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Do You Believe The Harvard Red Meat Study That Made Headlines This Past Week? 

March 18, 2012
 Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
Happy Spring!  
Happy Spring!  As the seasons officially change this week we are basking in warm Missouri sunshine and enjoying spring temperatures and greener pastures.  Hopefully everybody has recovered from the time change last weekend and is enjoying the warm weather trend!

If you have watched the news or been online at all this week, you have probably heard about the results from the Red Meat Consumption and Mortality study from Harvard that was published on Monday.  The study has been following a large group of participants since 1986 and has assessed their diets based on food frequency questionnaires, filled out once every four years.  They have concluded that a daily serving of unprocessed red meat increased the risk of mortality by 13%, while a daily serving of processed red meat increased mortality by 20%.  As we're sure you've seen, the headlines that followed were not at all favorable to red meat.  While this has not slowed down our steak consumption at all, it will cause many to join the "Meatless Monday" bandwagon.  We know that all meats are not created equal, and that there were many other factors not figured into this study and that the meat itself may not be to blame.  Mark's Daily Apple posted an excellent breakdown and response to the observational study, showing that meat alone may not be bringing on the higher mortality risk. 

Has this study changed your eating habits at all?  We'd love to hear your thoughts - feel free to visit us on Twitter or Facebook to leave your feedback. 

The NY Times posted a frightening article last week advising that for the first time in forty years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noticed an increase in the number of preschool age children with cavities.  Not just one or two, but kids are visiting the dentist with 6-10 cavities at one time.  Many children are suffering from tooth decay so bad that they require anesthesia, which can be dangerous for young children.  Not surprising, reasons for this increase included poor dental hygiene and children consuming too many sugary and carb-heavy snacks.  To help keep your children out of the dentist's chair, try to substitute more healthy snacks into their diets. Here are some of our favorites:

Now is a great time to add a few snacks to your next order, the Cappuccino Ice Cream and Peanut Butter Honey Bars are both on sale this week!  For a healthier chocolate snack you might try our Tanzania 72% Dark Chocolate Bars which have been winning national praise and just restocked last week.  


Are our kids too clean?  As crazy as this might sound, there may be some truth behind it.  A recent study hints that farm life, or more exposure to the elements, may actually help breed immunity to bacteria and disease.  There are countless antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, and sprays on the market now that may be getting overused.  The study compared Amish children who typically live on the farm to Swiss children who did not grow up on the farm, and they found that the Amish children had much lower allergy levels than those not living on a farm.  While not everyone has the opportunity to grow up on the farm, we can pay more attention to how much sanitizer our kids use. 

The Naturally Engineered blog is again hosting the 2012 Paleo Community Survey that we encourage you all to take and share with friends.  This provides great feedback to all of those involved in the paleo lifestyle- whether you are a producer, consumer, blogger, etc.  It also gives us ideas on how to improve our paleo offerings and lets producers know what consumers are looking for.  The 2011 results are very interesting - especially the polls showing the effects a paleo diet can have on health and energy levels.  This year's survey takes only a minute to fill out, and you will be entered to win several prize packages!

One of our favorite new cookbooks will be released next Tuesday, March 20.  We were lucky enough to receive a preview copy of Eat Like A Dinosaur last week and love it!  Authored by the Paleo Parents, they are hosting a giveaway to help you eat your way through the book - visit their blog for all the details and to get entered to win a kitchen full of supplies!

If you want more ways to win, along with some quick and easy dinner ideas, visit the Rubies & Radishes blog to get entered in an easy US Wellness giveaway for your chance to score a whole assortment of tasty meat products.

Looking for more unique ways to incorporate organ meats into your diet?  Be sure to see our Customer Comments and Recipe sections below for a home chef recipe featuring Lamb Sweetbreads - you will be amazed with the results!

Spring Regards,  

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

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How to Best Help Your Child Lose Weight: Lose Weight Yourself

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and The University of Minnesota indicates that a parent's weight change is a key contributor to the success of a child's weight loss in family-based treatment of childhood obesity. The results were just published in the advanced online edition of the journal Obesity.

"We looked at things such as parenting skills and styles, or changing the home food environment, and how they impacted a child's weight," said Kerri N. Boutelle, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at UC San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. "The number one way in which parents can help an obese child lose weight? Lose weight themselves. In this study, it was the most important predictor of child weight loss."

Recent data suggests that 31 percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese, or between four and five million children. Current treatment programs generally require participation by both parents and children in a plan that combines nutrition education and exercise with behavior therapy techniques.

