About Dr. Al Sears MD

Dubbing himself “America’s #1 board certified anti-aging pioneer,” Dr. Al Sears MD is a health and wellness practitioner that claims to use natural, holistic remedies and other alternative treatments to help his patients live happier, healthier lives.

Dr. Sears and his practice, the Center for Health and Wellness, are claimed to have helped more than 25,000 patients achieve this, not just through his in-person consultations, but also through an integrated approach that helps provide information you won’t find in mainstream medicine, regardless of your location. This includes monthly e-newsletters, daily email broadcasts, articles posted to his website, Dr. Sears’s more than 15 books and reports on health and wellness, in addition to his Primal Force line of nutritional supplements intended to address weight loss, low testosterone levels, brain health, and many other conditions.

In short, Dr. Al Sears MD claims to be “exposing the flaws of mainstream medicine and pioneering new solutions through innovative approaches to exercise, nutrition and aging.”

Whether you’ve spent a fortune in medical bills only to have your condition worsen, or you’re simply interested in the quickly emerging field of “naturopathic medicine,” you’ve come here to find out if Dr. Al Sears is the real deal, or if you’re just dealing with more quackery. So which is it? Consider the following:

What is Naturopathic Medicine? Is it Legitimate?

According to Naturopathic.org, “Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.”

While this may sound straightforward and promising, there is a lot of controversy surrounding naturopathic (also known as complementary or alternative) medicine. But why?

As Science-Based Medicine puts it: “Anything that can be portrayed as “natural,” be it traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy (which is an integral component of naturopathy, something that should tell you all you need to know about naturopathy), herbalism, energy healing, Ayurvedic medicine, the four humors, or whatever. Add to that a number of bogus diagnostic modalities, such as applied kinesiology, live blood cell analysis, iridology, tests for imaginary “food allergies” and “nutrient deficiencies” that conventional medicine doesn’t recognize, plus an overwhelming emphasis on purging the body of “toxins,” unnamed and named but all unvalidated by science, and it rapidly becomes apparent that naturopathy is a veritable cornucopia of pseudoscience and quackery.”

Quackwatch takes it one step further by stating, “Scientific research has identified measurable, causative factors and specific methods of preventing and/or treating hundreds of health problems. Naturopaths have done little more than create glib generalities. [These] theories are simplistic and/or clash with science-based knowledge of body physiology and pathology.”

In layman’s terms, much of naturopathic medicine revolves around solving problems that are non-existent (e.g. creating both the problem and solution), as well as around incomplete science, which is what we’ll discuss next.

What Does Science Say About Dr. Sears’s Programs?

While there isn’t any detailed information on his website about the therapies provided by Dr. Al Sears, based on some of the customer reviews we encountered during our research (more about this in a moment), it appears that patients meet with the Doctor on a regular basis, where he formulates a plan to address their problems using a combination of diet, exercise, and supplementation.

Alternately, for those patients not located near Dr. Sears’s clinic, many of his programs are available in book format, such as his PACE Program and his “Doctor’s Heart Cure” method of fighting off heart disease. However, the only hard data we have to go on relates to Dr. Sears’s supplements, so let’s take a closer look at these.

Are Dr. Al Sears’s Supplements Effective for Improving Your Health?

Due to the sheer number of Primal Force supplements, it would take far too long to break down each ingredient contained in each one. As a result, we thought it would be more productive to take a closer look at two of Dr. Sears’s most popular supplements:

Ultra Primal Lean

A supplement that’s claimed to help “melt fat right off your body” using white bean extract, fucoxanthin, irvingia gabonesis, garcinia cambogia, and chromium. However, according to the links above, there is insufficient clinical evidence available showing that these ingredients, whether in combination or alone, can help you lose weight.

