U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter
What's the Real Story on Cholesterol and Your Health?
Diet Tips for Athletes; Omega 6 Warning; Right Way to Snack; Carne Asada Steak; Eat Your Curry!!

June 14, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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Father's Day is fast approaching- don't forget to stock up on steaks and BBQ sauce for Dad.  Steaks from US Wellness Meats is the gift that keeps on giving.  The health benefits of eating omega-3 rich forage raised beef will benefit Dad all year long.

A perfect compliment to steaks for any grill-loving Dad is our All-Natural Ono Charcoal.  It burns hotter and lasts longer than regular charcoal, use it with Ono Fire Starters and Dad's grill will be crackling in no time!

Good News!  All 6 flavors of the wildly popular Cashew Cream Ice Cream are back in stock!  According to our customers, it is the best ice cream they have ever eaten!  We have plenty in the store this week, be sure to stock up because after one bite it is irresistible!

Confused about cholesterol? What's the real story? We hear so many conflicting things, even the most educated and informed often get confused. Is it ok to eat saturated fat? Is is ok to have higher cholesterol than your doctor thinks?

Yes, and yes. Cholesterol is now being studied extensively and although it was once thought as the primary culprit in heart disease, scientists now realize it is the band-aid that comes after the cause. Read more about cholesterol and heart disease and the latest news on your health in Catherine's Comment below.

Be sure to visit our Blog this week for unique grilling recipes.  Are you our friend on Facebook yet?  Everyone else is!  Be sure to look us up for photos, recipes and exclusive sales!

Best Father's Day Regards,

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

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Eating a curry once or twice a week could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The magic ingredient in curry is curcumin, a component of the spice, turmeric.

Amyloid plaques, along with neurofibrillary tangles, are thought to contribute to the degradation of the wiring in brain cells and lead to the subsequent symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

There is solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques. Turmeric has been studied not just in Alzheimer's research but for a variety of conditions, such as cancer and arthritis. Turmeric is often referred to as the spice of life in ancient Indian medical lore.

Aging rats were fed a curcumin-rich diet and it dissolved the plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques. The next step is to test curcumin on human amyloid plaque formation using newer brain scans and there are plans for that research.

Studies looking at populations show that people who eat a curry meal two or three times a week seem to have a lower risk for dementia. The research is testing higher doses to see if they can maximize the effect. It would be equivalent of going on a curry spree for a week.

However, curry may be just one of the ingredients that prevent degeneration of the brain. If you are eating sugary, starchy, processed foods, and smoking then don't expect an occasional curry to counterbalance a poor lifestyle. However, if you have a good diet and get plenty of exercise, eating curry regularly could help prevent dementia.

At the moment, a definitive diagnosis of plaques and neurofibrally tangles can be made only after the patient has died. A second scan also being developed can detect both plaques and tangles - both of which are present in Alzheimer's.

It is conceivable in the near future, when preventive therapies were available, that a 50-year-old with a strong history of Alzheimer's could be screened to determine the levels of plaque in their brains and then initiate anti-plaque therapy.

Source: Medical News Today, June 12, 2009.

Catherine's Comment
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

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Because of the propaganda, you can be forgiven for thinking that cholesterol is a harmful alien substance that should be avoided at all costs. Most everyone does. In fact, though,  quite the opposite is true. Cholesterol is an essential element in our bodies. It is found in all the cells of the body, particularly in the brain and nerve cells. As our cells go through the constant renewal process of dying, and news ones being made; cholesterol is a major building block from which our cell walls are made.

Cholesterol is also used to make a number of other important substances: hormones (including the sex hormones), bile acids and, in conjunction with sunlight on the skin, vitamin D 3. Our bodies uses large quantities of cholesterol every day and the substance is so important that, with the exception of brain cells, every body cell has the ability to make it.

Cholesterol may be ingested in animal products animal products but less than twenty percent of your body's cholesterol needs will be supplied in this way. Your body then makes up the difference. If you eat less cholesterol, your body merely compensates by making more. Although the media and commercial food companies still warn against cholesterol in diet, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that the level of cholesterol in your blood is affected very little by the amount of cholesterol you eat.

