Acclaimed ‘Farmacology’ author speaks Friday in Nevada City
September 13, 2013
On Friday, the Nevada City Farmers Market and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present a special evening with Dr. Daphne Miller, the critically acclaimed author of “Farmacology — What Innovative Family Farming can Teach us About Health and Healing” and “The Jungle Effect,” with opening remarks by local author Dr. Jeff Kane.
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.
‘The Nevada City Farmers Market is pleased to partner with the Miners Foundry to bring Dr. Miller to our community. In addition to her books, she is the founder of Wholefamily MD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, and passionate supporter of the farming revolution, which is changing the way we think about our food, our earth and our bodies,” said Martha Meredith, board member of the Nevada City Farmers Market. “We are extremely fortunate that Daphne will be sharing her story and doing a book signing to support our farmers market.”
In Farmacology, Miller brings readers beyond the simple concept of “food as medicine” and introduces them 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.
Miller received her medical degree from Harvard University, and she studied medical anthropology as an undergraduate at Brown University. Now based in the Bay Area with a practice in Noe Valley,
Kane will open the evening and introduce Miller. Fascinated by patients’ stories, he began, in the mid-1970s, to limit his work to facilitating patient support groups. He founded the support programs at Sutter Cancer Center in Sacramento and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Community Cancer Center in Grass Valley, where he continues to facilitate and direct psychosocial education.
“On his deathbed, germ theory co-founder Louis Pasteur said, “It’s not the germ; it’s the terrain.” That is, illness often originates from lack of sustenance. Yet we doctors often fail to recognize that and instead only fix what seems broken. That’s like planting a flower in sand and feeding it Miracle-Gro. We’re good mechanics, be sure; we just deserve to be better gardeners. Exploring the principles of organic farming, Dr. Daphne Miller describes how healthcare can become more personal, safer, cheaper, and vastly more effective,” said Kane.
Friday’s talk begins at 7 p.m. at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Tickets are $15 for members of the Foundry or the Nevada City Farmer’s Market, or $18 for non-members. Tickets are available online, by phone or in person at the Foundry. They can also be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op.
For information, go to http://minersfoundry.org.