/Dr Colin Burns

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.

E-cigs; what is the truth?

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are all the rage. There are pop-up stores and online stores everywhere you look. Some 5-10% of adults now smoke e-cigs worldwide, and the numbers continue to grow. So what's it all about and is it safe? E-cigs heat a liquid that usually (but not always) contains nicotine, to produce [...]

By |2018-09-26T11:46:32+00:00September 26th, 2018|Features|0 Comments

When you’re worried about someone…

It might be a friend, a work colleague, a family member, a life-partner, or almost anybody you know fairly well - so what do you do when you're worried about someone's wellbeing? This might be someone who is stressed, anxious, depressed or even suicidal. It could be a health issue like drug-abuse, smoking, obesity, [...]

By |2018-08-30T10:09:20+00:00August 27th, 2018|Coping with Life|0 Comments

Heart attack; recognising the signs

A heart attack is a medical condition where part of the heart suffers from a lack of blood flow & oxygen. Heart attack can lead to severe disability and or death. A heart attack is a true medical emergency in that a LOT can be done to reduce and even reverse the damage, but [...]

By |2018-08-22T10:36:06+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Ask The Coach, Features|0 Comments

Stroke; recognising the signs

A stroke is a medical condition where part of the brain suffers from a lack of blood flow & oxygen. Stroke can lead to severe disability and or death. A stroke is a true medical emergency in that a LOT can be done to reduce and even reverse the brain damage, but time is [...]

By |2018-08-22T10:22:28+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Ask The Coach, Features|0 Comments

Migraine: a special type of headache

Migraine is a misunderstood condition. Migraine is a special and very specific type of headache. But many people think that all headaches are migraines; that migraine and headache are the same thing. This is not so. Migraines are recurring headaches that often involve one side of the head, are quite severe, are often associated [...]

By |2018-07-17T10:23:53+00:00July 17th, 2018|Features|0 Comments

No diets. No meal plans.

Weight loss is a challenge for many of us. Between 50% and 70% of adults are actually medically-overweight today. The impact on wellness, health, health risk, and quality of life is extremely serious. So, and excuse the pun, it's a big problem and one we are asked about all the time. Many people who [...]

By |2018-07-16T14:06:43+00:00July 12th, 2018|Nutrition Weight Loss, Weight Loss|0 Comments

Hayfever: Need to Know

Hayfever is a common condition that affects around 1 in 5 people. It's also a bit confusing, mainly because the terminology gets mixed-up and used loosely, so let's start by clarifying some terms: Hayfever is an allergic condition characterized by itchy nose, sneezing, congested nose, runny & itchy eyes. Allergic rhinitis is another term [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:28:20+00:00July 12th, 2018|Features|0 Comments

Office Wellness

We all want to be well, or at least more-well. We all work (well, most of us work). We all work at an office (well, mostly anyway). And here we find challenges: unhealthy food options, sitting, stress, no fresh air, no sunlight, and more. Work life, especially office-based work life, is often seen as [...]

By |2018-06-29T08:44:49+00:00June 29th, 2018|Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments

How much water?

Drink more water......it's advice you often hear. Why? How much? What's the story here, really? Let's keep this simple... Our bodies need water. Many of us (=most of us) do not drink enough. The result is slight dehydration, which may cause headache, dry skin, low energy, constipation, appetite changes, kidney problems, and more. Drinking [...]

By |2018-06-25T12:48:54+00:00June 25th, 2018|Features, Nutrition General|0 Comments

Antibiotics: Need to Know

What's the story about antibiotics? These powerful and important medications are quite controversial and often misunderstood so let's just clear up a few basics... Antibiotics have been around for about 100 years. Penicillin was the first type of antibiotic used but there are now several types of antibiotics and probably hundreds of brands. Antibiotics [...]

By |2018-06-13T14:20:09+00:00June 13th, 2018|Features|0 Comments