THE RDA for most things is bad and flawed and does not tie into how badly nutrient deficient our food supply really is. I think I have a great insight into this in this community because as far as I know I am one of the few "CW docs" who is now 100% paleo who test like a mad man not only on myself but on hundreds of patents a year. In that time I have found 4 patients with a Vitamin D level before any coaching who were above 45.
In six years I have found no one including fit young paleo's who had normal K2 or osteocalcin levels.
In six yrs I have found no one with a B12 level above 1000 eating any diet.
I have seen epidemics in osteoporsis with my youngest patient at 16 yrs old. The fastest growing part of osteopenics in my practice is the below 30 crowd.
I have seen record numbers of cases of hypothyroidism with multiple nutrient derangements.
I have seen unreal amounts of hormonal disruption in all age groups. The people who work for me recently have commented we now expect bad numbers because we rarely see a normal level come back.
When these things are tracked and followed there is only one answer.......either I live in a very special place where everyone is abnormal or something has caused a massive change in our biology.
I pick B. It is our food supply that has radically changed and our bodies and labs are showing it. My belief is that even eating Paleo is not enough now. I dont believe the nutrient density of foods today even equals what we had 30 yrs much less 10,000 yrs ago.
I look at this problem through my clinical optic and not as you all do. I have to deal with this daily in all walks of life.
Getting someone to paleo solve many battles no doubt. But getting them to paleo is not getting them to where they could be. If you go on most forums the questions being asked are by people doing a lot correct who still need a hack.........
You have to asked why that is the case. This is why Jack Kronk is my favorite poster here. He is asking himself why. He is doing way more right the wrong compared to most Americans. I view Jack's plight as instructive to this entire community that we can do even more if we want too. Some may not want too. That is fine by me. But for those who want more and want answers we must continue to probe why. This is why I blog and I have dedicated blogs to Jack. Jack will ultimately hack himself back to optimal and when he does that journey will teach thousands many lessons.
I believe I know why this is happening and my clinical experience has lead me to my hypothesis. This is why I treat people aggressively and shoot for straight A's and wont settle for a C or a D.