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Category Archives: Optimal Health & Wellbeing

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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…

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…

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