I was just going through your medicine for southerners tag. I'm blown away by the fact that people eat dirt. Sounds like something from My Strange Addiction. I work in a hospital in New Jersey. Tons of crazy cases, but no dirt eating that I've heard of or seen.
Yep, totally happens. I’ve seen probably 10 patients who eat dirt. For some it’s a legit medical condition called pica that comes from anemia, but for others it’s purely a cultural thing. And those who do it as tradition pick specific kinds of dirt that have high clay or chalk content. I don’t understand it, but it happens.