We have been basking in summer sunshine here in Northeast Missouri. We've had a few small rains but are ready for more! As we are heading into county fair season here, we hope that your summers have been as enjoyable as ours.
Obesity has reached epic heights here in the US, and is projected to steadily climb unless something is done quickly. A recent report on NPR may hold some clues to why these numbers continue to grow. Americans spend less on groceries than they did 30 years ago, which in many ways is a good thing. We have become more efficient and are producing more food now than ever. However, what we spend our money on has significantly changed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1982 the bulk of our grocery dollar was spent on meats, followed by fruits and vegetables. Not surprisingly, today the majority of our food dollars are spent on processed foods and sweets, with meats coming in second. If we want to slow down this health care crisis we're in, we've got to cut back on the processed foods. While the report does not differentiate between grass-fed and conventional meats, we still found the results very interesting. Read the full article for more details and feel free to share your thoughts via email or Facebook.
We have customers on a variety of special diets trying to help cure or alleviate a myriad of issues. One issue we often get asked about is the risk of eating seafood while pregnant. Fatty fish are some of the best sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3's, which have a wealth of health benefits, but many women are hesitant to consume fish while pregnant. Modern health expert Chris Kresser tackles that myth and offers some interesting information about just how dangerous eating fish while pregnant is.
As many of you know, we are huge bacon fans here at US Wellness. Beef bacon, pork bacon, sugar-free bacon - we love all of it. So when we stumbled across a recipe for bacon muffins, you know we checked it out, tried it, and loved it. So of course we had to share it with all of you! Be sure to check out the recipe section below for this amazing bacon recipe that is gluten and dairy-free!
On sale this week is one of our kitchen favorites here at US Wellness - the Sliced Beef Brisket. Pre-cooked and pre-sliced it is a quick and easy dinner for any family on the go. We like to add some of our All-Natural BBQ Sauce for a tasty dinner any night of the week!
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|Recent Health News
New Report Estimates Nearly 18 Million Cancer Survivors in the US by 2022
A first-ever report by the American Cancer Society - in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute - estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 18 million by 2022. This includes everyone who's ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life.
The report, "Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures," and an accompanying journal article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians were released June 14.
The report says even though the rates of new cancer cases are decreasing, the number of cancer survivors is growing. This is due in part to the aging and growth of the general population, as well as improved treatments that help people with cancer live longer. The report was created to help draw attention to the growing number of cancer survivors in the US who have specific medical, psychological, and social needs. It also aims to raise awareness of resources that can assist patients, caregivers, and health care providers in navigating treatment and recovery from cancer.
According to the report, the 3 most common cancers among male survivors are prostate cancer (43%), colon and rectal cancer (9%), and melanoma skin cancer (7%). The 3 most common cancers among female survivors are breast cancer (41%), uterine cancer (8%), and colon and rectal cancer (8%). Those percentages are expected to stay roughly the same through 2022.
The report also finds that 45% of cancer survivors, almost half, are 70 years old or older, and only 5% are younger than 40. The median age of patients at the time of cancer diagnosis is 66.
The report includes information on treatment, survival, and common concerns of survivors for 11 selected cancer types. For example, the section on childhood cancer estimates there are 58,510 survivors of childhood cancer living in the US, and 12,060 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012. Although childhood cancer represents less than 1% of all new cancer diagnoses, it is the 2nd leading cause of death in children, after accidents.
In addition, the report includes sections on the effects of cancer and its treatment, palliative care, long term survivorship, and the benefits of healthy behaviors.
"With this effort, we review the critical issues related to cancer treatment and survivorship," said Elizabeth R. Ward, Ph.D., national vice president of Intramural Research and senior author of the report. "Many survivors, even among those who are cancer free, must cope with the long-term effects of treatment, as well as psychological concerns such as fear of recurrence. As more people survive cancer, it is vital that health care providers are aware of the special needs of cancer patients and caregivers."
American Cancer Society. "New report estimates nearly 18 million cancer survivors in the US by 2022." ScienceDaily, 14 Jun. 2012. Web. 18 Jun. 2012.
Dr. Al Sears, M.D.
Food of the Vine
By: Al Sears, MD
Dear Health-Conscious Reader,
You've probably heard that a glass of red wine has many health benefits. But red wine isn't the only way grapes can supercharge your health.
The seeds of grapes are even more powerful. They contain disease fighters so potent I call them super-antioxidants. More effective and more diverse than standard antioxidants, they've been scientifically proven to:
- Dramatically reduce the risk of prostate cancer
- Fight Infections Like an Antibiotic
- Improve Blood Sugar and Insulin Sensitivity
- Slow Aging of the Brain and Increase Mental Capacity
- Boost Good Cholesterol, (HDL) and Strengthen Blood Vessels
Today, I'll tell you about two food products from grapes you almost never hear about - grapeseed extract and grapeseed oil. Adding these to what you eat is one of the easiest adjustments you'll ever make. And one of the most beneficial.
The driving force behind grape seeds are something called proanthocyanidins. They go after free radicals like nothing else. In fact, they are 20 times stronger than vitamin E and 50 times stronger than vitamin C.
Years of scientific research backs this up: Studies from the State University of New York show that grapeseed oil raises HDL by 13% and lowers triglycerides (blood fat) by 17%.
