Ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2014 was the main cause for Carrol Krause, a former reporter for the Herald-Times of Bloomington, Indiana, to retire from her journalism career. Carrol managed to write a blog called ‘Stories by Carrol’ highlighting the best and the worst of her last days before she passed away in February.
Firstly, she started having digestive issues and could no longer eat normal food several months before she got the diagnosis. The meals that hospice workers brought her were horrifying.
Krause writes: “Hospice had the very best of intentions, [but] 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.”
There was a bag full of products by Ensure that the hospice provided to Krause and it contained: pudding, shakes, and a drink that looked like apple juice, but it wasn’t.
They were all full of chemicals that had as much actual nutritional value as most commercial junk food, and they were all meant to be the nutritional lifeline for people who are extremely sick.
Owned by Abbott Nutrition, Ensure is certainly one of the worst examples of a Big Food corporation masquerading as a healthy alternative you’ll ever see. The company has deep ties to the medical industry and you can find their products in just about every hospital today. That’s surely bad news for millions of patients who are just trying to get healthier.
The Truth About Ensure
Ensure is a brand by Abbott that makes medical “nutritional shakes and drinks.” It makes big claims to customers such as “#1 Doctor Recommended” and “Worldwide Leader in Nutritional Science”. Unfortunately, in reality, their products are as far away from a healthy meal as you can get. The saddest fact is that these products are often given to patients in extremely poor health. These patients are the ones who need the most proper care that exists. When they’re consuming these products, they receive preservatives, fillers, and chemicals instead.
Abbott Nutrition is a member of the notorious pro-GMO organization the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and to this date, it has given nearly a million dollars to fight against GMO labeling in the United States.
Ensure Clear™ Therapeutic Nutrition
The front of the package for Ensure Clear portrays an orange drink with an apple next to it and the back of the package is quick to verify. But, this product “contains no apple juice” or any juice! Its two main ingredients are water and sugar! You should know that it also contains the following things:
Toxins, Chemicals, and Pesticides
Corn Syrup Solids are usually made of dehydrated corn syrup. That’s 100% glucose and it’s a type of sugar that adds to the risk of obesity. Corn syrup is also almost always made from GMO corn and has been already linked to diabetes, and cancer.
Cupric sulfate is actually a toxic pesticide and fungicide. It can cause different gastrointestinal issues, anemia, and even death if it’s taken in high doses. It is also genotoxic, which means that it can cause the cells to mutate due to genetic damage.
Chromium chloride is toxic and has negative effects on the reproductive system for both men and women. It can also cause stomach problems, abnormal bleeding, and ulcers.
Sodium Selenite is a toxic ingredient produced as a byproduct of copper metal refining, but you can often find it labeled as a “nutrient.” The Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as dangerous.
Natural and Artificial Flavors can include a row of different chemicals. They are mostly derived from inorganic sources and are harmful to health. They are also known to contribute to many illnesses in the whole body, including different types of cancers.
When we’re sick, our bodies require a lot of vitamins. But, we are all aware of the fact that there is a huge difference between natural vitamins derived from food or natural sources and synthetic vitamins. Unfortunately, the vitamins contained in Ensure products and other commercialized “health” foods and supplements are found to be almost always synthetic and are manufactured with chemicals. When a new study comes out and claims that some vitamin is toxic at high levels, that is because only the synthetic version of it has been studied.
Natural vitamins absorb better by our bodies but, not synthetics. They are not even absorbed the same way because they have been “isolated”. They are actually separated from the entire vitamin complex and trace minerals and enzymes. When a synthetic vitamin lacks something, the body tries to make up for by itself and depletes its existing nutrients in the process.
“This process results in an overall negative health effect while minimizing any gains that could have been achieved by the supplement,” according to “Nutri-Con: The Truth about Vitamins & Supplements” report by The Hippocrates Health Institute.
Other ingredients include:
A synthetic kind of Vitamin E called dl-alpha-tocopherol acetate not only it’s 12% as effective as natural Vitamin E, but it is often created as a byproduct of a petrochemical dependent manufacturing process. It also has been associated with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, DNA damage, and other adverse effects.
Ferrous sulfate: a synthetic form of iron which is known to cause constipation, nausea, allergic reactions, and gastrointestinal issues.
Niacinamide is a synthetic form of vitamin B3 and its list of side effects includes a few dozen of conditions, including liver failure.
Manganese sulfate is made “from the reaction between manganese oxide and sulfuric acid”. It’s used in paints and varnishes, fertilizers and fungicides, and ceramic, besides medicines. Manganese itself is a mineral.
Calcium Pantothenate is a synthetic substance made from pantothenic acid, trying to mimic natural vitamin B5.
Vitamin A Palmitate is a synthetic form of vitamin A and it can cause liver damage and stomach issues.
Zinc Sulfate is an organic form of zinc. It can be toxic to cells, but also dangerous to the environment.
Sodium molybdate is a chemical form of sodium. It has been shown to have negative effects on fertility in animals.
Additional ingredients are Whey Protein Isolate (likely from cows fed GMO corn), Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (a synthetic form of vitamin C that is usually inorganic and hard for the body to digest), Folic acid, Biotin, and Vitamin D3.
As you can see the ingredient list of one of Ensure’s top products is basically nutritionally worthless compared to real, honest food.
Carrol’s Call for Action
“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 another word to call it) from Hospice is completely vile,” Krause wrote in her blog in September 2015. “It’s not real food, only a collection of starches, sugars, artificial flavors, and nutritional powders all mixed into water.”
Krause also wrote:
“Maybe someone who spends their life eating at fast-food joints wouldn’t object to eating Ensure products, but I do because I know the difference between real food and fake food…
“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!”
We should probably all have in mind what this woman wrote while she was suffering from one of the most dangerous illnesses nowadays.