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The Advantages of Cholesterol

December 14, 2008
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,

What do you know about Cholesterol? What do we really know about it? We have all been convinced that cholesterol is bad for us, and will cause heart attacks and strokes. We carefully watch those cholesterol numbers and get concerned if those numbers climb. Now, pharmaceutical companies combined with medical doctors are lowering cholesterol numbers and many many people are now convinced they MUST take statin drugs with their many side effects in order to fight this terrible substance.

Did you know that cholesterol is a natural body substance and that it helps us in many ways; from protecting our cells to repairing injured blood vessels. Did you know that more people die with low cholesterol than do with high cholesterol? We will discuss that in the articles below, and hopefully ease your fears while you enjoy delicious meats from
US Wellness Meats.

Christmas is just around the corner.  December 22nd will be the huge shipping day for the over night industry.  If possible, we would really appreciate December 22nd orders on the 17th PM and 18th to give our packaging crew a head start.  We will ship on Tuesday for Christmas Eve delivery but you will need to accept a bit of  risk the order will not land until the 26th.

For the last minute shopper, gift certificates can be delivered by email upon request. 

Holiday regards,

John, Lee Ann, Megan, Mckenzie and Tressa on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats.    

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london broil and norton wine


New Items:
Shredded beef in BBQ sauce will re-stock on Tuesday.

Contact U.S. Wellness staff ASAP concerning corporate Christmas gift boxes.  We can assemble custom boxes on request. The clock is ticking!

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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 35
users will be able to utilize the code.

The 7 red letters (in sequence)  are in the extended articles in this issue and will spell out a string that can be used in the 'promo code' area when you are placing your order. The letters will begin within Catherine's Comment article after you open the complete article. Remaining clues might be in subsequent sections of the newsletter.

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

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U.S. Wellness has forged a relationship  with a group of the world's best grass farmers on the Island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. 

This partnership, with a stellar group of year round small grass farmers, will solve a critical shortage of specific cuts we simply have been unable to keep up with in the last 6 months.  Specifically, flank steak, skirt steak, hanger steak, sandwich steaks and sirloin tips will be in the store by Christmas if all goes well.  Again, our apologies for those of you still impatiently waiting for hanger, skirt and flank steaks.

The bovine only yields one hanger steak per animal.  Only two skirt and flank steaks per animal.  Limited sirloin tip and sandwich steaks that have developed a huge following.  Consequently, we felt it was more important to maintain inventory versus being painfully out of stock too many days per year. 

The tiny island of Tasmania is a unique piece of real estate on Mother Earth.   NO hormones or GMOs are allowed on the island and the air is rated as cleanest in the world today.  The air standard is used as a base for measuring air pollution world wide.  Grass is every where and the integrity of the producers and processor is world class.

The small frame English breeds that we raise in the USA  were also transplanted by the British years ago into a utopian environment.  The summer high averages 75 degrees and the winter low only 55 due to the buffer of the South Pacific.  Simply stated, cow heaven and the perfect environment for producing premium grass-fed beef.

The picture above is on property privately owned by one of our main contacts in the Tasmania grass farming network.  The small town in the background is perched on the edge of a old volcano camped on the South Pacific.  The cows have a splendid view  to go with their pasture salad.

The website will label Tasmania production when it is available. 

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Jake Anderson - central college
Strength Coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa is Strong on Grass-fed Beef!

For the longest time, athletes have been told carbohydrates were the key to nutritional success but that isn't necessarily true.  Don't get me wrong, carbohydrates are a powerful macronutrient but we over look the power of fat.  Fat, if it is in it's natural form, the way "Nature's Laws" intended it to be, can have a powerful effect on athletic performance.  This has been shown through science as well as my own personal experience.

Healthy fat consumption, found in grass-fed animal products, has been shown to actually stimulate the release of stored fat in the body for fuel/energy use.  Also, with our athletes and so many others, it has proven to have a very powerful anti-inflammatory response, one that is as powerful as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. Ibuprofen) but minus the health risk side-effects that come along with it.

Central College and other colleges around the country are continually looking for ways to increase their athlete's development and consuming grass-fed beef and other grass-fed products is a sure fire way to do just that.  Athletic success is a matter of hard work, dedication, consistency of training over time coupled with solid nutritional factors. 

