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September 5, 2010

Dr. Akshay Batra sworn in as President of The Trichological Society, London


Dr. Akshay Batra, Managing Director, Dr Batra's™ Positive Health Clinic Pvt. Ltd, was today sworn in as the President of The Trichological Society of London, becoming the first Indian ever to preside over the worldwide Society. This is the first time an Indian and non-British has been elected to the highest post in the Society. Dr. Barry Stevens, Trichologist and Hair Scientist; and Founder, The Trichological Society felicitated Dr. Akshay Batra at a glittering ceremony at Nehru Centre in Mumbai where the book titled, “Hair: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know”, written by Dr. Akshay Batra - the third generation homeopath, was also launched.

Said Dr. Akshay Batra, who was appointed as the President of the Society for 2012-14 and also bestowed upon the Official Chain of Society, “I am deeply honoured. It is a matter of great pride for me to have been elected as the President of The Trichological Society of London. The science of Trichology in India will get a boost. Many more doctors in India will get a deep understanding of the science of hair.”

Speaking on the event, Dr. Akshay Batra said, “Hair has a significant medical connect. By looking at hair, one can diagnose many diseases, which may otherwise go unnoticed, such as heart disease, PCOD, diabetes, thyroid and anaemia. Diabetes can be found out in a hair test before it can be found out in a blood test. Hair also has a social aspect. Healthy hair denotes confidence, while hair loss is associated with inferiority complex, low self-esteem, depression, loss of job and divorce or break-up in a relationship.”

Dr. Akshay Batra added, “We conducted a survey among 4000 people at Dr Batra's™ to find out how they feel about hair. The results illustrate the importance people bestow to their hair and also how far they would go to retain and take care of it.

1. A whopping 81% of women and 76% of men prefer alternative medicine for their hair loss as opposed to conventional medicine.
2. Over 70% of respondents believe bald men look 5-10 years older than their age.
3. As high as 70% of women understand that hair loss is a medical problem — and, correctly so!
4. As high as 85% of all respondents believe that hair is the most important aspect of their appearance and over 80% feel that baldness would affect their self-esteem.
5. Interestingly, men spend a higher amount of money, every month, looking after their hair than women – some as high as Rs.10,000!”

The Trichological Society has presence in 20 countries. For the past 13 years, it was run by doctors from the UK. The Society is advisor to BBC Watchdog, The Guinness Book of World Records, The Hair Cosmetics Industry and Who Wants to be a Millionaire (US). Also, imminent members of the Society are expert witnesses in courts of law in the UK, in civil and criminal matters; and are called to depose as expert witnesses to solve crime and civil suits by examining hair!

Dr. Barry Stevens, who founded the Trichological Society in London in 1999, said, “Trichology as a branch of medicine is at a nascent stage in India and Asia. With Dr. Akshay Batra’s leadership, the Trichological Society will become more focused on Asia and develop this scientific study in this part of the world. People suffering from hair problems here will benefit amply from developments in this field. Dr. Akshay Batra’s immense contributions to the scientific study of hair and scalp have helped establish him as one of the world’s leading Trichologist. Through his new book, “Hair: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know”, he has offered his in-depth knowledge and understanding about hair to the people.”

'Hair: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know' (pp 228; Price: Rs. 250) is published by Embassy Books. This book is intended to be as a one-stop-guide to making informed decisions about hair. Packed with easy everyday do’s and don’ts to follow, grooming and styling tips to practise, and the most reliable remedies for hair problems including hair loss and premature balding, Hair is an invaluable resource.

Writing with a maturity that belies his young years, and a simple courage that characterises them, Dr. Akshay Batra through a balance of research-based and experiential information, provides practical solutions and responsible advice for common and not so common hair ailments. His observations are clear and crisp as well as free of technical or medical jargon.

About Dr. Akshay Batra

A fourth-generation doctor and third-generation homeopath, Dr. Akshay Batra began his career at Dr Batra's™ Positive Health Clinic in 2001 as a trainee doctor and has since been scaling great heights every year. His proficiency in Trichology – the scientific study of hair and scalp – has solved the problems of many people.

Among numerous achievements, he is India’s first Trichologist at The Trichological Society of London. He is also the youngest, first-ever non-UK-based Trichologist to receive the prestigious Robert Olding Award for outstanding achievement and personal endeavour in Trichology.

Dr. Akshay Batra played an instrumental role in launching Dr Batra's™ B Perfect – an aesthetic day care procedure centre that also does hair transplant surgeries. He is the Director of Dr Batra's™ Positive Health Products Ltd. Their lifestyle products have steadily gained popularity for excellent quality and a natural base. Previously, he has served in various capacities as CEO, Deputy Managing Director and Executive Director at Dr Batra's™ Positive Health Clinic, acting as a key business driver in the organization.

Dr Batra'sâ„¢ other interests include music and adventure sports. He has a love for animals since his youth. He is a philanthropist and the Co-Founder of Dr Batra'sâ„¢ Positive Health Foundation that runs free clinics in 38 cities in India, providing free homeopathic treatment to over 20,000 people every year.