"Parents are the most significant people in a child's environment, serving as the first and most important teachers," said Boutelle "They play a significant role in any weight-loss program for children, and this study confirms the importance of their example in establishing healthy eating and exercise behaviors for their kids."

The researchers looked at eighty parent-child groups with an 8 to 12-year-old overweight or obese child, who participated in a parent-only or parent + child treatment program for five months.

The study focused on evaluating the impact of three types of parenting skills taught in family-based behavioral treatment for childhood obesity, and the impact of each on the child's body weight: the parent modeling behaviors to promote their own weight loss, changes in home food environment, and parenting style and techniques (for example, a parent's ability to help limit the child's eating behavior, encouraging the child and participating in program activities).

Consistent with previously published research, parent BMI change was the only significant predictor of child's weight loss.

The researchers concluded that clinicians should focus on encouraging parents to lose weight to help their overweight or obese child in weight management.

University of California - San Diego. "How to best help your child lose weight: Lose weight yourself." ScienceDaily, 14 Mar. 2012. Web. 15 Mar. 2012.

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Dr. Al Sears
What Your Eyebrows May Be Telling You 


By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

I've helped thousands of women look and feel more beautiful at my clinic over the years.

And I know it's important to you to keep your eye area looking nice and clean with proper eyebrow grooming.

But there's something important you should know.

A little refinement with a pair of tweezers is one thing. But if the outer third of your eyebrow is starting to fall out on its own, that's a different story.

If this is happening, it may mean you're not producing enough thyroid hormone.

And that's bad news.

Because when your thyroid is working like it should, you'll have:
  • Increased energy
  • Normal heart rate
  • Normal weight
  • Better mood
  • Healthy metabolism
  • Less stress
  • Normal body temperature
  • Normal perspiration
  • Strong joints & muscles
  • Normal periods
  • Regular blood pressure
  • Shiny, lustrous hair
  • A sharp memory
  • Normal cholesterol 
If your thyroid isn't working as efficiently as it could, you might experience one or more of over two hundred problems.  Besides losing your eyebrows, you might start to feel chilly all the time. You might notice extra fat around your waist. Maybe you get headaches a lot, your nails break easily, or your mood may not be as good as it once was.

If you recognize any of these symptoms, you're not alone. You have a one in five chance of developing thyroid issues by the time you're 65 years old.

In fact, low thyroid function is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions today. According to a major study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 13 million Americans are undiagnosed and unaware they have thyroid issues.(1)

But don't rush off to your doctor quite yet...

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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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  The #1 Anti-Aging Ingredient in Pizza (Hint: It's NOT Tomatoes!)


By: Kelley Herring



In the last two editions of the US Wellness Meats newsletter, I shared the many health benefits of turmeric and rosemary and the best ways to incorporate these flavorful, functional foods in your diet.

Today I'm going to share another common herb with some amazingly uncommon health benefits...

Oregano: The Cell-Protecting Pizza Herb

The nostalgic smell you associate with your family's spaghetti dinners may make you feel like a kid again. And research shows indulging in this culinary tradition could truly turn back the hands of time.

That's because oregano - the predominant herb in Italian food that's often called the "pizza herb" - is a chart-topper when it comes to fighting free radicals. Dried oregano weighs in with an ORAC score of 200,129. That's 110 times more antioxidant power than oranges... 42 times more than apples...and 30 times more than blueberries on a gram-per-gram basis.

Studies also show that oregano has stronger antioxidant capacity than two common synthetic antioxidant preservatives commonly added to processed food-BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated bydroxyanisole).

But oregano doesn't just protect the healthy cells in your body. It can help eliminate unwanted cells too. In fact, oregano is one of the most potent antimicrobial herbs ever tested!

Fights Food-Borne Bacteria, Immune-Wrecking Fungus and More!

A recent study conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center found that oregano is effective against a wide range of microbial nasties, including Staph, E. coli, H. pylori, Mycobacterium and others. The study authors were so impressed by oregano's ability and long-standing safety record that they suggested it could be used to prevent and treat severe bacterial infections, including antibiotic-resistant infections.

Another study found that oregano oil is a better treatment for the water-borne illness Giardia than the powerful prescription drugs commonly prescribed to treat the illness.

But oregano doesn't just fend off pathogens - it can help you maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut as well...

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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...  


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Dr. Serrano,

I have what I believe is a plantar fibroma on my foot, a painful lump right in the middle of the arch, about the size of a kidney bean. It isn't a skin condition like a corn or callous, but down in the deeper tissues.  I have read as much as I can find on the condition - are there any dietary factors that contribute to it? I am overweight and have trouble with my knees and other joints, and I do think that stress from weight on the plantar fascia may have caused injury that started the lump forming as well, but I would like to know if there is anything dietary I can do about it.  I have been attempting, though sporadically, to follow the Weston A. Price guidelines.

