Summer greetings from U.S. Wellness Meats! Rain and cooler temperatures in Northeast Missouri this week are refreshing our pastures and keeping the cattle cool and happy. We are also enjoying a break from the July heat! Visit us on Facebook this week to browse the new photo album of farm photos from Summer 2009!
Do you make bombshell burgers...the best bbq ribs...sensational steaks? Then you must enter the Easy Breezy Summer Recipe Contest! The winner will be our next featured home chef on the website and will receive a $100 gift certificate. The winning recipe will also be featured in an upcoming newsletter. Entries will be judged based on originality, ease of preparation and flavor. Click here to enter your recipe. Don't wait- the winner will be drawn August 14 and featured in our August 16 Newsletter!
U.S. Wellness for athletes - Olympic medalist and US marathon record holder Deena Kastor is a prime example of how a healthy diet of smart lipids and protein can produce champions. Deena is featured below in the Sports Extra column with a stirring come back story following her tragic accident in 2008 Olympic Games.
For those of you who don't know Deena, she is a 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist, 2003 Jesse Owens Award winner, 2-time World Cross Country silver medalist, 5-time USA 10,000m champion, and has won the Chicago Marathon, just to name a few. She has set and broken countless American records in races and marathons around the world. We are proud to have her as a friend, customer and proponent of our products.
Food safety bills are being pushed by big agribusiness companies, threatening the smaller farmers and our growing interest in whole, healthy, foods. What can we do to stop this? Contact your Congressman and oppose HR 2749 and HR 875, We need to keep our local farmers and organic farmers in business. See Catherine's Comment below.
Be sure and visit our blog, Facebook or Twitter this week to learn more about the delicious benefits of honey. This sticky, sweet treat is not only packed with health benefits, but has many other beneficial uses as well.
It is good to see Deena Kastor running like the wind again. Speaking of the wind, the SR 71 clip is a good reminder that Americans are always pushing the limits of expectations.
Best July Regards,
John, Lee Ann, Megan, Tressa and Jennifer on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats.
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OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS PROTECT EYESIGHTCurrent research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent one of the leading causes of legal blindness among the elderly. The related report appears in the August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Pathology.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), loss of vision in the center of the visual field (macula) due to retinal damage, is one of the leading causes of legal blindness among the elderly. Approximately 10% of people from 66 to 74 years of age will develop some level of macular degeneration, making it difficult for them to read or even recognize faces.
A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids has been found to protect against a variety of diseases including atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. Retrospective studies have suggested that diets high in fish oil or
omega-3 fatty acids may also contribute to protection against AMD. A diet with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids resulted in slower lesion progression, with improvement in some lesions. T
The study suggested that a diet enriched in EPA and DHA can ameliorate the progression of retinal lesions. The results further provide the scientific basis for the application of omega-3 fatty acids and their biologically active derivatives in the prevention and treatment of AMD.
Medical News Today,http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/158610.php, 24 Jul 2009
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
NEW PROPOSED LEGISLATURE FAVORS INDUSTRIALIZED PROCESSED FOOD
The recent peanut butter and cookie dough contaminations are the latest evidence showing how broken our food system is. Under enormous pressure to do something about it, Congress has introduced several food safety bills that could start cleaning up the mess-or put sustainable farmers out of business.
Clearly, it's a hot topic, but the hope is that the [food safety] standards will apply only to those it fits-the big industrialized agribusiness companies that put processed foods on our grocery shelves.
A partial list of Health and Human Service's recalled foods so far this summer include:
· Lewis Laboratories' chocolate flavor nutrition drink
· C.F. Sauer gravies and sauce mixes
· Publix brand chocolate and vanilla whey protein
· Malt-o-Meal Maple & Brown sugar flavored cereal
· Three types of seasonings from Kroger
You can try to ignore outbreaks of E.coli in our cookie dough, and masses of kids and grown ups who are overweight or obese and extremely unhealthy, but the fact is, this whole scenario is connected.
Perhaps the massive profit driven food companies are partially or wholly responsible for this diet and health disaster-in-the-making by using tricks of the trade to enhance color, texture and taste of the carb and starch laden foods.
