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    #1

    ice cubes

    I think you have a bad habit chewing on ice cubes.

    What does the text in bold mean?

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    Re: ice cubes

    Its meaning is literal. Some people here in America like to chew on ice. Most ice chewers chew the crushed or shaved ice that comes in fast-food sodas, although I've seen people chew the large freezer-type cubes. It's really annoying to the people around them, but the chewers don't seem to notice or care. Furthermore, it is an excellent way to permanently damage your teeth/

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    Re: ice cubes

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Its meaning is literal. Some people here in America like to chew on ice. Most ice chewers chew the crushed or shaved ice that comes in fast-food sodas, although I've seen people chew the large freezer-type cubes. It's really annoying to the people around them, but the chewers don't seem to notice or care. Furthermore, it is an excellent way to permanently damage your teeth/
    Thanks Myk.

    I wouldn't do that.

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    #4

    Re: ice cubes

    Did you know that the urge to chew ice is a main symptom of some disease? I can't remember now what it is. It could be something as simple as anemia, but while for some people, it's just an annoying habit, for others, it could be a sign of something serious!

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    Re: ice cubes

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Did you know that the urge to chew ice is a main symptom of some disease? I can't remember now what it is. It could be something as simple as anemia, but while for some people, it's just an annoying habit, for others, it could be a sign of something serious!
    Really!?
    I hope you could find out what it is. And tell me right away, someone I know may be suffering from this.

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    #6

    Re: ice cubes

    It is anemia - an iron deficiency. I looked it up just after I posted.

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    Re: ice cubes

    I know anemia but I never thought it is being associated with this bad habit. I wouldn't think that all those who are anemic chew on ice though.

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    #8

    Re: ice cubes

    Apparently, with anemia, it's not a "bad habit" but a compulsion. i think it was something like 30-40% of the people with anemia have this symptom. I learned that "pica" means the compulsion to eat things that are not food. The compulsion to eat ice in particular is called something specific that I don't remember. If you do this, it can't hurt to have your blood checked out.

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