Are We Designed to Eat Meat By Milton Mills, MD


Milton Mills, MD has always been an effective leader and communicator.

While at Stanford, he served as student body president of the medical school, founded the Minority Students’ Alliance and worked as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Medical School newspaper.

Now a practicing physician in Fairfax, Virginia, he serves as associate director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

With such an impressive resume to his credit, it’s no wonder that his videos explaining why humans are designed to eat plant foods have become YouTube sensation. Today, I watched Are We Designed to Eat Meat?

In it, Dr. Mills expands the subject of my blog post from yesterday — the differences between predators and humans.

He explains why predators’ night vision is six times more powerful than ours. But that’s nothing compared to their sense of smell. It outdoes ours by an estimated 400,000 times! Top predators, he says, can track scents several days old.

Much to his audience’s amusement, Dr. Mills followed up this observation by asking, “Has anyone here ever escaped from jail and been tracked down by blood hounds?”

Such a keen sense of smell even enables predators to detect sickness, such as early-stage cancer, in prey animals. This is a tremendous advantage, he notes, since “… those are the ones they go and chase because they are easier to catch.”

Predators have another adaptation not found in humans: Extremely acidic stomachs let them eat sick animals without becoming sick themselves!

Dr. Mills reveals that when a predator’s digestive system is designed to consume putrefying, bacteria-laden flesh, full of maggots and flies without developing food poisoning.

Predators are also capable of consuming between 20 and 30 percent of their body weight, or up to 20,000 calories, in a single meal. This trait allows them to go days without food.

And no predator ever chokes on meat, even when wolfing it down its esophagus in huge chunks. Dr. Mills claims, however, that “Over 90 percent of people that choke to death each year do so on meat.”

Are We Designed to Eat Meat? makes a clear and convincing case that for humans, hunting for and eating meat without modern conveniences (as our ancestors did) is an extremely inefficient way to obtain energy from food.

Like all Dr. Mills’ talks, it’s presented with compelling diagrams and graphs supporting the idea that humans are naturally designed to eat plants, not meat.

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