Woman Addicted To Eating Comet Cleanser

INSIDE EDITION talks to a woman who was addicted to eating Comet cleanser, as she explains how her strange addiction started.

This woman has a bizarre addiction that will shock you. Crystal Newman loves Comet, but not for the way that it cleans. She eats it.

Newman told INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent that her addiction to the cleaner was so strong that she ate it ten times a day.

"I've been called weirdo and a freak. I like the taste of it," Newman says.

The 45-year-old Detroit mom would shake out the powder, mix it with water to form a paste and then eat it. Newman would dab her fingers in it, or sometimes use her tongue to consume the Comet.

"There was something about it, that I actually craved it," says Newman.

Comet's warning label cautions: "May be harmful if swallowed or inhaled."

"It tastes the way it smells. Leaves a metallically taste in your tongue," says Trent when he tastes the Comet.

"Have you been checked out, are you ok?" Trent asks.

"Yes. No issues, except for my teeth," Newman replies.

Cosmetic dentist Demi Kasanis, gave Newman a new smile by replacing twenty two of her teeth with titanium implants. The implants costs $75,000.  

"Her mouth was rampant with decay and infection. This is what eating Comet for thirty years can do. The acidity of the Comet cleanser just eroded her teeth," says Kasanis.

Newman says she has given up eating Comet but INSIDE EDITION found a some under her kitchen cabinet.

Trent asks, "Would you be tempted if I left this here?"

Newman responds, "I hope not."

Newman's addiction is extreme but she is not the only one coping with a strange addiction.  TLC's My Strange Addiction, features one woman who eats furniture cushion foam, and another a woman who eats toilet paper.