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Rare yeast in man's gut brews beer when he eats carbohydrates
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10-07-2013, 04:43 PM #1
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There is a lot of talk these days about candida and the role that carbohydrates and sugars play in fueling this systemic and highly damaging form of yeast overgrowth. Well, now another type of yeast strain, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is making headlines after a 61-year-old man from Texas discovered that his gut was literally manufacturing alcohol every time he consumed carbohydrates due to the fermentation action of S. cerevisiae mixing with carbs and sugar.

It is known as "auto-brewery syndrome," and a team of researchers from Panola College in Carthage, Texas, has confirmed that some people develop it as a result of taking pharmaceutical antibiotics, which kill off all their gut flora and leave them prone to yeast takeover. This is exactly what happened to the unnamed man from Texas, who reportedly developed the condition after taking antibiotics following an earlier surgery.

According to NPR, the man stumbled into an emergency room one day complaining of drunkenness, even though he had not drunk any alcohol that day. Hospital staff confirmed that the man had a blood alcohol level of 0.37, which is five times the legal limit in Texas, despite not having imbibed. So they notified researchers Barbara Cordell and Dr. Justin McCarthy, who several months later brought the man back into the hospital for testing.

Published in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine (IJCM), their findings came as a bit of a shock -- the man was essentially distilling his own liquor inside his gut whenever he consumed any carbohydrate-rich foods, which include things like bread, pasta and soda pop. According to reports, the carbohydrates from these foods combined with sugar and S. cerevisiae to create ethanol in the man's digestive tract, which in turn would make him drunk.

"He would get drunk out of the blue -- on a Sunday morning after being at church, or really, just any time," explained Cordell during a recent interview with NPR. "His wife was so dismayed about it that she even bought a Breathalyzer."



10-07-2013, 04:57 PM #2
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It's really quite important to keep the gut bacteria in check, I'm glad they finally start to realize that.

This is probably our 4th thread on this topic chuckle.gif



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