Closeup of Dr. Barry Sears
CBN.com Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the dietary control of hormonal response. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 30 years to the study of lipids. He holds 13 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for 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 of the role that specialized hormones, known as eicosanoids, play in the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and cancer. Since eicosanoids are only generated from dietary fat, Dr. Sears reasoned that one could apply drug delivery principles to nutrition in order to control these exceptionally powerful hormonal responses with laser-like precision. In essence, this theory treats food as if it were a drug.
This focus of his research led to various patents in the area of hormonal control by essentially using food as an oral drug delivery system to modulate eicosanoids especially for cardiovascular and diabetic patients.
The impact of Dr. Sears’ revolutionary work in the dietary control of hormonal response began with the publication of his landmark book, The Zone. Since its publication in June 1995, The Zone has sold more than 1,500,000 hardcover copies, and became a No. 1 best seller on the New York Times book list. In addition, The Zone has been translated into 22 languages, indicating a worldwide response to Dr. Sears’ research. His second book, Mastering the Zone, published in January 1997, also became a New York Times bestseller with hardcover sales in excess of 500,000 copies to date. His third book, Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes, published in November 1997, quickly became one of the best-selling cookbooks of 1997. The Anti-Aging Zone was published in January 1999 and provides the molecular insights into how the Zone Diet can reverse the aging process. The Omega Rx Zone, published in 2002, may well be his most important book as it explores the foundation of chronic disease and how high-dose fish oil can dramatically reverse it. In 2004 Dr. Sears wrote Zone Meals in Seconds with his wife, Lynn. To date more than 4 million hardcover copies of his Zone books have been sold in the United States.
His research has elevated food from more than simply a source of calories to being recognized as an exceptionally powerful drug. Because of his revolutionary research, Dr. Sears has been a frequent guest on many national programs such as 20/20, Today, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, CNN, and MSNBC.
Dr. Sears continues his ongoing research as President of Zone Labs, a biotechnology company in Danvers, Mass. In addition to continuing research on the hormonal effects of food, Dr. Sears has expanded his research in developing a new generation of dermatological formulations for wound healing, innovative dietary approaches to treating neurological conditions and improved cognitive function by re-modeling neural networks in the brain, in addition to his ongoing work in treating Type 2 diabetes.
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