U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter
Ten Avoidable Foods That Cause Weight Gain

April 19, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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Eating a healthy diet means you have to be very aware of what you are eating, what is in what you are eating, and what it means to your health. Many ingredients in processed foods are very harmful to your health in many ways, and can directly contribute to weight gain.

There are at least ten ingredients that we talk about in this issue (and the next issue), that are best to avoid if at all possible. One of the biggest offenders is high fructose corn syrup which wreaks havoc on the metabolism, insulin, and fat storage. In addition, HFCS will cause collagen breakdown (more wrinkles), leads
one down the path to diabetes, and contains high amounts of harmful mercury.

Eat whole foods as close to the way nature produced them, and you will find that fighting weight gain is a thing of the past.

US Wellness Meats has a huge supply of healthy, good-for-you foods including delicious steaks, veal, lamb, goat and wild caught fish.

I have met many interesting members of the agricultural family during my 34 sojourn since college in 1975.  However, none more interesting than my agronomy friend that took the photo in early April below of an irrigated river valley in Iraq.

Iraq Irrigation 2009

Catherine's column below comments about our ancestors spending all day gathering food in pre-historic times.  Just think about the challenges facing  every day farmers in Iraq the past 7 years just going about their seasonal tasks.

It is quite inspiring to observe the patch work of irrigated fields in full bloom and the world fraternity of agronomists working hand in hand with their Iraqi counterparts coaxing superior production in a difficult climate.

Once my good friend is back on U.S. soil, we will expand on this story..

In short, good food is the common thread that crosses all borders and languages world wide.  We offer a tip of the hat to the stewards of the land on the planet; especially, our friends in Iraq, the cradle of civilization in pre-historic times.

Speaking of special people, I would like to introduce my daughter, Jennifer, into the U.S. Wellness family. Jennifer will be speaking to many you concerning customer service and marketing issues commencing April 20.  We think you will find her enthusiasm contagious.

Best mid-April regards,

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

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The benefits of physical activity and a balanced diet are well documented and form the basis of many public health recommendations. This is because each of these factors can independently influence risks for many chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Some research also suggests that exercise and diet interact to influence health. For instance, exercising after short-term fasting (such as before breakfast) may increase the amount of fat burned. Similarly, consumption of a meal eliciting a low blood glucose response prior to exercise may also boost the use of body fat (instead of glucose). However, most of these studies have used either trained athletes or recreational exercisers, and none has looked at effects of the type of pre-exercise meal on metabolism during and after exercise. To better understand the effects of pre-exercise meal composition on fat metabolism in more typical (sedentary) individuals, a group of researchers headed by Dr. Emma Stevenson at the University of Nottingham conducted a controlled human intervention trial. The results of their study are published in the May 2009 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

As expected, blood glucose concentrations were higher after the HGI than the LGI meals and had returned to baseline levels by the time exercise was commenced, after which they were not influenced by breakfast type. Plasma free fatty acids (FFA; a marker for adipose oxidation) fell after consumption of both HGI and LGI breakfasts, but began to rise at ~2 h post-breakfast in the LGI (but not HGI) treatment. Exercise caused a rapid increase in FFA in both groups, but this was higher in the LGI trial compared to the HGI trial (P < 0.001). Circulating concentrations of FFA were not different between treatments following lunch. Overall, fat oxidation was higher in the LGI treatment than in the HGI treatment (P < 0.05) during the post-breakfast and exercise periods. Following lunch, fullness scores were higher in the LGI trial than in the HGI trial (P < 0.05). The authors concluded that consuming a LGI breakfast increases fat oxidation during subsequent exercise and improved satiety during recovery in sedentary females. As such, individuals trying to shed fat may consider choosing LGI foods eaten prior to when they exercise. Some of the best breakfast foods are raw dairy cheese, free-range eggs and if you are in a hurry, beef jerky, or salmon jerky.

Suzanne Price
American Society for Nutrition

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Catherine's Comment
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

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People gain weight and get fat when they consistently eat more calories than their bodies require to meet daily demands. When excess calories get stored as fat, it is the body's way from an adaptive evolutionary response inherited earlier in
days when food was less plentiful and people had to put in a great effort just to feed themselves.

People who were able to store food in the form of fat when food was available were more likely to survive and reproduce during times of scarcity. Because of this advantage, we still have that built in urge to eat a lot of food when it is available.

Despite being able to store body fat efficiently, ancestral humans were rarely obese as they had to work hard just to eat and in the process, burned up whatever calories they consumed.

The vast agricultural and technological changes of the past two thousand years have made food extremely easy to obtain and evolution has not been able to keep pace in the short time span.

