Why do I often crave eating clay?

Why do I often crave eating clay?

There are 9263 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.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at GoErie.com.

Diva

UK

#133 May 2, 2011
Pls see and read this Research and conclude by yourself if you should still take Calabash chalk or whatsoever name it is called,I was a chronic addict but I had to stop after this and also witnessing a victim that was diagnized of Kidney stone as a result of its consumption.If I can make it,ofcourse you too can,Save yourself NOW.
http://www.britannica.com/bps/additionalconte...
Chalk lover

Edinburgh, UK

#134 May 4, 2011
swabbi wrote:
<quoted text>
I ordered it from ebay. does ebay ship to the UK? I'm not sure. you might can find it in an arts and craft store or something. not sure. Yeah I guess i could try adding a little water and heating it.
What ebay did u get the ball clay from? USA, Germany, France? I've searched the UK ebay and it doesn't come up with anything.

Since: Apr 11

Racine, WI

#135 May 4, 2011
Chalk lover wrote:
<quoted text>
What ebay did u get the ball clay from? USA, Germany, France? I've searched the UK ebay and it doesn't come up with anything.
US ebay
BethPC

Indian Trail, NC

#136 May 5, 2011
HEIFERS RULE wrote:
No question, telling people you eat teacups does have a way of bringing conversation to a halt. But be bold. Say to yourself, it's not weird, it's performance art. What you've got is a form of pica, the craving to eat the inedible or to eat normal food in obsessive quantities. If you think teacups are a little over the top, try toilet air-freshener blocks, which one lost soul used to consume at the rate of one or two a week.
Some cravings are so common they have names of their own, such as pagophagia, a hankering for ice (one sufferer admitted to a five-tray-a-day habit supplemented by bags of crushed ice obtained at convenience stores); xylophagia, a yen for wood toothpicks; coniophagia, a lust for dust from venetian blinds, and my personal favorite, gooberphagia, pathological consumption of peanuts... Other cravings include ten bunches of celery a day, a peppermint Life Saver every five minutes, salad croutons by the handful, coal, foam rubber, and worse. One woman, a nonsmoker, reportedly "would burn cigarettes to obtain the ashes" and when her husband smoked would follow him with cupped hand to catch the ashes as they fell.
The particular condition you've got is called geophagia, the desire to eat clay or dirt... It's common among poor rural black women, especially during pregnancy--in fact, during the 19th century dirt- and clay-eating was called cachexia africana. It's so common that one writer (R. Reid, Medical Anthropology, 1992) thinks we should reassess our whole attitude about it, the idea evidently being that if one person does it it's sick but if thousands do it it's an affirming cultural experience, possibly even conferring some medical benefit, although Lord knows what. Incidentally, many geophages are switching to laundry starch, something to think about if your taste for teacups begins to flag.
Geophagia and pica in general are often associated with iron-deficiency anemia... No one knows whether anemia is a cause or an effect, but it's worth looking into in your case, since one can't help thinking that art students as a class could stand a little more, you know, red meat... According to the medical literature, a lot of pica sufferers, including pregnant women with pickles-and-ice-cream-type cravings, have been cured by giving them iron supplements.
Then again, maybe you just like clay. Admittedly the stuff isn't as weird as the match heads and such that some folks go in for... And given that kaolin, a type of clay, is the active ingredient of the well-known childhood remedy Kaopectate, I'll venture to say you don't suffer much from diarrhea..... Still, a fair number of clay-eaters have shown up in emergency rooms with obstructed or even perforated intestines, the latter problem being one you put yourself at particular risk for if you start eating fired teacups in quantity... It's all very well to obsess, but lets not get carried away...
There it is in a teacup, er, nutshell..
btw, I come in peace...
I just hope that I'm not alone. I've been eating bits and pieces of my car tires for many, many years. I really do want to stop as I gone throught probably 2 sets of tires unnecessarily. A very expensive and bad habit. If anyone can help please repy. Thanks!
BethPC

Indian Trail, NC

#137 May 5, 2011
Sorry for the typos...I really am an intelligent (highly educated) person. :)
ICEE

Jensen Beach, FL

#138 May 5, 2011
1sexylady77 wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi I would like to know where your sister gets the red clay or yellow clay, that is dug from the ground so I can bake it and eat. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.:) Thanks my email yjackson77@yahoo.com
Did you find out about the yellow and red clay
ICEE

Jensen Beach, FL

#139 May 6, 2011
swabbi wrote:
<quoted text>
I also like the earthy taste. I could not stand that white dirt. It was disgusting to me. not gritty and no earthy taste at all. it don;t even smell right. I also tried calcium bentonite chunks and that was gross. I am trying to find that white dirt (kaolin) before they take it and take all that good stuff out that gives it that earth taste. Its a a greyish yellow colour. I think that white clay has all the tasty minerals washed out that gives the earth taste. I want the gritty stuff. It does look like chalk and the texture of chalk, but it is nasty.
i totally agree have you found the yellow or gray clay?

