variety of recipes be sure to visit our Pinterest page or our recipe section online.  Whether you are looking for beef, bison, lamb or anything in between - we've got recipe ideas.  If you are looking for quick grilling ideas, try our Balsamic Pork Chops, Grilled Brats, Chipotle-Rubbed Steak, Grilled Ribeye, or Lemon-Dill Grilled Salmon

Do you know what sugar does to your body?  Check out this slideshow that documents how sugar affects your body, and find out if it is possible to actually get "hooked" on sugar.  According to author Chris Kresser, sugar is one of the top toxins in our diet today.  It has been linked to a host of debilitating diseases, including the ever-growing obesity epidemic. 

Our customers have told us overwhelmingly that they don't want sugar, or any sugar substitutes in their processed meat products.  We have been in the process of revamping many of our recipes to remove any type of sweetener, and the results have been fantastic.  Our pork bacon, pork breakfast sausage and hams are now all sugar-free, and the pork sausages are next on the list.  Beef organ sausages no longer contain honey, and our sugar-free beef bacon, franks and sausages are always a hit.  You can view all of our sugar-free favorites online.  Be sure to read next week's newsletter for a very exciting giveaway featuring our favorite sugar-free selections!

Some of our best sellers are back in stock this week: Beef Pemmican Bars and Pails are in the store now, along with Chuck Roasts, Chicken Breasts and Bison Bones.  We appreciate your patience as we catch up in the inventory department. 

We always enjoy your feedback!  Whether good or bad, we like to know what your thoughts are.  Don't ever hesitate to drop us an email, tweet us, leave a comment on Facebook or share your favorite recipes on Pinterest.  We are looking forward to a busy summer and appreciate your continued patronage, feedback and support. 

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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In This Issue
Inventory Updates
Upcoming Grassfed Exchange Event
  • Who:  Grass-fed Producers and Interested Consumers
  • What: Grassfed Exchange Conference 2013 
  • When: August 20-22, 2013
  • Where: Bismarck, ND
  • Why: Learn what is happening in the grass-fed beef industry, and how producers are adapting to supply a growing consumer market. 

The Grassfed Exchange is a unique gathering of the leading grass-fed producers and interested consumers who are driving the grass-fed market.  There is truly something here for everyone.  Enjoy a full day of pasture tours and two full days of presentations from some of the leaders in this industry.  Check out the full schedule on their website, and be sure to register before July 29, 2013 for discounted pricing.  We are offering a 20% discount to the first 25 readers to use on their registration!  Simply type in promo code: Grassfed to save 20%! 


There are also opportunities to exhibit or advertise at the Grassfed Exchange, this will give you access to some of the top producers in the market today. 


Several of our producers have been involved with the Grassfed Exchange for many years, and will be in attendance in August and happy to answer any questions you might have about our operations.  We look forward to seeing you there!  


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healthRecent Health News
   Soda Bottles
Soda and Illegal Drugs Cause Similar Damage to Teeth: Acids Erode Enamel

Addicted to soda? You may be shocked to learn that drinking large quantities of your favorite carbonated soda could be as damaging to your teeth as methamphetamine and crack cocaine use. The consumption of illegal drugs and abusive intake of soda can cause similar damage to your mouth through the process of tooth erosion, according to a case study published in the March/April 2013 issue of General Dentistry.

Tooth erosion occurs when acid wears away tooth enamel, which is the glossy, protective outside layer of the tooth. Without the protection of enamel, teeth are more susceptible to developing cavities, as well as becoming sensitive, cracked, and discolored.

The General Dentistry case study compared the damage in three individuals' mouths - an admitted user of methamphetamine, a previous longtime user of cocaine, and an excessive diet soda drinker. Each participant admitted to having poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist on a regular basis. Researchers found the same type and severity of damage from tooth erosion in each participant's mouth.

"Each person experienced severe tooth erosion caused by the high acid levels present in their 'drug' of choice -- meth, crack, or soda," says Mohamed A. Bassiouny, DMD, MSc, PhD, lead author of the study.

"The citric acid present in both regular and diet soda is known to have a high potential for causing tooth erosion," says Dr. Bassiouny.

Similar to citric acid, the ingredients used in preparing methamphetamine can include extremely corrosive materials, such as battery acid, lantern fuel, and drain cleaner. Crack cocaine is highly acidic in nature, as well.

