Chris Knobbe, MD and colleague and co-author, Marija Stojanoska, MSc,  proudly present their collaborative research, published in the November, 2017 issue of the highly regarded, peer-reviewed journal, Medical Hypotheses. To get the full scientific paper via the journal’s website, Click Here.  Or click the image below.   

The 'Displacing Foods of Modern Commerce' Are the Primary and Proximate Cause of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Unifying Singular Hypothesis

Cure AMD Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, Charitable Organization, Founded with the Goal of
Eliminating Macular Degeneration – by 2040 –
through Ancestral Dietary Strategy, Advocacy, and Scientific Research.

All proceeds and charitable contributions support the Foundation.  Dr. Knobbe receives no remuneration nor any book royalties.   
His goal is to save vision for the masses.   

Come Learn about the Profound, Revolutionary, and Dramatic Scientific Discoveries, Made by Dr. Knobbe, Which Support the Hypothesis that AMD May be Entirely Prevented – and Treated – Through Ancestral Dietary Strategy and “Sacred” Foods.

If you find that Dr. Knobbe and colleagues’ revolutionary hypothesis and research helps you, 
please consider making a charitable contribution to Cure AMD Foundation™, so that we can reach more people, accomplish further research, and hopefully, save vision for millions of people worldwide. 


“As the prevalence of AMD escalates, the devastating consequences of visual loss take their relentless toll on individuals, families and health economies. This epidemic continues to grow, oblivious to a plethora of research. A massive financial investment (both University-based and pharmaceutical) has made no impact on the incidence of a disease that has resisted minor nutritional tinkering and seen no significant gain from our exponentially increased knowledge of genetics. In researching our frustrating lack of success in the quest for a unifying cause of AMD, Dr. Knobbe concludes that we have been looking in the wrong place.

From a meticulous examination of ophthalmic history, comparative epidemiology and dietary change across the globe, he constructs a cogent and compelling argument for defects in basic nutrition as the fundamental driver of AMD. The data are stark and the potential consequences of dietary deficiency sobering. Dr Knobbe’s rational conclusion that a shift from traditional foods can wreak havoc on macular function will come as no surprise to those who have postulated a similar cause for the multitude of chronic diseases now endemic in so-called developed nations.

His hypothesis is unlikely to be welcomed by those committed to pharmacological intervention.  Furthermore, a radical change to the diet of billions will not happen quickly. However, for newly diagnosed patients seeking hope and clinicians struggling for an answer, Dr.  Knobbe’s remarkable book offers the first tangible lifeline. To impact on the visual health of a nation we need a paradigm shift in the attitude of government and a radical rethink of the artificially constructed boundaries between nutrition and medicine. The visual health of many millions of people worldwide over the coming decades may depend on whether Dr. Knobbe’s message is heard by those with both the political power and the financial commitment to take action.” *

—  Andrew J. Luff, MA, FRCS, FRCS(Ophth), FRCOphth 
Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon, United Kingdom
Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

“Dr. Knobbe,

I heard your lecture at the Christian Ophthalmology Society meeting.  I want to congratulate you on your research into your discovery/hypothesis as I found it to be profound and surprising.  It has potential to alleviate more preventable blindness than any multi-billion dollar anti-vegf [anti-vascular endothelial growth factor – injectable drug] industry.

I just wanted to encourage your efforts and hopefully this isn’t something that’s looked back on in a century as a missed opportunity.” *

— Jonathan P. Walgama, MD
General Ophthalmologist
Longview Ophthalmology Associates, Longview, Texas


“I have found Dr. Knobbe’s theory well researched and presented in his book.  Although no one can accurately say exactly what the incidence of AMD was in the early 1900s, he presents a compelling argument, based in fact, that not only is AMD on the rise and reaching epidemic proportions, but it’s coincident with the introduction of processed, nutrient-deficient, foods.  Perhaps most compelling is, after reading his book, I now find myself taking extra chair-time to discuss dietary issues with my patients.  I would say this is a must read for any eyecare provider, but particularly those practicing primary eyecare with the goal of preventing AMD.”*

— Micah W. Rothstein, MD

Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, Longmont, Colorado


“In our opinion, Dr. Knobbe has uncovered an important connection between diet and age-related macular degeneration that has the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people from progressing to the advanced stages of disease.” *

— Ed Bennett, B.S. , President, Editorial Board, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing
Summer Issue, August 10, 2017

*Dr. Knobbe’s book is written for all audiences – including the general public, physicians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and vision scientists.  The book is intended to be understood by readers at any level!   