While the reasons we gain weight are myriad, there are some primary reasons we gain weight. Most of these are a result of processed foods and the problems they cause. Lets take a look at these avoidable foods:

1. Refined flours
Our ancestors didn't eat grains, at least not in the form we eat them today. In 1970, the average American ate 85 pounds of flour, 84 pounds of sweeteners, 8 pounds of fried potatoes, 39 pounds of cooking oil and 25 pounds of high-fat dairy.

While it sounds like a lot of food, let's remember that these numbers were before the obesity epidemic really took hold. By 1997, each of us was consuming 122 pounds of flour, 105 pounds of sweetener, 18 pounds of potatoes, 43 pounds of cooking oil and 40 pounds of high-fat dairy .

That's almost a pound of knowingly bad-for-you foods per day! But clearly, the reason many are overweight.

Processed white flour (alias "enriched wheat flour" or "wheat flour") is missing the two most nutritious and fiber-rich parts of the seed: the outside bran layer and the germ (embryo).

A diet of refined foods leaves many people malnourished, constipated, jumpy, irritable, and vulnerable to chronic illness. And, refined/bleached flour and wheat products fuel high blood sugar levels.

The more white flour and refined grains a person eats, the more insulin must be produced to manage it. It turns to glucose quickly in our systems, which stimulates the body to produce insulin. Insulin promotes the storage of fat, making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, which can lead to heart disease.


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Dr. Al Sears M.D.
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By Al Sears, M.D.
Author: The Doctor's Heart Cure

Is it hard for you to resist the delicious melt-in-your-mouth taste of silky smooth chocolate? Do you feel guilty after you eat it? Good news. There's no need to feel guilty anymore, because chocolate is actually good for you.

What makes chocolate healthy is that it contains a class of chemicals called "flavonoids." They're a key ingredient in dark chocolate. They're found in fruits and vegetables, as well as coffee, tea, beer, and red wine. But cocoa has them in the highest concentration.

What's so great about flavonoids?

For years we thought they were potent antioxidants. But the latest research shows that's not true.  It turns out that they are actually poisonous anti-microbials. Plants make them to guard against attacks from microbes and insects. They also give fruits and vegetables their color, making lemons yellow and some apples red.

Your body doesn't absorb them well because it treats them like toxins and tries to get rid of them. But this response activates the genes that make "Phase II enzymes." Your body also ramps up production of uric acid. Together these compounds help your body fight off allergens, disable cancer cells and cancer-causing agents, and purge other threats.

The list of health benefits of the cocoa bean just keeps growing. Research shows its amazing ability to reduce the risk for many serious illnesses. Among them are heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, blood clotting, and even dementia.

In a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, cocoa improved blood flow in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.  This is a serious problem for diabetics. Left unchecked, their blood flow can get so bad that their extremities have to be amputated.

The study split type 2 diabetics into two groups. The first ate about 1000 mg of cocoa per day in three doses for a month, the second only 25 mg. By the end of the month, the 1000 mg-cocoa group's circulation improved from "severely impaired" to normal. Meanwhile, the 25 mg-cocoa group's blood flow remained unchanged.

Cocoa improves blood flow by ramping up nitric oxide (NO). NO causes the linings of your blood vessels to relax and open up, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, and helping your body to deliver oxygen and other nutrients in the blood more efficiently.

In another study by the University of Nottingham, cocoa's ability to increase blood flow proved positive for the brain. It found that drinking cocoa rich in flavonoids helped sharpen the mind and gave a short-term (two to three hours) boost to cognitive skills.

There's also a native group called the Kuna Indians who live on the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama who rarely have high blood pressure or heart disease. Their secret? They are known to consume large amounts of flavonoid-rich cocoa - about four cups per day.

In a study, this group of Kuna was compared to their modern day counterparts that live on the mainland and who drink much less cocoa. The island Kuna who drank the four cups a day were found to have twice the levels of nitric oxide in their system.   As a result, the mainland Kuna did not enjoy the same level of cardiovascular health as the island dwellers.
As far back as the 1600s, people began to notice cocoa's healing properties. They not only enjoyed its flavor-they used it to treat angina and heart pain. In fact it dates back to ancient Aztec where cocoa beans were considered so valuable that they were used as currency.
It turns out they were really onto something.

So don't be afraid to indulge in a little chocolate every now and then. Just remember, not all chocolate is created equal. In general, science has found that dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than milk or white chocolate.

Manufacturing of chocolate in commercial brands often destroys a lot of the flavonoids. Plus, the use of bad fat and artificial sugar usually cancel out the health benefit. But some makers are getting better at making chocolate that is healthier with most of the flavonoids in tact.

Dark chocolate bars, with 70-80 percent cocoa, are the best sources (go for organic brands if you can. They can be a little bitter but have a rich chocolate taste and contain healthy fat. To get a healthy dose of flavonoids, I recommend eating about 3 ounces three times a week.

Or enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. Just mix the following ingredients together:

    2 teaspoons of good quality organic unsweetened cocoa powder    with 1/8 teaspoon of powder stevia (natural sweetener)
    1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract
    1 cup of hot milk

Lee et al. "Cocoa Has More Phenolic Phytochemicals and a Higher Antioxidant Capacity than Teas and Red Wine." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2003. 51:7292-7295.
Lotito SB, Frei B.  "Consumption of flavonoid-rich foods and increased plasma antioxidant capacity in humans: cause, consequence, or epiphenomenon?" 2006. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 41(12):1727-46.
Balzer et al. "Sustained Benefits in Vascular Function Through Flavanol-Containing Cocoa in Medicated Diabetic Patients..." Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2008. 51:2141-2149.

University of Nottingham (2/22/07). Boosting Brain Power - With Chocolate, Science Daily, retrieved 1/26/09 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070221101326.htm.
"Heart-healthy Compound In Chocolate Identified", Science Daily, 1/20/06. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060119231042.htm

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Shane Ellison M.S.
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By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison

I'm no health saint.  Every now and then I do something really dumb.  It's rare, but I've been known to drink too much wine or beer and even indulge in the occasional cigar. 

All of these are toxic and as a rogue chemist turned consumer health advocate, I'm not proud of it.  But it's my choice.  And that's the point.  Exposing yourself to toxins should be a choice.  But modern day society rarely allows this. 

Many people are unknowingly poisoning themselves with man-made industrial toxins.  The gender bender known as triclosan serves as a poignant example - and it makes my toxic indulgences seem as harmless as apple juice.

Triclosan is used in a nauseating array of household products such as toothpastes, soaps and lotions.  Synthesized over 30 years ago, it was once thought to be a safe and effective antibiotic.  But a recent UC Davis study shows otherwise.

Scientists discovered that triclosan accumulates in the body - even when applied topically - to eventually disrupt hormone activity.  Once absorbed, the synthetic toxin throws our thyroid and sex hormones out of whack, potentially leading to obesity, infertility, cancer and age acceleration. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently discovered that a ghastly 75% of random people tested were positive for triclosan!

There appears to be laws that protect us from such toxic exposure.  Appearances can be deceiving.  In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act.  It requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine safe levels of toxins in drinking water and over the counter products like toothpastes and soaps.  These levels are called Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG).  These are merely goals, not laws.  That's why the gender bending triclosan was recently approved by the EPA for use in over 140 household products. 

There is simply no law that requires its removal, despite the real and present danger. 

The best way to avoid triclosan and many other toxins is to choose organic. Natural soaps and the antibiotic zinc oxide work as good as triclosan at beating infection.  Most importantly, neither of them will poison you. 

And whether you're poisoning yourself voluntarily or unknowingly, the best way to protect the body from toxins is by boosting glutathione within the cells - this biological cleaning agent escorts foreign molecules out of the body and into the toilet.  This is best achieved by consuming cruciferous vegetables, whey isolate and alpha-lipoic acid.


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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 report, Save $65K or More and Boost Heart Health.  Get it at www.thepeopleschemist.com

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Dr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
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Dear Dr. Serrano, 

I read in a recent newsletter that you have five kids. I wondered if you might share with us what your kids take to school to eat for lunch. This is a daily dilemma for us! 

Thank you,

Dear S,

That is a great question, because some times I battle at home with the other conventional doctor, my wife, so we try to hit middle ground.

My wife didn't believe in nutrition until recently.  She was a typical doctor, until about three years ago, when she finally got frustrated and admitted that yes, nutrition is the answer.

My kids have goat milk, raw cheeses, grass-fed meats, leftovers, fruits, nuts, yogurt or keifer, but we actually don't have a lunch per say.

We also use a shake called Ultra Size, if not allergic to milk, and make tortillas and pancakes with it. I am from Puerto Rico, and we don't have rules about lunch, like must Americans do, which is to eat a sandwich.

Now for children, the school lunches are usually terrible, and the only way is to do it, is yourself. Start by checking www.naturalovens.com, and tell them Dr. Serrano sent you, and that you want some recommendations.

We do not use any kind of soft drinks or juices in my house. On Fridays, they are allowed to eat or drink whatever they want, so they are not 'deprived', and they can share with their friends.

