Can Rosie's Extreme Motion Sickness be Cured?

One member of The Doctors family has a secret problem – severe motion sickness. With a career that involves constant travel, can this condition be cured?

Just a few years ago, Rosie Mercado started developing motion sickness, and now it’s become severe. “The strange thing is that when I’m driving, no problem!” she says. “But on the passenger side? It’s constantly drive, drive, drive … pull over, and then I throw up.” Kirby, her husband adds, “She’s a very loud person. I know she’s getting sick when she’s silent.”

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A new handheld device promises to stop motion sickness – Rosie has put it to the test. Are her days of pulling over to be sick behind her? Life Coach Anthony introduces her to the BAUT – the bio-acoustic utilization device – which uses sound frequencies to disrupt the neurological response that causes nausea.

Anthony asks her to relax in her chair and put on a headset that touches her temples. “When she begins to experience the motion sickness, we adjust the device,” he explains. He asks her to imagine a car trip as he plays different frequencies of sound. Rosie begins to feel nauseous and Anthony adjusts the device until he hits a sonic frequency that makes the feeling disappear.

Now it’s time to put it to the real test! Rosie and Kirby go for a drive as she wears the headset. When she begins to feel ill, Anthony asks her to take some deep breaths and triggers the frequency that relieved her symptoms – but does it work as well in a moving car?

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BAUD inventor Dr. Frank Lawlis joins The Doctors, Rosie, Anthony, and Kirby. “Breathing was a big part of it,” she says, but the device worked! Anthony only needed to play the calming frequency once to stop her motion sickness in its tracks. “After that, it was just about taking control and breathing.”

Dr. Lawlis explains that “There is a certain frequency that anxiety resides in in the amygdala. When we disrupt that frequency, that amygdala begins to shrink and the feelings go with it.” This treatment has been effective for PTSD and phobias, as well as motion sickness. The treatment has left Rosie feeling ready to hit the road again.

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