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    Does a reason for a carb free diet exist?

    This insane example will have you rethinking your assumptions

    Ben K posted in Free From

    1y ago

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    A 46 year old man suffered for 6 long years with a condition known as Auto-Brewery Syndrome (ABS). It's a rare condition where the bacteria in your stomach is able to convert carbohydrates into alcohol. Whenever the man would consume sugary carb-heavy meals or beverages his body was able to ferment it into alcohol throwing him into a drunken daze.

    The symptoms began after taking antibiotics in 2011 from a thumb injury. The medication was the likely reason for the disruption to the normal functioning of microorganisms usually found in a normal stomach process.

    The big question everybody is waiting for? Yes the man was pulled over for dwi and when tested he registered at over twice the legal limit. Nobody believed his story but fortunately it gave him a lead. Following his arrest his aunt found a story of a similar situation in Ohio. They traveled to the Ohio clinic where after an excrement search, Saccharomyces boulardii and Saccharomyces cerevisiae were found. Also know as brewers yeast.

    They tested him by having him ingest some carbs and confirmed his blood alcohol spike to .05 percent. They treated him with anti-fungal medication and placed him on a carb free diet. He was then released.

    The treatment at the Ohio facility did not work and he went from specialist to specialist until one episode led to his blood alcohol spiking to .4 percent landing him in the hospital with a severe head injury. Once again nobody believed that he had not been drinking. After that incident Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York placed him on antibiotics and monitored him for two months, finally bringing an end to his dilemma. After a regiment of probiotics he was slowly able to incorporate carbs back into his diet.

    The case was documented at BMJ Open Gastroenterology if you are looking for more interesting information. In conclusion be careful what you wish for and remember to be tolerant of those with eccentric food issues. Cheers

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    Comments (12)

    • ok, if the problem is the yeast, then would microwaving your frozen pizza kill the yeast ?

      And if the yeast in the pizza that you consume is dead, can it still cause the aforementioned gut problem ?

      I think further research is required ?

        1 year ago
      • This condition would actually save me a lot of money, obviously no lack of respect to the people that suffer from it though. It's my understanding the the yeast is actually living in your stomach. Basically a mobile brewery so every time...

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          1 year ago
      • It's a challenging area of medical research.

        Years ago, in the 80s, actor Mel Gibson collapsed on stage in Sydney.

        He couldn't breathe.

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          1 year ago
    • It is certainly a great headline!! Good post

        1 year ago
    • I also read this last week and its absolutely crazy if all true. Never have I come across something like this. When I saw your headline I was readying a reply to argue why some people may consume a low carb diet!!! I will maybe save it for an article.

        1 year ago
      • It really is crazy... My wife sent me the lead yesterday. The headline was man gets drunk without drinking any alcohol and I wanted to spin it to fit the Free From tribe. Look forward to your carb story Darren!

          1 year ago
    • Incredible twist in the story: his name was Ben Koenig.

        1 year ago
      • There that John goes stating rumors again...

          1 year ago
    • Interesting.

        1 year ago
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