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 More Pork! Chicken & Lamb on Sale ~ Halloween Chocolates are Here! 

October 20, 2013
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

  Happy Halloween!
Where has October gone??  We've been so busy revamping recipes, doing some R&D on possible new products, visiting our farmers, and making more bacon, that this month has completely flown by. 

This means that Halloween is right around the corner.  Treat your ghouls and goblins to an extra special treat this Halloween with decadent dark chocolate and sweet white chocolate - all sourced from award-winning Askinosie Chocolate, another Missouri company we are very proud to be able to team up with.  Be sure and check out the recipe corner below for a kid-friendly Halloween dinner idea!

Now is a great time to stock up on the very popular Free Range Chicken Drumsticks, as they are on sale this week only.  Sourced from free range birds who are outside every day and enjoy a gmo-free feed ration, this versatile cut is sure to please.  Visit our Poultry Recipe Board on Pinterest for many new chicken recipe ideas, and stay tuned - we are always adding new recipes. 

We appreciate your patience as we continually work to restock our pork department.  We have Ground Pork, Sugar-Free Pork Breakfast Sausage, and all of the Pork Sausages in stock now, and will have more Bacon the week of October 28.  We are increasing production to better meet the ever-growing demand curve for our bacon and other pork favorites.

Stay tuned to all of our inventory updates, restocks, sales and specials by following us on Facebook and Twitter.  These are also great ways to leave us any suggestions, questions or feedback - we always appreciate hearing from you!

October Regards,    


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

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Running a Marathon Hard On Heart, Especially in Less Prepared Runners

Heart muscle changes are more common and widespread in runners with lower fitness and less training, according to new study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Investigators who studied a group of recreational marathon runners have established that strenuous exercise such as running a marathon can damage the heart muscle. Although they found the effect is temporary and reversible, they warn that these effects are more widespread in less fit distance runners and that recreational distance runners should prepare properly before marathons. Their findings are published in the October issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Previous reports have established that a significant percentage of sports competitors show signs of heart muscle injury and cardiac abnormalities after prolonged exercise. In a new study designed to evaluate what kind of stress running a marathon puts on the heart, and whether this might cause permanent damage, investigators evaluated 20 recreational distance runners aged between 18 and 60 who were scheduled to take part in the Quebec City Marathon and who had no known cardiovascular disease or drug treatment. The participants were all amateur runners. Those who had run another marathon less than two months before recruitment or during the study period were excluded.

The runners were extensively observed and tested six to eight weeks before the marathon and on the day itself. They were tested again within 48 hours after completing the marathon, including a second MRI study and final blood sampling. This timeframe guaranteed adequate rehydration (assessed according to hemoglobin level) and a return to baseline hemodynamic state (assessed according to heart rate and blood pressure) after the race, but was short enough to observe any significant myocardial changes before recovery. All runners with decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), a measure of cardiac pumping efficiency, after the race compared with baseline underwent a third MRI study after three months of rest to check whether it had reversed.

Investigators noted that the race induced a decrease in left and right ventricular function in half of the amateur distance runners. When a lot of the heart was affected, the heart also showed swelling and reduced blood flow. "We first established that marathon related segmental function decrease - observed in more than half of all segments -- is associated with a decrease in resting perfusion and increase in myocardial edema," observes senior author Eric Larose, DVM, MD, FRCPC, FAHA, of the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ), Canada. "We also found that heart muscle changes were more common and widespread in runners with lower fitness and less training. Finally, we observed that these changes were transient," he continues.

The investigators do not believe these temporary changes are a cause for concern. "Segmental function decrease is associated with poor prognosis in the presence of CAD or cardiomyopathy. Segmental dysfunction also indicates a poor prognosis in adults without cardiovascular disease. Although we don't know whether such changes mean that recreational runners are at risk, the attendant edema, and reduced perfusion suggest transient injury," says Larose.

"The changes are more widespread among those with lower fitness levels and less training," observes Larose, who is professor of medicine at Université Laval and a cardiologist and clinical researcher at IUCPQ. "Although no permanent injury was observed in this group of runners, the findings suggest that there may be a minimum fitness level needed beyond which the heart can bounce back from the strain of training and running a long race. Furthermore, these results emphasize the need for proper preparation before recreational distance runners engage in a marathon race," he concludes.

Elsevier Health Sciences. "Running a marathon hard on heart, especially in less prepared runners." ScienceDaily, 9 Oct. 2013. Web. 14 Oct. 2013.
Ask the Doctor
Dear Dr. Kim,

How do I keep my metabolism burning throughout the day?  I've always read that it continues to stay high after a workout - but what if I workout in the evenings?

Any advice is appreciated!

Doug A.
Nashville, TN


Dear Doug,

Great question! I would definitely keep my metabolism going throughout the day by consuming small, high-protein, high-fat snacks.  Your breakfast being moderate in size, and your lunch being the largest meal.

You can continually fuel your body with the snacks I mentioned above with 2-3 hour intervals between each snack. When it comes to your workout, a high intensity style workout will help the fat burning process last longer. Hopefully this doesn't disturb your sleep cycle.

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.
recipeRecipe Corner
Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey 
  • 2 Tablespoon Chili Powder 
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika 
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano 
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt 
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 1 14.5oz Can Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes  
  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Wash peppers & cut off tops. 
  3. Remove seeds, core & membranes. 
  4. In a skillet, break up ground turkey & cook through. 
  5. Add spices & canned tomatoes to the skillet & mix until well combined. 
  6. Remove turkey mixture from heat. 
  7. Stuff peppers & place in a deep dish. 
  8. If you choose, place pepper lids back on. 
  9. Heat for 30-40 minutes until peppers are soft. 
  10. Serve with fresh cilantro or sour cream. 

This recipe and photo are courtesy of Trisha at Eat Your Beets!  Be sure to visit her blog for more kid-friendly recipes.  If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
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Chicken Breast Hi all,

Thanks for the heads up! Our package was just delivered this morning. It's the first time I've ordered the boneless and skinless chicken breast packages, and we're excited to try our first meal with them. The one pound packages of the grass fed 85% ground beef are perfect for the family taco nights or grilled burger nights.

We appreciate your care, service, and your healthy products!

Cathy G.
Garnet Valley, PA
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Sale items expire at 10 pm CST on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

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