You Eat WHAT???

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

You Eat WHAT???

I know someone who does something “different,” and I’ll bet none of you have ever even heard of such a thing as this. She does it every day, several times a day, and has been doing it since she was a child (she is over 40 now). Her parents gave it to her after she was offered it at a relative’s house and liked it. (Why the relative offered it to her to begin with is a mystery, even to her)

She has some after every meal, and occasionally in between meals. Her consumption rate varies; she says she tends to consume more if she is upset or out of sorts. But even when she is “normal,” she still has it every day after every meal. She goes through a box every 5-6 days ordinarily, and has accepted her “habit” as just being a part of who she is. She says she has tried a few times over the years to quit, but she always gives in and returns to it.Spoon of Cornstarch

What I am describing to you here is cornstarch. That is what she eats every day after every meal, and sometimes in between. She eats it right out of the container with a big tablespoon (?)…She says it has no taste; in fact, that is why she says she has it after meals -- to get the taste of the food out of her mouth.

Isn’t that a curious habit? And a curious thing to eat? I had never heard of such a thing before she told me about herself. I have seen a few other weird things on TV that people eat…like toilet paper, plain paper, etc., but cornstarch is a new one for me.

I thought about trying it, but I opted out. Besides, if I were to like it and start eating it, I would have to write a whole new article about it…and goodness knows there are enough weird things about me without adding cornstarch to the mix!

(Shut up, Charlie)

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Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Oh my, it sounds like she has Pica!  It is not healthy or good to eat cornstarch!  It has no nutritional value and I can't imagine what it would taste like.  Why in the world would that family member ever get her started with that bad habit?

Jan 21, 2011 01:36 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Hi there, Vickie...that's a good question...what in the world ever possessed someone to give her that as a child??? Techically, it's not Pica though, because Pica is a pattern of eating non-food materials (dirt, feces, sand, paper), and cornstarch is a food material. Still, strange indeed...

Jan 21, 2011 01:56 PM #2
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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With respect, Amylophagia is a serious health hazard. 

Your acquaintance needs Medical help.


Jan 21, 2011 02:05 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
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Fred! WOW! That sounds just like her! And I have never heard of such a diagnosis (of course, I haven't researched it either)  Thank you so much for this information -- I will pass it along to her right away!

Jan 21, 2011 02:13 PM #4
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Todd Anderson
You In Park City group - KW Park City Keller Williams Real Estate - Park City, UT
Park City | Deer Valley Real Estate

Every now and then I read something on a blog because the title catches my eye. After this one, I think it is time to close up the computer for the day.

Jan 21, 2011 02:19 PM #5
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

I am pretty sure that eating cornstarch is technically a major disorder and some form of Pica.....well, it is totally abnormal and unhealthy and she needs to be seen and evaluated by a Medical Doctor!

Jan 21, 2011 03:53 PM #6
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Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

I think she is just NUTS.  To eat anything even if it is good would not be good for your system.

Jan 22, 2011 02:12 AM #7
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Shawna Green
Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
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Sheila, I have to say I have never heard of anyone eating cornstarch either.  I have no clue if its healthy or not, I just cannot imagine doing it myself.  Good luck to her!

Jan 22, 2011 07:33 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Hi Todd...What can I say? I understand completely! 

Hi Vickie...You are correct >>> See Fred Griffin's post above...there is a name for it. I had no idea!

Hi Don...HaHa! Whether or not she is nuts is debatable, but it is definately not good for your system.

Hey Shawna...Thanks...I think she might seek help now that she knows it is a real condition.

Jan 22, 2011 04:18 PM #9
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Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
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That's a new one to me. Wow. It sounds really unappetizing. Thanks for the name of the disorder, Fred. I looked it up on his link... it sounds serious.

Jan 23, 2011 11:57 AM #10
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