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Sep 25, 2013 07:26 AM

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

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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.

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

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    1. re: pikawicca

      Rarely considered or diagnosed does not equal rare occurrence.

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

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

      1. 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. 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

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

          2. 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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