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Daphne Miller

Physician and Author on Food and Health

Daphne Miller

Daphne Miller is a practicing family physician and founder of WholeFamilyMD, author, and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco.

Ever since a high school biology teacher informed Daphne that clover produces a hormone similar to human estrogen, she has been fascinated by how our external ecosystem is linked to our internal one. Her writings and profiles can be found in many publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Vogue, Orion Magazine, Yes! Magazine, Food and Wine, the Guardian UK, and Harvard Medical Magazine. She is author of 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).

Most recently, Daphne Miller was the Associate Producer of the 2015 documentary film In Search of Balance. The film explores a new paradigm of health, science and medicine that recognizes the importance of the interconnections between us, the food we consume, how we produce that food, and the natural world at large. In Search of Balance has been selected for numerous prestigious film festivals including the 2016 American Documentary Film Festival and the 2016 International Environmental Film Festival, and it won the 2015 Spotlight Documentary Film Award and the 2015 Indiefest Award of Merit, Special Mention, Documentary Feature.

Miller is an internationally recognized speaker in the emerging field of health ecology and a leader in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, an effort spearheaded by the National Parks Service to 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,” a concept that is rapidly gaining traction across the United States. In Dr. Miller’s popular lectures, she speaks about food, farming, and health.

Miller is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in medical anthropology. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency and NIH-funded research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is currently a Fellow at the Berkeley Food Institute and a past Bravewell Fellow at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine. She serves as an advisor and/or board member to a number of non-profits, including the Institute of the Golden Gate, Education Outside, Mandela Marketplace, and the Edible Schoolyard Foundation.

Miller lives and gardens in Berkeley, California.