Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up

by Daphne Miller M.D.

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Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up by Daphne Miller M.D.

In Farmacology, practicing family physician and renowned nutrition explorer 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.

In Farmacology you will meet:

  • a vegetable farmer in Washington State who shows us how the principles he uses to rejuvenate his soil apply just as well to our own bodies. Here we also discover the direct links between healthy soil and healthy humans.
  • a beef farmer in Missouri who shows how a holistic cattle-grazing method can grow resilient calves and resilient children.
  • an egg farmer in Arkansas who introduces us to the counterintuitive idea that stress can keep us productive and healthy. We discover why the stressors associated with a pasture-based farming system are beneficial to animals and humans while the duress of factory farming can make us ill.
  • a vintner in Sonoma, California, who reveals the principles of Integrated Pest Management and helps us understand how this gentler approach to controlling unwanted bugs and weeds might be used to treat invasive cancers in humans.
  • a farmer in the Bronx who shows us how a network of gardens offers health benefits that extend far beyond the nutrient value of the fruits and vegetables grown in the raised beds. For example, did you know that urban farming can lower the incidence of alcoholism and crime?
  • finally, an aromatic herb farmer in Washington State who teaches us about the secret chemical messages we exchange with plants—messages that can affect our mood and even keep us looking youthful.

In each chapter, Farmacology reveals the surprising ways that the ecology of our body and the ecology of our farms are intimately linked. This is a paradigm-changing adventure that has huge implications for our personal health and the health of the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062103147
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,103,343
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Daphne Miller, M.D., is a practicing physician, author, and professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For the past decade, her writing and teaching has explored the frontier between biomedicine and the natural world. Her widely acclaimed first book, The Jungle Effect, chronicles her nutrition adventures as she travels to traditional communities around the globe. A contributing columnist to the Washington Post as well as other newspapers and magazines, Miller holds a medical degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. She lives and gardens in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Preface: Setting Out xi

Introduction: Kicking Over the Traces 1

1 Jubilee: What a Bio dynamic Farmer Taught Me About Rejuvenation 19

2 Rockin' H: Raising Kids Bison-Style for Maximum Resilience 57

3 Heartland Egg and Arkansas Egg: Pasture-Based Stress Management 97

4 Scribe Winery: Integrated Pest Management as a New Approach to Cancer Care 133

5 La Familia Verde Urban Farms: Community Medicine, One Plot at a Time 163

6 Morning Myst: What an Aromatic Herb Farmer Taught Me About Sustainable Beauty 193

Conclusion: Five "Ahas!" and One Suggestion 225

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 235

References 241

Index 277

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Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Enjoyed! Healthy food for thought on the health of our food and the role of contact with nature and our well being.