Toronto, Ontario - The International Schizophrenia Foundation (ISF) is pleased to announce a major grant of $1.6 million by Calgary philanthropist, Allan P. Markin. The grant will spearhead an ambitious national educational program aimed at improving public awareness of the many health benefits of orthomolecular medicine and orthomolecular psychiatry. Mr. Markin’s generous grant will enhance the Foundation’s existing educational programs and will also develop new areas of public education. The grant recognizes the importance of orthomolecular medicine as a valuable, cost effective treatment modality and its important role in improving Canadian health care.
Allan Markin, who is Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, a senior natural gas and oil company, has repeatedly been recognized by the Wall Street Journal’s Gold Awards in the category of outstanding achievement by Canadian oil producers. His main philanthropic objective is to enhance education and health, through balance. Mr. Markin wisely says: “my focus is education and health. They are linked to each other; and to many other social conditions and problems we face today.” “I was impressed by the work and commitment of the ISF and believe that this grant will be an investment in teaching the public about the growing field of orthomolecular medicine and in creating both national and international awareness among health care professionals as well as patients and their families so that schizophrenia and other mental diseases can be most effectively and economically treated through orthomolecular psychiatry. If we want to live longer and healthier, we need orthomolecular approaches.”
Mr. Markin is the Founder of St. Mary’s University College and made a significant contribution towards the establishment of the Markin Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary where he also created the Markin Chair in Health, Wellness and Society.
The word “orthomolecular,” first coined in 1968 by two-time Nobel Laureate, Linus Pauling, refers to balancing or correcting the body’s biochemistry by using naturally present substances such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, hormones and essential fatty acids.
Even with the ISF’s limited resources, the necessary research in orthomolecular medicine has been done and forty years of such research and clinical experience has been published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, tens of thousands of people worldwide have been helped, yet the orthomolecular field and its various treatments remain relatively unknown. With Allan Markin’s foresight and generous grant, the ISF hopes to strive forward with a major public information and advertising campaign, It will make use of documentaries already available and will cooperate with the National Film Board of Canada in the development of future documentaries. It also plans to create a more user-friendly online strategy and groom more advocates and spokespeople to make public announcements and presentations to various forums.
As Mr. Markin commented recently: “We are, after all, only human. We, too, have our demons and our addictions. We have our moments of strength and of weakness. Whether the help comes in the form of a mentor, or a caregiver to help you recover from an accident or illness, or a program to help you quit smoking or control a drinking problem or mental health advice – it comes from the wellspring of community that philanthropy makes possible. It is our responsibility to make sure the spring never runs dry. We need to make “it” happen.”
For further information or interviews, contact:
Steven Carter, Executive Director, ISF