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Imagine being charged with a DUI when it’s been hours since you’ve had a drink, only to later discover that your body brews its own alcohol.

That’s what happened to an upstate New York woman when she blew a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. Just before Christmas in Hamburg, New York, a judge dismissed the charges after being presented with evidence the woman suffers from “auto-brewery syndrome.”

“I had never heard of auto-brewery syndrome before this case,” attorney Joseph Marusak told CNN on the condition his client’s identity remain anonymous. “But I knew something was amiss when the hospital police took the woman to wanted to release her immediately because she wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms.”

“That prompts me to get on the Internet and see if there is any sort of explanation for a weird reading,” adds Marusak. “Up pops auto-brewery syndrome and away we go.”

“I’m in touch with about 30 people who believe they have this same syndrome, about 10 of them are diagnosed with it,” said Panola College Dean of Nursing Barbara Cordell, who has studied the syndrome for years. “They can function at alcohol levels such as 0.30 and 0.40 when the average person would be comatose or dying. Part of the mystery of this syndrome is how they can have these extremely high levels and still be walking around and talking.”

Extremely rare condition

Also known as gut-fermentation syndrome, this rare medical condition can occur when abnormal amounts of gastrointestinal yeast convert common food carbohydrates into ethanol. The process is believed to take place in the small bowel, and is vastly different from the normal gut fermentation in the large bowel that gives our bodies energy.

First described in 1912 as “germ carbohydrate fermentation,” it was studied in the 1930s and ’40s as a contributing factor to vitamin deficiencies and irritable bowel syndrome. Cases involving the yeast Candida albicans and Candida krusei have popped up in Japan, and in 2013 Cordell documented the case of a 61-year-old man who had frequent bouts of unexplained drunkenness for years before being diagnosed with an intestinal overabundance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or brewer’s yeast, the same yeast used to make beer.

Flat tire a blessing

It was a beautiful fall afternoon in 2014 when Marusak’s client met her husband at a restaurant for food and drinks. She consumed “four drinks between noon and 6 p.m.” says Marusak, “less than one drink an hour. We hired a local pharmacologist who said that a woman of her size and weight having four drinks in that period of time should be between 0.01 and 0.05 blood alcohol levels.” That would be beneath the legally impaired level of 0.08 BAC in New York state.

And here’s the “crazy thing,” says Marusak. “Her husband drives to meet friends and she is driving home. She gets a flat close to home but doesn’t want to change the tire so keeps on driving. Another driver sees her struggling with the car and calls it in as an accident. So if she hadn’t had that flat tire, she’d not know to this day that she has this condition.”

Because she blew a blood alcohol level of nearly 0.40, police procedure is to take the accused to a hospital, as that level is considered extremely life-threatening.

Instead of allowing his wife to be released as the hospital recommended based on her lack of drunken symptoms, the husband asked for tests to be run. Sure enough, Marusak says, the results showed a blood alcohol level of 0.30, hours and hours after her last drink. That prompted Marusak to do his own sleuthing.

“I hired two physician assistants and a person trained in Breathalyzers to watch her and take blood alcohol levels over a 12-hour period and had it run at the same lab used by the prosecution,” said Marusak. “Without any drinks, her blood level was double the legal limit at 9:15 a.m., triple the limit at 6 p.m. and more than four times the legal limit at 8:30 p.m., which correlates with the same time of day that the police pulled her over.”

Even more strange, says Marusak, is the fact that the woman exhibited no signs of the levels until she reached a blood alcohol level of between 0.30 and 0.40.

“That’s when she started to feel a bit wobbly on her feet.” Marusak explains that by pointing to the world of alcoholism, where the bodies of “functioning alcoholics” adapt to the high levels of booze in their blood.

Even though the Hamburg judge dismissed the case against his client, Marusak says it’s not over yet.

“I’ve heard the DA’s office says they plan to appeal. I’ll know more by the middle of January.”

Assistant Erie County District Attorney Christopher Belling confirmed a review of the judge’s decision is underway but declined to comment further.

In the meantime, Marusak’s client is treating her condition with anti-fungal medications and a yeast-free diet with absolutely no sugar, no alcohol and very low carbs. While that works for some, Cordell says, others relapse or find little relief

Source: Woman charged with DUI has ‘auto-brewery syndrome’ –


A row of Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. For the first time, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state’s public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years – but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t sure just how many were rolling around.

That changed Tuesday, when the agency issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods – with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision. The German automaker Audi was first in the state to receive a self-driving car permit and already has plans to test drive an autonomous A7 around the Bay Area, according to the Los Angeles Times.

These may be the cars of the future, but for now they represent a tiny fraction of California’s approximately 32 million registered vehicles.

Google’s souped-up Lexus SUVs are the biggest fleet, with 25 vehicles. Mercedes and Volkswagen have two vehicles each, said Bernard Soriano, the DMV official overseeing the state’s “autonomous vehicle” regulation-writing process. A “handful” of other companies are applying for permits, he said.
The permits formally regulate testing that already was underway. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles. The technology giant has bet heavily on the vehicles, which navigate using sophisticated sensors and detailed maps.

