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Mighty Minerals

March 8, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
Minerals are an often overlooked part of our diet, but play a very significant role in our health and well-being, as well as being essential for certain body functions.

Most minerals come from the soil, and many years ago, mineral shortages were rare. With today's modern farming methods, the once rich topsoil is depleted and very few nutrients actually make it to our food. Many diseases can be traced to mineral deficiencies, especially the trace minerals.

U.S. Wellness offers Or-ion concentrated liquid minerals that replace those that you may be missing.  Or-ion (Organic, Ionic) Minerals are absolutely essential to human health. With the right combination of minerals in your cells, you can place a good defense against many common and devastating diseases.

We now offer refreshing, Beyond Hydration water to quench thirsty cells.  We know the key to overall health and performance is your cells. Your body demands water, and efficient entry of water into the cell and the exit of waste from the cell. The better your body keeps the cells hydrated the better you will perform. Proper cellular hydration promotes athletic performance, endurance, recovery, combats inflammation, and adds to mental clarity and anti-aging.  you will will soon increased bladder flow as proof your 70 million cells are happy.

Also be sure to include a healthy diet made up of fresh organic vegetables (more abundant in minerals), and fresh fruit as well as grass-fed meats, butter, raw cheeses, bison, wild seafood, and healthy organic snacks, and your body will reward you with peak performance.

We apologize for the off and on again web switch to our new platform.  We are optimistic our temperamental shopping cart will adapt properly on the third attempt Monday.  Category headings and sub-categories have been tweaked a bit.  Feedback good and bad will be appreciated in our effort to improve efficiency and do a better job of education on the site.  We appreciate your patience while we wrestle the changes into place. 

Be sure and click on the blog link below to capture the secret recipe on Megan's world class corned beef the office crew relished on this past Wednesday.  5 star dining in downtown Monticello was enjoyed by all.  Great job Megan!

It is stimulating to see the first green blades of grass emerge this Spring after an extended Winter for the first time in years.

Warmest Spring regards,

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

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In This Issue
ATHLETE CORNER - Scott Mendelson - Training Q&A
SHANE ELLISON M.S. - 3 Energy Needs For Performance
DR. ERIC SERRANO M.D., M.S., B.C., - Fats and Cancer
DR. AL SEARS M.D. - Cloned Beef In A Store Near You
RECIPE CORNER - St. Patty's Brisket

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Don't forget to look for the special promo code hidden in
the text for a one time only 12% discount off your next purchase. 
First 35
users will be able to utilize the code.

The 7 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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Inexpensive, but it can also be unhealthy and fattening. Is there a way to eat well and still get a cheap meal?

In its March issue, Health magazine surveyed fast food restaurants in America. They ranked the Top 10 and one surprise is that McDonald's makes the list.

The key to eating well at these restaurants is to look for the healthy options, like salad, soups and organic foods. Also patrons should go with reasonably sized items. But people need to be careful and stay away from unhealthy options like fries and super-size items.
The magazine's criteria was to look at uses of fats, preparation, sodium counts, organic produce and the availability of nutritional information. The testing was conducted by a panel of dietitians, nutritionists and doctors.

The America's Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants are:
1. Panera Bread
2. Jason's Deli
3. Au Bon Pain
4. Noodles and Company
5. Corner Bakery café
6. Chipotle
7. Atlanta Bread
8. McDonald's
9. Einstein Bros. Bagels
10. Taco Del Mar

Health magazine has more tips and dangers zones from the restaurants on the list.

USA Today columnist Tedd Mitchell, M.D., echos Health magazine, saying that people should "stick to the lower-calorie, lower-fat menu items." Also he suggests splitting items at restaurants in order to save calories and cash.

Eating a diet plentiful in Grass-fed meats, cold water fish,  omega 3 fatty acids lamb, veal, and goat, as well as tuna, and  sardines, will not only give you the best in high quality protein, but also help your Omega 3:6 ratio. 

Elizabeth Landau, January 2009

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ATHLETE CORNER - New Training Knowledge
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Need A Training Lift?
By: Scott Mendelson

US wellness Q and A 2

Scott, I would like nothing more than to pack some size on to my arms, my biceps in particular will not respond. What do I do?

