Happy Labor Day weekend! We hope all of our hard-working readers are set to enjoy a much-needed day off tomorrow. Be sure and take advantage of the few warm summer days we have left by getting outside and enjoying a family BBQ. Now is a great time to stock up on grilling favorites such as Pork Chops and Hanger Steaks as both are on sale this week!
Looking for some unique grilling recipes to impress your guests this weekend? See our recipe section below for American Pride Pork Chops, and visit our Labor Day blog page for recipes and photos!
We are still celebrating! September officially marks the 10th Anniversary of US Wellness Meats, and we have all of our dedicated customers to thank for helping us reach this milestone. In appreciation, we are having contests and give-a-ways every week this month. Last week we put together a list of our Top 10 Favorite Products to give away to one lucky blog reader. We were overwhelmed with the responses we received! Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to Dina, who left the 799th comment and will receive our Top 10 Favorites Sampler pack.
If you didn't win last week, this week you are sure to have better luck. Shane Ellison, our bi-weekly newsletter columnist and author of Over the Counter Natural Cures has graciously donated copies of his new e-book: Hidden Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. As an award winning scientist, Shane can share the hidden truth about cholesterol lowering drugs in a way that any reader can understand. This eye-opening read will teach you how to naturally lower your risk for heart disease, and expose many myths about popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. Visit our blog to get your copy now!
This week, Dr. Al Sears asks us: What's lurking in your meat? In light of the recent recall of 380,000 lbs of deli meat from Wal-Mart, we must all be more vigilant about where our processed meats come from, and what could possibly be in them. Read Dr. Sears' article below for more information, and visit our online store for a full selection of safe hot dogs, sausages, and bacon.
Interested in winning a whole cow? Then head over to visit our friends at Mark's Daily Apple! Their "Primal Challenge" starts Tuesday, September 7 and there will be contests and prizes all month long. US Wellness is proud to be a feature sponsor this year so be sure to visit their blog for more information.
New this week! We are excited to offer several new free range chicken items. Starting this week we now have in stock Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Breasts, Boneless Skin-On Chicken Breasts, Chicken Tenders and Chicken Leg Quarters. See our Grassland Poultry section for all the details!
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Omega Fatty Acid Balance Can Alter Immunity And Gene Expression
For the past century, changes in the Western diet have altered the consumption of omega-6 fatty acids (w6, found in meat and vegetable oils) compared with omega-3 fatty acids (w3, found in grass-fed meats
, and fish oil
). Many studies seem to indicate this shift has brought about an increased risk of inflammation (associated with autoimmunity and allergy), and now using a controlled diet study with human volunteers, researchers may have teased out a biological basis for these reported changes.
Anthropological evidence suggests that human ancestors maintained a 2:1 w6/w3 ratio for much of history, but in Western countries today the ratio has spiked to as high as 10:1. Since these omega fatty acids can be converted into inflammatory molecules, this dietary change is believed to also disrupt the proper balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory agents, resulting in increased systemic inflammation and a higher incidence of problems including asthma, allergies, diabetes, and arthritis.
Floyd Chilton and colleagues wanted to examine whether these fatty acids might have other effects, and developed a dietary intervention strategy in which 27 healthy humans were fed a controlled diet mimicking the w6/w3 ratios of early humans over 5 weeks. They then looked at the gene levels of immune signals and cytokines (protein immune messengers), that impact autoimmunity and allergy in blood cells and found that many key signaling genes that promote inflammation were markedly reduced compared to a normal diet, including a signaling gene for a protein called PI3K, a critical early step in autoimmune and allergic inflammation responses.
This study demonstrates, for the first time in humans, that large changes in gene expression are likely an important mechanism by which these omega fatty acids exert their potent clinical effects.
Source: ScienceDaily (June 2, 2009)
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
Is it the Incredible, Edible Egg Anymore?
I generally think of eggs as one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but then I don't usually eat the regular commercially raised kind of eggs either. In light of the recent recall of 230 million eggs infected with salmonella bacteria, there seems to be a lot of questions in consumers' minds about what kind of eggs to eat, how to eat them, and how to avoid becoming sick with salmonella poisoning. Are organic eggs any better? What about local farm raised eggs? How does salmonella get in eggs?
