By Gavin Gibbon
Geno-homeopathy test launched for the first time in the UAE
Dr Batra’s Healthcare, which has clinics in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has launched a new treatment in the UAE that can identify future ailments or illnesses – anything from whether you are likely to go bald in the future or suffer heart disease or diabetes.
Geno-homeopathy, genetically-guided homeopathy, was launched in India a year ago where Dr Batra’s has conducted over 15,000 tests – over 45 percent of patients were diagnosed with underlying ailments.
And it has now been launched in the UAE.
Dr Mukesh Batra, founder, Dr Batra’s group of companies, told Arabian Business: “This is the second country in the world that we’ve introduced this in. It’s the first time in the Gulf region that we are using this and it’s also the only place in the UAE where you can get this test, which is exclusive to us.”
The non-invasive genetic test, which includes a list of 15 markers, involves a simple saliva test which can assess the severity of a medical problem, years before the disease appears.
Ailments covered include hair loss, psoriaris, acne, vitiligo, skin and respiratory allergies, child health, weight management, stress, preventative and women’s health.
Dr Batra, who has practised homeopathy for the last 45 years, said: “Everybody has a DNA structure and your DNA structure is what defines you; it’s like the finger print, like the iris. When you scan it, you know it can’t change and it’s different for you and different for me. 99.9 percent of all our DNA is exactly the same, it doesn’t change. 0.1 percent is what defines you, that’s what creates the difference. And it’s that particular genetic structure in the 0.1 percent which then also defines your disease and your family disorders.
“It’ll give you an indication on genetics and any hereditary diseases – if your father had high blood pressure, whether you will get it or not. All of that is defined in that 0.1 percent.”
Dr Batra’s has partnered with GeneStore, which provides genetic testing in over 10 countries and has conducted over 500,000 genetic tests worldwide. With a base in the UAE, they can have samples returned with a full report within three to four weeks.
The report, which Dr Batra said is 99.9 percent accurate, defines the gravity of any concerns – a separate preventative test is also available – and in-depth analysis of any condition. Patients are also provided with a lifestyle chart that incorporates dietary and exercise programmes.
“It’s very important. Just like you have an Emirates ID card, you need your DNA card as well. This is your blueprint to health. I wouldn’t be surprised in the near future, we are predicting at least by 2025, I think perhaps all countries will have a DNA mapping of everyone,” he said.
“Right now they’re only looking at finger prints and iris scans, but ultimately they’ll move into DNA so when you’re looking at preventive health, then you also need to talk, not about preventive as an individual, but preventive health of a city, of a country, of a nation, of a community. You do all of that through DNA mapping, in the future,” he added.