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THE Cure for Motion Sickness: The Puma Method Developed by a NASA Flight Surgeon and USAF Pilot

Updated on September 3, 2012

Sam Puma went to high school during the 50's when America was beginning it's space program. Sam dreamed of becoming an astonaut. His father wanted him to be a doctor. After graduating from Hahnemann Medical School he joined the Air Force and successfully combined the two pursuits, first as a flight surgeon for NASA and later as a jet fighter pilot. Then it happened - the necessity. The T33 training jet Sam was in didn't have airsickness bags. After a series of maneuvers, Sam desperately needed one. Out of necessity, Sam filled one of his gloves. The other pilots had their laughs, but Sam wasn't going to give up his passion for flight because of motion sickness. Again, out of necessity, Sam developed what is now called the Puma Method, a series of conditioning exercises which raise a person's tolerance level to motion sickness-producing activities.

Dr. Puma developed and perfected the Puma Method over his 36 years as a physician in the aerospace industry.

Motion sickness - whether it be by sea, car, or air travel

You know that feeling...headache, nausea, light-headedness...

According to Dr. Puma, most people suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness is brought on while reading in a moving vehicle, riding in a small boat or cruise ship, or flying in a plane. In some people, this may result in an overload of too much and conflicting sensory information. The body responds with the symptoms of motion sickness, including nausea, light-headedness and headache.

Do you or don't you - get sea sick, airsick, carsick? - Simple question, yes or no...

How Many of You Suffer with Motion Sickness?

Yes

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    • Jonathan Lowe 5 months ago

      Hello - suffering from sea sickness after suffering a cuncussion from a car wreck.

      Can anyone help with advice on building back my tolerance so I can get back on my boat?

      Jonathan

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It did not start until I was about 30 and happens when I ride in a car on a mountainous road, or try to read while riding.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i wake up with it

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes

    • tomhendricks 4 years ago

      Yes, and I have taken my time to research into how I can cure it!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I took a flight with Air Combat USA and became sick. Although i didn't vomit, I felt horrible.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Horribly.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      could never go on amusement park rides without being sick. No fun. Lately, have trouble ballroom dancing when being turned around several times.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      All of them

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i often get sick in aerplane ..

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i never used to get car sick until recently.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I get sea sick, air sick and car sick.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Not on a boat, not in a car. But every time i Fly

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      All day everyday same as cathy and I wanna join the navy too

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I am motion sick all day every day for over a year ! it all started when I was thrown off a tube while boating and had vertigo for 2 months, then got a bad cold ( i work as RN in an ER) then developed extreme nausea and dizziness. All the tests look ok expect VNG. I have had motion sickness since I have been a small child. I am left with extreme all day feelings of motion sickness ....even when not in any motion !

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't get sick by motion, but when I read in the car I get sick.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I use to always, but now only occasionally.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I am going for a ride in a fighter jet, I have never gotten sick, but one of my friends did during his ride and now I'm nervous.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yup

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Terribly

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      A lot!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Ever since i was a child would get sick in the car. Could not read in the car either. Winding roads are still the worst! I can read on a train though. WOnder y???

    • gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      Absolutely!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      1

    • GrowWear 8 years ago

      If it's moving, well...must keep my surroundings in focus.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes I do- not on rollercoasters or in the car or aeroplanes- but i do on roundabouts and spinning fairground rides such as walzas

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I answered yes to the question, but in fact I no longer suffer from motion sickness at all. The Puma method worked like a charm on me and it has changed my life for the better. I can now read or work on my laptop in complete comfort while riding in my vanpool to a from work. My wife and I can go on cruises and ride on jet skis when we visit her uncle's cabin on Lake Eerie. I can go on all the rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain with my daughter and cherish the experience. The doc has permanently cured me of motion sickness, and changed my life.

    • Joan4 8 years ago

      I cannot read in the car and I don't like heights, so I think that is a form of motion sickness. I don't like being dizzy so I avoid things that make me feel that way!

    • skhdesigns lm 8 years ago

      sometimes. Especially if trying to read in the car.

    • Lloyd Pinto 8 years ago from Mumbai

      I don't but my spouse does!

    • Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Occasionally, I get travel sick. It usually happens in very smooth cars with very good suspension. I guess it's conflict between seeing the car is moving and not feeling it moving. It's even more likely if I have to sit in the rear seats of this kind of car. It's not a problem I have often because we can't afford that kind of upmarket, expensive vehicle.

    • Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Not often, but when I have, whew! Not fun at all. It's only happened to me on small boats ... and always in front of guys I was trying to impress. Not sure that did the trick.

    • Tarra99 8 years ago

      I do...can't read in a car or on a train, have to sit in the front seat vs the back, on trains I have to sit facing the direction we are moving not backwards...it's horrible...I remember my mother giving me gravol on bus rides as a kid... :o( I envy people who can read and travel at the same time. It's boring when you can't.

    No

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        never had that issue. probably because I grew up with exposure to all the provocative stimuli.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        No

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        For the most part no -- not in moving vehicles or at sea. I do get a little lightheaded with heights such as at the top of a fire tower or looking off a high cliff into a canyon -- "lightheaded" = probably from anxiety of a little fear of heights but not real vertigo or motion sickness.

      • Andy 8 years ago from London, England

        No, even when sailing on choppy water I seem to be fine when all around me are looking green.

      • Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

        No, I do not but I do find things are changing with the passing of time...wonder if this is one of those things that might change.

        Brenda

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Rarely, I used to jump out of perfectly good airplanes.

      • MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

        Well, I don't, but then I haven't been on the ocean. I can read in a car, though. However, I do know people who suffer a lot.

      Dr. Puma Says

      When Dr. Puma speaks, he asks for anyone who suffers motion sickness to raise their hand. Hardly anybody raises their hand.

      Dr. Puma's conclusions about motion sickness

      When Dr. Puma speaks, he asks the same audience to raise their hand if they avoid activities because they might bring on motion sickness and typically half the audience raises their hands.

      Don't suffer from travel sickness! The Puma Method

      Possibly half the population suffers with motion sickness and avoid doing things they might otherwise enjoy.

      Children suffer motion sickness and have to go on trips anyway.

      There is an easy, safe, effective, affordable answer.

      I seriously think he should raise his prices!!

      The Puma Method Demo - Take a peek at a demo for YOUR cure - you'll never suffer motion sickness again...

      The Puma Method - available on DVD - Safe, simple and effective exercises you do in your own home...

      The Puma Method, available on DVD, is very easy to do and takes no more than 15 minutes a day. The exercises are powerful and must be followed exactly according to instructions, which are given clearly and concisely. As well, they are demonstrated to perfection. On the letter I received with my DVD, Dr. Puma hand-wrote that I should watch the DVD twice before doing the exercises and listen closely, that "each word was carefully chosen." If you follow the instructions, you cannot fail.

      Dr. Puma is forthcoming regarding the limitations of the method. I contacted him about my migraine-associated vertigo. He checked and double checked that I understood that, although he had some testimonials from MAVers who had improvement after using the Method, he developed it for motion sickness and if I used it for MAV, I would be going into "unchartered waters." As well, on the DVD he states that it will not help motion sickness that is brought on by extreme anxiety of flying.

      My Experience with The Puma Method

      I felt cared for...

      Dr. Puma knows the method inside and out. He created it and perfected it. He cares that it be executed correctly and that people heal. I felt Dr. Puma’s caring and watchful presence while viewing the DVD and while doing the exercises. He was available by email and was interested with my progress. I never had the feeling of being left on my own and I think that accounts for some portion of the method’s success - all for a mere $49.95.

      I seriously think Dr. Puma should raise his prices. For anyone who suffers with motion sickness, this video is priceless! Results may be seen in as little as two weeks and they never totally go away. If symptoms start to re-surface, just give yourself a Puma “tune-up” and you’re on your way again.

      More About my Experience

      Don't miss the video below...

      Not only is it easy to do, as well as effective, it is also safe! No drugs – no side effects. The method uses your body’s natural mechanism of habituation to prevent motion sickness. Dr. Puma uses a great example of habituation in the video, but I’m not going to give it away, you’ll have to buy the video yourself to see it. I’ll give my own. I’m a ballet dancer. The first time I did a series of turns across the floor and then came to a stop I walked around like a drunk. It took several minutes for me to regain my equilibrium. With practice, my body became habituated to the movement of turning and it wasn’t long before I experienced no dizziness at all. Dr. Puma developed a specific series of exercises that habituate you to motion sickness!

      New Video Module

      Children with motion sickness?

      The Puma Method is safe and effective for children, as long as they are supervised by an adult to make sure they are performing the exercises correctly.

      Who is this remarkable Dr. Sam Puma?

      yea, Puma sounds like a pretty cool guy to me!

      Sam Puma went to high school in Pennsylvania in the 50's when America was beginning its space program. He dreamed of becoming an astronaut and wrote his senior paper on how he would build a rocket-powered spacecraft to fly to the moon. He likes to say that it wasn't too far off the plan ultimately used by NASA.

