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Category Archives: Optimal Health & Wellbeing

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…

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…

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…

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…

Allergies Allergies are very common in the childhood years. To mention a few of the many factors involved – genetic tendency, pollution and smoking, toxins in food, tension (always look for signs of stress in children), marginal vitamin deficiencies and antibiotic abuse. Atopy (from the Greek for “difference”), the tendency to develop some form of read more…

Medical Screening Tests Gesondheidstoetse vir elke dekade (soos gesien in Beeld, Leefstyl, 13 Mei 2015) / Health Screenings for each decade Adapted from Health & Happiness by Dr Arien van der Merwe, revised edition 2013 Click here for Health Screenings (Gesondheidstoetse) done at the Healthy Living Space. English: Click on download to get a PDF of read more…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Stress Connection Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA NHA Medical doctor, Author, Medical Specialist: Health & Wellbeing   The connection between stress and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) The exact cause of IBS remains uncertain, but the following trends that might help people make sense in finding possible read more…

Health Awareness The Importance of Health Screenings Health screenings can identify and assess the following health risks: diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, osteoarthritis, cancer, heart disease, chronic inflammation, depression, etc. Dr Arien herself is an example of why regular health screenings are so important. A very unpleasant surprise awaited her when she did read more…

Inflamm-Ageing It’s the current buzzword in the anti-ageing world. We explore the way chronic inflammation accelerates ageing and how to slow things down – Lynne Gidish The word “inflammation” comes from the Latin word “inflamatio”, which means “to inflame or set on fire”, explains Dr Arien van der Merwe, owner of Healthy Living Space in Pretoria (www.drarien.co.za). Click here for page 1 of Dr read more…

Heart Healing in a Nutshell Sanskrit: Anahata, meaning flawless, unstruck or unbeaten (Joseph Campbell likens this unstruck vibration to the humming of an electrical transformer, or the unheard – to our ears – humming of atoms and molecules) And the day came when the need to remain closed became more painful than the risk to read more…

Inflammation: Both friend and foe Click here to read Dr Arien’s article in Destiny Magazine As foe, the common denominator present in all chronic degenerative diseases The word ‘Inflammation’ comes from the Latin word ‘inflamatio’, which means to inflame, to set on fire.  Chronic inflammation is the fuel that flames the fire of today’s chronic read more…

Holistic Approach to the Role of Emotions in Cancer Cancer and emotions The distress caused by certain trapped or blocked, unconscious and deeply buried emotions, do play a role in all the chronic diseases of lifestyle, of which cancer is an important example. This is not to say anybody causes their cancer on purpose! It’s read more…

Holistic, Integrative Approach to Cancer Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA NHA Medical doctor and author who specialises in holistic, integrative medicine In recent years oncology (the study and treatment protocols of cancer) has developed into various sub- specialities, becoming more and more intricate. A patient may need a surgical oncologist to read more…

Natural Remedies to Counterbalance and Prevent the Side Effects of Chemotherapy  Written by: Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA NHA Herbal Remedies and Micronutrients Herbal remedies can help relieve side effects of chemotherapy (most common are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, hair loss, anaemia, lack of energy and despondency or full blown depression), while supporting read more…

Travel Lightly by Letting Go Make this Year Different According to various sources, 2015 is set to be a year of lightness, peace and abundance. Let each one of us become the ‘change we want to see in the world’: love and peace starts with an inner intention and heart focus. Rather than the impossible read more…

Live Blood Analysis (LBA) Packages Are you feeling under the weather with no energy? LBA and a gentle detox can be just what you need. The packages available for the gentle detox (read more about detox below) and LBA (click here for more info): 1. LBA Detox package of R1500 includes the following (SAVE R400): 30 minute read more…

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