Dinner Through a Straw writes, publishes and markets patient education materials and products that promote methods of eating following mouth, jaw, dental or facial limitations for chewing and swallowing as well as support for patients and caregivers of those recovering from cancer treatments that can negatively affect eating, appetite and weight loss.
Our customers include hospitals, universities, clinics, physicians and individuals. Dinner Through a Straw has been recognized as the only book of its kind in thoroughness and detail. Over the past 30 years, the product line has grown and includes several premade kits to promote patient healing. The Zip-N-Squeeze disposable feeding kits are back as well as the syringe feeding system with new improved tubing, larger soft squeeze on the go liquid bottles, small size soft sip squeeze bottle and Cool Jaw ice pack wraps are all available in one location at Dinner Through a Straw.
Dinner Through a Straw has benefited patients of scleroderma, TMJ, AIDS, dysphagia, birth defects, orthognathic conditions (malocclusions, jaw realignment, wired jaws) and recovering cancer patients. The book Dinner Through A Straw and our product line is what physicians and nurses dream of creating if only they had the time. It provides ideas and methods of food consumption and wellness techniques to promote patient responsibility for the healing process. It explains how to create a feeding system. It tells what to have on hand following an oral surgery procedure. “Everything you wanted to know and forgot to ask your doctor” is a question and answer section for surgery patients.
The newest revision in the book contains a specific chapter entitled, Cancer Convalescence. Many patients and facilities have been eager for this information and presentaton format for the patient as it assists in transitioning from the negative effects of cancer treatments that influence eating patterns and weight loss. This chapter guides the patient through appropriate food choices while combating nausea, foods to avoid, guarding the weakened immune system and recipe options with caloric content and servings. This chapter is not medical advice or treatment, but instead it supports the patient and caregivers with options to maintain wellness during recovery. *Consult with your medical doctor regarding your treatment before use of DTAS products, recipes or suggestions.
Testimonials from physicians, registered dietitians, and registered nurses acknowledge that the more than 150 recipes are high in carbohydrates which expedite healing. Calorie counts and food values were provided by a Certified Dietary Manager. Patients find the recipes to be tasty and satisfying. They can enjoy most of their favorite dishes when prepared in a manner for their consumption.
The handbook and eating accessories are welcomed by those who cannot chew, those whose mouths are wired shut, those who require a liquid diet or soft food diet and those recovering from negative effects of cancer treatment associated with difficulty in eating. The non-chew recipes are readily prepared from standard food items found in most grocery stores and supermarkets. The products available online have been used for decades to enable eating when chewing is not permitted. These devices are now more reliable and more convenient than ever as they arrive prepackaged with specified instructions in their use.
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