Soil Eating, a Very Dangerous Habit
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Human habits are extremely diverse worldwide. But some really leave you stunned. And while we are searching for remote galaxies and worlds in the sky, some things seem to belong to other worlds.
You can imagine the shock of Shamsunnahar Hena, a gynecologist in a Bangladesh hospital, when her pregnant patient said she had been eating half a kilogram (1.1 pounds) of soil every day since she got pregnant.
An increasing number of pregnant woman in Bangladeshi Sylhet
region, more famous for its tea plantations, are consuming charred soil, which according to the local tradition, it boosts their appetite and health, translated into the delivery of a healthy child. But soil eating is a very dangerous issue (imagine that the anthrax bacteria and others
resist for years in the soil) and that soil is just scorched.
"Often we get pregnant women complaining of dysentery and some other problems, but in most cases they are found guilty of eating soil," Hena told Reuters.
The habit is also fueled by many poor and jobless people, who collect and burn mud to sell it at up to 120 taka ($ 1.7) per kg ($ 0.77 per pound).
"Normally they eat a piece or two in a day, but recently I got a patient who confessed to eating half a kilogram of soil every day during her pregnancy period," said Hena, the chief gynecologist in Sylhet's Osmani Medical College.
"Usually the husbands or father-in-laws of the expecting women buy the soil for their wives. The markets sit through the day, from dawn to dusk," Mainul Bulbul, a local journalist, told Reuters.
It is hard to explain the popularity of the habit as many Bangladeshi women receive more instruction and work outside their homes, being more aware of health issues.
"Medical science never supported that idea, but instead says eating soil would reduce their hunger and sometimes causes infection," signaled Hena.
Ugandan chimps are known to eat soil that appears to improve their antimalarial fighting ability. The soil activates chemicals from the leaves of Trichilia rubescens, a plant representing one of the preferred food items of the Ugandan chimps.
Other animals eat dirt when stressed or as a source of missing minerals. Some African tribes use clay against diarrhea.
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|Comment #1 by: nobuhle on 06 Jul 2009, 12:15 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think eating soil should be made a public awareness issue because when i am on my periods or experiencing my menstrual cycle i feel like eating soil. I actually crave for it and so can eat up to 500g in 2 days. But i worry about my health a lot because this has become a monthly habit. So diseases associatedwith eating soil should be made public as most women are not aware of it but will continue to eat it once they start craving for it especially during pregnancy.
|Comment #1.1 by: Mhlengi on 07 Jun 2010, 15:15 GMT|
I would advise you to stop before its too late.
|Comment #1.2 by: micki on 06 Sep 2011, 07:10 GMT|
i been eating soil 4 more than 14 yrs now n when i was pregnant it was worse now i cnt stop i have to eat it everyday now.
|Comment #1.3 by: zoey on 11 Feb 2012, 05:50 GMT|
try chewing fresh ginger when the craving comes, it works for me
|Comment #1.4 by: Mo on 14 Sep 2012, 16:15 GMT|
Hi all,I'm so happy to see this comments because I also eat soil en grave it every day,I heard my mom was eating it while she was pregnant,I have been eatin soil since Primary I am 24 and I just hope I will have kids,people have been telling me I won't hav kids but its not easy to stop,I am gonna try iron pills and pray I really need to stop
|Comment #1.5 by: Angel on 30 Oct 2012, 13:05 GMT|
I also am a victim of eating soil and have been eating it for over 15 years, i try to stop but its difficult.
|Comment #2 by: peter mark on 24 Feb 2010, 08:38 UTC|| reply to this comment|
We appreciate the problem of soil eating in Uganda and cant be zerod on a specific ethnic group because it cuts accross. Many diseases are attributed to eating of soil however the practice is very popular especially among the poor. The elite women few confess to eating of soil. Soil or clay moulds are spcially shapped and sold by the road sides even in the city Kampala. We have taken to speak out for the dangers of soil eating as UGAN - Uganda Association for Nutritionists. I am the Publicity Secretary.
|Comment #3 by: Mhlengi on 07 Jun 2010, 15:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It is a totally health hazard to eat soil during the pregnancy because it decrease your hg in blood
|Comment #3.1 by: Tanweer on 21 May 2012, 11:39 GMT|
Yes you are right.
|Comment #4 by: mpho on 10 Jun 2010, 13:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
eating soil its not good its a sin in the eyes of God pray for it and God will help you
|Comment #4.1 by: Lisa on 07 Sep 2010, 19:10 GMT|
How is it a sin to eat dirt? I disagree with you. Culture is diverse, people in countries eat different things. The eating of dirt is practiced by some cultures. I do not think it is a sin to eat dirt. That is your opinion.
|Comment #4.2 by: neo33 on 30 Jan 2012, 20:25 GMT|
Well come on sir. Be an enlightent believer of God. The truth to god lies in opening your love and senses,
eating soil stems from us needing minerals, it is not a disease.
