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Healthcare is Failing Us

Healthcare is Failing Us

This title may offend some of you, but let me explain. I am not writing this to pick on the hospitals. I am not writing this to pick on the doctors and nurses. I am writing this to bring awareness to the lobbyists that push harmful products on us that are keeping us sick! And this isn’t just in America but in many countries around the world. The second hospital meal example below is from Canada.

I love this quote by Hippocrates almost 2000 years ago.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

This applies now more than ever. But if you look at how hospitals feed their patients, they have somehow lost sight of this fundamental truth. We no longer treat root causes with food, we only prescribe medication to mask symptoms. This is how I started down the path of nutrition education. I was struggling with PCOS, IBS, Acid reflux and other issues. I went to the doctor and was told “Those are just the cards you were dealt” and offered 2-3 prescriptions. Just a few weeks later my dog Teva was losing patches of her hair and when I took her to the vet the first thing they asked is “what are you feeding her?” Why do we do this at the vet, but my doctor never asked me what I was eating?

I am also writing this to help YOU as a consumer to know that you do NOT have to and shouldn’t eat the unhealthy products they tell you to before surgery.

For example, there is a new Ensure Pre-Surgery drink that is now becoming the standard for pre and post surgery in America.

This “healthcare drink” is basically a Mountain Dew without the caffeine!

As if the 50g of carbs didn’t make it sweet enough, they also had to add 3 harmful artificial sweeteners! And only listing 6g sugar is disingenuous. This is 50g pure sugar.

One of the ingredients is Maltodextrin which doesn’t have to be listed as sugar, but sugar has a glycemic index of 52 and maltodexerin is 110 on the glycemic index! This drink’s title should be “Type 2 Diabetes in a Bottle!”

This product has almost the same nutritional profile and ingredients that researchers use to induce type 2 diabetes and obesity in lab rats! Think about that for a second. This is how we induce type 2 diabetes and obesity in rats when we want to study them, but we give this to people to “help them recover from surgery”?

So let’s take a look at these studies that supposedly show improvements in surgery outcomes when adding carbs prior to surgery. First, the conflicts of interest are astounding.

Check out that list. “holders of the patent for the drink described in this report”.  Two of them are funded by Nutricia Healthcare, makers of these drinks. Another by Numico Research, yet another maker of the drinks.

Second, a meta analysis of these 27 of these types of studies determined that most were at high risk of bias because of inadequate blinding (see above). There was no affect on complication rates. There was no significant difference in length of stay compared to placebo group and only a small difference compared to the fasting group. CLICK HERE for the analysis.

This is why healthcare is broken in America. This is not to say it’s the doctors fault. It isn’t their fault. It is the pure profit motivations of the big corporations manipulating the science to drive more profits. The doctors are being shown studies, given materials showing how (based on this flawed and biased information) they can save recovery time and reduce the hospital stay after surgery by these companies. It looks compelling and busy doctors don’t have time to read every study and look into the details of each. So they make it standard for all surgery patients.

Here is the process for these big pharmaceutical organization:

  1. Think of something ridiculously cheap to produce that you can make a ton of money on (basically corn maltodextrin and water).

  2. Fund a few studies to “show” improvements in outcomes using your drinks.

  3. Slap on fancy statistics and marketing to make it look like there is a big benefit to patients and get all the doctors on board prescribing it.

  4. Profit! $$$

All the while doing nothing to really help the patients.

Studies are more and more funded by companies that have a vested interest in the outcome of the study. Studies on statin are a great example of this and there are many others. We used to have significant government funding of studies but as that has been cut, big corporations have filled to void and as a result we have all suffered the consequences of biased studies driven by profit motives.

Let’s take a reality check here. Healing requires amino acids to repair tissues. There is no biological pathway to turn glucose into animo acids. None. How about a drink of bone broth (high in collagen and nutrients), protein and collagen. Those are the building blocks for healing. Fund a study to show the difference in this glucose drink and a drink of bone broth, protein and collagen and the results WOULD REALLY be significant, without any bias inserted.

This applies to nutrition in general too. Just look at the junk that is fed to patients at hospitals.

Here is what my father-in-law was fed during a hospital stay.

