Ep. 34: Dr. Daphne Miller – author of farmacology -ft. co-host: Jennifer Hashley of the New Entry Farm project ||
On Sourcing Matters ep. 34 Jennifer Hashley joins me for an interesting discussion with physician and author Dr. Daphne Miller. We get under the hood connecting soil, human & planetary health. Dr. Miller offers these reasons why physicians must become involved in future food and agriculture:
- The frontline of knowledge – “Doctors can tailor agriculture to be health centered.”
- Access to resources – “Health care has the deep pockets in this county. If we started to do the math on the true cost of our food system to health – this spending at the end-effect of our care could be better invested earlier on (in food & soil).”
- Advocacy – “People in health care are excellent advocates in changing things.” Dr. Miller cites emissions, car safety, Tobacco – all environments where Drs. were agents of change uniting communities and eventually our society behind a precautionary principle. “We need people in health to weigh-in on the food system.”
Miller founded WholeFamily MD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care medical practice, in the Fall of 2001. Her mission was to reclaim the heart of medicine by focusing on her patients rather than on the business and red tape of medical practice. Over the ensuing years the practice has grown, but Dr. Miller has not strayed from her early vision.
When she is not seeing patients or teaching, Dr. Miller writes books and articles related to food, farming, the environment, and health. She has authored two best-selling books: The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You (HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013).
Miller is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She is also a Bravewell Fellow with the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. Since 2005, she has consistently been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America.
- Founder of Tufts New Entry Sustainable farming project
- Owner of Pete & Jen’s backyard birds
- Evangelist | Activist| Innovator
- Eisenhower Fellow 2016