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KU doctor appearing on "My Strange Addiction" show

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You can watch KU get a little love on cable TV tonight — if you've got a strong stomach, anyway.

A KU doctor is set to appear in an episode of the TLC show "My Strange Addiction" tonight, KU Hospital just announced.

Richard Gilroy is an associate professor of gastroenterology and hepatology at the KU Medical Center, and he's also the medical director of liver transplantation at the KU Hospital. For this "My Strange Addiction" episode, he met with a young woman who (spoiler alert) likes to eat sand. Yes, sand. "Likes" might be an understatement, actually — she eats it six times a day. She also chews on nail files, and her newest craving is for chalk.

The hospital produced this behind-the-scenes video from the filming of the episode:

If you watch, you'll see (another spoiler alert) Gilroy believes the woman's problem is actually related to an iron deficiency.

TLC also has a preview of the episode on its website. Maybe if you have watched this show before you're a bit more desensitized to this type of thing, but it was a bit hard for me to watch, frankly. But because of the lengths I'm willing to go to for you, devoted reader, I watched the whole thing.

If you're hardier than I, you can check out the episode at 6:30 p.m. Central time tonight on TLC.

Please send your KU news tips — and, boy, I hope they're not about someone eating sand or something like that, but go ahead even if they are — to merickson@ljworld.com.

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