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How much harmful is to have a chalk per day ?

I have a habit of eating chalk. I am not able to stop it. I love it more than my daily food. How much harmful is it to have chalk (1 stick a day). Previously i used to eat cement on walls and ashes. But chalk is d thing i luv d most, rest i take very occasionly now. Has any1 seen any real time patient suffered coz of that. can I develop some disease coz of this habit. What should i do.
Asked On : Mon, 1 Aug 2011
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Please do answer if some1 is having any knowledge fr this. can i really develop some disease. I am really scared of it as i am nt able to leave it now. i simply can not resist it.
Answered: Mon, 1 Aug 2011
Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
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Avoid eating chalk or anything not meant to be eaten as this can damage your stomach and other organs causing ill health. Pica can be a behavioral disorder but can sometimes indicate iron or mineral, nutrient deficiency. It would be best to get a thorough workup looking for calcium, magnesium, iron deficiency, also stool tested for parasites. You may need to consult a Psychiatrist as Pica has been linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well. You should eat healthy, avoid junk food. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Do brisk walking everyday for 40 minutes to keep fit. Get 6-8 hours of sleep a day. Avoid much stress by Yoga, Pranayam.
Answered: Mon, 1 Aug 2011
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1. Chalk used for writing on blk boards is GYPSUM ( cacium sulphare), it can cause mechanical irritation of your stomach and gut, causing it to erode. This eroded part of stomach may get infected or ulcerated later on.

2. It absorbs water, so eating chalk can cause constipation, with dry stools, may be anal fissure if its untreated.

3. Craving for chalk indicates iron deificiency, if untreated, it can cause other problems. You can look up for anemia and its long term effects.

4. Chalk may contain parasites, so you can get it worm infestation .


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