Broth Bank Collective

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Did you know the top 3 ingredients in the packaged "broth" served in most children's hospitals are salt, monosodium glutamate, and hydrogenated cottonseed oil? This isn't grandma's broth, that's for sure! Our goal is to encourage Fierce Foods both outside and inside the hospital. Each week MaxLove Project purchases almost 60 quarts of organic bone broth from local artisan restaurants and distributes them to families in cancer treatment and survivorship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and in southern California.

Organic therapeutic restorative broth, with its blend of gut- and joint-healing amino acids, provides nutrient-packed, kid-friendly nourishment in the hospital. It is our goal to facilitate broth banks in close proximity every major children’s hospital in the U.S.

 
“I wholeheartedly believe nourishing broth should be part of chemotherapy protocol in hospitals and cancer centers. This broth should be given before and after each treatment to gently, yet powerfully support and nourish the patient during all the ups and downs of chemotherapy treatment.” -Blakely Page, RDN
 

HOW THERAPEUTIC BROTH CAN HELP US HEAL

  • The intensity of cancer treatment depletes the body of key nutrients which can be replaced easily and effectively with nourishing broth.
  • Nourishing broth is one of the most cost effective and potent ways we can support children during and after cancer treatment.
  • In a perfect world, all kids with cancer would be told upon diagnosis to begin making and drinking nourishing broth to prepare and support the body for what is to come.
  • The ways nourishing broth can speed recovery, restore appetite, and aid the body’s own healing potential are generally underestimated and underutilized.
  • Nourishing broth is a simple but powerful way to support your child through cancer treatment that does not interact with any medical or alternative treatments.

THERAPEUTIC BROTH AND CANCER

We dream of the day when standard-of-care treatment for every child fighting cancer and related life-threatening illnesses will include organic therapeutic restorative broth every day to help them fight and thrive. The ways in which nourishing broth can speed recovery, restore appetite, and aid the body’s own healing potential are generally underestimated and underutilized.

Nourishing broth should be your child’s healing drink to:

  • improve immune system

  • heal gastrointestinal tract

  • stop chemotherapy associated diarrhea

  • prevent and stop muscle wasting

  • replete low supplies of amino acids

  • support growing or damaged bones

Dr. Daniel writes in her book, Nourishing Broth, that nourishing broth is “a slow food, whole food, and real food that has been nourishing and healing people for tens of thousands of years….[it has] a long history of safe usage with a complete absence of unwanted side effects” (53). Therapeutic restorative broth is a simple but powerful way to support your child through cancer treatment that does not interact with any medical or alternative treatments, has no risk, and can incorporate into daily life very easily.

The intensity of cancer treatment depletes the body of key nutrients which can be replaced easily and effectively with nourishing broth. Many children drink broth plain during all phases of treatment, but anyone can benefit from broth used to make soups, as a base to cook vegetables, and anytime cooking liquid is needed in a savory dish. Nourishing broth is one of the most cost effective and potent ways we can support children during and after cancer treatment.

Broth made from meaty bones with vegetables added for flavor is rich in amino acids glycine, proline, arginine and glutamine. These amino acids are “conditionally essential.” That means during times of high stress, chronic illness, or digestive distress, the body needs more of these to thrive. These amino acids help rebuild muscle tissue and heal the lining of the digestive tract. Nourishing broth has been used for thousands of years during acute illness such as colds, flu, and any inflammatory response to naturally boost the immune system.

When there is so much noise regarding what is healthy, the time honored tradition of nourishing broths remains a way to give powerful, supportive nutrition at any time through cancer treatment. Broth also “contains components with known anticarcinogenic activities” like cartilage. “Cartilage not only slows cell division and normalizes...malignant cells but simultaneously nourishes the immune system” (109).

Additional quotes from Nourishing Broth:

  • “Broth contains components with known anticarcinogenic activities, the most notable of which is cartilage” (108).
  • “Cartilage [in nourishing broth] not only slows cell division and normalizes...malignant cells but simultaneously nourishes the immune system” (109).
  • “Homemade broth, of course, is a whole food product. It’s a slow food, whole food, and real food a that has been nourishing and healing people for tens of thousands of years” (53).
  • “Broth...has...a long history of safe usage with a complete absence of unwanted side effect” (53).

Nourishing Broth Basics:

  • 3-4 lb meaty bones from pastured animals
  • Cover with water 1 inch above bones
  • Add 1 onion, 2-3 carrots and 2-3 celery stalks if desired
  • Bring to boil, skim off any film that rises to the top
  • Simmer on low for 8-12 hours for chicken and 12-24 hours for beef
  • Cool, strain and store

Reference:
Fallon, Sally, and Kaayla T. Daniel. Nourishing Broth: An Old-fashioned Remedy for the Modern World. New York: Hachette Book Group, 2014. Print.