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Old 12-28-2006, 11:43 AM   #11
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Take some Tums. They have potassium I believe. See if that gets rid of the craving. It won't hurt anything to try that.
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:49 AM   #12
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Thanks for the in-put, guys. I got to thinking about this...charcoal is carbon, but when it's burned it turns into ashes...potash...potassium. I'll bet that's what I'm low on.
Constance, the best source for potassium is bananas and the most effective way to administer IMO is in the form of banana cake or banana split icecream.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:33 PM   #13
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Constance....

Are you currently taking meds for hypertension? If so..what?
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:42 PM   #14
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BT, I'm craving real hardwood charcoal...like what you'd find left from a campfire.
GB, I always eat a couple of Tums a day as a Calcium supplement, but lately, I've been waking up in the night and eating 5-6 of them.
Boufa, I like the way you think.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:54 PM   #15
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Yes, Uncle Bob, I do. I take norvasc, prinivil, hydrochlorothiazide and a potassium supplement (80 MEQ, I think).
I also take a bunch of other medicines.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:58 PM   #16
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The following link provides info on Potassium as well as foods that contain it in significant amounts: Potassium

And as both fruits and dairy contribute Potassium to the diet, I gotta go with the sugar-free ice cream and bannanas idea as well.

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Old 12-28-2006, 01:22 PM   #17
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Constance..

Norvasc, and Prinivil are broadly speaking ACE Inhibitors...they tend to Raise potassium levels...
The hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic (water pill) that can lower potassium levels....
You should trust only your physician with your condition..As when he does a blood work up he is looking at potassium levels etc.
I'll repeat...if symptoms persist.. she him!!

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Old 12-28-2006, 01:32 PM   #18
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All kidding aside, if I woke up and Mr HB was munching on charcoal or burned sticks, I'd have him at the doctor or emergency room as soon as I got dressed.
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:38 PM   #19
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I don't remember what it is called....but....there is some disorder linked to craving charcoal, chalk, dirt, starch. Please seek professional assistance. I hope everything turns out fine.
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:41 PM   #20
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I believe you are thinking of Pica Vera.
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