By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 5 Comments
    How Did Blackstrap Molasses Make Ice Addiction D…

    Doctor classify the compulsion to eat anything that isn't food as pica. Some children eat paint, clay or chalk; chewing on old paint chips is a common cause of lead poisoning. Ice addiction may also …

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Cure an Ice Addiction with Molasses

    It is not uncommon for us to hear from people who feel they have an ice addiction. Usually they have no idea why they crave ice so much. Sometimes crunching on ice actually damages their teeth. We s…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2014 12 Comments
    Her Sugar Cravings Annoy her Husband

    Q. For the past several months I have had severe sugar cravings. I sometimes go through a 5 pound bag of sugar in four days, just eating it by the spoonful. I have been tested for diabetes and don't h…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2014 5 Comments
    Anemia Put Ice Addict in the Hospital

    Q. I am addicted to ice and eat big cups of it daily at both work and home. I compulsively fill the ice trays when they seem a little low. I am currently being hospitalized for low iron. I just receiv…

    By: Terry Graedon March 3, 2014 10 Comments
    Is Popcorn Addiction a Red Flag for Mineral Defi…

    Q. I saw an article about ice craving and related vitamin or mineral deficiencies. You said a popcorn addiction could also signal a deficiency in something, but you didn't say what. I eat popcorn ALL …

    By: Terry Graedon January 27, 2014 83 Comments
    Craving Ice Like an Addict Signals Serious Healt…

    Q. I used to crave ice just like a drug addict. The first thing in the morning I had to have it. I would get a large soft drink and ask for extra ice. I didn't care about the pop--it was the ice I wan…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2012 76 Comments
    Ice Addiction Leads to Hospitalization

    When a reader shares a story about a common problem, sometimes it saves someone else's life. That is what happened when readers wrote about their compulsion to chew on ice, like an ice addiction. Ice …

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2012 3 Comments
    Curing Anemia Overcame Cornstarch Craving

    Q. I was addicted to eating cornstarch for ten years. Then I was hospitalized for an unrelated problem and got a blood transfusion. My doctor also put me on iron and potassium supplements, and my corn…

    By: Joe Graedon August 25, 2008 32 Comments
    Ice Craving Signaled Cancer

    Q. In 2001 I had a very strong urge to chew on ice. After reading in your column that this could be a sign of anemia, I told my doctor about it. The blood work showed anemia and I was advised to get a…

    By: Joe Graedon July 18, 2008 137 Comments
    Cornstarch Cravings

    Q. I have been eating Argo cornstarch since I was 19. It started when I was in my first pregnancy and I've been eating it ever since. I used to eat a box a day and I think it is making me gain weight.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2006 0 Comments
    Radish Addict Is Growing Desperate

    Q. I am addicted to radishes. My mom doesn't want me to eat them but I can't go without having at least 10 a day. My mom stopped buying them so I would stop eating them. Before this, I just liked them…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2003 0 Comments
    Orange Peel Addiction Could Signal Anemia

    Q. Have you ever heard of eating orange peel? After almost every meal I eat, especially after eating something sweet, I get a craving for orange peel. It seems to satisfy some unknown dietary need in …