Liquid Hope All Organic Whole Foods Meal Replacement Formula (Compatible with Enteral Feeding)

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By Dr Craig Oster

I hope to raise awareness in the ALS community and in everybody who uses commercial meal replacement formulas that may also be used for enteral feeding, regarding a choice on the market now which is based on organic whole foods. The name of the product is Liquid Hope. I have been told by a licensed nutritional expert, who has worked with people with ALS and other serious illnesses to change to Liquid Hope from sugary products like Ensure, that people always do better in some way after changing to the whole foods formula.

Examples of symptomatic improvement included improved energy and mood. I am currently seeking funding to scientifically investigate, using validated measures, whether people with ALS have improved outcomes on a Liquid Hope whole foods diet compared to people with ALS who are on a diet consisting of processed commercial formulas. Below, are the ingredients of the most doctor recommended processed commercial meal replacement formula on the market, followed by a listing of the ingredients in Liquid Hope.

INGREDIENTS IN ABBOTT LABORATORIES’ ENSURE MEAL REPLACEMENT FORMULA 

(Ingredient list taken from Abbott Laboratories website)
Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Concentrate, Canola Oil.

Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Phosphate, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, FD&C Red #3, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Phylloquinone, Cyanocobalamin, and Vitamin D3.
Contains milk and soy ingredients.

 

INGREDIENTS IN FUNCTIONAL FORMULARIES’ LIQUID HOPE MEAL REPLACEMENT FORMULA

(Ingredient list obtained from the Functional Formularies website) Filtered water, organic garbanzo beans, organic green peas, organic carrots, organic whole grain brown rice, organic flax oil, organic whole grain brown rice protein, organic sprouted quinoa, organic sweet potato, organic miso, organic broccoli, organic almond butter, organic kale, organic garlic, organic turmeric, organic rosemary, organic ginger, organic wakame (seaweed), vitamin blend [thiamine mononitrate(B1), riboflavin (B2), niacinamide(B3), pyridoxine hydrochloride(B6), cyanocobalamin (B12), ergocalciferol(D2)]

Please share this information with those who you know who require meal replacement formulas for weight gain and/or tube feeding.

With love and gratitude,

Dr Craig

Craig Oster, PhD

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52 Comments to “Liquid Hope All Organic Whole Foods Meal Replacement Formula (Compatible with Enteral Feeding)”

  1. pamela ostrow says:

    where can we purchase Liquid Hope? My daughter’s friend was hit by a Fed Ex truck 7 years ago at age 6. He is still alive, living at home, with incredible parents, aware but terrible brain damaged. he cannot move his body nor speak, has had multiple surgeries for problems that keep happening including sewing up his throat, as he chokes on food and is always congested. they are feeding him ensure thru the feeding tube but would love to give him something more nutritious. doctors and nurses not cooperating. this may be an answer for them as they are afraid to experiment with putting their own food in his feeding tube for fear of clogging the tube. they will be so happy when i tell them about this.

    • Dr. Craig says:

      I sent you an email about this.

      • cilla yap says:

        My mother had a stroke after her brain tumour operation. The tumour was benign but one of the results of the stroke was that she could not swallow so they put a tube in her tummy for enteral feeding,

        We decided to change her enteral liquid into organic based food which is your product but the problem is that the Doctor did not approve it as the issue was that it’s not bottled in a drip form so it needs to be re bottled in a drip form and they fear for a possible cross contamination. What do you suggest as

        rehabilitation home refused to administer this.

        I need an answer or I want to find out if it comes also in a drip form packaging as my mother keeps getting blockage in her throat which I suspect from the food ( nestle brand ) that being given by the nursing home.

        regards
        Precilla

  2. GINA BINI says:

    WHERE CAN THIS PRODUCT BE PURCHASED?

  3. Judy Clinco says:

    What is the coast of the product ?
    Is it taken daily?
    How can I order it?

  4. tini says:

    My FIL is on feeding tube taking TWOCAL HN 4 times a day for the last 2 months but is getting weaker and weaker everyday. This formula is keeping him alive but not giving any life. I tried to substitute the formula with real foods like orange juice and other veg juice once a day but not helping much.

