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By Sera Young

Humans have eaten earth, on goal, for greater than 2,300 years. in addition they crave starch, ice, chalk, and different unorthodox goods of meals. a few even declare they're addicted and "go loopy" with no this stuff, yet why?

Sifting via broad old, ethnographic, and biomedical findings, Sera younger creates a portrait of pica, or nonfood cravings, from people' earliest ingestions to present traits and practices. In enticing element, she describes the elements most often ate up and the various tools (including the net) used to acquire them. She finds how pica is remarkably well-known (it happens in approximately each human tradition and in the course of the animal kingdom), identifies its so much avid partakers (pregnant girls and younger children), and describes the possibly healthy and damaging results. She evaluates the numerous hypotheses concerning the motives of pica, from the fantastical to the medical, together with starvation, dietary deficiencies, and protecting capacities. by no means has a ebook tested pica so completely or accessibly, merging soaking up background with intimate case experiences to light up an enigmatic habit deeply entwined with human biology and culture.

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