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Summer Grilling Season is Here!    

May 27, 2012
 Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,
Happy Memorial Day!  We hope everyone is enjoying a warm and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.  While we are out enjoying cold drinks and hot grills, let us not forget the true reason behind this holiday.  We are truly blessed to live in a free country with a strong military proudly guarding her borders day and night.  If it weren't for these dedicated men and women, we would not be able to enjoy the many luxuries that we do.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those currently serving our country and for the wounded warriors here at home. 

Memorial Day has always been the unofficial kick-off to summer, so we have some of our grilling favorites on sale this week.  The NY Strip Kabobs are ready to meet your favorite fruits and veggies on a skewer, add some hot coals and dinner is served.  Chicken Wings and BBQ Sauce always make a tangy, tasty addition to any summer barbecue, so we put them on sale together this week!

For a tasty summer treat - try the Blackberry Glazed Pork Chop recipe in our recipe section below - the combination of sweet blackberries with a rich pork flavor is one your family will love!  Even better - the Boneless Pork Chop is on a volume discount, so the more you buy the more you save!

If you missed this last week - you'll want to check out The Primal Palate's post recapping their visit to Missouri!  We were honored to host Bill and Hayley two weeks ago for farm tours, a rustic barbecue and even treated them to some fishing.  Check out their website for a recap of their tour complete with up-close farm photos and video, as well as a whole week of US Wellness recipes!  This past week they posted a different recipe every day featuring various cuts from our website so be sure to check that out for some new recipe ideas! 

If you are fans of Whole9, as we are - you will be glad to hear their book is finally available for pre-order!  Dallas and Melissa from Whole9 have been changing lives since introducing their Whole30 program in 2009, which is designed to change your life, not just your health, in only 30 days.  We have personally seen the benefits and strongly recommend it for anyone who needs to cut the sugar and toxins from their diet.  It Starts With Food details the Whole30 program and shares how to cure an endless list of symptoms and diseases simply by changing your diet.  We expect this to be a very popular seller so be sure to reserve your copy today and watch their website for upcoming giveaways and promotions. 

Good news for coffee drinkers!  Results from one of the biggest studies on coffee have recently been released and are giving us more reasons to enjoy that morning cup of java.  Be sure to read Kelley's article below for all the details. 

We want to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the Weston A. Price Convention in nearby St. Louis, MO last weekend.  We truly enjoyed the crowd and the food was amazing! 

Just a reminder - our offices will be closed tomorrow, May 28 so our employees can enjoy a day with their families.
FedEx will also be shut down, so we will be unable to ship any orders on Monday.  Any orders placed now will be be added to the next shipping cycle beginning Tuesday, May 29.  Our packing crew will prepare orders for shipping as soon as possible, but please note we may need to employ Thursday shipping this week.  We appreciate your patience and hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Summer Regards,

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

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Overweight Man

20% 'Fat Tax' Needed to Improve Population Health, Experts Say

Taxes on unhealthy food and drinks would need to be at least 20% to have a significant effect on diet-related conditions such as obesity and heart disease, say experts on the British Medical Journal website. Ideally, this should be combined with subsidies on healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, they add.

Their views come ahead of the 65th World Health Assembly taking place in Geneva on 21-26 May 2012 where prevention and control of non-communicable diseases will be a key issue for discussion.

As an increasing number of countries introduce taxes on unhealthy food and drinks, Oliver Mytton and colleagues at the University of Oxford examine the evidence on the health effects of food taxes.

Evidence suggests that taxing a wide range of unhealthy foods or nutrients is likely to result in greater health benefits than narrow taxes, they say, although the strongest evidence base is for tax on sugary drinks.

For example, a US study found a 35% tax on sugar sweetened drinks ($0.45 (0.28; 0.34) per drink) in a canteen led to a 26% decline in sales.

Meanwhile modelling studies predict a 20% tax on sugary drinks in the US would reduce obesity levels by 3.5%, and suggest that extending VAT (at 17.5%) to unhealthy foods in the UK could cut up to 2,700 heart disease deaths a year.

Opinion polls from the US also put support for tax on sugary drinks at between 37% and 72%, particularly when the health benefits of the tax are emphasized.

However, they point out that understanding the overall effect on health is complicated, and that policy makers need to be wary of negative effects, like changes in other important nutrients and compensatory behavior that may increase energy intake or reduce energy expenditure.

