Iodine supplements, Candida Overgrowth, Adrenal Fatigue - Nonsense?
I love Paleo/Primal folks for their willingness to question the conventional wisdom and ignore money-backed nutritional dogma, but sometimes I feel like there's a certain personality archetype that you find on boards like these.
I'm talking about the intentional contrarian. The person who believes their way is right SIMPLY because it goes against conventional wisdom. Often these kinds of folks like to mix in a hefty dose of spiritualism and new age philosophy with their nutritional worldview.
In that light, sometimes it's hard to tell if the information being shared here is truly good, science-based, well-researched information, or feel good pseudoscience with a large dose of marketing and snake oil.
Take iodine supplementation for example - do I really believe there is some huge corporate conspiracy hiding the truth that Iodine is a miracle cure-all? No. Do I think maybe iodine supplementation may have some benefits in the right context? Maybe, I don't really have a background to be able to answer that question without a lot more research.
Candida overgrowth is another hot topic in the alternative nutrition boards - is that even a real thing? If there is really a huge epidemic of unwanted yeast growing in the population's digestive tracts, why hasn't medical science identified it and developed a treatment? Seems like this is exactly the kind of problem Big Pharma likes to solve to make a fat pile of cash, no?
Adrenal fatigue? What scientific evidence do we have to support this concept?
I'm sure there are other examples that have been discussed here in the past several months. How do we separate the wheat from the chaff in these kinds of cases? (And I guess on a Paleo board, the chaff is the part we would want to keep... :P)
Also, if any of the 3 specific diagnoses I mentioned above are overwhelmingly legitimate and I'm completely missing the mark, please educate me.
Eureka5280: M / 38 / 235lbs / Goal: 180lbs
Diet: Currently experimenting with higher carb (Peat-esque) primal with emphasis on beef, dairy, seafood, sugar and a bit of starch on lifting days.
Activities: Started Stronglifts 5x5 on 3/1/14. Adding sprints and hikes soon.
End of Year Working Set Goals: Squats-250, Bench-200, DL-315