Pros: Clear guidelines to help you figure out how to help yourself
Cons: One or two details I was uncertain of or wanted more info on
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Review book provided courtesy of the publisher
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Dr. Stephen Apaliski’s Beating Asthma: Seven Simple Principles is designed to help you take control of your asthma problems (or, as Apaliski likes to say, take “ownership” of them). He firmly believes that unless you build a strong collaborative relationship with your doctor—preferably a specialist—and do everything you can to control this chronic disease, you’re likely to end up at its mercy rather than in control of it. Part of the problem is that when you have asthma, your lung function can be dropping before you even notice it. By the time you experience wheezing, coughing, and tightness of breath, you’re well beyond the point where you could (potentially) have easily staved off the acute problems. Since asthma can be deadly, this is a real problem. Proper maintenance care can result in far fewer ER visits, not to mention lower overall health care costs and better quality of life.