U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter
More Avoidable Reasons We Gain Weight, Mother's Day, Steak Spice Rubs, Beef Month, Pork Update, New Soap, No GMO Challenge

May 3, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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Happy Beef Month from US Wellness Meats!  May is beef month, which means its time to fire up the grill and enjoy some grass fed steaks, kabobs, burgers or all beef franks.  Beef month originated over 40 years ago in order to honor one of the largest industries in the Midwest. It's also another reason to take advantage of the health benefits of grass fed beef. 

Read the rest of the story about avoidable reasons we may gain weight. Besides hidden dangers in the foods we eat that cause weight gain, many medicines and health conditions can cause us to gain weight as well. Eating whole nutritious grass-fed meats, raw cheeses, and organic snacks will prevent unnecessary weight gain and keep you active, alive and feeling on top of the world.

Ole!  Cinco de Mayo is coming up, get out your sombrero and cook up your favorite Mexican dish. Our sandwich steaks are excellent sliced up in fajitas or try ground beef or ground bison in tacos.

Be sure and check out our new soap selection.  Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl and Blueberry Rooibus Tea Soaps are home made, handcrafted and a US Wellness exclusive.  The natural ingredients in these exfoliating soaps are perfect for sensitive skin and smell delicious!

Have you checked out our blog yet?  Enter our No GMO Challenge Giveaway for your chance to win a $100 US Wellness Gift Certificate!  Click HERE to visit the blog or HERE to join us on Twitter, both sites have valuable information on the dangers of GMO and how it could be affecting foods you eat everyday.  Eating grass-fed meats from US Wellness Meats ensures you are getting a safe, nutritious product.

U.S. Wellness is pleased to introduce Carl Schroeder, Executive Chef and Owner of Market Restaurant in Del Mar, CA., as our newest Featured Chef.  Chef Schroeder has a fascinating back ground in hunting and fishing for his meals as a youngster and developed a keen appreciation of where his meals were coming from. Following his degree from tbe Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Chef Schroeder has worked hard and leap frogged his way into ownership of one of the finest restaurants in the San Diego area.

Last but certainly not least, don't forget about Mother's Day on May 10th.  This important holiday honors one of the most important people in our lives, and what better way to show her your appreciation than with a gift box of grass-fed steaks, certified humane pork or free-range poultry?  She will be happily surprised and hopefully you can enjoy the fruits of your gift-giving!

Best May Regards,

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

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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 9 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 by clicking the link at the bottom of the article.  Remaining clues might be in subsequent sections of the newsletter.

This code only applies on orders weighing under 40 pounds and excludes all sale items
Your order receipt will not show a credit.  The code simply changes prices on your receipt page in spread sheet format.  Compare receipt to retail store prices if you question the discount.

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Amid public concern about the reports of swine influenza in humans, the National Pork Board wishes to reassure the public that pork is safe and will continue to be safe to consume. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted this statement on its Web site (http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu):

"Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe."

The CDC and other health organizations continue to caution that the virus is contagious and is spreading from humans to humans. The CDC has said it has not found any evidence to indicate that any of the illnesses resulted from contact with pigs.

Nonetheless, the National Pork Board is encouraging pork producers to maintain strict biosecurity procedures on their farms.

"We share the concern of the global health community regarding the spread of this disease," said Steve Weaver, a California pork producer and president of the National Pork Board. "To ensure the good health of our animals and for all those who provide care for the animals, we are urging pork producers to be vigilant in taking measures to prevent the spread of this disease."

The National Pork Board also has offered its extensive resources about swine to assist public health officials as they address treatment and prevention strategies.

The best, tastiest and safest pork is US Wellness certified humane pork.

The National Pork Board

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Catherine's Comment
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

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Along with certain processed foods, there are a few other things that affect weight that are the result of technology, processing, manufacturing, poor health and prescription medications. Most of these things are avoidable or can at least be mitigated to some extent, by changing lifestyle, adopting a healthier diet, and considering the following:

Eating the wrong type of fats

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in grass-fed meats, fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, certain plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.

Essential fatty acids are good fats that are needed by the body to make hormones and maintain the body's metabolic rate. A deficiency may cause cravings, particularly for fatty foods.

The first signs of deficiency are often dandruff, dry hair and dry, scaly skin. Deficiency is also associated with arthritis, eczema, heart disease, diabetes and premenstrual syndrome.

Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.

