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Health Benefits of Weight/Fat Loss A little goes a long way when it comes to losing some body weight, particularly fat. Research has shown that losing 5-10% of your body weight, can have major benefits for your health. Such a small loss may not seem like much if you’re trying to fit into your bikini, read more…

Women’s Health: Focus on Natural Menopause Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe   The hormone replacement therapy (to do or not to do!) debacle has been raging for many years. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was regarded as a panacea to prolong youth, cure symptoms of menopause and prevent heart disease and osteoporosis. For many read more…

Two main types of cannabinoid receptors CB1: found mostly in the brain and nervous system – mediating many of cannabis psycho-active effects. CB2: found in most of the body, and especially immune system. The diverse biological effects, from therapeutic to psycho-active, is a result of all the cannabinoids’ activation of various receptors on our cell read more…

Medical Cannabis from Nature’s own Pharmacy Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe   Clarifying the confusion Cannabis is one of the most mystifying topics today, ranging from legislation and recreational use (‘only hippies use dagga/weed’), to the efficacy of a magnitude of medicinal applications. People either have strong opinions for its use, or uncomfortably read more…

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): https://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…

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