Dr. Knobbe’s Hypothesis is Rapidly Gaining Support in the Scientific Community — View His Presentation to Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, held near Boulder, Colorado

In this COPE-Approved presentation, geared for ophthalmologists and optometrists (still entirely and easily understood by non-physicians), Dr. Knobbe presents his hypothesis along with a portion of the research that he and his colleague, nutrition researcher, Marija Stojanoska, MSc, completed.

So, open your mind, and get ready to go on a journey through both macular degeneration and dietary history, that will not only boggle your mind, but which will reveal exactly how and why AMD was a medical rarity throughout the world in the 19th century, but rose to epidemic proportions by the 1970s and beyond.  These startling discoveries prove to have everything to do with preserving your vision!

Come see why nutrition organizations, such as the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, along with nonprofit organizations such as the Macular Degeneration Association, are promoting Dr. Knobbe’s thesis and, furthermore, have asked him to be a regular presenter and literary contributor.  To play the video of the presentation, just click the link on the left.

“I was genuinely blown away by Dr. Knobbe’s amazing talk. I sat there with goose-bumps thinking, ‘Oh My Gosh, it’s blindingly obvious!”∗
— Dr. Andrea Steinberg, Family Medicine Physician

Ellerslie Medical Center, Auckland, New Zealand

Re: Dr. Knobbe’s Presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium – 2016

University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado. August 12, 2016.

Individual testimonials will vary.

Dr. Knobbe Proffers a Revolutionary Hypothesis for the Cause (and Treatment) of AMD – at the Ancestral Health Symposium – 2016, held at the University of Colorado – Boulder

Is it truly possible that Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is not only entirely preventable, but also treatable — with an ancestral diet?  Dr. Knobbe and his team’s investigative research strongly supports this hypothesis.

In Dr. Knobbe’s debut presentation of his hypothesis and research on the dietary etiology (cause) of AMD, which was held at the University of Colorado Boulder, you will witness the profoundness of this original hypothesis, and a sampling of the extraordinary evidence that supports it, all in a 40 minute presentation.  Just click the link on the video to the left, to play.

An Easy and Delicious Way to Treat AMD

If you already have AMD, wouldn’t it feel great to know that you are no longer consuming the diet that caused your macular degeneration in the first place?

And wouldn’t it be even better to know that you’re doing everything possible, nutritionally, to prevent progression of your macular degeneration (AMD)?

If you have a parent or sibling with macular degeneration (AMD), wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that, by consuming a delicious, healthy, natural food diet, and without ever suffering with a strictly limiting diet, that you could literally eliminate your chances of developing AMD?

An Ancient Diet Proven to Improve Your Health

Benefits of Ancestral Dietary Strategy as Recommended by Dr. Knobbe in the book,
Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration…

