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Genetic Screening Tests with Dr Arien & Anri If you could safeguard your future health, would you? What can I do today to change my tomorrow? This question has been the driving factor behind ongoing research into genetic testing and its many applications. We live in a world that now believes in prevention rather than read more…

Top 10 Tips to Prevent and Manage Inflammation Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe Firstly, what is inflammation? You slam your finger in the car door. It immediately turns red, warms up and starts to become swollen.  And it is sore! Why does this happen?  Pain serves to alert you to the problem and read more…

Collagen in a nutshell Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe   What is collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the ‘glue’ that holds the whole body together. It can be compared to a scaffold or matrix that provides strength, structure, elasticity and support for the bones, muscles, read more…

Practical Tips to Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Life Written by Anri van Rooyen (Health & Fitness Consultant) We all know that exercising is great for us for different aspects of our lives: emotionally, mentally (improved mood, happiness, self-confidence) and physically (to gain muscle and lose fat gives us a more streamlined body). Daily exercise read more…

Osteoporosis in Context with Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Calcium & Magnesium Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe, Extract from her book Health & Happiness, available from the online health shop (as hard copy or eBook): http://www.drarien.co.za/product/health-happiness-book/ Osteoporosis Calcium is best known for its role in strengthening bone for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. read more…

Neuroplasticity Summary: Abstract International Conference Encourage your brain through practical exercises to function optimally throughout your life Abstract: Presentation on Neuroplasticity at the International Stress Management Association Conference in London, 17 June 2017 Developed and presented by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB MISMA NHA FRSPH Introduction Your brain is amazingly adaptable.  It never ever read more…

Breast Health Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe The most devastating loss of life from breast cancer occurs in women between 30-50 years of age. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women 40-44 years of age. Although breast cancer has only 10% the morbidity and read more…

Food supplements for optimal health Extracted from Chapter 4 of Dr Arien’s book Health & Happiness   Supplements are daily additions to a person’s normal diet to ensure optimal health and functioning of the body-mind unit. They support and strengthen the systems of the body so that the metabolism can function optimally. Supplements consist mainly read more…

Male Reproductive Health Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB FRSPH MISMA) Sexual health challenges are very common in men over 40 years of age. Performance anxiety often rears its head in men over 50. The core concept of ‘having sex’ should be changed to making love! This shift in perception will make a big read more…

Heart Health Holistic Integrative Approach Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB FRSPH MISMA) And the day came when the need to remain closed became more painful than the risk to open. – Anonymous The heart: seat of the emotions and the soul Experts estimate the total direct and indirect costs of death and disability read more…

Meaningful Menopause Workshop Feedback ‘I enjoyed it so much! You addressed all levels of health! Never heard of any medical Doctor doing this before. I usually get so bored as content is too basic but you really kept me interested every second! Well done. Thank you for a well-structured, highly informative and comprehensive seminar on read more…

Menopause and Perimenopause This article was written by Dr Arien van der Merwe as an article written for Natural Medicine magazine and an excerpt from Dr Arien’s book: Health and Happiness (also available as an eBook) Introduction Menopause, like puberty, causes dramatic changes in a woman’s body. This life transition process takes place over a period of read more…

An integrative approach to treating depression and other nervous system disorders Written    by Dr Arien van der Merwe [MBChB (Pretoria), FRSPH (London), MISMA (UK)] [Adapted from the book ‘Stress Solutions’ by Dr Arien van der Merwe] ‘The right reaction to a symptom may as well be a welcoming rather than laments and demands for read more…

Microbiome: Reinstate Homeostasis (Internal Balance) Digestive Health  Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB NHA FRSPH MISMA) Definition and introduction The microbiome is the full complement of the genes contained in all the microbes, tiny living single cell organisms, found throughout and inside the human body and the oldest form of life on earth. read more…

Women and Stress Women experience and react to stress differently than men do, with very specific stress related health challenges Both men and women experience stress with its related health problems and risk implications. Most, if not all illnesses and ailments have an underlying current of long term stress at the source. Some health challenges read more…

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