The People’s Pharmacy® got its start in 1972 in a small village in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, where Terry was doing research in medical anthropology. Joe began writing a book to explain medications in an easy-to-understand, friendly style. His master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his teaching experience with medical students prepared him for this undertaking. Terry completed her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan and the Graedons moved to Durham, NC. Terry taught at the School of Nursing and the Department of Anthropology at Duke University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Joe has taught at Duke University School of Nursing and the UCSF School of Pharmacy and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Pharmacy, where he also serves on the Board of Visitors. Joe has served as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission on nonprescription drug advertising and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience. He received the Medical Self-Care award for The People’s Pharmacy. Terry belongs to the American Anthropological Association and the Society of Medical Anthropology. The Graedons were awarded the Silver Award for public affairs from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They also received the “Health Headliner of 1998? Award from America Talks Health for “superior contribution to the advancement of medicine and public health education.” Joe and Terry were named Ambassadors of the City of Medicine in 1999 and were the 1999 Harriet Cook Carter Distinguished Lecturers for the Duke University School of Nursing.
Joe and Terry are guided by these values in all their work:
Respect for people’s ability to make informed decisions about their health
Honesty and integrity in communication and actions
Care, compassion and fairness as the guiding principles for all institutions serving people
The show’s focus is on health, by the use for drugs, exercise or herbs. You an find out more on about their books, radio shows, herbal library and drug library on their website: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/