Ever felt disillusioned with the whole paleo thing?
A few weeks ago, I was pretty stoked about it. Patri Friedman had gotten me into Taubes, intermittent fasting, and paleo after I finished undergrad in 2010. I'd since come across a number of paleo blogs and thought I'd found the next big thing -- and an excellent source of informed, unbiased information on nutrition and health that I could continue to use and share. I made the entire history of Kurt Harris' and Stephan Guyenet's blogs into text-to-speech mp3 files and listened to them like podcasts. I got out my old biochem and neuroscience textbooks, started auditing lectures on metabolism, started reading pubmed articles for fun... and I seriously thought about ditching the economics grad work to do biochemistry or med school instead.
Pretty weird, really.
However over the last week or so, I've become rather disillusioned with the whole paleo thing. My friends think I've become some kind of grandmotherly Puritan food-cultist who underdiscounts the future, I've reminded myself that intervention in metabolism is an extremely limited fix which will likely be surpassed by biotechnology in my lifetime, and the uncritical praise by Harris and others for Stephan's rather poor critique of Taubes and the nonsensical food reward hypothesis has really phased me. The only paleo blog that has put up a reasonable assessment of this seems to be Pal Jabekk. These factors combined seem to have prettymuch killed my enthusiasm for paleo or health science in general. Maybe now I can get back to my macroeconometrics.