US Wellness News Alert

 New Farm Photos, Autoimmune Disease Healing, & New Chicken Stock! 

January 26, 2014
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

  Tassie Tour
We started the week out here in Northeast Missouri with above-normal temperatures but have quickly turned cold again! 

It might be cold here, but it is summer down under.  Two of our founding farmers just returned from our farms in Tasmania and came back with plenty of beautiful photos and reports of a rainy summer and happy cattle.  See some of the farm photos below (and one above), and be watching for a new blog post detailing their trip. 

We currently source various beef cuts from these farmers in Tasmania when our domestic supply is low.  Our Tasmania inventory changes frequently, and any product currently sourcing from there is always indicated as such on the website.   This is the ideal place for raising grass-fed animals as they have a perfect temperate climate, ample rainfall and plenty of green grass!

There are millions of Americans affected by autoimmune diseases, and here at US Wellness we have been hearing more questions about specific spices, and nightshades in particular, from those who are on special autoimmune diets.  Eileen Laird, an expert in the autoimmune field, has helped explain some of the challenges those with autoimmune issues face - and how to combat those with diet.  The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol is helping many people eliminate their symptoms, and we have a new blog post explaining the diet and a list of approved foods!

Have you tried our new bone stock yet?  We added Chicken Stock to our menu last week and continue to find new ways to use it.  It is a great addition to any soup or stew recipe, pasta dishes, and can be warmed and sipped straight.  Bone stock has a wealth of nutritional benefits - find more information and links to related health articles on our blog

The tender New York Strip Kabob meat is on sale this week only, and is a great way to beef up your favorite chili or stew recipe!  They are also great on the grill and are already cut into easy-to-use cubed pieces.

We appreciate your patience as we have restocked many products this week.  Beef Liver, Kidney, and Bone Stock are back in stock, along with some of our best selling steaks: Delmonicos, French Ribeyes and Hanger Steaks are all available online now.   Lamb will restock this week and the website will be updated just as soon as it is available. 

Stay current with all of our inventory updates, sales, specials, farm photos and health news on Facebook.  Thank you to all of our fans for your comments and feedback, it is always appreciated!

Have a great week!

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

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Back in Stock: Delmonico Steak
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Fathers' Diet, Bodyweight, Health at Conception May Contribute to Obesity in Offspring

Research involving rats suggests that there is a biological link between paternal diet, bodyweight and health at the time of conception and the health of his offspring. In a new research report published online in The FASEB Journal, scientists show that if male rats ate a high fat diet, had diabetes and were obese, their offspring had altered gene expression in two important metabolic tissues- pancreas and fat (even though they were not yet obese). This altered gene expression may increase the risk of future obesity and premature aging. Other genes that were affected include markers of premature aging, cancer, and chronic degenerative disease.

"While scientists have focused on how the maternal diet affects children's health, this study is part of exciting new research exploring the impact of paternal diet on offspring risk of obesity," said Margaret Morris, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Pharmacology School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. "The fact that similar gene markers were affected in pancreas and fat tissue tells us that some of the same pathways are being influenced, possibly from the earliest stages of life. It will be important to follow up these findings, and to learn more about when and how to intervene to reduce the impact of poor paternal metabolic health on offspring."

To make this discovery, Morris and colleagues used two groups of male rats, one of which was obese and diabetic and fed a high-fat diet; and the other was lean and healthy and fed a normal diet. The two groups of males were mated with lean female rats, and researchers examined their female offspring. Those who were born from obese fathers on a high-fat diet, showed a poor ability to respond to a glucose challenge, even while consuming a healthy diet. Specifically, the offspring of the obese rats showed gene expression changes in pancreatic islets, which are responsible for producing insulin to control blood glucose and the fat tissue of their female offspring.

"For a long time, we've known that the nutrition and health status of women who are pregnant or who want to get pregnant is critical to the health of her offspring, and we've also suspected that the same is true for fathers to a lesser degree," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "This report is the first step in understanding exactly how the nutrition and health of fathers affects his children, for better or worse."

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. "Fathers' diet, bodyweight, health at conception may contribute to obesity in offspring." ScienceDaily, 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

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Dear Dr. Kim,

In regards to the smoking article in your last newsletter - is this also true for second hand smoke? 

The reason for my question and concern: currently we live in a condo where a smoker had moved in next door. Their smoke is coming directly into our condo - our decks are actually connected ;(


Dear Kristen,

I did not write that article, but I did just read it.  The reason why these correlations are being made mostly secondary to lifestyle.  Most of the active people in the world are not chronic smokers.  Most smokers aren't the most active, hence the correlation to some of these diseases.

However, your concern is valid.  When it comes to your neighbors, it is difficult to not be affected by the second hand smoke.  I would definitely have something to say either to your landlord, or to your neighbor.  The second hand smoke can affect your lungs, your skin, the smell of your house/clothes/etc., your pets, and can ultimately put you at serious health risk.
Please consider having this conversation with your landlord. It is in your best health interest.
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
Duck Fat Potatoes
Duck Fat Potatoes
  • 2-3 lbs white potatoes (Russet, Yukon Gold), peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks 
  • 1/4 cup duck fat 
  • sea salt to taste  


  1. Peel and cut your potatoes, then put them in a pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes by an inch.
  2. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Drain and rinse the potatoes with cold water, shaking them around to rough up the edges. Continue to rinse with cold water until they are cold to the touch, about 3 minutes, then pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Parboiling potatoes may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but it allows for some of the starch to cook out of the potatoes. When cooking, the starch turns to sugar and can brown the potatoes before they can get really crisp. So this method will allow you to get a good balance of soft on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. This is done in many restaurants, especially in Europe.
  5. Put the duck fat in a rimmed baking sheet, then put the baking sheet in the oven to warm, about 5 minutes. Take the baking sheet out of the oven, add the potatoes and turn the potatoes so they are evenly coated with duck fat. Put the sheet in the oven to roast for 30 minutes, then flip. Increase the heat to 450 and roast for another 20 minutes, then flip again. Roast until they are golden brown, about another 10 minutes. Patience is key - don't take the potatoes out of the oven just because your timer says to - the potatoes will tell you when they're done, because they'll look incredible and smell just as good as they look.
  6. Pull the beautiful potatoes from the oven, place on some paper towels to drain, and season with sea salt to taste.
  7. For future experiments, try adding root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnips, and rutabaga cut in similar sizes to the roasting pan (no need to boil ahead of time).  

This recipe and photo are courtesy of our good friend Russ Crandall at The Domestic Man.  Visit his website for more recipes with healthy fats, and be sure to pre-order his cookbook - The Ancestral Table.   
If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email us.
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U.S. Wellness Meats,
Just wanted to send a huge thank you for one of the best meals we have ever eaten.  I ordered a whole striploin primal for a special occasion.  Instead of cutting it into individual steaks, I roasted it whole.  It took me a bit of time trying to figure how long to cook it, but it was sure worth the trouble. 

We cooked it on our Traeger pellet grill for 1-1/2 hours at 350 degrees using oak pellets.  The only seasoning I used was some Himalayan pink salt and some fresh ground pepper.  The meat was cooked to perfection - medium rare. My husband took it off the grill when the internal temp was 135 degrees and let the meat rest for 30 minutes.  It was so moist and tender.  The flavor was unbelievable.  Thanks again for your wonderful products - we love U.S. Wellness grass-fed beef.

Nancy C.
Houston, TX
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