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Claudine, profiled on the E! show, What’s Eating You and The Dr. Phil Show struggles with an addiction to eating chalk.
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Dr. Ordon: It’s your health in the headlines today and as doctors, we see a lot of different types of disorders an diseases but this next topic was very disturbing. There's a new show on E called “What's Eating You?” and its exposes different types of eating disorders.
Claudine: Claudine, 36. When I eat chalk, it makes me happy. Its makes me feel good inside but at the same time it calms me down. So, eating chalk makes calm down. Here is it.
It’s like a fruit for me. It’s my food. I go through six seven boxes a day.
Dr. Redcross: You have a full blown osteoporosis.
Claudine: How? Through -- from the chalk eating? Are you kidding me? Are you serious?
Dr. Redcross: It’s affecting you.
Claudine: Is that a research study thing. It’s from chalk eating and you get osteoporosis? How is that?
Dr. Redcross: I don’t think you realize how much chalk you been eating and how much now it’s affecting your body.
Dr. Ordon: Is that crazy or what?
Dr. Stork: Yeah. You know, I met Claudine on the Dr. Phil show and she is someone who admitted that her relationship with chalk was so extreme, so called it her “best friend”.
Dr. Ordon: Wow!
Dr. Stork: And she ate chalk on stage and said that’s where she turns during times of trouble. And that is a tell tale science of something else going on.
Dr. Masterson: Well, these eating disorders are, you know, there series in all kinds of scales and there going to have health consequences. We know particularly and I think most people have seen this with anorexia. I mean you need a team because it’s a serious psychological disorder that becomes then a physical disorder because it leaves the consequences. I mean people have died from this type of disorders and from anorexia. I mean, a lot of people go through the long, long therapy and they really do establish a some sort of relationship but whatever either its not eating, its sort of a lot of times it is about control and trying to gain control. But there are serious disorders that can seriously affect the person’s health.
Dr. Ordon: In the case of Claudine, she was eating chalk which is a form of pycos something that you see in kids ---
Dr. Sears: Yeah, that happens a lot in kids, especially, kids that are maybe anemic or have some sort of vitamin deficiency. It’s kind of the body’s way of craving those minerals.
Dr. Ordon: Joining us on the phone is the doctor that treated Claudine. Welcome Dr. Ken Redcross.
Dr. Redcross: Thank you. Thank you very much, good morning everyone.
Everyone: Good morning.
Dr. Ordon: Well, shed some more light on her particular case and how is she doing? Are you making up some progress with her?
Dr. Redcross: You know, I think we’re -- I think we definitely are. It’s important that someone mention on the panel the importance of a team approach you. Absolutely, have to have a team coming from different angles, me on the medical side. We have someone on the psychiatric side, someone of the nutrition side because that’s the only way you can actually kind of tackle this serious, serious problem. I think it’s important for everyone to really understand it. There are many people in United States suffering in silence like Claudine was before she was brave enough to come out and talk about it with me.
Dr. Stork: And Dr. Redcross, how much of this can be learned behavior? Because I remember when I met Claudine on Dr. Phil, her mother ate chalk, when Claudine was growing up. So, is that something that can drive people under these somewhat bizarre eating disorders?
Dr. Redcross: It absolutely can. In fact, most folks who do drink Clay actually have someone in the family or neighbors or someone who actually starts the chalk eating with them. They can also come in times of very emotional traumatic event as well can kind of trigger this kind of behavior.
Dr. Ordon: Alright. Well, thank you Dr. Redcross for all of your insight in joining the panel today.