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Medical Doctor & Author of The Jungle Effect and Farmacology


In a typical work week, Daphne Miller, MD, spends as much time with farmers, soil experts, and community food workers as she spends with her medical colleagues. She is a practicing family physician, science writer, Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Research Scientist at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. She started the Health from the Soil Up Initiative at UC Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health to engage other health professionals in transforming our food system from the soil up. She is also Curriculum Director for Community and Integrative Medicine in the Lifelong Family Medicine Residency Program in Richmond, CA, where she partners  with Urban Tilth, a local farm, to teach doctors-in-training about the connections among food, soil, community, and health.

Miller is the author of two books: The Jungle Effect, The Science and Wisdom of Traditional Diets and Farmacology, Total Health from the Ground Up. Farmacology appears in four languages and was the basis for the award-winning documentary In Search of Balance. She has written popular and scholarly articles; is a Health and Wellness Contributor to the Washington Post; has been profiled in major publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle and Vogue; and has appeared in a number of documentaries, including the award-winning In Search of Balance.

Miller has consulted for and presented to organizations around the globe including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Indigenous Terra Madre and Slow Food International. A pioneer in the “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative, Miller helped build linkages between our medical system and our park system. Her 2009 Washington Post article “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning” is widely credited with introducing “park prescriptions” into medical practice.

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 on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and Nature at Oakland Children’s Hospital and the Edible Schoolyard Foundation and a past Fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute and the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Miller lives and gardens in Berkeley, California.

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