In the VITAL study, a large study of over 35,000 men, researchers found that any use of grapeseed supplements was associated with a 41% reduced risk of total prostate cancer.1
Grapeseed is also high in linoleic acid - an important essential fatty acid. This helps prevent blood from clotting. Studies show that this action helps prevent heart attacks and strokes...
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.
Foods that Fight Pain
By: Kelley Herring
Back pain, arthritis, headaches and other pain can be debilitating. In addition to the discomfort, pain limits your activities. It also contributes to poor sleep, depression and stress.
Unfortunately, chronic pain affects hundreds of million people. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 46 million men, women and children suffer from arthritis. Millions more suffer from chronic back pain, sore joints and muscles, and headaches.
That's the bad news. The good news is that most pain is the result of chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation can be controlled or even eliminated.
That's why non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs) are so effective at relieving pain. They target inflammation. Unfortunately, these drugs carry a high price. That includes liver damage, stomach bleeding and perforations in the gut. Not to mention potentially deadly heart attacks, according to research in the British Medical Journal.
Chronic inflammation is caused by a number of lifestyle factors. This includes your activity level, the amount you sleep and the level of stress in your life. Most importantly, inflammation is caused by the foods you eat (or those you don't).
The first step to create a pain-fighting diet is to eliminate inflammatory foods. This includes:
- Sugar, from any source2
- Commercially fried foods (like French fries, donuts, chips)
- Refined flour products (like white bread, white pasta, crackers, etc)
- Vegetable and seed oils, rich in omega-6 fatty acids (including corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, peanut oil and vegetable oils)
- Trans fats found in a variety of packaged and fried foods (look for "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" on the label)
- Processed packaged foods (like chips and crackers containing refined oils and flours)
- Gluten and other allergenic foods - allergies and intolerances contribute to systemic inflammation. This varies by individual. Consider allergy testing (like ALCAT) to see if your food sensitivities could be a culprit in your pain.
Once you've cleared your cupboards of these pain-promoting foods, stock up on...
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...
|Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
Emphasize Training Quality Over Quantity to Burn Fat Fast!
By: Scott Mendelson
I was shocked when I got body fat taken with calipers and I came out to 22% at a weight of 200 lbs. The electronic scales told me I was 15 to 16% for years. My diet is really clean with plenty of grass-fed beef, but I do not track anything so I could use some advice in setting up a plan! I have fat to lose and am willing to train hard, but after 30-40 minutes I can feel by body shutting down. Can I get a great workout done three days per week in less than 40 minutes?
Yes, you can lower body fat levels quickly with three workouts per week lasting less than 40 minutes if you are willing to push yourself. On average I can help clients in your situation go from 22% body fat to 16% in 6-8 weeks with the proper commitment which in this case is 12 pounds of body fat. I would do a couple of interval sessions on off-days with some core work as well and those sessions would last no longer than 30 minutes done at home to save time!
Being active in general also helps to lose body fat, assuming that you are recovering well from exercise. I measure many recovery elements to determine a client's ideal workload.
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
Yes, you need a specific nutrition strategy to make the body use more stored fat as fuel quickly. Eating "clean" is not enough to earn a low body fat level. Now that you have been eating grass fed beef and other good food sources it is time to manipulate the macronutrient percentages to increase fat burning enzymes, break up metabolic staleness and optimize the hormonal environment. When most people stop to think about it, they are eating the same foods and amounts over and over for years on end without any change. If it has not led you to your goals, then strategic change is needed or no progress will be made....
Email Scott@infinityfitness.com with your top five problems and you will get a personal response within 12 hours from Scott. Check out our new blog for Cutting Edge Tips and Success Strategies. Ask for free copies of the KISS Rapid Fat Loss Plan, Rapid Fat Burning Tools article and The 17 Rapid Fat Loss Tips.
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I just had to let you know that I just received my package today and I cooked up some of the bacon. OMG... it is the most delicious thing ever. I love it.
Thank you for providing such wonderful products.Dannielle T.Wellington, FL
*Photo compliments of the Food Lovers Primal Palate.
Bacon Muffins (Gluten & Dairy-Free!)
- 4 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup bacon grease, liquid state
- 1-1/2 cup steamed cauliflower, pureed (about 1 small head of cauliflower)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup zucchini squash, peeled, shredded and squeezed (1 medium zucchini)
- 4 slices thick bacon, fried and diced
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Steam cauliflower well above water level until fork tender - you don't want the cauliflower to swim in the boiling water as it will absorb too much liquid and be too wet for the batter. Remove and blend using a food processor, Magic Bullet or stick blender until pureed.
- Peel the zucchini, and shred it. Measure one cup of the zucchini shreds, place in a cotton kitchen towel and squeeze the liquid out.
- Dice the bacon into small squares.
- Insert cupcake papers into muffin tin, or grease and flour using coconut flour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- To a large mixing bowl add the four eggs, coconut flour, bacon grease, pureed cauliflower and salt. Mix with a whisk or hand mixer for one minute until well blended.
- Allow to sit one minute so that coconut flour can absorb the fluids.
- Add bacon and zucchini into the batter, mix thoroughly with a spoon.
- At the very end, add in the baking soda and mix just until it is well mixed into the batter.
- Drop spoonfuls of batter into the muffin tins.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Recipe and photo compliments of Starlene on GapsDietJourney.com - for more great bacon ideas, visit her Pinterest board!
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Cattle chowing down on some late June forage.
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