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March 20, 2011   Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!  Today is the first day of the long awaited spring season, and we have been blessed with warmer weather and plenty of sunshine this week.  We are looking forward to continued warm weather and the spring barbecue season!

US Wellness is excited to announce a new addition to our store - Chaffin Family Orchards Olive Oil.  We met up with one of their farmers at last years Weston A. Price convention, and once he told us about their extra virgin, cold-pressed, unfiltered, first pressing oil, we knew we had to have it.  We have two different flavors available: Mid-Season Harvest and Late Harvest.  They make a great mayonnaise, and have passed all US Wellness cooking and taste tests. 

Chaffin Family Orchards are using their livestock to positively impact the olive orchards and to reduce fuel costs.  The unique relationship they have between their livestock (who mow, prune, fertilize, and help control bugs) and the orchards has helped them reduce fuel costs by 85%.  Check out our farm photos below to see their pruners in action!  We are very proud to have such an environmentally friendly product available to our customers.

If you need another reason to add more fish to your diet, a recent WebMD report advised that eating omega-3 rich fatty fish one or more times per week may reduce your risk of macular degeneration, which is one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults over the age of 60.  Scientists believe that chronic inflammation may be a cause of age-related macular degeneration, so the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s would certainly help prevent this inflammation.  Some of the best sources of omega-3s are wild-caught fish (as opposed to farm raised who are often fed high-starch diets), as well as grazing animals, such as grass-fed beef and lambWild-caught salmon is an excellent source of omega 3s, and for a sweet new salmon recipe, see our recipe section below. 

The experts at Vital Choice Seafood have assured us there is no risk of contamination in Alaska or Pacific seafood from the recent earthquake in Japan.  This article gives the latest details.  They do not anticipate any radiation damage to seafood, but continue to monitor the situation very closely.

Now is a great time to fire up the grill and celebrate the warmer weather!  Our Fresh Chilled Gourmet Steaks package is on sale this week and goes great with All-Natural Ono Charcoal - what a great way to ring in spring!
Warm Spring Regards,

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

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Poor Diet During Pregnancy Negatively Affects Children's Long Term Health      


Healthy BabyPoor diet during pregnancy increases offspring's vulnerability to the effects of aging, new research has shown for the first time.

The research, by scientists from the University of Cambridge, provides important insight into why children born to mothers who consumed an unhealthy diet during pregnancy have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer later in life.

"What is most exciting about these findings is that we are now starting to really understand how nutrition during the first nine months of life spent in the womb shape our long term health by influencing how the cells in our body age," said Dr. Susan Ozanne, the senior author on the paper and British Heart Foundation Senior Fellow from the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge.

It is well established that environmental factors interact with genes throughout life, affecting the expression of those genes and, consequently, tissue function and disease risk. Diet during critical periods of development, such as during the nine months in the womb, has been cited as one such environmental factor. Epigenetics, which refers to modifications to the DNA that regulate how much of a gene is produced, has been suggested to underlie these effects.

However, until now, very little was understood about the underlying mechanisms that control the interaction between diet during gestation and gene expression in offspring throughout their adult life. Research, funded by the BBSRC and the British Heart Foundation, has now shown that the gene Hnf4a, which has been linked to type 2 diabetes, is regulated by maternal diet through epigenetic modifications to our DNA. Additionally, they found that poor diet exacerbates the rate at which these key epigenetic modifications accumulate during the aging process.

Previous research has shown that the gene Hnf4a plays an important role both during development of the pancreas and later in the production of insulin. The researchers hypothesised that diet during pregnancy influences the expression of this gene later in life, thereby influencing the risk of diabetes.

"It is remarkable that maternal diet can mark our genes so they remember events in very early life," said Dr Miguel Constancia, the senior co-author on the paper from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge. "Our findings reveal a novel mechanism by which maternal diet and aging interact through epigenetic processes to determine our risk of age-associated diseases."

Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "We already know that a healthy pregnancy is important in shaping a child's health, and their risk of heart disease as they grow up. The reasons why are not well understood, but this study in rats adds to the evidence that a mother's diet may sometimes alter the control of certain genes in her unborn child. It's no reason for expectant mothers to be unduly worried. This research doesn't change our advice that pregnant women should try to eat a healthy, balanced diet."

Professor Douglas Kell, Chief Executive, BBSRC said: "Epigenetics is a relatively young field of research with tremendous potential to underpin our understanding of many biological processes in all organisms. The fact that there is a relationship between the biology of a pregnant mother and the long term health of her child has been known for some time but our understanding of the biological processes behind some of the more subtle effects is still at a nascent stage. This study uncovers - through epigenetics and molecular biology research - an important piece of this puzzle and shows us how apparently minor changes within cells at the very earliest stages of development can have a major influence on our health into old age." 


The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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The Amazing Power of Spices

By: Catherine Ebeling, RN, BSN

I am a huge fan of spices.

Every time you add spices to your meals, you are supercharging your food without adding a single calorie. You can change ordinary bland dishes into something exotic and truly extraordinary, just by adding spices.

Many herbs and spices contain some of the most potent antioxidants on earth!  In fact, a good number of herbs and spices rank even higher in antioxidant activity than the highest ranked fruits and vegetables.

Herbs and spices add tons of extra flavor and when combined with other nutrient packed superfoods, they work synergistically to boost the natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power of foods. In fact, combining herbs and spices with specific foods can magnify the antioxidant and nutrient value exponentially!

These spices have the highest amount of antioxidants and super-nutrients, so add them liberally to your favorite dishes:
  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Cayenne or hot pepper flakes
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon or its cousin Cassia (which is what we in the United States use)
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Ginger
  • Marjoram
  • Sage
  • Thyme 
Many spices are actually thermogenic, which means they naturally increase your metabolism and help you burn calories faster, partly because they are so nutrient-dense. Hot peppers are naturally thermogenic and will increase metabolism, raise the temperature in the body, and burn fat.

Other spices such as cinnamon can regulate blood sugar and help control insulin. When your blood sugar and insulin are stable, your body will burn more calories as energy, and store fewer calories as excess body fat...




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searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears 

Don't Let Grandma Take This...   

By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

There's a new king of the hill in the drug world.

It's no longer statins - the most popular category of drugs to lower cholesterol and the biggest money-making drug of the past decade.

Now there's a new giant dominating that huge industry. And guess what it is? Anti-psychotics, the drugs they use in mental hospitals, of all things.  Do we really have that many severely mentally ill people? These drugs were originally created and sold only to treat schizophrenia and extreme manic depressive disorder.  Now they're no longer just being prescribed for mental illnesses that incapacitate people. And that's how the drug companies have managed to make this the number-one selling drug.

They're used for everything from dementia to anxiety, depression and many other general mental-health issues.  What makes it worse is that they're being prescribed to two of our most vulnerable groups of people: children and the elderly.

Did you know that 25% of all nursing-home residents have been given these drugs?(1)  You can only hope the drugs aren't being used to make them sit down, shut up and stare at the walls all day. Especially because they can cause communication and cognitive problems in dementia patients.(2,3)

The effects of using them on children are unknown, doctors have even prescribed them to children as young as two years old.
Meanwhile, these are some of the most dangerous drugs out there.

Anti-psychotics have been linked to:
  • A shortened lifespan
  • Pneumonia(4)  
  • High-blood pressure(5)  
  • Heart disease(6)
  • Weight gain(7)  
  • Stroke(8) 
A bit of good news is that, as we speak, the government is suing drug makers to stop "off-label" use of anti-psychotics.(9)  Until then, if you or someone you love is coping with psychiatric, behavioral or developmental challenges, consider these natural alternatives:

Step 1: DON'T take anti-psychotic drugs unless you have a formal diagnosis of schizophrenia or manic depressive disorder. Look for a doctor who prescribes a combination of strategies to treat your condition - such as natural foods and vitamin and herbal supplements - along with behavioral or developmental therapies.

Step 2: Be sure to eat foods that'll lift your spirits. That means natural foods high in protein, vitamin B1 and omega-3 fatty acids. Proteins contain amino acids which help to regulate emotions.

