Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Patrick Robinson and Operations Manual for Humankind

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Patrick Robinson and Operations Manual for Humankind

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books library (Custom)Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival.  Patrick Robinson, the author of An Operations Manual For Humankind: The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.  “Roger” has won a copy of Ron Brown’s Lantern, Lamps & Candles.  Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your prize.

Here is Roger’s suggestion of a DIY tip or skill that he would like see addressed here on Backdoor Survival:

I have heard that some types of fuel are safer to burn indoors than others because they give off less CO ( carbon monoxide). Propane vs. kerosene as an example, but I have heard conflicting opinions. I recognize that all fuels burned indoors consume oxygen, but I am more worried about the buildup of carbon monoxide. What would be the best fuel to use in an emergency situation?

Speaking of which, I would like to thank all of the folks that entered the giveaway and provided me with some ideas for future articles.  They are very much appreciated.

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.


To set the tone for my interview with Patrick, I want to share what one reviewer has said about the book and what you can expect:

“A tour guide to health and longevity. The author presents his topics in an easy, conversational style. From the ageless health practices of our ancestors to cutting-edge longevity science, attaining maximum wellness by properly ‘fueling’ the body is addressed in an easy-to-understand manner.

This book doesn’t teach as much as it reminds, helping the reader to remember the cultural truths about nutrition that were handed down by our mothers and grandmothers. These ‘forgotten secrets’, particularly the chapter on the energetic Life Force of food, is priceless actionable information. As the author promises, this timely book will help you Add Years To Your Life, And Life To Your Years.”


Tell me about your book, “An Operations Manual For Humankind”.  What is it about?

What the book started out to be was a rather concise guide that, like the owner’s manual for a washing machine or new automobile, would ensure that the reader would know how to obtain maximum longevity and smooth performance of his or her body. However, it morphed into a “How To” explanation for the reader, showing how to make informed lifestyle choices that can add Years to your Life and Life to your Years. it also became a “How Not To” primer of how to avoid those things that are known to decrease our longevity and impair our state of health. “Preppers”, especially, need to be in the best possible state of health in order to maximize their survival, so this book is a natural for both their preparation and their libraries.

There are simply no cookie-cutter recipes for healthiness that apply to everyone. And yet there are a few basic similarities in all of humankind in terms of being able to achieve a state of enduring good health. There are shared lifestyle patterns that lead to optimum health and resistance to disease. Once we know the common qualities that define these, we can apply the strategies and technologies that are known to enhance and enrich our lives and those of our loved ones. That is what this Operations Manual For Humankind is all about.

A “manual” is defined as a book of instructions. The value of any manual is that it be useful and simple to understand. The trick is to explain the problems clearly and then offer actionable solutions. And that is precisely what we have tried to do throughout the book. I had hoped that the book would be something that would be gifted by parents and friends to young couples starting out their lives together. According to the feedback I have received, however, most of the gift-giving was to older uncles, aunts and grandparents. This makes sense, since it is never too late to regain one’s “misplaced” health. And this book tells you how.

The core of the book is built around the Centenarians of Vilcabamba in the Ecuadorian Andes, one of the four or five most long-lived populations on Earth. It reveals the so-called ‘secret’ of their fabled longevity and then juxtaposes those who have maintained the olden ways against what is happening with the younger generation who will, unfortunately, live much shorter and less healthy lives than their elders …. and the book explains why.

It goes into some detail about the change that has taken place in this last fifty or so years in the nutritional intake of the human family. It also covers in considerable depth the cutting edge science of life extension. One of the more interesting discussion revolves around water and hydration with special emphasis on the fabled Sacred Water of Vilcabamba. That chapter alone is worth the price of the book ….. or, as our friend George Ure says, “Got $4.99 worth of curiosity?”

I have really tried to be persuasive without being pedantic, thorough without being long-winded, and light-hearted without trivializing the serious matters under discussion. The book offers a wealth of useful information on how to ensure that your quality of life is never compromised by poor health or illness that can be prevented by simple, natural means.

What type of research did you have to do while writing An Operations Manual For Humankind?

The short answer is that I spent thirty years researching this book. It didn’t start out as a book at all, but rather as trying to find ways in which to maximize my own health. I took up the practice of Ashtanga Yoga when i turned fifty and was introduced to a whole new way of looking at diet and exercise. That is when I began my research, seeking knowledge that spanned a period of time from 3,000 years ago to the present day.

The natural health of olden times was easy to understand and put into practice. The problem was that in modern times the data kept shifting. What was stated as gospel one year was proven false the next. Then, too, there was the difficulty in determining whose information to trust. Remember, when I began gathering information, the Internet and Google had not yet been invented, so it was slow going.

Perhaps I should also point out that for the past thirty years I’ve traveled widely, trotting the globe to study traditional cultures, their foods and medicines. I have read and studied book after book, research papers, abstracts and whatever I could find that discussed nutrition, health and longevity and how they affected the quality of one’s life. I even went back to the classroom to study biochemistry to make better sense of all the scientific literature I was absorbing. The results of all this research has first been applied to myself, and then shared with my readers

How long did it take to write?

A little over two years. The tranquility of Vilcabamba, the little community in which I chose to live, allowed me to write four or five hours a day. Then came the proof-reading and editing process. Those two years proved to be some of the most creative and enjoyable times in my life.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I moved to Ecuador some four years ago from what has been said to be THE healthiest place in the U.S., the Hawaiian Islands and specifically Maui. I was fortunate enough to live there  for thirty-five years in a village about the same size as Vilcabamba, a place called Hana. I’d just retired at the age of eighty as the managing partner of one of Hawaii’s premier companies.

