August 25


102: Martha Tettenborn – Hacking Chemo

August 25, 2022

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102: Martha Tettenborn - Hacking Chemo

Martha Tettenborn

 Martha Tettenborn RD is a Registered Dietitian and certified Primal Health Coach with over 30 years of experience working in many areas of nutrition. She currently works in long term care with a focus on nursing homes and gerontology. Her private health coach practice, The Cancer Doula, promotes a low-carb, whole-foods-based approach to disease prevention and cancer symptom management.

When diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer, Martha began exploring the research of the disease and discovered the science of cancer metabolism. This led her to develop and use a protocol of ketogenic diet with targeted therapeutic fasting to significantly impact her response to chemotherapy. Inspired by her own journey, Martha wants to help others see cancer differently – as an experience that will give you strength, wisdom, and more love for your body and life than ever before. 

Her experience, strategies and resources, plus the science behind them, are outlined in her book Hacking Chemo: Using Ketogenic Diet, Therapeutic Fasting and a Kickass Attitude to Power Through Cancer. 

A featured speaker at the Low Carb Long Weekend Summit and on numerous podcasts, Martha shares her knowledge as a dietitian and experience as a cancer patient to inform others about the power of metabolic interventions to support conventional cancer treatment. Martha also instructs courses teaching the ketogenic approach to cancer treatment for the Nutrition Network and Udemy. 

A cancer survivor since 2018, Martha is an avid hiker, cyclist, live theatre backstage crew member and a wannabe world adventurer. She lives on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula in central Ontario, Canada with her husband Mike, a noisy cockatiel named Ziggy, and a flock of backyard chickens. 

Martha’s Top Tips

  1. Eat locally and seasonally.
  2. Support regenerative agriculture.
  3. Love yourself.

Martha’s Book

Hacking Chemo: Using Ketogenic Diet, Therapeutic Fasting and a Kickass Attitude to Power through Cancer – Martha Tettenborn

Resources Mentioned

The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan – Seth Roberts

Dr Valter Longo

Dr Thomas Seyfried00

Keto for Cancer: Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy as a Targeted Nutritional Strategy – Miriam Kalamian

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever – Marie Kondo

Blood Marker for Ovarian Cancer


Quotes by Martha Tettenborn

“I am a registered dietician and I trained in the era of low fat and cholesterol being the devil”

“My identity was wrapped up in being that healthy”

“Ovarian cancer is called the cancer that whispers”

“One of the things about getting a cancer diagnosis is that you have to tell everyone else.

“They are still stuck in the gene theories to the exclusion of all else.

“There’s no money to be made on making people healthy using dietary interventions.”

“When you get cancer, it’s not a death sentence, that cancer is a process that you have to go through – a lot of it sucks.

“People think of cancer as an enemy or a foreign invader.

“I had to learn to love myself.


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