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Is it unusual to eat paper?

Is it unusual to eat paper?

Unless it is edible: Rice paper, then it certainly is not normal. Pica is eating materials that have no nutritional value. See your physician to determine if a nutritional deficiency is contributing to eating paper. If it isn't then please see a psychologist for therapy. This is a dangerous behavior because it could cause a bezoar & because of chemicals used to process many paper products. ...Read more

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I eat paper. How life threatening is this?

I eat paper. How life threatening is this?

Not life threatening: BUT a lot of chemicals in most paper that should not be ingested regularly or in large quantities. Bleaching agents, sizing agents, chalk, and finishing agents, to name a few. Specialty papers (toilet or facial tissue included) can contain perfumes, softening agents, dyes and other pigments. While there is some caloric value to cellulose, it is best to stick with food. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to eat paper if you don't swallow?

Is it unhealthy to eat paper if you don't swallow?

Could be dangerous: Most paper contains traces of dioxin, a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine. Dioxin is a carcinogen and an extremely toxic chemical. It is not considered hazardous to touch these products, but it is possible that if you "eat paper" even without swallowing that some of the dioxins will be absorbed into your body. I would not take this chance. Unbleached paper is relatively safe. See comment:. ...Read more

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What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

What could cause a child to eat... What could cause a child to want to eat paper & also pick on a blanket and eat the blanket?

Pica: Your child has a condition known as pica. With pica a child has a desire to eat anything from dirt to lead paint chips. We don't know the cause but we believe these children are usually anemic. Therefore you might as your doctor to check your child's hemoglobin. ...Read more

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I need to stop eating paper please help I have fybermyalgia n I take cymbalta (duloxetine) and now I eat paper?

I need to stop eating paper please help I have fybermyalgia n I take cymbalta (duloxetine) and now I eat paper?

Pica: Pica is a condition where people eat things with no nutritional value. The most well known cause of pica is iron deficiency, so having your hemoglobin checked would be wise. Otherwise, it can be considered an eating disorder, which requires psychological assessment. ...Read more

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I eat paper. I'm 20 and 7 months pregnant so I'm worrying about my son and the affect it'll have on him. I've always been severely anaemic & eaten it.

I eat paper. I'm 20 and 7 months pregnant so I'm worrying about my son and the affect it'll have on him. I've always been severely anaemic & eaten it.

I am not sure: That the paper is as bad as the underlying nutritional deficiencies the paper is trying to replace. This is likely pica, as u have been told. People used to go for dirt, now it's more baking soda, corn starch or ice mostly. The only thing to do is use iron, see if this relieves it. Do you have an appetite otherwise? Do you sleep well? These are important. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! What can I do I've tried everything?

I have an eating disorder, pica, and crave/eat paper and cannot stop! What can I do I've tried everything?

Seek consultation: As previously noted this can reflect developmental issues, but also sometimes medical issues. Its more commonly seen in children. A thorough medical and probably a pediatric neurological consult would be well advised with further follow up with psychiatry and maybe a clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric or health psychology for behavioral interventions. ...Read more

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What happens if you eat toilet paper?

What happens if you eat toilet paper?

It can lead: To a bezoar which obstructs your GI tract. It is not a safe practice. ...Read more

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I have started craving to eat dirt and paper. Am I going crazy?

I have started craving to eat dirt and paper. Am I going crazy?

Iron deficiency: This conditon, termed pica, is common in those with an iron deficiency and sometimes vitamins as well. Discuss this with your family doctor and you may need help from a nutritionist. ...Read more

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What happens if I eat a little bit of paper suddenly?

What happens if I eat a little bit of paper suddenly?

Safe.: Paper is generally nothing more than Cellulose and some stabilizing agents. Unless you are eating a lot routinely, or eating some specialty paper, I do not see any significant health hazard. The speed with you you eat it may be correlated with your risk of a paper cut. That would hurt. ...Read more

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Red blood on toilet paper when wiping during the period 2 months. What care should I follow up for 56 yrs old male, chinese, healthy. Eat lot of fruit.

