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July 29,  2007

Dear John,

The U.S. Wellness family lost one of it best supporters this past week.  Jesse Marunde was going full tilt in a maximum exertion workout Wednesday afternoon in his home gym in Sequim, Washington when he passed painlessly and suddenly.  Paramedics were on the scene instantly to no avail to relieve training partners performing heroic CPR. 

Jesse left his wonderful wife Callie, 6 week old daughter JJ and 9 year old son Dawson.  The
Sequim Gazette paints the life story of an incredible 27 year man who left this earth much sooner than anyone of us could imagine. 

We first met Jesse Marunde in February of 2004 at the Fitness Expo in Pasadena, California hosted by John Balik and Ironman Magazine.   To our surprise, Jesse expressed a great deal of interest in grass-fed meats.  He was far ahead in his understanding of grass-fed bio-chemistry compared to the average American in 2004.  Within a month Jesse was consuming large quantities of grass-fed beef and had continued on the diet of grass-fed meats ever since.

We have met many fine people in the past 7 years but few any finer of a man than Jesse Marunde.  If I had to sum it up, I would list the following qualities that exemplified the role model he left for his friends to live up to:
  • Jesse's work ethic was over the top.  I used to think Midwest farm boys had it tough but we cannot hold a candle to pulling fishing nets in the Gulf of Alaska in a very dangerous environment.  Those lessons continued up to his last breath in always overcoming adversity.
  • Jesse's integrity was beyond reproach
  • Above all he was fierce competitor who always had a smile on his face when the competition was done.
  • Jesse was always humble, taking time to visit and share knowledge with anyone who crossed his path.
  • His mentoring ability was legendary in Washington state.   From individuals to the Sequim High School football team's heroics in the fall of 2005.
  • Lastly, he had a rare gift of being a super husband and father to his family.
Jesse, all of us will miss you and I have a sense you have left a spirit that will continue on in Marunde Muscle for years to come.  God Bless your surving family and let your soul rest in peace.

Best Regards,

John, Lee Ann, Lynn, Megan,
On behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats.
In This Issue
SHANE ELLISON M.S. Organic Chemistry


Dont forget to look for the special promo code hidden in the text for a one time only 20% discount off your next next purchase.  First 12 users will be able to utilize the code.  The 7 colored letters are in one of 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.

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

Dairy Foods Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome

A daily serving of dairy foods protects against the clustering of abnormal body chemistry known as the metabolic syndrome, suggests a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health .

The syndrome has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, coronary artery disease, and premature death.

The findings are based on a representative sample of 2375 men aged between 45 and 59, all of whom were part of a long term study on health, known as the Caerphilly Prospective Study.

Two or more out conditions of: high blood glucose, insulin, blood fats, body fat, or blood pressure defined the presence of the metabolic syndrome in the men studied.

The men's health was tracked over 20 years, during which time data from food questionnaires and weekly food diaries were used to assess how much milk and dairy foods the men consumed.

15% had metabolic syndrome at the beginning of the study.

These men had almost double the risk of coronary artery heart disease and four times the risk of diabetes of those without the syndrome. They were also almost 50% more likely to die early.

But those who regularly drank milk and ate dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, were significantly less likely to have the syndrome.

They were 62% less likely to have it if they drank a pint or more of milk every day, and 56% less likely to have it if they regularly ate other dairy produce.

And the more dairy produce the men consumed, the less likely were they to have the syndrome.
The most healthful way to consume dairy is whole,
raw, unpasteurized dairy products from grass-fed cows, filled with plenty of Conjugated Lineolic Acids, known to protect the body from cancer, arteriosclerosis, and diabetes. Try U.S. Wellness Meats grass-fed cheeses and butter from America's heartland.

"Milk and dairy consumption, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome: the Caerphilly prospective study"
J Epidemiol Community Health
2007; 61: 695-8

Jesse Marunde
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Jesse Marunde on July 25.  Jesse passed away with out pain in his home gym in Sequim, Washington after completing a continuous sequence of squats, tire flipping and stone loading in his quest to become the worlds strongest man later this year in Anaheim. 

A memorial fund has been set up to support his wonderful wife Callie and their two children.  The youngest born this past June.  Please read the following note from the Marunde family:

A Celebration of the Life of Jesse Marunde will be held at Sequim Community Church, 1000 N. 5th Ave, Sequim, WA, Wed, August 1, 1 PM.

