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How to be Happy No Matter What

December 28, 2008
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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Another year has flown by. Its been a year of ups and downs-more downs than usual. Life seems unpredictable at times and many of us may be overwhelmed with financial losses and other upheaval that we have suffered this year.

Somehow in spite of all the negative events, some people remain optimistic and happy.  See why, in Catherine's Comment below!

While it may seem truly impossible, there are ways to make yourself feel happier. And happiness, studies show, is contagious. So surround yourself with positive people and your life will become a more positive place. Let's look towards 2009 with a positive attitude and a positive outlook on life. Better days are just around the corner...

As 2008 races to a close this week, we are forever grateful for the patronage you have demonstrated to make this eight year journey possible.  Rest assured, we will be working diligently to grow and deliver world class meats, butter, raw cheeses, bison, wild seafood, tallow products, and healthy organic snacks as 2009 clears the horizon on Thursday morning.

Enjoy your New Year's Eve with steaks on the grill!
Warmest New Year's regards,

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

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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 9 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 Ebeling 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
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Studies show that families who sit down to eat together regularly have children who have better grades and are less likely to fall into bad habits, such as smoking or using drugs.

If you ask people what their most meaningful holiday tradition is, many would probably say sitting down to the holiday dinner with family and friends.

They enjoy the opportunity it creates to reconnect with loved ones and experience a sense of belonging and family identity. But when the holidays are over, it's not unusual for family members to jump right back into their over-scheduled lives, eating at different times or even in front of the TV.

Although parents instinctively know that family mealtimes promote good feelings and good nutrition, it might be hard for them to believe that frequent family meals can improve their children's grades and overall academic performance. Or reduce their children's risk of depression, suicide, smoking, drinking or using drugs. Or even just decrease their children's stress levels.

But can something as simple as eating together regularly have such an impact?

Researchers say it most likely can. In fact, multiple studies have found a long list of favorable factors associated with sitting down as a family for meals on a regular basis.

One such study, the University of Minnesota's "Project EAT," has tracked the eating patterns of thousands of teens and young adults. Principal investigator and author of the book "I'm, Like, SO Fat!: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight Obsessed World," Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer said her research has found that more frequent family meals are associated not only with better dietary intake, but also with fewer eating disorders and better psychosocial well-being, "including less substance use, better grades in school, and higher self-esteem and lower depressive symptoms."

Unfortunately, in our fast-paced world, sitting down for dinner every night is easier said than done.

Surveys have shown that the frequency of family dinners has been declining over the past decade or two. And according to Neumark-Sztainer, the most frequently mentioned barrier is the family schedule.
Experts suggest that families strive to eat a meal together at least three to four times a week. They acknowledge that it takes planning and commitment for busy families, but the results will be worth the effort.

Susan Gonzales, "Study: Family meals may improve kids' test scores." Hanover PA Evening Sun, 12/22/2008.

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Toy For Tots In A Sea of Champions

Over 1000 people attended and contributed 2,217 toys for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program hosted by local Stamford, CT business man Robert Daly at his Tommy K Vitamins store on December 3.

Alan Sharkany Jr. demonstrated why he is the world 24 hour pull-up champion (2401) in 24 hours at 223 pounds.  Alan's one hour record is 341 weighing 216 pounds which is incredible.  At the toy benefit, Alan performed 15 two finger pull-ups for the crowd.  He plans to return in January or February and break the two finger pull-up world record. 

The following wrestling champions were on hand for the event:
  • WWE Champion Jeff Hardy
  • ECW Champion Matt Hardy
  • WWE Tag Team Champions: Carlito & Primo (brothers)
  • WWE Diva  Maria
America's BelovedTenor former New York City police officer Daniel Rodriguez aka The singing Policeman sang God Bless America, Star Spangled Banner and Oh Holy Night.

Members of the United States Marine Corps and personnel from US Marines Toys for Tots program were on hand and were most pleased with the enthusiasm for the event.