As people learn more about the food supply chain and where their food comes from, there is a growing grass-roots enthusiasm for purchasing food that is locally grown on small sustainable farms that use natural methods. We need to send a message to Congress about this.
A wide variety of people are drawn to this movement because the reasons to support it are numerous: reduced impact on surrounding land and water due to pesticide use and fertilizer runoff, improved quality of life for farm animals, health benefits of grass-fed versus grain fed meat due to Omega-3 fat content, avoidance of genetically modified or transgenic food products, higher energy efficiency of the farming and transporting processes, the use of fewer chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics, more efficient use of water that is less taxing on aquifers (when drip irrigation and plastic ground cover is used), and higher nutrient content of naturally grown vegetables.
Another benefit of sustainable farming methods is that they avoid many of the food safety pitfalls that currently need to be addressed.
Given the virtues of the alternative food movement, one would hope to see growth in this sector of the food economy. It is upsetting, then, that current and proposed government policies...
|Dr. Al Sears M.D.
IF YOU ARE EATING THIS FISH YOU MAY AS WELL EAT A DOUGHNUT
By Al Sears, MD
Author: The Doctor's Heart Cure
Last weekend, my sister came into town out of the blue, and we went out to dinner to celebrate. She glanced at the menu and then put it down, saying, "I've got to eat healthy when I'm with you. I'll have the tilapia."
Most people are shocked when they hear the truth about modern tilapia. After all, it's fish. It's supposed to be good for you. The power of the omega-3s in fish is all over the news. Salmon is still the most popular, but tilapia is gaining on it because it has a mild taste and it's inexpensive.
But here's the thing: Eat tilapia and you get the same amount of "bad fats" as a typical doughnut!
That tilapia, served as the "catch of the day" in restaurants across the country, is usually farm-raised. And researchers from Wake Forest University found that farm-raised tilapia has more omega-6s than bacon, doughnuts and hamburger.
Instead of being good for your heart, it's flooding your body with inflammation - the main culprit behind heart disease! And on top of that, it's pumped full of gender-bending hormones!
The Real Dark Side of Fat
It's not that omega-6s are necessarily bad for you. They are essential fatty acids that your body needs. But we get so much of them that our bodies often have an unhealthy ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s.
In fact, the average American has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 20:1. Your ideal ratio should be just 2:1. So, you need to eat foods that are high in omega-3s to balance out the omega-6s.
Unfortunately, farm-raised tilapia isn't a great source.
The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in farm-raised tilapia is a whopping 11:1. Keep eating it, and it will do nothing to balance out the high levels of omega-6s in your body. It'll do just the opposite.
Those high levels of omega-6s can lead to obesity, diabetes, fatigue, and memory loss. They also cause dangerous inflammation in your body that leads to many health problems, including joint pain and heart disease.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D. is a board-certified clinical nutrition specialist. His practice, Dr. Sears' Health & Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., specializes in alternative medicine. He is the author of seven books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation, including The Doctor's Heart Cure. To get his free special report on the proven anti-aging strategies for building a vibrant, disease-free life, go here now. You'll learn how to stop Father Time without giving up the foods you love.
|Shane Ellison M.S.
TWO REASONS TO TAKE YOUR KIDS GROCERY SHOPPING WITH YOU
By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison
wife and I always take our kids with us when we go grocery shopping. It
gives us the opportunity to teach them how to recognize sneaky labeling
and deceptive brand names, and how to pick the best foods for a healthy
We show them how to read labels so they don't get ensnared in
grocery store fat traps. We teach them to look for things like high
fructose corn syrup, MSG, dextrose, and sucrose. And we explain how to
avoid the hormone smashers that evaporate muscles. These include many
sports drinks, juices, and flavored teas with words related to "health"
or "nutrition" in their names.
Then we help them select a healthy balance of the right foods. We
let our kids pick out their own veggies, which gets them excited about
eating them. We also let them help prepare their meals - and that gets
them even more excited about healthy eating.
Including your kids in your weekly shopping trip will help them
realize how important healthy natural foods are to their bodies. In my
family, health is wealth. And in this, we are abundant!
[Ed. Note: Shane 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. Take advantage of his knowledge and insights to look and feel your best in 90 days.]
