It's the Sunday of all Sundays! We hope everyone is having an exciting Super Bowl Sunday, along with plenty of healthy snacking. US Wellness was proud to be able to share some of our Super Bowl favorites, live on Fox News St. Louis this week. Founding member John Wood went live and told the audience all about how our BBQ Shredded Beef
, Wild-Caught Shrimp
and BBQ Chicken Wings
make the perfect Sunday snack - watch the clip here
! If you are looking for more paleo-friendly Super Bowl ideas be sure to check out our blog
, we have several great recipe ideas from some of our feature chefs!
We frequently get calls from customers asking how they can recycle the styrofoam coolers that we ship product in. So, we put together a blog post
to share some of those ideas with our readers! Whether you are needing a cooler, a planter, something to make a surfboard with, or a place to hatch emus, we have an answer! Visit our Go Green! blog
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Wondering how you can prevent the flu this winter without having to get a flu shot? Read Kelley's article
below for some natural flu-fighting tips. Follow Healing Gourmet on Facebook
for more tips on eating clean and staying healthy from Kelley.
We got a very pleasant surprise in the mail this week - an advance copy of Paleo Pals
, the freshly released kids paleo book by our good friend and best-selling author, Sarah Fragoso. Definitely keep this in mind for your child, it is a fun read they are sure to enjoy and at the same time teaches them healthy eating habits. Sarah is the author of the popular Everyday Paleo blog
and she also authored the best-selling Everyday Paleo
cookbook that is one of our staples here at the office. Be sure to keep an eye on her blog
in the coming weeks for an easy US Wellness giveaway! For more ways to win free food, visit The Domestic Man
- an amazing food blog with mouthwatering photos and easy recipes. He is giving away $100 worth of US Wellness loot now!
What is the secret to a beauty queen body? According to Mrs. United States, Shannon Ford, it may have a lot to do with diet. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, she has embraced the paleo diet and is a supporter of Paleo f(x)
- for more information check them out on Facebook
Need a "date" for Valentine's Day? How about some date-sweetened ice cream
? Our newest flavor of Cashew Cream
is sweetened with dates, instead of agave, and is gluten-free and dairy-free. The smooth, creamy vanilla flavor will satisfy any sweet tooth! It's on sale
this week, so now is the time to add a pint to your next order for a delicious Valentine's Day dessert.
Speaking of Valentine's Day, be sure to stock up on sweets this week so they will arrive in time to surprise your Valentine. We've got the most decadent dark chocolate
and tasty cashew cream ice cream
sure to please on Valentine's Day. Or you could surprise your Valentine with these unique Bacon Roses
We have been blessed with 60-degree weather in Northeast Missouri this week, very unseasonable for this time of year! We are certainly not complaining and hope that everyone else has kicked off the new month with some sunshine also!
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Societal Control of Sugar Essential to Ease Public Health Burden, Experts Urge
Sugar should be controlled like alcohol and tobacco to protect public health, according to a team of UCSF researchers, who maintain in a new report that sugar is fueling a global obesity pandemic, contributing to 35 million deaths annually worldwide from non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Non-communicable diseases now pose a greater health burden worldwide than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations. In the United States, 75 percent of health care dollars are spent treating these diseases and their associated disabilities.
In the Feb. 2 issue of Nature
, Robert Lustig MD, Laura Schmidt PhD, MSW, MPH, and Claire Brindis, DPH, colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), argue that sugar's potential for abuse, coupled with its toxicity and pervasiveness in the Western diet make it a primary culprit of this worldwide health crisis.
This partnership of scientists trained in endocrinology, sociology and public health took a new look at the accumulating scientific evidence on sugar. Such interdisciplinary liaisons underscore the power of academic health sciences institutions like UCSF.
Sugar, they argue, is far from just "empty calories" that make people fat. At the levels consumed by most Americans, sugar changes metabolism, raises blood pressure, critically alters the signaling of hormones and causes significant damage to the liver - the least understood of sugar's damages. These health hazards largely mirror the effects of drinking too much alcohol, which they point out in their commentary is the distillation of sugar.
Worldwide consumption of sugar has tripled during the past 50 years and is viewed as a key cause of the obesity epidemic. But obesity, Lustig, Schmidt and Brindis argue, may just be a marker for the damage caused by the toxic effects of too much sugar. This would help explain why 40 percent of people with metabolic syndrome - the key metabolic changes that lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer - are not clinically obese.
