So many things to address:
*"As a student, are you yet familiar enough with "authority" and "government" sources of information available to clinical professionals and to the general public to know the scientific inquiry process that produces the information and recommendations contained within them?"
Why yes, I am a nursing student, but I also have a previous science degree (I have the pretty piece of paper! So, am I allowed to speak now? Sheesh...) and more experience with hospitals than anyone should. I am very aware of the source of our authorities, as well as their limitations (which is where you seem to fall off the tracks....). I know exactly what goes into government nutrition guidelines - a bunch of dirty money, misread journal articles, and big corporate lobbying.
This comment exemplifies everything I hoped to avoid in this thread. Degrees and titles are no replacement for independent thought. You don't have to be an RN or MD to read medical and nutrition journals. The difference between science and personal experience is very clear to me. I am interested in both, but I do not confuse them.
*The Paleo diet is not about eating raw food or playing caveman. It is about avoiding toxins we are not evolved to tolerate. For most of us, what is considered a toxin is determined by science, not by caveman fantasies. The negative effects of grains, excess sugar, the resulting insulin imbalance and resistance, and various other things this diet says to avoid are well documented. These results just don't make it to the media or textbooks until they've been skewed by "conventional wisdom." *I'm not about to preach at someone who has no desire to listen.*If you are truly curious I already posted two links though. PaNu, is the more in-depth one scientifically.*
*The paleo diet can be done raw, but it is fairly rare. Raw vegetarianism is much more common. The human body HAS had time to evolve the ability to digest cooked meat over raw meat, raw diets are not supported by good science, and I never said they were.
*About supplements: I don't take any, and many people on this diet do not. Vitamin D and fish oil are big in the paleo community, but the average person is not taking anything else. Mark Sisson literally posts every day, people love him to death, and his books are free. His supplements, in my opinion, are geared toward the body building crowd that would be taking then anyway that wish to avoid the junk in conventional protein powder and such. He does not push them on readers. Plus, the man needs to make a living somehow...
*Now I see that nurses have little influence over what patients eat. It all comes from dietitians, and it is too risky professionally to give conflicting opinions. I completely understand that alternative nutrition advice is outside of a nurse's scope of practice. I am not trying to step on any professions' toes. And, I have no desire to jeopardize any nurse's career, including my future one, but that doesn't mean I have to turn my brain off, and a blind eye to medicine's shortcomings, when I'm not at work.*
*I was very, very sick for years with an autoimmune stomach disorder and everything the doctors did made it worse. I went from being tired, brain-fogged, and in chronic pain to being energetic. I went from so many meds I can't remember the number to none. I went from the fat, hypertensive, stressed, steteotypical American to a much thinner, happy person with perfect lab values. I know my story is not unique, and there are bound to be nurses with similar stories. I would love to hear them.*
*I read plenty of nutrition sites and forums, but I am interested in a nurse's perspective at the moment. Paleo dieters: How do you handle looking at the 60% carb/grain hospital meals, then look at all the diseases around you and not constantly feel like something is very wrong?*
*Thank you for the Leigh Peele link! Now that is an intelligent response. I don't agree with everything she says and she even admits, "While the dogma behind the Paleo Diet is not healthy, the basic nutritional principles seem to be sound...." I don't follow the dogmatic aspects, and I agree the name "paleo" is stupid. That paper she mentioned has been torn to pieces by multiple writers, supposedly there was some confusion about grass vs. nuts vs. seeds vs. grains in it. I'm not sure, but regardless, for modern man, carbs do cause dramatic insulin responses and cause cells to store fat (this is in most physiology books), and grains are full if antinutrients and terrible for the gut.*