book: elementary survival medicine

This book aims at helping those who want to help themselves.


There is constant turbulence worldwide. Low-probability, high-impact events are a fact of life. What happens if our society and critical infrastructure are unexpectedly disrupted by man made or natural disasters? 

Vulnerability is heightened by ecological, political, economic and social trends including population growth, mass migration, (cyber) terrorism, armed conflict, a globally integrated economy with disruptions in world wide supply chains causing economic upheaval, increased urbanisation and climate change. 

The EU Green Deal and Western energy transition contribute to these man made disasters; rare earth elements, used for alternative energy applications, such as batteries for electric vehicles and magnets for wind turbines, are being depleted. 

Food shortages caused by a lack of energy resources and soaring gas and oil prices are on the horizon. Will food still be affordable at all? Long term unprecedented money printing by Central Banks leads to hyper inflation and an imminent economic collapse.  

While rare earth elements are becoming more scarce and a source of conflict, they play an essential role in our defence. 

New conflicts brew at the beginning of the 21st century. After “the end of history” in which the US unequivocally dominated the world, the centre of world power has been quietly shifting to China. The new centre of gravity in geo-politics is where the Indian and Pacific Ocean meet and where the US strives to offset Beijing’s influence in the region. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries’ worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a powder keg of potential global conflict. The US publicly committed to the defence of Taiwan, the island democracy off the coast of China, that Beijing has vowed to “unify” with the mainland—if necessary by force. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and underreported military build up in this region make it a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.

One crisis leads to another like falling dominoes. If all crises occur simultaneously, it is “the Perfect Storm”.

This book aims to strengthen your own ability to weather the storm and to deal with constantly changing circumstances, “the unexpected” and disaster situations, both as an individual and as a member of a group. 

An organisation is only as strong as the weakest link. When individual self reliance is strengthened, the resilience of the whole group increases.

My mission is to help those who want to help themselves.

Featuring QR codes to instructional videos, Elementary Survival Medicine is richly illustrated with photos and drawings, 365 pages.

Christo Motz
22 June 2022

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How do you stay safe in a sudden hostile environment? In answer to this question I received a wonderful book from Christo Motz entitled: “ Elementary Survival Medicine”. This book, in the English language, is more than your average survival handbook. Where many survival manuals stop, Christo continues!
Practical medical emergency actions that can make the difference between life and death are extensively described and clarified with his own drawings and photos. Therefore the book is certainly not only suitable as a preparation for a long journey ‘into the wild’ but also offers guidance for daily first aid actions in acute emergencies. In addition to the extensive description of wilderness first aid, Christo examines ‘survival’ more deeply, so not only in situations where you consciously choose to be in a challenging environment, but especially when it happens to us unexpectedly and our everyday, normal existence is threatened and disrupted by nature, violence, terrorism, war, a pandemic or others around us! This book is recommended for anyone who wants to prepare for an unexpected environment or event: backpackers around the world, mountaineers, sailors, adventurers, first-responders, ‘preppers’, but above all just for the ‘’grey man’’: you and me!

Christo Motz is a highly experienced expert and advisor in adapting to a hostile environment. I have known Christo for years as a passionate specialist in the field of stress regulation, breathing techniques and cold training. Since 1999 Christo has gained a lot of experience in domestic situations and abroad. Because of this his book is enriched with his own experiences in ‘urban survival’ in Ukraine and Estonia, amongst others.

Christo Motz, thank you for sharing your experiences and extensive knowledge by means of this beautiful and comprehensive book!

Maarten Smelt
Senior Fire Officer, Safety Region Twente, The Netherlands

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