The Hospital Defender Smoothie

Hey, I made my first video, on lowering the risk of muscle loss and infections in the elderly and ill. For a bit more in depth on this topic, see my post, Preventing muscle loss and infections in the hospital. I call this drink the Hospital Defender Smoothie – the best of a few choices I suppose.

The ingredients for this shake are:

NutriBullet Blender
NutraBio Whey Protein Concentrate
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Casein
NOW B-50
NOW Magnesium Citrate
Twin Labs Cod Liver Oil
Instant coffee

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Dusan says October 24, 2015

Thanx a lot! I believe your shake will help not only ill persons in hospital, but everyone… Please continue with videos and suggest the time for drinking “magic rogue” shake…

    P. D. Mangan says October 24, 2015

    Thanks, Dusan, I may make some more videos. As for when to drink, it could substitute for a meal, especially when someone has little appetite. Other than that, right around workout time is good, and not when trying to fast, as the protein raises insulin and abolishes autophagy.

Dom says October 28, 2015

Hello !

I looked up Whey on various sites and it is said it contains, for one ounce, between 2 to 8 grams of carbohydrates, the basic building block of sugar, so that’s between 7 to 28 percent of carbohydrate for 100 grams of whey. Isn’t that reintroducing sugar in an indirect whey …i mean way…(pun intended) and thus defeating somewhat your original purpose ?

Warm regards


Rob H says February 1, 2016

Hi Dennis, You might want to consider leaving out the casein from this smoothie. Here’s a comment I came across recently from Denise Minger: “casein seems to be the strongest cancer-promoter among the isolated proteins (with whey, the other major protein in milk, being decidedly anti-cancer).” Here’s the link: She seems to have undertaken a lot of analysis to arrive at this conclusion: what are your thoughts on that?

    P. D. Mangan says February 1, 2016

    Well, I’ve decided to use up my casein and not get any more, but to keep this in perspective, casein makes up 80% of the protein in milk, which is drunk by infants everywhere. It’s also the major protein in yogurt and cheese, which I eat. Furthermore, as regards the hospital smoothie, saving someone from muscle loss and infections in the hospital is a short-term undertaking and is far, far more important than worrying about slightly increased cancer risk from casein. It’s like saying you don’t want to transfuse someone who’s bleeding to death because you’re worried about iron overload. Or like not giving a patient who needs a protein shake because it’s sweetened with aspartame.

      Rob H says February 1, 2016

      Apologies, I had come across Denise Minger’s casein critique and was searching on your site to find the most relevant post to comment, but upon reflection your hospital smoothie is probably one of the cases where it is justified (ie it is the lesser of two evils): ie where you need a combined mix of easily assimilated fast releasing (whey) together with sustained release (casein) protein. Having said that though, for otherwise healthy adults, it does seem to me that taking isolated casein is not a good idea because of its potential promoting cancer effect, which may be related to its systemic IGF-1 increasing capability. Of course, this appears to only become relevant for fully-grown adults, and should not pose any ill-effects for growing kids (I give mine full fat organic milk and cheese everyday, but do avoid it myself now). Chris Masterjohn has written that it may be that the deleterious effects of casein really come into their own when combined with either methionine or cysteine, since they ‘complete’ the casein protein. Since full milk products often contain both casein and whey (source of cysteine) if Chris Masterjohn’s analysis is to be believed then milk products containing both whey and casein may be best avoided by otherwise healthy adults concerned about cancer. That’s just my take on it anyway!

        P. D. Mangan says February 1, 2016

        Hey, no worries Rob, thanks for your comments, which always make me think.

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