Longview, WA



Dear Beth,    


Sorry those fibromas can be very painful and yes, they do start like you stated and obesity plays a very important part in it. 


You stated that sporadically you follow the Weston A. Price diet. I'm sorry but that doesn't work.  If you want to work at it and really want to get rid of the condition all the way, not halfway, you must start a good diet, and also stretch your plantar aspect. 


You don't give me any other details but eventually if you don't make drastic changes sometimes surgery is the only way out of this problem.

PS - Patients with food allergies have a tendency to have more fibromas.

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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Get Rid of Gut Fat Fast for Summer! 


By: Scott Mendelson




I am far from pool ready if you know what I mean and there is only a couple of months before I want to have my shirt off without being embarrassed.  I do not need to look like a professional bodybuilder, but want to look lean and muscular.  I have been training really hard and eating in a very disciplined manner, but my gut will just not budge over the last five years even though my over all body fat is much lower.  Any suggestions?   








My email box has been overflowing since some weather improvements hit in March. I wish I had a penny for every person who emailed me telling me there were lean all over except for one trouble spot.  A consistent execution of the right tactics can lower midsection body fat very quickly, but this is not the type of program you can design out on your own.   In two months you can make a great deal of progress by lowering body fat levels in specific areas.   


Shut Off Fat Storage Receptors 


All men have a high density of fat storage receptors while women have more problems with fat storage in the lower body.   These fat storage receptors must be shut off so the body can burn more stored fat as fuel.  Many trainees sabotage themselves by over-training and making big mistakes with diet which leads to activating fat storage receptors and ultimately making matters worse.  Those with high stress levels will have the most stubborn trouble spot fat deposits as their hormonal make up can also trigger fat storing. 


Are You Hurting Your Progress? 


At times trainees are their own worst enemies by using the wrong tactics to achieve their goals. Training and nutrition are complicated and require planning to ensure the fastest rates or progress.  This is where I come in to help clients achieve long term goals in the shortest possible time frame. The most common methods that I see backfire are a high volume of steady state cardio, fatigue driven weight training sessions and eating too little over an extended period of time.  If you are caught in these trends, specific programs are needed to revive fat burning mechanisms...


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Hello US Wellness,

Last night I cooked the Lamb Sweetbreads in a red-wine and herb poaching liquid for 10 minutes, drained, dipped in flour and fried in your lamb fat together with thinly sliced onions and fennel.

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised how good it was. I'm not normally fond of organ meats, but am trying to eat more, since I'm pregnant. I'm glad I gave it a try. And many recipes say that you need to eat organ meats fresh, not frozen, but I've had it in my freezer for probably 2 months and it still tasted great. 

Oh, and I gave a little bit of it raw to my cat and he devoured it too. Thanks from our whole family!

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Lamb Sweetbreads   


Lamb Sweetbreads      


  • 1 lb lamb sweetbreads 
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, coarsely chopped, plus 1/2 bulb, thinly sliced 
  • 2 carrots, chopped 
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, unpeeled, sliced in half 
  • 2 onions - one chopped and 1 thinly sliced 
  • 2-3 cups red wine plus enough water to cover the rest of the broth ingredients 
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar 
  • Mixed dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaves, etc) 
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed 
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed 
  • Pinch of red chile flakes 
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus more to taste 
  • 1-2 cups of pasture raised lamb fat, beef fat or lard 
  • 1-2 cups flour 
  • Lemon slices, as a condiment  


  1. Soak the sweetbreads in several changes of ice water for 2 hours.  
  2. Make a broth by boiling together the fennel, carrots, celery, garlic, chopped onion, wine, vinegar and herbs and spices for about 20 minutes. Strain the solids out and return liquid to a boil. Add the sweetbreads and return to a simmer. Cook ~10 minutes, then drain and set aside.  
  3. In a tall-sided pot, heat the fat to 375 degrees. Make sure you have at least 2 inches of fat or it will cool too much when you add the sweetbreads.  Alternatively, if you fry it in a cast iron skillet, which has a high heat capacity, you can get away with less fat.  
  4. Dredge the sweetbreads in the flour mixed with some salt and fry for about 1 minute until the sweetbreads are brown and crispy. Next, dredge the sliced onion and fennel in the flour mixture and fry in the fat until brown, working in batches to avoid overcrowding. Serve the sweetbreads on the nest of fried onion and fennel with lemon wedges on the side.  



Recipe compliments of Nevra at Churn Your Own, photo comes from Cooking in Sens.  If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email them to


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