Richard - Los Angeles

Richard the muscle growth picture includes many elements, but one area where I see people going wrong is a lack of movement variety.  It is vital to change up the stimuli every 4 weeks to make sure the system is challenged by every workout.  There is no substitute for intensity; even if your goals are focused on body composition- you must get stronger each workout to stimulate the factors governing muscle growth.

Check out this video training session instructing Big Time Strip sets (located in 7th paragraph).  This awesome arm routine demonstrates unique exercises and techniques that are sure to pack some size on to your arms.  Strip sets allow for a set to continue following the normal fatigue point by allowing for a short rest interval and defined reduction in weight load.  In addition to stimulating more muscle fibers vital to growth, the continuation of the set can promote the natural release of fat burning hormones. Various strip set protocols have helped my clients increase arm circumference by 1-2 inches over an 8-12 week period.  
Video location (located in 7th paragraph)

How do I get my ab muscles to show?  Should I work my abs every day?  If so what exercises should I use? 

Tom - Minneapolis

Tom, there is no such thing as spot reduction so working your abs daily will not remove body fat in the mid section.  90% of the time trainees who are doing daily abdominal workouts also have back pain due to poor program design which creates muscle imbalances within the core.  This can also lead to a consistent level of fatigue making the low back in particular more susceptible to injury during common movements outside of the gym.  My clients train the core directly one time per week and achieve great abdominal definition.  The core workout must include many different types of movements to stimulate the entire musculature.  Indirect work can also be done during functional tasks and many compound movements such as deadlifts.  

Developing a great mid section comes down to having the right strategies in place including weight training, interval sprints, nutrition and life style management.  Typically males with 8-10% body fat determined by a caliper test will show well defined abs, but an extremely lean status would be 6% which is what most competing bodybuilders will achieve for a contest.  Very few people break the single digit body fat % barrier due to a general lack of know how and consistent execution.   

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:

Email new questions for Scott Mendelson via:
Be sure to place Scott Mendelson in the subject line

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by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

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An increasingly large amount of disease today may be attributable to deficiencies in the supply of both macro and trace minerals in our diets. How can this be the case when the majority of the country is overweight? These deficiencies do not stem from a lack of quantity of food, rather they stem from the quality of food. Macro minerals and trace minerals are primarily found in whole, unprocessed foods such as vegetables and fruits. Unfortunately, the majority of commercially grown fruits and vegetables found in supermarkets today are nutritionally devoid of these minerals, due to the overused and depleted soils they are grown in.

An important point about minerals: the mineral content of food is mainly dependent on the amount of minerals found in the soil in which it is grown. Commercial farming practices end up stripping soils with less than optimal amounts of these minerals, especially the less common trace minerals. As a result of this, our food supplies leave us at risk for deficiencies of these very important substances. Because of this situation, it is essential that everyone supplements their diet with minerals in order to avoid the many diseases of deficiency.

Macro minerals, present in the body include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sulfur. get the most notice. Trace minerals are often overlooked, but proper amounts of all minerals are extremely important to the body's function. The most important trace minerals are iron, zinc, copper, chromium, fluoride, iodine, selenium, manganese, and molybdenum.

Minerals are important in the proper functioning of enzyme systems, nerve conduction, bone formation, and muscle function, assisting with transfer of nourishment into cells, providing a framework for tissues and bone and regulation of organ functions.

As science and natural medicine continues to uncover the many roles for all of these minerals, doctors are finding exciting solutions to several maladies that may be successfully treated by replacing these nutrients in the body. Unless we begin replacing these minerals early on in life, we put ourselves at risk for the many diseases of mineral deficiency that are becoming more and more prevalent in society today.

The degree to which the amount of an ingested nutrient is absorbed and available to the body is called bioavailability. Mineral bioavailability depends on several factors. Higher absorption occurs among individuals who are deficient in a mineral, while some elements in the diet (e.g., oxalic acid or oxalate in spinach) can decrease mineral availability by chemically binding to the mineral. In addition, excess intake of one mineral can influence the absorption and metabolism of other minerals. For example, the presence of a large amount of zinc in the diet decreases the absorption of iron and copper. On the other hand, the presence of certain vitamins in a meal enhances absorption of minerals from the meal. For example, vitamin C improves iron absorption, and vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium.