Also god wants you to be open minded and happy, because we are god. All of us are one.
|Comment #4.3 by: MIs B on 21 Mar 2013, 12:28 GMT|
Its jst a craving jst like smoking a cigarrate so is eating soil
|Comment #5 by: worried on 11 Aug 2010, 09:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I would advise women to stop eating soil it can be very dangerous especially during pregnancy
|Comment #6 by: Lisa on 07 Sep 2010, 19:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I use to eat soil when I was young but have stopped. Many people who eat soil, studies show that they are anemic.
People need to understand this, it's a craving, so it is not easy to stop. Also, I will say this, for the years I have eaten soil, I was never sick and it actually helped me because I was anemic and iron is found in soil. It build up my immune system, people who eat soil actually have stronger immune systems than people who don't. Also it is important to note that it is a form of PICA (eating of substances that is not food, such as dirt, clay, paper, glass etc.).
The reason I stopped eating dirt is because I don't think it is good to crave something (no matter what it is), to me craving something means your addicted and being addicted is not good.
|Comment #7 by: khanyi on 26 Sep 2010, 17:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i eat sand all the time i spend a lot of money buyn sand teried to stop bt the cravinghs get the best of me i cant control it
|Comment #7.1 by: zoey on 11 Feb 2012, 05:51 GMT|
try chewing fresh ginger insted
|Comment #8 by: dix on 16 Oct 2010, 07:58 UTC|| reply to this comment|
its very common in africa...women turn to eat mole hills more often...its eaten by both those who are pregnant and those that are not!
|Comment #9 by: Zandi on 23 Nov 2010, 13:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Does eating soil cause a women to be infertile? I've been told that if you eat soil it blocks your tubs and so you can't have kids. Is this true?
|Comment #9.1 by: nana on 03 Apr 2013, 11:59 GMT|
no it doesn't cause infertile to a woman. i also eat soil and i've been eating it since primary, i have a child now and she is healthy. even when i was pregnant but i don't want it to be a habit.
|Comment #10 by: Mountain on 12 Dec 2010, 22:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Good grief, people and animals have been doing this for thousands of years, but you obviously are much wiser than all the life that has come before you. Would it surprise you to know that more than 2/3 rds of our effective antibiotics come from bacteria in the soil. Would it surprise you to know that Kaopectate is basically clay. Would it surprise you to know that the Catholic church has sold blessed clay tablets to -eat- for about 2,00 years now. You might put away your arrogance for a moment and actually do some scientific study on this.
|Comment #10.1 by: The Truth on 14 Jun 2012, 19:56 GMT|
I couldn't have said it better myself.... Science has shown that dirt has numerous attributes the same vitamins needed for vitality. Not to mention that everything really worth eating is rooted from the soil. Just something to think about.
Please Note: To much of anything can have an adverse affect in the long run.
|Comment #11 by: lettie on 18 Dec 2010, 10:23 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i dont know how this wil sound but i have been eating soil since i was 6 years coz i used to see my mum eat it when she was pregnant with ma young brother and i havent stopped since then now am 19 and i cant imagine the damage it has caused first i used to also eat those soft green / blue stones found near wet places where water pass frequently now i have a lot of complications including two miscarriages on the same year no child yet heart problems and very igh blood pressure now i dont know wat caused wat and i still cant stop cause this is now a big addiction i really wish i could find help coz i know it wil kill me bt i cant stop and i dont know the substitute whiuch i can eat when i crave it now i eat even more that a kilo a day please help any advice will help
|Comment #12 by: ladybug on 11 Jan 2011, 01:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It seems that the advice is to stop, but when is a craving, how do you stop? I will like to know what would be the alternative, if doing it is bad for your health.
