Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
Daphne Miller brings us beyond the simple concept of "food as medicine" and introduces us to the critical idea that it's the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine.
By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming—from seed choice to soil management—that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller shares lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and artfully weaves their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the narrative. The result is a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives.
Daphne Miller, MD, is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. In 2000 she founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she provides care for patients across the lifespan. Part clinician, part ecologist, and part anthropologist, Dr. Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms, and nature trails. Throughout her career, her teaching, writing, and advocacy work has reflected this perspective.
In her latest book, Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up
What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and
Healing (William Morrow, 2013), Miller discovers how learning from sustainable farmers can make her
a better doctor. Her first book, the Jungle Effect (HarperCollins 2008), a Northern California Bestseller,
chronicles her voyages to areas around the world that are still relatively free of modern chronic
diseases. Miller is a regular contributor to the Health section of the Washington Post and has been
interviewed and profiled in a wide range of publications and media outlets, including the New York
Times, O Magazine, Harvard Medical Magazine, Vogue, the Michael Krasny Show and the Dr Oz
Show. She has spoken in such venues as Google Headquarters, the Yale Ideas Festival, the
Commonwealth Club, Chubu Hospital in Okinawa Japan, and PINC in the Netherlands.
Miller is a nationally recognized leader in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, an effort
spearheaded by the National Parks Service to build linkages between our medical system and our
park system in order to reintegrate human, environmental, and ecological health. Her
2009 Washington Post article “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning” is widely credited with
sparking “nature prescriptions,” a concept that is rapidly gaining traction across the United States.
A graduate of Brown University where she majored in Health and Society, Miller received her medical
degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency and NIH-funded research fellowship
at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a Bravewell Fellow at the University of Arizona
Program in Integrative Medicine, where she continues to teach as a visiting professor. She also
serves as an advisor to a number of non-profits, including the Institute of the Golden Gate, Education
Outside, and the Edible Schoolyard Foundation.