About the Altons

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D.  and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, well known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You will find over 700 posts on medical preparedness on this website.

Their mission:  To put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.


Nurse Amy is a certified nurse midwife as well, and an expert on herbal remedies and essential oils. She has one of the largest medicinal gardens in the state of Florida. She has also written articles on survival gardening and natural remedies for Survivalist and Backwoods Home Magazine.

Dr. Bones has contributed to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, Self Reliance Illustrated, and Survival Quarterly, and has written a chapter on Basics of Medical Survival for Doctor Prepper’s latest edition of “Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook.”  He is a member of Mensa and collects 19th century medical books to gain insight on off-grid medical strategies.

Both Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have ham radio technician’s licenses and raise tilapia in ponds as a food fish.

As mentioned above, the Altons are the co-authors of the Survival Medicine Handbook”.  The book has occupied the #1 Amazon Bestseller spot numerous times in the Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, and the Safety and First Aid categories since it was published. According to many survival websites and books, it is recommended reading for the person that is serious about staying healthy in the uncertain future.

A short list of books in which the Altons and their work is recommended:

  • Expatriates, by James Wesley, Rawles
  • Long-Term Prepper’s Survival GuideCountdown to Preparedness, and other books by Jim Cobb
  • The Survival Group Handbook, also known as MAGS: The People Part of Prepping  by Charley Hogwood
  • The Simple Survival Smart Book by Patrick Shrier
  • The Prepper’s Blueprint by Tess Pennington
  • As The Ash Fell by A.J. Powers

The opinions voiced by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are for post-apocalyptic settings only; in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care from qualified professionals.  Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy use pseudonyms to allow freedom to go outside the conventional medical wisdom when it comes to disasters.

The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Hour syndicated podcast airs weekly on Prepper Nation Radio, The Prepper Broadcasting Network, The USA Emergency Broadcasting Network, and other fine networks. It can be found at www.BlogTalkradio.com and on the “podcast” toolbar on the main page of this website, as well. 

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have a YouTube channel called “drbonespodcast” and have produced dozens of videos about survival medicine and survival gardening.  They are active in social media on Facebook at their Group: Survival Medicine, “drbonesand nurseamy” and doomandbloom(tm), and at twitter @preppershow.  We hope that you will follow us for articles and videos on survival medicine.

The Alton’s latest project is the new survival board gameDoom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!“. The game was a successful project at kickstarter.com and is currently available at .  The game’s website is www.survivalboardgame.com

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy travel the country spreading the message of medical preparedness to the world and are supporters of many quality preparedness conferences throughout the country.  Read over 230 5-star reviews of their book at amazon.com.


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