Dr Colin Burns

/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.


Alzheimer's disease (Alzheimer's) is characterised by gradual degeneration of the brain, typically beginning with short-term memory loss that progresses to full incapacity and withdrawal from society. Alzheimer's affects some 6% of people over 65, becoming more common as we age so that over 20% of those over 75 have Alzheimer's. NOTE FOR CLARITY: Dementia [...]

By |2019-09-10T12:29:23+00:00Sep 10th, 2019|Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments


Most of us approach nutrition with a "what to avoid" or "need to eat less" mindset and fair enough - with the world getting ever fatter (no insult intended, it's just a fact borne out by international statistics over the last 30+ years) most of us would do well to eat less in general [...]

By |2019-08-28T10:00:45+00:00Aug 28th, 2019|Nutrition Foods, Nutrition General|0 Comments

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are mental disorders characterised by abnormal eating patterns that impact physical and or mental health. There is quite a bit of misunderstanding so let's take a look at the most common conditions here... Anorexia nervosa - this is perhaps the "classical" eating disorder where the patient eats extremely little food and becomes [...]

By |2019-08-27T09:30:12+00:00Aug 27th, 2019|Coping with Life|0 Comments

Intermittent fasting

Could THIS be the answer? You may have heard of intermittent fasting (IF) in recent years and perhaps you're wondering if this might be for you? Let's take a look at some facts... Intermittent fasting is what it says it is. It is an approach to weight loss based on the idea of fasting [...]

By |2019-08-14T08:59:44+00:00Aug 13th, 2019|Nutrition Weight Loss|0 Comments

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer (cancer of the pancreas) is a very nasty cancer that is associated with a poor prognosis in most cases. It is most common in older people, the overweight, smokers, and those with a family history of pancreatic cancer. Heavy drinking (alcohol) has long been associated with an increased risk although more recent [...]

By |2019-07-30T15:07:47+00:00Jul 30th, 2019|Features|0 Comments

Dodging depression

Depression is a very common mental illness, affecting some 3-5% of the population at any one time - it's thought that 1 in 5 of us will experience at least one episode of significant depression in our lifetimes. Employers and health insurers are acutely aware of the cost of depression, which is becoming one [...]

By |2019-07-30T14:44:16+00:00Jul 30th, 2019|Coping with Life|0 Comments

Lead a walk

Walking is a great way to get active and nearly all of us CAN walk. It can also be a great way to break your day and may improve your energy & productivity at work too. You can walk on your own of course but sometimes it helps to join some colleagues for motivation [...]

By |2019-06-05T09:44:10+00:00May 28th, 2019|Active Living|0 Comments

Lize de la Harpe

6 years ago I found myself divorced with two kids under the age of 4 -  facing not only a mountain of responsibility to take on by myself, but also a mountain of financial pressure ….to take on with only one income. So naturally the first thing I did was give up any form [...]

By |2019-06-05T06:19:43+00:00May 28th, 2019|Share your story|0 Comments

Keteng Lenko

My name is Keteng Lenko, I’m 28 years old young man living with a disability. I always strive beyond my disability, I believe everyone has the ability to do great things in life. We all are capable of being a better person than we are today. Going against what you experiencing at the moment [...]

By |2019-06-05T06:21:28+00:00May 28th, 2019|Share your story|0 Comments