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Show 959: Farmacology-What Farmers Can Teach Us About Health (Archive)

During visits to farms, Dr. Daphne Miller discovered that family farmers offer lessons for human health. What she learned could help you stay healthier.
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Farmacology-What Farmers Can Teach Us About Health (Archive)

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An ever-increasing appreciation of the complexity of ecosystems has begun to change farming practices so that they become more sustainable. Science is demonstrating that our human bodies are also complex ecosystems, made up of more microbes than human cells. Could some of the principles of sustainable farming help us stay healthy too? Dr. Daphne Miller visited many such farms and has lessons for us in her book, Farmacology.

What do ranchers in Missouri and an allergy researcher in Munich have to teach us about germs on the farm and the hygiene hypothesis? Does exposure to a wide variety of microbes at an early age reduce our chances of having allergy and asthma problems later in life? We explore the metaphorical and literal connections between bacterial communities in the soil and those in our own bodies.

This Week’s Guest:

Daphne Miller, MD, is a pioneer in the field of eco-medicine, a family physician, writer and an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She founded WholefamilyMD, the first integrative primary care practice in the San Francisco Bay area. Her book is Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing. Her website is  drdaphne.com 

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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