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Exciting New Recipes!
Bottled Water Dangers, Green Tea Benefits
Shane Ellison's Healthy Fats List,
Shrimp Sale!

January 9, 2011   Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
Happy New Year!
We hope you are enjoying the new year as much as we are!  It has been a very busy 2011 so far here at US Wellness Meats, and we are looking forward to another year of good health.

The snow has melted here, and cattle have been enjoying clear, cool and sunny days.  See for yourself in our farm photos below.  We don't usually get much sunshine in Northeast Missouri in January, so we are enjoying it as well!

If you are looking for new recipe ideas this year, be sure to visit our January recipe page, for lots of unique recipes and tasty pictures.  Our Beef Tataki was a hit at the Weston A. Price convention dinner this year, try the recipe at home to find out why!

We have been following S 510 - The Food Safety Modernization Act for about a year now, and President Obama signed it into law this past week.  However, they have not decided where the money will come from to fund the $1.4 billion project.  We are still hopeful that this sweeping piece of legislation will see some changes before going into full effect.  The Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is an excellent source to track agricultural policies and legislation such as this one. 

Did you make a New Year's resolution to quit drinking soda?  If so, you weren't alone.  If you think you will start carrying a bottle of water instead, you may want to read Catherine's article this week about the dangers that could be hiding in that bottle.  Don't forget to take advantage of the 15% discount code hidden in that article that can be used on any order between now and Tuesday, January 11!

If you are looking for a new dinner idea - now is a great time to stock up on our Wild-Caught Shrimp, as they are on sale this week!  Our seafood is all wild-caught, so you don't have to worry about feeding your family farm-raised seafood that could potentially be full of chemicals, antibiotics, bacteria and other dangers to your health. 

We were happy to be invited back to the Navel Expo last month on Long Island.  Visit our YouTube page to watch all the footage!

Keep up with US Wellness on Facebook!  We like to keep our readers updated with all the latest happenings at US Wellness - become a fan on Facebook so you always know what we're up to!

Happy New Year!

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

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BreakingNewsGreen TeaProtective Properties of Green Tea Uncovered

Regularly drinking green tea could protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to latest research by scientists at Newcastle University.

The study, published in the academic journal Phytomedicine, also suggests this ancient Chinese remedy could play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer.

Led by Dr. Ed Okello, the Newcastle team wanted to know if the protective properties of green tea - which have previously been shown to be present in the undigested, freshly brewed form of the drink - were still active once the tea had been digested.

Digestion is a vital process which provides our bodies with the nutrients we need to survive. But, says Dr. Okello, it also means that just because the food we put into our mouths is generally accepted to contain health-boosting properties, we can't assume these compounds will ever be absorbed by the body.

"What was really exciting about this study was that we found when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer's development than the undigested form of the tea," explains Dr. Okello, based in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University.

"In addition to this, we also found the digested compounds had anti-cancer properties, significantly slowing down the growth of the tumor cells which we were using in our experiments."

Two compounds are known to play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer's disease - hydrogen peroxide and a protein known as beta-amyloid.

Previous studies have shown that compounds known as polyphenols, present in black and green tea, possess neuroprotective properties, binding with the toxic compounds and protecting the brain cells.  When ingested, the polyphenols are broken down to produce a mix of compounds and it was these the Newcastle team tested in their latest research.

"It's one of the reasons why we have to be so careful when we make claims about the health benefits of various foods and supplements," explains Dr. Okello.

"There are certain chemicals we know to be beneficial and we can identify foods which are rich in them but what happens during the digestion process is crucial to whether these foods are actually doing us any good."

Carrying out the experiments in the lab using a tumor cell model, they exposed the cells to varying concentrations of the different toxins and the digested green tea compounds.

"Green tea has been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and what we have here provides the scientific evidence why it may be effective against some of the key diseases we face today."

Dr. Okello adds: "There are obviously many factors which together have an influence on diseases such as cancer and dementia - a good diet, plenty of exercise and a healthy lifestyle are all important."

Science Daily, January 5th, 2011.

The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Newcastle University.

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by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN
Catherine Ebeling
The Tidal Wave of Bottled Water

Here's an interesting observation: Americans spend more than $11 billion dollars on bottled water which means we are actually spending MORE per gallon on bottled water than we do on gasoline. Why - when bottled water costs about 1900 times the price of tap water?

Well, most consumers think that drinking bottled water is safer and cleaner than drinking tap water. However, did you know that most municipal tap water, even though it is far from pure, must follow stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry?

Contrary to popular belief, bottled water is loosely regulated and may be just as bad or worse than regular tap water. Bottled water has actually been recalled several times in the past few years, due to contamination by arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold, and bacteria.