Since: Apr 11

Racine, WI

#140 May 6, 2011
ICEE wrote:
<quoted text>
i totally agree have you found the yellow or gray clay?
No, I wish someone was selling it over the internet. the next best thing is ball clay. It taste okay. Only can find it in powder form.
i might have to take a trip to mississippi and dig some up myself.
person

Burleson, TX

#141 May 12, 2011
That is really nasty that yall all eat clay and chalk. That is not healthy at all any you need to eat real food not chalk or clay. Clay and chalk are made for arts and crafts not to eat, they have chemicals in them that are not made to go in your body. I suggest you stop doing it now before it hurts your health.
Chalk lover

Rochester, UK

#142 May 13, 2011
person wrote:
That is really nasty that yall all eat clay and chalk. That is not healthy at all any you need to eat real food not chalk or clay. Clay and chalk are made for arts and crafts not to eat, they have chemicals in them that are not made to go in your body. I suggest you stop doing it now before it hurts your health.
Do your research. Check out the book entitled 'Craving Earth'. You'll find that it's most likely innate. i.e our bodies natural response to toxins. Do your research before you judge!

Since: Apr 11

Racine, WI

#143 May 13, 2011
Chalk lover wrote:
<quoted text>
Do your research. Check out the book entitled 'Craving Earth'. You'll find that it's most likely innate. i.e our bodies natural response to toxins. Do your research before you judge!
Well said.
Chalk lover

Worcester, UK

#144 May 15, 2011
swabbi wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said.
Thanks Swabbi,- some people can be so ignorant. How u doing? Did u try making ball clay chunks from the powder? I've ordered some - just awaiting arrival.
LADYJ

Montgomery, AL

#145 May 24, 2011
Dee wrote:
If anybody wanna know where to getthis red clay dirt from let me know.I think im about to start selling it.Didn't know that so many people eat it.
Could you also let me know where to get this my email is godfreybaby@gmail.com
cyndy

Swansea, UK

#146 May 27, 2011
hmm...mine i baddddddd.i stay in the uk and i crave for clay particularly the one from eastern nigeria so badly that i resort to licking milk.i know its bad but cant stop.....my periods are heavy and i know alot of women who take this and have fibroid masses in their uterus but sadly they cant stop.there must be some component of that stuff that is addictive cos except you dont like it,but if you do quitting is xtremely difficult.been taking it since 1999...loads of it..can pay as much as 50 pounds to get to the market to buy 5 pounds worth.....i need help
Clay and chalk lover

Alfreton, UK

#147 May 28, 2011
I really enjoy the Ghanaian clay called 'ayelo' or 'shile'. I crave it constantly. It is grey and egg shaped. I try not to but too much when I find it because I will eat it all at once! The shop I usually buy it from has sold out!

Does anyone know where I can buy it in London please?
One of the clay eaters

Chennai, India

#148 May 31, 2011
hey guys,
its amazing to find out soo many clay lovers the world over. M an Indian, and here we can buy really yummy clay for even a rupee. In fact its a multicrore business here.
Guess, if any one just travels to India, do not forget to visit any local small grocery store and ask for "Bhachki Maaati"(fried soil). it is very common in Maharashtra!!
Cheers to all the soil lovers!!
Icee

United States

#149 Jun 2, 2011
swabbi wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said.
I purchased the ball clay I love it ...its so close to the one I grew up on in North Carolina. I just miss the chunks. I tried mixing it with water but it doesnt dry hard enough. Me and my grandma use to dig our own.but now I'm in florida and it's unheard of eating clay.
LADYJ

Montgomery, AL

#150 Jun 2, 2011
Icee wrote:
<quoted text>
I purchased the ball clay I love it ...its so close to the one I grew up on in North Carolina. I just miss the chunks. I tried mixing it with water but it doesnt dry hard enough. Me and my grandma use to dig our own.but now I'm in florida and it's unheard of eating clay.
That's great!!!!!!! Where did you purchase the ball clay and what does it taste like?

Since: Apr 11

Racine, WI

#151 Jun 3, 2011
Chalk lover wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Swabbi,- some people can be so ignorant. How u doing? Did u try making ball clay chunks from the powder? I've ordered some - just awaiting arrival.
How do you like it?
Icee

United States

#152 Jun 3, 2011
LADYJ wrote:
<quoted text>
That's great!!!!!!! Where did you purchase the ball clay and what does it taste like?
Earthy...not salty at all. I purchased it online at clayworks supplies. tennessee ballclay.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Food Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Calendar, Oct. 1 - 7 (Oct '09) 4 hr FART FOOD 2
News Frozen pizza almost as good as real thing (Dec '10) 11 hr bst 23
News MSU Gets Anonymous $1 Million Gift For Gay Center (Jul '14) 12 hr WATCHING LIVONIA 40
News Help us find the best chicken wings in Central ... 12 hr KFC 14
News Try a tropical taste of summer in Lehigh Valley... 12 hr FOot 7
News Ontario tomato farmers sue local canning factor... Sat lotsa white colla... 1
News Recipe Exchange: Chile Rellenos from Gay and La... (Sep '07) Sat Jetmech 67
More from around the web