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Launch of the Healthy Living Space

Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA MP 0233587 Practice no. 1499602 has recently launched the Healthy Living Space – 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.

 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. 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, for instance colds and flu with antibiotics and decongestants never made sense to me. Over 90% of cases are caused by viruses against which antibiotics  are not effective, also suppress 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 inBrooklyn, Pretoria.

‘’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 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.

“There are a vast number of natural healing options to choose from that will provide the body with effective support to heal itself, instead of just alleviating symptoms – and in the process suppressing immunity. Illness is 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.

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)

Dr Arien has 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 specializes 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, and 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.

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