Mine has been a very long and blessed life, so I had better capsulate it a bit. As one recent reviewer said:

“When he decided to make Maui his year-round home in the late 1970s, Patrick had already been a Wyoming cowboy, Marine Corps officer, a monastic monk, Retreat Center director, award-winning restaurateur and ski lodge entrepreneur. And sometime during those Life Adventures, he had also been a husband . . . Oh, and a specialist in international art thefts at a alphabet soup governmental agency in his young and more derring-do days.”

As you can see, I have managed to cram in several lifetimes of adventures into my years on the planet …. and this might also give you an idea of why I have had to keep healthy all these years. Now, in my “Golden Years”, the trick would be to enhance my state of health and vitality. In other words, walk my talk and practice what I’ve been preaching all these years.

Do you have plans for additional books?

After two published non-fiction books I am immensely enjoying the writing process. I have just completed a novel and am already at work blocking out another fictional piece. So, the Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise I will keep on ponding away on my computer keys well into the future.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Yes. One of the reasons that I published this book on was because I could revise and update it as new research and information became available. I have recently added an entire new chapter and will continue to do so. In that way the book will always remain fresh and timely.

This is an invitation to your readers to explore the possibilities of making better, healthier lifestyle choices. These choices come not so much from scientific research as from common sense, tradition and the innate wisdom of our women-folk. The research tells us why. Our mothers and grandmothers tell us how. Women, as you know, are the Keepers and Guardians of the wisdom of nourishment in its broadest meaning. We merely need to remember their teachings.


owl reading bookA copy of Patrick’s  book, An Operations Manual For Humankind, has been reserved for one lucky reader.  This week’s giveaway question is this:

What is the one human trait that you feel will be the most important in a survival (SHTF) situation?

The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the website.


In a recent email, Patrick expressed surprise at the number of readers who felt that they wanted a print copy of his book.  If you decide you would like a printed version of his e-book, all you need to do is send him a copy of your receipt along with your email address, and he will send you a PDF formatted copy that can be used to print it out.  He can be reached at here.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Item: An Operations Manual For Humankind is a “tour guide” to optimum health and longevity. The topics are presented in an easy, conversational style, blessedly free of scientific jargon. From the ageless health practices of our ancestors to cutting-edge longevity science and biotechnology, attaining maximum wellness by making proper lifestyle choices is addressed in an easy-to-understand manner.

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The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction

The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning (Author Charlie Palmer)

Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations (Author Max Velocity)

Lanterns, Lamps and Candles (Author Ron Brown)

An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)

Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense (Author David Nash)

Where There Is No Doctor (Authors David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)

Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: (Author James Talmadge Stevens)

How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less – Newly Revised for 2013 (Author George Ure)

Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat (Author F.J. Bohan)

The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage (Author Anne Lang)

The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living (Author Estar Holmes)

The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction

Preppers Road March (Author Ron Foster)

BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! (Author Ron Foster)

The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat (Author Ron Foster)

Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: (Author Max Velocity)

Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Author Joe Nobody)

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19 Responses to “Winter Book Festival and Giveaway: Patrick Robinson and Operations Manual for Humankind”

  1. I believe the most valuable trait will be flexibility! Things will very likely be changing at a rapid pace. There will not be room for narrow-mindedness. One will seriously need to be flexible!

  2. I believe that the Will to Survive may be the most important trait in a SHTF situation. Much like necessity is the mother of invention, our Will to Survive pushes us to make whatever adjustments are needed, apply whatever skills and knowledge we may have and realize true faith in our hearts in order to make it through.

  3. I feel the most valuable trait is common sense.

    Common sense has slowly eroded away from modern society, seemingly replaced by what ever mainstream society deems acceptable.

  4. “Preparedness” is a personal choice. “Survival” is a personal choice. “Ready or Not” is a personal choice. While the power of positive thinking is certainly a “good thing”… life-threatening possibilities should be considered as well. Should the power-grid go down for any extended period of time… the likliness of very desparate visitors to your door will quickly become a life-threatening potential. As a personal choice, I will choose to not to allow the intruder to take my life or the life of my family. Depending on the agressiveness of the intruder… the intruder will determine for me whether my target will be their face or their knee caps. Any “prayers” will be that they have enough human respect to not even think of harming me or my family.

  5. I’m not sure how to word it – but resilience and peace are right there – the ability to go from stressed to calming yourself quickly so you can think and do. Right now there is so much turmoil about whether you’ll have to stay, leave, have another safe place to go and be able to get there – that when it really happens, you’ll need to be able to calm down, think and in my case – rest that you’re in good hands and there’s a plan for you.

  6. In my opinion, Knowledge will be the most important trait that you can have. It will be the most valuable trait during and after a severe societal collapse. Knowledge during the event will be dealing with survival of the fittest. Here I think knowledge in how to obtain the basics such as food, water, and shelter will be of upmost importance. Hopefully most people will have stored much of what is needed ahead of time. As times settle down, a new set of knowledge will be sought: Knowledge of gardening, animal husbandry, building, sewing, preserving foods, and repairing equipment.

  7. The most important trait to have under crisis pressure is a clear, calm mind that can problem solve creatively.

  8. I believe the most important human trait will be adaptability. To handle all situations and changing environments. Human reactions will be changing with each change in environment, and dealing with everything in the best possible way will keep you alive.

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