Whole Food Helps Support the Critically Ill
he Greek physician Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Unfortunately, even though new physicians take the Hippocratic Oath to uphold medical ethics and to do no harm, some physicians with limited knowledge about nutrition may be inadvertently doing just that. When a physician prescribes or fails to prescribe proper nutritional support for their patients, they are in essence, harming them. This can be especially true for hospitalized patients where, until recently, there were few options for those needing nutritional support, either via oral or tube feeding with liquids via the patient’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Often an elderly or hospitalized patient cannot consume enough food due to illness or a decreased ability to absorb nutrients. This results in the patient becoming nutritionally deficient. Nutritional Medicinal’s Liquid Hope and Nourish enteral formulas are used in hospitals and patient’s homes around the world and have changed the face of clinical nutrition. Liquid Hope and Nourish formulas are organic, whole-food meal replacement options for patients, their families, and care providers to consider using. The two formulas were designed and approved for enteral nutrition support, or tube feeding, which is needed when a person cannot eat enough food by mouth for various reasons. Prior to the development of Liquid Hope and Nourish formulas, the only formulas available for use through a feeding tube contained ingredients such as corn syrup, casein,
canola oil, soybean oil and artificial colorings and flavorings. None of these suspicious ingredients exist in the Liquid Hope and Nourish tube feeding formulas. The formulas are made with 16 organic, whole food ingredients and no added sugars. Given the known damaging effects of sugar on the healing process, circulation and inflammation, Nutritional Medicinals believes that no critically ill patient—young or old—should be put on a sugar-based nutrition plan. Dr. John Bagnulo, director of nutrition at Functional Formularies suggests that, “A new Hippocratic Oath may be in order, with respect to nutrition. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a carcinogen. Glyphosate levels in the average American’s diet are particularly troubling. They are found in GMOs and conventionally grown grains and legumes, such as corn, soybeans, and canola oil, as well as in the proteins of animals that are fed these staples. Glyphosates are known to disrupt several critical pathways required for optimal health; thus, they are definitely damaging for anyone, especially young children or the critically ill. Liquid Hope and Nourish formulas help reduce the body’s toxic burden by providing an organic, chemical-free, and non-GMO base for nutrition. While excluding toxic items is of paramount importance, Nutritional Medicinal’s products provide a valuable source of plant nutrients (phytonutrients) as well. Such nutrients are found in whole plant ingredients like turmeric, kale, broccoli, sweet potato, rosemary, and most other vegetables and fruits. In clinical trials, they have been shown to offer significant anti-inflammatory benefits and promote accelerated wound healing in animal models. While phytonutrients contain vitamins, they are not like the ordinary vitamins added to supplements. Instead, these complementary molecules help the body achieve a health-sustaining state of balance regarding the rate of cell recycling, the speed of the inflammatory cascade, and other vital processes. Research suggests the phytonutrients found in whole foods are critical in preventing and fighting disease—truly foods acting as medicine, as Hippocrates recommended. Sadly, there are few nutritional options available to most hospitalized patients on feeding tubes. If the formula is based on sugar, vegetable oils, and an isolated protein such as casein or soy, a tube-fed patient is at a severe disadvantage to one that can eat normally. Thus, it is imperative to provide a formula that provides—as closely as possible—nutrition comparable to a good diet. Liquid Hope and Nourish formulas represent progress in supporting patients’ long or short-term nutrition needs. These unique products provide support for those that need the most help and traditionally have had the worst options. Dr. John Bagnulo is the director of nutrition at Functional Formularies, which produces the world’s first organic, whole food- and plant-based feeding tube formula and oral meal replacements. For more information, call 937-433-4673 or visit FunctionalFormularies.com.
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