Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joe and Amy Alton

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joe and Amy Alton

summer book festival 2013_01Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Joe and Amy Alton, also known as Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy, are the authors of THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK.  Today they share their  answers to my questions and are also providing one of my readers with a free copy of their new book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Sharon” has won a copy of Archer Garrett’s Western Front Trilogy. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.

Here is how Sharon answered the question “What is your #1 prepping goal for 2013?”

My #1 goal is two-fold this year…learn to save seeds from my heirloom veggie garden (it’s huge and 99% heirloom) and the second is to get my food preps into a more climate-controlled location. This means my hubby has to insulate our porch. 🙂

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


Tell me about your book, The Survival Medicine Handbook. What is it about?

Our new book is the second edition of the 3 category Amazon Bestseller “The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Handbook”, this time called simply “The Survival Medicine Handbook”. It is about 600 pages of important information for those who will be responsible for the health of their families in any disaster, short or long term. The entire book assumes there are NO hospitals and there are NO doctors; YOU are now the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being.

The second edition has been revised and expanded more than 200 pages to include more medical topics, alternative remedies, and illustrations. Oh, by the way, it’s written in plain English that anyone can understand.

What type of research did you have to do while writing The Survival Medicine Handbook?

We thought about the possible issues that the non-medical professional might encounter in a grid-down scenario with limited supplies. Then, we looked at what medical items could be stockpiled or improvised by the average person.

Next, we formulated strategies to deal with everything from broken bones to influenza to gunshot wounds to athlete’s feet! We reviewed conventional AND alternative methods of healing and put together an integrated plan of action for many different situations. We believe that, with our book, you will be able to handle almost every survivable injury or illness in times of trouble.

How long did it take to write?

The first edition took over a year to write, and we spent almost another year revising, updating, and adding to the second edition. We also added a lot of additional illustrations from a professional artist.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading The Survival Medicine Handbook?

Our message is that a non-medical professional may wind up as the highest resource that a family has left in the aftermath of a disaster. That person needs to accumulate medical supplies, gain knowledge, and understand the factors that make an effective “survival” medic.

The most important message is that it CAN be done, and we are here to help!

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Joe is a Medical Doctor (M.D.) and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. He retired so that he can devote his full energy to help people become medically prepared. Amy is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (A.R.N.P.) and a Certified Nurse Midwife (C.N.M.). Both are master gardeners that concentrate on raised bed, container, medicinal and aquaponic gardening. They also raise tilapia as a food fish in their pond.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, we are considering putting together a book on antibiotics and one on wound care. Also, we will be adding more medical kits, hands-on classes, DVDs, and videos to our existing collection at our store at //, as well as YouTube. As always, we will writing articles on our website at, the top long-term survival medicine site on the internet.

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

There is more to preparedness than beans and bullets, make sure you have your bandages in order BEFORE a catastrophe occurs.


A copy of the THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is the main topic you would like to learn about in The Survival Medicine Handbook?

To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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I have had the pleasure of speaking with Joe and Amy and have also appeared on their radio show.  As with all of the authors who appear in a Backdoor Survival Book Festival, they care about family preparedness and are passionate about sharing their knowledge on to anyone who will listen.

I encourage you to visit their website at for some great articles dealing with survival medicine and prepping in general.  They are the best!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Item:  THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way.  It is written from the non-medical professional and assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event.

This book will give you the tools to handle injuries and illness for when YOU might be the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being. In circumstances where medical personnel are overwhelmed and access to modern technology is limited or non-existent, The Survival Medicine Handbook(tm) is the essential reference book for every library. Written in plain English, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to identify and treat over 100 different medical issues.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

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The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey

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53 Responses to “Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joe and Amy Alton”

  1. In the last year, both of my daughters had what could have been disastrous pregnancies if we had been in a SHTF situation – one had hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness), and was on a pump for her meds; the other had to have her 4th C-section. Even with my husband being a physician, those would have been very scary situations!

  2. As bleak as it may sound, I’d like to know most rational and non-emotional parameters to be used as a guide in triage situations; moreover, in Level 1 – those in need of immediate life-saving intervention – when and/or how to choose when not to provide such care. Perhaps a better way to phrase this would be to ask when to stop, let go and reconcile to loss and move on to some other with a greater prospect for medical success.