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|Dr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
Dear Dr Serrano,
First let me say that I am a regular customer of US Wellness Meats and it is the only meat I will eat other than the locally grown, organic beef that I can get here locally.
So I am NOT writing to try and argue about rather it's better to eat meat or not eat meat. I really do want to keep eating these superior products and supporting the farmers who work so hard at trying to make a better life for us all.
Unfortunately, both my husband and I have been diagnosed with inflammatory autoimmune diseases and my doctor has said we should cut out all red and dark meats at the very least if not all meat and dairy including eggs. She is basing her opinion on these studies:
I am wondering if you have heard of it and what your opinion is of it? I unfortunately do not have the level of education or scientific knowledge to be able to intelligently refute the study. So I am searching for someone who does have the knowledge. Your opinions seem very well informed to me and grounded in solid scientific fact. But it would appear that this study might be revealing something new.
I would sincerely appreciate your opinion.
First, thank you for the research. I am impressed with your work. This study was done with conventional meats that I do believe cause cancer, inflammation, obesity and other problems. For example, when I was a student I worked on a dairy farm. What I saw wasn't good--the cows were injected every day with hormones, things were added to their food, and they were kept in close quarters. I couldn't stand it and left after three months.
After years of research, I found out that the liver is the main filter in your body, but like any other organ it can be overwhelmed with toxins and junk, and when it is overloaded the body, must store toxins in fat cells. If you are overweight, the fat cells are usually loaded down with toxins. So while that happens with humans, what do you think happens to the animals with all the junk and hormones? The toxins go into their fat cells, which we later consume ourselves, and this leads to inflammation.
I hope this helps you make the right decision which is to eat only organic meat and never conventional. I love my children more than any thing else in life, and we eat meat like crazy, but if it is not organic and grass-fed, we don't touch it. We milk our own goats and produce our own cheese, and now my wife is making soap and it is awesome. We consume meat almost every day, and let me tell you I am 46 and I feel great. I hope this helps with your decision.
Dr. Eric Serrano, M.D.
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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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Deena Kastor Wins!
U.S. Wellness is pleased to relay the following story on long time friend Deena Kastor's great come back from injury in the 2008 Olympics. London here we come!
Kastor shines in Bupa Great Edinburgh Run
by 13Strides - 3 May 2009
Olympians Deena Kastor and Micah Kogo scored magnificent victories ahead of a record breaking field over a new course at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run on Sunday.
Kastor, after her Olympic tragedy last summer when she broke a foot three miles into the marathon, at the front of 10,000 runners of all abilities, bounced back with a world class and methodical victory.
Kastor, although claiming to be still 25-per-cent shy of the fitness which made her a gold medal candidate in Beijing, produced a memorable 10 kilometres performance on her visit to Scotland.
The 36-year-old American took charge of the race after two kilometres and then putting her foot firmly on the accelerator in the next, roared to an unchallenged win in 32minutes 38seconds.
The 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medallist, thriving on the hilly course similar to the terrain she trains over in Mammoth Lakes, California, pulled well clear of Jelena Prokopcuka and Sally Barsosio.
The Latvian runner-up and winner in Edinburgh on three previous occasions, finished 36sec in arrears with Kenya's Barsosio, a former world 10000metres track champion, third in 33min 34sec.
"That was a really tough course, the terrain was more like that you get in a cross country rather than a road race," said Kastor relishing her international comeback.
"Fortunately it is what I'm used to back home and I always run strongly on hills," added Kastor who arrived for the meeting with just one low key outing beforehand.
Kastor, after an eight months rehabilitation period, added: "The competition was more of a threat to me than the terrain.
"My foot felt great in practices because I was so conservative before making my comeback, so I wasn't expecting any problems.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Need A Training Lift?
By: Scott Mendelson
Scott - Your 10 minute interval sprint routine is great and to complement this I am looking for a body weight routine that I can do with minimal equipment a few days per week. What do you suggest? Ron - Chicago
Ron, I have been getting great feedback on the 10 minute interval routine- and anyone who missed the column two weeks ago is free to email me for a complimentary copy so they can also benefit. A couple years ago I sought out a way to strategically increase the training volume of consultation clients strapped for time and the mini workout was born. Body weight routines are excellent for building lean muscle mass, reducing body fat, improving function/athletic skill and rates of recovery. I consider the various body weight training systems that I have helped clients implement to be one of the most productive steps they can take to promote their success.
