U.S. Wellness Meats Newsletter
What's in Your Sports Drink?  Lose Belly Fat, Fish Oil Benefits, Ice Cream Reviews, Powerful Protein, Defy Aging With Telomerase

May 31, 2009
Monticello, Missouri
Dear John,

Do you drink sports drinks to help enhance your athletic performance? The leading sports drinks you may be drinking are full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, and dye and preservatives.

So instead of enhancing your performance, they may be detrimental. Caffeine dehydrates and causes muscle cramping; high fructose corn syrup will spike your blood sugar and create the inevitable crash or "bonk", and actually uses up your ATP, which is the fuel your body makes to energize muscles.

Beyond Hydration Water is the most hydrating drink on the market.  When you get down to natural nutrition, real hydration and total body performance, Beyond Hydration stands alone. Because unlike its competitors, Beyond Hydration goes beyond hydration (with 74 electrolytes and more!) to provide your body with the natural minerals it needs for energy, exercise recovery and cellular hydration.  Get the facts in Catherine's Comments below.

Are you getting enough fish oil in your diet?  According to Harvard Health Publications, "To reduce the risk of sudden death from cardiac disease eat fish at least twice weekly or consider daily fish oil capsules."  Or-ion Premier Fish Oil is the world's only salmon oil supplement certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as originating from 100% sustainable harvested fish.  They contain ONLY pure Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil and are cold pressed processed on the shores of Bristol Bay, Alaska from freshly caught, sustainable harvested sockeye salmon.  Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the omega-3 rich Or-ion Fish Oil with a volume discount.

The impressive pictures below are of  Alan Sharkany, Jr. taken on May 16th at Tommy K Vitamins in Stamford, CT.  Mr. Sharkany, Jr. did 148 record setting two-finger pull-ups in sixty minutes.  Alan, a former US Marine, weighed 225.5 pounds on the day of the event, and stayed fueled with high quality protein from US Wellness Meats. 



Mr. Sharkany Jr. current record is 2,101 two-handed pull-ups in 24 hours, at a body weight of 223 and 341 in one hour, weighing 216 pounds.  The event was held to raise awareness and donations for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.  This honorable organization has provided over $30 million in assistance to injured servicemen and women and their families.  We salute them for serving those who preserve our freedom, and salute Alan and his fellow Marines for their continued service to our country. 

It pays to pay attention.  The following links will help all of us to stay tuned on efforts to alter our food supply as we know it.  Some of the links will seem far fetched but there are those among us pushing agendas counter to my country rearing.  See for yourself:
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Best Summer Regards,

John, Lee Ann, Megan, Tressa and Jennifer on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats.    

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Don't forget to look for the special promo code hidden in the text for a one time only 12% discount off your next purchase. First 35 users will be able to utilize the code.

The 9 red letters (in sequence) are in the extended articles in this issue and will spell out a string that can be used in the 'promo code' area when you are placing your order. The letters will begin within Catherine Ebeling article after you open the complete article by clicking the link at the bottom of the article.  Remaining clues might be in subsequent sections of the newsletter.

This code only applies on orders weighing under 40 pounds and excludes all sale items
Your order receipt will not show a credit.  The code simply changes prices on your receipt page in spread
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Eating red or white meat, including meat cooked at high temperatures, does not increase the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a large study conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

A number of previous studies have found that eating red meat or meat cooked at high temperatures increases the risk of breast cancer. (High temperatures caused by grilling, barbecuing or pan-frying produce high amounts of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in meat; HCAs and PAHs are mutagens (chemicals capable of causing mutations in DNA) that can cause breast tumors in laboratory animals.)

But a link between meat in the diet and breast cancer in women hasn't been established. "Previous epidemiologic studies in humans looking at the amount of meat in the diet and estimated intakes of HCAs and PAHs in relation to breast cancer risk have yielded inconsistent results," says lead author Geoffrey C. Kabat, Ph.D., M.S., senior epidemiologist in the department of epidemiology and population health at Einstein.

To clarify this issue, Dr. Kabat and his colleagues analyzed data on 120,755 postmenopausal women who participated in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. When the women enrolled in the study (between 1995 and 1996), they gave detailed information on what types of food they ate and how often they ate certain foods. In addition, they provided information on meat-preparation methods.

