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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 and Certified Nurse Midwife.

Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, the NY Times bestseller “The Ebola Survival Handbook“, the just released “Zika Virus Handbook” and more. They are well-known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to several leading survival/homesteading magazines. You will find over 850 posts on medical preparedness on this website.

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


Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP

“Nurse Amy” is 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, American Survival Guide, Survivor’s Edge, Prepare, Disaster Survival Magazine, Molly Green, and Survival Quarterly, and has written a chapter on Basics of Medical Survival for James Talmadge Stevens’ 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.

As mentioned above, the Altons are the co-authors of the Survival Medicine Handbook”. According to many survival websites and books, it is recommended reading for the person that is serious about staying healthy in the uncertain future. Dr. Alton has also written the NY Times bestseller in health “The Ebola Survival Handbook“, “The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide“,  and the just-released and timely “The Zika Virus Handbook“.

A short list of books in which the Altons are mentioned, either as a recommendation, as a foreward author, or in reference in a fictional work :

  • 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
  • Legion of Despair by Franklin Horton
  • Absolute Anarchy by Johnny Jacks

The opinions voiced by the Altons are for disaster, epidemic, and post-apocalyptic settings only; in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care from qualified professionals.

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 and on the “podcast” toolbar on the main page of this website, as well.  Their latest project is the weekly current events podcast “American Survival Radio“, produced in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network.

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have a YouTube channel called “drbonesnurseamy” 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 and @asurvivalradio.  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 and is currently available at .  The game’s website is

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 300 5-star reviews of their book at


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