• Ketogenic Diet

    Happy Solstice! Raise a glass…

    Well, in my part of the world (Central Ontario Canada), we are about a month behind in the weather but despite that, it’s the Solstice – the longest day of the year, the first day of summer! Although we seldom get a high temp above 20C (68F) yet, the long evenings and sunny days (in between the rainy ones…) entice us to sit around with a cold beverage. Lots of socializing happens at this time of year, often involving barbecues and long cold drinks. You can do this very easily while keeping it keto. There are more and more great sugar-free and low carb options available this summer. As an…

  • My Story,  Powerful Beyond Measure Book

    Me, the online instructor!

    Well, today I screwed up my courage and did what I have been hesitating to do. Kind of afraid to do, if I’m being honest. And now that it’s done, I feel as light as air! What was it? I had been approached in mid April, though my website, with the offer to be part of the faculty of an online learning platform for health professionals worldwide who want to learn more about low carb and ketogenic diet theory and applications. This organization is from South Africa – The Noakes Foundation (https://thenoakesfoundation.org/) and the Nutrition Network (an online LCHF health professionals training platform): https://nutrition-network.org/). My invitation went like this… “I am involved…

  • Spirit

    The importance of talismans.

    TALISMAN: Definition: an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck. Tonight, as I write this post, it’s the last game of the finals of the Stanley Cup championships. The last hockey game of the season. I’m not a follower of hockey, but I’m sure there are many players on the ice tonight that have worn the same socks or refused to shave since the playoffs began. Maybe they kiss a good luck charm hanging on a chain before each game, or tie their lucky bandana around their necks. Or the same unwashed “lucky” t-shirt goes on under their…

  • My Story

    The return of the peach fuzz

    Okay, it’s amazing how fast the human body can regenerate once you stop throwing insults at it. I reached the end of the Cycle 6 three week drug effects period 5 days ago. On the day that would have been my next chemo infusion (BUT WASN’T!! – YEAH!), I headed into the local lab to do bloodwork, curious to see how well I had rebounded from the last chemo session. The results were disappointing. My immune system was still showing signs of significant depression, with White Blood Cells and Neutrophils both seriously down, and I was anemic as hell, with Hemoglobin(Hb) at only 95 (normal is 120-160). Anemia results in…

  • Research

    Deep-diving into the Research

    There has been an exciting development in my mission to get the word out about the power of using a ketogenic diet and fasting to impact on cancer treatment and side effects of chemotherapy. I have been approached to be a lecturer for an online learning program aimed at health professionals, such as doctors, dietitians and pharmacists. It is beyond exciting to be listed as part of the faculty of a program like this, with a potentially worldwide reach to get my message out there. More details will be forthcoming in the next couple of months… I have been asked to share my story and the research that led me…

  • Recipes/Food Prep

    Keto Crack-ola

    There are certain things that make sticking to a ketogenic diet easier. As much as I love meat, eggs, healthy fats and vegetables, there are times when I can’t face another egg, and I just want something that at least resembles a grain product, like bread, cookies or cereal. And sometimes, you just need something a bit sweet. Or something crunchy. That’s where this granola comes in. It’s sweet, thanks to non-nutritive natural sweeteners. It’s crunchy, thanks to the long baking time. It can be eaten dry, like a cookie substitute. It can be a cereal, swamped in almond milk, cream, yogurt or kefir. The basis of the cereal is…

  • 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…

  • My Story

    The plot thickens…hospital admission and Influenza A!

    Every good story has to have certain elements.  An interesting cast of characters, a plot line with ups and downs. Challenges and resolutions to those challenges.  Setbacks and triumphs.  Perseverance and resilience.  I guess if I had simply sailed through six chemo treatments with absolutely no problems, it would have made for a boring story.  A successful one, but boring.  The combination of nutritional ketosis and therapeutic fasting around treatments has been powerfully effective in keeping me protected from side effects and has hopefully potentiated the chemo’s effectiveness.  But the Week 2 effects of the medications are still there, as the chemo drugs percolate away in my system.  Hair loss…

  • My Story

    Playing the Fever Card

    Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. After posting just last week that I had been “blessed to have not even a sniffle of any infection or illness in the past 3 months”, I woke up on Sunday to a scratchy throat.  That was all, just an irritated sensation in my throat.  But it didn’t go away.  I attended church (Palm Sunday), then had supper out with friends at a local brew pub.  Fabulous beef brisket pot roast with no potatoes and extra kale.  Because my friend also has a delicate immune system, I made sure to sit as far away from him as possible, and we didn’t…

  • 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…