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MetS, Weight Wobbles and Stress Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (www.DrArien.co.za) Excerpts from her book ‘Managing Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome’ and adapted from her online course on MetS and Inflammation. Are you low on energy? Do you wake up tired and stressed out every day? Are your clothes getting tighter and tighter? You read more…

Hearty Health Care Tips Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe ‘My heart’s not in it anymore’; ‘my heart is sore’; ‘my heart is breaking’. We have all uttered these phrases. They are not simply figures of speech, but very often unconsciously uttered, based on our intuitive understanding of the heart as seat of the read more…

Mental Health in a Changing Uncertain World How an inner default mode of bias towards survival fear drives our stress reaction   Stress is insidious and as survival tool for fight, flight or freeze, it has an impact on every one of the 50 trillion cells in our bodies. This reaction is essential to avoid read more…

Immune Support & Stress Tips through Challenging Times Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe & Anri van Rooyen This Immune System and Stress Support Tips are meant as a tool to use frequently: Follow us on Facebook to get all the frequent tips. 1. Spend time outside: What a beautiful day in Hermanus! Best read more…

Covid-19: A Solution Based Approach Nature’s Pharmacy has you Covered Inflammation, Immune System, Influenza Fear is insidious and more contagious than any virus can ever be. There are countless research studies confirming that stress (e.g. from fear, anger, worry) impairs the efficacy of our immune system Firstly, what is inflammation? You feel a cold coming read more…

Peptides, Informational Substances, Epigenetics and Metagenetics Peptides, informational substances and cell biology, genetics and epigenetics Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (www.DrArien.co.za) Following is an explanation to understand your own healing process, by restoring the natural pattern of programming for health in our own DNA. Informational substances or peptides: the molecules of emotions Working read more…

9 Wellness Tips to Kickstart your Healthy Year Youthful Living with Dr Arien A truly integrated, holistic (mind, body, emotions, soul) wellness lifestyle starts with a mindset, a conscious choice you make every day, sometimes from minute to minute. It’s the unwavering commitment to the pursuit of personal, communal and planetary wellbeing. A healthy, wellness read more…

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? Click here for our Videos on Genetic Screenings 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 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…

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