Sep 10, 2018
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 &
- 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.”
Dr. Daphne Miller is a practicing family physician, author and
Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San
Francisco. For the past fifteen years, her leadership, advocacy,
research and writing have focused on the connections between food
production, ecology and health.
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.