i'm a pretty curious person, however, i'm not a scientist and have no educational background in science other than pre-med bio back in college(accidentally signed up for it but pulled a B:)). since i've been doing this paleo thing i've had a myriad of health benefits eating in a way that is large on eliminating the causes of modern illnesses and trying to get the nutrients that are lacking in whole food form as much as possible. the elimination diet that kurt harris, robb wolf, sisson, kresser and all of the other major paleo guys preach makes sense to me on many levels- simplify the equation and it makes the problem that much easier to solve.
lately, I've been starting to notice(maybe it's always been there but it seems to be more prevalent than a year ago) people going further and- outside of having specific, extraordinary problems- actually starting to add specific supplementation to their dietary regimen with hopes of, well, i'm not exactly sure. i'm not talking about vitamin d3 or very moderate levels of fish oil if you're still doing grain-fed or can't get adequate amounts of fish into your diet. what i'm referring to are the extraction of specific compounds and taking them above and beyond the levels of what's found in the course of an optimal diet.(reading the post on resveratrol got me to writing, although i've seen posts on other supplementation that sparked the thinking on this).
the main attraction of the paleo diet to me is the view that based on science, this is the most conservative approach to diet that one can take and the vast majority of an individual's ailments can be rectified by pressing the reset button on what they're ingesting. another principle that i've internalized is that nutrients and other items from whole foods are far superior in doseage and natural buffering that anything extracted unnaturally and given in larger doses than found in nature in almost all cases.
I'm not a scientist or a doctor, just an observer and practicing participant who just wonders if the paleo movement starts moving past the elimination diet conservatism that is the crux of the paleo movement now, is that a good thing?
the post on resveratrol is what pushed me to write this question but that was just the most recent in a series of questions in increasing frequency about specified ingestion of compounds taken without whole foods. i'm questioning the wisdom of it since the one thing i've seen while researching is that almost every miracle antioxident or whatever compound is the life-changing serum dujour, sooner or later, it almost always come back to there being a downside.