In general, minerals from animal sources...

SHANE ELLISON M.S. - 3 Energy Secrets

By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison

Millions of American's suffer from fatigue.  Their energy levels are so low that they require a pot of coffee to crawl out of bed.  When afternoon hits, caffeine rich energy drinks flow freely to keep up at work. By evening, exhaustion sets in and it's straight to bed - only to repeat the lethargic process tomorrow. This isn't how the body was meant to operate.  

Massive amounts of energy can be had without the above "fatigue masking" substances.  Once possessed, anything is possible.  Your energy will be the fuel behind your life's most important projects, thoughts, creativity and relationships.  It's what the best athletes and entrepreneurs in the world are made of.  And to get it, you have to adhere to three energy building requirements.

First, replace carbohydrate consumption with healthy fats three times per day. I'm not talking about heart disease causing trans fats and vegetable oils.  I'm talking about Mother Nature's energy boosting fats like whole eggs, grass fed beef, coconut oil, seeds, nuts and avocados, just to name a few. Unlike carbohydrates, consuming healthy fat does not cause a spike in the fatigue causing, fat storing hormone insulin.  But even better, it exponentially increases the production of a molecule known as ATP. ATP is the master energy and strength producing molecule within the body. The more you have, the better you perform.

A single fat molecule can produce a whopping 129 molecules of ATP. In contrast, if you are not consuming enough healthy fat the body is forced to utilize an inferior source of ATP production - carbohydrates. A single carbohydrate molecule produces a paltry 38 molecules of ATP! Do the math - fat yields more than three times the energy as a carbohydrate!

Second, begin supplementing with 0.5 to 3.0 grams of acetyl-L-carnitine (ACLAR) daily.  This essential molecule acts as a chaperone to fat.  It works by carrying it to our energy furnace - the mitochondria. Without ACLAR, fat remains stored - usually in the belly - and you grow tired.

The Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics recently highlighted the effectiveness of ALCAR among the elderly.  They showed that ALCAR was successful at boosting both mental and physical energy. About 100 participants over the age of 70 showed drastic increases in mental capacity and exercise duration as a result of ALCAR.

Finally, replace sugary energy drinks with water, green tea or yerba mate. Each one of these health drinks mobilizes fat into the bloodstream to ensure energy production.  Green tea and yerba mate can also boost mood and serve as a great pre and post exercise drink.

As these requirements become habit, expect a life filled with sustained energy.  Say goodbye to the highs and lows associated with the use of fatigue masking substances.  Say goodbye to the sustained energy that fuels mediocrity.  And regardless of your age, say hello to a new found energy that will fuel success in all areas of your life.


Michele Malaguarnera, Maria Pia Gargante, Erika Cristaldi, Valentina Colonna, Masa Messano, Aleardo Koverech, Sergio Neri, Marco Vacante, Lisa Cammalleri and Massimo Motta. Acetyl l-carnitine (ALC) treatment in elderly patients with fatigue. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Received 24 October 2006;  revised 15 March 2007;  accepted 22 March 2007.


About the Author
Shane Ellison holds a master's degree in organic chemistry and has first-hand experience in drug design. After abandoning his career as a medical chemist, he dedicated himself to stopping prescription-drug hype. He is an internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition and author of Health Myths Exposed, The Hidden Truth about Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and The AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery.

Get his FREE Secret Cures newsletter and controversial Stinky Sulfur Awards at

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Eric Seranno
Dear Dr. Serrano,

I enjoy the grass-fed beeffrom US Wellness. I am a serious weightlifter and have been for many years. As a part of my higher protein diet I try to eat a variety of protein types. I have read so much about the link between eating red meat and the increase in contracting colon cancer. As part of my diet, I usually eat 2/3 pound of the 75% ground beef per day. My question is, is this healthy and will it increase my risk of colon cancer?

 I am 48 years old. I try to live and eat healthy and hearing this link repeatedly does give me concern.

Thank you in advance for you answer.


Dear Marc:

My mother just died of colon cancer, so I know how concerning it is to have colon cancer in your mind.

