For those who may not know this about me, I used to sell grass-fed meat and organic chicken to people in their homes in the Los Angeles area for nearly eight years. This is where I first learned about the healing properties of grass fed meat.
Story of a Cancer Patient in Pursuit of Bone Broth
About 5 years ago, a woman about 30 years old called me looking for marrow bones that she could make into broth. She told me she had just found out that she had brain cancer and her oncologist recommended she start drinking bone broth because of the cancer fighting properties. Since I was already working with a company that provided grass-fed beef it was pretty easy to make the connection between them and the young cancer patient.
While I intuitively knew grass-fed meat was much healthier than feed-lot meat, which is why I was selling it in the first place, I was shocked to find out grass-fed meat and broth could actually help you heal!
Grass-Fed Meat and Marrow Bones Contain CLA and Omega 3
I did some research and found that the fat in the grass-fed meat and marrow bones is called CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Grass-fed meat and marrow also happen to be an extremely high source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Both CLA and Omega 3 fatty acids are believed to be potent defenses against cancer.
A study in Finland “determined that women with the most CLA in their diets had a 60 percent reduction in the risk of breast cancer.” (1)
“In animal studies, very small amounts of CLA have blocked all three stages of cancer: 1) initiation, 2) promotion, and 3) metastasis. Most anti-cancer agents block only one of these stages. What’s more, CLA has slowed the growth of an unusually wide variety of tumors, including cancers of the skin, breast, prostate, and colon.” (2)
Why I Started Making Grass-Fed Bone Broth
Two of my biggest goals when deciding to produce grass-fed bone broth, were to first ensure, to the best of my ability, that the bones came from strictly grass-fed animals and second, to maximize the amount of CLA and Omega 3’s in each batch. What I rapidly discovered in working with local cattle breeders and butchers is that 100% grass-fed beef is really, really hard to find. Unless you raised the cow in your back yard and monitored its diet, you’re never really sure. Why? Simple…ranchers need to make a living. Grain-finished cattle sell better, take much fewer acres per animal to raise, and can be raised in spite of the draught conditions facing many ranchers and farmers today.
So…how do I work around the purely grass-fed problem? I use bison and wild game (e.g., elk and deer) bones as the source for my broths. Bison from Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota and wild game when in season from Washington and Oregon.
When I moved to the Gorge I wanted to have a significant, positive health impact on people lives. I wanted to help individuals with compromised immune systems like cancer and digestive issues using a natural, holistic approach.
Bone broth has helped me and it has helped several friends and clients with their issues as well.
I’m here to help anyone who would like to heal themselves eating whole foods and bone broth. By the way, it tastes delicious.
Feel free to contact me any time to chat about your health.
To your health,
1. Aro, A., S. Mannisto, I. Salminen, M. L. Ovaskainen, V. Kataja, and M. Uusitupa. “Inverse Association between Dietary and Serum Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women.” s 38, no. 2 (2000): 151-7.)
2. Ip, C., J. A. Scimeca, et al. (1994). “Conjugated linoleic acid. A powerful anticarcinogen from animal fat sources.” Cancer 74(3 Suppl): 1050-4.