Oral cancer and other diseases that impede your ability to chew and swallow healthy foods can have a profound impact on the overall health and well being of a patient.
For a very long time, the inability to chew and swallow food was a potentially lethal condition. As modern medicine has advanced, we have gained the ability to provide the basic nutrients required to live. The ingredients in many feeding tube solutions include different forms of sugar, and lots of chemicals, but do not have ‘real food’.
This problem was brought to Robin Gentry McGee’s attention first hand, after her father suffered a brain injury and was put on a feeding tube. Robin is a professional chef familiar with organic whole foods, and she immediately set to work creating a formula to help with her father’s brain injury and secondary complications. After six weeks on her new feeding tube formula, her father stabilized and improved, while reducing the number of medications he was on from seventeen down to two.
According to Robin, “This experience even further rooted my feeling that food has the innate power to both harm and heal. I deeply believe that from my father’s suffering he gave not only a great gift to me, but to the world. And I hope to share with as many people as possible.”
You can read more about this remarkable story in her new book “A Turn for the Worst: Traumatic Brain Injury and a Daughter’s Search for Answers,” or you may be able to catch her at the next Food As Medicine conference. She launched her product under the company name Functional Formularies to make her Whole foods feeding tube formula available to more people.
As the saying goes, ‘You are what you eat’. It is time to bring nutrition and quality ingredients to the people that need them the most. If you know someone that has difficulty eating or swallowing food, please make sure they are getting the most nutritious food possible, because it really can make a difference.
Together we fight oral cancer. Together we save a life every hour.