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Car sickness is not a disease

Why are people allergic to the taxi? They do not eat it. Since the symptoms are similar to food sickness, some call it a poison.

Dr. Chum Navuth, Director of Internist and Neurologist at the Cambodian-Russian Friendship Hospital, explained it is not an illness because there is no research or study to prove that is actually a sickness.

“It is caused by the reagent of body and brain. They cannot recognise each other. It is a kind of mental problem caused by environmental poison.”

It usually happens to unhealthy people who fear travelling or who lose the chemical equilibrium in the body. They sometimes see the illusion of tree movement.

Vomiting, headaches, perspiring, exhaustion, and dizziness are the symptoms of car sickness. There are no cases of people dying from this problem, but that does not mean that it has no ability to kill people.

Navuth said that people with car sickness should take medicine, which they can buy at a pharmacy, 30 minutes before getting into a vehicle. Since it is caused by a loss of chemical equilibrium in the body, the passengers should sleep on the road and avoid looking at the car mirror.

He added that full cars tend to make people more sick, so the driver should open the windows and not make too much noise. However, singing karaoke can help people ignore the symptoms.

People think that having a full stomach leads to carsickness, but Navuth disagreed. He said that eating before leaving gives the passengers more energy. If they vomit, at least they can save energy in their bodies.

Lastly, he recommended that people who tend to get sick in cars should learn how to drive. When they drive themselves, the sickness goes away.

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