Ketosis Breath Smells Like Alcohol

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Drunk Versus Diabetes: How Can You Tell?

Dispatch calls your EMS unit to the side of a roadway, where police officers have detained a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol intoxication. You find the female driver handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser. She is screaming profanities and hitting her head against the side window. An officer tells you that she was weaving in and out of traffic at highway speed, and it took several minutes to pull her over. She was noncooperative and it took several officers to subdue her. She sustained a laceration to her head, which the officers want you to evaluate. The woman continues to swear at you as you open the car door. You note that she is diaphoretic and breathing heavily. You can smell what appears to be the sour, boozy smell of alcohol, even though you are not close to her. You can see that the small laceration near the hairline on her right forehead has already stopped bleeding. Her speech is slurred and she appears to be in no mood to be evaluated. The police officers are ready to take her down to the station to be processed for driving under the influence. Sound familiar? It should — this is a scene that is played out often in EMS systems. Whi Continue reading >>

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  1. PeacefulWarrior

    I'm on day 13 day 23 total. Over the last few days I've been getting a strange taste in my mouth. More accurately the back of my throat. It tastes almost like alcohol or some chemical. what could this be? Detoxing from meds taken in the past? Old drug use? Definitely interested to hear your take on this Should I be concerned? should I go longer? is this hey new stage of healing?
    Thanks in advance,

  2. TheFastDoctor

    TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Alcohol taste in the mouth?
    In these 13 days, dear Peaceful, you have likely not been putting anything into you that could cause a "strange taste". Thus, whatever is causing it must have been in you before you started fasting. I have noted old medicines come out years later so that could be a component yes. Also old preservatives, colourants, flavourants and a host of environmental and metabolic wastes...
    My general advice is, as long as other observations and examinations permit, for patients to persist fasting under these circumstances, but do even more aggressive elimination cycles to help the body get rid of whatever chemical or group of chemicals have been liberated into circulation... and yet I am really reluctant just to "chase numbers" as a decision on the number of days beforehand may risk your overriding the biofeedback.
    Long sentence.
    All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.

  3. david

    david replied the topic: Re: Alcohol taste in the mouth?
    Chemical breath smells like fermented apples and is triggered when in ketosis by the elimination of Acetone? Muscle breakdown can cause chemical breath by muscle breakdown releasing amonia? Question is can there be an associated taste with the release of these chemicals?
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