"As long as the public thinks that sugar is just 'empty calories,' we have no chance in solving this," said Lustig, a professor of pediatrics, in the division of endocrinology at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF.
"There are good calories and bad calories, just as there are good fats and bad fats, good amino acids and bad amino acids, good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates," Lustig said. "But sugar is toxic beyond its calories."
Limiting the consumption of sugar has challenges beyond educating people about its potential toxicity. "We recognize that there are cultural and celebratory aspects of sugar," said Brindis, director of UCSF's Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. "Changing these patterns is very complicated"
According to Brindis, effective interventions can't rely solely on individual change, but instead on environmental and community-wide solutions, similar to what has occurred with alcohol and tobacco, that increase the likelihood of success.
The authors argue for society to shift away from high sugar consumption, the public must be better informed about the emerging science on sugar.
"There is an enormous gap between what we know from science and what we practice in reality," said Schmidt, professor of health policy at UCSF's Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) and co-chair of UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI) Community Engagement and Health Policy Program, which focuses on alcohol and addiction research.
"In order to move the health needle, this issue needs to be recognized as a fundamental concern at the global level," she said.
The paper was made possible with funding from UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science Institute, UCSF's National Institutes of Health-funded program that helps accelerate clinical and translational research through interdisciplinary, interprofessional and transdisciplinary work.
Many of the interventions that have reduced alcohol and tobacco consumption can be models for addressing the sugar problem, such as levying special sales taxes, controlling access, and tightening licensing requirements on vending machines and snack bars that sell high sugar products in schools and workplaces.
"We're not talking prohibition," Schmidt said. "We're not advocating a major imposition of the government into people's lives. We're talking about gentle ways to make sugar consumption slightly less convenient, thereby moving people away from the concentrated dose. What we want is to actually increase people's choices by making foods that aren't loaded with sugar comparatively easier and cheaper to get."
Resources: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). "Societal control of sugar essential to ease public health burden, experts urge." ScienceDaily, 1 Feb. 2012. Web. 3 Feb. 2012.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.|
The Gorilla in the Room
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
Cancer. Just the word evokes fear.
The medical journals and newsletters I get are often filled with articles about cancer. It's the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Once someone mentions it, it's all you can think about.
And if you're a regular reader, you probably won't be surprised that most of the cancer-related articles in medical publications are only about drug treatments.
I've even read research on whether or not aspirin prevents cancer. I wonder who's sponsoring those studies ... Are they really trying to tell us that people are getting cancer because of a deficiency of aspirin?
The truth is, cancer rates are not rising because we're deficient in man-made painkillers. Cancer is increasing because of our man-made toxic environment.
Here's something positive about cancer that most people don't know...
Cancer was almost unknown in ancient times.
Why is this good news? Because it means you don't need any scary science to prevent it.
In a study completed just recently and published in the journal Nature, researchers looked at tissue samples from hundreds of Egyptian mummies. There should have been evidence of cancer in all of them, according to modern cancer statistics. And mummification would have preserved any sign of tumors.
But instead of finding cancer in nearly every mummy ... they found only a single case. The hundreds of other mummies showed no sign of cancer at all.(1)
These results would be impossible if cancer were not an entirely modern plague. Statistically, it could not happen.
And it wasn't because Egyptians didn't live long enough to get cancer. The mummies had evidence of age-related problems like brittle bones and hardened arteries.
What we should be doing today is trying to mimic the environment we had back then. That's what we should be paying attention to.
Researchers from some of the largest institutions in Texas are trying to help. They recently revealed how cancer begins. It starts with weakened cells...Read More...
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.
Nature's "Amazing Eight" Flu Fighters
By: Kelley Herring
In the last issue of the US Wellness Newsletter, I told you about seven superfoods you should be eating to bolster your immune system and help fend off the flu.
Today, I'm going to share with you the vitamins, minerals and herbs that have been shown to help keep your immune system strong and ward off the flu. In case you do come down with a winter cold or flu, these natural remedies could help reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.
#1 - Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a natural anti-viral compound that's highly concentrated in macrophages - the white blood cells that fight disease. Not only does vitamin C have anti-viral activity, it also scavenges the superoxide anion - a molecule associated with severe flu-associated complications. It's no surprise that research shows that taking vitamin C daily can help prevent colds or flu or shorten their duration.
In fact, a 1999 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that 1,000 mg of vitamin C every hour for 6 hours and 1,000 mg three times daily thereafter can effectively prevent or relieve flu symptoms.
