Monday, July 10, 2017

Baby Sickened Because Mother Eats Placenta

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a baby in Oregon was treated for Group B streptococcus infections - twice in a week! - apparently because its mother was ingesting improperly prepared placental pills.

Although the CDC does not recommend placenta consumption, it's a fad in some circles that just won't go away. According to CNN News, devotees include Kim Kardashian and Alicia Silverstone. There is even a group called the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts that claims to have "placenta preparation specialists" who know how to prepare the placenta properly for ingestion. As if there actually is a "proper" method for preparing the placenta for ingestion. Members of the group believe that placenta consumption has benefits including preventing postpartum depression and increasing milk production.

Pardon me, but there is no evidence that these people know what they are doing (see this blog July 19, 2007 and June 13, 2015). Feel free to check out their website, compare it to the CDC report and any available scientific evidence, and make up your own mind if you wish.

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