If you’re not inherently mistrustful of hospitals, you will be after reading the ingredients in a common drink they often give out.

My grandmother is 88 and has spent majority of her life listening to the advice of doctors. When they told her to stop eating eggs, she did. When they told her to switch to margarine, she did. When they told her to make grains the basis of her diet, she did.

And she’s suffering the consequences.

The woman that grew up eating fresh food that her mother grew in their backyard has slowly deteriorated. Over time she’s lost over 50 lbs and six inches from her height. She’s had blood clots, surgeries, pneumonia, you name it. And every single time I’ve visited her in the hospital, they’ve given her Ensure.

Right now she’s in a rehabilitation facility recovering from knee surgery. What do they give her every morning?

Ensure (with a side of toast, oatmeal or fake eggs – gotta keep that cholesterol down and the blood sugar up after all!).

When I’ve inquired about why they so freely and frequently hand out Ensure, I’ve been told it’s because she needs the calories…except Ensure isn’t calorically dense, and it is full of toxins and processed ingredients.


Take a look:

Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Sucromalt, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali), Canola Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Liquid Sucralose, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin, Phylloquinone, and Vitamin D3.

Corn Maltodextrin – a processed food additive that is usually made from genetically modified corn.

Sugar – need I say more? Sugar is the third ingredient and likely comes from genetically modified sugar beets.

Milk Protein Concentrate – another processed food, from cows that are fed genetically modified corn and soy, as well as pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.

Soy Oil and Soy Protein Isolate – soy oil is what’s left over after chemically separating the protein from the oil of the soybean. This is usually done using hexane, a neurotoxin. When the protein is removed,  one of the unhealthiest oils of all is created. Not only is 95% of soy genetically modified, not only is it highly processed, it’s extremely high in omega-6 fatty acid. This means it’s also highly inflammatory, which can lead to arthritis, Alzheimer’s, depression, even cancer.

Sucromalt – an artificial sweetener. It’s mainly manufactured by Cargill, one of the worst “food” corporations.

Carrageenan – this is an additive that has been shown to be carcinogenic and damage gut lining.

Synthetic Vitamins – Ensure does have vitamins, synthetic vitamins, the amount of which can actually be absorbed is questionable.

What’s shocking to me is that these toxic, carcinogenic, dangerous foods are not only readily available but touted as healthy, and yet raw milk is illegal. Things like this only solidify my belief that food policy is this country isn’t just ass backwards, but completely corrupt. Maybe if small farmers has millions of dollars to throw at lobbyists, politicians and the government, things would be different.

If you haven’t already, you need to take your health into your own hands. You cannot rely on hospitals, schools, even most doctor to help you. Diet, sleep, exercise, low stress and reducing your toxic load is what will determine your health. We need to stop relying on institutions to guide us. Their interest is in money, not you. Ditch the toxic food, ditch the toxic prescriptions and medications. They cause more harm than good; especially when you can use essential oils to protect and promote your health.

In the meantime, support your local farmers. Buy organic food, go to farmers markets, buy raw milk if you can. Eat whole, unprocessed, organic foods for optimal health; not shakes, not meal replacements, not fake food.



  1. What do you suggest if we CAN’T get raw dairy? It’s illegal in Michigan.

  2. i can’t count how many times ensure has been given to me in hospitals. ALL the dieticians recommend it which is SHOCKING. i wanna say “where did you get a degree in nutrition? are you trying to kill me?” it’s scary! i always bring my own foods to hospital like a tub of grass fed whey, kefir/yogurt, coconut oil, and gelatin so i can make my own shakes in my room. it doesn’t taste great since i don’t have a blender but i use a thermos and shake it!

    • M Fresquez Reply

      I just started using Liquid Hope for my Mother and so far she has had some improvement. I’m so grateful to the Company that makes it.

  3. so TRUE! and so backwards, right??

    this is the best article! can’t wait to look through the rest of your blog.

    – liz 😉
    The Healthy Highchair

  4. Love this! Have been told for the past year and a half, by all my doctors to start drinking ensure to help me gain weight. When I replied that I am making my own bone broth, why would I start drinking something so full of chemicals? “Well, it could help” UMMMM no thank you! Now I have just found out that I have Hashimoto’s (which explains the high cholesterol, blood sugar and weight loss) but my thyroid numbers were “ok” range still that my doctor wasn’t concerned with. New doctor, and of course, now the diagnosis. And no recommendation of Ensure!

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