The food industry also argues that the taxes would be ineffective, unfair, and damage the industry leading to job losses. And from a legislative point of view, it is still unclear how such taxes are best introduced and enforced.

Meanwhile, others have advocated that the taxes be used to raise funds to treat diet related diseases, subsidize healthy foods, or to stimulate industry reformulation of food (such as removal of salt, sugar, or saturated fats from foods).

In conclusion, Mytton and colleagues say that health related food taxes have the potential to improve health, but the tax would need to be at least 20% to have a significant effect on population health.

In a second analysis paper, Corinna Hawkes from the Centre for Food Policy at City University London says that, although governments are beginning to implement food policies to encourage healthier eating, "there remains a long way to go for food policies to reach their full potential."

She points out that changes to the food supply system since the 1980s have "coincided with rises in obesity and non-communicable diseases" and argues that health must be made a priority for the modern food economy.

Resources: BMJ-British Medical Journal. "20 percent 'fat tax' needed to improve population health, experts say." ScienceDaily, 15 May 2012. Web. 17 May 2012.

searsDr. Al Sears, M.D.
Dr. Al Sears
Just Like Sugar...Not    


By: Al Sears, MD

Dear Health-Conscious Reader,

Since I've been writing to you about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and how unnatural it is for you, you've probably seen the ads that say it's the same as sugar. And that sugar, whether it comes from corn or from cane is the same.

Well, it's not.

If you've read my previous letters I show you why it's not the same and how the fructose is handled differently by your body than sugar from cane.

But there's another big issue... when high fructose corn manufacturers smile at you and want to reassure you that corn syrup is perfectly fine, ask them about mercury.

One of the steps used to make high fructose corn syrup is to process with caustic soda, which is made using mercury. And when we test, we find that half of the HFCS samples have mercury. Mercury was also found in a third of the off-the-shelf commercial foods where HFCS is the first or second labeled ingredient.

Unfortunately, you probably aren't going to learn much about this from your doctor. Most are still hopelessly ignorant in these areas. They were simply never taught about nutrition and environmental toxins in medical school and instead only learned about drugs and surgery.

One of the worst toxic offenders you're exposed to every day is mercury. 6 million pounds of it go up into the air every year just from coal power plants.

This elemental or metallic mercury produces vapor that gets thrown into the air we breathe. It is also used in industry to produce chlorine gas and the caustic soda I mentioned, and in dental fillings and batteries.

Mercury combines with other elements, such as chlorine, sulfur, or oxygen, to form "inorganic mercury" or mercury salts. They are sometimes used in synthetic skin lightening creams and as antiseptic creams and ointments.

Mercury also combines with carbon to make "organic mercury" compounds. The most common is methylmercury. This is produced by organisms in the water and soil, and is the kind of mercury you get when you eat fish.

We also get mercury in our bodies from drinking water, some vaccines, fluorescent light bulbs, red tattoo dye and contact lens fluid. Here are some other places you'd never expect to find mercury...

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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.



Kelley Herring kelleyherring 
Kelley Herring


 Drink This to Live Longer


By: Kelley Herring





If you're a coffee lover, I have some really good news. Your cup o' joe just might extend your life and reduce your risk for disease, according to recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine


After decades of research on coffee and health, AARP and the National Institutes of Health paired up to conduct the largest study ever done on Americans' favorite beverage.  


The results were astounding. Not only did the study show that drinking coffee isn't harmful to your health, it also showed that this supposedly "guilty pleasure" is actually associated with lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, as well as a longer lifespan.  


So what is coffee's secret to health and longevity, you ask?  


A Thousand Disease-Fighters in Your Morning Java 


Well, it's not the caffeine. In fact, researchers found the same benefits for decaf as they did for regular coffee.  


And since coffee is Americans' top source of antioxidants in the diet (yes, it's true) and contains literally thousands of phytonutrients - like caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid - scientists can't single out just one "silver bullet". Like many other foods, coffee's bioactive compounds probably work synergistically, to provide the health benefits. 


But like any observational study, the other habits of the coffee drinkers have to be taken into account.  


Habits and Health of Half a Million  


Previous studies have shown that coffee can raise LDL cholesterol and blood pressure - two risk factors for heart disease. But after researchers adjusted for other factors (like smoking and exercising less), they found a clear pattern: Each cup of coffee consumed per day boosted the chances of living longer!
Because the study involved so many people (402,260) and included more than ten years of follow up, researchers feel the evidence is solid. Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health commented: "This is probably the best evidence we have...


