Adrenals, Hormones, Stress. Connection To Women’s Health, Bones & Even Osteoporosis? Interview w/ Marcelle Pick NP

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The Bone Coach Podcast | Osteoporosis & Bone Health | Marcelle Pick Women's Health Hormones Bone Loss

In this interview with Marcelle Pick, we discuss the impact of hormones (estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol), hormone replacement therapy, and adrenals on our health, our bones, and osteoporosis, and the steps we can take to improve.


Episode Timeline (Marcelle Pick):

2:09: Who is Marcelle Pick?

5:02: Women’s hormones and how they influence the body and the bones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA).

7:05: Cortisol affects on our hormones, digestion, bones, gut health, thyroid, and more.

10:04: Seeing more younger women go into early menopause (40-50)

11:54: Hormones during and after menopause (lower estrogen, progesterone, DHEA)

13:32: Hormone replacement therapy and the 2001 Women’s Health Initiative Study

15:13: Hormones do help bones.

16:30: “Anyone that’s menopausal is going to have their hormones tanked”…where to start if you’re there.

19:56: Marcelle’s thoughts on Bio-Identical Hormones (she uses patches often, they’re covered by insurance).

21:09: Progestogens vs. Progresterone… an important difference between the two (your body doesn’t have an affinity for progrestogen).

22:33: The studies show .05 and as low as .0375 of the patch is what helps with bone health.

23:57: In what situations does Marcelle advise against someone going on hormone replacement therapy (breast cancer, blood clots)

24:43: Best time to go on hormone replacement therapy is at menopause or within a few years of menopause.

26:05: What you can expect after stopping Hormone Replacement Therapy

27:42: What are our adrenal glands and how do they fit into our overall health?

29:35: The 3 types of people: Wired and Tired, Flatliner, or On Tilt

30:22: Thyroid and adrenal dysfunction. T4 looks fine and T3 looks fine but when Reverse T3 runs high it makes the T3 inactive.

32:16: If low cortisol you can use deglycerized licorice (DGL). If high cortisol phosphatidylserine.

34:35: Why DHEA is one of Marcelle’s favorite hormones and how she uses it.

37:12: DHEA can get converted to testosterone and can increase your estrogen (if you have breast tenderness or irritability it’s time to lower the dose)

37:47: Supplements, herbs, adaptogens for adrenal health: ashwagandha, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, Rhodiola.

41:11: How hormone imbalance affects weight loss and weight gain

42:09: Your microbiome and stress level affects your weight

45:14: Heavy metals and osteoporosis

46:00: Where you can find Marcelle?


Resources Mentioned:

—>Claim your FREE 7-Day Osteoporosis Kickstart here! (the exact information you need to accelerate your path to stronger bones now)

Show notes and resources mentioned:

Marcelle’s primary website:

Learn how Marcelle helps women with weight loss at

If you’d like to become a patient of Marcelle’s, you can schedule a phone or virtual consult at

Women to Women Facebook Page

Marcelle Pick Facebook Page

Marcelle’s books:

—>Is It Me Or My Hormones?

—>Is It Me Or My Adrenals?

—>The Core Balance Diet

—>Are You Tired And Wired?


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About Marcelle Pick:

Marcelle Pick, NP, is passionate about transforming the way women experience healthcare through an integrative approach. She co-founded the world renowned Women to Women Clinic in 1983 with the vision to not only treat illness, but also help support her patients in pro-actively making healthier choices to prevent disease. She has successfully treated thousands of individuals through her unique approach to wellness.

The Bone Coach Podcast | Osteoporosis & Bone Health | Marcelle Pick Women's Health Hormones Bone Loss

In 2001, Marcelle created with a goal to be able to reach, inspire, and educate even more women worldwide – her website offers informative articles on women’s health issues and at-home solutions to some of the most troublesome symptoms they experience today.


Marcelle discovered Functional Medicine early on in her career and was honored to be among the first to be certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. In addition she holds a BS in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her MS in Nursing from Boston College-Harvard Medical School. She is certified as an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Nurse Practitioner Association.


Marcelle is currently an educator with The Institute of Functional Medicine and has served as a Medical Advisor to Healthy Living Magazine, writes a weekly newsletter for, and lectures on a variety of topics including weight loss resistance, infertility, stress & illness, and adrenal dysfunction. She is the author of The Core Balance DietIs It Me or My Adrenals? and Is It Me or My Hormones?. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, FOX, and ABC and has been featured in Glamour Magazine, ELLE Magazine and Women’s World Magazine. Marcelle’s PBS show, Is It Me or My Hormones? is a favorite among viewers.



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