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Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in a syringe ready for injection with vials in the background; Vitamin B12 injectionsAnemiaJoe Graedon - July 8, 2021
Fatigued young women sitting in bed with her hand on faceAnemiaTerry Graedon - July 30, 2018
an ice cube on a tongueAnemiaTerry Graedon - September 9, 2021 - 161 comments

Craving Ice Like an Addict Signals Serious Health Problem

Mineral deficiencies can result in unusual cravings, whether for ice, cornstarch, clay or even popcorn. Doctors call this condition "pica."

Joe Graedon - June 22, 2015

Cast Iron Skillet and Iron Teapot Can Boost Iron Intake from Food

Joe Graedon - June 11, 2015

Tea Lover Loses Iron and Ends Up Anemic

Joe Graedon - January 8, 2015

New Eliquis (Apixaban) Alert: Unexpected Side Effect

Joe Graedon - December 25, 2014

Her Sugar Cravings Annoy her Husband

Terry Graedon - September 15, 2014

Anemia Put Ice Addict in the Hospital

popcorn
AnemiaTerry Graedon - March 3, 2014

Is Popcorn Addiction a Red Flag for Mineral Deficiency?

Addiction to non-food items like popcorn or ice can signal a mineral deficiency.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in a syringe ready for injection with vials in the background; Vitamin B12 injections
AnemiaTerry Graedon - December 30, 2013

Omeprazole and Metformin Combined to Cause Vitamin B12 Deficiency

A common drug combination, metformin for diabetes and an acid-suppressing drug for heartburn, can cause vitamin B12 deficiency.

a bottle of Nexium 40mg
AnemiaTerry Graedon - December 12, 2013

Drugs for GERD Can Deplete the Body of Crucial Vitamin B12

You may not know it, but common over the counter acid suppressing drugs can interfere with the body's absorption of Vitamin B12, leading eventually to a deficiency.

a selection of different pastas and breads
a handful of dirt
an ice cube on a tongue
AnemiaJoe Graedon - July 5, 2012

Ice Addiction Leads to Hospitalization

A craving for unusual foods such as an ice addiction could be a warning of an underlying medical problem like anemia or zinc deficiency.

man with leg cramp
AnemiaTerry Graedon - April 14, 2010

Leg Cramps Signaled Iron Deficiency

AnemiaTerry Graedon - February 16, 2010

New Rules for Powerful Anemia Drugs

AnemiaJoe Graedon - August 25, 2008

Ice Craving Signaled Cancer

AnemiaJoe Graedon - July 18, 2008

Cornstarch Cravings

AnemiaTerry Graedon - June 12, 2006

Radish Addict Is Growing Desperate