From the Desk of John Rourke – June 16th, 2015

Spent Monday morning at an urgent care center. Over the weekend just felt…..”off”. Sunday night went to a grocery store and checked my blood pressure and it was higher than I have ever seen it. Not crazy but high for me – 167/94. I had blurry vision as well.

Monday morning went to the urgent care and my BP was high but not as bad as Sunday night. Doctor wrote me a script and just started taking it.

Not sure why this flared up all of a sudden.


Well……maybe I do.

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Saw on Amazon the Kindle edition of the first book of The Survivalist series by Arthur Bradley. Amazon changes their prices quite frequently so it may not be at that low price for long. If it goes up I gave it a shot.

The Survivalist

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NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal provides more insight to the changing times and why we need to fight to get this country back. A man can get his nuts cut off, throw on a dress and end up being called a hero – and a women. Now someone can say they are any color they wish because they feel that is the color they are.  It’s insane.

I recently made a statement that there are far more deserving people than Bruce Jenner to be called courageous. Those in the military fighting to keep us free was one such example. I was told that I should not “discriminate”.

My response:

So easy for a Liberal to throw that word around(discriminate) as soon as someone doesn’t agree with you. Jenner is free to do what he-she wishes. My point is we live with an American sheeple that celebrate who wins Dancing With The Stars more than those that keep this country safe – domestically and abroad.

The sheeple in this country continue to ignore facts that surround us and go on about their lives in peaceful oblivion thinking “at this point what difference does it make?”

Well – it makes a difference. Bruce Jenner has decided to transform into “something”. The news media celebrates it like it has so many other meaningless events while REAL news that will affect generations to come goes unreported.

It’s not discrimination. It’s relevancy and it’s sad.

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Yes….pancakes. I think pancakes are an awesome food storage product. “Just Add Water” works best. Throw in some syrup and maybe some powdered butter and good to go. So simple to prepare and cook as well.

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Colt is filing for bankruptcy again. With a name so established and decades of experience they must have horrible management/ownership.




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  1. Rourke- stress can raise BP and salt is bad also.Please invest in your own BP cuff for home as the store machines can be way off. .Munching celery also helps to control BP. .
    Take a few minuted every day to close your eyes and imagine a place where you feel very peaceful and happy -dont laugh it works.
    Hmm I wonder whats really up with Colt. Arlene

    • I hate celery Arlene but yes I need to get a BP cuff. i have the old fashion kind an am awaiting training on how to use it. An automatic type is what I need to get.

      Going to a happy place….that is what I need.

    • Jennifer – It is in my family and was on meds for a couple years until I ran out. About a month or so after I ran out I was testing just fine so the doctor did not put me back on them. That was a few years ago and since then the BP creeped back up.

  2. I have high BP and take prescripts too. I am trying herbs as well and treating my asthma an allergies with herbs. I started drinking a cup tea three times a day made from the bark of a rain tree ulmifolia or otherwise called “Mutamba”. It grows in the Amazon and as far up as southern Mexico. Since taking it from Saturday forward I can now breath fully and deeply, with no mucous and bronchial constriction. Since we are all trying to become more self reliant. check out or google mutamba. I agree with Arlene, one thing I do when my BP is high is sit down or lay down and inhale fully then purse my lips and exhale slowly through my mouth several times while concentrating mentally on my happy calming place. it’s works almost instantly. Some might call it Biofeedback.

  3. Don’t make the classic mistake of seeing your BP back in the normal range and thinking the problem is gone. Once you start needing meds for BP you have to stay on them OR, make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your BP naturally…I’m an ER RN and can’t tell you how many times I have treated people who stopped taking their meds because they “didn’t need them anymore”. BTW, if the doc prescribed an ace inhibiting drug like lisinopril, don’t be concerned if you develop a dry cough, it will pass. Thanks again for the great blog.

    • Thanks Bill. ER RN? I would love to have you share some of your thoughts on medical preparedness with everyone.

      Regardless – thanks for the comments and info.

  4. Love buttermilk pancakes. When I was a kid I knew when my grandparents were coming or had arrived, because I could smell buckwheat in the morning air.

  5. Rourke, good advice from others who have made comments and Bill K. is right, I’ve been on lisinopril and amlodipine for years, just watch out being in the sun to long.

  6. Jennifer, lisinopril can cause dehydration along with other symptoms so being out on sunny, hot days will only increase that situation. Person’s nurses drug guide gives a lot of info the side effects on lisinopril and most other drugs

  7. John P. – I’m on lisinopril for blood pressure and my daughter is on it due to a medical condition. I have never heard that before. Very interesting! What kind of symptoms do you experience?

  8. A friend of mine reviews the author Bradley and gets a free book for her efforts. I just finished the 6th (I think). Tanner and Sam have a great relationship. Great reads. Very tight and well written. A little crazy at times but very good. Just finished the 299 days series. The last sentence of number 10 made me tear up.

  9. Oh man..that caught my attention when I read that Rourke. Take care of yourself brother. Is there no way to get your BP under control through a combination of herbal, meds, and home remedies? I talked to a guy once at Starbucks and he told me how he was spending over 3G a month on meds. He was in serious condition, but was sick of all the chemicals in his system. Not to mention the cost. He was telling me about a book he read that guided him through treating his condition using herbal and home remedies. He went on to tell me a time it had been 10 years since he had to take those meds and he is even better health when he got off the meds. I’m pretty sure he had to gentle ween himself off the meds for what he described. I wish I could remember that book.

    • Thanks Capt. Michaels but it will be fine. Just had an “episode” and on meds now. Have another appt in July to verify my med level is correct.

