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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: April 15 2018,22:21   

Quote (stevestory @ April 15 2018,08:33)
Inspired by some poor relatives who fall for every form of snake oil Alex Jones and company peddle, I had a thought about eating clay.

Back when I was in school and would come across the word Pica, it was always defined as something like "The compulsion to eat things that aren't food, i.e. clay." Clay was always the example. While eating clay is probably generally pointless, and probably only very helpful if you've ingested some strong poison, clays do contain several minerals, and organisms can adapt to crave things they need but don't understand, so is it possible that craving clay can in some limited circumstances stem from a mineral deficiency and thus be a rational response?

It is technically called "geophagy," or "plastophagy." It is common world wide. The popular over the counter nostrum "Kaopectate" was originally the clay kaolin, and pectin. Later the clay attapulgite, AKA plagorskyite was used instead of kaolin. In Yucatec Maya attapulgite is called "Sak Lu'um," and is commonly eaten to settle upset stomach, and diarrhea.

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Bob O'H



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(Permalink) Posted: April 16 2018,03:17   

Quote (stevestory @ April 15 2018,10:33)
Inspired by some poor relatives who fall for every form of snake oil Alex Jones and company peddle, I had a thought about eating clay.

Back when I was in school and would come across the word Pica, it was always defined as something like "The compulsion to eat things that aren't food, i.e. clay." Clay was always the example. While eating clay is probably generally pointless, and probably only very helpful if you've ingested some strong poison, clays do contain several minerals, and organisms can adapt to crave things they need but don't understand, so is it possible that craving clay can in some limited circumstances stem from a mineral deficiency and thus be a rational response?

This looks like an excuse to pimp some of my wife's writing
Why Do Wild Parrots Eat Dirt In The Amazon?

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: April 16 2018,09:23   

Quote (Dr.GH @ April 15 2018,23:21)
It is technically called "geophagy," or "plastophagy." It is common world wide. The popular over the counter nostrum "Kaopectate" was originally the clay kaolin, and pectin. Later the clay attapulgite, AKA plagorskyite was used instead of kaolin. In Yucatec Maya attapulgite is called "Sak Lu'um," and is commonly eaten to settle upset stomach, and diarrhea.

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fnxtr



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(Permalink) Posted: April 16 2018,09:40   

So there's a fight here in Canada over a Texas oil company sending  Alberta asphalt through a pipeline to the BC coast to try to sell overseas. The federal gov't is saying it's going to happen because it's "in the national interest".

Serious, but unfortunately because of our friend in the Caribbean I can't hear the words "constitutional crisis" without giggling.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: April 16 2018,13:59   

Just encountered this on Youtube:

creation history

   
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