This recent outbreak of infected eggs has been tracked to a couple of large farms, infected feed, and unsanitary conditions. However, these farms distribute eggs across the country. What will keep this from happening again? How can you avoid salmonella infection?
Are some eggs less likely to have salmonella outbreaks? Eggs really do have a lot of confusing classifications now, and these classifications often blur the lines between them or at least, make it somewhat confusing. Often with eggs, there can be a combination of classifications as well, such as "free-range" and "organic" etc.
- Regular commercially raised eggs - Most regular grocery store eggs come from hens that live in battery cages where they suffer cramped, unsanitary conditions and extremely poor health. Each hen is allotted a space smaller than a single sheet of paper and must stand on a sloped wire floor which is not only uncomfortable, but often can lead to possible injury. These chickens are kept inside and do not see sunlight or get fresh air. They are routinely doused with antibiotics and the chickens are sickly and suffering from numerous health issues. Not surprising, battery cage eggs are not as nutritious as free-range eggs and are far more likely to have salmonella issues.
- Omega-3 enhanced (or omega-3 fortified) eggs come from hens given feed that contains significant amounts of flaxseed, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 classification has nothing to do with how the chickens are raised, and so most omega-3 enhanced chickens live out their lives in battery cages as well...Read More...Check out foods that can help you burn fat in The Fat Burning Kitchen; Your 24-hour Diet Transformation to Make Your Body A Fat Burning Machine
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|Dr. Al Sears, M.D.|
What's Lurking in Your Meat?
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
If you eat hot dogs, sausages, or deli meat, your risk of heart attack jumps by 42 percent. But here's what most people don't know:
If you eat unprocessed meat, your risk doesn't go up at all.
I just read a report about to be published in Circulation. Harvard scientists looked at 1,600 studies involving over 1.2 million people around the world. Listen to what they concluded:
"The consumption of processed meats, rather than red meats, was associated with increased incidence of coronary heart disease."
So, you can go back to eating any meat from beef
, or pork
(the study didn't include poultry
). It's processed meat - things like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and lunch meat - that you've got to watch out for.
Processed meats contain chemicals, preservatives, and additives. Or they're smoked, cured, or salted. When you eat processed meat with additives, you get four times the sodium and twice as many nitrates. Salt drives up your blood pressure. Nitrates cause plaque to build up in your arteries.
Smoked or cured meat like sausage and bologna also contains high levels of benzo (A) pyrene. This is the cancer-causing chemical in cigarette smoke. So, I suggest you make yourself a hamburger
, pork chop
, or juicy steak
instead, without fear.
As usual, look for organic and grass-fed beef
. Nitrates are barred from use in the processing of organic meat. The sodium content is also lower and you avoid hormones and antibiotics. To find grass-fed red meat that can be shipped right to your doorstep, click here
Groceries like Whole Foods or Trader Joes who are dedicated to health also carry organic, grass-fed bacon
, and lunch meat
processed without nitrates or other chemicals.
Some stores will cook and slice organic chicken and grass-fed beef so you can make your own sandwich slices. Or slice your own at home. Always look for products that say nitrate-free or preservative-free.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
References:1. Red and Processed Meat Consumption and Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," Renata Micha, Sarah K. Wallace, Dariush Mozaffarian, Circulation, online May 17, 2010.
2. Paikabc, DC., Wendel, TD., Freeman, HP. "Cured meat consumption and hypertension: an analysis from NHANES III (1988-94)." 2005; 25(12):1049-1060.
3. Rhee, KS., Bratzler, LJ., "Benzo(A)Pyrene in Smoked Meat Products."Journal of Food Science. 2006 Aug; 35(2):146-149.
Ed. Note: 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.
|Shane Ellison, M.S.|
How Diabetics Can Live to be 100 Years Old
As a medicinal chemist, I'm often asked, "How can I live to be a 100 years old?" My answer is simple, "Learn to control blood sugar and insulin."
The biggest threat to longevity is high blood sugar and insulin. Known as type II diabetes - or more accurately insulin resistance - it has become a nationwide epidemic that steals 11 to 20 years from a person's lifespan. It is one of the main culprits behind depression, obesity, heart disease and even cancer. Understanding two simple facts about the pandemic killer may help you avoid it - and live to be 100 years old rather than 65 or 70!