An ancestral dietary strategy will not only prevent and treat existing macular degeneration, but may even possibly stabilize early and moderate stages of AMD, thereby preserving your vision!
Ancestral dietary strategy may also prevent and treat existing “Westernized diseases,” including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disorders, and much more.
By following this whole-food based dietary strategy, which includes both plant and animal foods, you will no longer need or benefit from synthetic vitamins, potentially saving you thousands of dollars while improving your health!
You will understand which fats and oils are healthy, which are not, and exactly which oils can be consumed safely — as failure to understand and implement this concept may in and of itself result in AMD and/or cause progression of AMD.
You will fully understand how just four potentially toxic, processed, nutrient-deficient food groups, can destroy your health and cause you to lose vision and even go blind from AMD – and exactly how to avoid those dangerous foods.
You will understand healthy and unhealthy sugars – and very simply be able to determine which to consume.
You will learn about saturated fat and cholesterol. Should we avoid saturated fat and cholesterol, or embrace them as healthy? The answers may surprise you! And these answers are critical to preventing and treating AMD!
You will understand which grains can be safely consumed and how to prepare them if you do. This is a tricky one but also critical to your health.
You will understand how to safely eat in most restaurants, where dangerous cooking oils, sugars, and processed foods may abound.
You will understand how certain “sacred foods,” which are consumed by societies and cultures all over the world who have remained in brilliant health and without AMD and heart disease, should be consumed to prevent nutrient-deficiency diseases.
You will also understand Dr. Knobbe’s 21-point “Dietary Rules” that may forever preserve and enhance your vision – right along with your overall health.
Finally, a promise from Dr. Knobbe: Every single statement and recommendation made in this book is backed by scientific study and logical conclusions. For those who have followed orthodox nutritional dogma for the past 50 years, these conclusions promise to be jaw-dropping!

The Natural History of Macular Degeneration

If you already have macular degeneration, here’s what mainstream ophthalmology has found:


There is a gradual, inexorable progression of the disease, usually stealing at least some of your vision in both eyes.


Night vision is worse, even before clinical evidence of disease, for those who will develop macular degeneration.


In the next ten years, there is about a 15 to 20% chance that your macular degeneration willprogress to advanced stages in at least one eye.


Vision loss to the level of blindness in both eyes, which is 20/200 or worse, fortunately, occurs only in about 1% of patients.


By 2006, the World Health Organization determined that more 3,150,000 people were already blind in both eyes due to AMD, worldwide.

Without an ancestral dietary strategy, in the next ten years there is about a 15 to 20% chance that your dry AMD will progress to advanced stages in at least one eye.

You may have been told that the primary treatment for the dry form of AMD is synthetic multivitamins – that is, the AREDS vitamins formula. However, consider the following…


Synthetic vitamins have not been shown to prevent AMD in any study.


Only one study out of thirteen – the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) – found that this group of vitamins and minerals benefitted some patients – precisely one of every four.


Only 1 in 13 (or 8% of the total in the supplemented group) had less progression to advanced stages of disease, for those taking the AREDS Formula vitamins (e.g. Bausch & Lomb Preservision, Macular Protect Complete, AREDS 2, Pro-Optic AREDS 2 Formula, Alcon I-Caps, Ocuvite AREDS 2, etc., etc.).


About 92% of patients with AMD, who took the synthetic AREDS Formula vitamins, had no benefit at all!


In one study, 13% of patients taking AREDS Formula vitamins had a more than doubling of progression of their macular degeneration. They were worse!

The Cold, Hard Truth About AREDS

“Eye Vitamins” and Other Synthetic Multivitamins

There is a gradual, inexorable progression of the disease, usually stealing at least some of your vision in both eyes.
Night vision is worse, even before clinical evidence of disease, for those who will develop macular degeneration.

Vision loss to the level of blindness in both eyes, which is 20/200 or worse, fortunately, occurs only
in about 1 to 2% of patients.

Synthetic multivitamins result in higher death rates from all causes.
This is a proven fact.
AREDS formula vitamins are synthetic multivitamin/mineral supplements.

In 2012, the Cochrane Collaboration independently reviewed 78 trials involving nearly 300,000 people, and determined that people taking multivitamin supplements had higher death rates from all causes!
The relative risk of death for those taking synthetic vitamins was 1.04, which indicates that you’re likely to die a little sooner if you’re taking multi-vitamins in pill form. 

Note: the AREDS Formula vitamin formula is a synthetic multivitamin/mineral supplement. These may not only make you less healthy, but may contribute to your earlier demise.


And with only an 8% chance that the AREDS Formula vitamins will help you, but a 13% chance that they will more than double the progression of your macular degeneration, are synthetic vitamins even worth considering?

