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Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up Hardcover – April 16, 2013
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Farmacology is grounded in the principle that human health is deeply linked to agriculture. Family physician Miller explains how sustainable farms serve as a model for a healthy human body: everything is interdependent and balance is paramount. She visits a Sonoma vineyard where the winery’s system of integrative pest management offers a paradigm for understanding and treating cancer. Her tour of two chicken farms in Arkansas teaches valuable lessons about stress in poultry and people. A trip to a garden in the Bronx demonstrates the power of preventive medicine derived from urban farming. Excursions to an aromatic-herb farm, Ozark cattle-raising ranch, and biodynamic farm in Washington offer additional parallels between farming and well-being. Farmacology is infused with clinical tales of Miller’s patients and discussions with researchers. Make no mistake: soil is the star of this story. Its vigor is clearly connected to the vitality of the plants, animals, and human beings it supports. Don’t take dirt (and its worms, pebbles, and ubiquitous microorganisms) for granted. Think like a farmer, and you’ll likely cultivate better personal health. --Tony Miksanek
“A vibrant and important book. It is about so much more than just personal well-being; it is about the health of our food, our farms and farmers—the entire planet.” (Alice Waters)
“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)
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The only reason I dropped it to 4 stars was to warn those that haven't done any research on food, gardening, or even organic gardening and how it affects our health may find it a tad too technical. I had some problems grasping a few of the ideas. But then again that's why I liked it so much. It made me want to go out and find more answers when I had questions.
I definitely agree with the reviews that hope that more in the medical community will read and heed the advice in this book!
To be fair I did pick this up on a phenomenal sale on Amazon for $1.99. I'm not sure if I would have gambled on it at full price. But I would have missed out tremendously if I hadn't!
In talking with some friends about these ideas, conversations are either all or none. I have seen renewed interest in people growing their own food or obtaining foods from conscientious farmers. But more frequently, I have met arguments about the economic, logistical and functional challenges to feeding everyone with foods grown by these methods. I am considering our (my family to start) physiological future.
We always hear that the keys to optimal health are diet and exercise, well the word 'diet' has a new lens for me. In reading books, looking over research studies and watching what seems to be working, (and not working), my own health journey leads me to my current reflection: that in conjunction with the need for exercise, I must consider what this book has to teach us all about our food.