Dr Mona Balogh’s new nonfiction title How To Stay Out of the Emergency Room: Master Your Health and Find Joy in Life by Balancing the Power of Your Mind, Your Body and Your Higher Self is self-explanatory. After working in emergency rooms close to 30 years Dr Balogh noticed ‘frequent flyers’ as she calls them: people who repeatedly use ERs to address diseases and addictions, with little to no knowledge of their own illness or how to alleviate the pain. In How To Stay Out of the Emergency Room, Balogh has researched and collated various treatments from across the globe and how these practices can benefit mental and physical health.
Balogh is very eloquent, able to discuss complex theories and medical jargon in layman’s terms which makes the book incredibly accessible. It also makes How To Stay Out of the Emergency Room a quick read – she’s such an engaging writer that you just speed through. The various charts and graphs also help to illustrate and strengthen her arguments. She is also very understanding and sympathetic, as seen when she reflects on her former patients and the case studies that she brings up as examples. The inclusion of the different people was brilliantly done: the reader can catch a glimpse of the various circumstances that make people ‘frequent flyers’ and understand their pain a lot more, plus they allow Balogh to go in-depth into the multiple factors she believes could alleviate whatever illness they have.
How To Stay Out of the Emergency Room is essentially split into two sections: why people become regulars at their ERs and what they could do to help themselves. Balogh has helpfully added different exercises that people can take (e.g. meditation) that could relieve some suffering. Having those practical exercises, coupled with Balogh’s explanation as to why they are effective, again strengthens her arguments and provides clear examples of her main points. The amount of different techniques mentioned also highlights how passionate Balogh is about this topic and the amount of research dedicated to the book. In some ways How To Stay Out of the Emergency Room feels incredibly personal to Balogh herself, as well as her patients, and her energy and passion for the topic shines through and elevates the text.
The book serves as both a self-help guide and a look into life with chronic illness and addiction. Balogh expertly reveals what happens to these ‘flyers’ and the treatments that are available to them, but which they might not know about. It was also an interesting insight to being a doctor working in ER, and the challenges that come when dealing with repeat users. It’s a very well-written, researched piece of nonfiction.
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About the Book
Over the course of twenty-seven years treating patients in emergency rooms, Dr. Mona Balogh observed a tendency – from diabetes to addiction – for some people to chronically use ERs to address their disease when lifestyle changes could help their condition immensely. How to Stay Out of My Emergency Room addresses a panoply of bad habits and addictions through captivating stories of Dr. Balogh’s interactions with patients who repeatedly returned to her emergency room due to their tendency to avoid making lifestyle changes.
The second part of the book moves into action, presenting a roadmap to creating healthy new habits complete with worksheets. By applying the Eastern concept of balance of opposing forces with the 12 Steps and Vipassana-inspired meditations, the book provides a foundation for the reader to help themselves escape from whatever unhealthy rut in which they find themselves. And In a series of powerful meditations we get in touch with our Higher Self. How to Stay Out of My Emergency room calls upon time-honored principles to help us stop blaming everybody and everything around us and use tools outlined in the book to fulfill the vision that we have for ourselves and our life.
Not since the 7 Habits of Effective People has there been an “instruction manual” that powerfully presents such a positive program of living. This book will be useful to the health professional, the caregiver and for anyone who is ready to do what is necessary to transform their lives and become their very best self.
Mona Balogh is a retired emergency physician who received her medical degree at Southwestern Medical School. After she completed her residency in emergency medicine at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center, Dr. Balogh worked in emergency rooms throughout Los Angeles. She also provided free healthcare to underserved populations in Los Angeles, and in Baja, California, with the Flying Samaritans.
Dr. Balogh discovered her passion for alternative medicine at an addiction medicine seminar, where she learned to combine evidence-based Western philosophies with Eastern therapies. Since then, Dr. Balogh has studied traditional Chinese medicine, herbal and homeopathic therapies, and acupuncture. She lives with her husband, Endre, in Chatsworth, California.