Red blood on toilet paper when wiping during the period 2 months. What care should I follow up for 56 yrs old male, chinese, healthy. Eat lot of fruit.

Rectal bleeding: Men aged 50 and over should get checked with a colonoscopy. See a doctor if you haven't yet had one. If you see blood don't assume it is from hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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I'm doing this research paper on acne and I want to know the causes of acne like hormonal wise and chemicals that we put on our face and eat and stress?

I'm doing this research paper on acne and I want to know the causes of acne like hormonal wise and chemicals that we put on our face and eat and stress?

Be discerning: Despite a great deal of talk, much less is known about acne than people will claim, and much of what you read about putative causes is untrue, often simply made up. I tell people with acne to manage it rather than trying to identify and remove causes; the one exception is women who may have a hormonal problem such as poly cystic ovaries. ...Read more

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Can I eat raisin bran while using levothyroxine because I got a paper where it said I shouldn't eat high fiber foods while taking levothyroxine becaus?

Can I eat raisin bran while using levothyroxine because I got a paper where it said I shouldn't eat high fiber foods while taking levothyroxine becaus?

Levothyroxine/ Fiber: Raisin Bran would be considered a high fiber food. Foods high in fiber could reduce the absorption of levothyroxine from your GI tract. Actually, levothyroxine should always be taken on an empty stomach so that a consistent amount of your prescribed dose is absorbed into your bloodstream. ...Read more

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What should I eat after colon resection surgery? Discharge paper said bland solid food with low fiber. What does it mean? How much? How often?

What should I eat after colon resection surgery? Discharge paper said bland solid food with low fiber. What does it mean? How much? How often?

That's right: Typically you should take a bland diet with low fiber. The quantity that you should take is usually half of what you would be a custom to eating for a full size meal before your operation. If you have any nausea or vomiting you should stick with liquids for 8 hours before resuming solids. Check with your surgeon to see if there any other special considerations based on your operation. ...Read more

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What happens if a baby accidentally ate paper?

What happens if a baby accidentally ate paper?

Paper: If a child ate paper by accident, chances are he would pass it in the stool. If this is a chronic problem he could create a bezoar or a mass of paper which could eventually cause an intestinal blockage. ...Read more

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Is there more fibre in the paper box or a serving of corn flakes?

Is there more fibre in the paper box or a serving of corn flakes?

The box: The box could probably count as fiber, since it is undigestable plant material. However, it isn't a food item per-se. Anyway, there are many cereals with more fiber than corn flakes. The older I get, the more tempting that box gets. ...Read more

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I am doing a paper on how nutrition and the demonization of food.?

I am doing a paper on how nutrition and the demonization of food.?

You have my sympathy: You're being asked to take time in which you could be learning real, marketable skills to write about the politics of how we perceive food choices and obesity. This itself might be worth understanding, but the term "demonization" usually indicates a left-wing and nonscientific political agenda. To be successful, you need to find out the prejudices of your grader. ...Read more

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What is your monthly salary? A research paper would you min answering some questions?

What is your monthly salary? A research paper would you min answering some questions?

There: There is a wide variation in what doctors make, depending on where they practice and the field of medicine they're in.

Your best source of information for these things (and a valuable tool in considering career choices) is the us department of labor. I have attached a link that will help you. ...Read more

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How can I organize my important documents including health records without using paper?

Computer documents: You can make a place on your computer (be sure you have good back up if this is to be your only record) to enter the data so that you can discard the records. Some paper records as such are required by the irs so get some advice from your accountant or tax attorney about which you can store electronically and which you have to keep as paper. ...Read more

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Why do paper cuts hurt so much, and sometimes more than deeper cuts caused by sharp objects?

Why do paper cuts hurt so much, and sometimes more than deeper cuts caused by sharp objects?

Sensitive nerve ends: By god's creation or so, our superficial skin structures are supplied with very sensitive nerve endings and pain receptors, may be a natural mechanism to protect from environmental stimuli. Since paper cuts very superficial cuts we feel lore pain than deeper cuts. ...Read more

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Hi! Could you perhaps explain to me why diets are generally ineffective? It's for my research paper.

Hi! Could you perhaps explain to me why diets are generally ineffective? It's for my research paper.

