• Recipes/Food Prep

    Magic Keto Flax Bread

    My new best friend in the effort to keep chemo constipation at bay… This is a modification of a low carb focaccia-style bread that I have been making for several years, usually using other low carb seed and nut meals, such as almond meal, pecan meal, or ground chia seeds. But when the rubber hits the road, flax and psyllium are the best sources of both soluble and insoluble fibres for bulking stools and attracting and holding onto water in the large bowel. I am currently on Day 3 of Cycle 3 of my Taxel/Carbo protocol. On the previous cycles, this has been a time of 3 or more days…

  • Chemotherapy Experiences

    Rebound Like a Boss!

    I had bloodwork done two days before Cycle 3 chemo, and when the result were returned, I was way below reference range for both WBC and Neutrophils, the immune system markers.  It looked like I wasn’t going to be able to have my chemo.  Tanya, my chemo clinic nurse, talked with Dr S, and offered me the following two options.  Option A was to come down to London on Wed evening and redo the blood work on Thursday morning. If it remained poor, I would be denied chemo and asked to wait a week until the following Thursday, putting my whole future schedule back and messing up a whole bunch…

  • Side Effects

    Chemo Constipation

    It’s a real thing.  But you wouldn’t know until you experience it, as it suffers from “We don’t talk about that kind of stuff” syndrome.  When you hear about chemo side effects, the biggies such as nausea and hair loss get all the glory and your poor bowels are shunted to the bottom of the list.  After over 20 years working in long term care, I can tell you that the sun rises and sets on whether you have had a good poop today.  Staying “regular” – such a euphemism – is a really important health factor.  “Have you gone today?” – another euphemism – is asked of every resident…

  • Fasting

    My Fasting Protocol – in a Nutshell

    Therapeutic fasting is turning out to be a powerful tool for changing how the metabolism of both your cancer cells and your normal cells operate, making the cancer cells more susceptible to the chemo drugs, while making your healthy cells less susceptible to collateral damage that causes the common side effects. I reviewed the literature on what timing of fasting was used for experimentation and how long a fast appeared the most effective. Here’s what I came up with: I am fasting for 36 hours pre-chemo and about 24 hours after the end of the chemo. Since my chemotherapy administration takes about 7-8 hours, that’s about 72 hours in all.…