Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9270 comments on the GoErie.com story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Why do I often crave eating clay?. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Q I have a habit that I have developed off and on for the past two years. I love the taste of clay.

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linda

London, UK

#48 Aug 14, 2010
I love eating clay wrote:
I have been eating clay from about the age of 7 or 8, when my mother used to ive it to me. I can confess that I am addicted to eating clay, and it has become a habit, that I do not particuarly want to stop.
I generally eat what is called calabash chalk. There are differnt types, but I eat the small grey one, shaped like a egg, which is described by Ghanaians as 'Ayelo' or 'Shile' I know what the health risks are, although i have done a lot of research on this topic and I have not found any confirmed cases of lead posioning, or the other side affects often described.
If you like eating chalk, please let me know. i am certain I am not the only one.
i also eat clay and have been eating it for 19 years. u r not the only person. as a mater of fact am eating some now lol
misstam

Austin, TX

#50 Aug 20, 2010
Clay and chalk lover wrote:
I love eating clay. I also love eating the egg shaped clay from Ghana, but I also prone to eating the salty clay from Niheria. I do not understand this addiction that I have to clay. The thought of it makes my mouth water. I do want to stop as people tell me that it can affect fertility. This cooncerns me. Although realisticly I am not sure I can.
I would love to hear from from other clay eaters!!!
Wow, im definitely glad to find other's addicted to clay. I eat the ghana clay as well and right now they are fresh out at the market where i buy it. is there anywhere online to purchase it. i live in texas by the way.
Jennifer

San Francisco, CA

#51 Aug 22, 2010
I like eating ice sometimes after I'm done with my meal and my friend likes eating salt
MRS

United States

#52 Aug 22, 2010
I LIVE IN WEST HAVEN CONN AND I START EATIN CLAY ABOUT 3YRS AGO AND I START FROM THE SMELL OF NEWS PAPER I'M FROM S.C AND IT'S IS SO HARD TO FIND IT FROM CT WHERE COULD I GET IT FROM CAN'T FOUND IT FROM NO KIND OF STORE
Joyce

South Africa

#53 Aug 24, 2010
I am happy that there are a lot of people who love eating clay. I've been eating it since my pregnancy 11 years ago. I love the smell of wet earth in my mouth.
lll

Munich, Germany

#54 Aug 30, 2010
Love eating red clay that has been lightly fired (once) the taste is incredible! I also like white limestone which could be used as chalk.
I don't see anything bad with it except it affects tooth enamel, but other than that it's a natural craving.
1sexylady77

Shreveport, LA

#55 Sep 7, 2010
Im addicted to eating clay dirt, I live in Louisiana and have been eating it since i was a child. I still crave it so bad. I found a clay dirt hill that I would dig mine from for years deep in from ground the good smooth kind and baked to get hard. The hill is no longer there. I would appreciate it so much if someone could ship me some I will pay you for shipping it to me. Please if it's anyone out there that have a dirt hill close by please let me know. my email is yjackson77@yahoo.com
swaziland

Mbabane, Swaziland

#56 Sep 8, 2010
This is a serious problem the Doctors need to do something about this it's been 7years now eating paper is my habit. When i am stressed i eat it and later i feel so normal and human. It's bad because i eat about 20pgz a day i had once experienced a serious problem when it comes to doing number2 painful sometimes blood comes out and i have to dig it with a stick so can be relieved from the pain. I do not just eat any paper i eat a certain type it's got a nice smell in my mouth as am writing i am eating it.
flyy girl

Woodford Green, UK

#57 Sep 16, 2010
Davy wrote:
Medicine would call this 'pica'...a disease.
eating clay is not a disease. i eat clay and my doctor never said i have a disease. eating clay for some people means that their body demands for clay/dirt.
flyy girl

Woodford Green, UK

#58 Sep 16, 2010
linda wrote:
<quoted text>
i also eat clay and have been eating it for 19 years. u r not the only person. as a mater of fact am eating some now lol
i eat clay as well and i have never experienced any side efects. if i have the chance i would eat clay everydday but it hard to get clay in london.i have been eating clay for 19 years sicne i was 1 years old. please if you know where to get clay from let me know. here is my email. darcy303@hotmail.com. just remember ur not the only one with this habit.
Anonymous

