Breast Cancer, Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, Healed with an Herbal Protocol (Hollie Quinn)

“This is one of the best things about healthy medicine–you get collateral benefits, not damage.”  Hollie Quinn

Hollie Quinn heals from breast cancer with herbal remedies

Hollie Quinn

Hollie Quinn suffered from the typical health complaints of an adult female, these included heartburn and acid reflux, along with painful cysts, vertigo and migraines.

Hollie says that she ate the typically American diet which was low in vegetables, high in sugar, and drank soda daily.  She never questioned the health directives given to her by her doctors, and was never told that there might be a connection between her health issues and the diet that she was eating.

In 2002, when Hollie was just 27 years old and in her 38th week of pregnancy, she was diagnosed with an infiltrating ductal carcinoma.  This is the most common type of breast cancer which affects some 80% of patients, and as its name suggests, the cancer had broken through the milk duct and was invading the surrounding tissues of the breast.  Over time, invasive ductal carcinomas can spread to the lymph nodes and to other areas of the body.  

Hollie’s main tumor was 2.3 cm, with a second tumor measuring 0.6 cm.  The larger tumor was a grade 2-3, with the sentinel lymph node testing positive for micro-metastasis.   The tumors were estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+), suggesting that the cancer cells  were receiving signals from estrogen in order to promote their growth.   The tumor was also HER2- positive (or HER2), meaning that it tested positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, which also promotes the growth of cancer cells.  HER-2 occurs in about one in every five breast cancers.

Hollie had a lumpectomy along with the removal of 3 lymph nodes, and then she and her husband met with a half-dozen surgeons and medical oncologists who all agreed that she had a very aggressive cancer and that she needed to start a combination of the following treatments right away: 

  • One renowned surgeon recommended a double mastectomy with radical lymph node resection along with chemotherapy, and told her that if she didn’t do this then she would die. 
  • 6 weeks of radiation treatments following the surgery. 
  • 6 months of chemotherapy (TAC or FEC; they all didn’t agreed on which to use)
  • followed by 5 years of Tamoxifen.   Read more about the health harms related to Tamoxifen

Hollie begins the herbal protocol under the guidance of Master Herbalist Donnie Yance

Hollie Quinn with her Husband Patrick

Hollie with her husband Patrick

Then a friend referred Hollie to a Chinese Herbalist who was practicing in Santa Monica.  It turned out that this woman didn’t treat cancer patients, but she gave Hollie a book about herbal healing that was written by Donnie Yance, a Master Herbalist and founder of the Mederi Foundation.  Hollie took the book home and read it that same night and then contacted the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing which is  located in Ashland, Oregon the following day.  Hollie then began “herbal oncology protocol” which consisted of taking 60 supplements per day along with herbal teas and tinctures.   She also underwent a total lifestyle transformation that included a 100% change in her diet and then cleaned up her environment by using non-toxic personal care and household cleaning products. All treatments for Hollie were prescribed remotely by internet teleconference but she later made a visit the clinic about a year into her protocol, but that was by desire and not a necessity for treatments. 

Hollie and her husband Patrick made all of the changes together so there was never any battles over food.  They also try to eat as close to 100% organic as they can, with a majority of the foods being plant-based along with some clean meats.  She says that Mederi’s concept of healing foods wasn’t limited to raw or vegan which is common within alternative medical circles, but was more focused on eating whole vital foods.

All of Hollie’s prior health issues went away within a few months of starting the herbal/nutritional protocols and have never returned, and neither has the cancer.  Hollie continues to take a “maintenance dose” of the herbal therapies which consists of 20 supplements per day, and she continues to follow the whole foods diet.  She also uses leveraging kinesiology (muscle testing), homeopathy, meditation, and she monitors her progress with regular blood work and with thermograms instead of mammograms, because they do not expose a woman to harmful radiation and can detect subtle changes to the breast much earlier than mammograms can.

Hollie gave birth to her second daughter four years after her diagnosis.  She and Patrick have documented their story in the book You Did What? Saying ‘No’ To Conventional Cancer Treatment.


Hollie Quinn shares the details of her diagnosis and herbal treatment


Donnie Yance on healing with the herbal therapies offered at Mederi


The Mederi Foundation

Provides personalized, integrative botanical and nutritional strategies to those with cancer and other chronic illnesses through face-to-face consults at the clinic  in Ashland, Oregon and as well as through virtual telephone and video-conference calls.  By documenting and compiling case studies and other clinical data, Mederi aims to demonstrate the efficacy of using botanical and nutritional medicine in improving the health, lifespan, and quality of life of people with cancer and other chronic diseases. Mederi has developed a world-class research database comprised of more than 2,000 articles and studies, totaling more than 25,000 pages that discuss the medicinal effects of herbs, nutritional agents, and specific botanical compounds, as well as pharmaceuticals, biomedical diagnostics, and biomedical disease classification. Mederi partners with medical institutions to conduct clinical trials that compare herbal therapies with conventional treatments for patients with cancer and other diseases.

Mederi Foundation Website 

Link to Donnie’s health blog

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Read more about tamoxifen



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