The individual who abused soda consumed 2 liters of diet soda daily for three to five years. Says Dr. Bassiouny, "The striking similarities found in this study should be a wake-up call to consumers who think that soda - even diet soda - is not harmful to their oral health."

AGD Spokesperson Eugene Antenucci, DDS, FAGD, recommends that his patients minimize their intake of soda and drink more water. Additionally, he advises them to either chew sugar-free gum or rinse the mouth with water following consumption of soda. "Both tactics increase saliva flow, which naturally helps to return the acidity levels in the mouth to normal," he says.


Academy of General Dentistry. "Soda and illegal drugs cause similar damage to teeth: Acids erode enamel." ScienceDaily, 28 May 2013. Web. 29 May 2013.

Dr.SerranoAsk the Doctor
Eric Seranno
Dr. Serrano,

What factors affect vitamin D deficiency, and could this possibly be contributing to my osteoporosis?  My doctor wants to put me on medication but I was hoping there was a more natural way to prevent bone loss?

Thank you
Melanie S.
Baltimore, MD



The factors that affect osteoporosis are:
  1. inactivity
  2. no weight bearing exercise
  3. age
  4. sex
  5. poor nutrition
  6. genetics
  7. toxins like mercury or lead if in your bone 
Melanie all those factors affect your bones, but we can actually make a difference by lifting weights, walking, eliminating toxins out of the diet, getting a proper exam by your physician and checking the right blood tests and also adding to your diet these few vitamins and minerals:
  1. boron
  2. vitamin D
  3. Vitamin K2, K1
  4. strontium
  5. fats including saturated fats
  6. calcium
  7. phosphorus
  8. zinc
  9. copper
  10. ipriflavone
  11. magnesium
  12. vitamin C
  13. silica 
You most make sure that all of these vitamins, and minerals are in your diet, and if you don't know how to do it, add them as a supplement by contacting Klaire or Pure Encapsulations which have good supplements for the prevention of osteoporosis.

In addition, make sure that all your fats are from organic sources always.

Good Luck,

Dr. Eric Serrano


Have a questions?  Email any health and wellness questions for the Dr. Serrano question and answer series.  Answers will appear in future issues of the weekly newsletter under your first name only.  Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to any question involving health and wellness.    

Dr. Serrano has advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness and has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of 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 professional athletes. 
Recipe Corner

Jan's Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting 

Meatloaf Cupcakes  


  • 2 pounds Ground Beef 
  • 2 large Eggs 
  • 1 medium Onion, diced 
  • 1 small Red Bell Pepper, diced 
  • 2 tablespoons Butter 
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-ground Black Pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons Mrs. Dash Steak Seasoning 
  • 1/2 cup homemade BBQ Sauce 
  • 1 large Sweet Potato 
  • 2 tablespoons Butter 
  • 1/4 cup Half and Half Cream 
  • Salt and freshly-ground Pepper to taste  


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Melt Butter in a small pan over medium-low heat. Cook the diced Onion and Bell Pepper until they are both soft and the Onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.  
  2. In a large bowl, combine the Ground beef, Eggs, the cooked Onion and Red Pepper, Salt, Black Pepper and Seasoning. Mix well with your hands. Divide the meat into 8 equal portions about the size of a baseball and then place each portion in the cup of a standard-size muffin tin.  
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon of the BBQ Sauce over the top of each Cupcake. Place the muffin tin on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet, and bake the Cupcakes for 35 to 45 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the Cupcakes from the tin, and place on a paper-towel lined plate.  
  4. While the Cupcakes are baking, bring two quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Peel and cube the Sweet Potato and drop the cubes into the pan; reduce the heat slightly and continue to boil until the potato is tender. This should take about 10 to 12 minutes.  
  5. Drain the Sweet Potato and return it to the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking the pan occasionally, so that the excess moisture evaporates. Remove from heat and add the Butter and Half and Half Cream then, using an electric hand mixer, whip until fluffy, but still thick. Add more Cream if necessary, to get a nice Frosting consistency. Season to taste with Salt and Pepper. Keep warm until you remove the Cupcakes from the oven.  
  6. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a large round or star tip, with the mashed sweet potatoes and pipe onto the tops of the Meatloaf Cupcakes. Serve immediately to your anxiously awaiting diners!
Meatloaf Cupcakes



 Recipe courtesy of Jan's Sushi Bar, an excellent source of gluten-free, traditional recipes with amazing photography.  The above illustration is courtesy of talented artist and foodie Alex Boake - please go visit her website, we guarantee you will be impressed!


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