Interviews, Survivor Stories

This nurse refused oncology for breast cancer in 2008

Marcelle Pick (@marcellepick) is an integrative OB/GYN Nurse Practioner, author, breast cancer survivor, and co-founder of the Women to Women clinic in Yarmouth, Maine (est. 1983).

After she was diagnosed with tubular invasive ductal carcinoma in 2008, she refused oncology for breast cancer and instead chose to take control of her life and health. And guess what happened… She got well!

In this fantastic interview, Marcelle explains why she decided to steer clear of oncology after her breast cancer diagnosis. She also talks about the problems with mammograms, how our choices affect our genes, what every women needs to know about HRT and menopause, and more!

Download the interview transcript here

Show Notes:
-Why Marcelle decided to open an integrative wellness clinic in 1983 [2:00]

-How adverse childhood experience can impact your health in adulthood [7:56]

-How your adrenal function impacts your immune system [11:37]

-How stress leads to harmful self-medication [16:00]

-The importance of our thoughts, actions and forgiveness in wellness [17:30]

-What do to after a cancer diagnosis [22:00]

-Why she refused oncology for breast cancer in 2008 [25:50]

-Additional changes she made to help heal her cancer [33:00]

-Marcelle shares surprising findings about mammograms [34:00]

-Epigenetics and how our choices affect our genes ­[39:14]

-What you need to know about hormone replacement therapy, estrogen, and menopause [46:16]

-Important advice for women who are going through menopause [50:00]

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Resources mentioned:
The ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
The Hoffman Institute

Marcelle’s books:
The Core Balance Diet
Is It Me or My Adrenals?

Is It Me or My Hormones?

Connect with Marcelle at and on twitter (@marcellepick)

My new book Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally, published by Hay House, is a National Bestseller as ranked by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly! Get it on Amazon here or anywhere books are sold.

I've interviewed over 60 people who've healed all types and stages of cancer. Check them out here. Or use the search bar to find survivors of specific cancer types.

I also created a coaching program for cancer patients, caregivers and anyone who is serious about prevention called SQUARE ONE. It contains the step-by-step strategies used by myself and everyone I know who has healed cancer with nutrition and natural, non-toxic therapies.

Watch SQUARE ONE Module 1 for free here


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Hi! I’m Chris!

I was diagnosed with stage IIIc colon cancer in 2003. After surgery I opted-out of chemo and used nutrition and natural therapies to heal. Today I’m healthy, strong, and cancer-free! If you’d like to learn how to help yourself heal or prevent cancer, you’ve come to the right place!

National Bestseller!