Finally, government rules are catching up.

In 2012, the California Legislature directed the DMV to regulate the emerging technology. Rules that the agency first proposed in January went into effect Tuesday. Among them:

– Test drivers must have a sparkling driving record, complete a training regimen and enroll in a program that informs their employer if they get in an accident or are busted for driving under the influence off hours.

– Companies must report to the state how many times their vehicles unexpectedly disengage from self-driving mode, whether due to a failure of the technology or because the human driver takes over in an emergency. They also must have insurance or other coverage to pay for property or personal injury claims of up to $5 million.

California passed its law after Nevada and Florida and before Michigan. The federal government has not acted, and national regulations appear to be years away.

It’s impossible to know the total number of self-driving cars being tested on public roads because, unlike California and Nevada, Michigan does not require special permits to test self-driving cars on public roads.

Toyota, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are “all running around here with some form of autonomous vehicle,” said James Fackler, assistant administrator for the Michigan Department of State, which registers motor vehicles. Carmakers do not need a permit – manufacturer’s license plates are enough, and those plates can also be used on future models or other kinds of experimental cars.

Nevada has issued several test vehicle licenses to Google, VW and the auto supplier Continental, according to its Department of Motor Vehicles.

In Florida, only Audi has tested self-driving technology and it is not ongoing, according to a spokesman for the state’s motor vehicles department.

With California’s testing rules in effect, the DMV is drafting regulations that will govern self-driving cars once they are ready for the general public.

Audi Self-Driving Car Gets First Permit In California.

Why I’m Ending My Boycott of German Cars – The Atlantic.

Am I reading this correctly? A “lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 each for Phillips and the survivors of Weigel and Rademaker, the statement said.”

WTF are our lives completely worthless these days. 50K. No fucking wonder GM never bothered to lift a finger.

On Feb. 13, GM announced the recall of more than 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s (model years 2005-2007). Two weeks later it added 842,000 Ion compacts (2003-2007), and Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars (2006-2007). The recalled cars have the same ignition switches.

via Families in Wis. Crash That Killed 2 Girls Sue GM – ABC News.

Radiator fans do not turn on Dodge Grand Caravan or dodge caravan

How to check and repair

EASY but not likely

1 check the 40A fuse in the fuse box under the hood on the drivers side.  The inside of the lid to the fuse box will tell you which one it is.

More difficult but a little more likely

Check the coolant temperature sensor at the top of the engine

  1. With the key OFF, disconnect wire harness connector from coolant temperature sensor usually right next to where the large radiator hose exits the top of the engine where the thermostat housing is:

Fig 96 Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor Connector


  1. Connect a high input impedance (digital) volt-ohmmeter to terminals A and B (Fig. 96). The ohmmeter should read as follows:


    • Normal operating temperature around 200°F ohmmeter should read approximately 700 to 1,000 ohms .
    • Room temperature around 70°F ohmmeter should read approximately 7,000 to 13,000 ohms .
  1. Test the resistance of the wire harness between the PCM connector terminal 26 and the sensor harness connector. Also check for continuity between PCM connector terminal 43 and the sensor harness connector.


    • If the resistance is greater than 1 ohm , repair the wire harness as necessary.

26 – sensor harness = 0

43 – sensor harness = 0

Check the relay for the fans: (MOST LIKELY FAILURE AND MOST DIFFICULT)



If the Radiator fan control module has failed you will need to replace it with a new one there is no way to repair it.


To replace the module,



The radiator fan relay is located below the left front headlamp module. The headlamp module must be removed to access the relay.


  1. Open hood, disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
  2. Remove the left side headlamp bulb from the headlamp housing. Refer to Lighting and Horns.
  3. Remove the left headlamp module.
  4. Remove the cover over the relay.
  5. Disconnect the relay connector.
  6. Carefully drill out the two retaining rivets.
  7. Remove relay from vehicle.


CAUTION: The relay mounting location is designed to dissipate heat. Ensure the relay is properly attached to prevent relay “thermal” shutdown and relay damage, resulting in possible engine overheating.

For installation, reverse the above procedure using new rivets included with the solid state relay


To remove the headlamp





  1. Release hood latch and open hood.
  2. From inside engine compartment, remove nuts holding headlamp module to radiator closure panel.
  3. Remove screw holding top of module to closure panel.
  1. Remove headlamp module from radiator closure panel.
  2. Disconnect wire connectors from back of headlamp module.
  3. Separate headlamp module from vehicle.


  1. Place headlamp module in position on vehicle.
  2. Connect wire connectors into back of headlamp module.
  3. Place headlamp module in position on radiator closure panel.
  4. Install nuts to hold headlamp module to radiator closure panel.
  5. Install screw to hold top of module to closure panel.
  6. Verify headlamp operation and alignment.

Be sure to inspect the connector for the module and for the fans for melting and burning, if you find any it must be repaired or the new components will fail.






Z1 18BK



K173 18LG/DB



C23 12DG



A16 12GY


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