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I have a craving to eat hookah charcoals . Are there any long term side effects? I am not anemic, and take vitamins so I do not think it is pica.
ANEMIA EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made. You may need a heme consult ...Read more
Pica: Pica is the ingestion of non-food materials, or substances with little or no nutritional value. Pagophagia is considered to be a type of pica - it is specifically the excessive or compulsive ingestion of ice. This is not simply enjoying ice in your beverages - it is a compulsive need or drive to chew on and ingest ice. Interestingly, it is sometimes an outward sign of anemia. ...Read more
Not if this is you: At 39, you have done all the growing you are going to do. Pica is the injestion of non-food substances and can include nearly anything from paper to dirt to plastic, etc. Depending on what you injest and how much, it may pose risks for your health. In children, pica often arises in the contest of a nutritional deficiency, so get examined by a physician to see if you have an chemcial imbalance. ...Read more