Guide to CRAVINGS: Part I ~The Kooky Stuff
Michelle Edmonds, M.A., M.Ed
Sr. Nutritionist| Author
THE SERENITY CHALLENGE
Serenity Weight and Detoxification Program
September 20, 2013
Craving non-nutritional substances, such as ice, clay, dirt
Many resources will give iron deficiency anemia as the cause for ice chewing or craving ice.
This is an over simplified explanation; it is more accurate to say that it is a manifestation of a mineral deficiency in general
Sera Young, Craving Earth: Understanding Pica: The Urge To Eat Clay, Starch, Ice, And Chalk-
03/21/2014 8:00 pm
Humans have eaten earth, on purpose, for more than 2,000 years. They also crave starch, ice, chalk, and other unorthodox food items. Some even claim they are "addicted" and "go crazy" without these items. Sifting through extensive historical, ethnographic, and biomedical findings, Sera L. Young creates a portrait of pica, or nonfood cravings, from humans' earliest ingestions to current trends and practices. In engaging detail, she describes the substances most frequently consumed and the many methods used to obtain them. She reveals how pica is remarkably prevalent, identifies its most avid partakers, and describes the potentially healthful and harmful effects.
Young evaluates the many hypotheses about the causes of pica, from the fantastical to the scientific, including hunger, nutritional deficiencies, and protective capacities. Never has a book examined pica so thoroughly or accessibly, merging absorbing history with intimate case studies to illuminate a behavior deeply entwined with human biology and culture.
1. Correct the mineral deficiencies
All people need at least 90 Essential Vitamins and Minerals DAILY (actually 94)
Click to listen to this 13 minute audio on PICA
60 Essential Minerals
16 Essential Vitamins
12 Essential Amino Acids
3 Essential Fatty Acids