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December 30,  2007

Dear John,

Another year is winding to a close. Remember those New Year's Resolutions from last January? Did you come close to keeping them all year, or did you forget them by February 1? A new year is coming up, fresh and ready for those resolutions.

Let us help you keep your resolution to eat healthier by eating U.S.Wellness Meats, enzyme and vitamin rich raw dairy cheeses and butter, and organic snacks. You won't need to read labels or check ingredients when you dine on our offerings. All meats are grass-fed, no hormones, no antibiotics fed, no preservatives or synthetic chemicals!

You can enjoy with a clear conscience, as we provide you the finest meats and cheeses available. As delicious as they are good for your body.

We will continue to offer you cutting-edge nutrition information in our bi-weekly newsletter to keep you informed and help you stay up-to-date on health and nutrition news. If your New Year's resolution is to eat healthier this year, we will give you all the help you need!

Thank you so much for your continued support as our loyal customers. We will do our best to provide you with the highest quality products and customer service.

Our very best wishes to you and yours for a happy, prosperous and healthful 2008!!

Happy New Year!

John, Lee Ann, Megan and Lacey
On behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats

In This Issue



Don't forget to look for the special promo code hidden in the text for a one time only 15% discount off your next purchase.  First 30 users will be able to utilize the code.  The 9 red letters (one word)  are in the extended articles in this issue and will spell out a word that can be used in the 'promo code' area when you are placing your order. The letters will be in red and will commence in the Catherine Ebeling article.

This code only applies on orders weighing under 40 pounds and excludes all sale items and the Flavorwave oven.

Fish Oil Is A Deterrent Against Alzheimer's Disease

As people live longer their chances of developing Alzheimer's disease also grows - however, researchers from UCLA have found that omega 3 fatty acids like the kind found in grass-fed beef and fish oils can really reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer's. More importantly, they have found out why this is so.

Greg Cole, professor of medicine and neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and associate director of UCLA's Alzheimer Disease Research Center, and team say that omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), raises the production of LR11. LR11 is a protein which exists at excessively low levels among Alzheimer's disease patients. LR11 is known to destroy the protein that forms the plaques linked to the disease.

These plaques are deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that experts say is toxic to neurons in the brain - these deposits, as their numbers grow lead to Alzheimer's. If high levels of LR11 protect people from developing Alzheimer's, it is logical that levels that are too low will have the opposite effect.

Alzheimer's is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that brings with it memory loss, dementia, personality change and eventually death. Approximately 5.1 million people in the USA suffer from Alzheimer's disease, according to the national Alzheimer's Association. The Association estimates that there may well be about 11 to 16 million sufferers by the middle of this century.

Cole said "We found that even low doses of DHA increased the levels of LR11 in rat neurons, while dietary DHA increased LR11 in brains of rats or older mice that had been genetically altered to develop Alzheimer's disease."

Grass-fed beef and fish oil, and their significant component, omega-3 fatty acids, have been a bastion of alternative health practitioners for years and have been sanctioned by the American Heart Association to decrease the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

DHA is considered an 'essential' fatty acid because our bodies cannot make it from other sources - we have to obtain it though diet. DHA is the most abundant essential fatty acid in the brain, according to several studies, Cole explains - it is crucial for the healthy brain development of the fetus and infant. Studies have also indicated an association between low DHA levels with cognitive impairment. Low DHA levels have also been linked to raised oxidative stress in the Brains of patients with Alzheimer's.

We have yet to decide, says Cole "What the optimal dose should be. Perhaps the dose would need to be higher in the USA where fish consumption is comparatively low.

"Omega-3 Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid Increases SorLA/LR11, a Sorting Protein with Reduced Expression in Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease (AD): Relevance to AD Prevention"
Qiu-Lan Ma, Bruce Teter, Oliver J. Ubeda, Takashi Morihara, Dilsher Dhoot, Michael D. Nyby, Michael L. Tuck, Sally A. Frautschy, and Greg M. Cole
The Journal of Neuroscience, December 26, 2007, 27(52):14299-14307

 pemmican bar

Today we would like to feature one of our longest and most loyal customers, Mr. Jon Diflorio.  Jon owns which is a cutting edge training center for Long Island area high school athletes and many pro athletes.  Jon is highly recognized in his ability to increase talent with smart nutrition combined with smart exercise.

U.S. Wellness Meats gives Jon Diflorio full credit for suggesting we bring old fashioned pemmican to U.S. consumers.  Jon has studied diets of famous Russian weight lifters in the early to mid 20th century and discovered high fat pemmican was one of their nutrition secrets for success.  After 12 months of trial and error, Jon finally gave a thumbs up and pemmican bars were born.  In time, the request came in for small pemmican pails to lower price and improve convenience.