  10. Hello Rourke, The comm
    ents concerning hypertension (high blood pressure) are thought provoking and – I must say – concerning. Those of us who are tasked with dealing with the disease on a daily basis realize that it is a much more complex problem than most people realize. As a full time family physician who sees, manages and treats multiple hypertension issues every day I am in agreement with Bill K. and offer the following – realizing my comments may elevate someones systolic/diastolic.
    People who do not have the years long effort and intense training to be enabled to responsibly manage and treat hypertension and its sequelae – should refrain from doing so. Herbs, stories, imagination, celery, bio-feedback, essential oils, meditation; etc may have some sort of temporary effect on “lowering” blood pressure. However all of those mentioned have and will mask the devastating effects of hypertension on the brain,heart, renals and blood vessels.
    Much hypertension has a genetic cause – which – unfortunately – must be treated with pharmaceuticals early on in order to reduce end organ damage. There are many other anatomic and organic causes of high blood pressure.
    If a person has not had the opportunity to deal with the suvivors of long term high blood pressure then it might be wise to refrain from offering such advice.
    Thanks for your candor.
    Dr. Allen
    One article to help decrease the photo-sensitive problems of some medications is included form WebMD:

    There are dozens of medications and over-the-counter drugs that can cause sun sensitivity. Some of the most common include:
    •Antibiotics: doxycycline, tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin, trimethoprim
    •Antidepressants: doxepin (Sinequan); and other tricyclics; St. John’s wort
    •Antifungals: griseofulvin
    •Antihistamine: promethazine, diphenhydramine
    •Antihypertensives (blood pressure drugs): hydrochlorothiazide (also found in some blood pressure medicines: Aldactazide, Capozide), diltiazem (Cardizem)
    •Benzoyl peroxide
    •Cholesterol drugs: simvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin
    •Chemotherapy drugs: methotrexate, flutamide, 5-FU, gemcitabine, doxorubicin
    •Diuretics: furosemide, bumetanide, hydrolorothiazide
    •Hypoglycemics: glipizide, glyburide
    •Neuroleptic drugs: Chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, , perphenazine, thioridazine, thiothixene
    •Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories: ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, piroxicam
    •Other drugs: Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), quinidine, dapsone,
    •PDT Pro photosensitizers: 5-aminolevulinic acid, methyl-5-aminolevulinic acid
    •Retinoids: isotretinoin, acitretin
    •Sulfonamides: sulfadiazine, , sulfamethoxazole, sulfasalazine, sulfisoxazole

  11. John, sorry to hear about your BP. I am on BP meds too and have been for a few years. Thinking of SHTF, that may be a great subject for your BLOG. With the controls in place today by our insurance providers there is no way to stockpile prescription meds so what kind of Herbs would help with BP. We could most likely stockpile those.Could be other medical conditions that could be helped by Herbs. Just a thought!

  12. Just saw Dr Allen’s post after I posted mine. I agree with everything he said BUT when SHTF hits, what do we do then about our prescription drugs because you wont be able to get them. Herbs could possibly help.

    • Herbs will not effectively treat HTN. The double-blind studies do not and will not be forthcoming as herbs are too cheap to construct into medications. [The FDA requires immense amounts of study/time and money to bring a medication to market]. However – if your physician or pcp will or can give you a prescription that has twice the amount you currently need with a year refills, you might be able to fax it to a Canadian pharmacy. As you accumulate any extra you should refrigerate – NOT freeze – as that should extend the effective life of the medication.
      Also – when power stops for your meds – you might pre-construct a 12 volt refer with battery/solar backup. This especially applies to insulins.
      In addition there are some medications which are inherently less stable molecules and do not “store” well.
      Be very careful with “sharing” medication with anyone else – not recommended without knowledgeable consultation.

  13. If my BP is high, I use Cardio FX from Peoples Chemist. All natural, keeps it below 140/90. I’m 73, never been in a hospital or taken a prescription. Hope you don’t have to start down that rabbit hole.

  14. OK .. well you have quite a few concerned folks .. good! it means your comments and resources are valued as well as your self.. I won’t give medical advice.
    I however as part of my preparedness activities .. went back to diet and exercise .. I have 35 years in the Gym .. knowing what to do is good . The discipline to do it better.. Being fit is a prerequisite .. I got a nutrition coach .. and over 2 years dropped 55 lbs .. (as a family we have lost (well over 200 lbs) and blood work went from middle high on several fronts to mid normal .. My endurance for several back to back full physical days is excellent now .. Off all meds now including BP and Depression .. etc etc .. joints and tendons don’t hurt now .. man it’s all good .. PS I am not a kid .. call me 50 something. Get the docs ok first .. start slow and move forward .. log your food .. and pay attention .. I have my moments still .. because I don’t like the way it’s going more than anyone else here.. but I go back and forth between projects, meditation, running, cycling, and throwing heavy stuff around in the gym .. Good luck Rourke.. get er done man

  15. The Survivalist series by Arthur Bradley is one of my favorites. Second only to the Going Home series. However if you start reading the series it may not help your BP!

  16. Nitric oxide will help normalize blood pressure, remove plaque from arteries reversing arteriosclerosis. The precursor to nitric oxide is the amino acid, L-arginine. Details on medical experience and clinical trial here: You don’t have to be medicated, along with all the side effects. Until 5 years ago my wife was on meds for elevated blood pressure. Since then, when we found this natural, proven solution, she has escaped that life sentence.

  17. Jennifer, sorry about the delay. After being in the sun for a few hours I start breathing hard and sore muscles which may be caused with the cholesterol meds I also take. My VA doc told me due to the meds avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, the combo can also cause drowsiness.

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