Hi everyone. I know the original post on this topic is pretty old (over a year ago I believe). I just wanted to give you some information that I learned about these cravings while having this issue myself. I am severely anemic, to the point where iron pills do not contain enough iron to supplement my deficiency. I think the doctor told me I would have to take like 12 pills a day for years before my iron levels would even get to "normal" and even then I wouldn't be able to maintain my iron levels. At any rate, the severe anemia causes me to chew ice and crave soap (Irish Spring, specifically). For me, I like to lick the soap. I can't bite or chew it as it would burn my mouth and throat while trying to ingest it, but I lick the bar to satisfy my craving, and I combine the licking of the soap with A&W cream soda and crushed ice (so I'll lick the bar of IS and then take a sip of my cream soda and ice and chew the ice with the soda and the flavor of the soap). I know, it's so odd. My doctor told me that the cravings for ice and non-food items are a result of the anemia. He says everyone is different, but the cravings he hears most about are ice, soap and dirt (yes, dirt!). He says the soap can become dangerous in large amounts because soap can contain materials that have been connected to causing cancer (this would be my concern for some of you who eat large amounts). For me, personally, ingesting the soap caused vomiting and stomach issues and I noticed that I would often develop painful sores on my tongue. My doctor told me, over a year ago, that I could have iron infusion every six months or so. So I have 5 sessions (one a week for 5 weeks) where I go in to the hospital and have an IV administered where they inject iron directly into my blood. After every treatment, I feel completely like a new person, more energy, less lethargic, can climb stairs easily without shortness of breath, etc. I also lose the cravings that I have when I don't have an iron infusion treatment. I no longer crave ice or Irish Spring soap. It's when the cravings come back that I know that my iron levels are dipping again, so I go back to the doctor who does an examination and eventually orders another iron infusion. I would suggest some of you look into getting your iron levels checked and discussing with your doctor if iron infusion can help you. Good luck!