Jake Anderson, CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Director, Ron Schipper Fitness Center

Jake Anderson is in his sixth year as strength and conditioning coordinator at Central College. In 2007 he was named the NCAA Division III strength and conditioning coach of the year by American Football Monthly

Central College Pella
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

Cahterine EbelingIf the drug companies pushing statin drugs have you paranoid, and you are worried about high cholesterol levels and keeping your heart healthy as you get older, don't push aside the butter, bacon and eggs just yet. Several studies are showing the benefits of cholesterol, in spite of physicians and drug companies battling to continue lowering it.

People with high cholesterol live the longest. This statement seems so incredible that it takes a long time to clear one´s brainwashed mind to fully understand its importance. Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers.

Consider the finding of  Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with  high cholesterol. Most studies of old people have shown that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Eleven studies of elderly people came up with that result, and a further seven studies found that high cholesterol did not predict mortality either.

Now consider that more than 90 % of all cardiovascular disease is seen in people above age 60 also, and that almost all studies have found that high cholesterol is not a risk factor for women. This means that high cholesterol is only a risk factor for less than 5 % of those who die from a heart attack.

But there is more comfort for those who have high cholesterol; six of the studies found that total mortality was inversely associated with either total or LDL cholesterol, or both. This means that it is actually much better to have high than to have low cholesterol if you want to live to be very old. Many studies have found that low cholesterol is in certain respects worse than high cholesterol. For instance, in 19 large studies of more than 68,000 deaths, reviewed by Professor David R. Jacobs and his co-workers from the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, low cholesterol predicted an increased risk of dying from gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases.

shane ellison
By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison, M.S.
All rights reserved (c) 2008

There's been a deep lying suspicion that a deliberate push to get each and every American hooked on drugs, while at the same time bankrupting them, exists among Big Pharma, the U.S. government and the popular media. But now, a new study confirms this suspicion as fact. It's the JUPITER study.

JUPITER stands for Justification for the Use of Statins in Prevention: an Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin. It's not a clinical trial. It's a rouse to promote drugs as vitamins. Dr. Timothy J. Gardner, president of the American Heart Association, was so excited by it that he insisted, "this one [JUPITER] is pretty clearly a winner for statin therapy."

The New York Times gave us the infomercial, scripted response of, "Taking the statin Crestor, also known as rosuvastatin, slashed the risk of heart attack by more than half according to the JUPITER results." But if you believe this, then you're already on too many drugs.

Big Pharma money can be intoxicating. Like a frat boy with beer goggles, few health professionals or popular media outlets could see the ugly truth. Four important points of the JUPITER rouse were missed, which serve as four reasons to avoid Crestor.

The media failed to mention that Crestor makers - AstraZeneca - funded the study. When a company pays for a study, they pay for the interpretation of results, which always involves statistical trickery. Most of us learned this with the heart attack inducing, pain killer Vioxx. Touted as the safest NSAID of all time, it proved to be the deadliest once unleashed with the rubber stamp approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - it snuffed out an estimated 40,000 lives, fast. Its' wake of destruction still resonates within Americans, but apparently not with the media.

The media failed to mention the statistical trickery at work. Cardiovascular events were reduced by an absolute, paltry 0.9% with Crestor use. Using a few tricks of the statistics trade, this bland number was converted into the more lucrative, "relative risk reduction" of 53%. This trickery happens so fast, it's like watching magician David Blaine pull his heart out of his chest. You don't know if it's real or just a cheap magic trick. Dr. Mark Hlatky of Stanford shows that it's just a trick.

Commenting on the trickery, he told the New England Journal of Medicine that, "absolute differences in risk are more clinically important than relative reductions in risk in deciding whether to recommend drug therapy, since the absolute benefits of treatment must be large enough to justify the associated risks and costs." But, using statistical sleight of hand helps AstraZeneca make some serious cash.

The media failed to mention that it would cost bookoo bucks to follow JUPITER's recommended Crestor protocol. The drug giant stands to pocket an estimated $500,000 per patient, courtesy of their insurance company, if the drug is used as recommended by the study - over a patient's lifetime.

And finally, the media failed to mention that Crestor users risk the particularly, nasty side effect of liver failure, rhabdomyolysis, diabetes and more. If you really needed another one, that's the fourth reason to say no to Crestor: It's a seriously expensive way to get sick.