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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...  


Ask The Doctor 

Question and Answer Column


Hello Dr. Kim,   


Is it true that women stop absorbing calcium after age 25?  Is it better to take calcium supplements or simply eat foods that contain calcium?  Or both?  If food is the answer - what are your recommendations?




Dear Jilian,

The answer to your first question is no. The absorption of calcium in the age group of 25-year-olds does not stop. I think this age is in the area of what we like to call the "reproductive age" and the demands on the body increase. Our current times have also shown an increase in oral contraceptives which also impede the absorption of calcium.  During the reproductive age, there have been studies that have shown that the average dietary intake of calcium is less than 200mg a day, which is very low. The suggested dietary intake for a 9-18 year-old is approximately 1800mg/day and the suggested intake for those over 51 are 1000mg/day. Are these numbers skewed a bit because of increased osteoporosis, I can't say. But, I would shoot for a 1000-1200mg/day of calcium in your diet.

Is your fear or concern from the ideas of osteoporosis? Your concern is valid but do not worry. What we can do now is increase your uptake of both calcium rich foods and prevent (the biggest reason why we eat/exercise correctly) the process of osteoporosis. I am a huge fan of eating correctly and getting the right amount of nutrition in you from eating rather than purely supplementation.

However, if you just can't simply get enough calcium in your diet, supplementation with calcium in the most bioavailable form is ideal.
You can have a supplement with huge amounts of calcium, but if only a miniscule portion of it is bioavailable, it is useless. There are some calcium supplements that can cause an upset stomach. The two forms that are the most bioavailable forms are calcium citrate malate and calcium orotate. Make sure to also have a good source of Vitamin D and magnesium. These two both help with the absorption of calcium. I am a huge believer in getting all of your dietary needs from food sources. A great source of vitamin D and calcium is raw organic milk.

One more big thing! Remember to do weight bearing exercises! This will help with bone formation and calcium absorption. Don't get me wrong, all sorts of exercise is great, but weight bearing exercise is going to help you immensely.

Here is a list of foods that are outside the realm of dairy. Good protein intake has shown to assist with calcium absorption.  Make sure you are taking a good multi-vitamin since a healthy intake of magnesium/zinc help with the absorption of calcium.  
  • Sardines with bones.  
  • Calcium fortified orange juice 
  • Yogurt 
  • Eggs 
  • Green veggies - collards, spinach, kale, turnip greens, broccoli, okra, bok choy, mustard greens 
  • Almonds, almond butter 
  • Raw Organic Milk 
  • Tofu 
Good Luck,

-- Michael Kim, D.O.



This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions on any topic to for the question and answer series. Our question and answer series now also features Dr. Serrano's business partner, Dr. Mike Kim, MD.   Dr. Kim is currently finishing his training in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Nutrition at the University of Colorado, Denver.  He is consistently eats and lives a healthy lifestyle because of his family connection with DM2, HTN, Hyperlipidemia. He has served on many missions trips to foreign countries such as Tanzania, Cambodia, Brazil, etc.

He currently has been studying under the tutelage of Dr. Serrano, a world renowned nutrition specialist.  Dr. Kim is always seeking the latest and newest ways to help people with weight loss, athletic performance and healthy eating. He has a deep connection with MMA fighters, NFL athletes, and other professional athletes. He is at the forefront of breaking science with Muscle Pharm Sports Science and Research Center. His goal is to make living healthier for everyone, one meal at a time.

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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A


Burn 10-15 lbs of Fat in 30 Days with Strategic Nutrition Changes  


By: Scott Mendelson




We have 10-15 more pounds to lose to be in the best shape of our lives just in time for summer.  How can we do it in a month or less? My husband and I have made some good progress over the last eight weeks, but we have hit a plateau regarding fat loss.  We were both so excited for the summer with the thought in mind that we would look good on the beach here in sunny California.    


What areas should we be exploring to make the changes needed to get off those last 10-15 lbs of fat?    


One other question- how can we schedule "cheat" meals occasionally without slowing down our progress?  






Yes, with the right plan you guys can lose 10-15 lbs of fat in 30 days without increasing the amount of exercise you are doing.  Thanks for sending your training and nutrition records as I did review them in detail, but no room to list them in this response.   You guys have some great habits in place including an organic diet full of grass fed beef choices, but many refinements need to be made to bust through the plateau! 


