Chris Knobbe, MD
Chris A. Knobbe is associate clinical professor emeritus, formerly of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Knobbe, a Weston A. Price acolyte since 2013, is known primarily for his hypothesis and research connecting Westernized diets to the potentially blinding eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which currently affects 196 million people worldwide. In recent years, Knobbe’s research has been devoted the devastating effects of seed oils (‘vegetable oils’) and their unequaled contributions to Westernized disease, including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and other chronic diseases. Knobbe and colleagues have published a paper about his revolutionary hypothesis and supportive research regarding macular degeneration. Knobbe is the author of the book Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration, and he is a frequent speaker to both medical and lay audiences. Knobbe is a physician and ophthalmologist, certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, since 1997. He is founder and president of Cure AMD Foundation where he is also available via the nonprofit’s official website, CureAMD.org.
SEED OIL APOCALYPSE: ARE ‘VEGETABLE OILS’ THE UNIFYING MECHANISM FOR
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
A large and growing body of medical evidence concludes that heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancers, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other chronic diseases, have risen from the status of medical rarity to the most common causes of morbidity and mortality. Whereas the top three causes of death in the year 1900 were all infectious, by year 2000, seven of the top ten causes of death were secondary to chronic disease. During the same time frame, we’ve witnessed industrially produced seed oils grow to occupy a third or more of human consumption. Such oils rarely existed prior to 1865, making them the single greatest change to nutrition in history. Omega-6 rich seed oils, consumed to excess, may be the common precipitating factor of Westernized disease through numerous mechanisms, including prooxidative, proinflammatory and toxic pathways, and inducement of nutrient deficiency. Furthermore, the cytotoxic, genotoxic, mutagenic, carcinogenic, atherogenic, thrombogenic and obesogenic effects are now well-known. Could excessive seed oil consumption be the primary reason that Westernized diseases are related epidemiologically and historically, as well as at the physiologic, microscopic, and molecular levels, by mitochondrial dysfunction? The evidence is vast and compelling.