‘Health & happiness is your birthright’
with Dr Arien
Dr Arien van der Merwe has recently launched the Healthy Living Space. As an important role player in promoting health, wellness and a happy, quality lifestyle, not only in the Greater Pretoria area, but also countrywide via innovative use of the Internet, and an office soon in Cape Town, she is the ideal person to support you in your healthy living journey.
Who is Dr Arien van der Merwe – the driving force behind the Healthy Living Space?
Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor with more than 30 years’ experience. She is the author of various books on health and wellbeing, a frequent contributor to high profile magazines, and a regular guest on TV and radio. During 1994 she became so despondent about only treating symptoms of disease that she nearly retired from practice to open a coffee shop! Fortunately, she decided to broaden her horizons through further studies in natural medicine.
‘I have always been curious about the cause of illness. To simply treat the symptoms of an ailment, like colds and flu, with antibiotics and decongestants, never made sense to me. More than 90% of cases are caused by viruses against which antibiotics are not even effective, while also suppressing the immune system – sheer madness faced with an infection! As was recently highlighted in the media, antibiotics are no longer effective, due to its abuse over many years’, explains Dr Arien from the Healthy Living Space in Brooklyn, Pretoria.
Twenty years ago, a whole new world revealed itself to me. I am very grateful for my medical training and background, but with natural and integrative medicine, I do not only take care of the body and its symptoms, but also include the mind and emotions, where illnesses and diseases stem from. With many natural medicines available, it is easier to help and support patients to allow the body to do what it wants to do – to heal, find balance, and be in homeostasis
More than 90% of cases of the common cold and flu are caused by viruses against which antibiotics are not even effective. Furthermore, antibiotics also suppress the immune system, which is the last thing we want when faced with an infection! As mentioned in a recent newspaper headline, antibiotics are no longer effective, due to its abuse over many years”, ‘’Twenty years ago, a whole new world opened up to me. I am very grateful for my medical training and background, but with natural and integrative medicine, I do not only try to take care of the body and its symptoms, but also dig a little deeper to include the mind and emotions, where illnesses and diseases stem from. With so many tools available, it is easier for me to help support patients to allow the body to do what it actually wants to do – and that is to heal, find balance, and be in homeostasis. There is a vast number of natural healing options to choose from. To use colds and flu as an example, natural remedies like Echinacea purpurea, the well-known stalwarts garlic, ginger, cinnamon and calendula; combined with relaxation, stress management and suitable micronutrients, will provide the immune and upper respiratory systems with effective support, instead of bulldozing symptoms and suppressing immunity. Flu is almost always the body’s way of telling you to slow down, the messenger to show you that you are out of balance, over-worked, or subconsciously harbouring negative emotions that cause distress, and suppress the immune system.”
Dr Arien has written various other books (the latest being ‘Stress Solutions’, ‘Herbal Remedies’, and the brand new ‘Journey into Healing’) and workplace wellness training manuals. She has developed a host of programs and courses on how to take self-responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing.
All chronic illnesses, health challenges and ailments respond well to a natural healing approach to restore function: Heart dis-ease; high cholesterol;high blood pressure;osteoarthritis;colds and flu;stress, anxiety, insomnia, dysthymia or mild depression;diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome; andmenopause, PMS (premenstrual syndrome), to name but a few.
Dr Arien developed the competitively priced DocsFocus range of nutriceutical food supplements with the correct ingredients, proper synergism, quantities, and ratios. The DocsFocus range is available from the in-house or online order health shop at Healthy Living Space, which also stocks a variety of highly effective herbal remedies, superfoods, skin and hair care ranges, supplements for teens and adults, and weight loss products – all natural and supportive of the body.
The Healthy Living Space is a Medical and Aesthetic Centre that promotes health and wellbeing using an integrative holistic approach. The Healthy Living Space also specialises in weight loss, especially fat loss and insulin resistance (Dr WGG Gauché’s well-known Weight Control Clinic Program, established in 1974), the removal of stubborn fat and cellulite using top class CoaxMED medical equipment, and treatments for normal as well as problem skin like acne, wrinkles, as well as ageing and dry skin. Only 100% natural skin and hair care products are used, containing NO petrochemical waste products such as parabens, liquid paraffin, petrolatum, petroleum, glycols and mineral oils. The Healthy Living Space also offers stress management courses, meditation and relaxation programmes, and PlayFunFitness™ classes.
‘A logical next step for the Weight Control Clinic was to offer our highly successful program to those who are not able to visit our Space’, says Dr Arien
‘The complete program (except, of course, for the natural and safe injections, weigh-ins and weekly support sessions) is now also available as an online order service’.
Dr Arien is an internationally published author
In ‘Health & Happiness’, Dr Arien explores the connection between stress and good health, and how cultivating a life where stress is managed implicitly leads to improved health. She explores the different aspects of a healthy lifestyle – ranging from exercise, relaxation, and the correct use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs, to the importance of food supplements for sportsmen and -women. Dr Arien seamlessly incorporates her medical knowledge with a holistic lifestyle approach, and the use of complementary natural remedies. ‘Health & Happiness’ is a fountain of knowledge for those seeking to live a life that is in balance, stress managed and healthy.
‘It is encouraging that my book is now available throughout the world to spread the word about all the natural options available to support health and wellbeing’, says Dr Arien.
Dr Arien has written various other books (most recent being ‘Stress Solutions’, ‘Herbal Remedies’, and the brand new ‘Journey into Healing’) as well as a series of workplace wellness training manuals. She has developed a host of programs and courses on how to take responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing.
Dr Arien’s first book, ‘Health and Happiness’ was published in 1998 by Tafelberg Publishers, and is now in its 8th print. It was completely edited and revised in 2013, and published globally by Fox & Raven, May 2014. A hard-copy edition of the book is available at Healthy Living’s in-house or online health shop, or as E-book from Amazon Books, iBooks, Barnes & Noble & Kalahari. Click here to buy the e-book
Why not become part of the Healthy Living Space?
You have nothing to lose except your excess weight, problem skin, ill-health, stress and depression!
NATURAL Health and Happiness REALLY is your Birthright!
360 Murray St. c/o Brooklyn Rd & Murray St Brooklyn Pretoria. Soon in Cape Town.
Tel: 012 362 2422