An Argo Starch Eaters Discussion @ AfriGeneas.com

 

Re:Argo starch eaters

juicy Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 12:56 pm

I eat starch and i really don't know why. Could you possibly know something I don't? No I'm with child so what could it be?

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Re:Argo starch eaters

yvonne <> Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 1:58 pm

Here is one of many articles about Dr. Gerald Deas regarding his study on black females and their desire to eat starch.

 

http://queenschurches.org/programs/outstanding_leadership/2001_Gerald_Deas.htm

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Re:Argo starch eaters

yvonne <> Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 2:09 pm

Sorry, link won't work. Use Google, and type: Queenschurches.org Gerald Deas, and hit 'I'm feeling Lucky'. The article will appear.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Joseph <> Wednesday, 16 November 2005, 6:02 pm

My older sister was pregnant at the time she was eating on Argo Starch. She is still living, her children are grown, they have children as well. I did check to see what it tasted like, and like hey it did not kill me. Just did not like to keep on eating on it. Joseph

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Sandra <> Thursday, 17 November 2005, 8:56 am

This thread is fascinating. I had always thought that pregnant women who eat starch were eating cornstarch, but apparently this is not always the case. The article, "Pica in Pregnancy: Does It Affect pregancy Outcomes," in _The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing_ provides insight into what is going on.

http://nursingcenter.com/prodev/ce_article.asp?tid=412533

Regards, 
Sandra

 

Pica in Pregnancy

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Re: Argo starch eaters

Nina Young-Bennett <> Thursday, 17 November 2005, 10:01 pm

This is only related in an ancillary manner. I have never tasted nor craved plain laundry starch, but I tasted something delicious as a teenager.

Two good friends of mine, while I lived in New York--sisters--were from Haiti. They made a really wonderful pudding out of the Argo starch! I couldn't believe it, while they were making it. But it sure was good. If anyone is familiar with it, I'd love a recipe.

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Roshonda Bailey <> Thursday, 29 June 2006, 11:49 pm

I have been eating cornstarch since I was 13. I am 17 now and I still cant get enough of it. I am not pregnant and I've never been. I dont know why but ever since my grandmother let me taste it I cant stop eating it

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Re:Argo starch eaters

anghee <> Saturday, 1 July 2006, 1:13 pm

There is a wonderful cornstarch support group on yahoo. check it out

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

tasha Tuesday, 26 September 2006, 9:23 pm

I eat it all the time. It's just a craving that i have! No, i'm not pregnant. I just gotta have it. It doesn't bad at all in fact it taste great. Trying to cut back was hard, so i tried to replace one habit with another.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

belinda cooley <> Friday, 2 March 2007, 9:47 am

could someone please email and let me know where i can purchase the crunchy starch

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Re:Argo starch eaters

SpiveyEdwards <> Friday, 2 March 2007, 4:09 pm

Juicy, I grew up eating Argo Starch in the south. When my family moved to New York, there went many things I loved: Argo starch, Alaga syrup, REAL fruits and vegetables, and conch fritters.

I never knew eating Argo Starch was associated with pregnancy. I only know that I grew up eating it. I also ate dirt, as did other youngsters who lived in my neighborhood of Liberty City, Miami, Florida.

I would love to sample some of this cuisine now. Anybody know how I can?

Spivey

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Janee <> Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 10:55 am

Hi!!

I've been an Argo Starch eater for over ten years....It tends to put me to sleep and calms me down..I've learned this over time and I also can taste the differences in old and fairly fresh starch...it helps to regulate my digestive system..it's good for "the runs"..hot water, 2 teaspoons of starch, and black pepper..nasty but will take care of the problem..my mother gave me the remedy when I'd ingested something that upst my stomach to that point..whew!! it was no joke..all agro isn't equal..some boxes are more acidic, some sweet..you never know what you'll get..you must always taste it before using it in a recipe...

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Re:Argo starch eaters

denise Monday, 21 May 2007, 8:43 am

I have just recently taken back up eating Argo Starch..the laundry one..I used to eat the crunchy one, but can't find that anymore, and so I eat the powder...but the spoonful....

delicious...

waiting for a delivery now....can't wait till it gets here...

anybody know if it is bad for diabetics?

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Judy Lovett <> Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 9:14 pm

I am so glad to know that their are other people out there who eat starch!. My granddaughter and I eat starch like it's going out of style. As a child my mother ate starch,it came in a red and white box and the starch was lumpy,she ate it because she was pregnant. 
I also as a child ate starch because my mother did.

But, check this out I am 52 years old, I haven't eaten any starch since I was about 8 - 10 years old.