Also, foods rich in vitamin B1 - such as asparagus, romaine lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, green peas, tomatoes, eggplant and brussels sprouts - help to metabolize carbs that give your body energy and improve your mood.

In addition, omega-3 fatty acids are essential to brain function. In fact, low DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid found in cold-water fatty fish) has even been linked to schizophrenia. The best omega-3 sources are wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, sacha inchi oil, nuts, leafy green veggies, eggs and avocados.

Step 3: Avoid processed foods, unfiltered water and unnecessary medications. Keep your system clean with plenty of filtered water, fiber-rich foods and probiotics.

Step 4: Make sure your hormones are in balance. Low testosterone can mean fatigue, depression and low energy - for men and women. But you can get your levels checked with a simple blood test. If your doctor finds an imbalance, consider hormone therapy.

Step 5: I recommend a daily dose of vitamin C. A new double-blind study published in Nutrition shows that it's not just one of nature's best immune boosters, it's also an effective anti-depressant.(10) The best way to get your dosage of vitamin C is to eat citrus fruits, green pepper, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, steak and oysters. Or you can supplement with 500 mg twice a day.

Step 6: Exercise at least three or four days a week. It'll boost your body's feel-good chemicals. One of the most important is serotonin. Your brain needs balanced levels of this hormone to maintain a good mood. Short duration, high-intensity workouts, like my PACE program, are all you need to increase your serotonin levels. It only takes 12 minutes a day.

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 Wilson, Duff, "Side Effects May Include Lawsuits," The New York Times Oct. 2, 2010

2 Ballard, et al, "The dementia antipsychotic withdrawal trial (DART-AD): long-term follow-up of a randomized placebo-controlled trial," The Lancet Neurology February 2009; Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 151-157

3 Wilson, Duff, "Side Effects May Include Lawsuits," The New York Times Oct. 2, 2010

4 Trifirņ, M.D., et al, "Association of Community-Acquired Pneumonia with Antipsychotic Drug Use in Elderly Patients," Ann Intern Med. April 6, 2010; Vol. 152, No. 7, 418-425

5 Meyer, et al, "Inflammatory Markers in Schizophrenia: Comparing Antipsychotic Effects in Phase 1 of the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness Study," Biological Psychiatry 2009; 66 (11)

6 Ibid.

7 Kim, et al, "Antipsychotic drug-induced weight gain mediated by histamine H1 receptor-linked activation of hypothalamic AMP-kinase," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Feb. 27, 2007; Vol. 104, No. 9, 3456-3459

8 Douglas, I.J., Smeeth, L., "Exposure to antipsychotics and risk of stroke: self controlled case series study," British Medical Journal Aug. 28, 2008

9 Ibid.

10 Zhang, M., et al, "Vitamin C provision improves mood in acutely hospitalized patients," Nutrition Aug. 4, 2010

serranoDr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC
Eric SerannoDr. Serrano,

Most recommendations for daily Omega 3 supplementation I have read are now suggesting 2-3 grams daily. If our family eats high omega 3 salmon twice monthly and eats grass-fed beef or buffalo (1/4 lb serving per person) 3-5 times per week, will this eliminate some of the need for supplementation, and if so, how much supplementation will I need?

Thank you!


Dear SD,

First of all, congratulations on your healthy diet and your food choices.  Although you have told me what your choices are for your protein intake, what about carbohydrates and other food intake?

I think that with your present intake of organic meats and fish you are safe to reduce your supplementation but I would still take fish oil supplements, due to the amount of research on fish oils and health.

Since I do not know what type of other foods or fats you are eating, I do not know what kinds of ratios you have with regard to Omega-3's and Omega-6's. The important thing here is to realize that even though you may be getting an adequate supply of your Omega-3 fats through the salmon and grass-fed beef, if you are also getting a lot of Omega-6's from vegetable oils and trans fatty acids, then it would be important to continue with a higher intake of Omega 3's. So supplementing Omega-3's will not harm you even if you are getting an adequate amount in your diet.

