Why do we eat meat? There are too many reasons to list here and we would like to
thank everyone who wrote in this week in reply to our newsletter last weekend. We will be
featuring some of the responses in our customer comments
section below over the next
few weeks. Most of the commentary came in response to a recent
New York Times
contest inviting readers to
Tell Us Why It's Ethical to Eat Meat
. In light of the recent negative
publicity the beef industry is facing, we encourage anyone who wants to share their thoughts to take
a moment and help spread the good word about the benefits of grass-fed beef.
are still enjoying sunny spring weather here in Northeast Missouri, and hope you are as well!
We are gearing up for the Easter holiday next weekend and have plenty of dinner centerpieces sure to
impress your family. The
Leg of Lamb
is always an Easter favorite, or mix things
up by trying a succulent
or a dependable
Speaking of spring - most of us are getting our gardens ready a little
earlier this year than usual, which is fine by us. We stumbled across this crafty idea in
, and got all kinds of ideas on how to recycle our cardboard meat boxes!
Who knew there were so many uses for cardboard in our gardens? For ways to also recycle the
styrofoam coolers, be sure to check out our
Go Green blog
. If you have any other creative
recycling ideas we'd love to hear them, simply post your comments on the
Restocked! We just got a fresh
order of free range chicken parts this week!
are in the store now and ready for your stock
pot. We also got plenty of
in so you will be ready for your upcoming
Big news in the bacon department this week! We have
White-Sugar-Free Pork Bacon
recipe and taken the honey
powder out. So there are no sweeteners of any kind on board. The only ingredients are
pork and sea salt. That's it. No white sugar, brown sugar, honey powder, agave, zylitol,
MSG, nitrates or nitrites. We are beyond excited to announce this change and know that our
paleo bacon fiends have been waiting a long time for this! If you like a little sweet in your
bacon, no worries - we still have the
Nitrate-Free Pork Bacon
in stock with a touch of brown
How much do you know about
metabolism? It's true a high-protein diet boosts metabolism, but what else affects it?
Plenty. Take this
quiz to learn more about how you burn calories.
We get asked often - why is grass-fed meat more expensive than conventional? Shouldn't
it be cheaper to raise? You would think. However there are many factors that are
affecting price and things have gotten even tighter lately. Author Stan Fishman posted a very
informative article this week showing how we are impacted by the
conventional markets and explains many of the big factors that go into pricing our products.
Want to win some free stuff? Head over to
Paleo for a new US Wellness giveaway and your chance to win $100 worth of grass-fed
goodies! Find all those details and much more on our
Restocked This Week:
Discount Code Available!
Dr. Al Sears' article below
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- Code active Sunday through Tuesday this week
- Applies to any order under 40 lbs
- Excludes any sale
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Stand Up: Your Life Could Depend On It
Standing up more often may reduce your chances of dying
within three years, even if you are already physically active, a study of more than 200,000 people
published in Archives of Internal Medicine shows. The study found that adults who sat 11 or more
hours per day had a 40% increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat
for fewer than four hours a day. This was after taking into account their physical activity, weight
and health status.
"These results have important public health implications," said study
lead author Dr Hidde van der Ploeg, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney's School of
Public Health. "That morning walk or trip to the gym is still necessary, but it's also important to
avoid prolonged sitting. Our results suggest the time people spend sitting at home, work and in
traffic should be reduced by standing or walking more."
The results are the first
landmark findings to be published from the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing
study of healthy aging in the Southern Hemisphere. They showed physical activity is still
beneficial: inactive people who sat the most had double the risk of dying within three years than
the active people who sat least. And among the physically inactive group, those who sat the most had
nearly one-third higher chance of dying than those who sat least.
The study's size and
focus on total sitting time make it an important contributor to the growing evidence on the
downsides of prolonged sitting. The average adult spends 90% of their leisure time sitting down and
less than half of adults meet World Health Organization physical activity recommendations.
An accompanying editorial in the journal said the evidence was strong enough to support doctors
prescribing "reduced daily sitting time" to their patients. The research was commissioned by the
Cardiovascular Research Network and supported by the NSW Division of the National Heart Foundation
Australia. It is one of more than 60 projects underway using data from the 45 and Up Study,
Australia's richest information source about the health and lifestyles of people 45 and over.