One day (about 8 months ago )I suddenly develope a craving for this starch. I went to the store, over in the laundry department, bought Argo starch it was not lumby as I remembered and it tasted just like fabric softer smells. I went back to the store looked in the food section and bought Argo Starch and I'v been eating it ever since. 
My daughter is an RN she says I eat that starch because I am anemic. 
And when you body lack what it needs it somtimes graves strange things. I have a friend thats anamic her body craves ice, you never see her without ice. Some people grave white or red dirt when they becomes anemic. 
Now I eat 1- 2 boxes of starch a day. I know that can't be good, and I have tried to stop but it is so hard to do. I feel as if though it make me gain weight at times, I don't know but as for now I am hooked. 
If anyone knows what effect this has on the body please let me know. 
Thank you, 
Judy

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Judy Lovett <> Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 9:22 pm

Corrections - Yours, instead of you

Anemic, not Anamic

Thank you

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Re:Argo starch eaters

krystal <> Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 11:59 am

I don't know why people eat argo starch but its good, although it is unhealthy and makes you gain weight. This need to be introduced to some of these anorexia people instead of the anemic people.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Angel Thursday, 21 June 2007, 11:56 am

This does bring back memories. I remember my mother and other family members eating starch (it was good). Had not thought about that for years and she also ate red clay dirt...amazing but now I eat crushed ice everyday. I have to have a large cup of the stuff.

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Spivey <> Thursday, 21 June 2007, 11:43 pm

We did not have red clay to eat in Miami [that was what we encountered on our visits to Georgia], but we certainly ate our share of dirt. I can rememeber us sitting on the back stoops of our houses and scooping up handfuls of dirt which we ate while we talked. Talk about precious memories.

Spivey

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Georgia Walker-Adams <> Friday, 22 June 2007, 1:44 pm

I remember as a kid there was a detergent commercial for (Tide?) where a woman with a southern drawl was talking about her boys who were playing in the "Georgia red clay". She attested to this certain detergent being the only thing that could get her boys' clothes clean. I always wondered where the clay came from since outside our house in Oakland, CA, was asphalt and unappetizing dirt full of weeds, broken glass and dead bugs. My memory of eating that yucky dirt as a toddler is horrendous. It is STILL one of my most awful childhood memories!

Argo gloss starch, now, that's a horse of a different color altogether. That stuff was good. A good memory even though the last time I ate it I was 6 and my appendicts ruptured. Still had fun eating it, though (tee-hee). Of course, it has not been on my menu since age 6!

Georgia Walker-Adams

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Angel Friday, 22 June 2007, 2:40 pm

Georgia & Spivey,

I hail from Tuscaloosa,Alabama and the red clay dirt just seemed to always be around although I believe there was a special spot where folks would get theirs from. The dirt was very good back then and it was reddish orange in color and kinda hard. I'm gonna have to call my Mom up and reminisce!!!!

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Rocehlle Miller <> Saturday, 23 June 2007, 4:59 pm

I really didn't know that there were so many Argo Starch lovers out there. I don't kow why but it is good my Aunt gave me some and every time we would go to her house she would send me to the store for some and she would share it with me. it was good too:) I also use to love eatting dirt way back in the day when I was a little girl but you can't go around eatting just any ole dirt you had to dig deep and get the what we called black dirt that would do until you get to Louisana to get the red dirt.And burnt matches they were o.k. too.

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Geophagy - Eating Dirt

History <> Saturday, 23 June 2007, 5:32 pm

Geophagy - Eating Dirt 
From Matt Rosenberg, 
Your Guide to Geography.

A Traditional Practice Which Provides Nutrients to the Body 
People around the world eat clay, dirt or other pieces of the lithosphere for a variety of reasons. Commonly, it is a traditional cultural activity which takes place during pregnancy, religious ceremonies, or as a remedy for disease. Most people who eat dirt live in Central Africa and the Southern United States. While it is a cultural practice, it also fills a physiological need for nutrients.

In Africa, pregnant and lactating women are able to satisfy the very different nutritional needs of their bodies by eating clay. Often, the clay comes from favored clay pits and it is sold at market in a variety of sizes and with differing content of minerals. After purchase, the clays are stored in a belt-like cloth around the waist and eaten as desired and often without water. The "cravings" in pregnancy for a varied nutritional intake (during pregnancy, the body requires 20% more nutrients and 50% more during lactation) are solved by geophagy.

Matt Rosenberg

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Eating Starch- Iron Deficiency Anemia

History <> Saturday, 23 June 2007, 5:41 pm

Background: 
Iron deficiency is defined as a decreased total iron body content. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when iron deficiency is sufficiently severe to diminish erythropoiesis and cause the development of anemia. Iron deficiency is the most prevalent single deficiency state on a worldwide basis.

