These are two very different formulas.  The differences should be noted by clinicians and care providers, as they may significantly alter the overall metabolism of a patient.

These are two very different formulas.  The differences should be noted by clinicians and care providers, as they may significantly alter the overall metabolism of a patient.

The last decade has seen dramatic rises in the incidence of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), an inflammatory and autoimmune condition of the esophagus where children experience both pain and difficulty with swallowing.  Many epidemiologists have considered this new epidemic to be puzzling with no clear causes.  A recent investigation at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia however, raises an important question about the role of severe food allergies.

Both Liquid Hope and Nourish formulas contain complete protein as defined by their protein sources offering all essential amino acids required by human metabolism.  Each formula contains a variety of whole plant ingredients that offer complimentary amino acids.

For almost two years now, Functional Formularies’ products Liquid Hope and Nourish have been tested for glyphosate contamination.  While we are pleased that our products have tested free of this insidious chemical, we are also disappointed that no other enteral formula company has shown interest in testing and that there is not a greater effort to reduce exposure to consumers.

It is estimated that more than 17 million Americans are using one form of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) or another, primarily for the control of heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder).

This class of medications was developed and approved for short-term use, generally 2-4 weeks, but they have for the most part become long-term, indefinite answers to acid reflux issues.  Most individuals have accepted their use as a normal part of their daily life, making few if any dietary changes and receiving very little in the way of lifestyle recommendations from their MD.

Long story short I got sick in 2010 at 17 years old. They didn’t know why and it took until last year and multiple hospitals including Mayo Clinic, UCLA, and Stanford to officially make a diagnosis. I went from being a successful  athletic teenager to a bed ridden and malnourished young adult, with no family history or accidents or pretty much anything to explain it. I found out my gut was completely paralyzed and that I have mast cell activation disorder.

There is little doubt that eating at fast food restaurants and other convenience-based food outlets carries a significant health risk.  For many consumers the understanding is that the foods served at these places tends to have more sugar, might be high in saturated fat, or could be fried in low quality seed oils that get reused repeatedly.

Functional Formularies hopes to raise awareness around a group of chemicals, ingredients, and common household toxins that are proven to contribute to obesity and insulin resistance.  Collectively described as obesogenic, these substances interfere with communication channels within our cells and alter our metabolism.  Some of these obesogens are well studied and have become more familiar to consumers as they appear in headlines.  Others are less known by most Americans but are often just as damaging to human health. 

One of the biggest misunderstandings in the field of nutrition is the role of fruit in a healthy diet.  We have been told to eat more fruits and vegetables for so long, that the two are referred to almost synonymously.  There is definitely a problem with this association.  Vegetables are rich in fiber, minerals, and typically very low in sugar.  Fruit, on the other hand, is typically much lower in micronutrients and fiber, yet much higher in sugar.  The most notable sugar in fruit is fructose. 

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