U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter
Surviving Breast Cancer with Diet, Weight Loss Training Tips, Safe Chicken, New Charcoal, Goat Cheese, Perfect Burgers

May 17, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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Best Mid-May wishes from US Wellness Meats!  This month we salute all the high school and college graduates getting ready to begin the next phase in their lives.  Graduation is an important rite of passage in ones life, be sure to have plenty of steaks and franks ready to grill for the graduation parties!

We are introducing a unique new product this week: Ono Charcoal, which has been a Hawaiian tradition since the 1800's. Ono Charcoal comes from the Kiawe Tree and is 100% all natural- no tar, additives, fillers or chemicals.  It burns hotter, lasts longer and best of all is eco-friendly.  It has been tested and approved by the US Wellness staff and comes in 15 or 20 pound bags. 

Have you tried our Goat Cheese yet?  We currently have 4 rich flavors: Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Garlic and Chive Cheddar and Hot Jack.  This Raw Amish cheese comes from the Misty Creek Dairy in Pennsylvania- try some today!

Read the latest research on the best diet for preventing breast cancer and other cancers. If most Americans followed this type of diet, there would be far less breast and other cancers. Health and vitality start with grass-fed meats chock full of self defense omega 3's and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). 

Tweet Tweet...that's right we are still twittering! Visit our Twitter page for daily updates about US Wellness Meats and what we are up to.  For those of you who prefer Facebook, be sure to add us as a friend!

Memorial Day is fast approaching, be sure and stock up this week on burgers, steaks, and kabobs for the grill!  In the midst of the celebration let us remember the ultimate sacrifice dating back to the 1775 with the dead and wounded combined total:
  • Revolutionary War - 1775 - 1783 >     50,000
  • Mexico/American    - 1846 - 1860 >     17,435
  • Civil War                - 1861 - 1865 >   646,392
  • Spanish/American  - 1898            >       4,068
  • Philippine/American- 1898- 1913 >       7,126
  • WWI                      - 1917 - 1918 >   320,518
  • WWII                    -  1941 - 1945 >1,076,745
  • Korean War           - 1950 - 1953 >   140,000
  • Vietnam War         -  1957 - 1973 >   211,454
  • Afghanistan           -  2001 active >        3,056
  • Iraq                       -  2003 active >      50,413
As we gather on May 25, let us remember the sacrifices made in our history and those on the front line of freedom on May 25.

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 8
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.

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Catherine's Comment
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

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Can you Improve Your Chances of Surviving Breast Cancer With Diet?

Breast cancer diagnosis comes with a chance to re-examine one's diet and lifestyle. Can you make any significant changes after the fact? Is it too late? No, says the research.

Studies of survival from breast cancer have looked at diet and lifestyle both before and after diagnosis. The examination of diet and lifestyle before diagnosis can provide information about the cancer formation and possibly the reaction to treatment, but examination of diet and lifestyle after diagnosis has the advantage of evaluating behaviors that can be changed.

Does a woman's diet after her diagnosis with breast cancer affect her survival?

There are only two published studies thus far, that have investigated the relationship between diet and survival, after breast cancer diagnosis. Although the results are promising, it is much too early to tell if these results will be confirmed until more research is done.

One extensive study examined diet after diagnosis and survival of women enrolled in the Nurses Health Study. In this study, the 1,982 women who developed breast cancer were followed for an average of 13 years.

1,200 of these women had breast cancer that had not metastasized. Women in this group who ate the largest amounts of poultry, total protein, and omega-3 fatty acids (from oils found in grass fed meats and fish) had a statistically significant lower risk of death than women who ate the least amounts of these foods and nutrients. Women who ate more fiber, fish, and vegetables also had a lower risk...


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Dr. Al Sears M.D.
Dr. Al Sears

Know Your Chicken

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

Chicken is one of the most popular protein foods in the world today. It's easy to cook, it's relatively inexpensive, and it can be prepared in any number of ways ... from a simple barbeque on the grill to a classic cordon bleu.

But not all chicken is the same - some of it's not as healthy and nutritious as others. And the labels found on the packaging can make it difficult to select the healthiest chicken available.

Here's the problem: Commercially raised chicken are kept in very cramped spaces. In most cases, they're not getting their natural diet ... let alone fresh air and sunshine. Worse, because they're often stressed and diseased, antibiotics are used in excess. And antibiotics aren't the only thing they might be given. Some poultry is pumped full of hormones or chemicals that create artificial moisture in the meat. This can result in a lack of flavor and nutritional value.

