What’s the big idea?
SciLife Clinic, a Stockholm preventative healthcare clinic that’s the only one in the world which combines medical screening with genetic analyses.
They get a 360-degree view of your health and can predict and prevent future diseases. Seven out of 10 people in the Western world die from cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and SciLife Clinic co-founder Dr Mouna Esmaeilzadeh believes that the majority of these deaths could be prevented. “With today’s medical science and technology, we already have the means to prevent the vast majority of these diseases,” she says. “I may sound mad when I say this, but if technology continues at the same pace, we should soon be able to live to 150.”
So how did it all start?
Esmaeilzadeh is a medical doctor and neuroscientist. In her words, “I started getting frustrated treating people who were really sick with things that could have been prevented. I also wanted to protect my family, so started looking for a preventative healthcare clinic that could guard against future diseases – I didn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to do it myself.”
What happened next?
In 2009, Dr Esmaeilzadeh founded SciLife Clinic, originally with her sister-in-law Katja Leonova, who has done a PhD in physical chemistry. “We thought there must be something we could be inspired by, but we had to reinvent the wheel,” Dr Esmaeilzadeh says. The pair contacted all the best experts in different fields, including different types of cancers, and experts in genetics in the US and Iceland. “It kept striking us as madness that no one was using all the technology available, or taking an integrated approach. Your DNA is your hardware – it’s weird not to look at that.”
So how does it all work?
You get an initial consultation to go through you and your family’s medical background, before a day’s examination, a follow-up consultation and an action plan on how to optimise your health in the future. “It’s all very individualised,” says Dr Esmaeilzadeh. SciLife Clinic offers three packages – silver, gold and platinum – all of which offer analysis of your DNA, blood, urine and stool. The platinum service offers a full-body MRI scan, as well as scans of the arteries, heart, brain, prostate, aorta and abdomen.
But do we really want to know what’s going on?
“Well, considering the potential consequence of not knowing, absolutely,” she says. “I usually tell my clients, ‘If we find a tumour, you should celebrate.’” One of Dr Esmaeilzadeh’s friends discovered a brain tumour in his examination. “It was very small and easy to remove, but had he left it a few years, he could have dropped down dead.” Other solutions include a simple course of antibiotics to remove the bacteria, which 30 per cent of us have, that’s the primary cause of stomach cancer, and a major cause of ulcers.
So what’s the catch?
It’s not cheap, as services start at €2,750 (NOK24,195), though Dr Esmaeilzadeh hopes preventative healthcare will become the norm. “If everyone does this, prices wil go down,” she says. “It should be like having a car and checking the brakes are working. My vision is creating a paradigm shift within healthcare”
Can this woman help you live forever?
Dr Mouna Esmaeilzadeh, the founder of pioneering preventative healthcare clinic SciLife, believes that the majority of us can prevent deaths from cancer, stroke and heart disease
What’s the big idea?