U.S. Wellness donated tenderloin filets for the special guests. 

Let's give a tip of the hat to Robert Daly for organizing a great event!

Tommy K Vitamins
54 Research Drive
Stamford CT  06906-1428
PH: (203) 325-9544 or (888) 442-3348
email: admin@tommykvitamins

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by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN


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Of the myriad things we wish for in life, from the perfect mate to a financial windfall, all are merely means to a single, intangible end called "happiness."

Lately, it has been the most elusive of emotions. Confronted by a crashing economy, joblessness, and rising prices, we are floundering. Like looking for silver linings in storm clouds, we have a tough time finding the bright side in depressing current events.

Although happiness is the most sought-after human emotion, it also is one of the least understood. For decades, researchers have studied negative emotions -- anger, anxiety, fear, depression - to find ways to get rid of them. But scientists and psychologists habitually have been stymied by happiness, deeming it too subjective, too broad or too culturally relative for serious exploration.

In the past few years, however, cognitive neuroscientists have made considerable advances in unraveling the enigma of human happiness. One of their basic findings: More than 60 percent of a person's propensity for positive emotion is due to nature -- genetic makeup -- but the rest is all nurture, meaning the brain's happiness is highly dependent on an individual's experiences, emotions and thought, and thus capable of being "learned."

Just looking for the bright side, it seems, can stimulate the brain and reset its circuitry to more easily find those silver linings.

Despite everything, many people (myself included) have a remarkable capacity to maintain optimism and confidence. The label for the process by which we manage to survive -

Dr. Al Sears
By Al Sears MD

You've probably heard of the concept of eating several small meals a day instead of two or three big ones. It's true that if you do it right, you can boost your metabolism, get more energy, ease digestion, and even shed pounds.

But most people have the concept all wrong...

For one thing, you have to make sure you're eating the right snacks throughout the day. But many of my patients fall short here - sometimes with foods they've come to think of as "healthy."

Take granola, something a lot of people reach for as a nutritious between-meals snack. It's actually not good for you. Even with the brands that contain only organic ingredients, granola's packed with processed, high-glycemic carbs derived from grains. Then, to make matters worse, they add extra high-glycemic sweeteners like, sugar, corn syrup and honey.

High glycemic carbs spike your blood sugar, leading to increased insulin levels. Insulin's a hormone that tells your body to store those calories - as fat. This is exactly the opposite of what you want to be snacking on if you're looking to improve your health.

So instead of losing weight, you're actually packing on the pounds leading to more body fat and, over time, heart disease and diabetes.

If you really want to snack healthy and burn fat, you need to consume high-quality protein. These contain the essential amino acids your body converts into energy and muscle.

You probably have heard me say before that eating a lot of protein tells your body that "the hunting is good" and switches your metabolic engine to burn fat instead of storing it. This is how your physiology evolved to digest protein, carbohydrate and fat. Our pre-historic ancestors survived largely on nuts, seeds, berries, aboveground vegetables, and protein and fat from
their hunting and fishing.

It was never meant to subsist on grain-based foods. The evidence for this exists in the archeological record. Archaeologists looked at 800 skeletons of native people in burial mounds around the Illinois and Ohio River valleys. They found that when corn became the staple of their diet, they also experienced a 50 percent increase in malnutrition, a four-fold increase in iron-deficiency, and a three-fold increase in infectious disease compared to their
hunter-gatherer ancestors.  

You have to apply this knowledge to your snacks.

When my patients ask me for advice on healthy snack alternatives, I tell them to avoid grain-based snacks like granola and stick with what our ancestors grazed on. Here are a few suggestions:

-Nuts: a great source of protein, healthy fatty acids, and critically important trace elements.  For instance, almonds contain vitamin E and potassium for heart and bone health. They're also a source of manganese, a key ingredient your body needs to make superoxide dismutase or SOD, an antioxidant so powerful that some call it the "enzyme of life."

