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Grass-fed Give-A-Way for your Valentine!

January 23, 2011   Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
We had another chilly week here in Northeast Missouri, we started with freezing rain on Monday, snow on Wednesday, and very cold temperatures since then!  The US Wellness office has been bustling however, so we want to thank our customers for keeping us busy and on our toes!  We always like to hear from our customers, so we want to encourage you this year to send us any questions, comments, or customer feedback you might have.  We are constantly looking for ways to improve and your thoughts and suggestions are very important to us.

Are you spreading the message of health and wellness this year?  If so, we have the perfect contest for you.  In honor of  Valentine's Day, we are excited to start the Grass-fed Sweet Greetings Contest!  Each lucky winner (and their Valentine) will receive a Valentine-themed gift package full of sweet gifts such as steaks, chocolate, candles and much more!  Entering is easy - and based on one of our favorite Valentine candies - conversation hearts.  Visit our contest page for all the details, and to enter for your chance to win!

Does cholesterol cause cancer?  A new study published recently by the American Journal of Pathology says it just might.  However, our good friends at Mark's Daily Apple have broken down this study and have found some conflicting evidence.  They studied two groups of rats, with two different diets, and what was reported might surprise you.  Read the breakdown to learn more about the important role diet plays in preventing or causing cancer.

We are in the heart of winter, the holidays are over and spring is still months away, cabin fever is raging.  Want to surprise your family with a special winter supper?  Our Fresh Chilled Beef packages will be a happy surprise for your family's next dinner gathering.  US Wellness is the only company that can deliver fresh (never frozen) grass-fed beef products right to your door.  We have several different packages available to fit your family's needs.  Our next order deadline is this Friday, January 28 at 12:00 noon CST.  Please have all orders in by then to ensure shipping on Wednesday, February 2.

Be sure and take advantage of the Brisket sale this week - it does not happen very often!  Our popular 3 lb Beef Briskets are on sale this week, and our recipe section boasts a Savory Brisket with Carrots & Prunes recipe that will warm up your household on cold winter nights!

This past week our nation took a day off to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his efforts to make America a better nation.  We hope that all of our readers took some time off on this day to remember this Nobel Peace Prize winner, and we are truly grateful for the sacrifices he made to help further the civil rights movement.

Grateful Regards,

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

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Back in StockFresh Cut Pork Chops:
Organic Grass-Fed Butter*Butter is scheduled to restock within two weeks- there is a nationwide shortage of grass-fed cream, but we have more ordered and on the way!


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Don't forget to look for the special promo code for a one-time-only 15% discount off your next purchase.  The 4 letter code word can be found in Catherine's article and will be spelled in order.  Code will be active Sunday through Tuesday this week.

This code only applies on orders weighing under
40 pounds and excludes all sale items, volume discounts, gift certificates and Flavorwave ovensYour order receipt will not show a credit, the code simply changes prices of individual products on your receipt page.  Compare receipt to retail store prices to see the discount.

Eating Vegetables Gives Skin a More Healthy Glow Than the Sun, Study Shows


New research suggests eating vegetables gives you a healthy tan. The study, led by Dr Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham, showed that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun.

The research, which showed that instead of heading for the sun, the best way to look good is to munch on carrots and tomatoes, has been published in the Journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.

Dr. Ian Stephen, from the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, led the research as part of his PhD at the University of St Andrews and Bristol University. He said: "Most people think the best way to improve skin color is to get a suntan, but our research shows that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is actually more effective.

Dr. Stephen and his team in the Perception Lab found that people who eat more portions of fruit and vegetables per day have a more golden skin color, thanks to substances called carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combating disease. Responsible for the red coloring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenids are important for our immune and reproductive systems.

Dr. Stephen said: "We found that, given the choice between skin color caused by suntan and skin color caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin color, so if you want a healthier and more attractive skin color, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables than lying in the sun."

Dr. Stephen suggests that the study is important because evolution would favor individuals who choose to form alliances or mate with healthier individuals over unhealthy individuals.

Professor David Perrett, who heads the Perception Lab, said: "This is something we share with many other species. For example, the bright yellow beaks and feathers of many birds can be thought of as adverts showing how healthy a male bird is. What's more, females of these species prefer to mate with brighter, more colored males. But this is the first study in which this has been demonstrated in humans."

While this study describes work in Caucasian faces, the paper also describes a study that suggests the effect may exist cross culturally, since similar preferences for skin yellowness were found in an African population.

The work was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Unilever Research, and published with support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British Academy and Wolfson Foundation.

ScienceDaily (Jan. 12, 2011)

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Catherine Ebeling


By: Catherine Ebeling, RN, BSN

I talk to so many well-informed people who are vigilant about their healthy diet, but the one thing that comes up over and over again is the total avoidance of cholesterol and saturated fats. Anyone who pays attention to the news has become absolutely convinced that high cholesterol and saturated fat intake will lead directly to heart disease.