Yes: Many diets do not teach the person about lifestyle changes and long lasting changes that they can incorporate into their everyday life. Many go on crash diets with radical changes that cant be sustained over time. A lifestyle change would be to eat more fruits and vegetables and less fried and fatty foods. That is an attainable goal that could result in a more permanent weight loss. ...Read more

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Is there an official research/paper declaring that an open working space causes demages for the health of workers?

Is there an official research/paper declaring that an open working space causes demages for the health of workers?

Nothing generic: That I am aware of. Which is good thing for farmers/ranchers/etc. In general, it is small / enclosed work spaces that pose potential risk to workers. ...Read more

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For the past days my waste has been really dark with white substance over it and when I'm going to wipe, the substance on the paper and its gooey?

Feces...: The character of feces changes with diet, hydration, and a variety of intestinal issues like infections. If it turns bloody, you are in pain, there is vomiting, prolonged and unexplained weight loss or gain, or other associated symptoms, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Could germs stay alive or die on paper?

Could germs stay alive or die on paper?

A short time: Most types of germs (viruses and bacteria) do not live very long in unfriendly environments like a piece of paper. Some types live longer than others, and a few like the mycobacteria that causes tuberculosis can live a fairly long time outside of a body. There are spores, like botulinum spores that can live a very long time outside of a host. ...Read more

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How long deep paper cut heal?

How long deep paper cut heal?

Depends on lacation: It depends on location but usually all these will heal within 5 to 7 days if there is no infection or any other complication. ...Read more

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Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Whatever: Can you still find a paper bag? The idea is to build up co2 levels so the smallest bag that will cover both your nose and mouth and hold a good breath would work. But a big bag would probably work almost as fast if that's all you have. Plastic would not be a good idea. ...Read more

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Does smoking plain paper affect health?

Does smoking plain paper affect health?

Yes: It is not healthy to inhale smoke of any origin. Why is one smoking smoking plain paper? ...Read more

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I need help! How do I stop eating paper?

I need help! How do I stop eating paper?

Pica, eating non-: Food items for a month or more, is seen in many mental & developmental disorders. Like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, other Eating Disorders, family disorganization & Autistic Spectrum Disorder. See your PCP to rule out nutritional deficiencies, anemia, pregnancy, constipation & intestinal blockage. You need a psychiatrist & a psychologist for accurate diagnoses, therapy & possible medications. ...Read more

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What does an incected paper cut look like?

What does an incected paper cut look like?

Red and tender: An infected paper cut would happen 2-3 days after getting cut and the surrounding skin would be red. It would also be tender to touch. ...Read more

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What do white paper balls in discharge mean?

What do white paper balls in discharge mean?

Male or female?: Will answer as if you are female. Am assuming that "paper ball" is just a descriptive term. A clumpy (cottage cheese- like), white, non- odorous discharge associated w itching, burning, swelling or redness can be due to yeast infections. If you have a change in color, texture, odor or amount of vaginal discharge ; problems such as pain, itching burning with urination or sex or redness/swelling >. ...Read more

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What to do if abnormal psychology paper topic?

What to do if abnormal psychology paper topic?

Write about: A topic like depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, personality disorder, there is so much to write about within abnormal psychology ...Read more

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How long will it take for my paper cut to heal?

How long will it take for my paper cut to heal?

Few days: It depends how deep it is but generally a paper cut is well healed in 4-7 days. ...Read more

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Can you get germs from a boy from a piece of paper?

Can you get germs from a boy from a piece of paper?

Unlikely: Possible but unlikely. There are amny variables such as the length of time from contact to exposure, the specific infectious agent, and things like humidity and temperature. ...Read more

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I can't stop eating toilet paper. What should I do?

I can't stop eating toilet paper. What should I do?

Eating Toilet paper: Well, there is no specific test for people that have disorders involving unusual cravings. However, nutritional deficiencies are often found in people that suffer from pica. Iron deficiency anemia and zinc deficiency are more common with pica. I would see your doctor and have your labs checked (iron, vitamins a, d, b1-12, calcium, magnesium, zinc, etc. ...Read more