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Labor Day Steak Savings ~ 

Anniversary Winning Continues ~ 

Exclusive Tasmanian Farm Photos! 

September 4, 2011
   Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
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We hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Labor Day weekend and a refreshing day off tomorrow!  It is hard to believe another summer has flown by here in Northeast Missouri, but we are certainly enjoying cooler nights and calm weather with harvest season right around the corner.

Anniversary winning continues!  We are celebrating our 11th year in business this month, and as a way of thanking all of our loyal and dedicated customers who have made this journey possible, we are ready to give away more free stuff!  Each week we are having a different contest or giveaway, and this week is an easy one.  We want to know what your favorite US Wellness product is - whether it is a juicy steak, succulent shrimp, or hard-to-find head cheese - all you have to do is leave a Facebook comment on our wall sharing your favorite with our Facebook crowd and you are automatically entered to win.  The winning entry wins one of our favorites - the Tender Grassfed Meat cookbook, that features tons of grass-fed recipes with cooking times and temperatures based on US Wellness products.  We'll also throw in a $50 gift certificate to help towards your next favorite purchase!  So don't wait, head over to Facebook and tell us what you think and the winner will be selected this Friday, September 9 and announced in next Sunday's newsletter. 

A recent study posted in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry shows another striking benefit of high omega 3 fatty acid levels, particularly DHA.  The study looked at the number of US military suicides and the omega 3 levels of those individuals, compared with other military members of similar age, sex, rank, etc.  The results showed that the risk of death was higher in those with lower DHA levels.  Of course there are other variables involved, so more research is being done on the subject, but it does imply the connection between omega 3 fatty acids and mental health and mood.  The military is pursuing this link further and will hopefully add more omega-3 rich foods, such as grass-fed beef, wild-caught salmon, and walnuts to military menus. 

The Weston A. Price Foundation offers invaluable information on the effects Omega 3's and 6's have on our bodies and our health.  The Skinny on Fats: The Dangers of Polyunsaturates explains the essential fatty acids and how important it is to make sure we are getting the correct ratios of each.

The obesity epidemic continues: A new report out last week anticipates that 50% of US adults will be obese by 2030 if we don't start making changes now.  This alarming number means that cases of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are going to continue to increase. What is so mind-blowing about these numbers is that we have control over our health and our weight as soon as we adjust our diets and pay more attention to nutrition.  Dr. Morrison's article below addresses many different trend diets, how they work and how they can help people lose weight successfully, as well as the one factor lurking in so many diets that is contributing to the obesity problem facing our country today. 

We are very excited to add a much anticipated item to our store: Beef Osso Bucco.  This heart healthy cut comes from the shank and contains a marrow bone with meat still attached.  There are so many great ossu bucco recipes that we cannot wait to try with this cut!  We have a Traditional Osso Bucco recipe in our recipe section below if you need any cooking tips for this hard-to-find cut. 

It's back!  Our All Purpose Seasoning took a brief hiatus but we finally have a fresh batch in the store.  This is a US Wellness family favorite for everything from steaks to pork chops and even chicken.  Add a bottle to your next order to find out why!

Don't forget - the upcoming Fresh Chilled Beef deadline is this Friday, September 9.  If you want to enjoy fresh (never frozen!) grass-fed steaks and burger at your end-of-summer barbecue have your order in before noon on Friday to ensure shipping on Wednesday, September 14 instead of waiting until October!

Restful Regards,

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

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Restocked This Week:Sirloin Tip Steaks    

New Products:    

15% Discount Code Available!


Don't forget to look for the special promo code for a one-time-only 15% discount off your next purchase.  The 5 digit code word can be found in Dr. Al Sears' 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, bulk boxes, volume discounts, and gift certificates.  Your 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.




Upcoming Seminar!

The Grassfed Exchange is hosting their next seminar September 16 and 17 in Norfolk, NE where there will be pasture walks as well as some of the best speakers in the grass-fed industry.  This session's topic will be focusing on: "Grassfed Beef - The New Multi-Billion $$ Industry - Fueled by Demand and High Corn Prices".

The purpose of this devoted group is: 

To promote grass-fed beef for the social good of our land, our consumers, and our communities.

To educate both consumers and producers by promoting the exchange of ideas and developing strategies to increase the value of the grass-fed industry.

To improve genetics for the grass-fed industry through the exchange of proven genetics and to improve the skills of the grass-fed producers through education and the sharing of knowledge by means of sales and seminars.

This conference is designed for both producers and consumers alike, and to bring both groups together to work for the good of the grass-fed industry.  The evening banquet will be prepared and presented by one of our favorite chefs, Chef Al Rosas

If you are interested in attending, visit their website for all the details, or if you know of any food bloggers, authors, etc, who might have an interest in learning more about the production aspect of grass-fed cattle please forward this email to them.

If you have any questions you can email us at any time! 




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searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears

Are Your Cells Suffocating?  

By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

Oxygen is your most important healer. It's your most effective detox agent, a crucial blood cleanser, your strongest antibiotic and the lead orchestrator of your immune system.

