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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): 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…

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…

Menopause and Perimenopause This article was written by Dr Arien van der Merwe as an article written for Natural Medicine magazine and an excerpt from Dr Arien’s book: Health and Happiness (also available as an eBook) Introduction Menopause, like puberty, causes dramatic changes in a woman’s body. This life transition process takes place over a period 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…

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…

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