Heart Foundation NSW CEO Tony Thirlwell said being inactive greatly increased a person's
risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer of Australian men and women. "Watching TV,
using computers and electronic games can involve sitting for long periods and have become a big part
of leisure time," he said. "But we know that people who spend less time on these things have better
health than those who spend too much time on them."
A major five-year follow-up of 45 and
Up study participants has just begun and will ask 265,000 men and women more about their health,
lifestyle, and the medications and health services they use. Such large-scale research will help
governments face the challenges of an aging population.
Sax Institute. "Stand up: Your life could depend on it." ScienceDaily,
27 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Mar. 2012.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.|
More Than A
By: Al Sears,
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
I've been telling you stories and
showing you photos from my trips through the rainforests in Africa. So it wouldn't surprise me if
you have the impression that I haven't spent a minute out in the sun.
But the truth is,
the one constant in Africa is the sun. And I just read about another important benefit we get from
I've showed you how vitamin D is more than a vitamin - that it also works as a
hormone. Now we know that it's even more than a hormone. It's a gene regulator.
study shows that vitamin D binds directly to your DNA.(1)
And what does vitamin D do for
you when it's bound to your DNA? The newest Journal of Immunology
shows that it activates a
gene that stops inflammation.
How does this relate to sunshine? Exposure to the sun is
the main source for your body's vitamin D.
In my opinion, this study puts one more nail
in the coffin of modern advice to avoid the sun at all costs. Making the recommendation to cover up
and stay out of the sunshine about the worst advice you could ever take.
That also makes
vitamin D possibly the most important nutrient we know of.
Because of the ten leading
causes of death in the U.S., chronic inflammation contributes to at least seven of them. These
include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease,
diabetes, and nephritis.(2)
The trick is, you need to have enough vitamin D to activate
the process. And this is where modern advice is failing you.
Current national guidelines
suggest that you should have a minimum blood serum level of 20 ng/ml. But that means getting only
600 IU a day.
Except look what happens when your blood levels are that low. In various
- People with low vitamin D have significantly more cases of colon
- More than half of people with osteoporosis-related fractured had low vitamin
- 63% of people with Crohn's disease still had low vitamin D even though 40% of them
were taking a supplement!(5)
- An incredible 96% of people who had heart attacks were vitamin
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.
A Daily Dash of this
Spice Keeps Diseases and Wrinkles Away
By: Kelley Herring
Ahhh...the sweet smell of cinnamon. Its distinct aroma
never fails to conjure fond memories of home and hearth, and of course, delicious desserts. Our
brains automatically associate cinnamon with cakes, cookies, pastries and pies.
you know that cinnamon is also a powerful medicinal agent? That's right. Cinnamon isn't just a tasty
baking spice. It provides an impressive list of healing properties too.
Dash to Smooth Out Crow's Feet and Laugh Lines
Do you wish to preserve your
skin's youthful appearance and keep lines and wrinkles at bay? Before you decide to go under the
knife, consider a natural, non-invasive and supremely inexpensive remedy. Cinnamon!
According to a recent report published in Journal of Medicinal Food, cinnamon is packed
with antioxidants and other compounds that provide protection against the untimely formation of
advanced glycation end-products.
Advanced what, you say?
glycation end-products, or "AGEs" (an apt acronym, don't you think?) are one of the main culprits
behind tissue damage and inflammation. AGEs result in the development of visible lines on your face,
the development of inflexible arteries, and a host of other serious metabolic consequences.
So how can you maximize the age-defying effects of cinnamon?
Buy the highest quality
organic cinnamon, store it properly and use it quickly. The potent AGE-fighting constituents of
cinnamon - called phenols - can be destroyed by exposure to air, heat and light. So make
sure to store your cinnamon in a cool, dark place and replace every six months to fully enjoy its
But don't expect to get the same benefits from cinnamon buns and spice
cookies... at least not if you're using sugar! In fact, sugar will negate the anti-aging
benefits of cinnamon by creating an onslaught of free radicals and inflammation.
using cinnamon in baking, be sure to opt for safe, low glycemic sweeteners including stevia and
erythritol. Not only will you promote healthy blood sugar levels and keep your weight on track, but
you'll maximize cinnamon's power too.
And speaking of blood sugar...
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!).
