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  1. JEANNE
    WV
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    This suggestion is for auto and train sickness.
    Do not look out the side windows. This will give you optokinetic nystagmus, which means your eyeballs will be dancing back and forth as they try to focus on the telephone poles and scenery whipping by. This makes you nauseous. It was first noted by scientist Robert Barany, and he described it in the journal Laeger in 1921. (He called it “railway nystagmus” because he first observed the phenomenon in railway passengers.) I discovered this myself, independently, in 1959, making the same observation during a train ride to NYC, following my high school graduation.
    It appears that not many people are familiar with Barany’s discovery, so I’m trying to spread the word myself. Hopefully, to counteract the drugging of traveling children by their parents. Arrange the kids in the car somehow so they won’t get optokinetic nystagmus. Problem solved. No need to worry the front seat passengers, usually the parents (who never get car sick). They are looking out the front window anyway. (Somebody please tell Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He is plagued by a car sickness problem, and he has admitted that he always insists on driving when he is out with his TV crew (so that he won’t get sick).
    I hear people comment that it was odd that taxi drivers, limousine drivers, bus drivers, chauffeurs, etc., don’t get car sick. They are driving. They are watching the road. They are not looking out the side windows.

  2. m.m.
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    thank you for your motion sickness remedies.. I heard of one many years ago… take an umeboshi plum (available jarred in asian markets) and put it in your navel — using tape if necessary… it is supposed to be very effective. hope that this helps someone…

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