It is important economically because it diminishes the capability of individuals who are affected to perform physical labor, and it diminishes both growth and learning in children.

In healthy people, the body concentration of iron (approximately 60 parts per million [ppm]) is regulated carefully by absorptive cells in the proximal small intestine, which alter iron absorption to match body losses of iron (see Image 3 and Image 6). Persistent errors in iron balance lead to either iron deficiency anemia or hemosiderosis. Both are disorders with potential adverse consequences.

Posthemorrhagic anemia is discussed in this section because it is an important cause of iron deficiency. The acute and potentially catastrophic problems of hypoxia and shock that can occur from significant hemorrhage or severe iron deficiency are discussed elsewhere in the textbook; however, daily blood losses can be small and may be overlooked.

Occasionally, patients with severe iron deficiency anemia from slow but persistent gastrointestinal bleeding have repeatedly negative testing of stool for hemoglobin. Therefore, it is important for the clinician to be aware of characteristics of the anemia at all intervals after the onset of bleeding.

Full Details

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Amanda <> Friday, 13 July 2007, 5:24 pm

When I was a kid, we ate the Argo laundry starch in the red box(it was lumpy) About 15 yrs ago they started making it in the powdered form. I didn't like the tase either, so started eating the Argo cooking starch. I love starch and have been eating it since I was around 9-10. If you never got a chance to eat the red box lumpy kind, you really missed out.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

toot <> Saturday, 14 July 2007, 1:22 pm

Now, Georgia, if you'd been able to get you some of that good red clay in Gum Springs, you'd've been set. That's what we ate....

Ummm ummm. On a rainy day, my mouth would just water as soon as the rain started, and the odor of wet clay started to rise....

And, people, people! Let's get it straight. It was not "dirt," excuse me! :-) It was clay, which is "clean." And from a special spot, not just any old "clay."

And certainly not "dirty" dirt. Ewww. VBG...

toot

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Boymommy <> Friday, 24 August 2007, 4:33 pm

I have been eating cornstarch on and off for about 3 years. I can tell you that it is not healthy for you. Cornstarch can cause high blood pressure, body fungus, itching, diabetes and so much more. If you are eating a large amount of cornstarch you should see a doctor ASAP.

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Re: Eating Starch- Iron Deficiency Anemia

carla cooley <> Monday, 17 December 2007, 12:14 pm

 

I ate argo starch (the lumpy kind as a child) because my aunts did. When I moved away I stopped and forgot about it. When I moved back to Georgia and became pregnant I began to get the cravings for it and returned to my old habit. Now I can't seem to give it up. I can't go longer than a few months without eating starch. I love it but I know it isn't healthy.

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Re: Eating Starch- Iron Deficiency Anemia

kittatree <> Tuesday, 1 January 2008, 7:41 pm

 

I'm 33 years old and ate cornstarch for years, I never thought that so many people ate that stuff it is so good. I always ate it when I was pregnant by the box. I'm now pregnant again and have just recently started craving it again, I'm 2 weeks before my due date and have not eaten any starch but I really want some.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Golson <> Tuesday, 1 January 2008, 10:51 pm

 

This is a VERY interesting thread. I'm feeling like the only Black woman who has never eaten starch, clay or dirt, and I have never known anyone to eat starch, clay or dirt! I feel no need to try it either, but I'm enjoying the thread!

Gwen

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Re: Eating Starch- Iron Deficiency Anemia

diane <> Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 9:06 am

 

please dont give in to your craving for starch it might have been harmful back then but even more harmful now we just cant be sure.

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Re: Eating Starch- Iron Deficiency Anemia

Barbara E. <> Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 7:23 pm

 

This is an interesting thread...

I use cornstarch to thicken soups and stews...though sometimes I use flour..I don't recall ever eating starch straight out of the box..tho I was anemic as a baby...

What could be harmful about eating cornstarch other than the calories?

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Barbara E. <> Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 7:25 pm

 

I never ate clay or dirt either...at least not purposely. LOL

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Crystal Dukes <> Monday, 21 January 2008, 11:27 pm

 

Iam interested in purchasing Argo laundry starch the crunchy box although here in mass is hard to find can you help me out!

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Re: Eating Starch- Iron Deficiency Anemia

diane <> Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 10:01 am

 

I was not talking about corn starch i was referring to argo laundry starch people use to eat that also

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Re:Argo starch eaters

MEKIA <> Sunday, 27 January 2008, 7:42 am

 

I've eaten cornstarch for awhile but it lead to me needing a blood transfusion. I've always been anemic and eating cornstarch made it worst!!

