An optometrist offers suggestions to help squelch queasiness when you read in the car.
If reading while moving makes you feel like launching your lunch, don't despair. Roderic Gillilan, a retired Eugene, Ore., optometrist who has advised hundreds of motion sickness sufferers in his 35 years of private practice, reports that simply experimenting with different postures has helped many of his patients find relief.
No one knows precisely why a mismatch of signals between the brain and the body's motion detectors causes queasiness in some passengers but not others, nor why more children are affected than adults. But Gillilan has found that blocking some of the confusing visual stimuli helps. Dedicated bookworms may want to try his tips when on the road:
Photo Illustration by William Duke
This article was first published in January 2005. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.