Clinical studies suggest that overweight people who follow a weight loss program that includes exercise tend to achieve better control over their blood sugar and cholesterol levels when proteins rich in omega-3 fatty acids are a part of their low-calorie diet.

Omega 6 oils are far more plentiful in our diet than they should be. Omega 6 oils are found in oils such as: canola oil, sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, corn oil, and safflower oil, to name a few. Our diet contains about 20 times more Omega 6 oils than our ancestors ate.

We know is that an imbalance of omega 6 to omega 3 promotes inflammation. Given the role of inflammation and weight gain, it's not too much of a stretch to think that same imbalance may promote weight gain.

Researchers are finally getting around to pondering the obvious. A new study from the University of Nice in France has now identified Omega 6 to Omega 3 imbalance as a new risk factor for obesity.

How do you get an imbalance of Omega 6 to Omega 3?


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Dr. Al Sears M.D.
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Why Vegetarians Have It All Wrong

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

Being vegetarian isn't as glamorous as some might think. In addition to depriving yourself of delicious tasting food, a no-meat diet will rob you of critical nutrients you need to stay healthy. And meat is your only source of these essential nutrients.

Today I'll show you where vegetarians fall short and debunk some of the myths you may have heard about meat so you can confidently take a bite of that juicy steak that you were born to eat.

It turns out that avoiding beef will make you seven times more likely to suffer a zinc deficiency.  As a mineral, zinc is second only to iron in concentrations in the body. It promotes a healthy immune system, a healthy prostate, growth of reproductive organs, cell reproduction and wound healing, bone formation, and protects your liver from chemical damage. It also has many anti-aging benefits. It's essential for making superoxide dismutase (SOD), the most potent antioxidant your body has. Zinc is essential for your body to use collagen, which fights off wrinkles and saggy skin. And zinc keeps your vision sharp, improving night vision, and it protects retinal cells from free radical damage while helping to slow down age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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

My wife recently consumed her body weight in beef jerky. What was supposed to be a light, healthy snack turned into an all out beef eating binge.

Her ravenous consumption made me ponder that it must be an especially good brand. Rushing out of town, I bought it at my local health food store. That was where I messed up big time!
Ignoring the label, I was ensnared by the number one grocery store fat trap - which was the cause of my wife's abnormal and ravenous consumption of the beef.. If I can succumb to them, then everyone is susceptible to the fat traps lurking in grocery stores.

A grocery store fat trap is nothing more than a scheme designed by food manufacturers to make you eat more of something that you think is healthy-like beef jerky. You could think of these foods or food additives as fat fertilizer. They are great for a company's bottom line but really bad for your "bottom."

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

What causes vertical ridges on the nails?  This has got to be a lack of some nutrient in the diet. I would appreciate your insight.


2 - Dear Dr. Serrano,

I have been having a problem with my fingernails breaking and chipping.  They have breaking from the visible root area to the tip.  Not all are alike, some worse than others.

I have asked my civilian and VA doctor and researched at the hospital library and the internet with no results.  I suspect a vitamin and/or a mineral deficiency, but have tried supplements with no success.  This problem surfaced about five years ago.

I will be 80 in August.  My VA Doctor has me on Lisinopril 20 mg and Rosuvastatin ca as a precaution.  I also am taking one regular aspirin and one COQ 10 daily to counter the statin side effects.

Do you have any suggestions?

I do have suggestions about the nails, but before I make any, why don't you check your blood test with spectra cell, the best test for vitamins and minerals.  Call a lady name Kelly Salvatore at 614-774-6373 and tell her you will like to take this test and she will help you get it done.

The must common reasons for ridges on the nails and breaking nails are a Zinc deficiency, protein deficiency, niacin, copper or riboflavin. Low gastric acid can also cause ridges on your fingernails, and cause poor absorption of the above nutrients.

I dont know which of these nutrients is missing, but it is better to identify the problem first, and then treat it, good luck.

Best of success,

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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Need A Training Lift?
By: Scott Mendelson

Scott thanks for taking my call the other day so that I could fill you in on my situation.  Per your advice I have chosen some priorities.  I want to improve my chest size and strength, but am unsure how to go about it.  Is dedicating an entire workout to the chest the best way to go?  Charlie,  Omaha


No, I would not dedicate an entire training session to training your chest; however, there are several other tactics I would use to emphasize this area.  Training muscle groups you wish to prioritize early in the week is helpful.  The Following split has worked well for dozens of clients over the past couple months with identical goals as yours.  I have no doubt that with the right training, nutrition and recovery plan that you can make significant improvements over a short period of time.  I suggest adding ample amounts of grass-fed beef due to the nutrient density and anabolic properties. 

