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By Elizabeth A. Ginns — August 2003
Fact: Everybody feels queasy on the water at some point. To quote PMY editor-in-chief Richard Thiel, “There are only two kinds of boaters; those who have been seasick and those who will be.” While some of us find ourselves praying to the Porcelain God more often than others, the FDA-approved ReliefBand should help everyone enjoy a nausea-free cruise, without drowsiness or drug-like side effects or interference from enjoying food and drink.
The device features five user-controlled power levels, an adjustable cloth band, a replaceable coin-cell battery (included), a low-battery indicator, and an on/off button. It relieves motion sickness using a “gentle, noninvasive stimulation on the underside of the wrist.”
The company’s claim held true when I tested the device on a recent fishing trip in Florida, once I began to feel queasy. Although the device’s stimulation made my hand tingle even on the lowest setting, within minutes of strapping it to my wrist I felt fine, giving the ReliefBand an edge over medications that must be taken before you leave the dock.
The ReliefBand is available through a number of marine retailers and from the company’s Web site and costs from $70 to $90.
Woodside Biomedical Phone: (760) 804-6900. www.reliefband.com.
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This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.