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How a Simple Thickener Can Transform Lives: A Heartwarming Tale

Patient enjoying food and beverage thickened with SimplyThick EasyMix.

You might wonder: does the type of thickener you use really make a difference? The answer is a resounding YES! The choice of thickener can impact your taste buds and overall experience. Too often, we pretend it doesn’t matter which thickener we choose and get by with whatever is cheaper or on hand. But, just like fast food versus a fine restaurant, you get what you pay for. Let's delve into a touching story that perfectly illustrates this.


Meet Mr. F from Illinois. Over the previous two years, he'd been a regular at the hospital due to recurring aspiration pneumonia. He had severe dysphagia, experiencing difficulty swallowing before and after every meal. Despite his health condition, he was quite adamant— he disliked thickened liquids. Mr. F declined a PEG tube and resisted taking his oral meds.

As his health declined, he became frail, despondent, and often clashed with his family. Mr. F eventually was placed under hospice care.

However, a turning point came when one of his therapists introduced him to SimplyThick. At the hospital, he gave it a try and found it palatable. Then came a surprising request: Could he have it with his favorite-- Glenlivet Scotch? With the doctor's nod, he once again began enjoying his cherished drink.

This small change sparked a domino effect. Mr. F not only embraced other beverages, but he also started improving in health and spirit. He gained weight, got off hospice care, mended fences with his family, and found joy in life. He went on to live several more fulfilling years.


What's the magic behind SimplyThick® EasyMix? It blends effortlessly with almost any beverage, ensuring minimal taste alteration. Encouraging more frequent and safe consumption is our utmost goal when it comes to thickening drinks. And this mission drives our passion for crafting the best thickened beverages for our users.

So, to answer the question - Can a thickener genuinely elevate your life?

Without a doubt, it can!



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