For a lot of us, some of the best times in our lives, the best times spent with family, spent with friends, both old and new, are accompanied by a beer, a margarita, a drink or two, and sometimes we get a little carried away. And sometimes, we wake in the morning feeling regrets. Regrets about how we lousy we feel. Regrets about what we have done to our bodies. Our selves. The pounding headache, the dry mouth, a deep fatigue. I have this theory that this hung-over feeling in the morning detracts from the memories of these best of times. And I asked myself, why do we have to take the bad with good? Why can’t we remember these special moments and live for the moment without having that awful feeling in the morning.
And one day, unexpectedly last summer, I thought back to when I was in high school, which for me, was the best of times and the worst of times. My mom had breast cancer. She was being treated by an iconoclastic doctor, Dr. Emanuel Revici. And one of the things which I remember about this difficult time in my life was my stepfather, who was an organic chemist, talking about some of this doctor’s incredible discoveries. For instance, he had discovered a way to treat alcoholics, with the after-effect that it would render people immune to hangovers.
So I what I’ve been working on for the past couple of years, is re-discovering what Dr. Revici had done. Discovering that he had lived a remarkable life. He lived in Paris at the onset of World War II and was smuggled out by the French Resistance to Casablanca, where he boarded a ship carrying members of the Spanish Republican government in exile. The doctor eventually wound up at the University of Chicago Medical School, where he made cutting-edge discoveries in oncology. He subsequently started a medical practice in New York City and eventually treated my mom for breast cancer. But tragically it was too late for her.
I eventually went on to Oxford University and got a doctorate in biochemistry. But it was only until recently that I started experimenting with some compounds discovered by the Doctor to treat alcohol intoxication, as well as some extracts known by Chinese medicine to remedy hangovers. And I eventually discovered a combination of ingredients which proved to be very effective in treating hangovers. It may not be a cure for cancer, but at least we can now remember some of the best in our lives without having the regrets in the morning.
And then a friend of mine came up with a name ‘Thor Rx,” short for The Hangover Remedy, so you can restore your life, renew your life, and remember the good times, without the bad.
The idea is not so people can drink irresponsibly but to not have the regrets in the morning that so often accompany a fun night with friends and loved ones. So you can enjoy the present, the moment… without the regrets in the morning.
About David Comfort, D.Phil.
David Comfort is an entrepreneur, scientist, activist and writer. He graduated with a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford University in protein nuclear magnetic resonance. In addition, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland and was a post-doctoral fellow both at the University of California, Los Angeles researching bacterial genomes and protein-DNA structure, as well as Research Corporation Technologies in Tucson, Arizona. He was recently with Cognia Corporation, which provides information management tools for drug discovery to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. David has written several peer-reviewed scientific papers, as well as a proposal for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Program on Global Security and Sustainability entitled, "Nature and the City: The political ecology of the environment, urbanization and sustainability." In addition, David has been a long-time activist and leader in the areas of environmentalism, LGBT rights, human rights and third world development. He has been a volunteer at the Cerro Golidrinas Cloud Forest Project in Ecuador, as well as a participant in one of the Pastors for Peace Humanitarian Aid Missions to Cuba. His first feature-length screenplay, “Deviant”, is the story of a young man who uncovers the secret of his identity as he is drawn into a rebellion against a government that mysteriously wields near-absolute control over its citizens.