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About Dr Colin Burns

Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today. Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction. Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.

A Healthy Guide to Good Nutrition

A Healthy Guide to Good Nutrition Maintaining the correct nutrition helps you to reduce the risk of a complex myriad of health-related problems, the most frightening of which are most certainly heart diseases, lung diseases, bone diseases and cancer. Proper nutrition means that you must eat many different foods, monitor your consumption of some [...]

Covid-19 and Weight

Covid-19 has changed the world. Millions have died; the economic and social impacts are massive to say the least. The question of disease-severity and co-morbidities has gained a lot of attention. We all know that it is the elderly and those with certain co-morbidities that are at most risk of poor outcomes when they [...]

Cold Therapy

You may have heard of people like Wim Hof, who has become quite well known for his cold-exposure exploits, ice-water-bathing, cold-water-swimming, barefoot-marathon-running, etc. You probably know about various athletes who use post-match ice-baths to aid recovery. Could this be for you? Is there any real evidence that cold-therapy works? The term “cold therapy” is [...]

Ivermectin for Covid-19

Covid-19, the illness caused by Coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) is well-known to you by now.  You know that it is a new (previously unknown/unseen) virus that causes a cold/flu type illness that can develop into a severe and life-threatening pneumonia and multi-organ disease, most commonly in older, frail or already-unwell persons. You know that viral [...]

Two Simple Fitness Tests

We all know that exercise is good for us. We’d all like to be fit. In today’s world of personal trainers, smart watches, clever fitness apps, and more, it can seem a bit complicated. Sometimes “simple is best” and so here are two very simple ways to assess your fitness. Resting pulse The fitter [...]

Being Realistic (About Exercise)

Active living is good for us. Very good indeed. The simple truth is that you cannot be well, truly well, unless you live actively. You know that don’t you? And you’ve been active, at times, have you not? But you’ve battled to stick with it and so your life-with-exercise has been a bit of [...]

By |2021-02-08T05:50:25+00:00Jan 28th, 2021|Active Living, Exercise, Features, Weight Loss|0 Comments

COVID comorbidities

We have been living with this world-changing pandemic for a while now and most of us probably feel that we know enough about it. Certainly, we know that it is the elderly and those with pre-existing illness, also known as comorbidities, that are most at risk (while the young and the well are at [...]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is also sometimes known as “spastic colon” or “nervous colon”. It’s a common condition that affects some 15% of adults. IBS is characterised by abdominal pain or cramping and a change in bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation or both alternating). It is a chronic (long-term) condition that usually begins before [...]

By |2021-02-08T05:50:45+00:00Jan 27th, 2021|Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments

Excess deaths: just how serious is Coronavirus?

From the outset of this pandemic, one of the biggest questions has been "How dangerous is it really?" or "How much more dangerous than normal flu is it?". Initial estimates varied wildly, because we really just did not know. It did start to become clear that more Covid-19 was more dangerous than seasonal flu, [...]

Waves, Variants, Vaccines: Covid-19 in early 2021

We’ve been living with Coronavirus for about a year now and it’s been pretty terrible if we’re honest. Over 2 million deaths worldwide, lockdowns such as we have never experienced before, huge social and financial disruptions, and more. And just when we started to think (in late 2020) that the worst might be over, [...]

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