Ladies and Gentlemen, consider the following:

What is YOUR vision worth? Have you really considered that? If you have AMD, you are already losing vision.  Is it worth changing your diet, to potentially save your vision?
Dr. Knobbe’s book, Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration, is truly a Manual to Save YOUR Vision from the ravages of AMD.
There is no other dietary guide, research, or book that presents a comprehensive hypothesis for the cause of AMD, with clear and abundant scientific evidence supporting the conclusion that AMD is both preventable and treatable, with diet.
Much pre-existing scientific study, plus the rigorous, repeatable, and irrefutable dietary study in 25 nations around the world, completed by Dr. Knobbe and nutrition researcher, Marija Stojanoska, MSc, entirely and fully supports this hypothesis.
Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration, is the only book of its kind, representing the first and only scientific breakthrough in our understanding of not only the origin, but the progression of AMD, and how best to prevent that.
The best news? You won’t suffer any loss of good food! In fact, the best scenario is that you will choose whole foods of both plant and animal origin. You won’t need to go low carb! Or low fat! In fact, you can have all the carbs you want, or all the fat. BUT, you must get those carbs and fat from the correct sources. This is a critical point — and you will quickly understand this as you progress through this book.
You won’t need to eliminate any major categories of food — you can have grains, dairy, meats, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. It’s all about eliminating certain toxic, dangerous, and
nutrient-deficient foods, while at the same time, consuming whole, natural, preferably organic foods, along with a few certain “sacred foods,” that are of extraordinary nutrient density, readily available everywhere, and inexpensive.
Finally, you will NOT need to buy any synthetically produced supplements, which come in the form of tablets and pills, thereby potentially saving you thousands of dollars!
No one had synthetic vitamins in the year 1900, and yet, only a few cases of macular degeneration were found worldwide. Does it make sense that you would need synthetic vitamins to prevent macular degeneration today?

In 2001, a single study – the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), found that one out of 13 patients who already had moderate macular degeneration (AMD), benefitted by taking the AREDS formula vitamin/mineral supplement.  Since that time, most ophthalmologists (Eye MDs) and optometrists (O.D.s), have recommended the AREDS formula vitamin supplement.  Recall, however, that 12 other trials found no benefit to synthetic vitamin/mineral supplements.      

We checked the price of the Bausch and Lomb AREDS 2 Formula, 120 count soft gels, of which the recommended dose is two per day. One bottle sells for $30.97 U.S. dollars (at WalMart), which is a 60-day supply, and this translates to a supplement cost of 51.6 cents per day. A one-year supply of the AREDS 2 Formula supplements will cost you $188.40 U.S. dollars.

But remember, if you’re consuming an Ancestral Diet,
you will NO LONGER need these supplements!

Get a copy of Dr. Knobbe’s book and begin to follow your very own ancestral diet.  Over a period of many years you may save thousands of dollars on synthetic vitamins and other supplements, which you will no longer need!

Dr. Knobbe accepts no income from Cure AMD Foundation, nor any royalties from book sales.  All charitable contributions and book royalties support this Foundation with a goal of saving vision for the masses.  Verify below.  

$188 U.S. dollars
on supplement
costs in
the first
year alone!
Spend your savings
on Natural Foods!
Ask yourself again,

Wouldn’t it be worth modifying your diet – in simple, easy, and tasty ways – to keep your vision like that on the left, rather than that on the right? 

Invest in Yourself. Get Your Own Copy of… 
Ancestral Dietary Strategy
to Prevent & Treat
Macular Degeneration

Imagine an investment this small could be worth so much!

Make the choice that is best for you, your eyes, and possibly even your family. Invest in your own knowledge.  Then, take action.  Eat better. Live better.  See better.  This may be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made!

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If you are grateful for the years of research, writing, speaking, and advocacy provided by Dr. Knobbe and colleagues, please support this foundation, with a charitable contribution.  Every penny of the funds will go towards spreading this message, further research, and ultimately, your gift may help to save vision for millions of people all over this world.*  

*Dr. Knobbe and Members of the Cure AMD Foundation™ receive no financial compensation for their contributions and dedication to this organization and its goals — to verify, click here