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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
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