• Side Effects

    How to Avoid Antibiotic-Induced Diarrhea while Keto

    I’m pretty happy with my gut microbiota most of the time, and I’m also quite protective of it.  Until recently starting chemo, I’ve never had bowel issues that required that I do much for my lower gut.  It just ticked along contentedly.  Since starting chemotherapy and some of its adjuvent medications, I have had to deal with med-induced constipation.  A faithful adherence to my “magic keto flax bread” ( http://www.marthatettenborn.com/magic-keto-flax-bread/ ) has taken care of those issues since the first cycle.  But I have come up against a new problem this week.  Thanks to my suppressed immune system, I contracted Influenza A, resulting in a 2-day hospital admission and some of…

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects – the rundown

    In this blog post, I’m going to run down the most common side effects of the drugs I have been given and address each one with a Yes or No for my own experience.  The strength of the fasting and keto diet intervention is clear when you see how little I have been affected by side effects…  For each medication, I have pasted a list of side effects from well-respected websites.  The Nadir refers to the timing of the lowest point in the cycle, with the most impact on my blood values.  When the blood values are too low, chemo can be delayed or dosages might have to be adjusted…

  • Chemotherapy Experiences,  Side Effects

    The Effects of the Dex (it rhymes… 😊)

    Dexamathasone is a steroid medication.  It has been around since 1958 and is quite inexpensive.  Because of its strong anti-inflammatory function, it is used for everything from rheumatoid arthritis to dental extractions, from speeding fetal development in utero to combatting severe altitude sickness for mountaineers.  Sometimes long-term usage, sometimes for a very brief period around a specific medical event. For cancer, it used mainly for its anti-emetic effect.  From Wikipedia:  People with cancer undergoing chemotherapy are often given dexamethasone to counteract certain side effects of their antitumor treatments. Dexamethasone can increase the antiemetic effect of 5-HT3 receptor antagonists, such as ondansetron.[16] The exact mechanism of this interaction is not well-defined, but it has been theorized that this effect may be due to,…

  • 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…