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Introduction Stress stats: 75-90% of all patient visits to a primary health care facility are stress related Stats from the SA Heart Foundation: Costs of cardiovascular disease: From a study done by the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and the Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Programme at the Medical Research Council (MRC): Estimated cost read more…

Wellness Stress Solutions According to Dr Arien van der Merwe, Founder and Director of the Healthy Living Space, many people have excess stress that affects their health, happiness and other areas of their lives. While most of us could benefit from adding healthy habits to our lifestyle, it’s harder to begin a new habit than read more…

Stress is the number one threat to health and wellbeing According to Dr Arien van der Merwe long term stress increases the risk of conditions as diverse as colds and flu, heart disease, depression and insomnia. What is more, statistics show there has been a five-fold increase in stress-related illness in the last 40 years read more…

Most of us get a feeling of impending doom as winter approaches. Here are a few well known, proven and trusted natural remedies to help you prevent and control colds and flu! Stay in bed for a few days. You will recover a lot sooner. Listen to your body and rest a while. Your immune read more…

Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRIPH FRCAM MISMA This article is aimed at providing some of the facts to assist you in making informed choices regarding lifestyle changes should you decide to do so. Focusing on heart disease provides a model for addressing the lifestyle link in all the major killer diseases, read more…

Work-Life Balance  Stress can be positive or negative. When stress sparks personal achievement or life enjoyment and appreciation (positive stress), it can work to your benefit by making you enthusiastic, creative and productive, motivating you. But stress can easily spiral out of control, becoming negative distress, taking its toll on your physical and emotional health read more…

Written by: Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRIPH FRCAM MISMA Medical doctor and author with extensive experience in workplace wellness, stress management and integrative medicine. Within each of us is a ray of light, flowing from within the depth of our being. When this light penetrates our consciousness, we stand in that perfect moment read more…

Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe, medical doctor and author who specialises in natural medicine, workplace wellness and stress management. 1. More meaningful holidays Have the holidays become too commercial for you? Are you feeling empty and unfulfilled during this time of the year? By making some simple changes, you and your children can truly read more…

Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe, medical doctor and author who specialises in natural medicine, workplace wellness and stress management. A few synchronicities have been popping up lately around my own health challenges, patients who consult me, and in assisting journalists specifically writing on this topic. It’s the prevalent topic of insulin resistance/sensitivity, and read more…

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