|Dear John, |
Welcome to February! January seems to have flown by here at US Wellness Meats, but we are looking forward to another busy month. Thank you to our loyal customers for continuing to support our grass-fed endeavors for another year!
Don't forget about Valentine's Day coming up a week from today! Still looking for the perfect gift? We have plenty of chocolate, ice cream, and steak - what more could a girl (or guy!) want? Our Decadence Dark Chocolate Bars, Cashew Cream Non-Dairy Ice Cream and Delmonico Steaks are all featured volume sale items this week - stock up and save! Call us today to put together a special Valentine's package that will last much longer than flowers, or browse our online store for more ideas.
Are you doing enough to prevent colds and flu this winter? We have a very simple, time-tested cure for the common cold. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, marrow bone stock also known as "liquid gold" is a "cure-all in traditional households and the magic ingredient in classic gourmet cuisine." Stock is rich in minerals which are in a form that is easily digested by the body. Our ancestors used stock daily, but now it is hard to find in the typical Western diet which is sad because it is easy to incorporate broth in the diet. We like to use it to make soup, add it to roasts in the crockpot, or when cooking casseroles or meatloaf. Sometimes we add some herbs to make a very nutritious tea. Our marrow bone stock recipe comes directly from Sally Fallon's recipe in Nourishing Traditions. Visit the Weston A. Price site for more information on this nutrient dense product.
If you're looking for a way to add liver into your diet, our blog has a recipe today to help with just that! More recipes to come this month in an effort to sneak liver into your diet.
We want to remind anyone in the Yankton, SD area about an exciting weekend coming up. The Grassfed Exchange is hosting their first Sale & Seminar February 26 & 27. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with other farmers in the grass-fed business to network, share ideas, and learn more about grass-fed genetics. Several top leaders in the grass-fed industry will be on hand to speak, and the Sale will take place on Saturday. US Wellness Meats is proud to be a part of this weekend and look forward to seeing many of you there!
Thank you to everyone who entered The Garden of Eating Cookbook Giveaway! We were overwhelmed with entrants eager to win this very helpful kitchen necessity! Thank you to Chef Rachel Albert-Matesz for her help making this contest a success! We used random.org to choose the lucky winner: Naomi M. Congratulations!
We hope everyone is having a relaxing Super Bowl weekend! We are enjoying one of our best-kept secrets today: the pre-cooked BBQ Smoked Back Ribs. Now is a great time to stock up as they are on sale this week!
Best February Regards,
John, LeeAnn, Megan, Tressa, and Jennifer on behalf of the farm families of US Wellness Meats.
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More Reasons to Give Your Loved Ones Chocolates for Valentine's DayYou may want to give your sweetheart chocolate for Valentine's Day for more reasons that the traditional romantic reason. Chocolate for emotional stress is now getting attention from researchers. A clinical trial published recently in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research found that eating an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks, reduced levels of stress hormones in highly stressed people. Dark chocolate also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical problems as well.
Growing scientific research back shows that other beneficial substances (such as polyphenols) in dark chocolate may reduce risk factors for heart disease and other physical conditions. Now chocolate is shown to be helpful with stress. But until now, there was little evidence from research in humans on exactly how chocolate (or cocoa that has not been "Dutch-processed" with alkali) might have those stress-relieving effects.
In the study, scientists identified reductions in stress hormones and other stress-related biochemical changes in volunteers who rated themselves as highly stressed and ate dark chocolate for two weeks. The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 1 and half ounces of dark chocolate during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers, the scientists report regarding dark chocolate intake and stress reduction.
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
Omega 3's in Grass Fed Meats are Key to Preventing Mental IllnessOmega 3 fatty acids may be able to save younger people who showing early signs of mental illness from spiraling downward to fully developed schizophrenia. The study appears in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, released just this past Monday.
The Austrian study adds to evidence that suggests that severe mental illness may be prevented with nutritional intervention. Researchers are looking into a larger study in eight cities, hoping to replicate the positive findings.
The study involved 81 people, aged 13-25, deemed to be at high risk for psychosis. These patients had either had mild psychotic symptoms, transient psychosis, or a family history of psychotic disorders plus a decrease in daily functioning. Forty-one of these patients were randomly assigned to take omega 3 supplements daily for three months, while the other half took a placebo.
