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Gut fermentation can lead to inebriation by carbs. No, really!

mcf Sep 25, 2013 07:26 AM

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It's called gut fermentation syndrome or auto-brewery syndrome, and it's "a relatively unknown phenomenon in Western medicine" according to a study published in July's International Journal of Clinical Medicine. "Only a few cases have been reported in the last three decades" according to Dr. Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and Dr. Justin McCarthy, a Lubbock gastroenterologist, the study's authors.

  1. DockPotato Sep 28, 2013 08:13 PM

    Everyone misses the point here. Was it a good brew or not?

    Is it worth getting inoculated?

    1. eatzalot Sep 28, 2013 01:24 PM

      I guess the syndrome is news to some people, but it has long been publicly noted in the US. Michael A. Weiner's 1977 book "The Taster's Guide to Beer," something of a classic of its era which I still encounter on shelves, opens with an example of such a case.

      (Which by-the-way is an example, albeit a silly and trivial one, of the limitations of that popular genre of topic threads on this and other food sites where people discuss the merits of the latest books on food and cooking. While thoroughly ignoring the far larger and more useful body of existing books, long available, on the same subjects -- which, in more cases than many people seem to realize, not only covered the same ground earlier, but even brought out points that newer titles don't.)

      1. mcf Sep 27, 2013 09:27 AM

        I just read a post from a lawyer who successfully defended someone for DUI caused by gut fermentation. A gastroenterologist testified on the man's behalf. :-)

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        1. re: mcf
          EWSflash Sep 28, 2013 08:34 PM

          Amazing. I wonder who he had in his pocket

        2. westsidegal Sep 25, 2013 10:08 AM

          i eat so many carbs that it is totally unfair that i don't have that disease.
          it would save me money on booze.

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          1. re: westsidegal
            Veggo Sep 25, 2013 10:13 AM

            Imagine if your waiter cut you off after your third baked potato....

          2. greygarious Sep 25, 2013 09:58 AM

            This was a topic on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me". One of the wits quipped that the patient whose gut makes its own beer is now known as "Texas Jesus". ;-)

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            1. re: greygarious
              mcf Sep 25, 2013 10:34 AM

              I hate when I miss that show!

            2. JMF Sep 25, 2013 09:35 AM

              All I can think of about this is that where did all the CO2 from fermentation go? He must have been a traveling gas machine with a belly swollen to the size of a VW Bug. Just putt, putt, putting along....

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              1. re: JMF
                Veggo Sep 25, 2013 10:01 AM

                Cows can't drive, but their methane could probably power a small automobile. Gas for thought.

              2. Monica Sep 25, 2013 07:54 AM

                LOL, I just had to laugh....especially because I had a large box of sushi and maki rolls, one onigiri, one red bean mochi and then a bag of shrimp chips yesterday for lunch.

                1. Veggo Sep 25, 2013 07:48 AM

                  It would be terribly wrong if police could administer both a breathalyzer and a fartalyzer.

                  1. pikawicca Sep 25, 2013 07:36 AM

                    Something that happens about once a decade hardly merits mention, much less concern.

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                    1. re: pikawicca
                      mcf Sep 25, 2013 08:00 AM

                      Rarely considered or diagnosed does not equal rare occurrence.

                      It's just possible, though, that you've missed the humor of the situation, crankypants. :-)

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