Complete garbage. I would eat NOTHING on this platter.

Take a look at this image. Are you thinking, looks like a bakery or donut shop? Nope, this is a hospital cafeteria.

Here is another one. In a hospital, this is the “Healthy Snack Options” in a vending machine.

Mountain dew, sugary sodas, Cheese-its, Doritos, Pop-tarts, Snickers bars. Is anyone surprised we are sick and obese?

How about a diabetic breakfast? They must do something to help them control blood sugars right? Check out this example:

So basically pump the type 2 diabetic and type 1 diabetics full of sugar for breakfast and give them little to no protein and fat. Absolutely crazy!

Here is another example of a “Diabetic Friendly” breakfast at a hospital.

Another 76 gram plus of carbohydrates at one meal. Loaded with transfat, grains, sugar and carbs.

After a long discussion with the hospitals “Diabetic Nutritionist” who gave her mom this meal, she then got this “diabetic meal” for lunch.

America’s healthcare system is broken.

If you really want to get healthy, off medication and heal like this amazing testimony below, remember this: “Let Food Be Your Medicine!” 

I decided to become a nutritionists after my own personal struggle with American Healthcare failing me. I struggled with food and weight throughout adolescence and into adulthood. I am very passionate about helping people heal their body through food because the medical field has failed me and my family numerous times. went to the doctor at the age of 16. I was told I had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), I was given an antidepressant, an acid blocker and a medication for IBS.

That same week, I took my dog, Teva, to the vet after she started losing her hair in patches. The FIRST thing my veterinarian asked me was, “What are you feeding her?” Yes! What a good question! But you know what? I have never been asked that question at the doctor. Not once. My doctor told me it was nothing I was doing wrong, it was just the cards I was dealt! HA! No it wasn’t! I was working at a coffee shop where I drank sugary mochas all day and whatever cinnamon roll, scone or muffin didn’t sell that day, went home with me! I always made sure to make extra cinnamon rolls in the morning so I had some to eat! I ate nothing but sugar and carbs. No wonder I was so sick!

As a society, we need to start healing ourselves at the cellular level with what we put in our mouths. If we want to lower healthcare costs, let’s start changing what we are eating! FOOD CAN HEAL!

Eating keto isn’t a diet for me. It is a lifestyle. I love food and I will always love food, but more so, I love the way I feel eating like this! That is why I spend so much time and money creating new recipes for all of you. I want you to be able to commit 100 percent.


“Hi Maria! 

Here is a photo of all the medications I am NO LONGER taking!!! I had depression, anxiety, thyroid issues, migraines, and chronic pain (fibromyalgia). You and your recipes resolved all those issues! I have lost 90 lbs and am a much more active, happy, healthier version of myself! You have helped to keep this a fun, interesting way of life. I have all your books and preorder the new ones when you announce them! 

I am so grateful to you and your husband and the advocacy you do for this lifestyle. I am so grateful for all your knowledge, time, kindness and how all your recipes help enable me to make this a lifelong journey! 

The important part is how much my life has improved, how happy I am! 

Thank you thank you thank you for all you do!!! 



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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Robyn says:

    I was fortunate enough in 2015 to be my own food advocate at the hospital. I was in for an extended period of time before and after a messed up back surgery. They asked me if there any foods I’m allergic to or that I don’t eat. And I told them sugar and gluten. You should’ve seen the look on their face is like “what are we supposed to feed you?” I told them eggs and bacon or sausage links for breakfast. And we decided on they would bring me tunafish, slices of Swiss cheese, packets of mayo, and pickles for lunch and dinner and I would make my own tuna salad wraps. And that’s what I ate for the entire Time I was in the hospital and inpatient rehab. The only variation was if friends brought me unbreaded wings or cheeseburgers with no buns. I might be one of the few people who lost weight while in the hospital!

    A year later I had a second back surgery. And I was a lot more aware of what was going on before they took me into the operating room. When I found out they were giving me an IV of sugar water, I pitched a fit and made them disconnected. I’m sure they put it back as soon as I passed out but at least pay cut back on the sugar in my system. I know they were worried about me having a serious drop in blood sugar because of “fasting“ but what they didn’t get was I was eating keto, so I wasn’t going to have that blood sugar drop unless they forced it.