While the picture on the bottle water label may show a crystal clear spring from some ancient geyser, your water may very well have come from a well in an industrial facility parking lot. Obviously bottled water is no assurance of purity, cleanliness or safety. Did you know that about 40% of bottled water is just bottled tap water that may or may not have received additional treatment?  In tests of bottled water contaminates, it was found to contain numerous chemicals, solvents, medicines, and other potentially harmful ingredients...



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searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears
Before You Take a Drug

By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

Imagine a mother taking her teenage son to a doctor for ADHD treatment. She trusts his prescription will help him get along better in school. Improve his focus. Function better in the world.

But instead of getting relief from his symptoms after taking the drugs, the unthinkable happens...

He suffers a sudden heart attack.

This tragedy is happening right now. Children - with no previous heart conditions - are suddenly dropping dead after taking ADHD drugs like Ritalin.

A study published by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that healthy kids who take Ritalin have a 500% greater risk of sudden death. These aren't kids with pre-existing heart conditions. The results would have been worse if they were included.(1)

Another study published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that kids taking stimulants like Ritalin were more than four times as likely to suffer sudden death.(2)
Ritalin is just one of several drugs that have caused heart attacks in recent years. Drugs like Avandia, Baycol, Bextra and Vioxx all have resulted in tens of thousands of deaths from heart attacks. It's the ultimate reason to be suspicious of these new drugs.

But let's just take Ritalin, for example. It's a stimulant - and acts exactly like amphetamines, such as crystal meth and cocaine. That means it causes the heart to beat faster. But a fast heartbeat can knock plaque from arteries and block blood flow. And that can lead to sudden heart attack.

Then there are Cox-2 inhibitors, like Vioxx and Bextra. They block the Cox-2 enzyme from creating protective fatty acids your body needs. Blocking the enzyme also can cause clotting - which can trigger a heart attack.

And then there's the case of statins. They've been found to decrease levels of CoQ10 in the blood by 40 percent.(3) But CoQ10 is essential for the function of every organ - especially your heart. It fights free radicals in cells and regulates the rhythm of your heart rate. Simply put, they lower your CoQ10 levels, they higher your risk of dying.

Drugs treat symptoms, but don't cure underlying problems. Putting these foreign substances in your body upsets its natural function. And that can lead to unintended consequences - like sudden heart attacks.  The bottom line here is that you need a strong, powerful, energetic heart. Try to avoid prescription drugs, and follow these three simple tips:

1. Challenge Your Heart - Hours of "cardio" will only shrink your heart. To make it bigger and stronger, challenge your heart with short-duration, high-intensity exertion, like I show you in my PACE program. This will increase your reserve capacity - the heart's ability to pump more blood faster in times of stress - and grow your heart.

2. Feed Your Heart - Get plenty of CoQ10. It's a super-nutrient for your whole body, and a source of energy for your heart. Grass-fed beef, eggs and cod liver oil are great CoQ10 food sources. Or you can supplement. I recommend taking 50 mg of the "ubiquinol" form of CoQ10.

3. Defend Your Heart - Eat the kinds of foods nature intended for us. That means a variety of proteins, healthy fats, fruits and veggies. Antioxidant-packed fruits and veggies are blueberries, raisins, and prunes, kale, spinach and brussels sprouts. Stay away from processed grains and sugars. Eat this way and your heart will last a very long time.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Editors 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.


1.  Jensen et al, "3-Year Follow-up of the NIMH MTA Study." Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2007; 46(8): 989-1002

2.  Gould, Madelyn S., Ph.D., M.P.H., et al, "Sudden Death and Use of Stimulant Medications in Youths," Am J Psychiatry June 15, 2009
3.  Ghirlanda, G., Oradei, A., Manto, A., et al, "Evidence of plasma CoQ10-lowering effect of HMG-COA reductase inhibitors: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study," Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, March 1993; 33(3):226-229

shaneShane Ellison, M.S.

Shane Ellison
Ignore Diet Gurus: Eat More Fat
By: Shane "The People's Chemist" Ellison www.thepeopleschemist.com

The following is an excerpt from Over the Counter Natural Cures by Shane Ellison, MS.  For more information, you can buy the book here.
First and foremost, start eating more fat.  I'm not talking about the artery-butchering, belly-inflating trans fats.  I'm referring to healthy, naturally occurring fats in the form of grass-fed beef, seeds, nuts, butter, avocados, eggs, coconut oil, and fish.

Healthy fats help your body better absorb lifesaving supplements.  Without healthy fats, many nutrients will pass right through you, without eliciting any benefits!  As more motivation to eat healthy fat, keep in mind that it will also help you live slim and thin.  Yes, this goes against traditional advice.

Traditionally, a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet has been recommended.  This is the foundation of the government-mandated food pyramid.  This low-fat approach is based on simple math.  Fat has about twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates and protein.  Therefore, the knee-jerk reaction is to avoid the calorically rich food and instead stuff your face with the lower-calorie carbohydrates.  Regardless of the decreased calories, applying the theory has proven disastrous.

Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, low calorie or not.  This, in turn, causes the pancreas to produce and spike the "Oh no, please don't take your shirt off" hormone insulin.  This tells your body to store, store, store, and your brain to eat, eat, eat.  Carbohydrate-laden diets have single-handedly expanded America's waistline to epidemic proportions.  No surprise: math isn't the best measure of a food's effect on the body - biochemistry is...



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 was recently featured on PBS discussing his book, Over the Counter Natural Cures.  Watch the video to learn about hidden dangers affecting your health daily - and the simple ways you can help prevent diabetes and cancer!
serranoDr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
Eric Seranno
Dr. Serrano,

What are your thoughts on spirulina?  Royal jelly?  Also, is there a big health difference between raw grass fed organic butter and pasteurized organic grass fed butter?

Because the farm I used to go to used to sell raw butter but they don't anymore, so would you recommend the pasteurized version?

Thanks in advance,

Dear George,

I would love to have raw butter also, and we do at my house because we make our own.  Yes, it is better but it can't be done legally because of the ridiculous law, but talk to your close farmers and you might still be able to get it for "animal use" which we do with my puppies.
Spirulina has not impressed me much even though I have seen some research on it.  My patients don't think it makes a difference, but the royal jelly does, but they used a lot and it was raw.

Good luck,

Dr. Serrano
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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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Advanced Yet Simple Rapid Fat Loss Exercise Strategies

By: Scott Mendelson

I ate so badly from Thanksgiving through the holidays that I should have more stored energy than a bear hibernating for the winter.  Now I need to get things in gear to be ready for an April vacation with a 25-30 lb loss of body fat.  Problem is, I am overwhelmed with what to do at this point to get things going.  I have other plans that I have used, but they never seem to get me all the way to my goals. Help!!! 
San Antonio, TX


Start by asking yourself an important question!  How much progress did you really make last year?  If the answer is less progress than you had in mind then it is time to change the strategy or you can expect the same lack luster results.  Luckily for you I know exactly what to do to help you reach your goals as your situation reflects that of numerous clients that I have helped.  There is no time to waste.  Do not let details slow down your action- two huge steps to take to stop the bleeding right now!  Get active by exercising and get rid of the junk food in the diet.  It is very easy for people to put off New Year goals for various excuses, such as being busy with work or cold weather.  This is a huge mistake as body fat piles on faster the longer bad habits are in place due to worsening hormonal and metabolic conditions that are self inflicted.

Recalibrating the Fat Burning System 

Progress regarding nutrition starts with improving your food choices and this is where organic items become extremely important.  High quality non-processed food not only supports optimal function and body composition, but also helps to recalibrate the fat burning system in several ways.  Like many, you may have consumed more sugar and trans fats during a one month stretch than the other eleven months combined! 

Garbage such as trans fats designed to extend the shelf life of packaged goods also sticks around in your fat cells.  The high quality dietary fats within organic grass fed beef along with a protocol we call fat cell cleansing helps to optimize fat cell function which is one of the most important steps you can take to get fat loss moving at a rapid pace...


Email Scott@infinityfitness.com with your questions, and to discuss your specific goals.  Ask for the Zero Tolerance Rapid Fat Loss Plans, Big Time Fat Strip Set Training, 10 minute interval workout and the Fat Cell Optimization Special Report.

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 dietitians 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.  Copyright Infinity Fitness INC All Rights Reserved 2010

This document is provided by Infinity Fitness INC for general guidance only, and does not constitute the provision of health or fitness advice.  The information is provided "as is"  with no assurance or guarantee of completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of performance, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.  

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I just wanted to write a quick letter of thanks to you and all your farmers for giving my family such a great product.  We continue to order ALL of our meat products (through our gym, MBS Crossfit) and are grateful for the quality and consistency.  We're eating totally paleo, so we see a lot of meat in our family.  Your grass-fed products are simply the best we've ever had.  We will continue to buy all of our meats through you. 

Please thank all of your family farmers on our behalf!  They do an outstanding job and we really appreciate all of their efforts in raising, feeding, and caring for these animals in a healthy and sustainable way.  This stuff really matters and we're full of thanks.

Best Wishes,

Broomfield, CO

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recipeLazy Day Beef & Vegetable Soup

Lazy Day SoupIngredients:
  • 2-1/2 lbs stew beef
  • 2 cans (28 oz) beef broth
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained 
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained 
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed 
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  1. Combine beef, broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, water, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours, or on LOW 8 hours. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
  3. Stir in mixed vegetables and pasta. Continue cooking, covered, 1 hour or until beef and pasta are tender. Stir well before serving. Serve with cheese.
Yield: 6-8 servings

Recipe and photo compliments of Beef It's What's For Dinner.

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The snow has melted, and cattle are still on pasture enjoying clear, cold January weather in Northeast Missouri.
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