Book Release! Armageddon Medicine Now Available

SurvivalBlog’s Medical Editor, Dr. Cynthia Koelker, has released her much-anticipated nonfiction book: Armageddon Medicine. This massive tome is 589 pages long–about the same size as Carla Emery Encyclopedia of Country Living. I authored the book’s Foreword.

For now, the pre-publication edition of Armageddon Medicine is only available at, but it will soon be available through all the major book outlets. If you’d like copy of the pre-publication edition, SurvivalBlog readers all qualify for a 5% discount, with coupon code SB-DC-05.

You may have already read Dr. Koelker’s first book, 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care.

So that you’ll know what you’ll be getting with her new book, I am posting the Foreword that I wrote:


By James Wesley, Rawles
Editor of

Seldom does one read a book that is truly “definitive”.  But Dr. Cynthia Koelker has indeed written one, in Armageddon Medicine.  Her book does an excellent job of detailing the key topics and skills that families need to master, to be well prepared for the medical aspects of disaster situations.

Life is full of imponderables, and recent events in the modern era have taught us that the future is truly unpredictable. The 9-11 terrorist attacks of 2001, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear meltdowns in Japan in 2011 together introduced us to a cold, hard, new reality:  We simply can no longer blithely expect tomorrow to be a repeat of today. Nor can we expect government agencies to be capable of providing for our needs in the event of disasters.  Time and time again, governments have proven that they simply don’t have the manpower, the transport, or the logistics to make that happen in a timely manner.  In the next disaster it will be what I call YOYO time—which stands for “You’re On Your Own.” YOYO time may last for many months.  Are you ready for it?

There are many looming threats to our health and safety, ranging from floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, to even pandemics nuclear terrorism. The future is uncertain, and at times this realization can seem overwhelming.  But with the grounding knowledge of human physiology, some training, and some fairly modest supplies, we can at least be prepared to guard our physical health, regardless of what the future brings. Cynthia Koelker brings this all together, in Armageddon Medicine.

In the chapters ahead, you will learn the essentials of keep you and your loved ones sane, healthy, and avoid having them “assume room temperature.”  Her chapters detail mental health, acute infections, skin conditions, pain management, acute injuries, health issues for women, nuclear warfare, bioterrorism, and much more. 

Quite importantly, Dr. Koelker discusses some topics not found in mainstream texts.  For example, she describes in detail how to obtain alternative antibiotics during situations where access to pharmacies is limited or non-existent. She also dares to walk the path that the AMA establishment fears to tread, in discussing herbal medicine and other natural remedies.

To supplement the main text of the book,  Dr. Koelker includes three very valuable appendices. The first one outlines key resources both in print and on the web that you should gather as reference material. The others include an outstanding detailed list of medical supplies that you should assemble for your family. 

Don’t just read this book and put it on the shelf.  Consider it a challenge and a call to action.  Start assembling your medical supplies now. Get enrolled in advanced first aid and CPR training immediately. Practice what you’ve learned, and keep learning. Be ready to adapt and overcome times of adversity.  

You need this book.  In fact you’ll need two copies, so that you will have one available to lend to friends, relatives, co-workers, and fellow church congregants.

Armageddon Medicine will save countless lives in coming disasters, but only if its collected wisdom and knowledge is put into action. Don’t dawdle and don’t hesitate. When the time to perform is at hand, the time to prepare has passed.

– James Wesley, Rawles