Donations for the Jesse Marunde Memorial Fund should be facilitated through the PayPal account associated with the forum on the link below.

Thank you for your support.

The Marunde Family and The Sequim Crew

by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

Cahterine EbelingSupport your Local Farmers Market

When I was a kid in a rural Indiana town, summer was my favorite time to drive through the country and look for a roadside vegetable stand.

Oh, we had our favorites for sure; there was Daily's farm produce with corn on the cob so fresh, we would wait by our car while we watched the tractor pull up with a trailer full of freshly picked squeaky fresh ears of corn.

We could talk to Farmer Daily himself about his crops that year, what was coming in great, what was slow, what the rain-or lack of--had done to his crops that year.  It was always an education in itself.

We picked fat green beans with the vines still attached in places; shiny, fat green peppers, and plump, bright red tomatoes still warm from the sun. We would load up the car with our myriad of small brown paper bags, and ride home surrounded with that fragrant, rich smell. I could hardly wait to get home and start dinner! What a bounty!
Eric SerannoDr. Serrano,

I have two questions:
How do different types of fat--polyunsaturated, monosaturated, and saturated fats, affect fat loss and how are different versions of each type of fat metabolized differently? 

For example, how are MCTs metabolized differently than other types of saturated fats? How is CLA metabolized differently than other trans fats?
Thank you.


Research shows that fats we eat can affect our own fat cells in two ways:
1. Increasing the volume or the size of the fat cell
2. By increasing the numbers of fat cells

However, fish oils, which are omega 3 fatty acids and considered a polyunsaturated oil, have been shown to not only decrease size of fat cells, but also the number of fat cells in our bodies.  However, research also shows that the other types of polyunsaturated oils, such as: corn oil, canola oil, and other vegetable oils increase the size of fat cells, so obviously avoiding vegetable oils is helpful if you are trying to lose weight.

Shane Ellison, MS, The People's Chemist
shane ellison

Blood Pressure Meds are Fat Fertilizer
By The People's Chemist (c) 2007

Not all prescription drugs are bad.  Some are really bad, like the drugs used to lower your blood pressure.  Among the top ten drugs prescribed in the U.S, blood pressure (hypertension) medications ensnare millions into the prescription drug trap.  That trap kills 200,000 and injures close to 2.2 million Americans every year.  Fortunately, very few people suffer from the fabricated disease of hypertension and therefore do not require drug treatment.  In the rare instance that it might put someone at risk of early death, improved lifestyle habits and natural medicine can help beat it.

Fat Fertilizer

Like Miracle Grow™ on plants, drugs such as Toprol-XL™, Lopressor™ (metoprolol), Tenormin™ (atenolol) and Coreg™ (carvedilol) serve as fat fertilizer to the human body.  As a result, patients who "follow doctor's order's" and swallow these "beta-blockers" and "diuretics" are at a 28 to 50% greater risk of suffering from type II diabetes - the greatest health challenge of the 21st century.

BBQ beef

Shredded BBQ Beef is fantastic!

Dear U.S. Wellness Meats,

Thank you so much.  I love your meats ... and that shredded beef in BBQ sauce is fantastic!

I grew up in Kansas City and spent the first 26 years of my life there so I know BBQ.  btw . . . California has like NO BBQ..I have to order Gates BBQ sauce from KC and smoke it myself...but now I am lazy and just buy your stuff.

Thank you for such a great product.

West coast Kerry

Delicious Sauteed Rabbit

This is a simple, but delicious recipe for rabbit.  Several families with autistic children are very enthusiastic with this delicious white meat.

  •     1 medium rabbit, cut in pieces
  •     1 cup white wine
  •     1/4 cup olive oil
  •     1 medium onion, chopped
  •     2 or 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  •     1 tablespoon dried oregano
  •     1 teaspoon dried rosemary, or 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  •     1 bay leaf
  •     1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  •      Salt to taste
  •      Dried chili flakes (optional)
  • Place all ingredients in a large fry pan and add enough water to barely cover the rabbit.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • When boiling, reduce flame, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes.
  • Uncover and raise flame.
  • Cook until liquid is reduced and rabbit is browned.

    Recipe compliments of:


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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ribeye final

The following delicious sale items will expire at midnight CST August 4th, 2007.

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