Over the next eight years, approximately three percent, or 3,818, of the women developed breast cancer. The researchers found no evidence that the amount of meat consumed, meat-cooking methods used, or meat-mutagen intake was associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. Reported meat intake included steak, hamburger, chicken, pork, processed meat and meat cooked at high temperatures.

The study also found that consumption of meat or meat cooked at high temperatures, through grilling and oven-broiling, did not increase breast cancer rates in subgroups including obese women, those who did not have children, who were consumers of alcohol, who were smokers, who used menopausal hormone therapy, who had low levels of physical activity, or had a low intake of fruits or vegetables.

source: Medical News Today, May29, 2009
Catherine's Comment
by Catherine Ebeling, RN BSN

Cahterine Ebeling

Athletes everywhere pick up sports drinks to quench their thirst and replenish carbohydrates. Do they really work? Do energy and sports drinks help performance or do they just add empty calories?

A recent scientifically formulated new sports drink called "Beyond Hydration" water may actually be the only drink that does. However the leading sports drinks on the market may actually be detrimental to athletic performance.

Expensive and highly visible advertising campaigns, and celebrity athlete spokespersons give many people the impression that  drinks like Gatorade and Red Bull are healthy and essential during or after a workout to replace energy, lost electrolytes, carbohydrates and fluids.

Although simple carbohydrates are helpful for athletes engaging in high-intensity exercise; are sports drinks effective, or even appropriate, for the average gym member or weekend warrior? Studies seem to be split on the matter.

In one study, researchers prepared beverages containing glucose, maltodextrin or neither, so that they tasted identical, and gave them to athletes, who rinsed the drinks around in their mouths before spitting them out during exercise. Despite not reaping the energizing effects of the carbohydrates in the drinks, the rinsing of the simple sugar mixes were shown to "significantly reduce the time to complete the cycle time trial," while the placebo drinks had no such effect. The data was so impressive that the researchers concluded "much of the benefit from carbohydrate in sports drinks is provided by signaling directly from mouth to brain rather than providing energy for the working muscle."

Another study found that citric acid, commonly found in sports drinks, ate away at the enamel coating on teeth. As a result, the drinks could easily leak into the bone-like material underneath, causing a weakening and softening of the tooth that could result in severe tooth damage and even tooth loss if left untreated.

Sports drinks are up to 30 times more erosive to your teeth than water. As this recent study pointed out, brushing your teeth does not help because citric acid in the sports drink will softens tooth enamel so much it could be damaged just by brushing.

The leading brands of sports drinks on the market typically contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of sodas and more sodium. They also often contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial flavors, and food coloring, none of which belong in your body,

If you are exercising to lose weight and get into shape, you should know that sports drinks and energy drinks will cause weight gain, similar to drinking soda. It is a sad irony that many people...


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Dr. Al Sears M.D.
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By Al Sears, M.D.
Author: The Doctor's Heart Cure

Before you cook that chicken breast to a perfect golden brown or caramelize those onions to add to your favorite dish, you may want to heed the latest research.
Browning your food - the cooking term is "caramelizing" - occurs when sugar molecules attach to protein.
Though your taste buds are enjoying the party, the rest of your body is paying the price.

When the sugar attaches to the protein, a series of other reactions occur called glycation that causes proteins to stick together. When proteins stick together, it is called "cross linking". The official term for these cross-linked proteins is Advanced Glycation End products, or AGEs.

When these "sticky proteins," or AGEs, build up, that's when the real trouble begins. AGEs can gather in any number of tissues in the body, and the basic result is that the tissue gets "stiffer". When tissues get stiffer, they don't work as they should.

AGEs have been associated with a number of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer.

Preventing the build up of AGEs may be an important factor in preventing many age-related diseases. Here are a few things you can do:

Avoid a diet heavy in foods that have been heated for prolonged periods of time, particularly meats, fats, and broiled foods.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't eat quality meat, just don't overcook and prevent browning if possible. Cooking with water prevents caramelizing - like steaming or boiling.

AGEs can be inhaled through cigarette smoke.  As if you needed another reason to quit!

Here are some supplements that have been shown to slow down AGE formation:

o    Carnosine - An excellent overall antioxidant, carnosine has been shown to prevent cross linking.  Carnosine levels drop dramatically when we age, so supplementation is a good idea, 100 mg - 200 mg a day.

o    Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) - Has been shown to reduce AGE formation. Vitamin B6 is also a good antioxidant and helps with metabolism of carbohydrates. Take 300 mg to 500 mg a day.

o    Thiamine (vitamin B1) - Another good substance to slow down AGE formation. An important part of carbohydrate metabolism, vitamin B1 is also known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Take 1.5 mg a day.

