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Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?

Does chewing (not swallowing) toilet paper over many years (if one has pica disease) cause cancer? Because of the presence of dioxin?

Unlikely: Get your iron and CBC checked. If your iron store are low you may be able to replace the iron by preparing tomato based sauces in an iron skillet (some people cannot tolerate iron tablets) Don't chew on toilet paper. You'll find your self having to go to the store to get more just when you need it.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Hi there, am I right when I say you can become ill or have a slight fevor or high temperature when eating chalk? Thanks.

Hi there, am I right when I say you can become ill or have a slight fevor or high temperature when eating chalk? Thanks.

UNANSWERABLE: I do not believe that the science of eating chalk is included in any medical school curriculum. I cannot imagine though what eating chalk has to do with any kind of fever. Fever seems the least likely consequence of eating chalk.

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Is eating chalk is harmful?? im worried for my future that eating chalk can affect on my pregnancy??

Is eating chalk is harmful?? im worried for my future that eating chalk can affect on my pregnancy??

YES: This is called PICA- a form of eating and behavioral disorder. Please seek medical and psychological consultation.

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I have craving for eating chalk?? Is it harmful for me??? what are the reaons for eating chalk?? and If possible can I get rid of it?

I have craving for eating chalk?? Is it harmful for me??? what are the reaons for eating chalk?? and If possible can I get rid of it?

You need medical: Eval to determine the reason for what is likely Pica. You may have vitamin/mineral/ nutrient deficiency or it could be a mental health issues.

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I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?

I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?

Pica: Pica occurs when a person repetitively eats substances which usually provide no nutritional value. Recommend evaluation by your physician as rarely the pica is driven by a nutritional deficet. Once, this is evaluated, work with a therapist is usually beneficial. Take care.

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I was wondering is eating chalk the same thing as eating tums (calcium carbonate)?

I was wondering is eating chalk the same thing as eating tums (calcium carbonate)?

Chalk vs Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (Calcium Carbonate) can help reduce symptoms from indigestion, stomach upset & heart burn. Chalk is a form of Calcium Carbonate that is primarily use as paper filler. I don't recommend eating chalk.

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I had severe bleeding during my period after which my old pica habit of eating dust and oil returned even hb is 12.1, what could cause it?

I had severe bleeding during my period after which my old pica habit of eating dust and oil returned even hb is 12.1, what could cause it?

Heavy bleeding.: The pica could return with the sudden heavy bleeding. If the periods continue to be heavy and this is a change from your regular pattern, you should follow up with your doctor.

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Can eating burnt meat pizza cause cancer?

Can eating burnt meat pizza cause cancer?

No.: If it could there would be an awful lot of cancer. Try not to overdo it.

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Does eating kimchi causes cancer or prevent cancer?

Does eating kimchi causes cancer or prevent cancer?

Possibly: An article was published in Korea: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014;15 (19):8509-19. There has been an association with food with increased nitrosamines and gastric gastric cancer. This is why the incidence of gastric cancer is seemingly higher in the Asian/Korean population. Additional studies are needed to prove that the association is actually 'statistically significant.'

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Eating supper at night causes gastric cancer because your gastric doesn't get to rest -some health app says, is that true?

Eating supper at night causes gastric cancer because your gastric doesn't get to rest -some health app says, is that true?

No: That's something that somebody made up to put on a website and appear as if they know something. Everything that really and truly causes cancer either mutates genes or promotes tremendously increased long-term replication of cells. Not resting does neither. I suspect you saw through the falsehood and you're to be congratulated.

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Is it true that eating animal proteins can cause cancer & that the cancer industries want us to remain sick in order to keep making millions off of us?

Is it true that eating animal proteins can cause cancer & that the cancer industries want us to remain sick in order to keep making millions off of us?

Cynical view point: Humans need some animal proteins, (note that milk, including mother's milk, is an animal protein) as a source of vitamin B12. If you take supplemental vitamin B12 and vitamin D, you do not need to eat animal proteins. If you believe animal proteins cause cancer, do not eat meat!

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Can eating burnt meat cause cancer?

Can eating burnt meat cause cancer?

It may: There is no clear answer to this question. But healthy eating is an important part of staying healthy and cancer-free. This should include plant based foods, low or no red meat in your diet. Eating burnt meat once time is not likely to cause any harm but charcoal cooked meats should be avoided to minimize risk of developing cancer.

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Can eating kimchi cause gastric cancer?

Can eating kimchi cause gastric cancer?

YES IN HIGH DOSES: If you have a steady diet of fermented foods, such as kimchi, there have been studies which show a relationship to gastric cancer. But, if you eat a balanced, diverse diet with occasional intake of kimchi or other fermented foods, you won't take on much risk. Remember, the dose makes the poison. So, indulge in moderation, and enjoy. Good luck.

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How can eating sugar cause cancer/other diseases?

How can eating sugar cause cancer/other diseases?

Indirectly/disbetes.: Eating sugar does not cause disaeses by itself. Sugar is necessary for the body. However, too much sugar can lead to diabetes, and obesity, which are not only issues by themselves, they can lead to other problems like hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart disease;failure, visual disturbances, renal problems, and endometrial cancer in women, to name a few. A balanced diet and exercise is advised.

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Does eating microwaved food everyday (I'm a student) cause cancer. The majority says yes but some articles say no. Thoughts?

Does eating microwaved food everyday (I'm a student) cause cancer. The majority says yes but some articles say no. Thoughts?

No: There is no evidence that eating microwaved food causes cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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Hi I was wondering can eating piping hot food will that cause cancer I am worried I tend to rush my food without letting it cool dow?

Hi I was wondering can eating piping hot food will that cause cancer I am worried I tend to rush my food without letting it cool dow?

Not cancer: Hot food can cause burns in the mouth and esophagus but not cancer. It would be better if you would let it cool down a bit before eating it.

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I've been eating overcooked food (meat included) sometimes burnt for the past 6 months. I have heard this can cause cancer and am worried sick. Can it?

I've been eating overcooked food (meat included) sometimes burnt for the past 6 months. I have heard this can cause cancer and am worried sick. Can it?

Relax: There have been studies of the chemicals produced by burning food that are known cancer causing agents. However, there have been no studies to date that shows that eating burnt food causes cancer. You would have to eat a very large amount of burnt food to be affected. Maybe cut back on the amount of burnt food eaten to be on the safe side, but stop worrying.

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Pica (Definition)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica ...Read more