Teach the Body to Use Stored Fat As Fuel 


The nutrition plan has not changed in three months so it has gotten stale.  We need to shake up the amounts of dietary fat, protein and carbohydrate to support your goals of forcing the body to use stored fat as a primary fuel source. This is a process called macronutrient cycling, perfected by Dr. Serrano.  You took a great approach when you started three months ago using a low carb, high protein, medium fat plan.  However, over time this program taught the body to use protein as an energy source instead of stored fat since protein was most abundant. 


Macronutrient Cycling 


Now we need to shift metabolic gears by changing up food sources on specific days to achieve a necessary macronutrient percentage balance.  We will use a couple days per week to shift around the macronutrient percentages while the other five days stay pretty similar.  This arrangement prevents staleness while increasing fat burning enzymes and optimizing fat burning hormones.  An example of this could be increasing the dietary fat intake on one day by consuming grass fed beef at all meals.  I find ways to make programs easy for clients to implement, so this is not as complicated as it sounds...


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Email with your top five problems and you will get a personal response within 12 hours from Scott.  Check out our new BLOG site for Cutting Edge Tips and Success Strategies.  Ask for free copies of the Macronutrient Cycling Fat Loss Special Report, Rapid Fat Burning Tools article and The 10-Minute Fat Loss Interval Workout Plan.


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Hi, Folks at U.S. Wellness Meats!Kid enjoying US Wellness Beef 

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Well of course!
As a first-time buyer, trying out the Paleo diet, I researched grass-fed beef and found your site.  And, boy, am I glad I did!  I am very happy, and I will be coming back!  (Though my wallet will be crying at some point because of it, LOL.  Thanks for the 15% discount code!!)
The beef jerky is great!

The beef sticks - I had ordered the bits/ends, but I think you were out of stock because you sent me the full sticks.  Thanks for the substitution at no added charge!  I will order the beef stick bits/ends again, because the snack size is easier for me (I cut the sticks up for my lunch).  They are delicious!  Perfectly spicy.
I am also heavily addicted to the honey+cherry-free pemmican after about the second bite, and I see a pail of it in my future.  :D
I will continue eating mostly Paleo for at least a few months, as I feel great, and knowing your products are fueling me with clean energy, it's even better than it would have otherwise been.
I mostly hit up your site because I am going on a trip at the end of the month and wanted to have some good travel food for a long weekend.  Hence the jerky, snack sticks, and pemmican. I am looking forward to my trip now even more!  (I have put myself on goody-restriction until the trip due to the relatively small quantity that I bought. :))
Thanks for the great products and awesome shipping - I was impressed with the packaging and it felt like Christmas cracking the cooler. ;)
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Recipe Corner

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Pork Chops


Blackberry Glazed Pork Chops     



  • 1-2lbs US Wellness Meats Pork Chops 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 12 ounces fresh blackberries 
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons water  
  • pinch of salt    


  1. Turn your grill on!! If you don't know how to light it, I can't help you. 
  2. Place pork chops on a plate and cover your pork chops in some cinnamon, thyme, salt and pepper on both side and press into the pork chop. 
  3. While your grill heats up, place a small saucepan over medium heat on your stove top and add your blackberries, balsamic vinegar, water, and a pinch of salt. 
  4. Let the sauce begin to mix together, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn't burn on the bottom. 
  5. Turn heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 3-5 minutes. 
  6. Then pour half of the sauce into a bowl (you can leave the blackberries in the saucepan because you'll just use them to top your chops off later). 
  7. Use a glazing brush to glaze one side of your pork chop then place that glazed side down onto your grill. 
  8. Then glaze the other side, cover grill and let cook for 5-7 minutes per side. I glazed each side of my pork chop probably 3-4 times to make sure as much blackberry sauce as possible could be soaked up by the chop. Make sure your chop is cooked on both sides and cook completely through before removing from grill. (took me about 12-14 minutes total). 
  9. Once your pork chops are all done cooking, add to plate and top with your leftover blackberry sauce that has been simmering and thickening up. 
  10. Then eat until you cry. So delicious.



Recipe and photo compliments of our friend Juli at PaleOMG.  For more paleo friendly recipes, CrossFit info and funny life lessons, be sure to visit her website!   If you are a blogger or food artist and would like to see your recipes published simply email them to


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The following sale items will expire at 10:00 pm CST on Saturday June 2, 2012.

New York Strip Kabobs
- 1 lb

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- 5 lbs

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- 4 (16 oz) bottles

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