So how do you know whether you're getting a chicken that's been cramped indoors, stressed out and contaminated?  I'll tell you the truth. It can be difficult.

Most people think that if they see a label that says "cage-free" or "free range", they're getting chicken that's in a fairly natural state. Unfortunately, these phrases are ill defined, so manufacturers have quite a bit of leeway when they use them.

For example, you'll see the term "cage-free" on both poultry and eggs. But "cage-free" only means that the manufacturer didn't confine the poultry in an individual cage. Instead, dozens of chickens are squeezed into a pen with no room to move.

It completely defeats the concept of "cage-free". In fact, it makes the problem of disease even worse than ever, because it can spread so easily. Farmers often handle this situation by using large amounts of antibiotics on the chickens. And here's the worst of it: Over an extended period of time bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics. And guess what happens then ... it gets passed to the people who eat the chicken, making them more resistant to antibiotics as well.

"Free range" is a much better option. Generally, it means that an animal has access to the outdoors for an unspecified period of time everyday. But, individual manufactures regulate this time period. This means that a door could be open to the outside for a few minutes a day, and whether or not the animal goes outside is irrelevant. The manufacturer can still use the "free range" label.

So what can you do?

You can always raise your own chickens. Or you can look for free-range chicken that is truly "free range." That means you want it to be "pasture raised" or "free farmed". They are more nutritious and they taste much better because:

    They are not raised in pens or cages and raised stress-free with     plenty of space to move around.
    They are antibiotic free and hormone free.
    They mature at their natural pace and are not rushed.
    They are not fed meat or bone meal, but instead their natural diet including grass and bugs.

You can sometimes find this type of chicken in grocery stores, but I find the best place to get it is from private farmers like U.S. Wellness Meats. That way you know exactly what you're getting and can enjoy one of the most popular foods in the world, worry free.

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.

By Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison

It's frustrating to watch obese people suffer in the gym and receive absolutely no benefit.  Eventually they give up.  It doesn't have to be like this.  In fact, if they learn how to use one miracle substance properly, they could go to the gym less and have a lot more to show for it - including mega fat loss and lean, sexy muscle.

That miracle substance is sunshine!  Proper sun exposure plays a crucial role in ensuring that your body responds to exercise.  It helps by increasing insulin sensitivity.  The primary mechanism involved is the production of a neuropeptide known as MSH - melanocyte stimulating hormone - and vitamin D.  Combined, these "youthanizing" biochemicals help to lower levels of the fat storing hormone insulin.  And sunshine is the only thing that can force our bodies to produce them in the right quantity and ratio.

Lowering insulin during exercise also guarantees a boost in age-defying hormones known as human growth hormone, testosterone, and IGF-1.  Without sunshine, you could be wasting valuable time in the gym due to high insulin levels.  Going to the gym with high insulin would be like trying to fight cancer while being exposed to Agent Orange.  Insulin inhibits the release of age-defying hormones as well as our fat burning compounds known as catecholamines.

Proper sun exposure simply means that you expose 80% of your body to direct sunlight for 20 to 40 minutes every other day.  Make this happen and you'll enjoy rewarding workouts met with fat loss and muscle gain.

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

I have hypertension, polycythemia vera and atrial fibrillation.  Could you give me your perspective on these disorders?

Right now I'm working very hard to lose weight and walk about everyday.

Thank you for your help.


Dear J.F.:

You didn't give me enough information with the exception of what you have, which are actually related.

I am assuming you have been worked up about the polycythemia vera which is a condition of having too much blood. This is due to different reasons: hereditary, too much iron or medications.  This concentration can increase your blood pressure and at the same time worsen atrial fibrillation or irregular heart rate.

If I were you I would change my diet to a low-carb diet, low dairy and lots of organic eggs and organic, red low-fat meat.  Be sure to include plenty of vegetables and certain fruits, including berries, avocados, passion fruit, kiwis, sweet potatoes and nuts.

In addition I know you are taking medications including coumadin, and you must be careful with some vegetables and interactions, but your diet must be very high on fish and vitamin B1. Both help with the atrial fibrillation, and the best fish oils are alpha omegas because they have also olive oil and GLA, which will help with the condition above. The number for these products is 614-596-7994.

Before you start an exercise program make sure you have a cardiac stress test and be sure to drink lots of fluids when you exercise. You can also donate blood if your levels are not too high.

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

Summer his hotly approaching and let's just say I have some improvements to make before taking my shirt off at the pool.  How do you set up a weight training routine for your clients to maximize fat loss? 

