An important lesson for those of you that haven’t learned their lesson by now — DO NOT try to keep up with the Kardashian’s.
Two of the infamous sisters, Kourtney and Kim, boasted about eating their placenta shortly following childbirth.
Despite the fact that there is no evidence that eating your placenta has any health benefits, the idea has gone bizarrely mainstream, with a plethora of people on YouTube posting videos of how to prepare placenta, cook placenta, or even turn it into a milkshake.
There is even a recipe book titled 25 Placenta Recipes – Easy and Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Placenta! available on Amazon.
Those keen on the idea of consuming their own placenta – without having to follow any recipes – can also consult one of the many companies that specialize in turning human placenta into capsules to be consumed daily (albeit, with zero proven benefit).
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now suggests that not only is consuming your placenta pointless, it may also be dangerous for your child.
In the report, the CDC says that health officials believe placenta capsules may have been the catalyst for the spread of an infection in a baby in Portland, Oregon.
The mother stated that prior to her infant falling ill, she had been consuming pills made up of her placenta. Doctors couldn’t work out what was wrong with the child until they were informed the mother had requested her placenta at birth.
The capsules were tested and found to contain infectious bacteria within the placenta itself. The CDC believes that the company may not have heated the placenta enough to kill off the germs before they shipped them back to the mother.
Thankfully, the child recovered after Doctors administered an intense antibiotic regimen.
Following the incident, the CDC issued the following:
“Placenta ingestion has recently been promoted to postpartum women for its physical and psychological benefits, although scientific evidence to support this is lacking. No standards exist for processing placenta for consumption.”
“The placenta encapsulation process does not per se eradicate infectious pathogens; thus, placenta capsule ingestion should be avoided.”
Please take this warning seriously. Consuming placenta in any form is unhealthy.
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