Falsely promoting ineffective and dangerous drugs, while pillaging bank accounts, is illegal. Street thugs go to jail every day for it. If the JUPITER rouse is to be condoned by the federal government and supported by the media, then there is no need for the FDA since Big Pharma can violate the laws with predatory prescription hype disguised as science. Say no to Crestor and all the other cholesterol-lowering drugs. Otherwise, face the outcomes of government mandated drug addiction.

Author Note
Ellison's entire career has been dedicated to the study of molecules; how they give life and how they take from it. He was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology. He is a best selling author, holds a master's degree in organic chemistry and has first-hand experience in drug design. Use his knowledge and insight to look and feel your best in 90 days with his AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery:

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Dr. Al Sears
Author of The Doctor's Heart Cure

By Al Sears MD

I've been an advocate of grass fed beef as long as I can remember and highly recommend it to everyone I know. The list of reasons for choosing grass fed over commercial raised beef is a long one. But there's one more to add to the list that involves something you would more likely see in a science fiction movie.
You probably at some point over the past couple of years have read about the debate over animal cloning and whether or not the meat is safe to eat. Of course the FDA has irresponsibly labeled the meat from cloned animals safe for consumption. But they couldn't be more wrong.

Let me tell you what I've learned...
It turns out that defects in clones are quite common. Cloning has been found to produce unhealthy animals who suffer tremendously. Clones tend to die at a young age, suffer birth defects, and are often treated with antibiotics.

The Center for Food Safety states that as many as 50% of cow clones are affected by "Large Offspring Syndrome," which can cause not only unusually high birth weight, endangering the host mother, but a long list of organ and systemic abnormalities, including heart problems and immature lung development.  
Their report also states that there is evidence that clones are not always exact duplicates of their gene donors. This just further supports that cloning remains an unpredictable science.

And cloning scientists have warned that even small imbalances in these clones could result in hidden food safety problems in the cloned meat.   A recent study found differences in the composition of the milk and meat of cloned animals.
Here's what's even more worrisome, some of these cloned meats have made their way on to our grocery store shelves. The nation's major cattle cloning companies admitted that they have not been able to keep track of how many offspring of clones have entered the food supply.   

And get this, the FDA is not requiring special labeling on food that comes form cloned animals or their offspring.  So there's no way of knowing if you are buying cloned meat or not. I don't know about you, but I consider this quite deceptive. We should have the right to choose, especially when it comes to what we want to eat.

It's sad to think that the FDA approved cloned livestock food without completely knowing all of the risks involved. But they don't exactly have a good track record...just look at all the drug recalls they've made over the last decade.

The whole idea of cloned meat is pretty frightening if you ask me. That's another reason why I choose grass fed beef. I don't have to worry about whether or not I am eating someone's science project.

So here's something to consider...cattle raised as nature intended in an open field free to roam and feast on their natural diet of grass - versus - something developed in a scientific experiment that has not been properly researched, not to mention fed an unnatural diet of grain and given generous doses of antibiotics.

This seems like any easy one, correct? Choose the grass fed beef of course. At least you'll know exactly what you are getting - something that's healthy and nutritious with no hidden food safety issues.

So enjoy a nice juicy grass fed burger or steak any time - worry free!

Not Ready For Prime Time - FDA's Flawed Approach To Assessing The Safety of Food From Animal Clones, Center for Food Safety, 3/07
Cloned Animals, Center for Food Safety,, viewed 11/23/08
 Not Ready For Prime Time - FDA's Flawed Approach To Assessing The Safety of Food From Animal Clones, Center for Food Safety, 3/07
Gianni K, FDA Says Cloned Meat Safe to Eat but Could It Already Be in Our Food,, 2/21/08

Editor's Note: Dr Sears is a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor's Heart Cure. He has written over 500 articles and seven books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, physical fitness, nutritional supplementation and heart health.
Author of The Doctor's Heart Cure

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Eric Seranno
Hi Dr Serrano,

I enjoy reading your responses to the questions that people submit. A recent question led me to ask a question. Your reply to a 74-year old taking statin drugs didn't include how harmful statin drugs are. I would like to know why. The Weston A Price Foundation has an article on the dangers of statin drugs. I hope that you are aware of this & will share this information with others.

Best Regards,


Dear GLJ:

All drugs have some type of danger involved, but I hate to generalize because some drugs do work and help save lives.