For reasons still unknown, coronary heart disease went up during the 1920's throughout the industrialized world. By the 1940's it was becoming the major cause of premature death. Doctors were puzzled.

In 1950 an American doctor, John Gofman, had a theory that blood cholesterol was to blame. This was supported in 1951 when pathologists were sent to Korea to learn about war wounds by dissecting the bodies of dead soldiers. To their surprise, they discovered unexpected evidence of coronary heart disease: unexpected for they knew that death from heart disease was extremely rare under middle age and these men averaged only twenty-two years of age. So the pathologists performed detailed dissections on the hearts of the next 300 corpses. In thirty-five percent they found deposits of fibrous, fatty material sticking to the artery walls. A further forty-one percent had fully formed lesions, and in three percent of the soldiers these lesions were sufficiently large that they blocked at least one coronary artery. Over three-quarters of all the men examined showed evidence of serious coronary heart disease, and they were barely in their twenties!

Doctors found cholesterol in the material that builds up on artery walls and causes them to become blocked; people who died of heart disease often had high levels of cholesterol in their blood; and those who suffered the hereditary disease of high cholesterol, also suffered a higher incidence of Coronary Artery Disease. And so the link between heart disease and cholesterol was established.

But there are a number of significant points that the cholesterol theory overlooks.


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

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.


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.


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Shane Ellison M.S.
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By Shane "The People's Chemist Ellison
By now, 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 for your body.

When combined with omega-3 fatty acids from grass fed meats and fish, omega-6s appear to play an integral role in maintaining health. Together, these two fats can help regulate brain development, energy production, and immune function, and control inflammation.

However, large quantities of omega-6s promote oxidative stress by disabling the body's second defense against cancer: the antioxidant. Adding insult to injury, they increase inflammation within skin cells. And inflammation can be a driving force behind the growth of skin cancer and its ability to spread to nearby tissues and organs.

This omega-6 threat did not exist 100 years ago. Our ancestors consumed only small quantities of omega-6 in the form of whole corn, seeds, and legumes. Their ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 was about 1:1. Today, a large segment of the population consumes a ratio of at least 20:1.

The omega-6 overdose exists thanks to the advent of technology - chemical extraction methods, to be exact. Instead of getting omega-6 in its natural state - from plants and seeds - our primary sources are now plant and seed oils (corn, safflower, and sunflower). A single tablespoon of omega-6-laden corn oil is derived from a whopping 12 to 18 ears of corn.

The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids has not yet been determined. One thing is certain, the overdose of omega-6 manifests into poor health as well as dry, brittle skin that predisposes us to skin cancer.
The best thing you can do to protect against skin cancer is rid your diet of omega-6-laden plant and seed oils while consuming more protective omega-3 fatty acids.

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. Get the benefit of his knowledge and insight with his no-BS practical guide to living young naturally without dangerous, prescription drugs.

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

I am a competitive cyclist, and many of my friends are either competitive cyclists or triathletes. I often train for races and ride for fun with longer  rides of 50-100 miles. In addition, many road races are 35 miles long, which takes about 1hr and a half  to complete. This is more of an endurance sport  with short sprints and hill climbs. I also mountain bike and while that is usually shorter distances, there are a lot of hard hill climbs and sprints in there, and it can be an endurance sport as well.

My question is about what to eat before races. Many of my fellow athletes are still big on the carb loading and I notice for longer races or rides,  there are always stops with bananas, candy bars, and carbs. I have seen people  doing 100 miles or more on a road bike but fueling up with sugar and carbs. That doesn't seem right.

My own personal research and experience is that it is better to fuel up with good quality protein and good fats (like from grass-fed meats, butter, and nuts), and to help those short sprints or hill climbs out with a carb or glucose-based snack, such as GU, etc.
What is the best pre-ride/race meal to have? What are the best snacks to take on the road (GU, energy bars, etc). What works best for endurance  and what works for short bursts of energy?

C. E.

Dear C. E.-

Why are you asking me, when you already know the answer? You have done a great amount of research for you to come up with that conclusion and you are correct. I can't go into a lot of details because it will take me two days but Iam going to make it simple so you can even come up with your own conclusion.