Each 3.2 ounce bars contains approximately 17 grams of protein and 340 calories with bare bones for ingredients.  The regular bar contains beef, tallow, sea salt, raw honey and dried cherry.  The second choice contains only beef, tallow and sea salt

Institute 3E contact info is as follows:

Institute 3E
228 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

telephone: 631.470.7818


Again, Jon thank you for opening our eyes to the wonders of the native American beef pemmican power bar!

Best of success to Institute 3E in 2008!
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN, Wellness Consultant

Cahterine Ebeling Fighting Depression with Healthy fats and a Healthy Diet

The Holidays are winding down, the gifts are put away, the decorations packed up for another year. Short, gloomy, cold days ahead, a pile of bills in the mailbox, and an endless stretch of dreary, drab winter days. Enough to make you depressed? You are not alone.
Although depression can make you feel alone, nearly 20% of Americans live with depression. While depression can affect anyone, its effect may vary depending on your age and gender.

Women are almost twice as likely to become depressed as men. The higher risk may be due partly to hormonal changes brought on by puberty, menstruation, menopause, and pregnancy.

Although their risk for depression is lower, men are more likely to go undiagnosed and less likely to seek help. They may show the typical symptoms of depression, but are more likely to be angry and hostile or to mask their condition with alcohol or drug abuse. Suicide is an especially serious risk for men with depression, who are four times more likely than women to kill themselves.

Older people may lose their spouses and have to adjust to living alone. They may be physically ill and unable to be as active as they once were. Many older people are reluctant to talk about their symptoms, and can be isolated from others. As a result, older people may not receive treatment for their depression.

The causes of depression may vary greatly from person to person, yet the medical community often fails to consider the food we eat as a possible culprit. With each passing year's increased understanding of the biological complexities of the human body, more and more data suggests that dietary factors are involved.

By Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears
Getting Back to a Natural, Healthy Diet

Conventional wisdom tells you to avoid fat whenever possible, especially saturated animal fat. That's too bad. Your body needs fat. It's essential to life. The real problem is that our modern world changed the character of fat.

For millions of years, red meat has been humankind's primary source of fat and protein. But today, nutrition "experts" tell you it's deadly. How can that be? Did our bodies change?

No. The red meat has changed. Commercial cattle are fed grain because it's cheap and it fattens them up quickly. Substituting grain for their natural diet of greens makes the animals abnormally fat and leads to a deficiency of the heart-healthy fats still found in wild animals.

For meat to be healthy, it needs the right balance of natural omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Studies show that omega-3s prevent irregular heartbeat, reduce arterial plaque, decrease blood clotting, lower blood pressure, and minimize inflammation. But too much omega-6 fat interferes with the functioning of omega-3s and leads to inflammation and heart disease.

That's the problem with commercial beef. You get about a 20 times greater ratio of omega-6s than you need and a deficiency of omega-3s. And that's bad news.

But there is a solution. To get back to the healthy diet of our ancestors, eat grass-fed beef. It has the original high ratio of omega-3s in our natural diet. Next to wild salmon, grass-fed beef is your best natural source of omega-3s.

Eric Seranno

Dear Dr. Serrano:

A year ago in July, I was diagnosed with renal failure.  They did a biopsy on my kidneys and found that I was at "level 3".  Although I've had diabetes for about 8 years, my A1c always comes up at 5.6 - 6.5 range.  My daily glucose testing had always been below 140 and I take 1000 mg of metformin in the morning and 500 in the evening.  I also have high blood pressure and take a daily dose of 40 mg of furosemide.  My BP readings are normally between 117-120/77-80.

 I am a 65-year-old Hispanic woman, 5'3" tall and weigh 240 lbs.  I have a herniated disc at L4-L5 and osteo-arthritis on the bottom of my feet.  Sounds like I'm a mess, doesn't it?   Actually, I don't really feel bad except for the fact that the dietitian and the nephrologist have restricted my protein intake to 25-30 grams of meat daily.  I love beef!!  Will the grass fed beef help me at all?  Is there anything else you can recommend that I do?

Thank you for your kind attention to my problems.
Peace and blessings,

Mary S.

Dear Mary,

Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year also.

Mary, because I am not your physician my comments are just comments as I do not have all the details of your condition and your labs.

Mary you are not a mess at all, this is what I see in my office every day, and I love it, after I give you my suggestions I will ask John a huge favor so you can see you are not even close to being a mess.

