book: elementary survival medicine

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


There is constant turbulence worldwide. 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? The probability is heightened by, among others, population growth, mass migration, (cyber) terrorism, armed conflict and a globally integrated economy. A disruption in vulnerable world wide supply chains can cause economic upheaval. The EU Green Deal and Western energy transition contribute to the weaknesses in the system; rare earth elements, indispensable for the energy transition and our arms industry, are becoming even more scarce and a source of possible conflict.

Food shortages caused by soaring energy prices are on the horizon. Will food still be affordable at all? Long term unprecedented money printing by Central Banks has lead to hyper inflation and an imminent economic collapse.

The world sees new conflicts with a high risk of escalation. The war between the Russian Federation and Ukraine backed by NATO forces has gained momentum and the Russians are threatening to use nuclear weapons. Russia has been driven into China’s arms. After “the end of history” in which the US unequivocally dominated the world, the centre of world power seems to have quietly shifted to China. The US strives to offset Beijing’s influence in the South China Sea. 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 region is a powder keg of global conflict.
The multi-polar world is a fact and the USA will have to do everything possible to maintain its dominant position.

One crisis leads to another like falling dominoes. If all crises occur simultaneously, it is “the Perfect Storm”.
An organisation is only as strong as the weakest link. When individual self reliance is strengthened, the resilience of the whole group increases.
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.
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
01 June 2023

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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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