Dr Barry Sears is a leading authority on the dietary control of hormonal response. Dr Sears began his scientific career as a researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the last thirty years he has devoted his research efforts to the study of lipids.
Dr Sears holds 13 United States patents in the area of intravenous drug administration and hormone regulation systems in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
A turning point in his research occurred in 1982. That year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for discoveries regarding the role specialized hormones, known as eicosanoids, play in the development of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and other conditions. Starting from the assumption that eicosanoids are generated by fats, Dr Sears reasoned that if the same principles used to administer i.v. drugs were applied to nutritional strategies, the diet would allow extremely precise control of these exceptionally powerful hormones.
In essence, his approach treats food as if it were a medicinal drug.
Dr Sears’ research has led him to secure several patents in the area of hormonal and eicosanoid control by using food as an oral drug especially in cardiovascular and neurologic conditions and diabetes.
His research has elevated food from a simple source of calories to being recognized as an exceptionally powerful drug. On account of his revolutionary research, Dr Sears has been a frequent guest on many US programs such as 20/20, Today, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, CNN, and MSNBC.
Today Dr Sears continues his ongoing research as President of Zone Labs, a biotechnology company with headquarters in Danvers (MA). He is also President of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation of Marblehead (MA). In addition to his research on the hormonal effects of food, Dr Sears has extended his study to developing innovative dietary approaches in the treatment of cancer, neurologic disorders, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.