  3. I think THIS is the one great need we have yet to fulfill. From all I have heard, Obamacare will leave us high and dry. We need to know how to care for common medical conditions and injuries ourselves.

  4. What I would like to learn from the Survival Medicine Handbook is, what are the basic main items needed for not only bandage wound care, but in a survival situation, what are the basic things we can have ready or find to assist in infection control? I know that infection control really is a big deal, just because of the non-sterile environment and how fast it could end a life.

  5. I would like to make sure that I have the adequate medical supplies on hand and secondly how to use them.

  6. A fan or line chart showing the basic items to have in a comprehensive medical kit and what skills to learn to go with them, then which items to add on along with which skills to learn with those and so on. Then, which items could we have available even if we don’t have the skills to use them just in case someone else with those skills shows up. Nice to also know which OTC or alternative meds would be handy to have and rotation schedules for all items. Love the Doom and Bloom website!

  7. What I want to know is how you tell the normal non medically connected person to legally get what will be needed? I spent the first 45 years of my life around the medical fields, my father that was an M.D. and I was a Veterinary Tech able to get many of the meds and items I took for granted that were available to me. Now I am having a real hard time restocking my expiring supplies with new just because I am no longer in the medical field and how much more it costs due to that fact. Even something as simple as a sleeve of 3×3 gauze that I could get from my job for less than $3 a pack (250 pads) now would cost me $6 for a pack of 100. And I can not find non expired items like suture, surgical blades etc. because everywhere I look seems to need a license. I am afraid I will be in a situation where I will have the knowledge and skills but was just unable to get the materials needed. I was a surgical nurse and have hundreds of hours logged doing everything from simple wound closures to spays on cats, beside simple things like drawing blood, doing lab work like CBC’s and running IV’s. I just need to find the channels to resupply.

  8. I would like to see a chart or chapter with quick reference to the most common ailments and their herbal remedies (plants we can grow today and use when all store bought remedies are gone) .
    Headache – Cayenne pepper, Feverfew, Ginger
    Wound Infection – Honey, Onion, Garlic, Ginger
    Bladder Infection – Cranberry, citrus fruits (Vit. C)
    Coughing – Peppermint, Mullein, Honey, Eucalyptus
    Sinus Congestion – Eucalyptus, Goldenseal, Oregano,
    Diarrhea – Banana, Amaranth, Chamomile, Blueberry, Fenugreek seeds

  9. I would like to know how to determine the severity of the wound/break and how to procede. Thank you for the giveaway!
    God bless

  10. I am 73, my dear husband is 75 and my mother, who lives with us, is 90. Both my mom and I take meds for high blood pressure and cholestrol. We all three have mild to moderate arthritis. How will we be able to have enough supplies of the necessary medications? Even if we were able to stockpile them…which I doubt….what whould we use when they finally run out? What alternatives would do the job? Are there OTCs that would be helpful that we could purchase now.?

  11. I have a hodge podge of medical supplies on hand but no concise organization. Mostly I worry about making the correct diagnosis and using the proper antibiotic for treatment. Again, I have various lists of antibiotics but no directions for use when faced with a serious illness or infection. Then there is the problem of obtaining the antibiotics as some pet supply stores are sold out.
    Thanks Gaye for all you do for us.

  12. The main topic that I would like to learn from The Survival Medicine Handbook is how to close a major artery that has been cut in a limb or in the body. From what I’ve seen in the movies, an open artery squirting out large amounts of life giving blood seems to be the most stressful and time sensitive injury to have to give first aid to. There’s only so much blood a person can lose before they die, so seconds and not minutes are in order. Other than applying direct pressure for first aid and applying a tourniquet; I would have no idea on how to permanently close and seal the artery if it was impossible to get the person to a hospital or for medical emergency services to respond.

    “A copy of the THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK has been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s question:

    What if the main topic you would like to learn about in The Survival Medicine Handbook?”

  13. I believe that knowing how to suture wounds (too extensive for butterfly closures) will be the primary thing that everyone needs to know. With children likely to be the ones who suffer the most injuries, a method of making suturing LESS painful would be wonderful to know. A secondary question: If a wound is too jagged to suture accurately, would ‘trimming’ be advisable?