How to Get Started with Weight Training?
I am often asked how someone should start weight training if they have little experience in the gym and the answer comes in the form of a body weight routine to build a base of strength and skill to support future weight training. This also provides an opportunity to identify weaknesses; preventing potential weight training injuries later on if they are correctly addressed. For example, if you cannot do a body weight lunge, do not expect to jump in a squat rack without disaster striking.
Body Weight Routines to Complement work in the gym.
Advanced clients experienced with weight training also benefit by performing short training sessions at separate times providing additional exercise opportunities each week. This has become a great tool for adding work volume to the training week without over training. These sessions should not replicate work done in the gym, but instead concentrate on different areas and skills.
Relieve Stress and the Related Cravings for Sugar
Stress is a growing health problem reaching 99% of the population at one time or another and is associated with low energy. Carve out some time for well planned exercise to crush stress and watch your energy levels soar for the next several hours. The release of "feel good" endorphins will improve all elements of daily performance while crushing cravings for sugar. Feel the urge to binge on bad food choices? Take action and exercise instead and see even the most intense desires for sugar disappear.
Accelerate Fat burning
Short bursts of exercise can elevate metabolism significantly supporting rapid fat loss. Research indicates that anaerobic exercise increases metabolic rate and subsequent fat burning for many hours following the exercise session. The best time to execute these workouts are during your lunch break, first thing in the A.M. or right after work. Remember that these "mini" workouts should not be done near your weight training workouts to avoid over training.
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|What Our Customers Are Saying
Hi U.S. Wellness:
The ground beef patties - wow!
My husband and I have been trying to make the "perfect" burger for the past two years. We've watched too many TV shows profiling America's popular burger joints. We have tried some crazy prep styles including deep frying.
However, after getting your beef patties in our last order
the search is over. We grilled them on our charcoal grill with just a tiny bit of sea salt and cheddar cheese. They were the only burgers I have ever eaten plain! I ate half before I even had a bun ready and it was unbelievable, truly delicious!
The flank steak has been marinating overnight, I can't wait to grill it this evening. I know it will be the best ever.
Also, my beloved pug has allergies and your raw dog food has decreased his itchiness significantly and I think in another week it will be completely relieved.
I truly appreciate your commitment to providing quality products and top notch customer service. In this day and age it means so much to have a solid, reliable source for clean, healthy real food! And the orders arrive so quickly!
Grilled Filet of Beef Medallions with Chili Corn Sauce Recipe
- 4 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 yellow onions, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. garlic, finely chopped
- 2 red peppers, finely chopped, trimmings reserved
- 2 green peppers, finely chopped, trimmings reserved
- 5 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 4 Tbsp. white wine
- 3 cups beef or veal stock
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups corn kernels, freshly shucked if available
- For sauce, heat the oil in a heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat until very hot.
- Add the sliced onion to the pan and cook until lightly browned. Add the garlic and the pepper trimmings.
- Cook the mixture for another minute.
- Turn the contents of the pan into a strainer to remove excess oil.
- Return vegetables to the pan and stir in the chili powder, cayenne and pepper.
- Lower the heat and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and stir briefly, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the stock to the pan.
- Raise the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, skimming any fat or foam off the surface.
- Cook for 7-8 min. until the mixture is reduced by about half and has a syrupy consistency.
- Put the cream in a 1-quart saucepan and simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened, skimming off any foam.
- Strain the reduced chili mixture into the cream and whisk to blend.
- Stir in the red and green peppers and the corn and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the corn is tender.
- If the sauce begins to separate or curdle, strain it into a blender, add a few tablespoons of heavy cream and blend just until smooth.
- For the beef, season the steaks with salt and pepper. Grill steaks on hot bbq grill, or cooked in a cast iron skillet or heavy sauté pan. Cook on med high heat, evenly for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare.
- Slice into thick medallions, serve with corn sauce.
| July 21, 2009 - Near Monticello, Missouri
A herd of US Wellness Meats cattle enjoying fresh grass during a Missouri sunset.
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