November 2009 Issue

Weaving a Fascinating Web of Nutrition Tales in the The Jungle Effect

Daphne Miller, a family physician in San Francisco, set out on an adventure across the globe to learn how the diets of indigenous populations helped fend off the chronic diseases that were killing people in her practice in America. Singling out "coldspots"—geographic locations with low rates of chronic disease like Copper Canyon, Mexico; Crete; Iceland; Cameroon, and Okinawa—she spent time with villagers eating, cooking and collecting recipes, ever observant about how their native diets seemed to protect them from disease.

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