The randomized, placebo-controlled study provided 1200 mg omega 3 supplements a day to the study subjects for just 12 weeks. The results? Pretty significant.
After a year of monitoring, 2 of the 41 patients in the omega 3 group, or about 5%, had progressive mental illness and had become psychotic. In the placebo group, 11 of 40 became psychotic, about 28%.
Yes, the study was relatively small, but it helps demonstrate the wide-ranging benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in generous amounts in servings of grass-fed meats, and wild-caught fish, as well as supplements. In one serving of grass-fed pemmican there is 730 mg of vital omega 3 fatty acids. Wild-caught salmon and other wild caught fatty fish have similar healthy amounts of omega 3's.
You already know that omega 3 fatty acids help protect people against cardiovascular disease and inflammation of all kinds. And it's a well-known fact that omega 3's can play a key role in preventing diabetes and cancer. It's really no surprise then, that omega 3's also protect against mental illness, given the importance of healthy fatty acids for the functioning of the nervous system and the brain.
Schizophrenia is a severe debilitating mental disorder that is characterized by an abnormal perception or expression of reality. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, and/or disorganized speech and thinking. It often causes significant social and occupational dysfunction. Tragically, the onset of symptoms typically occurs in adolescence or young adulthood, although less than 1% of the population is affected. Diagnosis is usually based on a patient's self-reported experiences and their observed behavior. Young people with early symptoms have as high as a 40 percent risk of becoming psychotic in the next year.
Some 2.4 million Americans have the disorder, which is usually treated with antipsychotic medication. Schizophrenia is one of the most costly and difficult diseases to treat.
Studies suggest that genetics, nutrition and food allergies, early childhood environment, neurobiology, psychological and social processes are important factors in developing this disease. Certain recreational and prescription drugs can also cause or worsen symptoms, as well.
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|Dr. Al Sears M.D. |
Cell Phone Safety List
When I was hiking through the Andes, I saw people chatting on their cell phones. In Kerala, India, I saw fishermen call into shore from their boats to negotiate a price for the day's catch. They even send pictures!
Cell phones are ubiquitous. Especially in the third world, they give people that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it access to the internet. And in that way, the cell phone is one of the greatest inventions of our time.
But I'm conflicted about the health consequence.
A new study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) warns that many of the new internet phones bombard your brain with dangerous electromagnetic waves.(1) These waves penetrate your skull and can double your risk of a brain tumor.(2)
Back in 2003, the Food and Drug Administration assured us that cell phones do not cause brain cancer. Unfortunately, they based their study on only three years of cell phone use.
But if you use a cell phone for a decade or more, your risk goes up. Researchers in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom discovered that people who used cell phones for more than 10 years had a significantly higher risk of developing brain tumors.(3)
Even more alarming is what happens to kids that use cell phones.
Young skulls are less than half the thickness of adults, making it much easier for radio waves to penetrate and damage the brain. Multiple studies show young children absorb more radiation than adults do, putting them at high risk for brain tumors.(4)
A two-minute call can alter the natural electrical activity in your child's brain for one hour. Multiply this by the average 2,600 minutes a month your child is on the phone...and you get 22 hours (nearly a day) of unnatural brain activity.
Wireless earpieces and keeping the phone in your pocket are not good options. The earpiece relies on radio waves for transmission - these go into your brain. The phone in your pocket is emitting radio waves straight to your vital organs, especially your genitals.
So what should you do? I for one don't want to give up my cell phone. And I don't suggest you give up yours either. But I do take certain steps to limit my radiation exposure.
Here's are some steps you can take:
I keep my phone in my desk
drawer while I'm at work. In the car, I keep it on the console. And
when I'm going back and forth, I keep it in my briefcase. And I don't
use it for long. When I'm going to be on the phone for a while, I use a
- Check what kind of radiation your phone emits. The lower, the better. EWG has an updated list of the best and the worst phones.
your phone in 'airplane' mode when you're in places you can't (or
shouldn't) use your phone - driving, theaters, meetings, and doctor's
offices. This reduces the number of radiation exposure hours.
'hands-free'. The further away your phone is from your body - the less
radiation penetrates you. Twelve inches (one foot) is the closest you
should be to your phone.
