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Eating Dirt: It Might Be Good for You….
Posted: 03 October 2005 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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X - 03 October 2005 08:28 PM

is it grainy when you eat it????

If its proper clay (meaning grain size below 2 micrometer) it is not grainy at all. This is actually why we test sediments (e.g. from a prospection drill core) in our mouth to make a field assessment whether a sediment is clay, silt or sand. It is common practise among geologists and archaeologists.

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Posted: 03 October 2005 06:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I recall hearing many times that pregnant women in some of the poorer regions of the world will go out and start eating clay or dirt, in order to get enough minerals in the body.

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Posted: 03 October 2005 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Accipiter - 03 October 2005 10:22 PM

I recall hearing many times that pregnant women in some of the poorer regions of the world will go out and start eating clay or dirt, in order to get enough minerals in the body.

Actually it happens all over the world, even with well nourished women. It’s the thing mentioned above called Pica. A friend of mine got it while she was pregnant, and was eating dirt, laundry detergent, even cigarette butts from the ground (non smoker!) until she forced herself not to. The dirt and laundry detergent thing continued through much of her pregnancy.

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Posted: 03 October 2005 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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What??????    what possesses them to do that???

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Posted: 04 October 2005 09:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Stephen, it is an eating disorder called “Pica”.  (for the third time!!! jeeze, pay attention! ) LOL

http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic1798.htm

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Posted: 04 October 2005 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Hmmm makes sense that the body would force you to crave minerals in this manner if your diet wasnt providing I suppose. Only time I have ever seen someone literally eat dirt was during an Iron Stomach competition in college. Granted they also ate sticks of lard, cow testes, maggots and sour milk. Shudder

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Posted: 04 October 2005 05:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Deediddums - 04 October 2005 02:24 PM

Hmmm makes sense that the body would force you to crave minerals in this manner if your diet wasnt providing I suppose. Only time I have ever seen someone literally eat dirt was during an Iron Stomach competition in college. Granted they also ate sticks of lard, cow testes, maggots and sour milk. Shudder


eeewww, thats nasty….sticks of lard??? maggots??? sour milk??? and worst of all, Rocky Mountain Oysters….*retches*

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Posted: 04 October 2005 06:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Well, you do eat fish tacos….you sic bastard…

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Posted: 05 October 2005 08:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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When Jocelynn was much younger, she would pick up handfuls of dirt, put it into her mouth, and swallow.  We finally got her to stop doing it…I wasn’t worried about the dirt so much, as what was in it - animal feces, pesticides, rain gutter run-off.

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Posted: 05 October 2005 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Maegan - 05 October 2005 12:52 PM

When Jocelynn was much younger, she would pick up handfuls of dirt, put it into her mouth, and swallow.  We finally got her to stop doing it…I wasn’t worried about the dirt so much, as what was in it - animal feces, pesticides, rain gutter run-off.

She will develop a good resistance because of it. Children nowadays are raised much too clean, and as a result cannot stand anything when grown up.

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Posted: 05 October 2005 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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We intentionally were a little lacksadasical with Sage about that (not to the point where we’d let him eat something harmful or gross, but…) because I’m a believer in the resistance thing. A woman I know through a parenting group had a home sterilizer and would sterilize her kids toys each night, etc. Suprise, all three of her kids have athsma and are ill a lot.

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