Carrol Krause, a former reporter for the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana, had to leave her job in 2014 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Before she passed away, Carrol put together a blog documenting the best and the worst parts of her life as a terminally ill cancer patient. In her blog, she wrote about having digestive issues and being unable to consume normal food. She also complains about the meal replacement she was provided with, claiming that they were truly disgusting.
Hospice had the very best of intentions, and I am grateful for their concern. Although I do not wish to malign them in any way, the stuff they sent over was not real FOOD. In fact, I’m outraged at the idea that they feed this stuff to dying people.
The meal replacements consisted of Ensure products like shakes, apple juice substitute, and pudding. Even though all of them are in demand in hospitals, none of them has any nutritional value. Therefore, while these drinks are meant to be the nutritional lifeline for sick people, they are actually terrible for them. Carrol managed to figure out this very quick, based on their ingredients.
The Truth Behind Ensure
Ensure is owned by Abbot Nutrition and it is marketed as a “healthy drink for adults.” However, people who consume these products are actually getting nothing more than drinks filled with chemicals and preservatives produces by a major supporter of the pro-GMO Grocery Manufacturers Association.
What’s In Ensure’s Clear™ Therapeutic Nutrition Drink?
Even though the front of the package portrays an orange and an apple to it, there is no apple in the juice. Instead, this concoction is made of water and sugar. It also contains corn syrup solids, which are made by using dehydrated corn syrup. This means that it is made from GMO corn, which has been linked to cancer and diabetes.
This therapeutic nutrition drink also contains cupric sulfate, a toxic pesticide which is associated with itching, eczema, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach, brain, kidney and liver damage. Plus, it is dangerous to the environment.
Chromium chloride is yet another ingredient of this drink. In fact, it is a toxic chemical which negatively affects the stomach and the reproductive system.
Speaking of vitamins, it is important to mention that this drink still contains some. However, the problem is that they are not genuine vitamins, but synthetic versions instead. They are made using chemicals and the body is not able to absorb them the same way it does with genuine ones.
What Carrol Had To Say
In September 2015, Carrol wrote:
Soup is good food. Pudding can be good food too if it has real milk and egg in it… But this swill (I don’t know what other word to call it) from Hospice is completely vile. It’s not real food, only a collection of starches, sugars, artificial flavors and nutritional powders all mixed into water.
She also added that:
I wouldn’t feed this stuff to a dying animal, let alone a dying human being. If you agree, let the hospital management know. Or snipe at them via social media until they begin to pay attention. I think it’s time for a food fight!