|Comment #13 by: ma f on 17 Jan 2011, 12:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
it is totaly not easy to stop..im addicted im always looking forward to going back home from work cz i know i hav soil waiting for me..ive tried but the craving is so bad
|Comment #13.1 by: bongi on 21 May 2012, 07:26 GMT|
Hi dear.I do eat soil.i used to take very strong iron supplements and the craving jus vanished.jus c your doc n ask hm to prescribe strong iron supplements and your prb wil b over.eating soil has bad implications on health lyk digestive system nt wrking properly.one can endup having piles which could result in cancer.i knw the craving is bad.go 4 those n c if they wont wrk.all the best
|Comment #14 by: lolo on 15 Feb 2011, 14:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i have tryed to stop eating it.but now i am proud of my self because i can go as far as two weeks without it.
|Comment #14.1 by: mama on 23 Feb 2011, 08:02 GMT|
congrats try your best not to go back to this habit.am sure you know that almost 99% of it is not good,then just try to find something which can make you busy when the desire arises. pray hard
|Comment #15 by: Kay-Gee on 18 Mar 2011, 07:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i have been eating soil for over 8 years now and i recently went to donate blood but i was told that i have a low blood pressure,could this be the result of my nasty habit of eating soil?
|Comment #15.1 by: thulisile on 24 Oct 2011, 07:23 GMT|
yes hun thats true soil makes you to have low blood presure
|Comment #16 by: zuha on 07 Apr 2011, 09:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i acquired this habit when i was 8 .now i am 19 but still am not able to stop it. i have really got addicted.
|Comment #16.1 by: beauty on 27 Apr 2011, 07:48 GMT|
im 22 ive been eating soil since the age of 10. bt i did stop until this 3 years back.....whenever im stressed i eat it and beacuse i have painfully period pain for some reasons soil does help... but i want to stop though....
i think ther should be awareness of this thing cause once you get to the addiction point its not easy,
|Comment #17 by: entle on 21 Jun 2011, 15:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
does soil eating cause infertility? does it really block tubes?
|Comment #18.1 by: nm on 21 Nov 2011, 08:27 GMT|
its not esy to stpo it coz the craving is too much , as much as we want to stop itwe find ourselves looking fo it
|Comment #19 by: star on 14 Sep 2011, 11:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i hv bin eating soil for 15 yrs.and i cant sleep when i feel like eating it.plis help
|Comment #19.1 by: Sasa on 04 Jan 2012, 12:17 GMT|
do you have children? it's been said that soil blockes tubes and makes one infertile, so i just need to know as i've also been eating soil for about 15yrs and now i'm struggling to have a baby.
|Comment #20 by: Ndiuzayani on 19 Oct 2011, 12:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
we a having the same problem here in Malawi,,,and i agree with you that most of them are poor and jobless, don't know why,, as i was writting here my soil was in my mouth and its lyk am now addicted to it,,, what is the dangerous effection of it?
|Comment #21 by: thando on 23 Oct 2011, 12:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i am also addicted of soil eating since i was 14 and now i am 21
|Comment #22 by: thulisile on 24 Oct 2011, 07:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i also eat soil i buy every pic every day and it makes me sick but i still cant sop eatin it , when i eat it to much i become very pale its just not good for any one im still trying to leave it but i judt cant. pleas help
|Comment #23 by: Sasa on 02 Nov 2011, 06:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
does soil eating really block fallopian tubes?
|Comment #24 by: candice on 21 Nov 2011, 12:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
am so addicted to eating soil its not even funny anymore,i buy it everyweek and down it and i cant seem to fight this habbit i dont have a child yet so am wondering if this will affect me when trying for a babey?
|Comment #24.1 by: kate on 08 Dec 2011, 14:51 GMT|
Eat a lot of spinach n liver. They help stop iron craving. What soil does is that it withdraws iron from your body and you crave for more thinking the soil has iron. Try it, i have.
|Comment #25 by: tshego on 21 Dec 2011, 19:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Share your thoughts on this story... I believe its wrong to eat soil during pregnancy, cause at the end some end up being anemic due to the fact that soil decreases iron in the body! I knw, i've experienced it.
