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By Sera Young

Humans have eaten earth, on objective, for greater than 2,300 years. in addition they crave starch, ice, chalk, and different unorthodox goods of nutrients. a few even declare they're addicted and "go loopy" with no this stuff, yet why?

Sifting via wide old, ethnographic, and biomedical findings, Sera L. younger creates a portrait of pica, or nonfood cravings, from people' earliest ingestions to present developments and practices. In enticing element, she describes the ingredients most often ate up and the numerous equipment (including the net) used to acquire them. She finds how pica is remarkably ordinary (it happens in approximately each human tradition and during the animal kingdom), identifies its such a lot avid partakers (pregnant girls and younger children), and describes the doubtless healthy and damaging results. She evaluates the various hypotheses in regards to the factors of pica, from the fantastical to the medical, together with starvation, dietary deficiencies, and protecting capacities. by no means has a e-book tested pica so completely or accessibly, merging soaking up background with intimate case reviews to light up an enigmatic habit deeply entwined with human biology and culture.

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2 In short, clays are excellent at removing unwanted molecules. The small particle size of clays also makes them useful in the paper industry. In fact, they function similarly to starches in paper production (more on this under “Starch” in ch. 9, p. 126). Clays are used to smooth out paper and cardboard by filling in the crevices around the wood pulp. Clays are also used to coat paper, to prevent the bleeding of ink (Millot 1979). When it is dusted on surfaces, the fine powderiness of clay makes it an effective barrier against insects, too.

2 Standardized geophagy frequencies and mean geophagy score (vertical dotted line) by life stage (based on culture-level reports of geophagy in the Pica Literature Database). lower the number, the less frequent the geophagy. 53). 69) have the lowest geophagy scores. 8 This study made it possible to collect data on biological indices and behavioral patterns associated with pica, as well as to examine the biochemical properties of pica substances themselves. It was conducted in 2004 and 2005 among 2,368 pregnant Pembans who were recruited from public antenatal health clinics at their first antenatal visit, which in Pemba happens around the sixth month of pregnancy.

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