Dr Milton Mills combines an encyclopedic knowledge of human biology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology with a passion for health and justice for all creatures. Plus, he's a top-notch debater with a flair for analogy.
I attended a talk he gave this spring on the human microbiome, and scribbled notes furiously as he spoke. Later, my notes looked like they had been written in a runic alphabet beyond the bounds of recognition. All I remembered was, “This shit is amazing!”
I brightened when I thought about this podcast; maybe I could persuade Dr Mills to tell me again, this time with a recorder running.
What you're about to listen to is the happy result of our effects.
Dr Mills and I discussed:
- the limitations of the traditional “conveyor belt” view of digestion
- the three major organs of digestion
- the significance of food retention time, and how to measure yours
- who lives in our colon, and why
- the crucial importance of plant fiber for the bacteria in our large intestines
- why it took science so long to figure this out
- the difference between fermentation and putrefaction (and what that says about our natural diet)
- the two known strategies mammals use to break down fiber
- why we don't digest fiber in the stomach
- the health-promoting effects of the short-chain fatty acids produced by our colonic bacteria
- the stunning contribution of butyrate to our health
- the root cause of auto-immune disease
- how poor diet leads to chronic inflammation
- the origins of type 1 (early onset) diabetes
- the link between microbiome health and mental health
- evidence that maternal diet during pregnancy can affect the child's later risk of behavioral problems and mood disorders
- lessons from fossilized human poop
- why a compromised microbiome makes us hungry all the time
- and much (much!) more…
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