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 i'm pale and i sunburn very easily?
is there a way to make my skin more resistant to burning and more likely to tan?


i'm a redhead, yeah and i heard it makes your skin paler and more prone to ...

 Do you think more of us would go to the doctor?
If we didn't have to wait so long? We have an appointment for 10:00 a.m. We sit in the waiting room until 11:00 a.m. and then go to the examination room for another hour. I find it very ...

 My throat feels tight?
It just started a little yesterday and today it feels a bit worse. My throat feels like theres a lump stuck there and I also have a chesty cough with it. My throat is also itching. I have no problems ...

 How can I slim down my cheeks and get rid of really bad bags under my eyes?
I'm not fat but I have really fat cheeks. How can I get rid of them? Are there any exercises I can do? I not willing to do any kind of surgery or medical procedure. I just want a simple way to ...

 I think my pharmacy gave me a bottle of poison today?
who should I contact to have it checked?
I havnt taken any yet.
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Im on propranolol, and they told me my new kind is from a different company called "Actavis&...

 Anyone who can help me with a digestive question
These are my symptoms....
Diahrrea anywhere from 1-4 times a day
Lower right sided abdominal pain (bad at times)
Tenderness to touch on lower side of abdomen
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 is this weird? bony hands?
my hands are really bony. the bones sick out of them and its really gross. is this normal?
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im 13 years ...

Andrew D
Constant problem with eating disorders (pica), and other oral fixations. How can I ween myself off?
I am a 21 year old male, who has had no history of mental or physical disorders. I say that, since all the information I've found on pica is based on the idea that it occurs in the handicapped,and infants. For as long as I can remember, I've chewed on plastic (hard plastic),and consumed paper, both in large amounts. It's a problem I've had for several years now. This, naturally, has lead to other things, such as rarely eating burnt matches, contact glue, and toothpicks. Recently, it's somehow escalated to duct tape. I'm assuming by the white lines on my fingernails, and the borderline insomnia I've had the past ten years or so, may be connected, but I'm not sure. Without saying gum, what are some ways I could stop? It isn't as simple as not doing it, I have a physical craving and near dependency on this. Looking online, I've seen that neither a therapist or medical physician could help much. Basically it's something I have to see through myself, just not sure how.

Usually pica is a symptom of an iron deficiency. That is also true of your fingernails.

You need to have a physical from your medical physician. Tell him/her of your desire to eat non-food items. One major thing I would look for is your hemoglobin level.

If your hemoglobin level is low (which I suspect), why? Do you get enough iron in your foods? Do you have some bleeding in your body that causes a reduction in iron? Do you have a iron making deficiency? Do you have Celiac disease where you can not absorb many calories.

I think you should see a doctor as soon as possible, because you need to rule out any of the physical reasons for the pica. After that, if nothing is wrong, you can begin behavioral modification.

Good Luck
L. Hodges, PhD, RD, LD
Registered, Licensed Dietitian

allison k
most small things will pass through, so maybe concentrate on cutting things up in to tiny pieces b4 eating them.
try to limit the plastic, and toothpics, maybe you could find things that look, feel or taste like what you crave, for toothpics, you could try raw spaghetti, burnt matches you could try burnt cheese, glue , you could make your own glue out of flour and water till its really glue like.
try to limit the really harmful stuff, paper is really not to bad, and you can get rice paper which is actually quite nice.
is this something you do all day? or just now and again, try setting a timer, for one minute each day you can eat what you crave.
we can overcome cravings - look at alchoholics and druggies, they do it, you can do it too.
i remember seeing in the guiness book of records a man ate almost a whole car, and he ate glass and all sorts of things - he did it for years, he did finally die though - but maybe there are other people like you out there

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