    • Dr. Craig says:

      Thank you for your comment. What illness does your FIL have? If he has ALS, please ask him if he would like to be on my mailing list for opportunities to participate in ALS research in which I am a co-investigator. If interested, please email drcraigoster@comcast.net I believe that trying Liquid Hope would be worthwhile. If interested, please email CEO Robin Gentry McGee (rgentrymcgee@yahoo.com) who will help you. Say Dr Craig sent you.

      • Marvella says:

        My husband has ALS. Just found out about Liquid Hope. Hoping the VA will purchase it but they like the Jevity junk. I took him off of that junk over a year ago and blending organic whole foods inblender but they are requiring a fluid restriction was he is very over using this way. Looking forward to trying this product ASAP.

  5. Joanna Briggs says:

    How would this work with GERD? My 5 year old son has been on a feeding tube all of his life and he still has GI issues. I would love more information regarding this. Thank you.

    • Dr. Craig says:

      Thank you for writing. Please check out the new comment from the CEO of the company that makes Liquid Hope. God bless you, your son and your family. Peace, Dr Craig

  6. John says:

    I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy and for the last 19 years I have had a feeding tube. For the first twelve years I used tube feedings for supplemental nutrition. But, I lost the ability to swallow and for the last seven years I have received all my nutrition from tube feedings. I take two cans of Pulmocare and two cans of Promote with fiber a day (both are Abbot Laboratories products). Because I am vent dependent, the Pulmocare helps remove co2, and the Promote helps keep me regular. I was wondering if Liquid Hope could replace my present formulas and give me the correct calorie count so I can maintain my present weight.

  7. Robin says:

    Liquid Hope is $7.99 per meal (440 cal/20g protein) and is sold by the case of 24. The ingredients and nutritionals can be found on our website http://www.functionalformularies.com

    It is high in fiber and generally everyone who has used this has experienced an improvement in digestive issues. As far as comparing this to pulmocare, I assume the pulmocare, is for lung related issues. The interesting thing about this if you look at the body from a TCM perspective, sugar and oils (and dairy) are very congesting to the lungs. When my father was on a feeding tube, he was so congested from the commercial sugar formulas, he had to be suctioned hourly which was painful to watch. After switching to our formula, his congestion cleared completely and a small amount of the commercial stuff brought it back immediately.

    GERD is exasperated by numerous things, including refined food, etc. but it is impossible to say what is the cause. I will say that we see the same digestive issues in most everyone using the commercial formulas. Hope this helps.

    Here is a link to our store to order should you be interested.
    http://shop.functionalformularies.com/main.sc

  8. Roxanne says:

    Is this product nutritionally complete? How many Kcals/cc does it contain? How much protein?

    • Dr. Craig says:

      Liquid Hope is $7.99 per meal (440 cal/20g protein) and is sold by the case of 24. The ingredients and nutritionals can be found on our website http://www.functionalformularies.com

      It is high in fiber and generally everyone who has used this has experienced an improvement in digestive issues. As far as comparing this to pulmocare, I assume the pulmocare, is for lung related issues. The interesting thing about this if you look at the body from a TCM perspective, sugar and oils (and dairy) are very congesting to the lungs. When my father was on a feeding tube, he was so congested from the commercial sugar formulas, he had to be suctioned hourly which was painful to watch. After switching to our formula, his congestion cleared completely and a small amount of the commercial stuff brought it back immediately.

      GERD is exasperated by numerous things, including refined food, etc. but it is impossible to say what is the cause. I will say that we see the same digestive issues in most everyone using the commercial formulas. Hope this helps.

      Here is a link to our store to order should you be interested.
      http://shop.functionalformularies.com/main.sc

  9. Cory McLaughlin says:

    Hi,
    I am a 37 year old woman who suffers from severe malnutrition due to Gastroparesis, secondary to Lupus. My sole source of nutrition comes from my J Tube which was just recently placed in April of this year. I am 5’3″ tall and currently weigh 81 lbs; up from 79 lbs when the tube was placed.
    As a mother and wife, I feed my family mostly organic, non-processed foods but my nutrition is completely processed because of my formula. Unfortunately, I need it to survive as eating by my mouth is not an option at this time or the near future. I saw an article about this product on another website but don’t have any information about where I could try this formula. I currently am on an elemental formula (Peptamen AF) that is very costly so I don’t even know if my body could tolerate it but would love to try it. Can you tell me where I could find this? Unfortunately, we have to pay over a $1000 a month for my formula as our insurance is refusing to pay for it (in the process of appealing it) so I would just want to try a can or two to see if I could tolerate it. That is why I would like to try a store rather than order online.
    Thank you so much for any information you could provide.
    Cory