-Raisins, prunes, and apricots and berries: rich in antioxidants and resveratrol, a compound that helps your body ward off cancer and the oxidative damage that accelerates cell death and aging.

-Grass-fed beef jerky or wild-caught salmon jerky: rich in protein, amino acids, and omega-3.

You can snack on these foods without guilt. They'll increase your metabolism, ramp up your immune strength, boost heart health and more.


Ed 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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Shane Ellison M.S., 
The People's Chemist


By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison © 2008

You know by now that there are "good" fats and "bad" fats. And you've probably heard that small amounts of omega-6 fatty acids from seeds and plants are essential to our body. When combined with omega-3 fatty acids from fish, omega-6's appear to play an integral role in maintaining health. Combined, these two fats can help regulate proper brain development, energy production, immune function and put out the fires of inflammation.

However, large quantities of omega-6 fats can become poisonous.
Omega-6 fatty acids promote oxidative stress by disabling the body's second defense against cancer - the antioxidant. Adding insult to injury, omega-6 fats increase inflammation within skin cells. Inflammation can be the driving force for the growth of skin cancer and its ability to spread to nearby tissues and organs.

Like skin cancer (and many other forms of cancer), this omega-6 threat did not exist 100 years ago. Our ancestors only consumed small quantities of omega-6 in the form of whole corn, seeds, or legumes. Their ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 was about 1:1. Today, a large segment of the population consumes a ratio of 20:1.

The omega-6 overdose exists thanks to the advent of technology - chemical extraction methods to be exact. Instead of consuming omega-6 in its natural state - from plants and seeds - the primary sources today are plant and seed oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower oil. A single tablespoon of omega-6-laden corn oil is derived from a whopping 12 to 18 ears of corn. Make sure you get these cancer fertilizing oils out of your house.

The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids remains to be determined. One thing is certain, the overdose of omega-6 manifests into poor health as well as dry, brittle skin that predispose us to skin cancer.

The best thing you can do to protect against skin cancer and many other forms is rid your diet of omega-6-laden plant and seed oils while consuming more protective omega-3 fatty acids and naturally occurring saturated fats from seeds, nuts, butter, fish, grass fed beef and coconut oil.

About the Author

Shane Ellison is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology and is a best-selling author. He holds a master's degree in organic chemistry and has firsthand experience in drug design. Use his knowledge to get your best physique in 90 days. Learn to overcome obesity and diabetes while boosting your energy and lifespan with his AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery. See some shocking photos at


[Ed. Note: Protecting your health for the long run doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, you can stay healthy and live a longer, more satisfying life just by taking a few simple measures.

About the Author:
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 free education series at

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Eric Seranno
Hello Dr Serrano,
I'm a 54 year old female, and in the past 3 years I've been through 6 doctors trying to discover why I keep losing hair. No one can help. I normally eat as organic as possible, as often as possible.
The most recent massive hair loss  started in August with a permanent. Since then every time I wash my hair, handfuls fall out and strands in between washings. I'm scared to death that I'm going to lose it all.  I took a look in the mirror at the back of my head this week and there are white patches all over. I don't know what to do and no one has helped me.  I use a shampoo called CHI specifically to prevent hair loss and it doesn't work any longer. I'm in menopause and a week ago, started Bioidentical Hormone Therapy. It's so expensive that I think I can only do one round.
The Dr. ordered a prescription for Bi-est vaginal cream and progesterone caps.  The next is testosterone cream.

I don't exercise because I come home from work exhausted. I'm overweight for my frame, I'm 136 lbs small frame 5'5" and was 121 lbs 7 weeks ago while soon as I stop the weight jumps back on me no matter what I do. I'm so frustrated. I've tried everything and so far nothing works. Current medications are:

Armor thyroid (hypothyroidism)
A homocysteine formula tablet
Krill Oil
Selenium 200 mg
I throw Vit C and E in there here and there.

