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April 1, 2012
 Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
US Wellness Cattle  
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. 

We 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 pork roast, juicy whole chicken or a dependable beef pot roast

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 Birds & Blooms Magazine, 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 blog.

Restocked!  We just got a fresh order of free range chicken parts this week!  Chicken backs and feet are in the store now and ready for your stock pot.  We also got plenty of thighs, wings, drums, and tenders in so you will be ready for your upcoming summer barbecues. 

Big news in the bacon department this week!  We have revamped the 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 sugar. 

How much do you know about metabolism?  It's true a high-protein diet boosts metabolism, but what else affects it?  Plenty.  Take this quick 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 Jen's Gone 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 Facebook page.   


Spring Regards,  

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

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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. 


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searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears
More Than A Vitamin  


By: Al Sears, MD

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 sunshine.

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.

A new 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 studies:
  • People with low vitamin D have significantly more cases of colon cancer.(3)
  • More than half of people with osteoporosis-related fractured had low vitamin D.(4)
  • 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 D deficient.(6) 
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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.



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  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.

But did 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.

Just a 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?

Advanced 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 powerful benefits.

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.

When 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...

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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!). Claim your free copies here...  


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

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?




Dear Liz,


This is a tough one, you are going to need help besides my advice, but here are some suggestions:  

  1. Start taking free form amino acids (MS). Four scoops on an empty stomach in the morning, and between meals or 15 tablets
  2. Start Alpha Omega-3: 4 per day
  3. Melatonin - Take 6 mgs at night
  4. Stay away from sugars, including cola, juices, and no starches
  5. Continue one of the amphetamines and wean slowly in a period of six months, change to Nuvagil
  6. Check adrenal hormones and thyroid
  7. Increase protein intake, especially egg and egg yolks   


Best of success,  


Dr. Serrano




This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to 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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Double Your Rate of Fat Loss 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 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.  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? 


Intensity (or lack thereof) with both 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...  


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Comments from a concerned reader after last week's edition regarding the Pot Roast 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 sandwich steaks at breakfast with our eggs.  We savor every delicious slice of grass-fed pot roast 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 hamburgers 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 later!
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.  Butter 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
Recipe Corner

Liver & Caramelized Onions 


Liver & Caramelized Onions   


  • 1 lb Beef Liver 
  • 1 large onion, sliced 
  • 4 strips of nitrate-free bacon 
  • 2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) 
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp each salt and black pepper  


  1. 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 chunks.  
  2. Add 1 tbsp of clarified butter to the bacon grease, and allow it to heat up. Add the sliced onion, stirring every few minutes.  
  3. 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.  
  4. When you're done you should have a beautiful mound of caramelized onions. Set them aside, and let's cook up some liver.  
  5. 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 pepper.  
  6. 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.  
  7. Smother the liver with the onions, then the bacon. Serve immediately. 



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