Woodford Green, UK

#59 Sep 16, 2010
Joyce wrote:
I am happy that there are a lot of people who love eating clay. I've been eating it since my pregnancy 11 years ago. I love the smell of wet earth in my mouth.
wow lucky u, it easy to buy clay in africa than europe. i wish i was homw where eating clay is seena as norm. i like the white salty clay it so creamy and delicious mmm yum yum
Anonymous

Woodford Green, UK

#60 Sep 16, 2010
negnog wrote:
<quoted text>
Hello, I am an artist working in Atlanta and I am currently researching the practice of clay eating in the south. If you would be willing I would like to ask you some questions about your clay eating, its history, your feelings and thoughts about the practice and how you "contextualize" it. Meaning what does it mean to you to eat clay? If you are interested please reply to this message.
Thanks Jon
yes am interested in it and eating clay for me is like eating my daily normal food. here is my email darcy303@hotmail.com
kanu

Smithtown, NY

#61 Sep 16, 2010
u all r a human being please stop eating all this non-nutritional items...i know may be uncontrollable habit..but at a later age u'r body organs will get more worse..they will stop normal funtionning..it have bad effect on kidneys and liver...please my request to u is to stop this habit..
koko

Asheboro, NC

#62 Sep 17, 2010
swaziland wrote:
This is a serious problem the Doctors need to do something about this it's been 7years now eating paper is my habit. When i am stressed i eat it and later i feel so normal and human. It's bad because i eat about 20pgz a day i had once experienced a serious problem when it comes to doing number2 painful sometimes blood comes out and i have to dig it with a stick so can be relieved from the pain. I do not just eat any paper i eat a certain type it's got a nice smell in my mouth as am writing i am eating it.
u suffer from anemia!!!
Beebee

Los Angeles, CA

#63 Sep 18, 2010
I eat clay everyday.. It's sad.. I've been eating it ever since I was a child. It's taste so good and it makes my mouth water.. I like eating fired clay too. It smells sooooooooo good. Clay also fills me up when I'm hungry. I also eat chalk, paint chips, plaster, Cole, dust, dirt, baby powder, cigarette ashes, etc.. The list goes on and on and on..
alternativeal

Hollywood, FL

#64 Sep 25, 2010
peter wrote:
Where can I find good eating clay?
www.clayremedies.com has edible clay in chunk form!
alternativeal

Hollywood, FL

#65 Sep 25, 2010
Prego Clay Lover wrote:
My family is originally from Mississippi and I was born and raised in Cali. I never knew about eating clay until I became pregnant and wanted something.
I went to every store trying different foods and still couldn't find the taste I was looking for. I called my great aunt and she went to the "hills" and got me a box of mississippi red clay. She cooked it in the oven before she sent it to me. Prior to my consumption of this I was anemic however my daughter is 6 years old and all blood test confirm that I am no longer anemic. It's just like Scott from AZ said, melts in your mouth like chocolate. Any one can bad mouth this if they want however it has been around since humans roamed the earth. I love the taste and need some more. My aunt is gone so anyone know where I can get some clay from AZ?
www.clayremedies.com has edible clay in chunk form!
alternativeal

Hollywood, FL

#66 Sep 25, 2010
alicia wrote:
Prego Clay lover, where in MS is your family from? I also LOVE clay and am looking for a good source to get it. I've tried every kind. Had white clay shipped from Georgia (that gave me headache) dug my own when i went to Arizona (me and my daughters LOVED that til it was gone. Bought the African kind from the African market (ok, but not like the red straight from the ground) and have tons of bentonite, pascalite, and terramin clays.
If anybody knows where to get that goood red clay, please let me know.
www.clayremedies.com has edible clay in chunk form!
alternativeal

Hollywood, FL

#67 Sep 25, 2010
misstam wrote:
<quoted text> Wow, im definitely glad to find other's addicted to clay. I eat the ghana clay as well and right now they are fresh out at the market where i buy it. is there anywhere online to purchase it. i live in texas by the way.
www.clayremedies.com has edible clay in chunk form!
alternativeal

Hollywood, FL

#68 Sep 25, 2010
MRS wrote:
I LIVE IN WEST HAVEN CONN AND I START EATIN CLAY ABOUT 3YRS AGO AND I START FROM THE SMELL OF NEWS PAPER I'M FROM S.C AND IT'S IS SO HARD TO FIND IT FROM CT WHERE COULD I GET IT FROM CAN'T FOUND IT FROM NO KIND OF STORE
www.clayremedies.com has edible clay in chunk form!

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