What is Liquid Hope? The “Miracle” of Nutritious Feeding Tube Food

We would like to introduce you to an amazing lady who has an amazing product and business. Her business is making and selling very nutritious organic feeding tube food.  She called it Liquid Hope until the FDA banned her from calling it that. What is Liquid Hope? We’ll tell you in a minute. But first some background. She didn’t start this business to become rich or powerful. She started it out of love. Love for her father.

We want to tell you this story because it is so inspiring.

Meet Robin Gentry McGee. About 13 years ago in 2005, Robin’s father slipped on the ice. As he went down, he hit his head hard enough that he went into a coma.

Founder of an Organic Feeding Tube food

In the hospital, the doctors didn’t give him much of a chance. In fact they told Robin’s family repeatedly that it might be time to pull the plug.

Robin's Father before the organic Feeding Tube Food and before he asked 'what is liquid hope?'

One day while Robin was sitting with her Dad in the hospital, she happened to pick up a package of the feeding tube food. She turned it over and read the ingredients.

What is Liquid Hope? It definitely is not regular feeding tube food like this ingredients label shows

All of a sudden it hit her. The ingredients of the feeding tube formula were scary. They consisted of things like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, and an assortment of chemicals. Definitely not organic feeding tube food.

What is Liquid Hope? Definitely Not Junk Food

Robin had a background in nutrition. She knew what these feeding tube food ingredients can do to a healthy person, let alone someone in a coma. And yet those ingredients were her father’s primary source of nutrition for the past year.

After pleading her case to the Doctor, he agreed to let her try coming up with her own organic feeding tube food. So she went to work. She answered the question ‘What is Liquid Hope?’ She made a mixture of:

  • Whole Grains
  • Legumes
  • Lots of Healthy Vegetables
  • Chinese Herbs
  • Vitamin Supplements

Her mixture was truly all natural. The book “Healing with Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford helped her come up with the recipe.

It took six weeks with the new diet before the family started seeing results. And oh what results they were! Remember that her Doctors were ready to pull the plug.

After six weeks, her Dad was sitting upright and talking. He was asking ‘what is liquid hope that helped me recover so fast?’ Although he had to be in a wheelchair for a while, the fact that he was interacting, talking and awake was amazing.

His Doctor called it a ‘Miracle’. Her family took her Dad’s words and called it ‘Liquid Hope’. Robin just called it good organic feeding tube food. You can see the story here:


What is Liquid Hope? The Organic Feeding Tube Food

After seeing the success her mixture had on her Dad, Robin started to think about helping others. And her company was born. Her appropriately-named product, Liquid Hope, can be found on the Functional Formularies website.

Functional Formularies packages. These are the answer to the question 'What is Liquid Hope?'

After seeing the success her mixture had on her Dad, Robin started to think about helping others. And her company was born. Her appropriately-named product, Liquid Hope, can be found on the functional formularies website.

The natural approach to organic feeding tube food (entereal) just makes sense. Suppose you had a family member on a feeding tube. Do you think it would be better to feed them food that is highly nutritious? Or food that is full of sugar and chemicals?

Apparently a lot of other people think the same way. They have a web page full of testimonials on their website. Here are a sample of them:

“I have been working with people who have cancer for the last 13 years and been a nurse for over 30 years. I have been searching for a “whole food” based, nutrient dense formula to recommend to my patients my entire career! Liquid Hope is truly an answer to this prayer. There is NOTHING out there that is suitable for human consumption. Those products are filled with chemicals and sugar, which PROMOTE disease. People need “food” to assist the body’s innate quest to heal, strengthen the immune system, and support that process. It truly does give HOPE!”

~ Laurie McCracken, RN, OCN, HHC

“Finally, a formula that delivers the healing power of nutrition from organic, whole foods. This is the “food as medicine” nutrition support product that patients have been hungry for!”

~ Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, FAND Swift Nutrition Recently named by Today’s Dietitian as one of the top Registered Dietitians in the country who are “making a difference”.

Not Just Organic Feeding Tube Food Anymore

The beauty of Robin’s Functional Formularies is that it doesn’t just have to be for feeding tubes. Since it is full of natural food that you can find in your local grocery store, you can eat it as a regular meal.

What is Liquid Hope? Originally it was organic feeding tube food. But now people have made all sorts of other recipes too. Like this smoothie

Many of the fans of Functional Formularies have come up with new answers to the question ‘What is Liquid Hope?’ They’ve produced all kinds of new recipes for it. Here and here are some examples of delicious smoothie recipes. Regular people can enjoy these smoothies as a complete meal replacement.

Yes, Insurance Can Cover It

Functional Formularies is feeding tube food produced in an FDA qualified lab. That means you can use Medicare or other insurance to cover it. There are certain stipulations you need to meet in order to qualify:

  1. A Prescription from your Doctor
  2. Recent Progress Notes (past 6 months) from your Doctor
  3. A Nutrition Assessment Treatment Plan from a licensed nutritionist, pharmacist or doctor
  4. An Entereal Form filled out by your doctor, nurse practitioner or physicians assistant.

There are some other requirements for Medicare recipients. Here is a complete checklist of requirements for medical coverage.

If for some reason your insurance won’t cover the cost of this outstanding feeding tube food, you may be able to use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA). Purchases may also be tax deductible. Check with your employer and/or Tax Professional.

Not Just for Seniors Anymore

After seeing the successful launch of Robin’s product with elderly people, her company decided to expand into creating a pediatric feeding tube formula.

What is Liquid Hope? A package of organic feeding tube food like this one

The feeding tube food for children received a ton of testimonials and success stories, just like the original version did. Here is a video of one mother’s success with her son:

We here at A Paradise for Parents assisted living can’t say enough good things about this company. They perfectly align with our philosophy of helping elderly people become well enough to live at home. Ideally we want people to stay out of nursing homes all together. It’s also great that they want to help the grandchildren of our residents if they have problems.

If people move into our homes, we want to work with them through our nutrition program and personal trainer. We want to do everything we can to have your loved one function well in their own home, not just stay in ours.

Do you have any questions about chronic diseases or problems associated with old age? Please contact us through our website, call us at 623-295-9890 or email us at Cam@aparadiseforparents.com.



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