In spite of several research studies that have come out and exonerated cholesterol as the villain in heart disease, the media and mainstream medicine have yet to adopt this fact.

Why? Well statin drugs (cholesterol lowering medications) are one of the top selling medications in the US, and as the drug companies continually seek to lower the cholesterol level guidelines for administration of these drugs, there is no absolutely no motivation to stop this moneymaking practice. The drug companies would like you to stay convinced that you MUST lower your cholesterol in order to live a long and healthy life.

Physicians have been taught for the past four decades that cholesterol is dangerous and that it must be lowered at all costs. The "cholesterol is harmful" hypothesis, although never proven, has come to be accepted as an unquestionable fact by physicians and patients alike. Information about cholesterol actually being beneficial and not harmful tends to fall upon deaf ears.

Physicians have become focused on lowering cholesterol to the lowest possible level that they have lost sight of the primary goal of health care, which is to keep individuals functioning at the highest level possible for as long as possible. Does lowering cholesterol to its lowest possible point help the patient in the long run? The overall health of the patient is often overlooked and ends up declining as a result of the intervention for lowering cholesterol.

Did you know that approximately 75% of the people who suffer heart attacks have cholesterol levels within the 'normal' range?



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Dr. Al Sears
Missing Link Ate Meat

By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

I hate to say I told you so but ... the missing link ate meat!

Remember back when you were in school, people questioned whether human beings were really a part of evolution. The big problem was that there was a "missing link." No one had discovered the skeletal remains yet of that critical pre-human that linked us to the animal world.

Then you may have remembered that for most people in the field, the missing link was discovered in 1974 by American anthropologist Dr. Donald Johanson in the Dikika region (Great Rift Valley) of Ethiopia, now famous for that find. I can remember reading about it in Scientific American. She was named "Lucy" - the famous missing link that connected human beings to more primitive ancestors.

At first, scientists thought she was in the genus Homo but then they reclassified her as Australopithecus afarensis, (hominins that are now extinct). Now here's the reason I'm bringing this up:  We now know that Lucy was a meat-eater. Everybody had presumed that Lucy and her kind (and even human beings of the genus Homo) were vegetarians up until and after the development of modern humans.

We now know that's not true and it's a huge revelation. Vegetarians aren't going to like it. But the evidence is now complete. We were meat-eaters for the entire 100 percent course of human evolution going back millions of years. In fact, we ate meat even before we became human.

Ancient Stone Tools Reveal Meat-Eating Evidence

Bones showing evidence that hominins were eating meat and marrow were discovered in the Dikika region of Ethiopia.  Now there's new evidence that our early human ancestors were using stone tools to cleave meat off animal bones as far back as 3.2-3.5 million years ago.(1)

A report in the journal Nature revealed the bones found in the Dikika region of Ethiopia show cuts from stone tools and indications they were forcibly broken to remove marrow.  Through testing, they determined that the tool marks were made before the bones were fossilized and they even found bits of the stone tools lodged in the cuts.

This overturns much of what scientists believed to be true about our early ancestors. In fact, the famous "Lucy" fossil was the only other hominin species known in that area. And this new evidence casts Lucy and her contemporaries in a different light...

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.

serranoDr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC
Eric Seranno
Dr. Serrano,

I get newsletters from Dr. Mercola and he was promoting this product Chlorella so I did some research on it and people say it's extremely healthy, so I thought I might try it.  I think he recommends 15 tablets a day.  I tried it before my dad had some, but only for a week.  I didn't notice anything and there were no side effects.  What are your thoughts?


Dear Jim,

I don't like to make health claims without backing them up, and for one supplement to do all that, sorry. 
I am going to recommend some guidelines for you:
  1. One good multivitamin, I recommend Food Multi IV from Innate Response, because it is from food concentrates.
  2. A good fat supplement.  Here I recommend my own brand Alpha Omega-3.  It took me three years to come up with the ratios and the ingredients, and the Alpha Omega-3 will change with research so it will get better with time. I have been looking to add krill oil but people with shellfish allergies must be careful.
  3. Probiotics from Innate: Flora 20/14 or Complete from Klaire.
  4. A protein or amino acid drink for protein supplementation or working out (notice I said supplementation or workout, not for health)
  5. Digestive Enzymes, here I recommend Multiple Enzyme from Beverly International or Enzymes from Klaire, Thorn or Innate Response.
Thank you,

Dr. Serrano
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com 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 under your first name only. 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 advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness and has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience and as 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
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Why Steady State Cardio Stores Fat & Interval Sprints Burn Fat Like Crazy!