An important note, high blood sugar levels can greatly increase cross linking and AGEs. So avoid a high sugar diet, or your sweet tooth may cost you more than an extra trip to the dentist.
Mark Stibich, Ph.D.,How Sugar Makes Us Age - Protein Cross-Linking and Aging
Nieske Zabriskie, ND. AGEs and Cross-Linkages, Their Role in Weight Gain, Heart Health, and a Surprising Number of Conditions
Koschinsky T et al. Orally absorbed reactive glycation products (glycotoxins): an environmental risk factor in diabetic nephropathy. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Jun 10;94(12):6474-9.
Cerami C et al. Tobacco smoke is a source of toxic reactive glycation products. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Dec 9;94(25):13915-20.
Hipkiss AR. Would carnosine or a carnivorous diet help suppress aging and associated pathologies? Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 May;1067:369-74.


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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Shane Ellison M.S.
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By Shane "The People's Chemist Ellison                             
At 65 years old, most of your friends will be sitting idle in an old-folks home, counting the weeks by the number of times they play bingo.  But not you.  If you learn how to boost one single enzyme in your body, you can defy aging the easy way.  You'll be traveling the world, parachuting for the first time, or perhaps starting a new, highly profitable business.  That enzyme is known as telomerase.

Telomerase acts as a shield for your genetic blue print - DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).  It protects it from getting shorter and older.  The more you have, the healthier and stronger you are.

One of the best ways to preserve or enhance telomerase production - and functional lifespan - is to limit food consumption to only three meals per day.  This helps to optimize our "hormonal intelligence" which in turn preserves the enzymes that shield DNA from being shortened or rather from premature aging.

The trick to minimizing meals is to eat those foods that are most satisfying, while at the same time, have a minor effect on the output of our fat storing hormone known as insulin.  These would be foods like avocados, grass fed beef, coconut oil, seeds, nuts and eggs.


About the author:

Ellison's entire career has been dedicated to the study of molecules; how they give life and how they take from it. He was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant for his research in biochemistry and physiology. He is a bestselling author, holds a master's degree in
organic chemistry and has first-hand experience in drug design.

Use Shane's knowledge and insight to look and feel your best in 90 days by clicking HERE:

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Dr. Eric Serrano M.D., M.S., B.C.
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Dear Dr. Serrano,

All of my family has belly fat.
How can I lose in this area?
My arms and legs are not excessively large, why is it in my middle section?
I have a bad back...and I am desperate.

Dear R.B.:

I don't have enough details, but the must common reasons for abdominal fat are high carb diet, stressed life-style, back injuries, low DHEA, and low thyroid.  Based on what you are telling me it sounds like you guys do consume a high carbohydrate diet, with little amount of good fats and no exercise.

About your back, I don't know what happened but it will make a huge difference if you start rehabing it if you can, with exercises. 

You can contact Sam Visnic at 310 349 6403- he can work miracles with your back

Best of success,

Dr. Eric Serrano, M.D.

This is a friendly reminder to email health and wellness questions to the email address below for Dr. Eric Serrano M.D. question and answer series. Please place Dr. Serrano's name in the subject line for quicker processing.

Answers will appear in future issues of the Newsletter and News Alert. Your full name will not be displayed. Dr. Serrano has been so kind to offer his expertise to literally any question related to health and wellness involving grass-fed meats.

Dr. Serrano has a wealth of knowledge from both his farm background, 15 years of clinical experience and 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.

Dr. Eric Serrano M.D.
With advanced degrees in nutrition, kinesiology and wellness
475 North Hill Road
Pickerington, OH  43147-1157

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Athlete Corner - Scott Mendelson Q&A
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By: Scott Mendelson

I am really eager to lose body fat now that summer is here and I want to put on a bikini without feeling self conscious.  Should I just do an hour of cardio of day and increase the amount each week until I hit my goal? 

Pittsburgh, PA

Absolutely not!  I get a question like yours very often so there must be some consistent misconceptions out there that still persist.  I interact with many thousands of people each year as a consultant and review the training and nutrition histories in detail.  100% of the profiles I review that involve excessive cardio are associated with a lack of progress.

