Dr. Pierre van der Merwe - growing your neurological greenhouse

Dr. Pierre van der Merwe is a practising neurologist at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, Cape Town. Office tel: (021) 554-3032‬. He also functions as a Neuropsychiatrist after completing his Med Psychiatry. However, after his own personal health failure and dedication to his Hippocratic oath, he made strong changes within his own personal life. This leads him to lose weight, increase his energy levels and better care for his patients. He shares his passion and knowledge with free monthly seminars given at the Blaauberg Hospital, and old age homes, along with recordings of his talks on YouTube focusing on optimal brain health.

Part of his message: “People don’t decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”

He talks about the importance of sleep, morning rituals, and intermittent fasting. These were effective strategies for mitigating health pitfalls.

Some of the supportive science on what Dr. van der Merwe speaks about. Some risks with night shift workers (or binge-watching) If it was midnight, the brain would be forwarded a couple of hours to 2 a.m., which matches what scientists expected from previous research. But they found signs that the clocks in the gut, liver and pancreas were much further ahead as if it was noon. The mounting research and recent Nobel gave for work in circadian biology have researchers astounded by how important this is. If your circadian genes are disrupted throughout your body, diseases like cancer, neurodegeneration, and diabetes will inevitably be the result.