I have read almost every study done in the medical literature about fats and cancer, and the only common source of cancer and fat is corn oil.  In addition, when they talk about cancer and animal fat, they are talking about lard, which isn't organic, it has been processed and it just plain nasty.

If you eat damaged fats or over cooked fats, or you consume a lot of transfats, then I see a problem, but if your source of fats are organic, and in balance, meaning the right amount of mono, poly and saturated fats and vegetables; your cancer risk from fats is extremely low.

I am 46 so I am way younger than you are, I had to say that, and eat red meat every day.  When I was competing, I ate meat two to three times per day with a low carbohydrate diet.  I felt great!  Now I eat less meat, not because I am worry, but because my 5 kids eat it all.

Congratulations in your healthy life style.

Eric Serrano

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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Dr. Al Sears


By: Dr. Al Sears MD
Author: The Doctor's Heart Cure

Are you eating cloned meat? You probably don't know. It's becoming common practice, but the FDA doesn't require labeling of cloned meat.

Birth defects in clones are quite common. Cloning has been found to produce unhealthy animals who suffer tremendously. Clones often die young, suffer birth defects, and commonly need antibiotics.

The Center for Food Safety says that as many as 50% of cow clones have what's called "Large Offspring Syndrome." Symptoms include unusually high birth weight that endangers the mother, and a long list of organ and systemic abnormalities, including heart problems and immature lung development. 

The report also states that there is evidence that clones are not always exact duplicates of their gene donors.  Clearly, cloning remains an unpredictable science. And cloning scientists have warned that even small imbalances in these clones could result in hidden food safety problems in the cloned meat.  A recent study found differences in the composition of the milk and meat of cloned animals.
But here's what's even more worrisome, the nation's major cattle cloning companies admit that they have not been able to keep track of how many offspring of clones have entered the food supply.  

So there's no way of knowing if you are buying cloned meat or not. I don't know about you, but I consider this extremely deceptive. We should have the right to choose, especially when it comes to what we eat.

It's sad to think that the FDA approved cloned livestock food without completely knowing all of the risks involved. But they don't exactly have a good track record...just look at all the drug recalls they've made over the last decade.

The whole idea of cloned meat is frightening if you ask me. That's another reason why I choose grass-fed beef. I don't have to worry about whether or not I am eating some science experiment developed in a test tube.

So when choosing meat for your next meal, consider the following two options.

·    Cattle raised as nature intended - in an open field free to roam and feast on their natural diet of grass.


·    Something developed in a scientific experiment that has not been properly researched, not to mention fed an unnatural diet of grain and given massive doses of antibiotics.

This should be an easy one, correct? Choose the grass-fed beef, of course. At least you'll know exactly what you are getting - something that's healthy and nutritious with no hidden food safety issues. It's hormone-free, antibiotic-free, has no preservatives, and has a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats.

P.S. - Interested in more details about the "caveman" diet? Find it all in The Doctor's Heart Cure. Get your own copy by clicking HERE

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center cut shoulder roast smallDear U.S. Wellness:

I loved the roasts, jerky, and pemmican.  

The pemmican and ground meat make a
delicious meat loaf.  I made it for some friends and they couldn't get enough!

When I eat regular red meat I get bad BO but when I eat yours I
don't..................goes to show you!

All the best,

Geneva, Illinois

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St. Patty's Day Brisket
    beef brisket
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 6 tables spoons marrow broth
  • seasoned salt to taste
  • 1 (5 pound) beef brisket
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar or xylitol
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Season the brisket all over with seasoned salt, and place in a roasting pan.
  • Pour the apple juice over it, and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Roast the brisket for 3 hours in the preheated oven. Don't peek.
  • Prepare a grill for low heat. In a small bowl, stir together the honey and soy sauce, and season with seasoned salt.
  • When the roast comes out of the oven, place it on the preheated grill. Grill for 30 minutes, turning frequently and basting with the honey sauce.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan over low heat, make a barbeque sauce by combining the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, seasoned salt, and garlic powder. Cook and stir over low heat for 15 minutes without allowing the sauce to boil. If you boil the sauce, it becomes very vinegary.
  • Let the brisket rest for about 10 minutes after it comes off the grill. Slice and serve with the barbeque sauce.
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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, 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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