Jersey Should Be An Easy Place To Live,
So Why Isn't It?
GREED is a large part of the answer. The relentless pressure put on Jersey citizens by government has reached mind blowing proportion. A weeks wages for a weeks rent being the main culprit, Jersey government have failed miserably to take any steps to rectify the greed of themselves or private landlords.
Another reason is the sky high pricing of basic foodstuffs, and with no competition in sight, things will only get a damn sight worse. The Co-op, £2.75 for just six medium tomatoes!!! A good diet of fresh fruit and veg is a major boost for mental health, and combined with exercise can transform a persons well being in no time.
Then there is the constant avalanche of charges, fines, licenses, tax, social security, fuel costs etc etc. And lets not forget the many pressures brought to bare by those mini-Hitler's, the traffic wardens. These clowns alone can have you paranoid and stressed out in a matter of seconds after you have parked up to mail a letter! The whole setup is designed to oppress the little guy and fleece him for every penny possible. Lawful Rebellion is the way forward, just say NO MORE!!!
JERSEY’S economic and social pressures have been blamed for a dramatic increase in antidepressant prescriptions over the past five years.
Moves are taking place in Jersey to make access for patients to psychological therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy easier – but this will need financial investment in the service.
The chairman of the Primary Care Body, Dr Nigel Minihane, said that he was not surprised by the high increase and he believed that there were a number of reasons for it.
At a time of economic problems affecting Jersey and the UK – where prescriptions for antidepressants have also soared – some people in the Island were now falling below the poverty line,’ he said.
Fact Sheet on Vitamin D
- Sunlight and UVB Exposure. Sun exposure and not dietary intake is the principal source of circulating vitamin D stores in the body. Some people can also obtain vitamin D from commercial tanning beds.
- Supplements. Most multivitamin and mineral supplements, along with a range of other nutritional supplements contain vitamin D.
- Bone Health/ Osteoporosis. Both calcium and phosphorous are important for bones, however, when vitamin D levels are low, absorption of both these minerals is significantly reduced. For example, studies have shown that low vitamin D levels result in absorption of only 10 to 15 percent of dietary calcium. However, when levels are high approximately 30 percent of calcium is absorbed
- Cardiovascular Disease. The risk of heart attack is twice as high for those with vitamin D levels less than 85 (nmol/L) than for those with vitamin D status above this level.
- Hypertension. Increasing vitamin D levels has been shown to reduce blood pressure.
- Type 2 Diabetes. Studies have shown that people with high levels of vitamin D have significantly lowered glucose levels and significantly better insulin sensitivity compared to those with lower levels. One study showed the popular anti-diabetic drug metformin improved insulin sensitivity by 13 percent. Higher vitamin D status was, however, associated with a 60 percent improvement in insulin sensitivity.
- Osteoarthritis. Both the prevention and progression of osteoarthritis is improved by optimising vitamin D levels.
- Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Vitamin D is widely involved in brain function and some studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin D can improve mood. Research has shown that people suffering from anxiety and depression have lowered levels of vitamin D. Click here for more information about vitamin D and depression and other mental health disorders.
- Autoimmune/ Inflammatory conditions. Deficiency of vitamin D is common among patients with inflammatory and autoimmune disorders such as Grave's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Other Benefits. Optimising vitamin D status has also been shown to be important for the following conditions: epilepsy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal pain, psoriasis, periodontal disease, colds and flus, migraine, macular degeneration, chronic pain and even cancer prevention.