My name is Mark Rhodes. I daylight as a mechanical engineer and journeyman tool & die maker. I moonlight as a log rider and admin for a number of groups on keto, fasting and heart health.

Hi, my name is Mark. Being keto saved me from a life of disability.

And I am grateful to it. My wife and I started keto in January 2016. We spent the first three months doing it wrong because off all the poor information. Then I found a few good folks that got us on the right path, and took it further than I ever thought I’d go. Keto gets a bad rap because most people don’t do it right; they’re reading articles that are as light on information as white bread is on nutrition. I started this website to set the record straight on what is and is not keto. My mission is to help those who are just starting out or those who are in it but unsure about what they are finding out there and just feel stuck. I’m here to sort out the facts from the theories, the truth from story, and to share my own experience – because I’m learning as I go, too.

Who am I? I’m just a guy in southeast Wisconsin who likes to philosophize, design and build stuff, problem solve, research, collect and interpret data, spend as much time as possible outside and with my wife and dogs … and cause the occasional problem.

In 2006, I had five fractured vertebrae, three bulging disks and osteoporosis in my spine. By 2012 I was obese at 55% body fat and weighing 250 plus pounds. My disk herniations increased in number and proportion, the largest at L5-S1 10 x 10 x 12 mm into my sciatica, my osteoporosis was -T1.9 and my metabolic condition was pre-diabetic. I couldn’t work. I couldn’t be with my family. And I couldn’t do the things that made my life worth living: gardening, tinkering in the house and on the tractors in the barn, hiking with our dogs, running, kayaking, biking, weight lifting. Even basic things like washing dishes, showering, sleeping and thinking were difficult. I was looking down the barrel at surgery after surgery and a life of chronic pain and opiate addiction. And more than once we were on the edge of losing everything. I didn’t want to live anymore.

Within a few years of starting keto and fasting, my spine was healed (and I have the data to prove it!). I able to start doing all the things I wanted to do again and am healthier than I have been in a long time. And when a new health issue crops up, being keto has taught me how to hack my way through the noise to try to solve it as best I can. I have my life back. I have me back. And now I want to pay it forward.

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