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Barbara E. <> Sunday, 27 January 2008, 1:22 pm

 

That is odd, cause I thought cornstarch was just corn...I'm glad you stopped eating it...

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Sharon <> Sunday, 27 January 2008, 7:08 pm

Food for thought....

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher congratulates Dr. Deas for his role in making the Argo Starch Company place a warning label on its laundry products stating “Not Recommended for Food Use.”

Dr. Deas is adept at networking and using the media to foster public health awareness. His successful struggle in the 1970s against Argo Starch Company is legendary. After discovering that laundry starch was being sold in grocery aisles as a snack, causing black women to become anemic, Dr. Deas forced Argo to repackage its product in powdered form and to add a warning label, “Not Recommended for Food Use.” In recognition of this service, the Food and Drug Administration awarded him a special commendation.

http://www.downstate.edu/giving/deas.html

 

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Tanya <> Friday, 29 February 2008, 5:18 pm

 

I have eaten Argo Laundry Starch for over 20 years.Im only 36 but I have been eating it since the 70s when my mom used to buy it.I even joined a yahoo group for cornstarch. Cornstarch is better than laundry starch health wise. For those of you who have never tried--don't! it is so good you'll be hooked. I suffered a mild heart attack along with a blood transfusion in November because of iron-deficient anemia. Please heed Dr. Deas information. This is a great thread though keep talking!

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Re: Argo starch eaters

Lin <> Saturday, 29 March 2008, 2:28 am

 

I am so glad for the warnings about Argo Starch and corn starch.

I grew up pulling Argo Starch off of the shelves at the corner store and eating it like candy or chips. 
I later stopped eating it but suddenly developed a craving for it a few years ago.

I actually went looking for it again, but only found the corn starch. 
I would also like to add that I am severly anemic and have been for a long time. 
I did not know the link between the two.

I will continue to find other "crunchy" things to nibble on and not starch. 
I want to live a "long time." Thanks again for the info!

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Re:Argo starch eaters

M Gerald <> Tuesday, 15 April 2008, 10:02 pm

 

I am greatful for the Thread posted by everyone,I am two weeks before due date and I recently started craving Argo Starch last week. I ate it with my daughter but I did not realize then that It could mean I am anemic. I will not be eating anymore while I am pregnant but will continue to take the Iron pills prescribed by my physician.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Cyndy <> Tuesday, 13 May 2008, 11:03 pm

 

For those interested in purchasing the Argo Starch (in the red box), you can order it online at

www.hometownfavorites.com

. They are $1.45 per box.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Jacy <> Monday, 26 May 2008, 10:58 pm

 

I use ti eat dirt as a kid. My mom ate claydirt sent to her from Mississippi when she was pregnant with me. I recently started eating starch. I started out with this crazy craving for Johnson's cornstarch baby powder. I switched to argo cornstarch because I was afraid that the Johnson's was harmful because of the fragrance added too it.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Melanie Stafford <> Tuesday, 3 June 2008, 2:51 pm

 

My mother at Argo Laundry Starch back when I was a little girl. She ate it when she was pregnant which is probably is a sign that she was anemic. It was crunchy back then & I & my sisters sneaked into her starch. She was so possessive of that she would have skinned us alive if she had known that were in her starch!We loved it as much as she did! I didn't eat it for many years, but then in 2003 I began craving it! I kept a box of starch in my nightstand drawer back then and even now, I keep a box in my nightstand and a box in my kitchen cabinet! I crave it so much that I'm really fighting the urge to keep a box in my desk at work and a box in each of my vehicles so that it will be handy when I need it! (My mouth is watering right now as I'm typing!)I am very anemic and have always been. My obgyn doctor told me that she's afraid that I might have a heart attack because of my anemia which stems from my very heavy menstrual flow.(I want to live a long time too but I can't kick this desire to eat it!) I told her that I eat starch every day and wanted to know whether it was harmful to me. She said that starch has no health benefits but that it wasn't harmful to me either. I disagree however. I feel different when I eat it. I feel sluggish afterwards and I have to force myself to go to the track to walk my 8 laps! Once I had a headache that wouldn't go away! My children called the ambulance and I was rushed to the hospital. After running numerous tests, they decided to keep me in the hospital for a whole week! They had me on Heparin (a blood thinner) the entire time. I think the starch thickened my blood because the tests that were run on showed that I was not at risk for stroke;there was no buildup in my arteries.I think it's the starch. I've tried to stop eating it but I can't break the habit. Is this how a dope addict feels about drugs I wonder? Well it's time for me to get off work now. I'm gonna rush home, put my purse down, kick off my shoes, open my nightstand drawer and eat some starch. I can't wait! Later!