Fact #1: Anti-Diabetic Drugs like Avandia and Actos are Deadly
To curb the threat, family physicians are madly prescribing Avandia and Actos in hopes of reversing type II diabetes - total sales have reached over $4 billion annually. Unknown to most, Avandia users have a whopping 30-40% increased risk of heart attack and other heart-related adverse events (heart failure) compared to patients treated with placebo. (1)
This side-effect is partly due to the drugs ability to lower "hemoglobin."
Hemoglobin is used by the body to transport oxygen throughout the entire 100,000 miles of adult veins, arteries, and capillaries. Without it, a condition known as "ischemia" sets in. This is a fancy term for "suffocation." Clinically, heart attack or heart failure can result from the lack of oxygen.
Actos belongs to the same class of medicine as Avandia - glitazones. Not surprisingly, it carries the same risks. Health Canada sounded the alarm as early as 2001! But the danger is being hidden from the American public.
Commenting on the unannounced danger, the U.S. Congress stated that the, "FDA's apparently callous disregard for the safety of diabetics taking Avandia is very reminiscent of the Agency's failure to move on Vioxx when substantial safety signals first became known. Like Vioxx, Avandia may have unnecessarily risked the lives of tens of thousands of Americans." (2)
Fact #2: Natural Medicine Can Safely Reverse Insulin Resistance
In the process of designing anti-diabetic drugs, Big Pharma surveyed a myriad of natural products to find a "lead compound" that would show them how best to design a synthetic drug. Corosolic acid from the banaba leaf was among the most potent. (3)
Corosolic acid successfully reverses insulin resistance as seen by lowered blood levels of insulin and glucose among users. Rather than promote the natural medicine to the millions who suffer from insulin resistance, Big Pharma has been working rigorously to make a synthetic copycat - so they can monopolize it. They have failed miserably. Fortunately, the natural source is readily available as "banaba leaf" at local health food stores.
Banaba leaf works at the molecular level by fine-tuning the damaged insulin receptor - the cause of insulin resistance. This benefit rests in its ability to selectively initiate a chemical reaction known as "phosphorylation" at the receptor site. In effect, what is "jammed," becomes un-jammed thanks to the banaba leaf. Akin to a key being inserted into a lock, insulin is free to interact with the receptor, thereby triggering the cell to open the doors for blood sugar.
Users of Banaba leaf not only avoid dangerous prescriptions while increasing insulin sensitivity, but they also melt fat and build muscle in the process. This beneficial effect comes from the subsequent balancing of hormones that occurs once blood levels of insulin and glucose are normalized. Men rid their body of excess estrogen and boost testosterone and vice-versa for women. Of course, lifestyle habits such as exercise and minimizing sugar while increasing healthy fat and protein (grass-fed beef
) consumption are pre-requisites to the success of banaba leaf.
Among those populations who live the longest, they thrive courtesy of being ultra sensitive to insulin - naturally. And conversely, those who die the youngest from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are grossly insensitive to it courtesy of type II diabetes. Or they are "following doctor's orders" and swallowing prescription drug like Avandia or Actos.
Katsuji Hattori, et al. Activation of Insulin Receptors by Lagerstroemin. Journal of Pharmacological Sciences. Vol. 93 (2003) , No. 1 pp.69-73
_________________________________________About the Author:Shane is an award winning organic chemist and author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures. He teaches people about natural medicine, but is not a shill. He is a perfect candidate for being "medicated to death" - according to psychiatry, but chooses living young instead. He has been quoted by USA Today, Shape, Woman's World, as well as Women's Health and has served as guest speaker for large corporations like BP and appeared on Fox and NBC as a natural medicine advocate. Learn about the $8 cancer buster FREE at www.otcnaturalcures.com
_________________________________________Shane has graciously donated copies of his new e-book: Hidden Truth About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
. As an award winning scientist, Shane can share the hidden truth about cholesterol lowering drugs in a way that any reader can understand. This eye opening read will teach you how to naturally lower your risk for heart disease, and expose many myths about popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. Visit the US Wellness blog to get your free copy now!
|Dr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.|
Hello Dr. Serrano,
I injured my knee a few weeks ago, probably from doing leg presses and lifts on my home machine. I stopped those, but continued to walk 10 minutes a few mornings (trying to boost bone mineral density due to osteopenia). Now I just do upper body weight lifting and a little yoga because my knee still aches, mostly on either side of the knee cap. By evening, my whole leg aches if I've walked too much (just doing errands). I alternated ice/heat a couple of days, and I've been using Traumeel, a homeopathic cream with healing and pain relieving properties, but the benefit seems temporary. My knee feels best in the morning after rest.