- Use a wired head set for all calls - make sure the cord is long enough so your phone is at least twelve inches away from you.
- Send text messages instead of calling. Or keep your calls short.
possibly the hardest advice of all to implement... limit use of cell
phones by your children and teens. I tell my son Dylan to text instead
of call. This limits his exposure.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
1. Cell Phone Radiation - Science Review on Cancer Risks and Children's
Health - Environmental Working Group http://www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation
2. Khurana VG, Teo C, Kundi M, Hardell L, Carlberg M. "Cell phones and brain tumors: a review including the long-term epidemiologic data." Surg Neurol. 2009 Sep;72(3):205-14
3. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) 2008; Lahkola 2007.
4. deSalles 2006; Gandhi 1996; Kang 2002; Martinez-Burdalo 2004; Wang 2003; Wiart 2008
........................................................................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.
|Guest Columnist: Sadiqua Hamdan|
Sugar: The Sweet Road to Obesity?
It's hard to believe that a fat-free word such as sugar
is highly associated with obesity. For many, "fat" triggers mental images of butter, eggs, and the loosely attached parts of poultry and meat that are white, squishy and malleable.
Most of us associate sugar with diabetes, but that is just one potential side effect of consuming too much of it. You should also be concerned with weight gain, energy crashes and developing an unhealthy habit. What has sugar done for you lately except give you short-term pleasure? Soda is a prime example. Twelve ounces of soda contains 150 calories, 41g of carbs and zero fat. None of those stats triggered any "red flag" signs until I converted 41grams into a meaningful formula I could visualize - and it turns out that 41 grams is equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar!
Diet sodas aren't any better. They, too, contain artificial ingredients that your body has no use for. Please don't get caught in this sweet fat trap.
Your body's relationship with carbs is simple: use what is needed to fuel the body and store the rest as fat. The problem with high fructose corn syrup (which is found in just about all processed foods) is that the body metabolizes ALL of it as fat, not using any of it as fuel. Your body doesn't know it's working with sugar, so the normal processing channels aren't used.
This is the connection between sugar and obesity!For More Information on Sugar
This is an excellent video entitled The Bitter Truth
, which features Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. He explores the damage caused by sugary foods. Watch it HERE
.Author's Note:I'm currently in grad school majoring in Leadership and Organizational Change. I am working on a group project, which is based on a Montessori learning environment for inner city children. We're using nutrition as the foundation for learning -- hands-on-approach to learning through planting, growing and cooking food.
We recognize that inner city children live in circumstances that prevent many of them from eating breakfast, and my plan is to to develop a healthy nutrition plan and make sure that they have food before their morning lesson.
|Dr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.|
I have a question for your column, and it's one no one seems to answer: I wonder if you could outline some ideas for gaining weight on a paleo / primal type diet.
In 2007, I had a sudden and severe bout with celiac disease which left me very weak and with limited digestive function. Eating paleo was virtually my only option, in terms of foods I could tolerate, but I am still having significant food intolerance, and still down 40 pounds from my top weight, which was pretty darn svelte (if I do say so myself!). I am 5' 7" and started out at 137 pounds, solid from weightlifting and cyclocross. Now I put on my shoes before I weigh so I won't be under 100.
I can't do dairy, nuts, nightshades, yams, coconut, dried fruit, legumes, or, of course, grains.
I can't figure out what I can eat, short of spoonfuls of lard, that will get my caloric intake up. And the spoonfuls of lard are starting to look good! Worse, I'm currently terrified to exercise because I might lose more weight. Any ideas?
Thanks for any help you can give.
This is a great question, and it has a lot of variables including:
To answer your question, because of your limitations you are going to start carbohydrate loading or fat loading. This means you will pick one day a week in which you will eat at least a 100 grams of carbohydrates after your workouts or fat loading, with around 50 to 60 grams of fat.
- How much you sleep
- How much work you do
- What kind of workouts you are doing
- How old you are
The carbohydrates and the fats will be from good sources, for example a fat loading day will be 8 whole eggs, organic red meat all day, organic butter, organic olive oil, pemmican bars, organic cheese and Alpha Omega-3, around 9 tablets per day.
This will increase your caloric intake and allow you to stay lean and also get bigger and stronger. If you are not gaining enough do it twice a week.