  • G Straughn says:

    As an RN, I was trained (indoctrinated) in the SAD and sadly, taught many patients the same thing for years. I can’t count how many trays I’ve delivered exactly like these examples. I’m so thankful for being awakened to this. You are 100% spot on! I feel better now than I ever have before in my life. Thank you and keep up the great work!

  • Margo says:

    When my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, I dared to question the food that he was being brought to eat. The DOCTOR said, “He can eat anything he wants as long as he covers it with insulin “! Dietician told him to eat 70 carbs per meal plus two snacks! Thankfully, he went Keto instead, & his blood glucose is now well-controlled. Thanks for ALL you do, Maria!

  • Deb says:

    If those were my food choices, I’d just have to fast..maybe ask for some broth..but even that would be suspect!! Thankfully, we eat clean, use herbs, oils and other botanicals, exercise, work aroun d the house and yard, garden…aiming to stay away form Dr.s and hospitals!!

  • Alicia says:

    Hi Maria, I’m guessing the Skype nutrition class post refers to feb 12 2012, or is it 2021? I would love to join from Canada. Also, I didn’t know you are a nutritionist! I will find out if my insurance can cover your services!

  • My husband’s neurologist Dr. Anne Marie Collier, recommended the Keto diet and referred us to Maria. She told us she couldn’t believe she didn’t get nutrition training in medical school so she went to Johns Hopkins and got a degree in nutrition. She told us seizures were controlled by diet before drugs! We do the 30 day Keto cleanse at least once a year and I own three of her cookbooks.

  • Sharon says:

    I am lucky enough to live in a city where a low carb diet is available at our hospital. Kaiser Sunnyside in Portland, OR.

  • gjeanieg says:

    This is so true, and so disgusting! Maria, thank you for all you do! When my husband or I go to the doctor (which is RARE), they simply cannot believe at our age that we take zero medication. I hope this post goes viral.

  • Parsons says:

    This is literally what is killing my mother before my eyes. She sees what is given in hospitals and recommended for diabetics and believes it. When I have spoken with her about this, she says she’s eating healthy. She is one of the people, who unfortunately, would rather take a pill than change an unhealthy lifestyle. It breaks my heart. I’ve strained our relationship in the past trying to push her. It is so hard to fight against big pharma and bad, bad information.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      It’s so sad. 🙁

    • Cindy DeJulio says:

      I empathize with you. My mom is in the same boat, taking tons of medications and eats terribly. Sometimes I just want to steal her away to our location, which is a way more wholistic way of looking at health.

  • jomarie wasik says:

    Maria, I am not diabetic but during a recent stay in the hospital for heart valve surgery, post op, they gave me high carb food then a shot of insulin for high numbers. I had been Keto for about a year then and was appalled at what I was offered to eat. Smh. Feeling great on this way of eating despite cardiologist advising otherwise.
    Ps. When they checked arteries around my heart, they were clean as a whistle.

  • Deborah Diener says:

    Thank you for the truth. I am battling with alleged high blood pressure. 140 / 79. Just because I am a 68 yr young sexy senior citizen. Soo angry. I have been in the Keto / Carnivore life style for over 4 years. Any thoughts? Love you, kindest regards.

  • Cheryl says:

    Everything you said is 100% accurate….but I’d like to clarify one thing. I worked in healthcare facilities over 30+ years, every kind, every speciality. The HOSPITAL does not determine the diabetic menu, or the other specialty menus. DHHS, Washington, CMS (Medicare and Medicaid), write the Regulations, and deem TJC, The Joint Commission, and/or State DHHS to provide regulatory control through every three year surveys for compliance with all national regulations/laws. Yes, a doctor “orders” the menu…but the regulations are from government — the same government that just pushed out our new Dietary Guidelines, which are a complete failure for most Americans. Hospitals can elect to provide any optional foods, grills, salads, etc for anyone to purchase…the patient’s family can bring in food for them as well, but if it’s hospital ordered food for a patient, they are to follow the regulations. Remember who is pushing those Dietary Guidelines — Big Food and Big Pharma. The physician can order something else for the patient — but Quality departments will review against the Standards and likely note the deficiency for the physician. Any records can be pulled by TJC during the last 3 years, and those reports can be very costly to hospitals who are accredited. It’s not as simple as getting the attention of the nurses and doctors. I just completed neurosurgery #7, and my surgeon does not do pre-op sugar shakes. I start drinking bone broth, doubling protein 14 days in advance of surgery. I have it written in my record “no glucose” only hydration. For 6-8 weeks post surgery I double protein, zero sweets, moderate fats. I take no antibiotics (allergy) and never get infections. Sugar inhibits healing — these sugar shakes could easily delay healing by up to a week if the patient keeps up the sugar following surgery.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, that for the clarification. The problem is deep rooted in the guidelines, etc. That is why what people like my friend Nina Teicholz are trying to do to change the guidelines is so important for long term change. 🙂

