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New moms eating their placentas in attempt to beat post-partum depression
National Post ^ | April 12, 2013 | Jen Gerson

Posted on 04/12/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT by Loyalist

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Susan Stewart collects fresh human placentas, takes them home and steams them with lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Once cooked, she puts the organs in a dehydrator overnight then grinds them and measures the powder out into gel capsules.

The service – the Calgary single mother makes a living at this – costs about $200.

Within a day, she presents new moms with their placentas in pill form – an average human placenta yields about 150 capsules – with promises of renewed energy, better lactation and no post-partum depression. They keep indefinitely.

Placenta-eating has gained some cachet among the natural-birth set, including Mad Men’s January Jones. Ms. Stewart said she became interested in it in 2009, after she was knocked down by depression following the birth of her first child, and she could see little downside from trying it.

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: depression; mentalillness; napl; placenta; placentophagy; postpartumdepression
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Would it not go better with fava beans and a nice Chianti?
1 posted on 04/12/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT by Loyalist
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"dang.....I wish they would flush"

2 posted on 04/12/2013 6:09:12 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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WTF???Was chocolate not enough to help them get over their depression???


3 posted on 04/12/2013 6:14:18 AM PDT by ObozoMustGo2012
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Fraking weirdos.


4 posted on 04/12/2013 6:21:46 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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Being a male, I can’t make claims one way or the other on this, but other mammals eat the placentae after birth. Regardless of the verity of these claims, it seems to be something that’s natural from an animal nature perspective.


5 posted on 04/12/2013 6:26:06 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Loyalist

: O


6 posted on 04/12/2013 6:27:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: rarestia

I think that it is keep predators from knowing there is a newborn around.


7 posted on 04/12/2013 6:27:54 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Loyalist

8 posted on 04/12/2013 6:28:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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other mammals eat the placentae after birth. Regardless of the verity of these claims, it seems to be something that’s natural from an animal nature perspective.

One thing that separates humans from animals is that humans resist doing many of the things that come naturally to animals.

9 posted on 04/12/2013 6:29:02 AM PDT by fso301
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There has to be some sort of nutritional value to it as well. I’d have to imagine it helps to re-energize the birth mother after labor or at least help to replace some of the vitamins, minerals, and fluids lost during birth.


10 posted on 04/12/2013 6:29:59 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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Man I was there to catch our son when he came out.
You gots to be one sicko to eat that mess.


11 posted on 04/12/2013 6:31:08 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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12 posted on 04/12/2013 6:31:29 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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resist doing many of the things that come naturally to animals.

We ARE still animals when you consider it biologically. I'm not saying it palatable or comfortable to think about, but it's as natural as any other thing we get from the body.

13 posted on 04/12/2013 6:32:55 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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Needs A Barf Alert!


14 posted on 04/12/2013 6:42:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: Loyalist

cannibals


15 posted on 04/12/2013 6:44:18 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JoeProBono

Bwahahahahahahahaha! Just laughed my Marlboro right out of my mouth into my lap. Ouch!


16 posted on 04/12/2013 6:45:21 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: rarestia

dog eat their own vomit too


17 posted on 04/12/2013 6:45:21 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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We ARE still animals when you consider it biologically. I'm not saying it palatable or comfortable to think about, but it's as natural as any other thing we get from the body.

From the article:

Not only are mothers not attracted to the placenta, they’re pretty much revolted by it

Otherwise, human mammals, along with dolphins and some higher primates, are alone in rejecting the habit.

We stopped doing it before recorded history, apparently. And we would have to conclude that there was something about it that was not only not beneficial, but somehow deleterious, or somehow maladaptive or harmful,” he said.


18 posted on 04/12/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT by fso301
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19 posted on 04/12/2013 6:48:01 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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The placenta comes flying out. At least I didn’t drop the camera.


20 posted on 04/12/2013 6:49:18 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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