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 How Safe is Irradiated Food?        
July 1,  2007

Dear John,

Summer is in full swing as we near our  our nation's 4th of July birthday.  Think back to the year 1776.  Our forefathers were fortunate to eat a healthy diet far different than the standard American diet (SAD) that the majority of Americans eat today.

In 1776, nearly all beef was grass-fed, raised on small farms without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, or growth hormones.  Cattle ate organic  grasses/hays, were slaughtered in small quantities, and a good percentage were slaughtered on the farms that raised the animals.  Heart disease rates were far lower.  Cancer and diabetes were ailments  few people knew about.

Today we have to be very wise and wary consumers.  Grocery stores stock commodity beef,  produced with growth hormones, daily oral antibiotics, and fatty acid ratios
that are not friendly to  arteries  (much different from grazing animals). In addition, the FDA is now looking at ways to irradiate our meat, adding further compounds with unknown long term health  side effects.

The smart consumers look to the most natural foods, raised the  same way our ancestors used to, in pastures of lush grass, far away from crowded feedlots.  U.S. Wellness is happy to bring you the most natural and healthy products available.  Celebrate your Independence Day Holiday with U.S. Wellness 
ground beef patties,  and chemical and preservative-free U.S. Wellness garlic hot dogs.

Delicious and nutritious all-American food as our ancestors ate.  Enjoy!

Best Regards,

John, Lee Ann, Lynn, Megan,
On behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats. 
In This Issue
   tenderloin filet small
tenderloin filet small

FDA Seeks to Remove Labeling Requirements for Irradiated Foods

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new federal regulations that will allow manufacturers and retailers to sell  irradiated foods without labeling them, as previously required by law.

Consumers are justifiably wary of foods that have been subject to radiation--since irradiation destroys essential vitamins and nutrients, creates mutated radiolytic chemical compounds never before consumed by humans, and generates byproducts such as formaldehyde and benzene, which are known carcinogens.   Read More...

Calcium From Dietary Sources Best for Bones

A new study shows that women who want to keep osteoporosis at bay are better off eating calcium rich foods than taking calcium supplements.

U.S. Wellness sells delicious, easy-to-digest
raw milk Amish cheese. The is one of the best ways to add high-quality calcium to your diet.  Another short cut is Or-ion organic calcium derived from plants and not rock!

Postmenopausal women who got their calcium mainly from diet or from diet and supplements had a greater average bone mineral density (BMD) than women who got most of their calcium from supplements, states  Dr. Reina C. Armamento-Villareal of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.   Read More...


Lynn Day and Megan Baugh will be representing U.S. Wellness at the Fancy Food Show in New York City on July 8, 9 and 10.  For those of you in New York we would be honored by a visit if you are a food business person attending the show.


The Mead Tooker Bed & Breakfast is gently nestled into the robust community of Montgomery, New York.  Mr.  Ed Devitt is the proprietor and the perfect host.  You will discover U.S. Wellness meats in the fridge, and organic signs throughout the house. 

Organic mattresses, sheets, pillows, bed spreads, cleaning compounds, and other organic specialities for those of you that expect the very best in accommodations, both inside and out.   The Montgomery community displays many unique shops and eateries within easy walking distance of the inn.

Mr. Devitt has been a long time supporter of U.S. Wellness Meats.  He made the sojourn to Monticello in 2005 to better understand the grazing system employed by the company.  Mr. Devitt has assisted U.S. Wellness with several public events on Long Island and in Edison, N.J.

We suggest you spend a night and learn about some of the famous people that built and lived in the house during the 1700's.


promo code is embedded in the full articles of this issue that will form a 8 character promo code.  Click on the article's "Read More. . . "  link to continue to the full length article and you will be able to look for each letter of the code printed in green.  The number 8 letter is in the recipe section.  The letters will form a lower case word that you enter in the 'Promo Code' box during check- out. 

The first 12 customers using the promo code will receive a 20% discount on one order only.  The promotion will apply to orders under 40 pounds and excludes current on-sale items and the Flavorwave Oven.  Look carefully!  
Deena Kastor

U.S. Wellness is most pleased to count current U.S. marathon record holder Deena Kastor as a good friend.  We encourage all of you to follow Deena's  run up to China in 2008.  Ms. Kastor took home bronze in  Athens in 2004 and we feel gold is achievable in 2008, due to Deena's passion and work ethic.  

Deena recently won her 6th U.S. 10,000 meter title at the 2007 Indianapolis USATF Nationals in June 2007.   Deena has qualified for the Worlds in Osaka, Japan in August.

Some food for thought from Ms. Kastor:

"After months of searching for tasty grass-fed beef I finally found U.S. Wellness Meats.  Their
9-ounce filets won me over with their incredible flavor.  This is what properly grass-fed cattle are supposed to taste like.  The added bonus is high quality protein for rebuilding hard-working muscles."
CATHERINE'S CORNER   by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
Cahterine Ebeling
How Safe is Irradiated Food?

Food irradiation has been making frequent appearances in the news as the latest new scientific process to avert food poisoning, and eliminate the toxins and bacteria such as,
listeria, e.coli, and salmonella in commercially prepared meats and produce. These microbes are often the result of unsanitary packaging conditions and are capable of causing serious illness and death. 

