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Happy 4th of July!

June 29, 2014
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

  July 4th
Our first month of summer has quickly come to a close here at US Wellness Meats!  We've been so busy making bacon, updating recipes and shipping orders that June has simply flown by.  For those of you waiting on Pork Bacon, we'll have more restocking this coming Monday, June 30. 

If you need a delivery for the 4th of July holiday now is the time to place your order!  Please have your order placed no later than 10:00 am CST on Wednesday, July 2 to ensure delivery before July 4th.  We recommend placing your order sooner just to make sure there are no delays.  FedEx will be shut down on Friday, July 4th, so we will not be able to make any deliveries that day. 

We have been hearing from more and more customers who have autoimmune issues - there are so many different types and nightshades can play a huge role in relieving symptoms of autoimmune issues.  We were very fortunate to have Eileen Laird, author of the popular blog, Phoenix Helix, write a series of very helpful blog posts explaining exactly what nightshades are and what foods are safe to eat for those with autoimmune issues.  We had such a great response that we have added a new category to our website showcasing some of our products that are AIP-Friendly - hopefully this will help make shopping easier!

This helpful article from Mark's Daily Apple caught our eye this week - 16 Things That Affect Your Gut Bacteria.  A healthy gut can fix a wide range of health issues, and there are so many factors that can affect our gut health.  We think you will be surprised by a few of these factors! 

As we look forward to the 4th of July holiday, please remember to keep all of our servicemen and women as well as our veterans here at home in your thoughts and prayers this week.  To all of our military friends reading this week - we appreciate all that you do!

Patriotic Regards,

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

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Vitamin D Deficiency May Raise Allergy and Asthma Risk in Obese Children, Teens

One reason why obese children and teenagers are more likely to have hard-to-control asthma and allergies may be vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds. Results of the study will be presented Tuesday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

"The increased risk for asthma and allergies, and for more severe cases of allergic disease, in overweight and obese adolescents has not previously been understood," said Candace Percival, MD, lead investigator and a pediatric endocrinology fellow at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. "However, past research has shown that vitamin D is important for a normal immune system and that vitamin D deficiency is common in obese individuals."

The study, conducted in 86 subjects ages 10 to 18 years, aimed to determine whether vitamin D deficiency plays a role in the increased allergy risk in youth with excess weight.

Fifty-four study subjects were overweight or obese, as determined by their body mass index (BMI) being at or above the 85th percentile for their age and sex on growth charts. The remaining 32 subjects had a healthy weight. For each subject, the researchers calculated the BMI standard deviation, called the BMI Z-score. All subjects had a vitamin D blood test called serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and all obese subjects were vitamin D insufficient, Percival said.

She and her team also measured levels of certain hormones called adipokines that originate in fat cells. Specifically, they assessed leptin and adiponectin, which laboratory and animal studies have shown change with obesity, with leptin becoming elevated and adiponectin decreasing. They evaluated whether these two hormones correlate with vitamin D levels and, in some subjects, with the body's allergy signaling pathways - biochemical measures of allergic disease.

A subgroup of 39 subjects (19 with overweight or obesity and 20 with a healthy weight) underwent blood tests to measure their levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), which is one of the main players in allergic reactions. Of these 39 subjects, 36 (17 overweight/obese and 19 healthy-weight) also underwent measurements of chemical messengers called cytokines that contribute to allergy and asthma, specifically interleukins (IL) 4, 6, 10 and 13 and interferon-gamma.

The investigators found significant correlations between the severity of the subjects' obesity, the adipokine levels and some biochemical measures of allergic disease. As expected, the higher the BMI Z-score was (indicating greater obesity), the higher the level of leptin and the lower the levels of adiponectin and vitamin D, the authors reported. Obese subjects also had increased levels of IgE, IL-6 and IL-13. However, Percival said, "the relationship between the BMI-Z score and the adipokines and markers of allergic disease seemed to depend on the vitamin D deficiency seen in the more obese patients, leading us to conclude that the increased risk for allergy in obesity may be mediated by vitamin D to some degree."

"This is the first study, to our knowledge, that ties together the relationship of vitamin D deficiency and increased allergy risk and severity in obese and overweight adolescents," she said.

The study received funding from Walter Reed's Department of Research Programs and the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Endocrine Society. "Vitamin D deficiency may raise allergy and asthma risk in obese children, teens." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 June 2013. <>.

grassfedexchangeUpcoming 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!

Current FFA and 4-H members can use promo code FFA4H to shave $75 off of conference student registration.

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Firecracker Duck Wings


Firecracker Sauce:  

  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha 
  • 2 tbs coconut aminos 
  • fish sauce to taste, about 2 dashes


  1. Preheat oven to 350F 
  2. While oven is preheating, rinse duck wings with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Season both sides of wings liberally with salt and pepper. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  3. Add duck wings, stock, lemongrass and bay leaves to a large roasting pan or dutch oven, cover and roast in oven for 90 minutes or up to 4 hours. The goal here is to get the wings close to fall off the bone tender yet not quite. 
  4. Remove wings from the oven and let cool slightly. 
  5. Place wings in a separate pan or airtight container, strain braising liquid and pour over wings. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight. 
  6. Remove wings from refrigerator, pat dry and set aside to come up to room temperature. 
  7. While wings are resting, add duck fat to a heavy bottomed pot or deep fryer and heat to 350F. 
  8. Fry duck wings until crispy and golden brown. About 5 minutes. 
  9. Place wings on a paper towel to soak up any excess fat. Toss immediately with firecracker sauce, serve and enjoy!  

Firecracker Sauce:  

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. 
  • Once butter has melted, whisk in coconut aminos, sriracha, and fish sauce. Set aside and keep warm.

NOTE: If you don't have a roasting pan, use a crock pot on HIGH and follow the steps above. Also, if you don't have access to duck wings, this method will work for chicken just as well.  


This recipe and photo are courtesy of our newest feature chefs - Sean Coonce & Suzanne Robertson of Pastured Kitchen.  You can find more custom US Wellness recipes on their Summer Surf 'N' Turf page!

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