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Dannette <> Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 1:36 pm

 

I know of women who used to eat the Argo starch. The ones I know not only did it while they were pregnant but mostly to gain weight!! This happens especially in the southern states like Florida and Georgia. I am also familiar with pica, the condition that causes women to crave unusual things. I have a friend who actually craved a certain bar soap. It was so bad that she had to literally open a bar in the store and take a bite. My craving while pregnant has always been flour. In fact at one of my baby showers, my cake was Winnie the Pooh and his bowl of honey actually said flour! Everybody knew that I couldnt go a day without it. One of my good friends actually thought that I was craving the Argo starch so she went out and bought me some. I didnt like it though. I just like straight flour!

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Anna Williams <> Wednesday, 4 June 2008, 5:30 pm

 

My thing used to be ice.I scraped it of of the refrigirator with a spoon.Crushed ice was my favorite,I scraped that ice out of the fridge into a bowl and got me a spoon,if it was ice cubes I crunched and crunched.Everyone told me that ice out of the fridge was going to kill me but it never did.When I went out to eat I had to eat all of that crushed ice that was in the glass.All of a sudden I stopped after two or three years of this.Maybe what I needed was replaced in my body. Anna

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Re:Argo starch eaters

flour eater <> Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 3:45 pm

 

Just like most of the women here, I love Argo Laundry starch. Um UM Um UM good!!1 whe I was younger, we would eat the lumpy kind, so good. Well any way they stop selling it, and like a crack head i went from store to store trying to find it. Well they don't make the lumpky kind any more, so I start eating the powder kind, so good. But eating the corn starch has side affects, like sluggishness, bad teeth, for some reason my auntie eats it alot and alot of her teeth are rotten. She has also had to go and recieve blood, because it is too late low, she alos have to go in and take the iron shot. For real,once I realized the effect it was having on other people, I asked God to help me not to eat it. Now I don't eat corn starch, I eat flour. It doesn't have any side effect. Stop eating the cornstarch. I know it's good, but it is not good for you. One day iwill stop eating the flour.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

LT Monday, 7 July 2008, 8:17 pm

 

I love cornstarch!!!!!.I have to have it, but I like when it taste kind of old. Like I don't buy it from jewel or any name brand store, I have to find a little corner store where noone buys it. I know its not good for me so anyone who knows how to stop eating it ....Help!!!!!

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Re:Argo starch eaters

LMT Tuesday, 8 July 2008, 6:30 pm

 

I've been eating cornstarch like forever. I'm 33 now and I have to have it. The funny thing is that I don't crave it when I'm pregnant. I tried to stop eating it but I tend to always get a box. The older it taste the more I eat. I tend to finish a good box in 2 days. I know it has to be doing something to me but nothing so far. I do have anemia but I thought that what makes me crave it.

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Re:Argo starch eaters

Lisa S. <> Friday, 18 July 2008, 2:14 am

 

I have been eating argo cornstarch or any kind of starch for a little over a year, and I am desperately ready to stop but I cant. my children are scared something is going to happen to me. I already have been told by doctors that I have low blood now. I can eat a box a day. I been having problems with my menstrual cycles, and i think it is coming from eating too much starch.Can someone please email me to tell me what could i do to stop. I remember when my mom used to eat it years ago, and all of a sudden one day I had the urge for some corn starch, i was craving so bad I went to the store and brought a box, after about five months I was hooked on corn starch. I could be driving and crave for it and stop immediately by a store to buy a box or two and will eat it as I am driving down the road with a spoon or straw. Can some one please help me before something bad happens to me. I take a box of corn starch with me to work and will eat some of it on my lunch break in my car. My story can go on, and on. But im gona end it with my deepest word for someone to please give me some advice on what i need to do. I love it so much but its dangerous to keep eating it. *Lisa S.*

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Re:Argo starch eaters

E.T. <> Friday, 18 July 2008, 4:46 am

 

Okay Lisa S., pay attention...go back to your doctor and have them help you. Don't seek help from us 'lay people'...your best bet is to work with a professional!

My mother used to crave Argo Starch too. I could never figure that out, even though she used to send me to the store to buy it for her. One of my siblings then explained to me that she didn't injest it, just kept it in her mouth, then expelled it. Go figure!

People who crave things like that have been called "dirt Eaters", not a bad term, but one that explained folks who crave the minerals in those substances. See this:

http://hillcountryofmonroecountry.blogspot.com/2007/07/dirt-eater-pica-in-hill-country.html

Also, see:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Could_eating_Argo_laundry_starch_destroy_your_insides

 

Dirt Eaters