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Dr. Jarish (Viena, Austria) studied why carrion eaters being carried on ships didn't get sick and found out that they produce Diaminoxidase (DAO), an enzime that neutralises the Histamine, a substance excessively present in rotten meat. As a collateral effect of DAO, unknown to carrion eaters, is that it prevents motion sicknes.
He also studied that rats seem to be the only animal capable of overcoming motion sicknes on their own. When they start getting sick they have a high level of Histamine, which is rapidly reduced as they overcome sicknes. He related this data to the fact that rats are the only animal capable of producing Vitamin C by themselves and found out that, indeed, Vitamin C dicreases the level of Histamine, which explains how rats can overcome their sickness.
Everyone reacts in a different way to different remedies. But so far, good doses of Vitamin C (either in pills, sucking lemons, eating oranges and tangerines, etc.) before and during sailing, and specially when the first synthoms appear is the only remedy that I have seen consistenly work for everyone I have recommended it to.
Last edited by Harvester; 03-31-2008 at 06:06 PM.