Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing

Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing

Daphne Miller

Language: English

Pages: 212


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In Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, Daphne Miller, practicing physician and author of The Jungle Effect, draws from the lessons of organic farming to offer a fascinating and completely novel approach to staying well and preventing disease.

What can farming teach a family doctor about the art and science of medicine? Nothing less than a revolutionary new way of thinking about health and well-being—an approach to wellness, holistic healing, and sustainable good health.

Spending time with a diverse group of farmers committed to sustainable agriculture, Dr. Miller acquired a new understanding of good health, practices she applies to her patients suffering common modern maladies, from allergies, diabetes, and cancer, to ADHD, infertility, and heart disease.

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