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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Addicted to eating chalk

Chalk PacketImage via Wikipedia
Addiction to any substance whether it is considered non threatening or deadly is cause for concern. While some people may indulge in addictions that are well known, such as alcohol or various drugs, there are other addictions, less well known. One such addiction that has recently become newsworthy has been the constant craving and consumption of chalk. This is considered not only an addictive behavior but also an eating disorder called Pica. Pica is a pattern of eating non food items and/or craving them.

Many Internet researches claim that chalk is generally a non poisonous item, consisting mostly of calcium. However this information is not complete and those seeking information should be forewarned. Chalk also has been shown to have lead in them. Those that indulge in eating copious amounts of chalk need to know that Internet information is lacking. Do not assume the first source of information is correct. It took three Internet inquiries just to find out whether chalk had any dangerous ingredients. The first two inquiries made said no poisonous ingredients are found in chalk. This is misleading and should be disregarded. Unfortunately many sites claiming to give the general information, give false and inaccurate information. Be wary of them and never accept the first answer you find.
It is not natural or normal to eat non nutritive items, whether it is chalk, paper, dirt, clay, etc. Consuming these items on a regular basis with the inability to quit makes it an addiction. What makes it an unsafe practice is that most non food substances are not manufactured under the strict guidelines food is. With that in mind, it is not uncommon for many non food items to contain a wide variety of contaminants such as roach and insect body parts, feces and rodent droppings, dust, dirt, urine, and other unclean elements.

Any time your body is craving a non food item, and consumes of it regularly you are in need of having medical care. Although many think this is just an illness or disorder to be treated by a psychiatrist or psychologist, any medical professional that fails to order up a complete blood work up in addition to their treatment is falling short of their responsibility as a caregiver. There could very well be deficiencies to blame for the unnatural cravings, as well as damage that has already taken place inside the body.  For more information on Pica, see: Health
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