  10. Lynn D says:

    Thank you for the info. Am on a diet to lower oxalates that has been helping reduce urinary irritation and urgency and joint pain…
    Noticed this Liquid hope food is Much better then Ensure which my Dr wanted me on. I did SCD (heal digestion, no grains,rid suage…) and fresh veg juice.
    These helped but increased my oxalates greatly . Many of ingrediants in liquid hope are higher oxalates which might be ok for some people.
    Thanks again
    Lynn D

  11. Stacey says:

    Is this product available in Canada? My son was tube fed but now is on a paediatric meal replacement formula and drinks from a bottle (he is 2). He has suffered delays in feeding due to the NG tube that was places as a result of a traumatic birth. Please let me know more about the product (availability, cost etc). Thank you. Stacey

  12. Kim Nilsen says:

    I am currently getting 5 1/2 bottles of Pediasure Peptide (1350 ml) a day, and do not like the amount of Corn Maltodextrin it contains. I should get 2000 calories a day.

    How much Liquid Hope would I have to take and what would the cost be per day?

    Thank you!

  13. sanda says:

    My daughter is tube fwd her whole life. She has hypotonia due to her rare genetic syndrome and she suffers from chronic constipation. Will this formula help with chronic constipation? Is it meant for kids?

  14. dee Oldfield says:

    My 19 yr old son was hit by an SUV while walking home from work April 12th this past Spring.. has a severe traumatic brain injury, has been in hosp since April 12th,- with two home discharges between then and now that ranged from 4-6 days in duration. He also has trachea tube, He has been getting repeated episodes of pneumonia since taken off the respiratory machine the first month after accident.., and has lots of secretions. He has also recently contracted sepsis from pneumonia this time around. He had a lot of vomiting/ gastric issues, with high residuals ,and had lost over 50 lbs until switched to Peptamen a little over a month ago, He has gained 9 lbs back since the switch.He is currently on Peptamen (nestle) continous feeds at a rate of 80mls per hour. (2 bags 1000 ml/33.5 fl oz in a 24 hr period) we definitely want better nutrition to assist him with better health and faster healing.How much would it cost to switch to Liquid Hope? It is probably not covered by Medicaid , right?..one serving of peptamen is 250 mls/8.45 fluid oz) Thank you~

  15. Cheryl Rogers says:

    Greetings Dr. Craig-
    My son gets tube feedings and it is payed for by his insurance. He has lung and digestive problems and of course with the gmo soy/sugar formulas out there he didnt get any better. I started to tube feed him regular real food (organic)and he is doing ALOT better. The only thing is he has lost a little weight which his doctors wont like. Its like his disposition and health have really improved but he needs more calories. Please, is this formula covered by insurance like pedia-smart? (They wouldnt pay for pedia-smart because he was over the age of 12) Thank you so much!
    Kindest Regards

    • Dr. Craig says:

      I do not know the answer to your question. However, in the comments for this posting, you will find the contact information for the owner of the company that makes Liquid Hope. Her name is Robin. I used a lot of Olive Oil and Coconut Oil, but I am not giving dietary advice. Peace.

  16. flgl says:

    Is there a list of Dr’s or Hospitals that use Liquid hope?

    I’m trying to convince a freind to use it.

    Thanx
    flgl

  17. Twila D'cruz says:

    My daughter is almost 10 and is tube fed. I currently blend my own food and she also has Neocate formula. Is Liquid Hope suitable for children and is it available in the UK?

  18. cilla yap says:

    Your product is not in a packed for direct enteral feeding, its very inconvenient it and the risk of contamination in rebottling can happen. When do you plan
    To make it available in a drip form?

    regards,
    Precilla

  19. Barbara says:

    Please let me know where I can get this product in Lubbock Texas.

  20. Cassandra says:

    Can this be shipped to canada? I really need this product for a friend and nothing like it is available in Canada.

  21. cheese says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on abbott laboratories.
    Regards

  22. Richard A. Smith, DC says:

    In going over the items included in Liquid Hope I see protein from brown rice and almond is there any other? The folks at Simplesa (Deanna Protocol for ALS) suggests some whey protein – your thoughts? Dr S.

