Poverty is a major determinant of health. Grim living conditions of low-income families have a huge impact on their health and well being. In Canada, “there are approximately 1 in 10 Canadians, including 1 in 10 children and 1 in 4 First Nations children living in poverty. Systemic poverty is the root cause of many health and social problems in Canada.” (Canada without Poverty).
Compassionate Care: Natural Health Supplements
The Compassionate Care Program will help financially disadvantaged individuals by providing access to:
• Natural health products (including dietary supplements and herbal medicines)
The program is based on the following criteria:
• Health conditions, and their treatment protocols, for which natural health products would be made available to individuals/families would be determined by registered/ licensed medical, naturopathic or other healthcare practitioners of the patient’s choice
• Natural health products will be made available through the treating practitioner, or qualified donees (healthcare clinics), and the products must be listed in the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD)
• Beneficiaries of the program must:
o Be financially marginalized individuals with an annual household income of $30,000 or less
o Have visited a qualified/certified Canadian practitioner who deems that select natural health products that are effective and safe represent an appropriate treatment to directly help prevent, alleviate or otherwise improve the patient’s health condition
The Compassionate Care Program will also extend its provision of natural health products to qualified donees.
Compassionate Care: Disaster Relief
The Compassionate Care Program will also help communities hit by disasters by providing:
• Emergency-type foods (fortified blended foods, ready-to-use foods, high energy biscuits, micronutrient powders and natural health products)
o Distribution of emergency-type foods would be in partnership with qualified Canadian donees.
o Qualified donees must submit an application for annual funding to the Foundation. Qualified donees must comply with the Foundation’s requirements
To learn more about this program, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Hidden Hunger – The Nutrition Deficit of Our Nations
Micronutrient deficiency or commonly known as hidden hunger is defined, “as a chronic deficiency of necessary micronutrients and at times with no visible warning signs.” Rather than a lack of food, this type of hunger is a result of a diet low in specific nutrients.
Hidden hunger is serious because it causes specific diseases and aggravates infectious and chronic illnesses in young people and adults.
Some Facts You Need to Know
1. According to the United States Department of Agriculture; 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in potassium, 8 out of 10 are deficient in vitamin E, 7 out of 10 are deficient in calcium, and fully half of Americans are deficient in vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium.
2. In 2003, News Canada reported that fruits and vegetables contain far fewer nutrients than they did 50 years before then. Potatoes, for example, had lost 100% of their vitamin A content, 57% of vitamin C and iron, and 28% of calcium. The report examined data from the US Department of Agriculture involving vegetable quality.
3. Mineral-deficient soil grows mineral-deficient foods. Some animals that we eat are being fed with these greens. Therefore, the meat you buy is likely to have lower mineral content than it should have. Sick soil means sick plants, sick animals and sick people.
The truth is; large parts of the world’s soils are deficient in essential minerals such as zinc. This limits healthy food and feed production, which leads to nutritional deficiency diseases in livestock and humans.
Plant a Seed Foundation believes that fighting hidden hunger is important. We know that improving the health of communities suffering from hidden hunger has many benefits that impact the overall health, productivity and mental development of individuals.