I’ve had this problem since I was 14 years old. She eats it and sniffs it about eight times a day. I pour it in my hand and then I either keep licking it, or I just throw it back. (dramatic music) I’ve been eatin and sniffin Comet for 15 years. (dramatic music) My husband first found out when we first moved in together. I walk into the bathroom, and she has like this cleaning solution in her hand, and she’s like licking it. So I was shocked. He just said, ‘what are you doin, you know that stuff can kill you?’ I did a quick scan of the ingredients, and once I seen like chlorine, bleach, I knew right away that this was something serious. I feel like I need it. When I eat it or sniff it, it’s like a sense of relief. (sniffs loudly) I don’t think it’s affected me negatively at all. This is about how much I eat per day. Really does taste like bleach, but I guess I’m just so used to it. I’m worried that it’s destroying her from the inside. ‘Caution: Harmful if swallowed or inhaled’ in bold letters. I think if somethin was gonna happen, it would’ve happened already. We have a four year old son named Zeke. She hides it very well from our son because she doesn’t want him to do it. If you wouldn’t want our child to do, why are you doin it? I love my wife dearly and my son. It would be tragedy if something happened to her. If she doesn’t stop, who knows what could happen. And I don’t wanna find out. (dramatic music) [Dr. Travis Stork] Following her first visit, we sent Kim to gastroenterologist, Dr. Su Sachar, to assess the damage. So what brings you here today? I’ve been eating a powder substance that includes bleach for 10 years. So a house cleaning substance? Yes. And have you tried to stop? I don’t even really think about it, and I don’t feel any physical changes. So I don’t really see the need to stop. Do you feel like your addicted to it? Do you feel like you can’t stop even if you wanted to? Yes. What are your main concerns here? I feel like now down the line, it’s going to cause her to go before her time. That’s the last thing me and my son would want for her. So, I think she might have a condition called Pika. Pika is when people often have an iron deficiency/anemia, and they crave non-nutritive substances. Today we do wanna do some testing to see if any damage has been done to your body. I’m really concerned for Kim. She’s been doing for over ten years. That has to have taken a toll on her body. There’s things like toluene and benzene, formaldehyde. Things that can affect every organ system in their body. This is a serious problem. This is a serious addiction, and we need to deal with this right away. (dramatic music) Kim and Dr. Su Sachar join us, in the audience is Kim’s husband, Rakeivius. I wanna welcome you so very much for opening up. Because Kim, never seen a doctor before. Right. Now you’ve obviously shared this, and you saw Dr. Sachar. Has anything changed? You know I never really took it serious. Basically, because I felt like if something was gonna happen, then it would’ve happened already, so I didn’t take it serious. But now that we’re here, it’s just like okay, you know obviously, it’s a condition. We need to straighten up or something else will happen. Dr. Sachar obviously you evaluated Kim. Yeah. What did you find? We examined her in the office and starting with the first part of ingestion, which would be the mouth, she already had some dental erosion. We’re talking about bleach, chlorine. In the back of her teeth, people don’t rub it on the front of their teeth like they do some other toxic substances, but the back of her teeth are already eroded. It’s bleached. It’s not bleach white, as some people would think. I mean it’s eroded to the point where there’s some decay that’s already set in. And then when we on to do the rest of the abdominal exam, she did have some tenderness that was kind of non-specific but could be from an inflamed stomach, an inflamed intestines. So we went on, and we pursued some blood work. And interestingly enough, the blood work did show that her white count, which is can be a sign of inflammation, was slightly elevated. So there was some inflammation going on in her body from this chronic use of ingesting this toxin. Last but not least on her blood work, she was also found to be have an iron deficiency/anemia which is essentially where your blood count drops, and I’m thinking it’s because with this chronic ingestion, she’s had either erosions, ulcerations, to the lining of her gi track, whether it be her food pipe, her stomach, that’s causing this kind of chronic, slow blood loss, that’s causing her to lose iron and causing her to be anemic.