I will go step by step so I make sure I do not forget any of your questions.
1.  I do not know your cholesterol or your diet or exercise levels
2.  Level 3 means some damage to the kidneys, but not only by sugars, but blood pressure and weight.
3. You do not mention if you exercise or do any type of activity, and if you don't, you must start now, your weight will cause a fatty liver, which will not allow your kidneys to work properly because the kidneys  need the liver to work properly
4.  I will be careful with your glucopphage more than with protein intake but I do not know your blood work
5.  I also don't have your creatine and your BUN levels so I am going to assume the worst so I am more in the safe side than on the cautious side.
6.  In my practice I have a lot of diabetics with your problems and your conditions and I will tell you 99% of them are on a high protein diet with very high vegetable intake, allowing them to lose weight and allowing them to improve their kidney function
7. The key to this problem is that you must stick with a diet that will allow all of the above, and in this case, a medium protein, medium fat, and  low carbohydrate diet. This will allow you to bring your weight down, (by the way it will take about 6 to 10 months for this to happen and make sure that all the required blood test are done, see below)
8.  Beef will not worsen your condition unless you do not follow all of the above
9.  You will be able to take breaks from your diet, not the first month but after the first month you will be able to take a break once per week
10.  I am going to ask John if he allows one of my patients to write about what she has done with herself, and the reason I want to use this patient in particular is because she is your worst case, a mess, she was overweight, and she also works in the medical field, she is type 1, with an insulin pump and her Hemoglobin 1AC was 13, with average sugars around 330 every day, which is really bad, when i met her and now her Hgb1AC is 5.9, average sugar is 98, and her weight is to low, so I want her to gain weight back, by the way her total intake of insulin before I met her was around 45 to 100 units per day and now is around 19.
11.  I am going to ask John if he allows her to write an article about herself, of course I will have to ask her also, and she can state how much organic meats she eats. Her average intake of protein is about .6 to .8 grams per pound if that gives you an idea how high her intake of protein is.
12.  Supplements are very important in your condition and I will recommend:
a-alpha lipoic acid-300mgs per day
b-fish oils-3 to 4 grams per day
c-Milk thistle-200 mgs per day
d-Check your B12, thiamine, vitamin D, Zinc, folate, your TSH, free T4, Free T3, and also your insulin levels
13.  So to answer your question, yes I will eat red meat everyday.

All the best,

Dr. Serrano

Ground Beef
Dear U.S. Wellness,

I can echo exactly what B.G. of Yazoo City, MS wrote.  The service is excellent and the burgers are so delicious.  I purchased the pound package
and made patties. 

My husband commented how good they tasted.  They were just too delicious to make a casserole with; they were super just as burgers.


 G. K., Milwaukee, WI

Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tsp. chili puree with garlic (optional)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork or lamb
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • In a large bowl, stir together milk and bread crumbs; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add egg and chili puree; stir until just combined.
  • Crumble ground beef and pork into a bowl; add onion and salt. Stir until combined and do not over mix.
  • Place meat mixture on large cutting board
  • Pat into 8 inch square. Cut meat mixture into 8 x 8 rows.
  • Shape each into a ball
  • Place on foil lined 10x15 jelly roll pan.
  • Bake in 475 degree oven about 20-25 minutes.
  • Makes 64 meatballs.
Courtesy Dierbergs School of Cooking "Weeknights" cookbook, 2007.


Do not forget to take advantage of the 40 pound $25 discount by ordering 40 pound combinations of beef, lamb, pork, butter, goat, shrimp and raw cheese.

This is our way of saying thank you for purchasing in volume. This can be any combination of products totaling 40 pounds and does not have to be specific to any category. Each 40 pound interval will yield the discount. For example, 80 pounds of product will yield a $50 discount and a 120 pound purchase will yield a $75 discount.

Important reminder:  If you are using a promo code for what ever reason, it will only work on orders under 40 pounds,  as the discount discussed above takes precedence on all order 40 pounds and up.

Our new format enacted in April 2005 requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 pound minimum combined purchase of beef, lamb, pork, nutraceuticals, gourmet rabbit, soap, organic shrimp, grass-fed goat, grass-fed bison, raw cheese, single piece poultry, and butter.

The issue is the bulk chicken and ten pound cheese bundles originate from separate cold storage centers where those products are produced. It is not efficient to ship one package of beef as a stand alone item when the balance of the order originates 400 miles away.

The shopping cart will keep track and remind you if you are under the 7 pound limit for a combination of beef, lamb, pork, raw cheese, butter, goat, shrimp, soap and single honey bottle purchases. Red font will appear under the shopping cart if you are under the minimum price or pound requirements.

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87% patties

The following delicious sale items will expire at midnight CST January 6, 2007.
  • Box 37  beef burger patties. 64 six ounce 75% lean patties.
The next two sale items contain volume sale discounts.  Please note third paragraph in each product description.
  • Beef snack sticks 12% off with purchase of 12 packages minimum up to 36 maximum
  • Free range chicken drumsticks discounted 10% for minimum purchase of 10 units with 4 drumsticks apiece up to 20 units maximum for the special pricing.

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