(TMU) — When some men begin to reach their middle age, they commonly like to take up new hobbies—like home brewing, for example, which allows 40- and 50-somethings to unlock their creativity as they produce copious amounts of amateur craft-brew. Other men, who may suffer emotional and psychological damage, may simply reach for the bottle and drink their days away.
But for one 46-year-old man, his life became a living hell of constant drunkenness after he developed an extremely rare condition known as “auto-brewery syndrome,” which is more colloquially known as “drunkenness disease,” after completing a round of antibiotics, New Scientist reports.
The normally healthy U.S. resident had a clean medical and psychiatric history and wasn’t much of a drinker, mainly imbibing of alcohol during the rare social occasion. However, in 2011 he began to display all of the symptoms of a souse—including mental fogginess, depression, forgetfulness and aggressive behavior—to the point where he eventually had to give up his job.
The changes occurred right after he finished taking antibiotics for an injury to his thumb, doctors from Richmond University Medical Center wrote in the report published in BMJ Open Gastroenterology.
The changes were completely out of the norm for the man, who even tried antidepressants in 2014 on the suggestion of a psychiatrist, to no avail.
Things took a drastic turn for the worse when the man was arrested on allegations that he was driving under the influence. When police tried to administer a breathalyzer test, the man adamantly refused and was taken to a hospital. Hospital workers then found that his blood-alcohol level had reached a staggering 200 mg/dL—the level typical of someone who had just consumed 10 or more alcoholic beverages.
Auto-brewery syndrome can cause people with it to get drunk simply after eating a lot of carbohydrates. In typical (but again, rare) cases, an excessive amount of gastrointestinal yeast will convert all those sugars and starches into ethanol 🍺🥴👇🏾 https://t.co/nYbHEYrRBh
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The man further insisted that he hadn’t drunk anything that morning, but the report noted:
“[H]ospital personnel and police refused to believe him when he repeatedly denied alcohol ingestion.”
Following the humiliating arrest, the man sought treatment. At a clinic in Ohio, doctors found that he had been infected with the common yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is used in winemaking, baking, and beer brewing. Whenever the man ate carbohydrates or a meal rich in starch, the yeast simply fermented along with the sugars, transforming it into ethanol.
The man was basically brewing a strong alcoholic beverage in his gut.
After a bit of treatment at the clinic, the man’s symptoms improved. A few weeks later, however, he suffered an auto-brewery symptom flare-up that hospitalized him after he fell, causing him to bleed inside his brain.
Again, the man had to face the humiliation of being suspected as another hapless drunkard. The researchers wrote:
“Here too, the medical staff refused to believe that he did not drink alcohol despite his persistent denials.”
The man eventually found his salvation when he linked up with physicians at the Richmond University Medical Center, where he was rigorously tested and given a range of treatments including an anti-fungal regime. However, he fell into a “severe ABS relapse” after eating pizza and drinking soda once.
According to the report, the man is now able to process carbohydrates after gradually reintroducing them back into his diet. The report notes that he “remains asymptomatic and has resumed his previous lifestyle, including eating a normal diet while still checking his breath alcohol levels sporadically.”
And as it turns out, the main culprit for his ABS may have been the antibiotic medication, cephalexin, which he used to treat himself and which, in turn, “resulted in a change in his gastrointestinal microbiome allowing fungal overgrowth.”
Dr. Fahad Malik, one of the report’s authors and a chief medical resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told New Scientist:
“For years, no one believed him.
The police, doctors, nurses and even his family told him he wasn’t telling the truth, that he must be a closet-drinker.”
This isn’t the first time someone has been reported to have the rare disease. In 2013, a 61-year-old man from Texas was found to be suffering from the same condition after he staggered into a hospital with a blood alcohol level of .37.
A similar case of ABS occurred this past September in China after doctors found an abundance of the microbe Klebsiella pneumoniae in a patient’s gut, which led the man to develop a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that “severely” damaged his liver.
FBI Seizes Capitol Building LEGO Set From Alleged Rioter’s House
Many of us know, either from our childhood or even our adulthood, that building and collecting LEGO can be a fun hobby that allows us to tap into our creativity in a relaxing, stress-free way.
But what if someone’s LEGO hobby is something much more nefarious – or even seditious in the eyes of the government?
Such may have been the case when special agents with the FBI confiscated a fully completed LEGO set of the U.S. Capitol Building from the home of Robert Morss, 27, whom they allege participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to court documents published by The Smoking Gun.
