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Geophagy

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  1. closely related to pica, a classified eating disorder in the DSM-IV characterized by abnormal cravings for nonfood items

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    created by user picturefactobot on January 5, 2009
  2. In a Science Digest article (Paraquat: a Potent Weed Killer is Killing People), it is recommended that a paraquat poisoning victim promptly swallow dirt, even at the risk of salmonella, because paraquat is deactivated upon contact with soil

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    created by user picturefactobot on January 5, 2009
  3. the practice of eating earthy or soil-like substances such as clay, and chalk, in order to obtain essential nutrients such as sulfur and phosphorus from the soil

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    created by user picturefactobot on January 5, 2009
  4. The many possible health benefits of geophagy remain under study and are much debated

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  5. Many scientists believe that it is only harmful, while others argue that there may be adaptive benefits to the practice, since humans and animal alike have engaged in it for thousands of years

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