Medicine Beneath Your Feet: A Biocultural Examination of the Risks and Benefits of Geophagy

  title={Medicine Beneath Your Feet: A Biocultural Examination of the Risks and Benefits of Geophagy},
  author={Sera L. Young and Joshua D. Miller},
  journal={Clays and Clay Minerals},
Geophagy is the intentional consumption of earth. Although widely documented among vulnerable populations, including children and pregnant women, the causes and consequences of geophagy remain poorly understood. Relevant literature was, therefore, reviewed to describe geophagy across species, geographies, life stages, and disease states. After a brief consideration of hypothesized etiologies, the potential harmful and beneficial consequences of geophagy are described, considering current… 

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