I eat grass-fed beef, eggs, and bison, healthy salmon, chicken, a little sprouted grain, raw pastured cheese, berries, and lots of veggies...all organic. I am tapering Ativan and use a cross-filtered whey isolate from a reputable company to produce glutathione to gently detox the Ativan out of my body, it's supposed to have a neutral pH. My doctor gave me anti-inflammatory patches to use, but I am concerned about all the chemicals in them because I've had breast cancer before. I also have some knee exercises that my husband used after his knee operation, but not sure if they would help or hurt. Would a knee brace or crutch be helpful? I'd appreciate your opinion.
Never use a leg press machine unless you know what you are doing, I hope you are using the proper leg press machine (only two on the market qualify as good ones and they are very expensive).
About your whey and your pH I don't know what brand you are using but I would try to get my proteins from food, free form aminos and no sugars at all.
For your osteopenia, the leg press will not help because most of the condition is in your spine and hips, and for that you would be better to use standing exercises with weights.
Now to answer your question: Yes, it probably did hurt your knee but not because of the machine, but your range of motion and foot placement. I bet you pointed your toes out and brought your knees out or kept knees very close. I don't know what other exercises you are doing for your legs but I will assume that you are trying to get stronger and lower your risk of osteopenia and that you don't have osteoarthritis or any other conditions, but the pain is due to poor exercise selection and execution.
If you are very weak, start doing standing squats off a chair or toilet with a towel or rope in front of you to pull yourself up if you need help. Do two sets of 15, rest one minute between sets and once you can do this go up to five sets. If you have pain when doing this, find the foot position that doesn't hurt, toes in or out or straight, once you do this, finish the sets.
If you can do the five sets then it is time to start doing stationary lunges. Do two sets of 10 resting 30 seconds between sets, this might be hard. Finally after you can do these two exercises you are going to switch to Ian King squats in which you squat all the way down, go up a 1/4 stop then go down again, go up a half, stop and go down again and finally go up all the way making this one repetition, this will really build your legs. It will kill you but it will make you stronger so you can add weight later for a full squat with weights
All the best,
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|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A|
Need A Training Lift?
By: Scott Mendelson
I am out of shape and need a workout to burn fat as well as improve energy, endurance, strength for daily activities etc. What program can I do with minimal equipment while having the ability to adjust the program to keep progress rolling? Where do I start with a good diet?
Fat Burning Workout- Constant Motion Training
We must walk before we can run right? Dr. Serrano suggests a body weight circuit workout with constant movement between sets. For example, do a set of push-ups and during the 30 second rest period between sets, walk around to keep moving. This may seem like a minor detail, but it can help not only with calorie burning, but also to increase the fat burning hormonal response from exercise. Over time to make the workout more productive as your level of fitness improves you can employ running in place between sets or even rapid jump roping.
The sequence of exercises is very important to maintain a high level of intensity while also letting muscles recover between sets. This is why we suggest pairing an upper and lower body movement together in a super set fashion. For example a set of push-ups followed by the 30 second active rest period then a set of body weight squats, a 30 second active rest period and repeat 3 to 5 times before moving on to the next pair of exercises. This sequence allows the upper body muscles to recover while the lower body musculature is working.
The constant motion system can be adjusted to many different skill and fitness levels and you make a good point Ron about adjusting the routine. Too many people fall into the trap of never changing workouts or making the wrong changes. As results diminish the interest fades and many people end right back up on the couch! To keep progress moving many parameters can be altered such as speed of the reps, active rest period lengths, set sequencing, exercises, rep ranges and more. On a daily basis I help clients earn rapid results by overhauling routines to ensure the new stimuli deliver the impact needed to reach goals FAST!Read More...
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- 4 bone-in pork chops
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- 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
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- Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill. Pat pork chops dry while being careful not to remove the rub.
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