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Ash Monday

This has nothing to do with health. It is simply a reflection on the devastating forest fires here in the Garden Route. So, if you’re pressed for time, please delete this email. I’m sending my marketing email tomorrow (fingers crossed),…

The Main Complaint

Readings Isaiah 61:1-6 Psalm 147:1-7 Acts 1:1-8 Luke 10:1-9 When you visit your doctor as a patient, you present him or her with a main complaint. The “main complaint” is the single most bothersome thing that drives you to seek…

Tippling Point

When I was a medical student, “going viral” was something really bad.  If a patient “went viral”, you’d feed them pancakes (because that was the only thing you could slide underneath the door).  You didn’t open the door until you…

The Bugs of St Cupid

You might have noticed that St Valentine’s Day is approaching. My wife and I don’t really “do the Valentine’s Day thing”. After Christmas, two wedding anniversaries (yes, we got married twice – double the fun, double the trouble) and one…

Beauty Is Only Screen Deep

Let’s briefly recap: 1. Plants trap their valuable minerals and nutrients in a strong web of fibres. 2. To digest those fibres, animals need the help of microbes. 3. Fibre-eating microbes need help to stay happy and healthy. 4. A…

Fur, the love of microbes

Without the Sahara desert, the Amazon rain forest could not exist. Surprised? Apparently, it’s true. The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Dust. Mighty desert winds sweep mineral-laden sand into the upper layers of the atmosphere. This dust…

Ashes to Ashes

Human bodies contain about 60% water.  Sometimes, it’s noticeable, especially in the brain region, which contains about 75% water.  Politicians may hold more water, possibly even hot air, but scientists have yet to confirm this. What remains when we take…

Gut Democracy

Someone once told me, “99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.” To which I replied, “1% of doctors give the rest a good name.” Come to think of it, though, I don’t know ANY evil lawyers personally, and…