Louisville KY


Questions like these are pouring in this time of year and the way I would build a routine for a customized consultation client can vary based on many individual factors.  I take a detailed history before working with any clients so I can give you some generalizations that hold true to anyone wanting to maximize fat loss with weight training.

- Minimize Rest periods
- Monitor the duration of sets
- Improve work out put every session.

A couple weeks ago I mentioned the importance of super sets as a way to pack in more work in less time.  The example below utilizes a similar concept, but we are going to use three exercises as part of a tri set.  For example, do a set of A1, rest 30 sec, set of A2, rest 30 sec, set of A3 rest 90 sec and repeat a total of 3 times before moving on to the B Sets.  The idea here is to elevate fat burning hormones through a logical progression of muscle stimulation.  No need for more technicalities, but to make a long story short, hormones govern fat loss and methods to shift the balance in your favor will show up in your bottom line QUICKLY!  Make a habit of doing everything at a hurried pace and use a stop watch to enforce accurate rest times between sets.

Prolonging Quality Work Sets = Activating Fat Burning Hormones

Assigning a number of seconds to each portion of a rep helps to ensure that a set will last a defined length of time.  During my under cover work watching people train in gyms around the country I have calculated the average set lasts 22 seconds.  Most trainees swing weights up and drop them down without any control.  You can get much more out of your training sessions by lowering loads under control and in some cases having a strategic pause before lifting the weight.  Prolonging the sets to 30-60 sec is optimal for fat loss pending the muscle fiber dominance of the trainee, exercise, etc.  

Again we are seeking to stimulate the muscles in a way to bring upon an optimal hormonal response.  Lower your weights over a 3 sec count, pause for 1 sec on the bottom and lift explosively while maintaining proper form.  This will make sets much more difficult and may even reduce the amount of weight you can use temporarily.  Most people are shocked by how much more challenging sets become when momentum is taken out of the picture.  However my clients see these challenges as well worth the effort when they lose 10-15 lbs of flab in a short time period just by using the right training routine.  Do not be surprised to when you pack on some new muscle while losing body fat.  Utilizing proper rep speed along with adequate loading is vital for stimulating the muscle fibers with the greatest potential for growth.

The gym is not a place to conduct your social hour.  Beat the prior week's performance and your one step closer to your fat loss goals.   Performance is related to your ability to burn stored fat as fuel.  Challenge yourself each week to increase loading while maintaining proper form and tempo.  Even a 2.5 lb increase each week adds up over time.

Tri Sets for Rapid Fat loss
Exercise                                   Sets   Reps  Tempo    Rest

A1. Seated DB Shoulder Press    3    5-7   3-2-1-0     30 

A2. Prone 45 deg DB Kick Back   3    5-7   3-0-1-2     30

A3. Lying DB Triceps Extension   3    5-7   3-1-1-0     90

B1. Lean away DB Lateral Raise  3    5-7   4-1-1-2     30

B2. Seated DB rotation curl        3    5-7  4-1-1-0     30

B3. Prone Db curl                     3    5-7   4-0-1-1    90

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

Email scott@infinityfitness.com for a free copy of the full version of this routine.  

I will even throw in a free copy of the Zero Tolerance Fat Loss Nutrition Program!  This routine fits well with all of the fantastic protein choices found on the US Wellness site.

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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What Our Customers Are Saying

Hi John,

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.

After getting your 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!
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!
Best wishes,
Folsom, CA

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Fantastic BBQ Beef Short Ribs
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  •   1/2 cup brown sugar
  •   1 cup ketchup
  •   2 tablespoons water
  •   2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  •   1/2 cup lemon juice
  •   1/2 cup grated celery
  •   1/2 cup grated onion
  •   salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Place ribs in a baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup, water, vinegar, lemon juice, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well, then pour over ribs in pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 3 hours, or until tender.
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   May 15, 2009 - Near Monticello, Missouri

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The following sward is the perfect pasture salad for grass-fed cattle.  Note the mix of clover leaves in the grass sward.

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The end result is a super contented steer in perfect body condition.

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$25 Discount for 40lb. Increments

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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John Wood
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The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST May 23, 2009.

Box 66 - short rib bundle - 25 one pound packages

BBQ Hickory Smoked Back Ribs
- 1.7 pounds

Ground Turkey  - one
pound package


Concentrated Mineral Complex
- 60 ml bottle (30 day supply)

Wild shrimp - chemical free one pound package 21 - 25 per package.

Turkey Jerky - 8 ounce package -
Celtic sea salt is the only additive
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