TeloEssence

Claims to use natural ingredients to lengthen your telomeres, which may help prevent aging, boost energy, and to protect against cancer, using the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Selenium, Magnesium Citrate, Trimethylglycine, Asian Ginseng, Kudzu, Milk Thistle Extract, Horny Goat Weed, Bacopa, Green Tea Extract, Cat’s Claw, Natural d-Mixed Tocotrienols, Resveratrol, pTerostilbene, Fenugreek, Citrulline, Mixed Tocotrienols, Gingko Extract, Gotu Kola, and Ashwaghanda.
  • Amino Acid Proprietary Blend: Alpha-Ketoglutarate, Arginine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Carnosine.

It’s interesting to note that Dr. Sears claims to have invented this formulation based on years of research, including research performed by NASA (which he fails to cite) and the study that won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, which involved adding “DNA end sequence of linear DNA molecules from Tetrahymena to artificial minichromosomes [which] allows their long term stable maintenance inyeast.” However, none of this study was conducted using supplements, so we’re unsure how this relates to TeloEssence in any way.

With this said, based on current clinical evidence, none of the ingredients contained in TeloEssence have been shown to lengthen telomeres.

What Are Customers Saying About Dr. Al Sears MD?

Despite claiming to have helped more than 25,000 people in his clinic, there are a fairly limited number of online reviews for Dr. Al Sears MD, his Center for Health and Wellness, or his Primal Force supplements. And of these reviews, most referenced his Center, which appears to have a primarily positive online reputation. As such, common compliments cited effective programs, friendly staff, and that Dr. Sears is directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the clinic.

On the other hand, some of the most frequent complaints related to Dr. Sears’s center were failure to experience results, high prices, and treatments that were not covered by insurance.

From a product perspective, Dr. Al Sears’s PACE book (which basically consists of intervals) has an average rating of 4 stars on Amazon (as of 2/17/15). Despite this positivity, the most helpful review rated the book just 2 stars, and complained that most of it consisted of Dr. Sears telling you how great the program is, and in what little remains, about the program itself. This reviewer even specifically mentioned, “The book is very poorly organized, nearly impossible to understand, and practically a waste of time. It took me far too long to pull the bits out that actually explain the program because they aren't in any logical order and are separated by more schmaltzy infomercial talk.”

Dr. Al Sears’s other most popular book, Doctor’s Heart Cure, has an average rating of 4.5 stars. While most of the reviews are clearly positive, some of the most common complaints cited that there is a lack of credibility to the Doctor’s work, and that the book contains much more selling than it does information.

Dr. Al Sears MD’s Selling Tactics

Considering the number of consumers who complained about Dr. Al Sears’s selling approach (e.g. selling through hype instead of substance), we thought it would be worthwhile to briefly address this concern.

Here at HighYa, we’ve reviewed hundreds of nutritional supplements and wellness plans, and have found that some companies spend a lot of time scaring you into a tizzy, and very little time actually informing you about the products themselves, or backing up their claims with solid science. And based on the marketing angles used in most of Dr. Sears’s product descriptions and landing pages, it would seem he’s taken this tactic and run with it.

For example, take a look at Dr. Al Sears’s most recent article. In it, he tells an awful lot of personal stories, and constantly references that he believes the “medical establishment,” Big Agriculture, and Big Pharma have all got it wrong, and are deliberately fooling you. Fortunately though, he’s got it all right.

However insightful the Doctor might seem to be though, after you wade through paragraphs and paragraphs of hype-filled text, it basically just comes down to eating right and exercising regularly, which is what any other physician will tell you to do for optimum health.

Dr. Al Sears MD Pricing & Refund Policy

Dr. Al Sears MD sells a wide variety of products, including books, videos, audio recordings, and even heart rate monitors and skin fold test calipers, which range in price between $14.95 and $349.

However, the articles on his website are free, as is signing up for his e-newsletter.

All products purchased through Dr. Sears’s websites are claimed to come with a 100% money back guarantee if you’re not fully satisfied. In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 866-792-1035.

Will Dr. Al Sears MD Help You Become Healthier & Live Longer?