  • Pattie Campbell says:

    Thank you for this post and pointing out the absurd way our healthcare system uses food to hurt instead of help patients. It truly is mind boggling and you don’t have to have very much common sense to see this is ridiculous and unhealthy. It makes me so angry because many people think if a hospital is serving this, then it must be good for me.

  • Sharie Wertz says:

    So great to hear you telling it like it is! My diabetic brother ( Type 2) was in hospital to have his leg removed after his ulcers wouldn’t heal. I was on the phone with him 2 days later when they brought his breakfast. I could hear him arguing with the girl that there was no protein present – just carbs & sugar. She protested – saying that was ordered directly for him by the dietician – white toast, jam, Rice Krispies, skim milk and tea. It breaks my heart that dieticians don’t know any better, yet they argue vehemently that they are the “experts” in nutrition. My brother’s death soon after spurred me on to become a nutritionist to help stop the spread of this corrupt and dangerous misinformation.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      It really has to change. Too many people being negatively effected by this and losing years of their life. 🙁

  • Cindy DeJulio says:

    Speaking of healthcare. What is your opinion on receiving the experimental Covid vaccine? I am a teacher and our school district is really pushing this. Actually giving a vaca day for those who take it this Friday. I will be working. We have been in person learning with only 2 weeks of remote this year. I have no health concerns, but am overweight; working on that constantly. I am going to have a grandbaby in June. I am concerned that I could be a danger to the baby if I don’t get the vaccine. However, my daughter and son-in-law are not taking it because this is there first baby and the fertility research is not conclusive. Emmerich family, can you share your views? Thank you.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      We are watching the data closely to see how it goes. But so far the side effects seem very rare. So short term it seems fine. Longer term it is hard to say. It isn’t easy either way. But the technology included in them does seem to be fine from a science standpoint. Possibly even less of an issue compared to traditional vaccines as they don’t require the additives that can be troublesome like heavy metals, etc. 🙂

      • Cindy DeJulio says:

        Just to clarify, “the technology included in them doesn’t seem to be fine”. The next statement makes it sound like it is better than traditional vaccines. Double checking if the statement meant to say “does seem to be fine”. Thank you for clarifying.

      • DH says:

        My feeling is, if your immune is functioning properly, why do you need the vaccine? Same as with the flu shot! So many people are rushing to get it, doesn’t mean it’s safe

  • I lived this while my husband was in a renowned heart hospital here in Dallas. It was a 13-day battle to keep him from being served this food! I brought homemade keto food almost every day, but he was really tempted by the “heart healthy” oreo desserts, pancakes, pizza etc. It was stressful! At the end of his stay, I actually had nurses asking me for advice on how to lose weight. Wonderful people, just very misguided. Thank you for continuing to educate us! It has made a world of difference for our health

  • Cindy DeJulio says:

    Thank you.

  • Jennifer says:

    What would you recommend for someone being treated for cancer that must use a feeding tube? We used the sugar laden protein shakes they gave us. Ten years ago I didn’t know any better. Happily my husband is still cancer free but I wonder if he would have healed more quickly on a better diet…

  • carol says:

    I ran into the same problem when I had to go to the hospital a few times. My husband was very helpful and brought me healthy alternatives. I mentioned it to my doctor, who eats very healthy, and he was helpful. You have got to be your own advocate.

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