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Heart Disease, Cancer, Overweight, Metabolic Disease, Dental Caries, and Malocclusion: Are They All Caused by Westernized Diets

Presented by: Chris Knobbe, MD

Original Presentation Date: September 24, 2021

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Course Description:

This course delves into the correlation between Westernized diets and prevalent health issues like heart disease, cancer, overweight, metabolic diseases, dental caries, and malocclusion. Exploring the historical shift from natural to processed foods over the last century and the fundamental components of processed foods, attendees will examine how man-made, nutrient-deficient and toxic dietary choices have been linked to the development of various chronic diseases. A particular focus will be on understanding the profound toxicity of seed oils and their derivatives, notably trans fats, and their pervasive association with the onset of numerous chronic health conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe the key components of processed foods and the historical evolution from natural to processed diets over the past 150 years.
  • Understand and appreciate the relationship between man-made, processed, nutrient-deficient foods and the development of prevalent chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, obesity, dental issues, and malocclusion.
  • Assess the significant toxicity inherent in seed oils and their derivatives, particularly trans fats, and comprehend their substantial association with the onset and progression of various chronic health conditions commonly seen in Westernized diets.

Speaker Bio:

Chris Knobbe, MD, an ophthalmologist and Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, holds a profound interest in nutrition's role in chronic degenerative diseases, particularly age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As a leading expert in AMD, which affects approximately 196 million individuals globally over the age of 65, Dr. Knobbe has conducted extensive research and developed a groundbreaking hypothesis regarding the nutritional basis of this vision-related disorder. His work has resulted in a published scientific paper, a book titled "Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration," the establishment of, and a forthcoming second book. Dr. Knobbe's current research concentrates on the impact of omega-6 seed oil consumption as a pivotal factor driving various chronic degenerative conditions, including AMD. Additionally, he is the founder and president of Cure AMD Foundation™, a nonprofit organization committed to preventing vision loss caused by AMD.