Chopping to the point: While Dr. Al Sears MD is a board-certified physician, this doesn’t mean that any of the therapies he provides or the supplements he sells are rooted in solid clinical science. Instead, like so many other supplements manufacturers, it seems that Dr. Sears takes 1 or 2 studies that:

  • May not have been peer reviewed.
  • May conflict with the wealth of other clinical studies already completed.
  • May not ever have been repeated.
  • May not have even been performed on humans, or in some instances, were performed only in a Petri dish.

…and then extrapolates this to reach some conclusion that’s far outside the scope of the trials he’s referencing.

Because of this lack of evidence, along with the very high prices associated with Dr. Al Sears’s therapies and supplements, we might recommend making a purchase only after thoughtful consideration and thorough research.

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46 Consumer Reviews for Dr. Al Sears MD

Average Consumer Rating: 2.6
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 13 4 star: 5 3 star: 1 2 star: 6 1 star:  21
Bottom Line: 46% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    It just works

    • Burbank, CA,
    • Oct 11, 2018
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    These are all natural, and so it takes time to see results. If you want an instant result, his products are not for you.

    I'm taking Recovery for 6 months now, Omega Rejuvenol for 2 months, and just received my Mobility a few minutes ago. Prior to these, I used his other products for years.

    All these products work for me. As I've said, they are not a medication that relieves your pain, make you lose weight in a week, or so on. And don't expect that these will make you healthy regardless. You have to do your due diligence as well and eat right and move around. I don't exercise, but that is because I'm lazy. But to compensate for not exercising, I don't eat bread, rice, drink soda, and other high sugar products.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Dr. Al Sears is a doctor of real science-based natural medicine!

    • California,
    • Oct 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    To "We the People,"

    Please DO NOT be fooled by the naysayers who allege that Dr. Al Sears' claims are without scientific merit. I receive all his newsletters and all his claims of health-promoting nutrients are footnoted with published scientific medical study references. I've bought and continue to live by his formulas. Let's face it, the conventional MD pharma based medical industry is peeing in its pants because they know it's just a matter of time that their archaic non-curative harmful therapeutics for chronic illness will implode on itself. The People are waking up and realizing!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Five stars

    • Oklahoma,
    • Sep 26, 2018
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    I have used Dr. Sears' products for about ten years and have found them to be very effective. I currently am taking six products, and I can tell a significant improvement from these products. I am 79 years of age and have returned to work, because of boredom and not of necessity, and perform in a highly physical position. What you say is self-serving by Dr. Sears just happens to be the truth! It seems to me that you set out to write a negative review. Are you on the payroll of Big Pharma?

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Sears product good, clinic good, management/marketing a little wacky

    • Sarasota, FL,
    • Aug 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My wife and I are in our mid-seventies and we have been using Sears products (Tele-essences, Accel, etc.) for about 10 years. We feel great!

    We had it with regular doctors who are ignorant of how natural supplements help heal the mind and body and keep them in top shape.

    Dr. Sears books (especially the exercise) contain solid information on how to exercise that matches what athletes tell me.

    Some of these bad reviews above do not make sense to me. I do not think they are lying, but I have been a subscriber to Dr. Sears newsletter and have been getting it for about 10 years. I never asked for money back, but the people I have spoken with there seem pretty friendly although sometimes a bit mixed up, so phone calls sometimes take several days to get returned.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 22 out 26 people found this review helpful

    The product Restore did nothing

    • Palatka, FL,
    • Jul 23, 2018
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    I ordered three bottles of Restore for $149.69. I just finished the third bottle. No difference. It took me a little over three months to finish the third bottle. So since I took longer than 90 days to use all three bottles, I can get no credit. If I had realized I was taking over the 90 days to use the product I would certainly have returned it to get a credit.

    The product Restore did absolutely nothing as it was advertised.

    I am really disappointed. You would think after all this time there would be a little improvement.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Fraud

    • Sheridan, WY,
    • Jun 26, 2018
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    Last month I received an unauthorized shipment of Primal Force priced at $42.95, however, I did not order this product.

