THE BIOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF KAOLIN GEOPHAGIA

Kaolin geophagia is associated with the relief of gastrointestinal distress, but it may also cause adverse health effects on the body. This study was designed to: assess kaolin composition; test if 129SvEv mice would consume kaolin and determine the consequences of consumption; and assess rotational stress modulation of consumption. Thirteen kaolin samples were purchased from Alabama and Georgia stores. Chemical and physical properties were characterized for each sample using a Munsell chart, pH meter, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Visible Near-InfraRed Spectra, and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry. Kaolin was then given to mice as food supplements and consumption was determined by weight/volume consumed and recorded in 12 hour intervals. Soil physical/chemical, mouse hematological, blood chemical and kaolin consumption data suggested that kaolin contained various elements, and geophagia was not exacerbated by rotational stress.


Issue Date:
2014
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/236769
Published in:
Professional Agricultural Workers Journal (PAWJ), Volume 02, Number 2
Total Pages:
16




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