Claim your free copies
Dr. Eric Serrano MD,
I struggle with anorexia so I can't stop
with amphetamines it's costing me $80.00 a week. I'm unemployed and under 18 and taking
Vyvanse Bipolar with dietary pills - I think I'm addicted to not only the pill but my body. I
want treatment and will agree but I get caught up on my looks everyone calls me beautiful. I
don't steal or smoke or snort, it's an eating disorder. Now that withdrawl of Ritalin is
happening I'm desperate for pills - I'd do anything.
How can I be sober again? I
did it before but when I'm accused of being on drugs that's when I go back. I need to build up
self esteem, I don't want to die young. Life is pure, but not on amphetamines, suggestions?
This is a tough one, you are going to need help
besides my advice, but here are some suggestions:
- Start taking free form amino acids (MS). Four
scoops on an empty stomach in the morning, and between meals or 15 tablets
- Start Alpha Omega-3: 4 per day
- Melatonin - Take 6 mgs at night
- Stay away from sugars, including cola, juices, and no
- Continue one of the amphetamines and
wean slowly in a period of six months, change to Nuvagil
- Check adrenal hormones and thyroid
- Increase protein intake, especially egg and egg yolks
Best of success,
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A|
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Just in in Time for Pool Weather
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 nine 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
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. So why spin
your wheels with a program that is one size fits all when you can have an expert program customized
for your needs?
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|Comments from a concerned reader after last week's
edition regarding the
ethics of eating meat:
The U.S. Government Food Pyramid is all
wrong! Beef, not grain, should be emphasized. We need protein to sustain our
bodies. Beef, especially from a clean, grass-fed cow provides all the essential amino acids
for the body to build muscle and red blood. Meat and lots of good animal fat keeps the stomach
full, the body energized for work and the mind happy! Vegetarian diets are lacking in essential
amino acids and B vitamins.
In our home we enjoy every bite of grass-fed
beef. We eat
at breakfast with our eggs. We
savor every delicious slice of
and make sure to consume the juices and the gelatin from the meat. The gelatin is
the best part because it helps the body assimilate vitamins from vegetables and contributes to
healthy skin and connective tissues. I have
at any time for meals, even at
breakfast. Whenever I have had only a bowl of oatmeal and nothing else, I am starving an hour
I am very concerned that some day our freedom to purchase and consume beef
will be limited, taxed or even outlawed. It may seem farfetched, but here in Massachusetts,
our Governor has been pushing for an extra sales tax on candy and sodas. This is a dangerous
precedent because once you tax a particular food group then what is to stop advancing this idea to
another food group?
Once upon a time, eating meat every day was considered good
for you. Whole fat milk and cream were readily available.
was the fat of choice for cooking. What has happened since then?
We need to push back against the non-meat crowd so that we keep our freedom to eat
beef without guilt or fear. Our family will continue to eat beef and other meats because we
believe that eating meat keeps us strong and healthy. And, we will not apologize for it.
North Andover, MA
Liver & Caramelized
- 1 lb
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 4 strips of
- 2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp
each salt and black pepper
- In a cast iron
skillet, fry the bacon on medium heat and set it aside. Leave the bacon grease in the skillet, and
reduce the heat to med/low. Let the bacon drain on some paper towels, then chop it into pretty big
- Add 1 tbsp of clarified butter to the bacon grease, and allow it to heat up. Add
the sliced onion, stirring every few minutes.
- Allow the onions to brown, stirring often, until
they are reduced and caramelized. This process takes a while, around 30-45 minutes. Turn the heat to
low if the onions start to burn.
- When you're done you should have a beautiful mound of caramelized
onions. Set them aside, and let's cook up some liver.
- My package of beef liver came with two long
slices of liver. Take them out and gently rinse them in cold water, then pat dry with paper towels.
Cut the liver pieces in half at the mid-point. Season each side with the salt and
- Add the coconut oil and the rest of the clarified butter to the skillet, and
bring the heat up to med/high. Let it heat for a few minutes, but don't let the butter burn. Sauté
the liver for two to three minutes, then flip the pieces and sauté for another two minutes. If the
liver tries to curl, pin it down with some tongs. The liver is ready when it is slightly springy to
the touch, and should be slightly pink in the middle.
- Smother the liver with the onions, then the
bacon. Serve immediately.
Recipe and photo compliments of
Man. If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published
simply email them to
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