 I work a stressful job. I can't imagine being bald.  Do you have any advice for me?
Thank you,

Dear C-

I apologize for the cost of the bioidentical hormones. They do work for some people very well. You are worried about your hair loss, but it would be helpful to get more information about sleep, diet specifics and stress. However, I do have some recommendations that hopefully will help you with your hair and your stress. Reasons to lose hair:
  • low iron
  • hormonal imbalance
  • low vitamin B
  • too much zinc
Here are some recommendations:

1-Make sure you have the right labs and your lab values would be helpful to know
2-Try an antifungal shampoo like Nizoral shampoo
3-Increase your intake of good fats, especially GLA
4-Take a close look at the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 to omega 9.
5-Biotin and vitamin D are very important.
6-What other medications are you taking?
7-Too much estrogen or to little can cause hair loss.
8-Too much testosterone can cause hair loss, or to little DHEA.
9-Any mercury, lead or iron overload?
10-Fatigue can be related to too much sugar, food allergies or too little thyroid or too much estrogen
11-Dieting ups and downs may also be a culprit because of not enough of the good fats.
12-B-complex supplements are super important.
13-Your biggest problem is your fatigue, and I don't care what hormones you take, if you don't fix your diet, nothing will help, and it seems to me that you are not eating correctly.
14-Probiotics, being low can also cause hair loss.

I hope these suggestions make you take a look at your current program. With some changes in your medications and your diet, I think your hair will stop falling out.

Thank you,

Dr. Eric Serrano, M.D.

This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to the email address below for Dr. Eric Serrano M.D. question and answer series. Please place Dr. Serrano's name in the subject line for quicker processing.

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.

Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
With advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness
475 North Hill Road
Pickerington, OH  43147-1157


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standing rib roast smallDear John:

A belated Merry Christmas to you and your staff. 

Last year I picked up a four bone standing rib roast and didn't have the occasion to make it until this Christmas. 

First off it held up in my freezer (I have a standing freezer in the garage) with no freezer burn because it was packaged so well.  It was out of this world.  My husband who is a very picky eater said it was the best Christmas dinner he can remember. 

The meat was fork tender it was so good.  My son-in-law had two huge
portions and said it was better than any restaurant. 

I made it from the food network recipe with a horseradish, kosher salt and herb garlic crust.  I have a little left over for lunch today.

Thank you again for offering such a great product and I will be ordering
a 3 bone standing rib roast to make for my family soon.

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

All the best,

A. H.
Escondido, CA

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New Year's Spicy Jerk Chicken Wings
chicken wings
  •    1 onion, chopped
  •    2/3 cup finely chopped scallion
  •    2 garlic cloves
  •    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  •    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  •    1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  •    1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  •    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  •    1/4 cup minced pickled jalapeño pepper, or to taste
  •     1 teaspoon black pepper
  •     6 drops of Tabasco, or to taste
  •     2 tablespoons soy sauce
  •     1/4 cup vegetable oil
18 chicken wings (about 3 1/4 pounds), the wing tips cut off and reserved for another use



In a food processor or blender purée the onion, the scallion, the garlic, the thyme, the salt, the allspice, the nutmeg, the cinnamon, the jalapeño, the black pepper, the Tabasco, the soy sauce, and the oil.
  • In a large shallow dish arrange the wings in one layer and spoon the marinade over them, rubbing it in (wear rubber gloves). Let the wings marinate, covered and chilled, turning them once, for at least 1 hour or, preferably, overnight.
  • Arrange the wings in one layer on an oiled rack set over a foil-lined roasting pan, spoon the marinade over them, and bake the wings in the upper third of a preheated 450°F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
We welcome your favorite recipes, cooking ideas and suggestions.

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 Near Stanley, Tasmania - December, 2008

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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, sandwich steaks and sirloin tips are re-stocked today as result of this partnership.

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 Southern Ocean.  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 residing near Stanley, Tasmania on the Bass Strait which is the 200 mile separation from Australia.  The cows have a splendid view  to go with their pasture salad.

The website will list any products originating from this source.

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, 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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