Your body can store around 400 grams of carbohydrates, which you will use in a  longer distance race. The body prefers to burn not only carbohydrates, but also fat and proteins, and the best source of energy is fat-not carbohydrates.

The problem is that we continue consuming carbs during the race, so your body will continue burning carbohydrates because you are providing them during the race. Wouldn't it  be better if you can save those carbs for when you need them--for example  the last sprint and use fat the rest of the time? Well  you can, but the body must be trained to burn fats, and it will take a long time to explain this in detail.

Your real question is what you should consume before the race and my answer is the day before pizza is the best fuel source, proteins, carbs and fats, and before the race HONEY PLUS BRANCH CHAIN AMINO ACIDS.  I don't know your body weight, but try this in practice, take MR100% 4 scoops in 16 ounces of water and add two to three tbs of honey and let me know what happens; you can consume this during the race and if you want to have something before your race, an hour before, use the same but add two teaspoons of organic coconut oil and let me know what happens.

Congratulations in keeping up that level, it is excellent!

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


After reading your last few columns I gather short rest periods and alternating between a couple exercises is the best way to go when wanting to transform your body.  I have a hard time going from different points in the gym without someone else jumping on the equipment.  How do you set up workouts for your clients to beat the crowds? Do you  have any nutrition tips for fat loss?


Jerry, I have the perfect solution for you.  Super Station Training is a concept I created for clients who need to stay in the same area to minimize rest and interference form other people in the gym.  I put together an explanation video and well as a training session demonstration so you can learn some new exercise techniques and see how this routine is executed.   This routine is great for fat loss and is done within 35-40 minutes.

Explanation video www.infinityfitness.com/videos/ssintro1.wmv

Training Program demonstration www.infinityfitness.com/videos/sswo.wmv

Several Exercises with only 1 Station!

This particular workout emphasizes the chest and back by alternating db pushing and pulling movements on the same bench.  Pick the adjustable bench closest to the dbs you need for the routine and you are set to go!  Most new clients have used a couple grip positions for exercise for their entire training career.  This will lead to a lack of development over time or possibly a muscle imbalance.  Correcting weak links is the key to improving body composition, function and strength.  Over a 12 week period clients who address weak links will see body fat melt off at a rapid pace.  The increased work capacity and intensity that comes as a result of restoring function enables the body to kick up higher levels of fat burning hormones.  

Change your grips and Change your Fortunes!

Manipulating the grips will help you recruit more muscle fibers; making all training sessions more productive no matter what your goals.  In this case we will use three different grips for both the db pressing and pulling movements.  You will start with the weakest grip position to give those areas the most attention.   Do not be surprised when you notice an increase in strength.   

Cycle Macronutrients for Rapid Fat Loss

Due to space limitations I cannot go into great detail with nutrition.  However please email me for a copy of a macronutrient cycling plan for optimal fat loss.  Dr. Serrano must be given credit for what I consider one of the most significant nutrition discoveries of the last 10 years. 

Email Scott@infinityfitness.com for your copy today.

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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Hi John,

I wanted to let you know that the beef we ordered from you is excellent.  We have ordered beef from other sources that just did not have the flavor or
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Your beef is delicious and very tender. 
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Carne Asada Steak
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Carne Asada is a Mexican recipe for marinated, grilled beef served in in tortillas. This is not your run of the mill taco. This is a flavorful and delicious meal that is great for any occasion.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • 2 pounds skirt steak
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco

    Mix juices, garlic, onion, tequila, Tabasco and pepper in a bowl.
  • Add meat and marinate both sides. Cover and refrigerate, turning meat over occasionally. Let steak marinade for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Preheat grill.
  • Place a few drops of water on each tortilla, stack and wrap in aluminum foil. Place on grill.
  • Remove meat from marinade, reserving marinade. Place on grill.
  • Turn steak and tortillas once during cooking. Brush steak with remaining marinade.
  • Cook to your liking (12 to 15 minutes for medium-rare). Cut into thin slices. Place a few slices of steak on each tortilla with salsa and guacamole and serve.
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   June 12, 2009 - Near Monticello, Missouri
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These steers are too content to even look up and notice the camera.    Below: a herd of happy cattle on the move.

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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 of beef, 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.

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