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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 2nd, 2015



Move!!!! I have a few people I know that complain about their weight. Frustrating is they talk to me about how they need to drop 20, 30, or 100 pounds – and then head to McDonald’s for lunch. I get it – losing weight is not easy.

I am pretty athletic and knowledgable about fitness and nutrition and certainly not at the ideal weight I would like to be at. Why? Choice! When I

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Judge your fitness level….


Everyone has different capabilities and levels of fitness. Some of us are actively trying to improve ourselves and our capabilities – while others consume massive quantities of food while sitting on the couch while growing to maximum density. Health, quality of life, and living as long as possible are major reasons for my efforts in fitness. Preparedness is a certainly factor as well.

So – what is your fitness level? As stated we all have

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Men… this.


The following post IS directly related to preparedness – preparedness for your soul, your life, and your happiness. I originally posted it back in September of 2013 however I felt the need to put it out there again. Being aware of the changes that have happened in my life have also made me be able to improve. My journey has just begun….and it is fantastic. Much of what I am going to present is just

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Flesh eating bacteria – is there a ‘silver bullet’ ?


[From Rourke: The following article was previously published here on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. ]

by Brenda Nicholson

Have you thought about how you will take care of yourself or your family if you can’t get to a doctor ?? Even with doctors available why do people lose limbs and lives because of the “flesh eating bacteria” There are answers and

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Fitness, Health….goals


Was visiting over at Ryan’s site and saw another entry where he was discussing some of his lifts and personal records(PR’s). Over the past couple years fitness has become a major part of my life. I am 44 years old and feel like I am in the best shape of my life. Getting older scares the hell out of me and I guess I approach my health like I approach preparedness – I try to

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Alright, as a Survivalist you probably don’t need me to tell you that your health is paramount to your mission. There are more than 45 million smokers in the United States today and I’m going to try to help you become one less statistic….

Kicking the habit can seem like an impossible task, almost like climbing Mount Everest in nothing but swimming gear. But today I am going to give you some


Wanna workout? No gym membership? No problem!


Being fit continues to be an aspect of preparedness that is mostly ignored. I guess it is not as cool as a “tactified” AR or a Benchmade Nimravus knife. In a survival situation the ability to perform physically (and mentally) could very well mean the difference between life and death – or maybe not. Who knows?

The vast majority of us sit in the comfort of our warmly heated homes, being transported here there via

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Candida Yeast Infections


The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.


Candida Yeast Infections by servantheart

The subject ain’t pretty…but you need to know this!

Skin fungus. We’d like to think we’d never have them. But, the truth is, I currently DO have one. I live in a part of the world that stays hot and humid more often than not. And post-IHTF, these nuisance skin conditions may very well

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I just found out that ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor is now carrying a large variety of fish antibiotics.

If you are in the market for fish antibiotics – check out to see what they offer. Each antibiotic type also has an excellent description as to what that specific medication is generally used for.

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Supplements as part of your food storage program

Back in the late 80’s I was big into bodybuilding. No ‘roids here – but I tried numerous nutritional supplements trying to get that “edge” to build more muscle – faster. Back then like a typical teenager I really didn’t think about health so much as my looks. Today at almost 44, I Crossfit and run for health reasons and all the while HOPING that looking better will be a benefit as well.

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Fitness and survival……..

There are tons of article written on which caliber is best for survival. Same goes for how much water you should have and which water filter is the best. Let’s throw in the countless opinions on why you should own this knife or that knife above all others. Know what I rarely hear about? Fitness as related to survival.

I am no exercise or fitness expert – but in my 43 years I have spent

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YouTube Video: What is crossfit?

I have been doing Crossfit for almost a year and a half. When it comes to preparing your body for the challenges of a survival situation – I think Crossfit is the absolute best method.

Many people have emailed me and asked about Crossfit. This video does a great job of explaining.



Part Two: Crossfit and Paleo……a journey into health and fitness


Part Two: Paleo Diet


Part One can be seen HERE.

Starting in my teenager years in the late 80’s all the way up to very recent I always followed a low fat, medium protein, high carb diet when trying to loose weight. I know, I know…. this goes totally against the low-carb rage that engulfed this country several years ago. When I was younger I studied nutrition and actually attended

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Part One: Crossfit and Paleo……a journey into health and fitness


Part One: Crossfit


In most any survival situation health and fitness are factors that are extremely important. Several years ago I read a book written by Sylvester Stallone and he made the statement that once you turn 40 – it’s decision time. He said that around the age of 40 if you don’t start taking health and fitness seriously things can go downhill quickly. Back then I agreed with him and

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Guest Post: Survival Muscles……..

Survival Muscles

By “Raptor Medic”


It’s going to happen! All civilizations fail whether it’s from disease, famine, Government collapse, Natural Disasters, Aliens or Zombies. If history has taught us anything it’s that life is unpredictable, and for that reason it always pays to be ready for the worst. Most preppers know the basics of survival (food, water, security). I want to talk about the one thing that most people forget to think about,

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Health and preparedness……..

push ups.....lots of push ups

Over the past few months I have been taking health and exercise much more seriously. Sylvester Stallone wrote a fitness book several years ago and in it he made a statement – Once you hit age 40 it is decision time. After age 40 things can go downhill pretty fast.

I am 42.

In a survival situation good overall health could provide the edge needed. Many armchair preppers out there stock up on some extra

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