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Comrades – the real joy of south africa


Oh to sit at the half way mark and watch both the beauty of south africa as well as the glory of our people both running and spectating. We are in truth a rainbow nation that deeply cares for each other across colour and culture and language and on comrades this is on display for the whole world to both see and experience. What a spine chilling, tingling and emotional few hours that really filled my tank with pure joy.

I then went and had lunch with my folks and watched some of the live footage on tv. The interview with Bruce Fordyce about Ann Ashworth was so heart rending. They were only expecting/hoping for the last gold medal and on the day she came out guns blazing and surprised even herself. To see his enthusiasm for her race and the joy of what transpired on the day, beautiful.

Our country is amazing and whilst we still have a lot to work through we are actually working through it. We are not pretending there is no elephant in the room. We are tackling daily life in south africa on a daily basis and working for the good of all.

Comrades day is our commitment to that process in action. Proud to be south african. And wow what a lady is our Ann.

 

 

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What is a cough and what is a cold?


The definition of a cough : Middle English: of imitative origin; related to Dutch kuchen ‘to cough’ and German keuchen ‘to pant’, Expel air from the lungs with a sudden sharp sound, kuchen : cough, hack, kuch: fit of coughing,.

A cough is a sound we make that has a deeper cause, like a post-nasal drip, a pneumonia or a bronchitis (blockage in the passageways), a problem with the nerve supplying the lining of the lung, asthma, smoking, a lung tumour, gastric reflux etc. So in my humble opinion cough syrup as such is a little bit like using an antibiotic to treat a viral infection. One needs to treat the cause of the cough. Once one gets to the root of the problem and treats that the kuchen will go away.

🙂

What is a cold? A cold usually implies a viral infection of milder intensity that the “flu”. So many people say I have the flu please give me an antibiotic. Well! Antibiotics DO NOT touch viruses for starters and “the flu” is not the common cold or a bacterial infection like a sinusitis or a bronchitis.

Cold viruses :

  • human parainfluenza virus.
  • Human metapneumovirus.
  • coronaviruses adenovirus.
  • human respiratory syncytial virus.
  • enteroviruses.

A virus is a tiny little living thing of genetic material that infects you. It is vastly different to a bacteria.

(yes do not confuse your google search with 27 years of study…)

Cold viruses generally do not kill you.

However the flu viruses of which there are also many amongst them swine flu and the influenza virus CAN kill you. So that is why we have a flu vaccine. It is so that you don’t get one of the virulent viruses that can kill you. Yes you may still get a cold virus or a bacteria (that is not part of the flu vaccine) …but it will NOT KILL you. Get it???

spekboom tours…www.spekboomtours.co.za


I spent the past 3 days on a slack pack through the Dargle forests with Julia Colvin and Jonathan (Italian surname) and a few other SNAFU’s that greatly help her with all the organisation it takes. Spekboom is a relatively new company but Julia is not new to traversing beautiful ground.

We had the absolute best “bathing in the forest” adventure possible. Nine ladies on the hike and what a wonderful time of awe and wonder (and a lot of blood sweat and sore feet) but how worth it – can not be quantified what this kind of thing does for the soul.

The sole on the other hand – she takes a beating. (Especially when you discover on the friday that your boots have literally gone walking and you now realise that the old pair of running shoes will have to suffice).

If you are in need of soul food, a little piece of heaven for the soul I would highly highly recommend this. The food was phenomenal, the company was glorious, the views breathtaking and the general injection of delight into ones being simply unquantifiable.

http://www.spekboomtours.co.za

 

 

 

Gut microbiom and diabetes – of cats, kefir and insulin :)


I have a patient who is a type 1 diabetic and that patient has a cat who is also type 1. Needless to say they are both on insulin. Now if you thought that is it hard to dose a human try dosing a cat or a dog with insulin. It’s so hard and the margin for error is SO big.

These 2 patients have cut their insulin dose by half and halved their hypos by having kefir three times a day.

Then I came across an article in the Journal of Diabetes (South africa) about the gut bugs and diabetes. It mentions how important gut bugs are in terms of metabolic functioning – normal functioning as well as disease. It concludes by saying that “gut microbiota represents an exciting field with novel therapeutic potential”.

I say you have nothing to lose. Give it a try.kefir.jpg

A peace poem


some times frogs boil

some times minds foil

sticks and stones can not hurt nearly as much as words, ever

some times I wish I lived in the land of never never

hearts beat strong

lives live long

and actually sometimes there is even a king kong

world’s collide

sometimes divide

the crashing waves of hurt subside

and peace can become the normal tide

life is a pulse

a heart beat or two

so simple yet so complex

rather not be constantly vexed

peace is a path

chosen

on purpose

our lives a tapestry recorded and finite

choices all ours and have an impact into eternity

weird to think

sometimes a heart sink

and yet a choice

let peace be your choice

 

 

Ek lewe – I LIVE! Annelie Van Rooyen


Dag na dag dreun ritme om my heen

Dag vir dag dreun ritme om my heen (day after day the rythym’s around me – droning)
voel die ure vol en tog alleen, (the hours feel full and Yet I am alone)
Maar jou blik verslaan my vrees (but your gaze destroys/chases away my fear)
sonsaffier lag in jou wese (sun saffire- joy of laughing in your living – no words to describe in english)
bring geluk wat lank verlore was.(brings joy that was long lost)

Ek lewe!


gemaak om na liefde te strewe
op vlerke van vriendskap te swewe (to fly on wings of friendship)
sonder vrae oor wat more mag bring (without a worry about what tomorrow might bring)
Mm … ah – ha
O ek lewe!
verstaan weer van droom en van vrede
die vreugde van leef in die hede
dat ek hier is vir ‘n rede.

Die vrae was soos skadu’s binne my
deur die ligte lag en andwoord jy.
En ek sien die sonverhale
in jou oe nuwe tale –
lees die storie van weerbegin. (reading the story of a new beginning)

Ek lewe!
gemaak om na liefde te strewe
op vlerke van vriendskap te swewe
sonder vrae oor wat more mag bring
mm … ah – ha
O ek lewe!
verstaan weer van droom en van vrede
die vreugde wat leef in die hede
dat ek hier is vir ‘n rede.
Ek lewe!

 

MOVE – Dr Lee THE GP …0832898351


Dr Lee is moving to The Ellenbird in hilton – 2 Quarry road, New phone number : 0832898351, we are relinquishing telkom. We have to pay them 30k to go away. And trust me this is the “cheap” option. IN a nutshell, don’t sign a contract with telkom.

NUFF said!

Fran Steart, Michele Albets, Fiona McRimmon and Elze Scheepers will join us at the Ellen Bird. Fran and Michele are dieticians specialising in diabetes and eating disorders. Fiona is a life coach and Elze is a laser and PRP practitioner.

Pop in – coffee at the coffee shop, gifts and the gift shop and medical help including speech therapy etc all available.

AN idea of the feeling you get at our new practice :