What our students have to say.
I started The Natural Health course a little over three years ago. That was my starting point for changing my life. I learned how to revolutionize my health and my family’s health. I would HIGHLY recommend everyone who wants to live a life free of illness and disease to start right here. I always thought I was pretty healthy but when I look back now I am horrified at how ill I was constantly, accepting that as normal. When I started following the Natural Way I lost over 6kgs very rapidly, my energy levels soared. My skin cleared up, my irritable bowel vastly improved, my mood, anxiety and depression disappeared. And a massive one for me was my menstrual cycle – I have suffered my entire life with heavy periods, severe pain and just generally feeling terrible for a few days every month. Right now my periods are barely a blip on my radar, I have slight discomfort, no heavy bleeding or clots, they are only five days in duration as compared to my previous eight days, I don’t get skin breakouts or severe mood swings – this has changed my life and my family’s life.
Jayne RobinsonMother of three, Doha, Qatar
For our family, the course has been life-changing, with our quality of life improving tremendously on so many levels. Our son was diagnosed with Asthma and ADHD and was put on strong chronic medication, this also affected his emotions, sleep and eating habits, he lost a lot of weight. After implementing the lifestyle changes, we realised he was actually just dairy intolerant and no longer suffers “Asthma” related ailments. We also see an enormous improvement in his school performance and now he is an emotionally stable, content & harmonious child. He is off Concerta as well. My husband is off his gout medication and also does not snore anymore. I had the easiest pregnancy with my daughter, never experiencing any ‘normal’ symptoms associated with pregnancy. She is a very healthy and happy little girl. My intense mood swings are also a thing of the past (which my husband especially rejoices over :-D). We recommend this lifestyle and the course to anyone seeking a lasting, healthy lifestyle change.
Bernadette SchouwMother of two, Namibia
I am a 35-year-old qualified Pilates instructor and mom of four. I have always been interested in health, but it really became an interest when my eldest son was involved in a car accident and diagnosed with ADD. I did everything I could to research alternative methods to treat him and avoid chronic meds. He is a walking miracle and testimony to how the right diet and lifestyle can change a person’s life! After applying what I’d learnt from Mary Ann’s course to our lives, I couldn’t believe how many problematic issues were solved! Focus and concentration was one of the first noticeable changes - especially for my eldest. He is 17 now and dedicated to his health and well-being. He has experienced first-hand how important taking control of your diet and lifestyle is. This has been the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had! The assignments were incredible and each one helped me see why I needed to apply it to my own life. I’m forever grateful to Dr Bianca for recommending that I chose this course.
Tessa MoleneauxPilates Instructor, South Africa
This course gave me an incredible understanding of how nutrition plays a role in attaining and maintaining health: physical, mental and spiritual. As a Bachelor of Science student, I have had a great foundation for my studies in Mary-Ann's work. Learning the physiology of how the body's systems work and the knowledge on nutrition and its role in the body has given me the full picture on health. As a result, I have a better understanding of my body and its needs, and that is powerful. The information you learn doesn’t leave you. You may not apply everything that you learn right away, but when your energy is low or you’re feeling a little ill, you start to respond differently. Instead of popping a pill like you did before, you start to think about what fruit and veggies you could consume, and instead of drinking more coffee to wake yourself up, you allow your body time to rest and recover. This course and all of Mary-Ann’s work has really shifted my whole outlook on health and personal well-being.
Michelle KarstenPhysiology & Anatomy (BSc), Stellenbosch
The Natural Health Consulting Course has equipped me with knowledge of how the body is designed to heal itself. The course provided me the confidence to consult through the required case studies. At the same time, my family and I have benefitted by applying the study material into our own lives. The course equipped us to get our health on track which would also be available to millions of people who need help. I would recommend studying the NHC Course as it provided me with the skills to help others in a user-friendly and practical way backed by science. Completing the NHC Course has enabled me to earn extra income in my music school, which has given me access to people who are struggling with their health. I have set-up a café and deli in the school selling Mary-Ann and Aim products. With the knowledge I acquired through the NHC, I can fulfil my passion in helping others with their health which I do locally on a face to face basis as well as internationally online.