      As per Sam's father's wishes, he went to medical school, which he enjoyed, but longed to combine his medical training with his love for aeronautics. Thus, Sam joined the Air Force at the beginning of his senior year, during which time he also received his private pilot's license.

      Onward and Upward

      Fulfilling his dreams...

      In the Air Force, his first assignment was to the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. There he served as a medical monitor for space flights and provided medical care for the astronauts and their families. Not only did he have the honor of serving the astronauts, but he especially enjoyed that part of his work which involved flying the skies with them.

      Sam's interest for flying was appreciated by the astronauts, several of whom recommended him for a special training program. Through this program Dr. Puma became one of the very few physicians ever chosen by the Air force to become a jet fighter pilot.

      And he Just Keeps Going

      Necessity feeds Innovation...

      During his career in the military, Dr. Puma also devoted his energy to crew systems and life support research and development. After retiring from the Air force with the rank of Colonel, Dr. Puma joined Northrop Aircraft Division as a senior scientist. While at Northrop, he was responsible for concept development and project management for aero-medical, life support, and advanced fighter crew protection systems. Dr. Puma's innovative work on advanced systems resulted in a number of patents and scientific publications.

      Dr. Puma says that so far 800 people have used his Method.

      He continues his work in Southern California. When I asked him what he's into these days, he gave me a list:

      1. Determining the effectiveness of Puma Method for prevention of simulator/cyber-sickness.

      2. Building a proof of concept "G" induced loss of consciousness sensor.

      3. Building an experimental aircraft (Berkut) to test the GLOC sensor. You can see it in the foreground in one of the pictures at the following web URL.

      http://home.earthlink.net/~pscpuma/

      4. Exploring optimization of the Puma Method web site.

      5. Etc. Etc. Etc., but I'm not totally bald!

      Don't forget to give me some feed back and a rating please :) - Would you use the Puma Method?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Yes. While I've personally had no hx of motion sickness, I've had a few students who were less fortunate. As a physiologist, this has been a special interest of mine, so when I saw this method I ordered a copy and gave it a look. It effectively copies all the most commonly provocative stimuli (spiral = spin ; figure-8 = wingover series), so I recommendeded it to those who were having difficulties. Every one of them reported significant improvement.

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          this is great information thanks for posting it.

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          bamardodo22 6 years ago

          informertial

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Just took my first vacation after using the Puma Method... NO motion sickness in the back seat of the car, on the plane, on the boats, or on the Waverunner!

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          julcal 7 years ago

          Thanks for your comment Cathy - it really does work. And Dr. Puma is always available over the phone. This method is creation and he really cares deeply that people use it correctly, because when they do, it's a 100% successful!

          ~ Julie

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          I would definitely use it if appropriate. More importantly I will definitely recommend it to my patients I see and evaluate for dizziness and motion sickness as an Audiologist.

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          @proposalinvest: It sounds like you know of which you speak :)

          Thanks for you kind words!

          ~ Julie

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          julcal 7 years ago

          @JewelRiver: If you can relate, you really ought to try this DVD, it's cheap, simple to use, effective! Tell Dr. Puma that Julie sent you!

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          JewelRiver 7 years ago

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          gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

          What a great resource lens. Blessings!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Did the Puma method help your MAV???

          My Wife has been suffering for 8 years.

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          GrowWear 8 years ago

          When reading in the car, I have to hold the book up high so that I can see my surroundings as I read. Otherwise, it's a sickly feeling that I just cannot stand.

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          Andy 8 years ago from London, England

          Very interesting

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          Tarra99 8 years ago

          Look forward to many more of your fab lenses...added this to FB and will tweet.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

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          Awesome, Great work Dr Puma!

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

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          julcal 8 years ago

          thanks guys! this was a fun lens for me because I was working with Sam. I approached him about his method because I know so many people who suffer with dizziness, as I did. He was so amazingly available, intelligent, informative and helpful over the phone, i had to have a copy of the CD and try it myself. I asked him his story and thought it was so interesting, i just had to make a lens. I'm glad you like it. But most of all, i hope it helps somebody. It really works and nobody has to ever suffer those horrid symptoms of motions sickness ever again!

          ~ Julie

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          Tarra99 8 years ago

          Great lens 5*, very informative! :o)

          Once my kids could hold a book I had them looking at it in a moving car in hopes they wouldn't have the motion sickness like me...so far so good.

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