It goes without saying that people who spend this much time talking about health and nutrition have officially entered the nerd/information junkie spectrum. I was wondering if most people ended up here as a result of a scientific background, or if it was motivated by more personal reasons? Any BS, MS, PhD, professional degrees that led you to a paleo lifestyle? Anyone here as the result of a dietetics/MD/other health professional program? I am very curious about whether paleo has permeated the main stream enough that the hardcore sci-ers are here!
Note: My background is two years of microbiology/immunology, two years of psychology, and now I'm in a dietetics program. Working on the 7 year undergrad degree, but really enjoying it. Studying conventional nutrition, while often frustrating, I find is the best way to see where the country is at in terms of nutrition, and really has allowed for me to focus and strengthen my beliefs. Being able to get a license to work in the hospital and in a clinical setting will hopefully allow me to discuss my nutritional opinions with colleagues, and, seeing as I apparently enjoy spending years and years at university, lead to research.
I think, to the contrary, that something as fringe as Paleo only starts to become mainstream when the hardcore sci-ers arrive and start to build legitimacy for it. Otherwise it will always stay fringe.
I'm a PhD student in computational neuroscience, with an undergrad degree in biology. I've been interested in health and nutrition since I was little, and was able to explore some of these interests in undergrad coursework. There's not much overlap between nutrition and computational neuroscience, so nutrition remains a hobby. My grad lab is in a health sciences department with a strong nutrition program, but they don't think outside the box, as it were. So at least in the nutrition department at my university, paleo is decidedly not mainstream.
Personal reasons. I developped IBS at around 21 while I was anorexic. This has turned into a 15-year dogged pursuit of relief (still elusive) which has entailed constant research on food and digestion.
I did take one semester in Human Nutrition in college and got a 99 - this is, of course, while I was surviving on Diet Coke and aspartame jello. Ah, the irony.
I am now considering a degree in Holistic Nutrition.
I arrived at paleo unintentionally when I found the SCD 5-6 years ago. I was always interested in nutrition but had been vegan/vegetarian for about half my life at that point, but I was a sick one and had to do something about it. I later obtained the "RHN" title but through that process also discovered that most of nutrition, at least what they teach you, is BS. Now I'm working on a BSc in theoretical physics :) There's no BS in physics. It's nice and reliable.
I'm a PhD physical chemist with a speciality in chemical kinetics and dynamics. So I approach nutrition and fitness from the molecular end and work up from that. If you follow my posts, you'll see most of them resort to some physical chemistry argument.