While the government and the FDA promote it as an easy, effective means to eliminate dangerous pathogens, others say irradiation depletes food sources of essential nutrients, and can actually change the molecular structure of the irradiated foods to cause toxic chemicals and other substances shown to increase the incidence of cancer and other diseases.

Before we go any farther; rest assured, U.S. Wellness is not on the irradiation band wagon.  However, we suggest you read on to understand this critical food safety issue more clearly.

What is food irradiation?

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention, food irradiation is a food safety technology that will eliminate many disease-causing bacteria and parasites from foods. Many concerns have been raised since the onset of this new process about its safety and its effectiveness, as well as the effect on the nutrition of the foods we eat.   Read more...

For more information on irradiation:
Organic Consumers Association Stop Food Irradiation Project

Center for Food Safety's Food Irradiation Page

FDA Proposal

Submit your own comment directly to the FDA.

I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions for future articles. Please email me in care of U.S.Wellness Meats.             -Catherine

Dr. Al Sears
Forget the Food Pyramid - Here's My Simple Formula for Getting Lean

In 2005, the government issued its latest food pyramid. You've probably seen it. The "new" food pyramid - like the old one - suggests that you eat more grains and carbs than anything else. And, not surprisingly, the big food makers are footing the bill for this "public service" campaign. (When you've spent that much money lobbying politicians to support your high-carb, highly processed, artificial-food-substitute products, why not cash in?)

But don't be fooled. Following this unnatural high-carb diet, while ignoring protein and healthy fats, will only make you fat, sick, and tired. Instead, follow my simple formula for getting lean:

High Protein + Low Carbs + the Right Fats +
Regular Exercise = Fat Loss

Increase Protein: Quality protein is the key to good nutrition. Protein promotes muscle growth and increases the burning of carbs and fat for energy.Grass-fed beef, fish, lean meats, eggs, dairy, beans, and nuts are all good sources of protein.

Decrease Carbohydrates: Starches are a main cause of obesity. Limit your consumption of anything made from grains or potatoes. Get your carbs from unprocessed vegetables that grow above the ground.

Eat Natural Fats: Most modern fat is a health nightmare, but getting enough omega-3 fats is essential for good health.
Grass-fed beef is a great choice. Also, try eating unprocessed vegetable fats from avocados, nuts, and virgin olive oil. Avoid corn oil and all hydrogenated oils. Get your animal fat from grass-fed red meat, wild fish, and eggs.
Eric Seranno
Dr. Serrano,
I've been hearing about all of the wonderful health benefits of CLA from eating grass-fed beef, especially the organ meats like liver.  I'm a blood-type A which says to stay away from red meat, would grass-fed beef liver be okay lightly cooked or should I stick with chicken liver?  Is chicken liver as beneficial since it doesn't have the CLA that grass-fed beef does?

Thank you for your time,
Robyn Z.

Dear Robyn:
I used the blood type diet, but it only works about 33% of the time. The diet doesn't take into consideration many things like sex, height, activity levels etc.  The body requires red meat for two reasons:  iron and vitamin B12. The best source is red meat, period. When humans used to live in a non- supermarket time they were forced to hunt--because agriculture was not available either-- and some days the early humans ate a lot, and other days they ate nothing, or very little.

Liver has RNA, DNA, proteins, and a lot of densely concentrated nutrition in it.  That is why the male king lion eats the liver first, then the rest of the lions are allowed to eat the rest of the carcass. Liver is a super high concentrate of vitamins, minerals, and proteins that everyone should eat.

Most important though is to always eat organic liver, because the liver is the filter of toxins in the body. Try
liver from U.S. Wellness Grass-fed beef.

beef jerky

Dear U.S. Welllness Meats-

I wanted to let you know that we tried the spicy beef jerky. I have to tell you that it is, by far the BEST beef jerky we have ever had!!  The kids ate it all up in no time! What a great, healthy snack for them. I can let them eat the jerky with no worries about sugar, additives, or chemicals.  Now when I order it I make sure to order a package for each person in the family. Thank you for your wonderful products.
--Catherine Ebeling


Four Servings
all american burger
Prep: 20 minutes
Grill: 14 minutes
  • 1  clove garlic  minced, or 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2  tablespoons catsup
  • 1  tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1  tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1  teaspoon sugar 
  • 1  teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1  teaspoon vinegar
  • Few  dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 1  pound leanU.S. Wellness ground beef
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon pepper 
  • 4 hamburger buns
  •   American cheese slices (optional)
  •   Lettuce leaves (optional)
  •   Tomato slices (optional)
  •   Red onion slices(optional)
  •   Pickle  slices (optional)


1. For sauce, in a small saucepan combine garlic or onion, catsup, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, cooking oil, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

2. In a medium mixing bowl combine ground beef, salt, and pepper; mix well. Shape meat mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

3. To cook by indirect grilling method: In a covered grill arrange preheated coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place meat on the grill rack over the drip pan. Cover and grill for 20 to 24 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted in side of burger registers 160 degree F, turning once halfway through grilling  time and brushing frequently with sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling.

4. To cook by direct grill method: Grill meat on the grill rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until no pink remains, turning once halfway through grilling time and brushing frequently with sauce.

5. To serve, split and  toast  the buns on the grill. Serve patties in buns with cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare sauce; cover and chill up to 24 hours. Prepare and shape burgers. Cover with plastic wrap and chill up to 2 hours before grilling.


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.


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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The following delicious sale items will expire at midnight CST July 9, 2007.
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