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I would like to hear from those of you who have tried that wrist band that cost $135.
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Irwin, we purchased one of these after finding it highly recommended by pilots; see www.equipped.org and you might find some add''l info. My wife tried it when we started cruising again and it seemed to work miracles, so we bought a 2nd one for me (less prone but not without some problems on occasion). We got into a blow on the Chesapeake during our 2000 shakedown, both put on our bands (too late, no doubt, as we were both feeling poorly) and it was a case of total recovery, within a few minutes.

In these incidents, I don''t think our results were initially pychosomatic - in fact, the results were despite our mental attitude - as we were doubtful & curious, not ''believers''. The intensity setting was, for us, very important in order to get good results.

Regrettably, the story doesn''t end there. When going down into the islands of the E Caribbean, my wife tried this unit several more times and, each time, found it to provide somewhat less relief. Eventually, when we later crossed the Atlantic and subsequently got banged around in the North Sea, she never bothered to dig it out.

NASA''s early research on motion sickness - half the astronauts they put in orbit were getting sick - demonstrated two things among others: individuals vary in their response to a given remedy, and a given person''s response to a given remedy can vary. I think this is why all these anecdotal reports on ''what worked for me'' fail to lead to uniform recommendations.

In my case, I don''t normally need anything & simply found oral meds that were at least as effective, when I do. In my wife''s case, she continues to experiment with meds that she can tolerate and don''t complicate or interact with her prescribed meds. But if you plan a lot of sailing and someone in the family or crew has a real problem, I''d encourage you to purchase & experiment with the cheaper (non-replaceable battery) version, as the potential is certainly there to have a major positive impact.

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Thanks for the response - very interesting. Hopefully I will get more.
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An ancient remedy is ginger. Has anyone tried it? I was thinking of just taking 500mg of ginger each morning. I have never had any serious problems, but then I have never been seriously challenged. I figure it can''t hurt to try it.
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I have had used ginger ale to settle my stomach but I have no idea how it works in more extreme conditions.

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I own one of the battery-operated (replaceable battery) models, and have been satisfied with it. I have had occasion to use it as have friends when they''ve come cruising (darn Lake Michigan weather systems), and it''s worked well. My husband and I will probably purchase another unit so we have two available should the need arise. I found one online for $90.00 at www.cabelas.com. They also advertise ginger pills and some sort of ''all natural'' oil that you ''simply rub on your skin''. Hm...wonder if it''s snake oil?

At any rate, that''s my $.02.
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I have yet to hear someone bad mouth the electronic wrist band. I am ready to order one.
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You might want to reread all of my post, as it certainly reflects less than sustained effectivenss.

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Have you tried the regular sea band? The little sport band with a ball bearing sewed into to it. I get awfull sea sick at times and wear two of them, one on each wrist. These work great for me. I always have ginger snap cookies on board as well. These and ginger ale do a good job making me feel better. Regards, Peter
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whoosh - thank you. For some reason I did not fully appreciate your entire response. Back to the drawing board?
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