Take Care!

Dr. Serrano


This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to eathealthy@grasslandbeef.com for the Dr. Serrano question and answer series.  Answers will appear in future issues of the weekly newsletter under your first name only.  Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to any question involving health and wellness.    

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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How to Earn A Great Body with High Energy!


By: Scott Mendelson




What are the key things that need to be done to take someone from much better than average shape to really good shape.  I am talking low body fat with healthy muscle, good function, energy - the whole 9 yards!  






Great Question Terry,

I think it comes down to the four factors below and a willingness to embrace the RIGHT changes to fit the individual needs and goals of the client.  Every week I work with hundreds of fitness enthusiasts who initially are highly resistant to change even though their current tactics are not creating the results they are looking for.

Humans are creatures of habit who rely on what worked in the past to drive the future, but they do not consider that conditions are constantly changing, making the right changes absolutely crucial. 

What are the right changes for your needs?  That depends on many factors.  Do not make changes based on the latest tabloid or infomercial just for the sake of doing so.  I have dedicated my career to helping people of all levels implement the necessary tactics to support rapid success.  To make a long story short - use the right tactics by getting expert help and your rate of progress will be 2-3 times faster.  Why spin your wheels with a program that is one size fits all, when you can have an expert customized for your needs?

Intensity (or Lack Thereof) with Resistance Training and Interval Sessions!

I have spent thousands of hours observing people in gyms and even more reviewing training records from thousands of clients.  It is easy for me to tell when someone is or is not applying the effort necessary to earn the best results.  You must be focused on the task at hand, aiming for perfect execution including control of rep speed, rest intervals, and other finer points. 

My clients have detailed programs defining exactly what they need to do making every workout a productive challenge instead of a play-it-by-ear waste of time.  Failing to plan is planning to fail.   Even if gaining strength is not your goal, it is necessary to progressively increase loading to make the body respond, especially when wanting to lower body fat levels.  Female clients who increase strength when using a properly designed routine see rapid rates of fat loss 100% of the time!!  It is common for a new client to look at an interval sprint program and remark that it looks easy since it only lasts 20 minutes.  When the right effort level is applied to support rapid fat loss their opinion quickly changes!  It is human nature to gravitate to easy tasks.  Ask yourself if you have been 100% focused when exercising with adequate intensity.  If not you are selling yourself short!

Eating Clean is Not Enough to Earn Your Best Body

You may have heard me say eating clean is not enough before, but it is important to consider.  Many people eat the right foods, but fail to put together the right combinations, portions, and timing to maximize body composition and performance improvement. 

According to Dr. Serrano and my experience working with many clients, the people who eat the same items over and over again will build food allergies which cause a wide range of problems ranging from difficulty losing body fat, bloating, fatigue and more.  Furthermore what I consider "clean" or good food choices may differ from others.  Whole wheat pasta and whole wheat tortillas for example, are marked as healthy choices, however if they have enriched flour with brown dye, that is not clean to me! 

Macronutrient cycling is the best way to maximize body composition and performance potential... 


Now that problems you are facing have been identified- Get solutions or do not expect to make progress.  Email or call me any time, 7 days per week to discuss your specific situation and goals.  Email Scott@infinityfitness.com for complementary copies of the Belly Fat Slashing Special Report, Macronutrient Cycling Fat Loss Plan, 10 minute fat loss interval routine and the Giant Set Fat Burning workout. 


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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Maple-Glazed Salmon  

Maple Glazed SalmonIngredients: 
  • 1/4 cup Grapefruit Juice 
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp Organic Maple Syrup 
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced 
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil 
  • 4 Salmon Filets  
  • 1/4 tsp Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper 


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the grapefruit juice, vinegar, syrup and garlic to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.  
  2. Transfer 2 tablespoons to a small bowl; add oil. Set remaining glaze aside. 
  3. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper; place skin side down on grill rack. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.  
  4. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting occasionally with maple-oil mixture.  
  5. Remove from heat and drizzle with reserved glaze.  

Yield: 4 servings


Recipe and photo compliments of Taste of Home.


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