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What Has Happened to Real Food?

September 7, 2008
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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Can you identify what is in the food you eat? Years ago we used to eat things with one or two or three ingredients. All were things we could identify and were real food ingredients. Today, if you pick up a package of commercially prepared food, can you identify the ingredients? Can you even PRONOUNCE the ingredients? Do you really want to eat something, that although it tastes good, may actually be a product of food chemist? Can you identify ANY real food ingredients?

When the list of ingredients is more than four or five identifiable items, its best to avoid eating it. Most likely there are food chemicals added such as preservatives, synthetic vitamins, synthetic flavors and artificial dye. These things are NOT food, they are additives meant to make this synthetic food more palatable or even addictive!

Eating real food means eating food that is easily identifiable and is not full of synthetic anything. We do not need nutrition added to our junk food; its best to just avoid it. Synthetic vitamins and minerals will not make junk food any less 'junky'.

A rich and varied diet of real, whole natural meats, dairy, fruits and vegetables will give you all the nutrition you need and not subtract from your health by harmful additives that could be polluting your body with carcinogens, hormone disrupters, and nutrition blocking ingredients.

Start at U.S. Wellness Meats with your REAL FOOD diet and eat real, grass-fed meats, cheeses, and snacks. Your body will thank you for the REAL NUTRITION it is receiving!

Your patronage is genuinely appreciated.

Warmest regards,

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

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In This Issue
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Sockeye salmon 6 ounce filets will restock on September 9th.

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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 10 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 the 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
pounds and excludes all sale items.

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Eating More Protein In The Morning Helps Dieters Retain Fullness Throughout The Day

A new study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition found that timing of dietary protein intake affects feelings of fullness throughout the day. The study concluded that when people ate high-quality protein foods, from sources such as eggs and lean Canadian bacon, for breakfast they had a greater sense of sustained fullness throughout the day compared to when more protein was eaten at lunch or dinner.i

"There is a growing body of research which supports eating high-quality protein foods when dieting to maintain a sense of fullness," said Wayne W. Campbell, Ph.D., study author and professor of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University. "This study is particularly unique in that it looked at the timing of protein intake and reveals that when you consume more protein may be a critical piece of the equation."

The study included overweight or obese men who ate a reduced calorie diet. The diet consisted of two variations of protein intakes, both which were within federal nutrition recommendations: normal protein intake (11-14 percent of calories) or increased protein (18-25 percent of calories). The researchers tested the effect of consuming the additional protein at specific meals - breakfast, lunch or dinner - or spaced evenly throughout the day.

Purdue researchers found that the feeling of fullness was greatest and most sustained throughout the day when the additional protein, from eggs and lean Canadian bacon, was eaten at breakfast - versus lunch or dinner.

This study adds to a growing body of research on the benefits of eating high-quality protein for weight management. Recent research provides further evidence to support the findings of this study.

Most Americans typically consume a relatively small amount of protein at breakfast - only about 15 percent of their total daily protein intake.

Additionally, consumer research by the International Food Information Council shows that 92 percent of Americans cite breakfast as the most important meal of the day, however less than half (46 percent) eat breakfast seven days per week.

"It strikes me that there is a real opportunity to increase protein intake at breakfast to see a meaningful impact on people's weight loss efforts," said Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA, a nutritionist and associate professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Many people are caught in a boring breakfast rut, or say they simply don't have enough time to eat in the morning, but with a little planning, breakfast can easily be one of the most fulfilling meals of the day."

Start the day off right with a balanced breakfast that pairs high-quality protein, like healthy beef breakfast brats, yogurt, or raw grass-fed dairy cheese, with healthy carbohydrates, such as those found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

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Salute to High School Athletes

U.S. Wellness is honored to be serving a number of families around the country with student athletes.  In my opinion, high school athletics is one of the purest forms of sport. I would much rather watch high school athletes playing for pride and improvement versus pro sports where money is the motivator.

If you have the opportunity to watch young athletes play,  we encourage you to cheer on your local teams during this school year. The better the fan participation, the more young people will want to get involved and the less likely they are to stray off the trail to success.

The shot in the upper right corner is a snap shot of Southlake Carroll Dragon stadium.  The school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is one of the top football programs in America built on an incredible year around work ethic and integrity.  I personally had a 2006 tour of the city by a football family and came away most impressed by the motivation and determination of the student athletes from grade school through the high school ranks.

Being from the great state of Missouri, we are most happy to have a Southlake Carroll graduate, Chase Daniels, at the helm of the undefeated University of Missouri football team this year!

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 by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
Cahterine Ebeling

A disturbing and insidious trend has been taking place in the grocery store over the last couple of decades. Real food that once lined the shelves is being replaced by 'pseudo' food or artificial food. You may recognize it. It is the stuff in the brightly packaged box with the ingredient list a mile long and claims such as: "Extra Calcium", or "Vitamin Enriched".

