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Why Some People Eat Dirt


Health & Wellness  (tags: People, Dirt, Earth, geophagy, humans )

Anna
- 2905 days ago - news.discovery.com
Amid the countless edible plants and animals on Earth, there's little consideration for the ground beneath our feet. Intentionally eating dirt, also called geophagy, is a natural instinct and may serve a greater health purpose.Some humans' urge to .......



   

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tracey p (81)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 3:33 am
noted. never had the urge myself, but very interesting nonetheless. thanks.
 

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 4:14 am
Noted
 

Carol H (229)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 5:02 am
boiled dirt does not sound good by any stretch! thanks Anna, noted
 

Regina P (63)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 5:57 am
Note. Not interested in eating any dirt today. Thanks Anna
 

Mary L (132)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:25 am
Interesting. I saw a TV program and Pica was shown. One lady ate a ton of corn starch every day.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:59 am
Thanks Anna, a neighbor's dog eats dirt every day and confuses us, but the next time my nephew comes over I'm giving him a mud pie!
 

Mary T (178)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 6:56 pm
Thanks Anna I hear enough dirt I don't want to eat it.
 

David C (75)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:12 pm
noted, my parents said I used to eat dirt as a child and toddler, but the pictures only show that I played in it....
 

NICKY MELVILLE (119)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 3:20 am
Some studies show that we are developing poor immune systems due to the fact that we don't ingest dirt naturlly in our diet, like they did in the past, before everything was sterilized and hommogonized and all the other ;izeds' that go on nowadays! Apparnently people got most of their B12 from the soil in the days that people just pulled a carrot out of the ground and gave it a bit of shake and then munched away without washing it. people living on the land used to be digging in the soil ever day and never washed their hands before they took out there lunch sandwhiches and so they wer eingesting quite a lot of soil every day. Perhaps we really do need that soil to get into our systems to make sure our antibodies get a good work-out! Many of my visitors who taste my cooking, would most likely prefer to go out and eat the soil, but they are too polite to actually say so!
 

Sharon Balloch (127)
Thursday June 9, 2011, 4:07 am
Hmm..no thanks, I ate dirt in my other lives and am still full.
 
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