Daily Cardio Increasing Rates of Fat STORAGE

Check out this video link of Dr. Serrano explaining why too much steady state cardio can actually stimulate fat storage!  Visit link HERE.
The best combination for accelerating fat loss- focus on the word accelerating!, would be a combination of weight training and interval sprints.  I have taken many female clients to previously un-reached levels of success with proven tactics.  Looking good in a bikini requires a very low body fat for women since there is nowhere to hide trouble spots.  It is not uncommon for my female clients to use 2% of their body fat per month for an extended period of time pending on the end goal.  This can translate to a 10-20 lb permanent loss in 8 weeks.

The design of both the interval sprints and weight training routines are critical to match the needs of the client.  The base fitness level is very important as I do not expect a novice to do the same volume or intensity of a more experienced trainee. 

Interval Sprints for Rapid Fat Loss

An example of interval sprints could be going as fast as you can for 10 sec on a stationary bike followed by a 30 sec jog pace.  Repeating this interval for 20 minutes is much more productive than traditional steady state cardio for many reasons that Dr. Serrano will discuss in the video clip.  I have developed several hundred protocols for intervals involving different modes of exercise, timing, tension, incline etc.  Refinements involving all of these factors can be the difference between achieving average and great fat loss results.

Previous columns have expanded on the importance of weight training in the fat loss equation.  Many females avoid weight training or use the wrong tactics to achieve their goals.  These sessions should not be a walk in the park, rather the greater the intensity the faster the progress, in my 10 years of experience.  Progressively heavier weights must be used while packing more work into gradually less time.  Note this type of training does not result in an undesired increase of lean muscle mass.  Weight training not only burns a great deal of calories, but also supports an accelerated metabolic rate for many hours following the exercise session.  

Please contact scott@infinityfitness.com for a free interval sprint routine

Hi, I am Scott Mendelson, and I am here to help deliver solutions to all of your exercise challenges in 2009 and beyond!

An Internet Training and nutrition consulting pioneer, Scott has been helping clients ranging from weekend warriors to professional athletes since 1999.  See more about Scott's credentials here.

Watch Scott explain the Super Station Training Chest and Back routine demonstrated by Natural Pro Todd Buchanan.

To say the least, grassland beef goes quickly in the Mendelson House with filets, flank, minute steaks and burgers being the favorites.

"My goal is to not only reach more people in 2009, but help them get to their goals in the fastest possible time frame using the best techniques for their unique needs" 

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Hi John,

I just received my order. I had to
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Fantastic Stuffed Burgers
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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese -- softened
  • 1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
  • 4 onion buns
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms -- sliced 1/4-inch
  • 2 medium onions -- sliced 1/8-inch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or All Natural US Wellness BBQ Sauce
  • 4 slices ripe tomato
  • In medium bowl stir together ground beef, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Form into large 1/4-inch thick patties (you need 2 patties per burger)
  • In small bowl stir together blue cheese, cream cheese and mustard. Place about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture on top of each of half the patties. Top each with remaining meat patty. Press around edges to seal.
  • Place hamburgers in 10-inch skillet. Cook over medium heat, turning once, until desired doneness (12 to 15 minutes for medium). Place hamburgers on buns.
  • In same skillet with drippings place mushrooms and onions; add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until tender (4 to 5 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, place tomato slice on each hamburger; top with fried mushrooms and onions.
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   May 28, 2009 - Near Monticello, Missouri
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Five very happy grass-fed steers late afternoon in a sea of green grass created by solar energy and a very diverse ecosystem. 

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This is our way of saying thank you for purchasing in volume. This can be any combination of products totaling 40 pounds and does not have to be specific to any category. Each 40 pound interval will yield the discount. For example, 80 pounds of product will yield a $50 discount and a 120 pound purchase will yield a $75 discount.

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U.S. Wellness requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 pound minimum combined purchase ofbeef, lamb, pork, nutraceuticals, gourmet rabbit, grass-fed goat, grass-fed bison, raw cheese, single piece poultry, and butter.

The minimum is required since we have built the cost of shipping into the price of the product.  You will only see a nominal handling at checkout.

The issue is the 20 pound bulk chicken and turkeys  originate from separate cold storage center where those products are produced. It is not efficient to ship one package of beef as a stand alone item when the balance of the order originates 400 miles away.

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The following delicious sale items will expire at 10 PM CST June 6, 2009.

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Box 4AL
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Or-Ion Premier Fish Oil - 120 capsules

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