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Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us about Health and Healingby Daphne Miller
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What can good farming teach us about nurturing ourselves?
Family physician Daphne Miller long suspected that farming and medicine were intimately linked. Increasingly disillusioned by mainstream medicine's mechanistic approach to healing and fascinated by the farming revolution that is changing the way we think about our relationship to the earth, Miller left her medical office and traveled to seven innovative family farms around the country, on a quest to discover the hidden connections between how we care for our bodies and how we grow our food. Farmacology, the remarkable book that emerged from her travels, offers us a compelling new vision for sustainable health and healing — and a wealth of farm-to-body lessons with immense value in our daily lives.
Miller begins her journey with a pilgrimage to the Kentucky homestead of renowned author and farming visionary Wendell Berry. Over the course of the following year, she travels to a biodynamic farm in Washington state, a ranch in the Ozarks, two chicken farms in Arkansas, a winery in California, a community garden in the Bronx, and finally an aromatic herb farm back in Washington. While learning from forward-thinking farmers, Miller explores such compelling questions as:
Throughout, Miller seeks out the perspectives of noted biomedical scientists and artfully weaves in their insights and research, along with stories from her own medical practice. The result is a profound new approach to healing, combined with practical advice for how to treat disease and maintain wellness.
“What does the practice of sustainable agriculture have to teach modern medicine? What are the links between soil health and the health of the people who eat from that soil?….A highly original and compelling work of exploration with large implications for our understanding of health.” Michael Pollan
“Farmacology…explains how sustainable farms serve as a model for a healthy human body….Soil is the star of this story. Its vigor is clearly connected to the vitality of the plants, animals, and human beings it supports….Think like a farmer, and you'll likely cultivate better personal health.” Booklist
In Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, Daphne Miller, practicing physician and author of The Jungle Effect , draws from the lessons of organic farming to offer a fascinating and completely novel approach to staying well and preventing disease.
What can farming teach a family doctor about the art and science of medicine? Nothing less than a revolutionary new way of thinking about health and well-being — an approach to wellness, holistic healing, and sustainable good health.
Spending time with a diverse group of farmers committed to sustainable agriculture, Dr. Miller acquired a new understanding of good health, practices she applies to her patients suffering common modern maladies, from allergies, diabetes, and cancer, to ADHD, infertility, and heart disease.
About the Author
Daphne Miller, MD, is a board-certified family physician in private practice in San Francisco. She is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, where she teaches nutrition and integrative medicine. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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