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Blind Acceptance

Like millions of people, you’ve probably been trained by medical practitioners to accept a growing list of ailments as just “part of the aging process.”

Only a handful of those practitioners will tell you that many of the degenerative conditions you’ve come to accept as normal could in fact have as much to do with what you eat, as they have to do with how old you are.

When it comes to the health of your eyes, blindly following your doctor’s storyline about macular degeneration and aging could leave you, well, blind.

In this week’s video, Dr. Chris Knobbe, ophthalmologist and author of “Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration,” talks about the link between the western diet and macular degeneration, a condition forecast to affect 196 million people by 2020.

Knobbe tells Dr. Mercola:

“Today, 20 percent of the world’s diet is wheat. In the U.S., 85 percent of that is refined, meaning, it’s nutrient-deficient, kind of like sugar in a lot of ways. If you advance to 2009, those four foods—sugar, refined white wheat flour, polyunsaturated vegetable oils and trans fats—make up 63 percent of the American diet. This is the recipe for disaster. This is what sits at the base of all of this metabolic disease, including macular degeneration.”

Will your doctor tell you that the best way to avoid going blind is to change the way you eat? Probably not, according to a new study from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

Reporting this week on the Harvard study, the New Food Economy wrote:

Culturally and politically, we’re increasingly acknowledging that what we eat plays a major role in our health. Which is why it’s especially strange that healthcare providers know so little about it.

All the more reason to take control of your own health—starting with what you eat.

Watch ‘Using Diet to Treat Macular Degeneration’

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