I'm not sure if this is the right place for this thread or not. I guess it can be moved later if it's in the wrong place. I am thinking about the fact that most of us -- maybe all of us -- have some types of food issues, sensitivities, allergies, deficiencies, etc. And we, it stands to reason, do better when we can eat the proper foods for us and take the supplements that build health for us. And it also stands to reason that when we can't get those foods and supplements, our health continues to flag. And, there are some treatments and therapies that would work for at least some of us but most of us will never get the chance to check them out because we can't afford them. With the dismal statistics on CFS people and employment, the question arises, for so many chronic sufferers without employment, without disability, or with only part time employment, how do these needs get met? To me this is a huge issue, the answer being -- for many chronics, the needs don't get met. And people stay sick in signicant part because they can't get the food they need. I know people who are in good situations, where they are ill but their partner makes a good living, or they have other family that helps them financially. I also have heard of people who have ended up homeless due to their chronic condition and the dearth of money they can generate. God help these folks. There's people who manage to scrimp and get by, getting their bills paid and being able to maintain the essentials of life. And there are people who don't know from day to day or week to week where the money will come from for their bills and their food. Food banks are good places. I admire the people who work in them and the efforts that they put out for vulnerable people. But, at least in the food banks I know of, the food is mostly devitalized stuff, which isn't even good for the average person. When you think of the specialized diets needed by alot of chronics, it gets ugly. Lots of macaroni and cheese, and breads and buns. Canned pork and beans and kidney beans, beefaroni and zoodles. Margarine and vegetable oils (a real bugaboo of mine) and hot dogs and other canned junk food. The "treats" which they provide -- and like I say, I admire their intentions -- are thoughtful but they are cookie mixes, pancake mixes, muffin mixes ... which may raise morale for a minute for someone who hasn't had a treat in awhile, but alot of this stuff is poison for sick folks. And don't food banks get alot of sick folks? Off my soapbox for a bit. This thread is about, how to balance bad finances with better health through foods and supplements, and other therapies that cost money you don't have.