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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 035. | July 06, 2023
035: Divinely Inspired Health Model vs Disease Model with Dr. Milton Mills
035: Divinely Inspired Health Model vs Disease Model with Dr. Milton Mills

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Dr. Milton Mills, a prominent advocate for plant-based nutrition and preventive medicine, is this week’s featured expert for the Health Science Podcast.

Dr. Mills, a medical doctor with a unique perspective rooted in his religious beliefs, shared his journey and insights into the intersection of diet, health, and spirituality.

His interest in plant-based nutrition began when he sought to understand the existence of God. This quest led him to explore religious texts, particularly the Bible, where he discovered references to an initial plant-based diet prescribed for Adam and Eve.

Inspired by these teachings, Dr. Mills embraced the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which emphasizes a plant-based diet as the natural and optimal way to nourish the body.

The conversation with Dr. Milton Mills explored the connection between plant-based nutrition, preventive medicine, and religious beliefs.

Dr. Mills’ research supports the idea that humans are anatomically designed to be herbivores, and he discovered a correlation between plant-based populations and better health outcomes.

Dr. Mills and Dr. Sabatino also discussed the challenges of incorporating preventive and lifestyle medicine into the traditional medical model, emphasizing the need for a paradigm shift in medical education and practice.

Dr. Mills highlighted the disconnect between the understanding of lifestyle factors in disease prevention and the reliance on medical intervention for chronic conditions. He stressed the importance of educating medical professionals about the impact of plant-based nutrition and lifestyle interventions.

By embracing a holistic approach, healthcare providers can empower patients to take control of their health. The interview also touched on the translocation of animal protein fragments into the bloodstream, leading to immune responses and disease development.

Adopting a whole food, high-fiber, plant-based diet has shown promise in healing the colon, reducing protein fragment absorption, and inducing disease remission.

Additionally, Dr. Mills explored the concept of disgust in shaping dietary choices. Disgust plays a role in our preference for plant-based foods, while the processing and cooking of animal tissue aims to overcome innate disgust responses.

The discussion also addressed the moral compass and compassion associated with a plant-based lifestyle. Adopting a vegan lifestyle encourages empathy and challenges societal norms.

Dr. Mills emphasized the disparities in health outcomes among different racial and socioeconomic groups, highlighting the impact of institutional racism and limited access to healthy food options.

Dr. Mills is hopeful that more people will realize the connection between mind, body and spirit in their food choices and their overall health and well-being.

Episode 035: Divinely Inspired Health Model vs Disease Model with Dr. Milton Mills

[02:00]             Pondering if life is a random series of experiences

[04:00]             God’s direction to eat a plant-based diet

[07:00]             Committed to teaching people to eliminate animal-centric diets

[14:15]             Western medicine operates from the “dis-ease” model

[18:00]             Most medical professionals don’t realize that food can be medicine

[20:00]             Plagues of our own making

[22:30]             A position most people take on what is disgusting

[28:00]             Shifting the moral compass upon going vegan

[30:00]             Institutionalized racism prepares Dr. Mills to pushback on veganism

[34:00]             The targeting of under privileged areas by fast food restaurants

[36:00]             The combination of lack of resources and institutionalized racism

[41:00]             The truth is the truth no matter who denies it

About Dr. Milton Mills

Milton R. Mills, M.D., is an esteemed physician dedicated to transforming healthcare, advancing nutrition, and elevating medical research. With a wealth of expertise in preventive medicine, internal medicine, and HIV disease, Dr. Mills has served as the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physicians Committee, a prominent North American organization focused on fostering improved healthcare, optimal nutrition, and elevated standards in medical research.

Based in Northern Virginia, Dr. Mills actively practices outpatient clinic-based medicine and serves as a critical care physician at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as United Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Through his diverse experiences, he has garnered comprehensive knowledge of the distinctive healthcare needs of minorities, the challenges faced in urban medical practice, and the specialized medical and nutritional requirements of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

As an African American physician specializing in preventive medicine, Dr. Mills delves into the environmental and societal factors impacting the health of African Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities. His areas of expertise include unveiling the detrimental effects of meat and dairy consumption on human health, exploring the intricate connection between nutrition and HIV/AIDS, shedding light on the relationship between nutrition and cancer, and elucidating the dietary necessities of diverse ethnic groups.

Dr. Mills embarked on his journey towards excellence at Stanford University School of Medicine, graduating in 1991.

The scholarly contributions of Dr. Mills have been published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, particularly focusing on the intersection of race and diet. Through his unwavering commitment to healthcare excellence, Dr. Mills continues to inspire positive change and promote optimal well-being for individuals of all backgrounds.

Learn more about Dr. Mills at

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

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Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

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