Update Dec 2020:  My book, Hacking Chemo: Using Ketogenic Diet, Therapeutic Fasting and a Kickass Attitude to Power Through Cancer, is now available as an e-book and print-on-demand paperback.   It tells my story of diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer and offers strategies and interventions that I have found very powerful in helping me through this journey that is cancer.  

When I was diagnosed, I went looking for stories from other women in similar situations to mine.  There were few that really resonated with me.  Because the technology of the internet is so much more familiar to the young, most of the stories that were available were posted by young women, whether on YouTube or on blogs.  And there was almost nothing on the use of ketogenic diets or fasting to impact on chemotherapy effectiveness or side effects.  This blog and my book are my contribution to the body of information about these powerful, and empowering interventions.  I am passionate to get this information to others dealing with cancer.  

The book can be purchased on any of the Amazon marketplaces worldwide. The links to the US and Canadian marketplaces are here, but searching the title will allow anyone to find it in the UK, Australian, European, Japanese, etc. marketplaces.

Current links for purchase of the e-book are here: 



In addition, the book can be purchased online at Barnes and Noble in the USA and at Chapters/Indigo in Canada. It’s not yet available in stores, but can be ordered in the stores and/or delivered to the stores for pickup. Links here:

Barnes and Noble (USA)

Chapters/Indigo (Canada) Paperback

Chapters/Indigo Kobo ebook

Apple Books (this is the Canadian link, but it should come up in your Apple marketplace)

Speaker Bio

Martha is a Registered Dietitian in Ontario, Canada, with over 30 years experience working in many areas of nutrition.  She currently works in Long Term Care (nursing homes, gerontology) and has a private practice, Primal RD, promoting a LCHF diet and lifestyle for healthy aging and chronic disease prevention. 

In August 2018, she discovered the presence of a large ovarian cyst and after its laparoscopic removal in October, she was informed that it was Stage 1C ovarian cancer, unfortunately ruptured in the removal process.  Chemotherapy was recommended, leading Martha to do a deep dive into the research around the metabolic nature of cancer and how nutritional modifications can have a powerful impact on these metabolic abnormalities.  This led her to develop and use a protocol of ketogenic diet and targeted therapeutic fasting to significantly impact on her response to the recommended chemotherapy.  This combination of conventional cancer treatment and supportive metabolic interventions has proven to be powerful and has started a new passion in Martha to share this information with others who are travelling the journey of cancer treatment. 

Public Speaking

I am available to do public speaking on the following areas of interest:

  • Cancer treatment and nutritional strategies that impact on treatment effects and side effects.  
  • Ketogenic Diets:  The background science and implementation. 
  • Therapeutic Fasting:  The Science and how to Benefit from it in your Life
  • My Story:  Using Nutrition and Spirit to Journey through Cancer
  • Healthy Aging:  How to Remain Awesome or Return to Awesome into our Senior Years
  • Reclaiming our Health: Turning Back the Clock on Nutritional Knowledge
  • Using Low Carb Healthy Fats Diets for Reducing Inflammation
  • Weight Management:  Insulin Resistance and Making Weight Loss Happen

This information is for general knowledge only and cannot be construed as individual nutrition counseling. 

Workshops/Individual Counseling

I am available to do individual nutrition counseling and/or small group workshops on any of the above topics.  For information about my private practice as a Registered Dietitian, please visit my website at www.primal-rd.com.  These interactions would be considered a healthcare provider/client relationship, as governed by the Registered Health Professional Act. 



As a Registered Dietitian, I am a registered health professional and my practice is regulated by the guidelines of my professional organization. I am not a medical doctor and cannot communicate a diagnosis or adjust medications.  It is recommended that clients who are under medical care for specific conditions communicate with their MD’s regarding their intention to follow a Low Carb High Fat diet, a Ketogenic Diet, or Therapeutic Fasting, as adjustments to medications may be required. Each person is responsible for their own lifestyle choices and the consequences of those choices. The goal of  Powerful Beyond Measure and Primal RD is to give clients the tools and support to make choices that empower the best health outcomes.