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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43 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.

  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.

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