  14. I would like to know how to correctly reset dislocated shoulders or hips when medical facilities are not available.

  15. I learned so much from these people in their first book. I can’t wait to expand the knowledge they’ve already given us thus far. So I guess I’m saying that I want to learn whatever they are offering to teach us!

  16. I would like to know how to care for the elderly and the very young. My hubby is 75, has type II diabetes, COPD and has had angina which does show up now and again. He has had extensive back surgery and is now in therapy for pain relief for his back. I would like to know how to help him today. We have the diabetes fairly well controlled but what can I do for his angina and his pain relief? We have grandchildren and great grandchildren under the age of 5 who would come to us for shelter in case of a TEOTWAWKI. Many of the things I did for my children are no longer suggested for babies today. I would like to do no harm to these precious little ones.

  17. I don’t know if the book addresses it, but I’d like to learn more about how to deal
    with withdrawal from many medications, and alcohol, nicotine and illegal drugs. Any holistic
    treatments would be preferable, of course

  18. I am looking to learn more details about caring for wounds such as suturing, maintaining hygienic conditions, and caring for broken bones.

  19. I have two illnesses that could kill me if medicine was not available. I would like to learn how to control them naturally because I know the time is coming soon that medication will not be available to everyone.

    I am new at prepping, homesteading and survivalism. I am trying to learn on a non-existent budget (my unemployment has almost run out and no job).

  20. I want to learn general emergency medical practices including suturing, blood loss, broken bones and pain control.

  21. In the Survival Medicine Handbook I would like to learn accurate information on shelf life of medicines, prescription and non-prescription. I recently heard of testing done on a nearly complete pharmacy that was closed and not entered for about fifty years. When the pharmacist died, his family locked the building and contents and never went back. The drugs in the building were left right where they were on his last day and are thus, a time capsule. The drugs were recently discovered and then tested for effectiveness. The report I read indicated that the vast majority of drugs lost very little effectiveness even over that lengthy period. I have a diabetic friend who has had to inject insulin now for over forty years. He is an engineer who has traveled around the world on projects and answers that he can use insulin that has been unrefrigerated for up to a month with no loss of effectiveness.

    These two considerations have led me to believe that we, as a nation throw out many still useful drugs. Those who are prepping want to obtain greater supplies of critical meds and if we all knew the value of retaining out of date pills and other meds, we could begin to accumulate those supplies at no extra cost without compromising our health.

  22. Am the only one from a large family paying attention to what is going on. Trying to fill all the gaps as best I can and this is truly the weakest area for me and hardest to fill.

  23. Learning how to identify a concussion or other brain injury without modern medical machinery would be a great help in a SHTF scenario. Thanks for all the great information.

  24. In the Survival Medicine Handbook, I would have my go-to resource in the event that my family or neighbors need medical attention. I would love to read it ahead of time! and to be familiar with the basics and which supplies to have at the ready.

  25. In the Survival Medicine Handbook I would like to learn how to recognize specific symptoms of any particular ailment so I will know exactly what I’m dealing with so I don’t mistake it for something else. I also want to know how best to treat it with things I have on hand, or what I can gather and store now for future needs.

  26. You can never have enough GOOD medical resources in a SHTF situation. My son being insulin dependent worries me greatly.

  27. I am interested in learning how to deal with broken bones. I work with kids, and having seen my fair share of accidents, fear that common fractures could become major issues when disaster finally strikes.

  28. This book is sooo exciting! I am just beginning my journey to becoming a midwife, although I did have all 3 of my children at home with one. I am also trying to learn all I can about essential oils, herbal remedies, and naturpathic remedies. My husband is the trained medic in our house, but what if he’s not here? I guess my #1 reason to get the book is for wound care, even scratches, tick bites and poison ivy could become serious problems without RX or OTC remedies.

  29. I would like to know how to administer first aid to one who finds him/herself in a life threatening situation and that person is all alone.

  30. I’m hoping to learn about herbal alternatives to the prescriptions my family currently relies upon (anti-depressants, asthma medications, etc.). Thanks for all you do!

  31. I would like to know about how to take care of a diabetic with an amputation. When bug out time comes and medicines are in short supply and you are in the middle of wherever, what are you supposed to do? Seems like a lot of the prepper sites don’t talk much about people with medical problems.

  32. I have no medical background at all but would like to learn how I can help a friend or family member in the event that professional care is scarce.

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