Monday:     Torso
Wednesday:    Legs
Friday:        Arms
Saturday:     Core

New clients are often surprised when I explain that improving the quality of training is far more important than increasing volume.  Dedicate yourself to perfect form, tempo and enforce rest periods properly to get the most out of your workouts.  Doing a high volume of lousy sets will only set you farther back.

Pairing Exercises Correctly

Using antagonistic super sets is a great way to pack more quality work into a short window of time.  For example perform a flat db press, rest 75 sec and then do a horizontal seated row.  Rest 75 sec and repeat a total of three times to exhaust those particular exercises. In my experience training in this fashion allows for a higher work production than just doing 3 sets of a flat db press in a row.  A complex neurological advantage comes into play and can be adapted to many situations.

Introduce New Exercises

There are many areas where I aim to make strategic changes for clients in an effort to improve the bottom line, but when it comes to training the chest altering the pressing angles is often forgotten.  Make use of some new pressing positions such as a 30 deg incline with dbs instead of a barbell.  Dbs allow for a greater range of motion in many cases and can reduce stress on the shoulders when executed correctly.  A large variety of pressing grips can be used with dbs as well such as a db rotation press and db combo press

Balance Your Muscles to Improve Growth and Prevent Injury

The use of antagonistic super sets can also help you to balance body parts properly by matching the volume of pushing vs. pulling etc. Most trainees have done much more pressing over years of training in comparison to pulling.  An imbalance can be created that will stunt muscle growth and strength improvements.  In many situations I may increase the amount of pulling vs. pushing for clients to correct an imbalance  Based on our phone conversation that did not seem to be an issue for you.

Try this workout
                         Sets        Reps        Tempo        Rest
A1. 30 deg incline DB Rotation press       3        6-8        3-2-1-0        75   

A2. 30 deg Prone DB row               3        6-8        3-2-1-0        75   

B1. Flat DB Combination press         2-3        6-8        3-2-1-0        75

B2. Wide grip lat pull down        2-3        6-8        3-2-1-0        75
    (always to front, never behind neck)

C1.  Prone 30 deg inc db Raise    2        6-8        3-0-1-2        60   

C2. 45 deg incline Special Fly 1         2        6-8        4-2-1-1        60

For an explanation of the training program format please visit this article

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.

Email new questions for Scott Mendelson via: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com
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What Our Customers Are Saying
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Hi John,

Just to let you know that my order was at my door at 12:30 noon! - I know it was at least an hour earlier than usual! Wow! What a treat, started right in having some cheese and cooking up a couple of franks! Thank you and your buddies for all the work you do to provide these superior products!

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate the meats and cheeses that arrived at my door, meticulously packed!! FedEx is also to be commended with their prompt and efficient service!  With many thanks, until next time,

Cordially, grace and peace,
Norwalk, CT

Wishing you a successful harvest on all fronts

Recipe Corner
3 Delicious Spice Rubs for Steaks
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Chile-Cumin Spice Rub

* 3 dried chipotle peppers,     stemmed, seeded, chopped
* 2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded, chopped
* 1 tablespoon ground cumin
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 2 teaspoons sugar

Cocoa Cumin Allspice Rub

* 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
* 4 teaspoons ground cumin
* 2 teaspoons allspice
* 4 teaspoons peppercorns
* 2 teaspoons salt

Pepper Coriander Rub

* 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
* 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
* 1 tablespoon dill seed
* 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
* 2 1/2 teaspoons salt

* For each rub, combine all ingredients until mixed well.  Coat both sides of your favorite grribeye finalass-fed steak in any of these enticing rubs and it is ready for the grille!
   April 30, 2009 - Near Monticello, Missouri
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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.

Minimum Purchase Rules

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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The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST May 9, 2009.

Standing 3 Rib Roast
- 6.5 pound average

Ground Chicken
- 25 one pound beef short rib bundle

Goat Rib Chops
- 2 - 6 oz chops

- 1 pound package


Beef Bologna - Nitrate/Nitrite & MSG free
- 1 pound package

Beef Snack Sticks- Nitrate and MSG free
- 6 - 1.25 oz sticks

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