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Diet, other solutions for motion sickness?

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Created March 08, 2011 at 12:40 AM

My wife suffers from pretty severe motion sickness. I'm wondering if any of you have dealt with this problem, whether a paleo diet helped with this problem or whether a specific dietary change or other change helped.

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on April 13, 2012
at 03:52 PM

What is the potency and amount of alcohol you recommend Quilt?

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on March 08, 2011
at 03:32 PM

My husband and I were once on a somewhat wavy boat ride - enough to feel like a kiddie rollercoaster- and he got pretty queasy. The captain made him sit on the floor at the prow and imagine that he was steering the boat through the waves. It helped just enough to keep his cocktails down.

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on March 08, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Beer worked for me on a houseboat once that was starting to make me sick. I was planning on getting wasted before my next flight as an experiment.

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on March 08, 2011
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many wont believe this but the best remedy for sea sickness is something I learned from one of my neurosurgery professors long ago. One shot of alcohol will cure it.......for about 4 to 6 hrs. It causes inhibition of your eighth cranial nerve and the amazing thing is it works after your sick. try it on you next cruise. Scopolamine patches have to be started when youre on land and honestly they dont work well. Never has the shot trick not worked. I helped 50 odd people on a mediterrean nightmare cruise in rough seas two yrs ago with this advice. Grandmothers were shocked when it worked.

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on March 08, 2011
at 12:59 AM

I worked at sea for a while and the best remedy for motion sickness is ginger-root. It works far better than the wrist bands or gravol (not to mention gravol knocks me out which isn't good for working).

Start to supplement with ginger at least one week prior to travel. I took ginger capsules - they are vey strong, so I would recommend taking them with food. Ginger pills are easy to find and quite inexpensive.

There are other tricks, but I think that they are mode of transport specific. I think that fresh/cool air helps (not very easy on an airplane). A cool cloth to the back of the neck can help. If you are on a boat - make sure that you keep your eyes on the horizon and try to stay above board (don't go below decks it gets way worse). I would also recommend not to travel on a full stomach or an empty stomach (try for middle of the road if you can)

Good luck!

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on March 08, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Seamen use ginger capsules and ginger tea. I used it when I have been on the ocean in rough seas.

It helps.

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on March 08, 2011
at 02:45 AM

many wont believe this but the best remedy for sea sickness is something I learned from one of my neurosurgery professors long ago. One shot of alcohol will cure it.......for about 4 to 6 hrs. It causes inhibition of your eighth cranial nerve and the amazing thing is it works after your sick. try it on you next cruise. Scopolamine patches have to be started when youre on land and honestly they dont work well. Never has the shot trick not worked. I helped 50 odd people on a mediterrean nightmare cruise in rough seas two yrs ago with this advice. Grandmothers were shocked when it worked.

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on March 08, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Beer worked for me on a houseboat once that was starting to make me sick. I was planning on getting wasted before my next flight as an experiment.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on April 13, 2012
at 03:52 PM

What is the potency and amount of alcohol you recommend Quilt?

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on March 08, 2011
at 08:09 AM

My husband works in an airport transfer company. He once took a lady to the airport who suffered very severely with motion sickness, and he was taking her along very tortuous mountain roads. She had to sit next to him because she was afraid of vomiting. After ten minutes of driving extremely slowly, he realised that they would not make their flight if he didn't speed up a little.

In desperation he told the lady to hold his clipboard as if it was a steering wheel, he told her to mimic everything that he did - shift the gears, indicate, foot on break, accelerate, at exactly the same time as he did. She had effectively to drive the van with him and the most important thing was to drive like he was driving.

When they got to the airport an hour later in time for the flight and without any vomit, she told him that he had just found her a miracle cure for motion sickness........

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on March 08, 2011
at 03:32 PM

My husband and I were once on a somewhat wavy boat ride - enough to feel like a kiddie rollercoaster- and he got pretty queasy. The captain made him sit on the floor at the prow and imagine that he was steering the boat through the waves. It helped just enough to keep his cocktails down.

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on March 08, 2011
at 03:00 AM

I have always got motion sickness for as long as I can remember. Last summer we were sailing in some really rough seas. I got motion sick so I put on the wrist band that uses a tiny battery (It looks like a watch, with 5 power settings.) I was still super sick the entire day, and had to lay down the entire time. It didn't work.

HOWEVER, the next day, same rough seas, I put the band on before we headed out. So, I would say it was on 1/2 hour before heading out. I did not get motion sick that day. This was the first time anything has ever worked. The trick was timing I realized. Staying ahead of the game.

I just googled to find the products and it was VERY expensive. I guess I was lucky, the captain had these on board. But now I know that it really does work. Not sure what brand I used but it looked just like Relief Band Explorer.

I was eating paleo and nothing helped or changed the motion sickness as far as diet goes.

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on March 08, 2011
at 02:24 AM

I had this before I went paleo, so my recovery was not diet-related. The prob was related to my iud for birth control. It went away within less than a yr of removing the device. I've heard this is common. Just FYI in case she uses any hormonal bc. Best wishes!

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on July 10, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I used to be able to text/read/sit in the backseat and never had any problem once so ever until two years ago. I started getting motion sickness after becoming pregnant then it just never went away. It is extremely severe and has been ruining my life for over two years. I never travel as a passenger driving anywhere and I have yet to find something that has worked for me EXCEPT alcohol as previous said. It is the ONLY way I am able to ride in a car/taxi/boat (planes don't bother me too much as long as I close my eyes during takeoff). I knew it worked but everyone thought I was insane when I told them. Now Im so happy I have an explanation as to why it works! I am planning on getting a rx for the problem because it has not been improving over the years. People really dont get how bad it is unless they see it in action. I actually turn green and get so dizzy and nauseas that I look like Im dying! It puts so many limitations on my life and I absolutely love to travel so it has been a huge bother to constantly be afraid to go in any kind of vehicle!

I would love to also hear anyone's stories or remedies! Drinking is the only thing thats helped or taking high doses of antihistamine which just makes me pass out =/

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on March 08, 2011
at 01:40 AM

I worked as a deckhand on charter boats for about 10 years during the summers. I also have a wife that has had issues with motion sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy. THe seabands helped her. I also used to have issues with seasickness as well as motion sickness in planes. I believe that motion sickness is cause in part by elevated blood pressure causing the vagus nerve to get stimulated along with the inner ear issues. If it was the inner ear there would not be so many things that would affect whether or not a person will have issues. HEre are a few other things that I have learned over the years that are helpful.

1) A good night's sleep. THat makes the biggest difference in the world. 2) No booze the night before. 3) Keeping my head cool. A cool rag on the neck or even dipping my hat in cold water and cooling my head helped. 4) keeping busy with other things.
5) Keeping your mind occupied. For guys there is one obvious subject that can keep our minds off of just about anything else, for women I used to suggest thinking about shopping or the like, but whatever works.

I have not spent any amount of time on the water since going Paleo, but I have gone on planes and all the issues I used to suffer were eliminated. I am not sure how well that will translate to boats and otehr forms of transportation though.

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on March 08, 2011
at 12:46 AM

I have the worst motion sickness of anyone I have ever encountered. I'm pretty surprised that the affliction isn't more widespread, since most of our transportation methods are highly divorced from anything we would have encountered throughout nearly all of our evolution.

My solution is to make sure that I am always the one operating the motor vehicle and to travel as little as possible. I'd be pretty surprised if a food could deaden the perception of motion within the inner ear, but who knows. Outside of some sort of naturally occurring drug, I doubt that anything would work. I would love to hear about one, however.

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