By: Scott Mendelson

A friend of mine is one of your clients and has lost massive amounts of body fat quickly.  She swears by the interval sprints for fat burning and does no regular cardio.  I cannot run - are they an option for me?  Do women really need to weight training to lose body fat? 



My clients use interval sprint strategies in a number of ways.  Yes, you can do intervals in many venues other than running with great success.  I design interval programs to maximize fat loss success by rotating the modes of exercise including recumbent bikes, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, stair climbers, swimming, stairs outside, etc. The body adapts to elements very quickly making strategic change very important to avoid plateaus in progress.  The key is staying ahead of the adaptation curve making each month progressively more challenging in a way that will force the body to increase the rate of fat burning.  Each of these venues has advantages by way of increasing resistance, incline, speed etc.  For example a sprint session on a recumbent bike with high tension is much more challenging than it sounds, however great for rapid fat loss and shapely legs!

Why Interval Sprints Burn Body Fat Like Crazy

Over the years I have seen clients lose body fat faster than they ever thought possible with interval sprints being a key element of the success equation.  One advantage of interval sprints includes the optimal metabolic and hormonal status that is created during the session to last for many fat burning hours following the session!  Alternating periods of high intensity such as a 90% effort pedaling on the bike for 10 seconds followed by 30 seconds at a jog pace of 70% for 20-25 minutes will require a great deal of effort if the trainee applies themselves correctly.  This pattern of effort supports a rapid increase of fat burning factors through several pathways.  The only catch?  It takes effort! 

Steady State Cardio Will Make You Fat!

The primary reason some people gravitate towards steady state cardio is because it is easy and mindless.  What would be simpler than walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes or whatever length of time is chosen. Contrary to popular belief...


Email Scott@infinityfitness.com for a free copy of the Fat Burning Interval Sprint routine, 20 Rapid Fat Loss Tips and the Zero Tolerance Fat Loss Plan.

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.  

Email new questions for Scott Mendelson via: eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com

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Hi John,
T-Bone Steaks
I wanted to let you know that the beef we ordered from you is excellent.  We have ordered beef from other sources that just did not have the flavor or tenderness one would desire.  Yours is delicious and very tender. 
Thank you for the wonderful product.

Plano, TX

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Beef Brisket with Savory Carrots & Prunes

Ingredients: Savory Brisket
  • 1 Small Beef Brisket 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion 
  • 3 cups sliced carrots 
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 
  • 8 ounces pitted prunes 
  1. Heat oil in stock pot over medium heat until hot. Brown beef brisket; remove. Pour off drippings.
  2. Add onion to stock pot; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Add 1/2 cup water. Return brisket; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2-1/4 hours.  
  4. Add carrots, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon and pepper; continue cooking, covered, 30 to 45 minutes or until brisket is fork-tender. Remove brisket and carrots; keep warm. 
  5. Add prunes to stock pot; cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1 cup and prunes are plumped.  
  6. Trim fat from brisket; carve diagonally across the grain. Serve with carrots, prunes and sauce.

Yield: 6-8 servings


Recipe and photo compliments of Beef It's Whats for Dinner.


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January Cattle
More snow fell in Northeast Missouri this week.  The cattle are still enjoying pasture access above.  Below: A rare snowy sundown near Monticello, MO.
Snowy Sundown

Coming Soon!

weightlifterUS Wellness founding farmer John Wood will be traveling to the Washington, DC area February 19 to visit one of our favorite affiliates: Designer Fitness & Wellness Center in Gainesville, VA. 


Designer Fitness gym members are fans of grass-fed beef, and how it is helping them reduce body fat percentage and increase lean muscle mass.  John will be giving a presentation on Saturday, February 19 to talk about these health benefits, as well as other nutritional information, and why grass-fed meats are better for your health.  There will also be free samples so if you are in the area please stop by!  Designer Fitness is located at:

Designer Fitness


7937 Heritage Village Plaza

Gainesvile, VA 20155

(703) 753-6440


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U.S. Wellness requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 lb total order minimum. 

The weight minimum is to help ensure everything stays frozen during transit and the price minimum is required since we have built the cost of shipping into the price of the product.  You will only see a $7.50 handling fee at checkout.

The South Carolina Chicken Bundles, Flavorwave Ovens and Olive Oil ship from separate locations, so they are not included in the 7 lb weight minimum. 

The shopping cart will keep track and remind you if your order is under the 7 lb limit. 

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On your next order, receive a $25 discount for every 40 lbs you order. This offer excludes items that ship separate such as the South Carolina Chicken, Flavorwave Ovens and Olive Oil.

This is our way of saying thank-you for purchasing in bulk! This can be any combination of products totaling 40 pounds and does not have to be specific to any category.  Each 40 lb interval will yield the discount.  For example, 80 lbs of product will yield a $50 discount and a 120 lb purchase will yield a $75 discount.
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