Our Body is an Ecosystem: Medical Ecologist Daphne Miller speaks at POST Wallace Stegner Lecture Series

April 27, 2015

(Palo Alto, Calif.)—Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) will host an exciting talk with San Francisco-based author and medical ecologist Daphne Miller at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 8pm, Monday May 11. Miller’s talk will draw from her 2013 book Farmacology, Total Health from the Ground Up. This is the third lecture in POST’s 2015 Wallace Stegner Series focusing on conservation, food and farming.

In her writings, Dr. Miller explores how the health of the human internal ecosystem mirrors the health of the ecosystems in which our food is grown. In one example, she describes how eating balanced meals based on diverse ingredients from local, sustainable farms can positively impact the microbiology of our digestive system and our overall health, reducing the likelihood of many diet-related diseases.

Dr. Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing can be found in the medical system as well as on farms, nature trails and in our kitchens. In addition to maintaining her integrative primary care practice in San Francisco, Miller is also a professor at UCSF.

Now in its 22nd year, the POST Wallace Stegner Lectures celebrate the conservation legacy of the late Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Stanford University professor and ardent spokesman for the West’s wild places. This year’s lectures focus on the theme of Conservation, Food and Farming, and have already featured biologist and rancher Allan Savory in January and chef, farmer and author Dan Barber in March.

May’s event will be followed by this year’s final lecture on August 31, featuring food critic and author Ruth Reichl in conversation with KQED Forum host Michael Krasny. Reichl is the author of many books including Delicious!, Comfort me with Apples, and Tender at the Bone. She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009. She also played a key part in Berkeley’s culinary revolution of the 1970s as co-owner of The Swallow Restaurant from 1974 to 1977.

Beginning in 1993, Ambassador Bill Lane and his wife, Jean, generously provided underwriting for the Wallace Stegner Lectures. Jean continues the tradition of sponsorship, in memory of Bill, who passed away in 2010. Media sponsorship is provided by Embarcadero Media, publishers of Palo Alto WeeklyMountain View VoiceThe Almanac and Palo Alto Online. Additional media sponsorship is provided by Edible Silicon Valley and Metro Silicon Valley.

Tickets for to see Daphne Miller are $22 and can be ordered at (650) 903-6000 or by visiting www.mvcpa.com. Proceeds benefit POST’s land-saving work.


POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and caring for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.


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