My kids eat very well during the week, and then starting Friday afternoon to  Saturday night they can eat what ever they want. We do this because most friends get together during the weekends and they want junk food,

I hope these hints help and if you need more, email us again and we will talk more.

Best of success,

Dr. Eric Serrano, M.D.

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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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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
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By: Scott Mendelson

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Scott, my forearms are tiny, how do I make them grow?  Tim - Toronto

No problem I have helped clients develop forearms so well that people are afraid to shake their hands to the perceived strength of their grip!!

Changing up the movements in your arm workout can easily increase the emphasis on this area.  Try this sequence before your arm workout to get progress moving.

Grab a couple of dbs and rest your arms on a bench with your wrists hanging off the edge.  Perform a forearm curl going through the full range of motion pausing 1 sec on top and bottom.  Control the weight going down for 3 sec to prolong the time under tension for the muscles.  Following 8 reps switch your position so your palms are facing down using the same execution.  After 3 sets you will be feeling pretty cooked!

I would also include the db zottman curl and towel hold into your arm workouts to increase your rate of progress.

Scott, sometimes my energy for workouts is very low and it is slowing down my progress.  I am a mother of 4 and cannot wait around for a time when I feel like training.  What do you suggest?  Tina - Houston, TX

It sounds like training is important to you and you must set an appointment time to train to ensure it gets done right.  I am sure like most mothers I consult with you thrive on a schedule to help manage all of your daily tasks.  The body will be used to training at certain time of day and can generate energy consistently like clockwork.  Intensity is vital as there a huge difference in outcome between those who go through the motions and people serious about results.  

I suggest a training session early in the day to take advantage of natural hormonal patterns and higher energy levels.  Do not get in the habit of putting off training session as something else will come up to distract you or limit your time.

A well designed meal 2 hours before the workout is crucial to make sure that you have the proper fuel to support intense training.  Grass-fed beef is a great choice since it will keep you satisfied for many hours.  Taking Dr. Serrano's 100% MR and Muscle Synthesis 30 minutes  before training will increase your focus without the use of stimulants.  Quite simply the proprietary combination of amino acids provide the muscles with the optimal fuel for training while forcing the body to use more stored fat as fuel during exercise.

Make sure you have an effective plan before you bother training.  Without the right plan you are spinning your wheels.   Confidence in your training routine will drastically increase motivation and compliance levels based on my 10 years of experience in this area.

Hi, I am Scott Mendelson, and I am here to help deliver solutions to all of your exercise challenges in 2009 and beyond!

An Internet Training and nutrition consulting pioneer, Scott has been helping clients ranging from weekend warriors to professional athletes since 1999.  See more about Scott's credentials here.

Watch Scott explain the Super Station Training Chest and Back routine demonstrated by Natural Pro Todd Buchanan.

To say the least, grassland beef goes quickly in the Mendelson House with filets, flank, minute steaks and burgers being the favorites.

"My goal is to not only reach more people in 2009, but help them get to their goals in the fastest possible time frame using the best techniques for their unique needs" 

Infinity Fitness INC provides training, fitness, and nutritional information for educational purposes. It is important that you consult with a health professional to ensure that your dietary and health needs are met. It is necessary for you to carefully monitor your progress and to make changes to your nutritional and fitness program to enjoy success.

Infinity Fitness does not employ dieticians or health professionals and assumes no responsibility or liability for your personal health and condition. For more information regarding our Limited Warranty for products and services, please see our disclaimer at InfinityFitness.com.

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Aloha U.S. Wellness,

I just wanted to say again,
I love the lard you sent me. The stuff adds so much flavor to everything I cook and from what I have researched, it is very
healthy for you.

Tonight we made "Nabe" a Japanese style soup. It is made using a large ceramic bowl and add meat, thinly sliced, and vegetables plus heat.

I added the lard and it was exceptional.

I wish you would have told me about it earlier.


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corned beef brisket      INGREDIENTS:
  1. In a large deep skillet, over medium heat, combine the potatoes, corned beef, onion, and beef broth
  2. Cover and simmer until potatoes are of mashing consistency, and the liquid is almost gone
  3. Mix well, and serve.

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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.

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U.S. Wellness requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 pound minimum combined purchase ofbeef, lamb, pork, nutraceuticals, gourmet rabbit, grass-fed goat, grass-fed bison, raw cheese, single piece poultry, and butter.

The minimum is required since we have built the cost of shipping into the price of the product.  You will only see a nominal handling at checkout.

The issue is the 20 pound bulk chicken and turkeys  originate from separate cold storage center 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. A Red font will appear under the shopping cart if you are under the minimum price or pound requirements.

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