    I contacted Primal Force by telephone today, and Tara in customer service informed me the product was ordered online so someone who must have my credit card information, however, the product was shipped to my home address! Who would do this? This makes no sense. I suspect Primal Force obtained my credit card information unlawfully and used it fraudulently.

    I cannot rate the product as I have returned it to Primal Force.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Yes, it really works.

    • West Palm Beach, FL,
    • May 25, 2018
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    I was given a mobility pill that was made by Al Sears by a friend. I honestly don't remember what it was called, that's why I was looking it up and decided to write this review because this website came up first. This stuff really works. I remember it had pineapple in it...I was pretty much going to look and see if I can find it, I honestly haven't yet, I got held up by this review. Either way, my inflammation went down significantly, and I had more mobility in my elbow, which I've had a problem with for a few years now. Whatever your issue is, I'm sure it's at least worth giving it a shot because it worked for me.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 33 out 36 people found this review helpful

    Legit

    • Massachusetts,
    • May 21, 2018
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    I have been reading Dr. Sears newsletters, subscribing to Confidential Cures, and purchasing his supplements for years. When I asked for a refund, I got one. When I was shipped the wrong product, it was replaced. When I have questions, they are answered. Most importantly, I believe the supplements keep me healthy and provide energy. When I skip a weekend, I can immediately notice the difference. Ignore the negative reviews - I don't think they are credible.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 82 out 95 people found this review helpful

    Steer clear of this charlatan!

    I had got a number of direct mail "articles" and invitations to subscribe to Al Sears MD's newsletters over the years, so after reading over a few of them, and finding some interesting info, I decided to subscribe to his "Confidential Cures" newsletter. It was advertised as a "Platinum Membership" on sale for $77 a year...a "money back guarantee" subscription that I ordered on 5/24/2015. I was supposed to get a welcome email with a login to his site, as well as five bonus reports that I could download for free.

    Well, I got a "welcome" email confirming my order with a link to activate my account. The only problem was that there was no legitimate website attached to the account, only an activation form. I never received anything else! I contacted the company several times and received auto-replies stating that my "request had been received and was being reviewed by support staff."

    Finally, after a few more attempts, I received an email from "Cindy Rojas" with links to newsletters from months beginning in November 2012 and ending in Jan 2015. PLEASE NOTE that I ordered my subscription in May 2015, and the latest newsletter link was for January 2015. I continued to contact the company for a link to the current site (if it existed) as well as a link to the promised bonus downloads. And I continued to receive auto-replies that "request had been received and was being reviewed by support staff."

    On March 8, 2016, I was able to get someone by phone and explain the situation and ask for a refund. The person I spoke with was Nealetha Gerard who promised that I would get a refund in 7-10 days. Needless to say, there was no refund, and no link to a current website either. I called once more a few weeks later and spoke with the same person who again promised a refund. It was never received.

    I would advise EVERYONE who gets a mailer from Al Sears MD to toss it in the trash immediately. Evidently, he once wrote a newsletter for a few years, but it ended in January 2015. Now in 2018, I am still receiving occasional direct mail invitations, so he's still soliciting subscribers to his imaginary website. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY on this fake "doctor/naturopath." There are legitimate medical and naturopathic doctors and newsletters out there, and I have subscribed to several over the years with great results and great service. Al Sears MD is definitely NOT one of them!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 67 out 70 people found this review helpful

    Refund?

    He says he offers a full refund, but I didn't get one. He sent me something I hadn't ordered, and when I returned it, he didn't cover the postage costs of the return, even though it was not an error on my part.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 37 out 47 people found this review helpful

    Excellent meds, poor advertising practices

    He has great ideas but needs much more realistic wording. I sincerely believe me tries to do the right thing, and am baffled by his continuous attempts to make me believe he is P.T. Barnum reincarnated.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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