Michelle PearsonNatural Way Consultant, Cape Town
The Natural Way changed my outlook on healthy living dramatically. My vegan son and his family introduced me to Mary-Ann and her YouTube videos and I was sold! When I opened my home to abandoned babies ten years ago, I never dreamt I would be going the ‘green’ and the ‘health’ route. Not only did my health change for the better (asthma, sinusitis, aches and pains were gone after 21 days!) but my life took a whole new direction when I started introducing The Natural Way into my counselling centre. I currently work with children with special needs (autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, epilepsy and other neurological disorders) and families with chronic fatigue and numerous other health issues and am amazed every time to see the miraculous difference a change in diet and lifestyle can make. Mary-Ann’s book, Healthy Kids is still one of my main reference guides! I am an advocate for a healthy lifestyle because of Mary-Ann!
Rene TestaCounsellor, Johannesburg
In 1999, I had a health issue and was prescribed a strong drug, which I refused to take as I have a sensitive stomach. I prayed for a healthier solution. Paging through a magazine, I came across Mary-Ann's Natural Way Home Study Course. I started the course out of interest and soon became aware of so many natural and easy transformative steps to better health and habits. The result was a massive increase of energy and rectifying many health issues. All thanks to the NHN and NHC course! As a result of taking the course, I also became aware of my body’s needs, how to feed it correctly to feel balanced and how to combine foods correctly so the body does not become acidic. I would recommend this course to everyone to maintain ones health and enjoy life.
Anila SomlaTextile Designer & Certified Yoga Instructor
I am a stay at home mother of three in my forties that just wants the best for my children’s health. I was bombarded with allergies and ailments, ran to several health practitioners for help and tried pills that cost a fortune. After reading Mary-Ann Shearer’s books and making it part of my life, I decided to do her NHN course. The course helped me to understand how the body works and how to feed it to maximize health. It was fascinating to learn how the different systems of my body work, why diseases form and how I can cure disease by searching for the root of it, building up my body to fight the illness instead of just addressing the symptoms. The course is loaded with interesting books, practical assignments and literature. The support that I had from the admin people was always helpful and friendly. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition, I would highly recommend this course. Soon you will find that without much effort you have adjusted your lifestyle into a more healthy one that is easy to maintain.
Mari NelPaarl, Mother of three
I chose the NHN and NHC course because I simply could not find any other nutrition certification that offered the real truth about nutrition, health and wellness. I also loved the fact that it was an easy course to integrate into as my background covering history, politics, and law. In short, if I completed this course successfully anybody can. I recommend both the NHN and NHC course for professional and personal use. If you have a desire to learn more about health and wellness and expand your knowledge, this course is for you. Likewise, if you are already in the field, or looking at becoming a nutrition consultant, this is the way. I have now been working as an International Nutrition Consultant for twenty years and Mary-Ann’s course gave me the jumpstart into my career.
Liana KopalyanInternational Nutrition Consultant, Las Vegas
My interest in nutrition started while I was still in high school. At the time I represented South Africa in Sport Climbing and suffered from continual abdominal issues. I visited Mary-Anne’s Emporium while on holiday and I was hooked! Once I finished school, I decided to do Mary-Anne‘s course in Natural Health & Nutrition. I immediately realized this was something I really wanted to pursue. The course helped me to broaden my knowledge on the topic. I learnt how my body was being affected by the food I was eating and other factors that I was struggling with, with regards to my health. I really loved this course. It was so informative, interesting and fun. I learnt so much and it led me to follow a much healthier lifestyle. I started to experiment with various food combinations and cutting out the ingredients that had a negative effect on my body. After completing the course, I was sure what I wanted to do with my life. I am now pursuing a career in the field of nutrition and will be furthering my studies. I recommend this course to everyone, and especially to those who would like to start working in the field of nutrition
Mikela SinovichStudent, Germany
I always say you can measure a project by the greatness of the change-maker behind it. Not only has Mary-Ann Shearer created a course that can help people better understand nutrition and reverse a general lack of understanding when it comes to healing one’s body. BUT she as a person changed my life for the better. I can safely credit Mary-Ann and Mark for giving me the tools and knowledge to pursue a life as a wellness and personal growth mentor to myself and many other people out there. They showed me, through their course, knowledge and food just how accessible, affordable and possible health can be when looking at it in a compassionate plant-powered manner. Being someone that grew up with a Dad that is a butcher, I never allowed myself the opportunity to understand a plant-based diet. Once Mary-Ann introduced me, my competitive ultra-distance sports gained 10x momentum, my life gained clarity, and I saw the world through clear compassionate eyes for the first time ever. If it was not for Mary-Ann, Mark and their course, I am not sure how long it would have taken me to reach the truth around wellness and compassion.