Picture this: You are a terminally ill cancer patient. During the last days of your life, you begin to have problems with digesting food and as a result care workers send you ‘health drinks and shakes’ that are easy to swallow and digest…
The only thing is, what you are given does not contain any real food. Instead, it is laden with chemicals, additives, and synthetic vitamins with almost no nutritional value.
When a ‘healthy alternative’ is anything but…
What I described above is exactly what happen to Carrol Krause, a former reporter for the Herald Times, who wrote a blog highlighting the best and the worst of her last days before she passed away from ovarian cancer. Sadly, it’s a story that most likely plays out in many cancer wards.
The ‘food alternatives’ Carrol wrote about are from a range of medical “nutritional shakes and drinks”, called Ensure and they can be found in just about every hospital today.
Ensure is owned by Abbott Nutrition — a Big Food company with deep ties to Big Pharma. And when it comes to their products they make huge claims calling Ensure “#1 Doctor Recommended” and a “Worldwide Leader in Nutritional Science”.
Abbott Nutrition is also a member of the notorious pro-GMO organisation, the Grocery Manufacturers Association. To date, the company has given millions to lobby against GMO labelling in the US.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t consume any products manufactured by a company that is linked to Big Pharma and who supports the use of genetically modified crops… let alone give it to extremely ill patients (under the guise of being a ‘nutritional lifeline’).
Let’s take Ensure Clear™ Therapeutic Nutrition as an example.
It’s an orange drink with an apple on the front of the package. However, the label makes it clear that Ensure Clear™ “contains no apple juice”… Instead, the two main ingredients are water and sugar. (By now you know that sugar has absolutely NO nutritional value).
Other ingredients include:
• Corn syrup solids: 100 per cent glucose derived from GMO corn. It is known to increase the risk of obesity and has been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
• Cupric sulphate: A toxic pesticide and fungicide which can cause gastrointestinal issues, anaemia, and even death at high doses.
• Chromium chloride: Another toxin that can cause stomach problems, abnormal bleeding, and ulcers.
• Sodium selenite: Also a toxin, which is a by-product of copper metal refining and is classified as dangerous by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Then there is the long list of synthetic vitamins that include dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate (a synthetic kind of vitamin E that has been associated with an increased risk of haemorrhagic stroke and DNA damage), ferrous sulphate (a synthetic form of iron that can cause constipation, nausea, allergic reactions, and gastrointestinal issues), niacinamide (a synthetic form of vitamin B3 that can cause liver failure) and manganese sulphate (the result of a reaction between manganese oxide and sulfuric acid and is often is used in paints and varnishes, fertilisers and fungicides).
When we are ill, our bodies need a lot of vitamins and nutrients. But there is a significant difference between natural vitamins and synthetic vitamins. Synthetic vitamins simply don’t get absorbed by the body in the same way as natural vitamins. That’s because the synthetic versions have been “isolated”, which means they are separated from the entire vitamin complex and trace minerals and enzymes.
What synthetic vitamins lack, our body tries to make up for by itself, depleting existing nutrients in the process. According to a report by The Hippocrates Health Institute, called Nutri-Con: The Truth about Vitamins & Supplements: “This process results in an overall negative health effect while minimising any gains that could have been achieved by the supplement.”
Bottom line: If Abbot Nutrition’s Ensure range of products is not one of the worst examples of a Big Food corporation masquerading as a healthy alternative, I don’t know what is.
And to think this stuff is being fed to dying cancer patients!
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