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Dr. Apaliski has been a practicing physician for over 30 years. He first trained as a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and later as an allergist at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1990-91, he served as a flight surgeon in the first Gulf War. Dr. Apaliski is Board Certified in Pediatrics as well as Allergy & Immunology. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy and Immunology and a Board Member of the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America—Texas chapter. He is also certified by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals as a Certified Physician Investigator. In addition to seeing patients in his medical practice at the Allergy & Asthma Centres of the Metroplex and conducting Clinical Trials as the Medical Director of Discovery Trials-Arlington, Dr. Apaliski is on the medical staff at THR Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Apaliski is also a speaker for various Pharmaceutical Companies, helping to educate physicians and other healthcare providers about the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergic diseases. Dr. Apaliski has two children and resides in Colleyville, TX, with his wife.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Salveo Media (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984876901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984876907
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 21, 2012
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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'll 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 drop 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 staved off the acute symptoms. 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.

Dr. Apaliski provides hard-and-fast guidelines (the "rules of two", four questions that include such easy metrics as whether you need your rescue inhaler more than twice a week). Now I know for sure that my asthma has crossed over into the area where it's considered uncontrolled rather than controlled, and that it's time for me to make that appointment and discuss how to get my asthma back under control.

I have a better idea of what medication and treatment options there are. I know that I need to work with my allergist to create an "action plan" so that I know exactly when to get in touch with him, and what to do, should my asthma worsen again. Because I'm aware of these things, I'll know what to ask about while I'm seeing him.
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Beating Asthma is a must-read for patients with asthma. As a pediatric allergy/asthma nurse educator, I'm always interested in reviewing materials that will engage patients. Stephen Apaliski MD accomplishes this in his book! It's a great blend of current referenced information and his personal anecdotal observations and insights. He generously shares his passion and wealth of clinical experience to assist patients toward asthma self-management. Dr. Apaliski also writes in a clear, concise, logical style that communicates frankly but with warmth and empathy. He sets an optimistic tone and walks patients/families through the steps needed to partner with their primary care and specialty providers - in order to obtain optimum medical care. By demystifying the complexities of asthma and associated medical management, this book is a powerful tool toward empowering patients toward improved asthma self-care. By learning more about asthma, the reasons for certain daily medications, how to identify early signs of trouble and treat accordingly - patients/families are given invaluable wisdom to assist them in keeping their asthma controlled. Beating Asthma contains life-saving information!
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Back in 1983, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on how the parents of children with pediatric asthma made powerful and effective decisions on behalf of their children's physical and social-emotional health, but did not always follow the medical regimen. I thought of their thoughtful decisions as "adaptive noncompliance", noticing that good decisions led to good medical and quality of life outcomes for their children. And I longed for greater partnership between physicians and patients where the goals would be holistic, taking into account the family's quality of life when managing a chronic condition like asthma. I recently found that wished for partnership captured in Dr. Steve Apaliski's terrific book Beating Asthma, and his seven principles for effective management! I can't wait to hear about the impact the book will have for so many children and their families.
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This book is written in an easily approachable, understandable way, making it easy to follow and realistic to implement it's suggestions. It provides a basic overview of asthma and it's various triggers, and good suggestions for getting help dealing with them. That being said, there is nothing in there that most people with asthma don't already know, basically making this only useful for the people who wouldn't read it anyway. It provides absolutely no alternative approach to "beating" asthma than consistently taking medication, which, while solid advice for those dependant on it, offers nothing of value to those who could benefit from a more holistic approach.
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Breathing exercises are important and can act to sedate the over activity of the Parasympathetic nervous system. Asthma is usually found in people with a Parasympathetic nervous system dominance. This results in a vagus nerve that is in a state of oversensitivity and prone to reacting with minimal provocation. In addition to the triggers mentioned in the book there is also diet intake that makes the parasympathetic imbalance worse.
SUGAR and other HIGH GLYCEMIC foods are a major stressors. A diet high in these foods makes the body even more sensitive to the other triggers mentioned by the author. A diet that avoids all grains, starchy vegetables, fruit and fruit juice can often get asthmatics in control of their condition. What must be realized is that when the parasympathetics are dominant there is a significant problem with low blood sugar and hyper-insulinism. The bodies attempts to raise low blood sugar creates a hormone rollercoaster ride exhausting the adrenals and depleting their ability to make the corticoids that would naturally control the asthma. Insulin dumping is pro inflammatory. Nut, seed, and other polyunsaturated vegetable oils are also very pro inflammatory. Read the Inflammation Zone by Barry Sears. .Fried foods are dangerous for asthmatics. Eating more healthy saturated fats like coconut oil can supply enough calories to make up for the reduction in total carbohydrate intake. There are also vitamins and minerals that can reduce a parasympathetic excess according to Guy R. Schenker DC. Pantothenic acid and magnesium ascorbate are two very important ones. Caffeine stresses the adrenals and must be eliminated.
A secondary imbalance common in asthmatics is one that is made worse by sterols found in all dairy foods.
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