Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up Hardcover – April 16, 2013
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
“Farm as medicine. A must-read for anyone who cares about their health.” (Mark Bittman)
“Revealing and inspiring...a rewarding read.” (Dr. Andrew Weil, author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and True Food)
“In Farmacology, Daphne Miller expands the field of medicine from the classical boundaries of the symptom-cure concept toward a more complex and holistic approach that takes into account the tight balance between Man and Nature.” (Carlo Petrini, founder of the International Slow Food Movement)
“An eloquent call for better systems of sustainable agriculture and humanistic health care. . .a fresh, original, and utterly charming book.” (Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and author of What to Eat)
“[Daphne Miller is] such a fearless, intelligent, and charming guide on the food-filled journey between medical and ecological sciences that by the end of Farmacology you won’t just think that medical ecology is fascinating—you’ll wonder how we managed to live without it for so long.” (Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved)
“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.” (@michaelpollan)
Miller’s journey begins in serendipity and remains alive to surprise…[The] web of associations…will surprise even those [who know] that healthy soils make for healthy people. It’s startling to think that few if any doctor-authors have attempted this hybrid of field work…patient case histories…and conversations with scientists. (Acres U.S.A.)
“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)
San Francisco Chronicle bestseller (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Miller steps outside medicine’s orthodoxy to explore the connection between sustainable farming and healthy living…Working hands-on and also picking the brains of the farms’ operators, [she] observed farmers taking a holistic…approach…that she has found to be too often missing in the modern practice of medicine.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Sustainable agriculture and holistic medical practice find each other as soul mates…The issues raised deal with profound economic, social and cultural dilemmas…and Miller’s hearty, personable writing style makes it a good read for travelers, lovers of character studies and medical and farming professionals alike.” (Lou Fancher, Mercury News)
Some of Miller’s discoveries are simple, others groundbreaking, but all feel important for their medical implications as well as for what they can teach us about our connection to other living creatures... Miller... delves deep into the science, translating dense medical text into practical information. (Orion Magazine)
“It’s alternative living in a big way, whether you’re the field, the cow, the cultivated insect, or the patient of a type of physician [Miller] calls “medical ecologists.” Miller had fun, writes exuberantly, and wants to infect us in the best way possible with the spirit of these places.” (Harvard Medicine Magazine)
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more
Top Customer Reviews
This message is also one that is self-evident to those of us who have been long time practitioners of and advocates for organic agriculture. But it is a message that is mostly unknown in the world of mainstream medicine -- as anyone who has had the misfortune to be placed at the mercy of our increasingly expensive and malnourished health care system well knows. What induced me to read this book is that Dr. Miller contacted me a few months ago to request a technical review of her section on soil health - and went on to explain that my 30 year old book, The Soul of Soil, had been the inspiration for her to embark on the journey chronicled in this one.
So you could say that I had some motivation to like it, and like it I did. Not just because of the ego gratification of it all (always a pleasant thing), but because she really gets it. The `it' here is the connection between soil health and human health that goes beyond the similar chemical constituents and ecological relationships found in both. I also liked it because of Dr. Miller's unpretentious, personal approach.Read more ›
I didn't really have an interest in farming. Or what constitutes healthy food. Or medicine. Or books that hint at self help. So why did I love this book so much when it encompasses all of those things? Because at its heart it is a really good novel. It reads like a novel - meaning it is a journey that takes you someplace. In this case, quite literally as the novel is driven by the author's travels and discoveries (epiphanies even). It is engaging from the first page to the last. Now if you happen to really be into farming, healthy food and tips to lead a better life, AND you like novels and good writing, now you've got a fantastic book you can really sink your teeth into.
I don't like book reviews that give away too much but I will say that you will meet fantastic unique people along the way in Kentucky, Arkansas, The Bronx, Missouri, Washington and California. You will meet patients of the author (she is a doctor in San Francisco) and somehow she will tie it all together. I was worried that it would be a stretch to tie together the things she learns on the farm with her patient's maladies but the author has no problem making this acrobatic leap in a more than plausible way. The fact that she does it with wonderful anecdotes, flowery rhetoric, quippy humor, a wide vocabulary, personal stories and feelings and above all insight and intelligence makes this a book worth getting. If you're like me and not one who typically devours this type of subject, it's still a fantastic novel and a really fun read. If you are, then boy do I have the book for you...
Please read it and make sure everyone you love reads it too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
havent finished reading it, but good so far and good servicePublished 5 days ago by Linda McCormick
Well written and eye opening. One of the best books I've read this year. A good balance of theory and practicality in an emerging field.Published 7 days ago by lefty
Daphne Miller is a Harvard educated M.D. who completely understands the undeniable connection between human health and the health of our soils! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Nathan Bales
Excellent read... You can put it down and come back for a few pages every few days if you want..Published 1 month ago by Kingaki
As a post-bacc premed student with a commitment to understanding both natural and conventional modalities of treatment, I deeply appreciate Daphne Miller's introduction of medical... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Olivia Zech
If you've ever wanted to know the real facts about how to help yourself get and stay healthy through the food you eat, this is the book to buy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stopshere
Fabulous review of not only different farming strategies, but of their effects on Health. I love the case correlations with each topic. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M Fahrmeier