You asked me to talk about statins which include the best seller Lipitor, and Crestor, Zocor and others. They are classified as statins because they block the manufacturing of cholesterol by blocking an enzyme that is absolutely necessary in the formation of cholesterol. The only problem with this, is that it also blocks the manufacturing of CoQ10 which is absolutely necessary for the human body, and cholesterol is also necessary for the body or you will die.  I repeat, without cholesterol you will die.

Cholesterol is in every cell, and allows the body to make hormones, in this case sex and stress hormones, such as: testosterone, estrogen, cortisol DHEA, etc. When we block the formation of cholesterol, some where down the chain we are also blocking the formation of these hormones. I want to bring a new theory to the cholesterol synthesis, and  it will be the first time you hear this, but I am taking credit for this:

Has the medical community ever discussed that the cholesterol in the blood is high maybe because our system is not making the appropriate amount of hormones, and for that reason it has to make extra cholesterol to catch up--or is it that our body doesn't have the necessary enzymes, minerals or vitamins to continue the synthesis of the hormones from cholesterol and the body keeps reading, hey we don't have enough hormones . . .keep making cholesterol until we catch up?

Let me make this even more clear.  Let's suppose you order 4 tires for your car, but you never got them, so you order again, and still the tires don't come and then you order again.  Then suddenly you get all those tires at the same time, but  you are now missing the nuts to be able to use them!

Statins are drugs that are going to continue to be used in medicine because the amount of money and publicity surrounding them, so the best thing to do is educate people in the proper use of diet and exercise and a healthy lifestyle, and a balanced life style.

Statins cause:
1-joint pain
2-it might cause or worsen Congestive heart failure
3-increase the chances of memory loss
4-reduces CoQ10
5-reduces hormone output
6-can cause problems when combined with grapefruit juice

Take Care!


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Answers will appear in future issues of the Newsletter and News Alert. Your full name will not be displayed.

Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to literally any question related to health and wellness involving grass-fed meats.

Dr. Serrano has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience and an award winning professor at Ohio State Medical School. Dr. Serrano has an outstanding family practice on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio and works with a select group of professional athletes.

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center cut shoulder roast smallJohn,

I really enjoyed the articles about the first thanksgiving and the economic benefits of grass-fed meat.

While Dr. Sears wrote a great article, he missed one of the best
economic benefits of grass-fed meat - it shrinks less in cooking. Grain fed meat is full of water, which adds to the raw weight but causes the
meat to shrink greatly when cooked.

Properly cooked grass-fed meat shrinks much less. This means that the real cost of the cooked meat that you actually eat is much less than it seems, when compared to the grain fed variety.

Back when we ate the grain fed meat, my family would finish a 3 pound shoulder roast in one meal.

The grass-fed 3 pound shoulder roasts we buy from US Wellness give us two full meals, with some leftovers.

People should understand that when they buy grain fed meat, they are
paying the full price of the cut for a lot of water, as well as different lipid chemistry.

Just my 2 cents.

I had the pleasure of visiting the US Wellness exhibit at last weeks
WAPF conference. I was very impressed by the caliber of the women you had staffing the exhibit. Calm, efficient, and friendly, no matter how
hectic it got.They were a credit to your company.

Best wishes,

S. F.
Danville, CA

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Roast Leg of Lamb

leg of lamb
  • 1 leg of lamb, bone in (about 5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper Sauce:
  • 1 cup chopped fresh herbs (combination of rosemary, chives, and parsley)
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Using your hands, rub the lamb all over with the lemon juice.
  • Pat the garlic and rosemary evenly all over the surface of the meat.
  • Season the meat with the salt and pepper and place the lamb in a roasting pan.
  • Place the lamb in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to cook for about 1 hour longer for medium-rare, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast registers about 145 degrees F to 150 degrees F (be careful that the thermometer does not touch the bone.)
  • Remove lamb from pan and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
  • Position the roasting pan over your stove burners. Add mixed herbs and onions to pan, and stir to combine with pan drippings. Add chicken stock and wine to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon to release any fond.
  • Reduce over high heat until sauce consistency. Strain before serving, if desired.
  • Slice lamb and serve with sauce drizzled over the top.

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   Near Monticello, Missouri - December 14

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            Cattle on Winter pasture on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

Do not forget to take advantage of the 40 pound $25 discount by ordering 40 pound combinations of beef, lamb, pork, butter, goat, shrimp, bison, condiments, honey, rabbit, single item chicken selections, snack foods, pet food, 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, 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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