  23. SALAH BOUZAARA says:

    Dear Sir,
    Iam a 70 years old man.
    Recently ,I had a heart valve replacement.
    Sometime after the surgery, I stopped breathing. they forced a breathing Tube,
    and I was incubated for several days.AS a result of me stopping breathing,
    I had stem brain stroke which affected my speech and swallowing function
    Since April 2014 I am on Isosource 1.5 made by Nestle.
    I would like buy Liquid Hope,but I have no idea where get the product from.
    I live in CRANBROOK, B.C. Thank you!

  24. Katey Blackwell says:

    Hello!! My name is Katey. I have a 9 year of son named Vinny. He was born at 33 weeks. But weighed 5 lbs 10 oz and he never needed oxygen. Very healthy for being 7 weeks early.. Since he has down syndrome they put barium up his rectum and down his throat to make sure his gi tract was complete because he didn’t pass his meconium by the time they thought he should have. The NICU he was in did a rectal biopsy and determined he had Hirschsprungs disease. Which means you have to do rectal washings. I guess that’s a pretty name for an enema. However, they wanted to get a second opinion about the Hirschsprung’s diagnosis . So Children’s Hospital did a rectal biopsy as well and the results were inconclusive . He was born December 3 and I brought him home January 8 after he took off with bottle feeding because I put my breast to his mouth the night before . The only reason he didn’t go home sooner is because of having an NG tube. Anyway by the time Children’s Hospital wanted to do another rectal biopsy he was at home with me . So I simply took him to the doctors office and they sloughed off more of the cells with me right there in the room. Lo and behold, a week or so later they called to say the results were once again inconclusive. So they wanted me to make another appointment to go to the office . They said they didn’t have enough tissue . And they said that when they do the biopsy this time they will have the person that examines the tissue in the room to make sure they acquire enough tissue . They also informed me at this time that if the results were to be inconclusive again then he would have to undergo an Open rectal biopsy where he would be put under anesthesia and they would cut where his anus is so they could open up the area and get what they needed. They reassured me that that was a worst case scenario sense the examiner of the tissue would be in the office to assure them that they had enough tissue . Imagine my shock and amazement when the results were once again inconclusive they told me that and in the same sentence asked when I wanted to schedule the surgery where he would have to be put under anesthesia . At this point I freaked out . I ended up calling the NICU where he was born to be reminded of why we were doing all of this. Mind you the diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s means the ganglion cells in the bottom part of your colon are missing that help push out your poop . I was already treating him as if he had Hirschsprung’s so I think it was pointless anyway . And in my opinion if he did have any ganglion cells he sure as hell didn’t any more because they took so much tissue out of my son. Anyway around February 23 or fourth he was so distended that I knew I had to take into the hospital so he got a colostomy . He drank a bottle and grew great at one year old he weighed 19 pounds. However after he got the pull through surgery he started vomiting a lot . I can go on and on and on and on and on but long story short at 18 months he got an NG tube which I did it that way for one year and three months . This August he will have had his G button for seven years . He doesn’t even weigh 40 pounds and he is 10 years old . These things hurt my heart so much . Especially knowing that my son isn’t the only one . I think they took a healthy little boy and purposely created problems for him so they would have a guaranteed customer and guaranteed guinea pig for the rest of his life. Maybe I sound paranoid but I’m even leery about eyedrops at the eye doctor . It’s all a conspiracy. I cried and cried very healthy tears of relief when I came across this product . I truly believe my son will thrive and grow dramatically catch up with his developmental delays . I also believe he is autistic as well even though I think what autism means is just a lack of the correct nutrients to make certain synapses in the neurons fire get those connections activated . To me that he has digressed a lot . He did say a few things when he was one and a half . I truly believe that part of my purpose here on earth is to help people wake up and realize what is really going on and give them the steps to make their children thrive and grow and have energy end run around and eat and be happy . Believe me , Vinny is the happiest person I know but to me he just barely exists. The doctors say he’s on the same growth curve he has always been on and he looks okay. He also takes levothyroxin because he has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis . Which I believe is also caused by lack of nutrients which is why I am so excited about liquid hope. Please email me back end tell me how to get Medicaid approval so my almost 10 year old Vincent Alexander Blackwell can thrive and grow and talk and make me the happiest mother to ever exist . Thank you so much I will be watching for an email from you God bless

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