Medicine: Hint to Air Travelers

Says the latest Journal of Aviation Medicine:

¶People who get airsick may be able to avoid it by taking in advance a small dose of the drug hyoscine, also known as scopolamine, the so-called "truth" drug, often used as a sedative. In a Navy test of cadets so dosed, only ½ of 1% got sick even in bumpy air (normal: 7½%). ¶Eating foods with lots of carbohydrates improves resistance to "blackouts" caused by lack of oxygen at high altitudes. Reason: it reduces the body's oxygen requirements. Moral: high flyers should stoke up on bread and potatoes rather than ham & eggs.


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