I am 100% convinced that our cravings are physiological in nature. Decades ago, I saw a documentary that featured women all over the world who ate dirt. Some southern women who were interviewed showed how they ate Argo laundry starch when they couldn't get to their dirt supply. I thought it was interesting but didn't think any more about it.<quoted text>
This made me laugh; I'm sure many of us can relate!
I'm still trying to figure out the strong cravings we have for clay and similar things. I believe it is due to mineral deficiency, and we are searching for something that our bodies need, but hard to fully rationalize the cravings and obsession that some of us have (including myself).
I love certain foods, and we need food to exist, but I don't obsess over it. I like looking at food recipes, but I don't search the internet for recipes or videos in the same way I do for clay, chalk etc.
Anybody have any thoughts?
Fast forward about 20 years. My kidneys failed and I had to go on dialysis. It was then that I started to crave dirt, something that had never happened to me before. I was afraid to go digging up dirt to eat, but fortunately, I remembered the women eating cornstarch. I quickly became addicted to it, eating about a box a week. I just couldn't stop. After two years, I had a kidney transplant and my cravings for cornstarch went away. I tried to eat some, but it just wasn't appealing.
After seven years, my transplant failed and now I'm back on dialysis. Yep, you guessed it, I am now craving dirt again. At first I only ate cornstarch, but then I found out about white dirt and DE. Kidney failure makes you anemic. Also, the dialysis machine removes all kinds of stuff from your blood which leads me to believe that I am deficient in some sort of mineral. This experience has convinced me that our cravings are physiological in nature. It is not some sort of sign of weakness.