Also, if you are a celiac it doesn't mean you are allergic to rice or corn.
Remember, your workouts are important and I don't know what type or how much you are doing but keep workouts short and intense and make sure your sets last around 40 seconds.
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.
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|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A|
Need A Training Lift?
By: Scott Mendelson
Interval Training for Rapid Fat Loss
The whole cardio thing confuses me, I have been doing it for years to keep off the body fat, but it seems less effective the more I do which confuses me! While traveling I was talking to one of your clients at a hotel gym who showed me her interval program that you designed. This lady was 42 and did not have an oz of fat! She also said that in 12 weeks she lost 18 lbs of body fat. How do I that?
Traditional Steady State Cardio can Stimulate Fat Storage
I am not sure which client you were talking to as that matches the description of many that I work with! However she should have also mentioned that her interval routine likely takes half the time of the standard cardio "walk to nowhere" programs. One of the most common mistakes I see when working with new clients is prior self abuse by doing too much steady state cardio, while burning some calories, it will also teach the body to store fat according to Dr. Serrano as many complex hormonal factors come into play. You can learn more by watching a video clip of Dr. Serrano.
Intervals for Slashing Body Fat
Interval programs involve changing speeds and or effort levels based on a specific timing. For example pedaling very hard on a bike for 10 sec followed by a 30 sec jog pace and repeating for a period of time such as 20 minutes. This type of workout has proven to be much more effective for fat loss and general conditioning in comparison to steady state cardio and is one of the reasons I am able to help clients lose body fat very quickly- permanently! Both men and women benefit from intervals; however the protocols will differ based on many individual factors for my clients. While running is a favorite of some, others dislike it and would prefer a bike, elliptical etc
Like any training routine your body will adapt over time and methods will become stale. Introducing the right changes at the correct times ensures that progress is never halted. There are many dozens of protocols that I can use with clients by varying the mode of exercise, interval timing, tension, incline, frequency and more. Most people tend to focus on the amount of work, while I have found the quality identified by intensity is crucial. Make sure the sprint portion is highly intense which will require some mental toughness. In many cases the approach in regards to intensity must be gradual based on the physical condition of the client, but progress is rapid from several performance perspectives. A 42 year old woman pedaling like crazy on the highest tension level for 15 sec sprints while making it look easy is real eye opener for everyone else in the gym questioning their own accomplishments. This type of performance will stoke a red hot fat burning fire that will last for days following the workout! Beyond the workout that will floor most people the physique that matches will draw plenty of attention. There is no substitute for a customized training, nutrition and exercise routine as those working hard and smart are most successful.
Example Interval Program
- Recumbent bike or stationary bike
- 5-10 minute warm up
- 10 sec sprint 90% effort
- 45 sec jog pace 70% effort
- Repeat for 20 minutes
- 5 minute cool down
- Elliptical Trainer
- 5-10 minute warm up
- 5 sec sprint 90% effort
- 30 sec jog pace 70% effort
- Repeat for 20 minutes
- 5 minute cool down
Fat Loss Nutrition Strategies
The right nutrition plan is a key to long term success, but few understand what needs to be done to achieve their goals. Macronutrient cycling is an exciting break-through innovation which can force the body to use more stored fat as fuel and prevent a rebounding of body fat in the future.
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|What Our Customers Are Saying|
Just wanted to let you know I prepared your mussels
last night (recipe below), and they were the BEST I have tasted in about 20 years. The texture and flavor were superb to even those my husband and I had in Paris!
Thanks so much for all your hard work.
Pacific Blue Mussels
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1 bunch parsley, chopped
- 8 tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
- Salt & Pepper
- In a cast iron pan place 1/2 cup white wine, 1 bunch of chopped parsley, and 2 chopped shallots.
- Lay US Wellness mussels on top, cover and steam for about 8 minutes until mussels open.
- Make a dipping sauce of 8 tbsp. grass-fed butter, 4 cloves minced garlic and 2 tbsp. chopped parsley, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Gently heat this sauce until garlic is tender. Then dip the succulent mussels in this dreamy sauce. (Everyone will think you graduated from an exclusive French culinary school!)
Recipe compliments of satisfied customer, Susan A.
|February 6, 2010 - Near Monticello, MO
Cattle gathered around the hay bale ring on a clear, crisp February afternoon.
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