Welcome!

Thank you for visiting Diabetic Foodie. Our mission is to eat diabetic-friendly, heart-healthy food that tastes great!
info@diabeticfoodie.com
Foodista Food Blog of the Day Badge
Member-Association of Food Bloggers

Review: Farmacology

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

I just finished a fascinating new book by Daphne Miller, MD called Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing. When I first heard the title, I hoped the book would have a “food as medicine” theme and would teach me how I could get off my meds by eating locally produced, organic food. I didn’t really learn how I could do that, darn it, but I did learn a lot of other very interesting things.

For example, did you know that studying chickens can give valuable insight into stress management? I certainly didn’t.

Dr. Miller treated two male patients suffering from the flu at exactly the same time. Very similar in terms of age, overall health, family situation and careers, both patients had high-stress jobs that required frequent air travel. One patient, Carl, recovered at home in about a week. The other, Mike, developed pneumonia, was in the hospital for three days and didn’t completely recover for about two months. Dr. Miller wondered why Carl and Mike had such different experiences with the flu when their lives were so similar. Then she visited two different egg farms in Arkansas.

At one farm, the chickens were contained inside a very large, very crowded, very noisy henhouse. At the other, the chickens spent their days outside, roaming, pecking and playing with each other. Stress affected both sets of chickens. The indoor ones were cramped and “in a swirl of dust and feathers.” The outdoor ones had to contend with thunderstorms, hawks and fire ants.

Mike was like the indoor chickens – constantly subjected to low-grade stress that affected his adrenal glands, his brain and his circulatory system. Carl was like the outdoor chickens, occasionally having “heart-pumping experiences,” but not suffering from the effects of chronic stress.

Dr. Miller had her answer as to why Mike and Carl recovered from the flu so differently.

Similarly, Farmacology shows how rejuvenating soil can teach us how to heal our own bodies, how studying a ranch’s grazing system can show us how to raise resilient kids and how a vineyard’s integrated pest management set-up can help us think about cancer treatment in new ways.

I loved what I learned about farming techniques from this book and I enjoyed seeing how they relate to health and healing. I highly recommend reading this book if you are interested in either topic. See below for how you can win your own copy.

Chickens

Giveaway

I’m giving away a copy of Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing by Daphne Miller, MD. To enter, leave a comment and tell me why you’d like to win. The contest will run through Wednesday, May 29, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, May 30, 2013. You must be at least 18 years of age with a U.S. mailing address to win. No purchase is necessary; void where prohibited. The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours or another winner may be selected. (Please make sure email from info@diabeticfoodie.com doesn’t end up in your spam folder.)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing by Daphne Miller, MD from William Morrow & Company plus a second copy to give away. All opinions are my own.

Printer-friendly version Printer-friendly version

3 comments to Review: Farmacology

  • Wow, this looks interesting!

  • Hayavadhan

    I also read Dr. Miller’s book earlier this month and really enjoyed it. I’m a medical student and have been interested in the link between food/agriculture and health for some time now. I’ve worked or volunteered in both fields and have discovered my own similarities between the disciplines. I’m hoping to win the book in order to share it with my colleagues, both on the farm and in school.

  • Linda S.

    My mother grew up on a farm and her immune system was much better than mine, I think; she, her brother, and now her sister all lived into their 90s. I’d like to learn how we can incorporate some of the knowledge and techniques they took for granted.

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>