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2 News Wednesday zMay 9, 2001 The real morning-after pill: researchers develop herbal hangover prevention Gerald Stefanko Special to the Jibsheet A noted medical team estimates that alcohol hangovers in America have staggering economic implications amounting to $148 billion annually in missed work and poor job performance-an average of $2000 a year for every working adult. In addition to these amazing costs, the most astounding feature of hangover is its high prevalence everywhere. Studies show that twenty-five percent of college students reported suffering a hangover in the previous week and almost a third reported losing class time for hangover recovery. Ironically, hangover-induced absenteeism and poor job performance have been found to be much more common in light-to-moderate drinkers (87%) than in heavier drinkers. The findings appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a biweekly journal published by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. The research also points out that hangover sufferers can be a threat to themselves and others even after their blood alcohol levels return to normal. Because of the reduced cognitive abilities that accompany a hangover, routine activities such as driving or work activities can be severely hampered, suggesting that hangovers can be more insidious than actual inebriation. Three physicians, who collaborated on the research, believe that if a product were developed that could prevent hangovers, some of the billions of dollars lost due to unproductivity could be saved. Now science has uncovered an effective way to actually prevent hangovers and greatly reduce their far- reaching socio-economic implications. Finally, a preventative "pill" for the hangover hn developed. A team of cell biologists and p'l'macologists has discovered and developed a natural herbal extract formula that, when taken before drinking alcohol, has the ability to prevent the dreaded hangover. Not a drug, the active compound of this remarkable new patented herbal extract formula is derived from the fruit of the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus indica). Numerous clinical tests have proved that the patented Prickly Pear Cactus extract formula has the ability to protect the human body against various types of physically stressful aggressions. The extract accelerates a natural protection and recovery action in the human body that can protect us from disruptions to cells and help us recover from physical stress caused by alcohol toxicity. Taken as directed, the extract formula, which also contains B-vitamins, hinders the harmful effects of alcohol over-consumption that can feel so devastating the next morning. Realizing the market potential for a natural extract that prevents the ravages of a hangover, a Southern California company, Perfect Equation, Inc., has acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture and market the hangover prevention product, trademarked under the name HPF Hangover Prevention Formula(tm). Interested parties can order HPF Hangover Prevention Formula(tm) by calling toll-free: 800-720-2970, or by visiting the Perfect Equation, Inc. website: www.perfectequation.net. A 10 capsule order of Hangover Prevention Formula costs $19.95, plus s&h (each dose lasts three days). For More Information, contact: Gerald J. Stefanko (760) 599-6079 x324 gerrys @erbl.com The Jibsheet Staff Editorial Board Suthap Manivong ........................... Editor-in-Chief Ruth Mar. .................................... Managing Editor Robert Reis ............... Arts & Entertainment Editor Now Hiring ....................................... Sports Editor Lan Nguyen .................................. Features Editor Morgan Moloney ............ News & Opinions Editor Anne Taylor. ......................... Advertising Manager Now Hiring ........................................ Copy Editor Shelby Adele ........................... Artist in Residence Special Now Hiring ................................. Advice Columnist Faculty Support James Torrence ............................. Faculty Advisor Roger George .......................................... Publisher Please submit all correspondence to:The Jibsheet, 3000 Landerholm Circle, Portable 7, Bellevue Wa 98007 All letters to the editor must include name/phone # for verification. Letters may be edited for style, space and content. Editor-in-Chief: 425-564-2435 Managing Editor: 425-564-2433 Arts & Entertainment: 425-564-3188 Advertising Manager: 425-564-2434 Jibsheet Fax Machine: 425-564-4152 Advisor's E-mail: jtorrenc@bcc.ctc.edu Caveat: The Jibsheet is the independent student newspaper of Bellevue Community College. Its content may not necessarily reflect the administration or student body. Copyright Issues: The Jibsheet retains first-time North American Publishing rights to the piece of writing & artwork/ photo (unless otherwise noted) and the right to use the submitted writing/artwork/photographs in its website, but the copyright reverts to the writer/photographer/contributor. Some content comes via the National Student News Service. ANNOUNCEMENTS *The next issue of the Jibsheet is May 23 and the deadline for individuals who would like to submit photos, stories or artwork is May 1. *The Jibsheet would like to do a feature story on aspiring musicians who attend BCC. Rappers, singers, etc. please take advantage of this free publicity and contact us! *Writers, we need your skills for the Jibsheet. This is the perfect opportunity for aspiring journalists to build a wonderful porfolio of published work. *Our bi-weekly feature "Talking Heads" (page 12) needs help inventing questions for students to answer. If anyone has question ideas contact us? *Advertise here? Need to pawn a guitar? Find a date? Sell your car? All this and more can be done in the Jibsheet classifieds. See page 11 for more details.