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

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

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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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Another special this month is the Freeze-Dried Uncooked Salmon which is an amazing $20.99 per can which is 58% off the normal price of $50.95.

In the gear department, there is still time to get your hands on my favorite emergency radio, the the Kaito Voyager.  This month it is on sale for $39.99 which is the lowest price I have ever seen it.

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There is also the Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water Filtration System is 26% off at $69.99. There are a lot of other items on sale this month – be sure to take a peek.

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

  1. 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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