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With the recent understanding that I have mild EDS or JHS, I’ve realized that a bunch of things that I thought were quirky, unconnected, health ailments are part of an overall connected health picture. Here’s one that I was wondering if anyone else has.
Pica is a condition defined as eating inappropriate, non-nutritive substances at an age where it is age inappropriate. Well, I’m 41 and have been eating paper (Xylophlagia) for as long as I remember. There are many forms of Pica (dirt eating, clay eating, paper eating, etc). I know better and constantly think to myself, why am I scarfing on paper towels, toilet paper, or plain old printer paper?
Anyone else out there have a Pica condition? At present, the doctors don’t understand what causes Pica; however there are two theories–1) body searching for missing nutrients, and 2) OCD. I am definitely low-grade OCD with high overachievement and am now wondering if my paper eating stems from this or an iron deficiency because many Xylophlags apparently have IBS and a corresponding iron deficiency.
Thoughts out there?
Not me, but I did it my share of dog biscuits as a kid. Lol. The green were my favorite.
My 4 year old though always ask if she can eat her fingernail clippings. Pica has crossed my mind with her. Will see what happens in time.
Good luck figuring this out? Is it fiber deficiency maybe? Not sure what nutritional value there is to paper besides roughage.
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