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I have an addiction to eating rocks and I know that it's very bad for me. I find rocks and break them down with a hammer and suck all the dirft off before I begin chewing up the rock bits. I was wondering if anyone else does this and how I should go about stopping this. I know that it's bad for me, but I love the earthy taste in my mouth. Please help!
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replied February 20th, 2012
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Patients who have pica are often nutritionally deficient in something.

You should first see your physician for an evaluation. It may be that you are missing a specific nutrient in you diet or you are unable to absorb that nutrient. Replacing it or bringing it into an adequate amount may cure your pica.

If it is found that you are okay nutritionally, then you will probably need professional help to manage the pica problem. Contact a mental health professional for advice.

Good luck.
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