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Pica

  • MedlinePlus, Medical Encyclopedia: Pica - Pica is a pattern of eating non-nutritive substances (such as dirt or paper), lasting for at least one month.

  • NFPT-Pica-Nutrient Starvation - Article in the NFPT Personal Trainer Magazine discussing the nutrient deprivation which can lead to someone developing Pica.

  • Pica (Nemours Foundation) - The name "pica" comes from the Latin word for magpie, a bird known for its large and indiscriminate appetite.

  • PsychNet-UK: Pica - A pattern of eating non-nutritive substances, lasting for at least a month, Such substances as dirt, paper etc.

  • What causes pica (cravings for non-food items during pregnancy)? - No one knows for sure. Some pregnant women develop strong cravings for non-food items such as dirt, ashes, clay, chalk, ice, laundry starch, baking soda, soap, toothpaste, paint chips, plaster, wax, hair, coffee grounds, and even cigarette butts.

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