The more oxygen you have, the better your lungs can breathe, the stronger your heart beats and the faster your brain thinks. It's why you can digest and absorb nutrients from your food, and why you can move every muscle in your body.

Oxygen also plays a huge role in giving you energy. Every cell uses oxygen to make the energy that keeps you going and lets you do all the things you want to do every day.
Your cells use one critical nutrient to turn the air you breathe into energy...

I'm talking about CoQ10.

CoQ10 is part of an incredible system of reactions that happen inside you that make your body run.

These reactions produce brain chemicals that let you laugh and remember the experience. You make hormones that boost your sex drive, and keep you relaxed and ready for action. And you make energy so you can get up and go any time you want.

You make that energy by melting carbs - and the oxygen you breathe is fuel for the fire...

CoQ10 is like the spark that lights the oxygen. It regulates how the oxygen gets used. In fact, CoQ10's role is so important that its discovery won Peter Mitchell the Nobel Prize in 1978.

You see, your body gets energy by using the flow of electrons.
The engines of your cells, called mitochondria, use nutrients and oxygen to make a fuel molecule called ATP that your muscles can burn. CoQ10's job is to run back and forth, carrying and delivering electrons that are the spark for the whole process.

That process is called the electron transport chain. Without CoQ10, there's no flow of electrons, no spark, no ATP for fuel... and no energy for your tissues and organs.

So with no CoQ10, you can't use your oxygen, and your cells start to suffocate.



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.




Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring


Gluten Free: Just Another Food Fad?


By: Kelley Herring



You've seen stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham touting the benefits. You've noticed dozens of new products lining the shelves of your local grocer. And you've probably even seen gluten free options popping up on restaurant menus and in bakeries.

With all this fanfare, you may wonder if "going gluten free" is just another food fad... or if it could be a path to a healthier life.
The truth is, for most people, giving up gluten means gaining better health.

That's because gluten - the protein found in grains including wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, and oats - can contribute to a laundry list of health problems including: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, OCD, autism, ADHD, autoimmune disorders and dementia, not to mention bloating, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, nutrient deficiencies, respiratory difficulties, systemic inflammation and more.

And for those with celiac disease, the effects are much more dangerous. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, the body mounts an immune response that damages the tiny finger-like projections (or villi) of the small intestine. This can result in severe pain, weight loss and gastrointestinal distress, as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

But what is it that makes seemingly innocuous foods like bread and pasta so harmful to our health?

Quite simply: Your genetics.    


Why Foccacia Doesn't Fit in Your Genes

Twelve thousand years ago our ancestors lived by foraging and hunting. The meal of the day included fresh-picked greens, berries, nuts, seeds, eggs and anything our stone-age kin could catch or kill.  

But with the advent of agriculture and the subsequent Industrial Revolution, grain-based foods (not previously on the menu) began to fill our plates, ballooning to the 6-11 daily servings now recommended by the USDA.

Many experts believe that it is this dramatic dietary shift that has caused the gradual decline of human health and the rise of chronic disease.  

But why?


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Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the Founder and Editor of  Healing Gourmet - the leading provider of organic, sustainable recipes and meal plans for health and weight loss. Be sure to grab Healing Gourmet's free books -Eating Clean & Saving Green: Your Guide to Organic Foods on a Budget (includes 100+ foods at the best prices) and Eat Your Way Into Shape: Flip Your Body's Fat Blasting Switch and Melt 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks (includes a delicious 7 day meal plan!). Go here to claim your free copies.



morrisonDr. Jeffrey A. Morrison, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Morrison

A Detox Diet to Lose Weight and Feel Great 


By: Jeffrey A. Morrison, MD 



One of the many great rewards that has come from writing about diet, nutrition and the environment in my book, "Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind", are the speaking engagements to many different groups of people all over the country.  Recently, my friend, Dr Jessica Tran, invited me to speak at the California Integrative Hyperbaric Center just outside of Los Angeles, to a group of doctors and patients.  My topic was how toxic foods can make us fat and sick. I presented successful patient outcomes which I have experienced in treating such disorders, which I intend to publish in a medical journal later in the year.   


Many people are surprised to see a doctor speaking on nutrition.  And for good reason, during four years of medical school most doctors are provided with only a few hours of nutrition education.  I remember my nutrition class at Jefferson Medical School was taught by a Registered Dietician (RD) who was in charge of creating nutrition plans and IV therapies for hospitalized patients.  Anyone who has ever spent any time in a hospital certainly does not remember it for fresh, tasty or nutritious food.


Unfortunately, both doctors and dieticians are educated in hospital nutrition, which is focused on the needs of hospitalized patients who are critically ill. We are taught how to read blood chemistry and nutrition panel imbalances and prescribe meal plans geared at restoring blood chemistry balance.  This goal is achieved mostly by modifying the amount of protein or sugar in the diet and the types of minerals and electrolytes in the IV fluids.  While this is important for a patient in the hospital, it is almost completely useless to healthy people seeking delicious, nutritious and healthy meal options in their day-to-day life...