The large LEGO set is comprised of 1,032 pieces and was released in 2016 and is no longer available for retail. The agents seized the finished set along with other items matching those they believe Morss had in his possession when he allegedly stormed the building – including a neck gaiter, a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, a military-style satchel, a black tourniquet, and military battle dress uniforms.
The documents also note that he “had three different firearms including a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle” in his possession.
According to LEGO, the United States Capitol Building set “focuses on the structure’s neoclassical style facade, steps and lawns” and is “finished with a decorative ‘US Capitol’ nameplate.” In 2019, the product was “retired” – which has less to do with politics and more to do with the limited availability of the company’s unique product lines.
Morss, who is from Pennsylvania, was arrested last month on a range of federal charges. According to the Department of Justice, his alleged crimes “include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; and robbery of personal property of the United States.”
An FBI investigator’s affidavit notes that Morss joined rioters in direct confrontations with officers guarding the Lower West Terrace doors of the Capital in “an intense and prolonged clash between rioters and law enforcement.”
Law enforcement officers claim that they also found a notebook in Morss car that had instructions on a “Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia” that included a list of names, equipment, and sections on “ambush,” “battle drills,” and “formations.” The notebook also contained notes that said “bring assault rifle,” “4 magazines,” and “bring kit/body armor.”
However, the court documents do not indicate whether the LEGO set was deployed in tactical drills prior to the botched uprising.
The DOJ says that roughly 465 individuals have been arrested on charges related the events of Jan. 6.
Neptune, the Roman God of Water, ‘Emerges’ From Waves in Photo During UK Storm
If we were to believe our eyes, it would seem that the ancient Roman god of water himself made an appearance on the shores of New Haven, England, on a day of especially rough surf.
What appears to be the “face” of Neptune was captured on Tuesday when photographer Jeff Overs of the BBC was taking photos of waves crashing over the harbor wall in the port city.
Of course, one is free to believe that the ferocious deity emanated from the depths of the sea to remind us puny humans of his wrath.
But alas, it was likely a simple example of pareidolia – the phenomenon of seeing faces and figures in otherwise random or ambiguous everyday objects.
The photographer snapped the shot amid high tide and winds exceeding 50 miles per hour (80km/h), namely because of the violent nature of the shore.
“It’s become a popular location for photographers because the sea ‘boils’ in high wind against the sea wall,” Overs explained.
“The waves splash into the high wind and when blown back occasionally make patterns that look like ghoulish faces.”
Overs added that one of the small foreground waves even resembles a hand – albeit a pareidolic one.
“It’s a straight shot and I haven’t manipulated the image at all,” he added.
Lunar New Deal: GOP Lawmaker Suggests Altering Moon & Earth’s Orbit to Stop Climate Change
Texas Republican Congressman Louise Gohmert raised the eyebrows of his Congressional colleagues on Tuesday after seemingly suggesting that climate change could be combatted by changing the orbit of the moon, or even altering “Earth’s orbit around the sun.”
Gohmert, who has been decried as the “dumbest member of Congress” for his past absurdly anti-scientific comments regarding the ongoing pandemic and a number of other issues, has been a vocal opponent of progressive legislators’ attempts to put a “Green New Deal” on the government’s agenda.
However, his apparent suggestion of a “Lunar New Deal” to mitigate global warming could take the cake as his most hare-brained idea yet.
The comments came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending bills while questioning Jennifer Eberlien of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, reports NBC.
“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the B.L.M. [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” the Texas congressman began.
“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun,” he continued.
“We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” Gohmert said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or B.L.M. can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?”
“Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate,” the lawmaker added.
Responding, Eberlein said with a smile: “I would have to follow up with on you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”
“If you figure out there’s a way in the forest service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert responded, without any trace of irony.
Longtime critics of the conservative legislator were besides themselves with bewilderment and mockery over the out-of-this-world suggestion.
On the opposite side of the aisle California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu suggested that perhaps Marvel Comics superheroine Captain Marvel was up to the task.
“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’m going to work on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.
According to NASA, the Earth’s climate has changed throughout history for various reasons, including small variations in the planet’s orbit.
However, the agency’s website notes that this doesn’t discount the fact that anthropogenic or human-caused activities are the culprit of the current warming.
“The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over millennia,” the site says.