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Beef Gelatin is Here ~ Bison Ranch Tours ~ Sirloins on Sale & Easter Hams 

April 6, 2014
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

  Wild Idea Buffalo
March went out like a lion here in Northeast Missouri, we've had plenty of windy days and warm rains this week.  We are hoping that these April showers bring plenty of May flowers, because we are more than ready for spring!

One of our newest products is on sale this week - the Beef Gelatin has been in the works for quite awhile now, and we are excited to be able to offer it on sale this week only!  We start with our beef marrow bones and add those to our signature gelatin recipe to get a thick, rich, nutrient-dense product that can be added to any soup, stew or roast recipe, and is good enough that it can be sipped straight.  The health benefits of gelatin are well known, and now is a great time to try the new Beef Gelatin

We are very fortunate here at US Wellness to be able to work with some of the best producers in the country.  During 2014 we want to feature as many of our appreciated producers as possible on our blog, so you'll have a better idea of exactly where your food is coming from.   We encourage you to visit our blog for a trip to the Great Plains, home of one of our bison producers, Wild Idea Buffalo.  Their pictures are breathtaking and the products that we source from them are always top quality!

Are you a fan of the Sugar-Free Ham and have ever wondered what is the best way to cook it?  Be sure to visit our recipe section below!  Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man is one of the best paleo chefs that we know, and he has fool-proof instructions for cooking the popular sugar-free ham.  We get asked weekly for recipe ideas for this particular cut, and thank Russ immensely for his guidance.

We are happy to inform you that we have lowered many prices in our popular snack category this week.  The popular Raw Organic Mulberries, Organ Pecans and Love Bites are just a few products that have been reduced in price!

We are counting our blessings this week, there was a terrible school bus accident here in Lewis County that sent dozens of school children to the emergency room.  Luckily, everyone survived and we are so grateful for the emergency personnel, school staff and bus driver who helped get  the children to safety, as well as all the prayers sent this way from across the country. 

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
Can Vitamin A Turn Back the Clock on Breast Cancer?

A derivative of vitamin A, known as retinoic acid, found abundantly in sweet potato and carrots, helps turn pre-cancer cells back to normal healthy breast cells, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Oncology. The research could help explain why some clinical studies have been unable to see a benefit of vitamin A on cancer: the vitamin doesn't appear to change the course of full-blown cancer, only pre-cancerous cells, and only works at a very narrow dose.

Because cells undergo many changes before they become fully aggressive and metastatic, Sandra V. Fernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University, and colleagues, used a model of breast cancer progression composed of four types of cells each one representing a different stage of breast cancer: normal, pre-cancerous, cancerous and a fully aggressive model.

When the researchers exposed the four breast cell types to different concentrations of retinoic acid - one of the chemicals that the body converts vitamin A into - they noticed a strong change in the pre-cancerous cells. Not only did the pre-cancerous cells begin to look more like normal cells in terms of their shape, they also changed their genetic signature back to normal. Dr. Fernandez's pre-cancerous cells had 443 genes that were either up or downregulated on their way to becoming cancerous. All of these genes returned to normal levels after treatment with retinoic acid. "It looks like retinoic acid exerts effects on cancer cells in part via the modulation of the epigenome," says Fernandez.

"We were able to see this effect of retinoic acid because we were looking at four distinct stages of breast cancer," says Dr. Fernandez. "It will be interesting to see if these results can be applied to patients."

Interestingly, the cells that were considered fully cancerous did not respond at all to retinoic acid, suggesting that there may be a small window of opportunity for retinoic acid to be helpful in preventing cancer progression. In addition, the researchers showed that only one concentration of retinoic acid (about one micro Molar) produced the anti-cancer effects. Lower concentrations gave no change, and higher concentrations produced a smaller effect.

The next step will be to try to learn whether the amount of retinoic acid required can be maintained in an animal model, and if that concentration will have the same effects as Dr. Fernandez observed in cells. If those studies show the same effect, the next step would be to test whether these observations hold true in humans.

Thomas Jefferson University. "Can vitamin A turn back the clock on breast cancer?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2014. <>.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 conference in our home state!  The Grassfed Exchange 2014 Conference will be held July 30-August 1 in Columbia, MO.  

Grass-fed beef was once a niche.  Now it's one of the biggest movers in the beef production industry, and demand for grass-fed beef continues to rise as more and more consumers join the movement.  The purpose of this event is to help producers grow in knowledge of the grass-fed industry and in finishing cattle specifically.  It is also a unique opportunity for consumers to learn more about this ever-growing industry, and to offer their questions and suggestions.

Visit their website for more information, and to see the powerful lineup of speakers and event planned for the weekend.   You can also get a DVD of last year's event to see what to expect this year.  Register before June 30 to take advantage of the discounted rate!

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Got my first package in yesterday and cooked the Italian beef sliders  over roasted cabbage for breakfast this morning and they were delicious! Can't wait to try more!

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recipeRecipe Corner
Savory Slow Cooker Ham

  • 1 US Wellness Meats sugar-free ham (2-3 lbs) 
  • 1 cup chicken broth 
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • 1/2 cup white wine 
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • 1 tsp dry mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (or 4 whole cloves)
    For the sauce: 
  • 2 tbsp honey 
  • salt and pepper to taste 


  1. Place the ham in the crockpot. If it doesn't fit, trim its edges to fit and throw the trimmed edges into the crockpot as well. If using a ham with a flat end, place the ham flat-side-down.  
  2. In a small saucepan, warm the other ingredients over medium heat, about 4 minutes, until the honey is melted and the mustard is dissolved. Pour the liquid over the ham, cover, and set to low.  
  3. There are two ways to prepare a slow cooker ham. When using a boneless ham (like the one in this recipe), it is best to cook it only until it reaches a specific temperature. To do so, heat the ham on low until it reaches an internal temperature of 140F, about 2 hours (start checking it at 90 minutes, then every 30 minutes). Be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to get the temperature right. This method works with spiral-sliced hams (which are usually bone-in); just be sure to read the temperature for the part of the meat nearest the bone. Let the ham rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  
  4. Bone-in hams can be cooked for longer temperatures, resulting in tender meat that can be cut with a fork. To do so, cook the ham on low it until you can partially shred the meat with a fork, 6-8 hours total. One the ham is cooked to your liking, remove it from the slow cooker and set aside to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. A boneless ham isn't recommended for this method, since it tends to dry out before reaching the desired tenderness.  
  5. All good hams deserve a finishing sauce, so let's use the liquid in your slow cooker to add a potent flavor to the finished product. Pour the liquid into a saucepan and heat over med/high heat. Stir in the remaining 2 tbsp honey and reduce the liquid until dark and strongly flavored, about 8 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste at the end. Pour the sauce over the sliced ham and serve.  

This recipe and photo are courtesy of our good friend Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man.  His new cookbook is a must-have for any paleo kitchen!

If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
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On Sale Now
Sirloin Tips Sale items expire at 10 pm CST on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Sirloin Tip Steaks
- 2 (8 oz) steaks

Beef Gelatin
- 14 oz

Duck Breast
- 8 oz

GoodOnYa Bars - Peanut Butter Chocolate
- 2 oz

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Pork Sausage
Polish Pork Sausages
- 1.25 lbs

Chicken Apple Sausages
- 1 lb

All-Natural BBQ Sauce
- 4 (16 oz) bottles

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