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Jeffrey A. Morrison graduated with a BA degree from the University of Rochester in 1988 and Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical School in 1992.  He is board certified in Family Practice and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist. He has lived and worked in New York City since 2001 and opened The Morrison Center in 2004.  Most recently his book, "Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind" was published by Hudson Street Press in April 2011.  For more information about Dr Morrison, please visit his web site, www.morrisonhealth.com



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

I'm wondering if you would comment on why the paleo diet says to avoid whole grains.  If it's simply because our ancestors didn't eat grain, I'm wondering why say to avoid them altogether?  It would seem that they might not have eaten many things that we can, just because we have better access than they may have over time.  I thought whole grains had health benefits that are important, so I am confused and would appreciate your opinion.



Dear Heather,   


I practice totally different than must physicians, my answer is always: it depends. Why? If you are the kind of person that is going to sit down and watch TV for two hours a day, then play video games and don't spend any time doing activities, then they are not good for you.

Grains are not as great as you think they are, their return per gram for vitamins and minerals is not as good as other sources, but the carbohydrate amount is awesome.  Again if you are a marathon runner or an athlete that is very active, then I would say consume them but not all the time, and mostly after activities.


If you are a diabetic they are no-no's, and if you are stressed I would avoid them as well. 


I hope this answers your question.  


Good Luck,

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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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
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Lose 10-20 Lbs of Body Fat in 4-8 Weeks with Rapid Weight Training Workouts


By: Scott Mendelson




Everywhere I look on the internet and elsewhere suggests long workouts to burn fat and in get in shape.  After using these types of plans that are lasting an hour or more several times per week I am burned out after a couple weeks and feel like I am getting even fatter.  How is this possible?  My husband and I want to lose 10 to 20 lbs of body fat quickly while making our arms look better?  What do you suggest?   







Yes it is possible to gain body fat while working hard if the nutrition and training plan are not correctly set up.  A large percentage of the heavily advertised routines on the marketplace show nice pictures of models doing workouts, but do not discuss the appropriateness of the routine for specific people.  I do not believe in one size fits all as it relates to training, but we are able to come to some solid conclusions for the masses that hold true.  The types of workouts that you describe can cause over training which creates a hormonal mess that wastes muscle and increases body fat levels.  An added negative is the high risk of injury with certain routines involving complex exercises executed in a fashion to drive fatigue.

Elevated Cortisol Levels Drive Mid Section Fat Storage for Men and in the Lower Body for Women

The concept of making people think they will work extremely hard and automatically earn results is nothing new. Unfortunately this playbook just does not work and can cause your progress to move in the wrong direction.  The body responds to excessive exercise by increasing stress hormones such as cortisol which drives mid section fat storage for men and lower body fat accumulation for women.  You must take into account your training capacity which is impacted by stress levels, age, nutrition, sleep quality, training experience and more.  Exceed your capacity to recover and you will be in trouble fast!  Ask for the Belly Fat Slashing Special Report to learn more about conquering these fat storing trends.

Training Quality Beats Quantity Every Time!

I am a firm believer in focusing on quality over quantity based on years of experience helping clients earn great results with a conservative amount of training volume.  Do not get me wrong, I am a big believer in working hard, but working hard and smart of your needs is important for the big picture.  The training habits of many new clients that come my way and the population at large are very poor.  At times there is little structure, a lack of intensity and no specific plan to earn results.  Without a specific plan for your needs you are just exercising and not training.  The difference - exercising is going through the motions - sure you will break a sweat and feel like you accomplished something, but that leaves much on the table...



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Email scott@infinityfitness.com with your top 5 problems and get a personal solution filled response within 12 hours.  Ask for free copies of the Belly Fat Slashing Special Report, Zero Tolerance Fat Loss Plan, Fat Cell Cleansing and Fat Burning Tools articles.


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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Rib Roast
By the way, that Prime Rib I got with my last order may have been  the single best piece of meat I ever had in my life. I could write a poem about that roast, and maybe I will.

I know that your Missouri beef comes from several different farms, and the quality varies from very good to excellent, but this roast was in a class by itself. You folks are terrific!

Best Wishes,

Recipe Corner

 Traditional Osso Bucco        

Ingredients:Beef Osso Bucco 
  • 2 lbs beef shanks  
  • 1/4 cup almond flour 
  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 1 large carrot, chopped 
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine 
  • 2/3 cup beef stock 
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced   
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes 
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest     
  1. Dust the shanks lightly with flour. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the beef, and cook until browned on the outside.  
  2. Remove to a bowl, and keep warm. Add two cloves of crushed garlic and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until onion is tender. Return the beef to the pan and mix in the carrot and wine. Simmer for 10 minutes. 
  3. Pour in the tomatoes and beef stock, and season with salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, basting the beef every 15 minutes or so. The meat should be tender, but not falling off the bone. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the parsley, 1 clove of garlic and lemon zest. Mix into the beef shanks just before serving.  

 Yield: 4 servings.


Recipe and photo courtesy of AllRecipes.com


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Tasmanian Cattle

These amazing shots were taken this past month on one of our cooperating farms in Tasmania, one of the most ideal places for grazing animals, since the grass grows all year round in such a temperate climate.  

Tasmania Farm

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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, 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. 

Weight Discount

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 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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