|Comment #25.1 by: lera on 17 Mar 2012, 17:59 GMT|
What is the truth here,one craves soil because they are anemic or soil, causes anemiaim also having soil cravings, when I think of soil, I salivate but I can go for 2 weeks without it, I want to stop cAuse I truelly believe its dangerous and religiously not right cause anything that is addictive is not from gom GOD
|Comment #26 by: shiku on 13 May 2012, 12:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i eat soil alot n espeacilly prefer the antihills.i like the taste and the smell n especially when i have stress i feel relieved.am looking for anyone who sells claystones in dubai but i cant seem to find
|Comment #27 by: Jay on 12 Jul 2012, 04:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Am an educated woman and started eating soil without shame.I would send my maid to buy for me but believe me i developed all sorts of complications & my health was badly compromised.Please we can beat this craving & for me it comes their & then but have made up my mind it's just dirty & it shud just remain like that.I was advised to replace the craving with ice cubes but am ashmatic & i have tonsolitis which just complicated my life. The mind is like a ballon what you feed it with is what it believes. Please move on without any replacements its not worth it & the outcome is unbearable e.g throat effections & am seeing alot of young girls being operated on here in Zambia. Come on ladies we can do better than this lets chew better stuff & leave this bad habit behind.Thanks.
|Comment #28 by: lebo on 04 Aug 2012, 07:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My friend at secondary school used to eat soil, and i started joining them. At that time i was fourteen years but now i am 30 years married woman expecting a baby but i am still adicted on eating soil also afraid to harm my baby, Nurses advice me to eat more iorn but there is no change. What can i do?
|Comment #28.1 by: cathy on 31 Aug 2012, 07:53 GMT|
quick Q: have you been eating it since the age of 14 until now (30 yrs) or did you stop at some point?
|Comment #29 by: Nancy on 29 Aug 2012, 09:01 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Soil is healthy. And each and everything is bad if you over eat it. So,limit ur consumption.
|Comment #29.1 by: Sibo on 10 Sep 2012, 09:21 GMT|
The more I continue reading these comments, the more my mouth is watering from the craving. I am now 29 and been eating clay soil for as far I can remember..that is eve during my primary school experience. All my siblings eat it except for my brothers. I searched for this articles now because Ive been trying to have baby for the two year now without any success. My coleague said it is possible that this is caused by eating this clay soil.
My husband also blames me for it.....but I can stop eating it and worst of all I am spending money on this thing.
|Comment #30 by: Candice portia on 17 Sep 2012, 12:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Am a south african and addicted to soil eating,i eat soil a lot and when i dont see it for a week i just gets crazy its like am addicted to drugs,am getting married soon and trying hard to fight this habbit,lately after eating soil my womb gets very sore for days and am also trying for a babey but i think i wont have one as long as am still addicted please help where you can am really tired...
|Comment #31 by: i've been eating soil since 2007 on 18 Oct 2012, 20:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i also eat soil everyday & now i cant sleep without it,im so addicted it's lyk drugs pls help!!...
|Comment #31.1 by: mamo on 23 May 2013, 13:12 GMT|
I also eat soil but used to eat more than I do now.I drink a lot of water jus to deal with the craving. I can go for a week or two without taking soil.
|Comment #32 by: Atu on 07 Nov 2012, 11:00 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have been eating soil for more than seven years and it make me sick.I am always tired, weak, heavy pariod and sometimes my hands turn yellow,but i can not stop these habit please help me to stop before is late.
|Comment #32.1 by: Lucy on 12 Dec 2012, 10:32 GMT|
You r anemic. You need to go to the doc to check your iron levels.
|Comment #32.2 by: mocherry on 14 Mar 2013, 18:19 GMT|
Tjoooooo nna am wers I even go out side at midnight to go fetch them were I did put them .I only eat them early in mrng its like nyaope. Also now when am righting this but I want to leave the clay soil at all am tired weak .
|Comment #33 by: Ashely on 11 Nov 2012, 08:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Soil is like a habit ta me i eat it almst evry min because it boots my appetite and it myt luk tastelec bt its got a very magneficent tase vry unic.!
|Comment #33.1 by: nhlabathi on 30 Apr 2013, 13:18 GMT|
Clay tastes amazing,e smell,texture...everythng about it iz amazing..itz juss too good to be true
|Comment #34 by: bbylums on 22 Jan 2013, 09:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
tjo ppl we have a huge problem by eating this soil we need to find a way to stop coz i knw its not healthy for none of us
|Comment #35 by: miilicent on 12 Mar 2013, 12:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
so what are the effects of this soil eating when you are pregnant as it is considered to be dangerous?
|Comment #36 by: BLESSNQO on 12 Apr 2013, 12:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
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