Be sure to include highly concentrated natural sources of vitamin C - like acerola cherry, camu camu, citrus fruits, berries and peppers - in your diet to bolster your immunity. And if you choose to supplement with vitamin C, consider a preventative dosage of 500 to 1,000 milligrams daily and up to 10,000 milligrams daily when fighting the flu.
#2 - Vitamin D
Are you getting enough "sunshine vitamin" to prevent the flu? In a study involving 19,000 Americans, those with the lowest vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent cases of colds or flu.
And because vitamin D is a powerful antimicrobial agent, optimizing your levels won't just help ward off cold or flu viruses. It can also help prevent them from invading your body in the first place.
Boost your vitamin D levels with 20-30 minutes per day of unprotected sunlight, use a sunlamp or supplement with Salmon Oil with Vitamin D...
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...
Dr. Eric Serrano MD, MS, BC|
I have placed a few orders with you folks. I enjoy the products. I consume the grass fed meats for the health benefits however they seam to be more difficult to digest for me. I strength train and consume a lot of protein. For example I can eat a full pound hamburger and digest it fine but the grass feed products are more difficulty for my system to handle. Perhaps you can ask one of your contributing doctors about this?
This is a very tough question and I am going to answer it guessing some and using research at the same time.
- Are you cooking the meats the same way?
- Are you using the same quantity?
- Are you drinking fluids differently?
- Are you comparing apples to apples - for example ground hamburger with ground hamburger or ribeye steak?
Now that you have all these questions what do you think?
In addition, I don't know how much protein you are consuming but also make sure you consume vegetables, and consume some digestive enzymes, with each meal.
This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to email@example.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.
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A|
Helping Husband and Wife Look Great on Vacation - With Great Buns!
By: Scott Mendelson
You come highly recommended from a friend. A month into the New Year and despite my good intentions, I have not made any progress with a mid-March vacation looming. I want to look good on the beach and not feel self conscious like I have the past two years so I need to lose 15-20 lbs of body fat in my estimation. At times I just do not even know where to start. Another factor to consider is that I do all of the cooking and I have held back my husband's progress by not helping him with the best food choices at meals. He also needs to lose fat and will follow my lead. I am very strapped for time with family and work obligations, making time for training limited. How do you help clients in my situation fit everything into a week with enough work to be successful?
We help clients reach rapid success goals in the most efficient manner possible on a daily basis. The key is committing to the right plan appropriate for your needs with consistent execution. There must be a method to the madness along with a high effort level. You cannot go through the motions with exercise or diet and expect to maximize progress. If that were the case we would have a very fit society when in fact collectively, we are getting fatter with every passing month on the whole. That being said it is our job to help build a plan that will work with your lifestyle instead of turning your schedule upside down. Any effective program has to be sustainable and yes, the time is limited for many of our clients. Having a set deadline date to reach goals is a great tool for motivation. Use this as positive pressure. Take out your favorite bathing suit and hang it up somewhere that you will see it daily. This will serve as a reminder of what is at stake!
Take an Aggressive Approach
Pulling out all of the stops (excuses) and attacking goals aggressively is the fastest route to success. You are much better off with this approach to lose 15-20 lbs of body fat in 6-12 weeks than you are in a longer time period, such as six months. After reaching the goals it will be much easier for you to maintain a low body fat level than it was to get there. Maintaining a lower body fat level even allows for more freedom with diet so you do not have to give up your favorite foods forever. This helps to keep focus and motivation levels high as results come more quickly when you are dedicated to the goals.
Details are Vital to Your Success
An effective plan does not need to be overly complicated, but it must address key details such as food choices, exercise specifics, etc. The plan design is not something the average person can do on their own. You might as well have the best possible program available to you if you are going to put in the effort...
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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs
- 4 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
- 8 slices of bacon
- 2 tsp Smoky Spice Blend
- 1 Tbsp chipotle powder
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- 1/2 Tbsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Combine all spices in a bowl, then store remainder in a small container.
- Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 1 tsp of Smoky Spice Blend, then wrap each one in 2 strips of bacon.
- Sprinkle with the remaining Smoky Spice Blend and bake for approximately 40 minutes.
Recipe and photos compliments of our friend Diane Sanfilippo at Balanced Bites. For more easy recipe ideas and paleo podcasts, visit her blog!
Tasmania Farms - January 2012|
Check out these pastures! One of our founding members just returned from Tasmania with these amazing shots of our grazing cattle. For more photos and details of the trip visit our Facebook page.
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