Since the early 1990s, integrative cancer coach Mark N. Mead has been educating cancer patients and researching innovative natural therapies and self-care strategies for optimal cancer prevention, control and treatment. In his coaching sessions, Mark guides individuals on the path to health-promoting lifestyle changes that can ultimately help improve overall health and personal well-being. Drawing from his clinical experience at four integrative medicine clinics, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and insight about nutritional-botanical strategies for supporting wellness and healing. Working closely with Dr. Sharp and Nate Kelly, Mark teaches our patients about innovative practical approaches for helping to establish and sustain a remission while also bolstering energy, sleep, vitality, and resilience long after treatment has been completed.
For the past 14 years, Mark has served as an editor for the peer-reviewed medical journal Integrative Cancer Therapies (Sage Publications) and as a research associate for the Institute of Integrative Cancer Research and Education, the research arm of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Skokie, Illinois. He earned his Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Mark has lectured on nutrition and natural medicine at both Duke and UNC medical schools, as well as at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.
Since 1997, Mark has had the opportunity to work closely with leading authorities in the field of integrative cancer medicine. In the course of writing Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer (Future Medicine) for W. John Diamond, MD, Mark interviewed and profiled leading holistic cancer doctors around the world. Other books to which he has contributed include Breast Cancer Beyond Convention (Pocket Books 2002), Life Over Cancer by Keith I. Block, MD (Random House 2009), Clinicians’ Complete Reference to Complementary & Alternative Medicine (Mosby Inc., Harcourt Health Sciences 2000), and Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 1999). Mark currently has over 40 scientific articles listed on PubMed, including papers published in the International Journal of Cancer, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Integrative Cancer Therapies, and Cancer Treatment Reviews.
With a diagnosis of cancer, I believe it is essential to consider the biochemical conditions that support the tumor’s growth and progression. Our aim is to transform the biochemical terrain that supports malignancy with the help of specific nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle strategies. The overall approach is grounded in the best available evidence and tailored to what is known about the biology of the disease.
You can hear Mark speak about his work in this video: