2017 A Summer Read - Farmacology

Summer Read 2017:  Farmacology


Join the Conversation—Read Daphne Miller’s

Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up


The Cumberland County Library System and neighboring Central PA library systems are teaming up with WITF’s Transforming Health and Aligning Forces for Quality - South Central PA and to present a “Summer Read.”  Through September, the public is invited to visit their local library to borrow and read Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up  written by Family Physician and Associate clinical professor at the University of California Daphne Miller M.D.; then participate in discussions of the book with their friends, family and library-sponsored book discussion groups.


In Farmacology Dr. Daphne Miller set out to learn about human health by studying cutting-edge farming practices. A Berkeley, California based family physician, Miller visited poultry farms, cattle ranches, urban gardens and more to answer the questions: How can our food systems make us healthier?


Each chapter takes place on a different kind of farm in a different part of the country and offers new lessons on health and healing. A vegetable farmer teaches about the links between rejuvenating depleted soil and rejuvenating ourselves. A cow/calf farmer shows how his grazing methods can be applied to raising resilient kids. A laying hen farmer gives insight into stress management. A vineyard's pest management strategy offers a new take on cancer care. An urban farm in the Bronx lays out a novel approach to boosting community health. And an aromatic herb farmer helps unlock the secret to sustainable beauty.


Throughout the book Miller seeks out the perspective of noted scientists ad weaves their insight into the story. The result is a whole new approach to health and healing combined with practical advice for how to treat disease and maintain wellness.


Participants in "A Summer Read" can fill out a survey, giving them a chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Miller during a private book signing, and hear her speak on September 18, 2017, in Lancaster. All surveys must be entered by August 31, 2017 to be eligible for the drawing. Paper copies are available at your library.


A Summer Read is also supported by Capital Blue Cross,WellSpan Health and Penn State Health.



“The Summer Read” is a PA Forward Health Literacy initiative of the participating libraries.


PA Forward: Health Literacy – We envision a Pennsylvania with active citizens able to manage their own and their family’s WELL-BEING, empowered to be EFFECTIVE PARTNERS with their healthcare providers, and living longer, more productive lives.



Page Updated: 

July 26, 2017

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