Manuka honey quality questioned

October 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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More than half the brands of manuka honey tested in a university experiment did not match the pollen count promised to shoppers on the label – by Yvonne Tahana.

The results have divided experts – the honey industry claims the test is not reliable but consumer advocates want labels to mean what they say.

Lincoln University PhD student Patchanee Boontaganon made a physical and chemical analysis of 74 supermarket honey brands. She found that 29 out of 64 “mono-floral” samples, such as manuka honey, were not true to label based on their pollen count. The remaining 10 honeys in her sample each came from more than one plant. Fewer than half of the 26 manuka honeys were true to label, something Ms Boontaganon said could erode consumer confidence in the pricey product. Read more

The Stress of Purposelessness

October 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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They say when you’re on fire, people will come from far and wide to watch you burn. But what if you don’t even have an inkling of kindling to start your fire?

People with purpose seem to be driven; happier, totally engaged in life and always appear on the go with something that’s sucking them into a big bright future.

Potentiality was described as the unfolding of one’s life naturally under the right conditions and circumstances. However, often our circumstances are never ideal, and conditions are never right. Most of us are under a lot of stress, a lot of the time. Who has time to think about purpose?

Unfortunately, in time, thoughts of “purpose” will rise up on their own from the subconscious and make their subtle stress known to you (if you ever occasionally err on the side of existential thought that is). It’s typically one of those nights you find yourself at the bottom of wine bottle looking for the answer to¬†what does it all mean?? This is commonly associated with a mid-life crisis, but can appear at any age.

People want to be happy. People want to be fulfilled in their work. People want to know that what they’re doing has meaning. And people would also like to be adequately rewarded for this so they can do other things they enjoy whilst supporting a family at the same time. It all sounds very idealistic, which is where the problem comes in.

The stress of purposelessness begins to set in. In the back of your mind you start to question things more and more. It becomes a fine line between doing what you have to do each day, driven primarily by fear and consequence, or being pulled into an exciting future because of the deliberate choices you’re making to serve your known purpose. The crux is, without purpose, there is no direction. Read more

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