We all have been duped into believing that this man made pseudo food is somehow better than the real foods it replaced. Today there are thousands of artificial food-like substances on the market. If you are concerned about your health, it would be better to totally avoid fake food that makes health claims, and instead eat REAL whole food.
The food industry is a thirty-BILLION dollar machine, which continues to create "new and improved" for the sake of additional sales. Never mind, that "new and improved" actually means that a food is farther and farther away from the real food it used to once represent and is now just a mere suggestion of that food--created in a food chemist's lab full of ingredients we wouldn't normally even feed our pets!

How have we gotten so far away from real food? We have slowly been brainwashed. While the big commercial food companies churn out manufactured junk food, they continually try to jump on every nutrition bandwagon, adding those so-called healthy nutrients to their junk food in order for us to feel good about what we are eating.

"Nutritionism", a term coined my Michael Pollen in his new book, In Defense of Food, is the tendency of scientists and nutrition experts to view food as just a sum of its nutrient parts. What's wrong with that thinking?


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

The Importance of Protein

If you want to shed pounds and build lean muscle you should eat protein at every meal.

Protein is the only daily essential macronutrient. Fat is also essential, but you can survive longer without fat than you can without protein. Carbohydrates, the third macronutrient, are completely inessential to your diet. In other words, your body can make whatever carbs it needs on its own.

Quality protein is your single most important nutritional concern. It's composed of 20 amino acids, eight of which you can't make and must consume. To be optimally healthy, you must consume all eight of these essential amino acids every day.

Protein is an important component of every cell in your body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reserve to draw on when it needs a new supply. Over consuming protein actually programs your body to burn fat. It throws on a "metabolic switch" and tells your body that it's okay to burn fat.

Here's why: Your body is not a machine. It's a living, sentient being that makes decisions based on the challenges it faces everyday.

Your body's number one priority is survival. And protein is your body's most prized power source. Under normal circumstances, your body keeps fat on reserve for one reason: to prevent starvation.

But when your body has more protein than it needs, its survival is not threatened. It then feels "safe" enough to start burning off its fat stores.

Over-consuming protein is one of the easiest, most reliable ways of triggering high-speed fat loss. In addition, you'll guarantee your body has the building blocks it needs for optimum health.

Here's an easy rule-of-thumb for knowing how much protein you need everyday: Consume one gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass.

Grass-fed beef is one of the best sources of protein you'll find. It's packed with essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It's also one of the best (and only) sources of CoQ10 and B12. You can get the best Grass-Fed meats

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Eric Seranno
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.

Answers will appear in future issues of the Newsletter and News Alert. Your 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.

Please email using the address below and place Dr. Serrano's name in the subject line. Answers will appear in future U.S. Wellness weekly publications.

Dr. Serrano is an M.D. with advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness.

Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
475 North Hill Road
Pickerington - OH - 43147-1157

Hi Dr. Serrano,

I am  72 year old man and I would like to find out the proper testosterone level for a man my age.

Thank you,



Dear George:

I loved your question, straight and to the point! Ranges in medicine are not black and
white, because they do not take into consideration variables such as biochemical individuality.

Everyone is different as to what is the optimal range for them.  So to answer your question,
I will give you the values used in the laboratory. But, they don't matter if you have
symptoms of low testosterone such as: a lowered sex drive, prostate problems, impotence, heart problems, depression or decreased stamina. If you have some or all of the above
symptoms, your levels may be low even though they are within the normal values.

240 to 800 -1000 ng/dl is the normal range for the total testosterone, and free testosterone should be 8 to 25 pg/ml.

George, if your levels are on the low side of the ranges, and you have the symptoms, then
you may still have low levels for you. Remember these numbers are just averages and not individual numbers.

Eric Serrano

Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
475 North Hill Road
Pickerington - OH - 43147-1157

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lamb shoulder roast Dear U.S. Wellness,

Who would have known the health impact from the pH of the forage animal's first stomach . . . without someone like yourselves to point it out. 

I'm a big believer in "terrain" as an indicator of health.   Often, I grow my own wheatgrass, so I think grass-fed beef is the next logical progression. 

We have been very satisfied with the quality and taste of every product we have tried
so far. 

Keep it up!


Aspen, Colorado

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Hearty Three Meat Chili

  • 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound beef stew beef cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) bottled dark beer
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • Cook and stir sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain; place sausage in a pot large enough to hold all ingredients.
  • In same skillet, cook and stir onion with ground beef over medium heat until beef is browned and onions are tender; drain and add to the large pot.
  • In same skillet, cook and stir stew beef over medium heat until browned. Without draining, pour stew beef into the large pot.
  • Pour tomatoes, beer, and water into the pot with meats. Stir in chili powder, red pepper, white pepper, sugar, and cinnamon. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Simmer until stew beef is very tender, at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed. If you prefer a thicker chili, thicken as needed with tomato paste. If using kidney beans, add them 10 minutes before serving, just in time to heat through.
From, submitted by 'Jen'.

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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, 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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