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A client who has previously suffered with postnatal depression has asked me to research placenta eating (or placentophagy).  Apparently it is traditionally practiced in many cultures, including Mexico, China, and the Pacific Islands, however British consultant obstetrician Maggie Blott dismisses prospect that eating the placenta helps with post-natal depression however there remain a number of women who are convinced that eating their placenta was helpful, indeed it is rich in iron and this alone will be beneficial.  Some women chop it into tablet size pieces, freeze them then swallow them!

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/health/alternative-medicine/articles/43315.aspx#ixzz0UHDBQjT5

http://havingapoo.blogspot.com/2007/07/placenta-party.html

These are from ‘Mothering Magazine‘ – September 1983:

Work on the basis that each placenta weighs approximately 1/6 of the baby’s weight. To prepare a placenta, cut the meat away from the membranes with a sharp knife. Discard the membranes.


Roast Placenta

1-3lb fresh placenta (must be no more than 3 days old)
1 onion
1 green or red pepper (green will add colour)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 sleeve saltine crackers
1 tspn bay leaves
1 tspn black pepper
1 tspn white pepper
1 clove garlic (roasted and minced)

Method

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

1. Chop the onion and the pepper & crush the saltines into crumbs.
2. Combine the placenta, onion, pepper, saltines, bay leaves, white and black pepper, garlic and tomato sauce.
3. Place in a loaf pan, cover then bake for one and a half hours, occasionally pouring off excess liquid.
4. Serve and enjoy!


Placenta Cocktail

Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh, raw placenta
8oz V-8 juice
2 ice cubes
1/2 cup carrot

Method: blend at high speed for 10 seconds. Serve. A tasty thirst quencher!


Placenta Lasagne

Ingredients:

1 fresh, ground, or minced placenta, prepared as above
2 tblspns olive oil
2 sliced cloves garlic
1/2 tspn oregano
1/2 diced onion
2 tblspns tomato paste, or 1 whole tomato

Method: use a recipe for lasagne and substitute this mixture for one layer of cheese. Quickly saut� all the ingredients in olive oil. Serve. Enjoy!


Placenta Spaghetti Bolognaise

Ingredients:

1 fresh placenta, prepared as above
1 tblspn butter
1 large can tomato puree
2 cans crushed pear tomatoes
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tblspn molasses
1 bay leaf
1 tblspn rosemary
1 tspn each of: salt, honey, oregano, basil, and fennel

Method: cut the placenta meat into bite-sized pieces, then brown quickly in the butter and olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1-1.5 hours. Serve. Yummy!


Dehydrating your placenta

Instead of cooking your placenta whole, you can dehydrate it and then add it to meals! The following method is extracted from an article entitled “Thinking About Eating Your Placenta?” by Susan James, which appeared in the winter 1996 issue of “The Compleat Mother”. It was discovered posted on a newsgroup noticeboard, so we cannot absolutely guarantee its authenticity, or that it is an actual verbatim account of the magazine article.

Method:

Cut off the cord and membranes.

Steam the placenta, adding lemon grass, pepper and ginger to the steaming water. The placenta is “done” when no blood comes out when you pierce it with a fork.

Cut the placenta into thin slices (like making jerky) and bake in a low-heat oven (200-250 degrees F), until it is dry and crumbly (several hours).

Crush the placenta into a powder – using a food processor, blender, mortar and pestle, or by putting it in a bag and grinding it with rocks.

Put the powder into empty gel caps (available at drug and health food stores) or just add a spoonful to your cereal, blender drink, etc.

The recommended doses vary, some suggest up to 4 capsules a day, others just one. Perhaps the best advice is to take what makes you feel good.

It is also possible to have your placenta made into a homoepathic preparation contact www.ainsworths.com

Okay, so this posting is very controversial – obviously the Department of Health line is that it is much safer for children/people to receive vaccination that to have the disease and suffer the consequences.  Information is available from www.immunisation.nhs.uk.

However there are others who question our immunisation programme and I recently attended a talk given by Ursula Kraus-Harper, a homeopath who is one of them.  Much of the information given below was obtained at Ursula’s talk and I post it here for you to have references if you wish to look into this issue further.

Immunisation

a) A process that increases an organisms reaction to antigen and therefore improves its ability to resist or overcome infection.

b) A technique used to induce immune resistance to a specific disease in  humans or other mammals by exposing the individual to an antigen in order to raise antibodies to  that antigen.

Vaccination

Injection of a killed microbe in order to stimulate the immune system against the microbe, thereby preventing disease. Vaccinations, or immunisations, work by stimulating the immune system, the natural disease-fighting system of the body. The healthy immune system is able to recognize invading bacteria and viruses and produce substances (antibodies) to destroy or disable them.

Source:  www.medterms.com

Resources

1.  Childhood Diseases and Their Vaccines (e-book;  £8)

by Dr. Jayne LM Donegan  MBBS DRCOG DCH DFFPMRCGP MFHom can be downloaded from www.jayne-donegan.co.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=d%2ffky%2fIvwv4%3d&tabid=826 includes other sources of information.

2.  The British National Vaccination Schedule can be downloaded from www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/home

3.   The European Forum on Vaccine Vigilance website , with a whole page of links to other relevant sites: http://users.telenet.be/vaccine.damage.prevention/englishhomepage

4.  Table of Vaccination ingredients can be downloaded from www.informedchoice.info

5.  Dr. Richard Halvorsen’s website on vaccination, especially MMR:   www.cryshame.org

6.   Dr. Tinus Smits website with information and lots of cases about vaccination damage and its treatment with homeopathy is  www.tinussmits.com

7.   Australian Homeopath Dr. Isaac Golden has carried out extensive, long-term research into homeopathic prophylaxis of childhood illnesses and has written two books:

– Vaccination and Homoeoprophylaxis? A Review of Risks and Alternatives

–  Vaccine Damaged Children?  Treatment, Prevention, Reasons

see his website www.homstudy.net

8.  Ian Sinclair has studied and researched vaccination and natural health philosophy for over 20 years inAustralia. His book  “Vaccination – The “hidden” facts (1992)  can be ordered via his website www.vaccinationdebate.com

There are further sources of information available from:

BOOKS
Vaccination – Viera Scheibner
Vaccination and Immunization, Dangers, Delusions and Alternatives – Leon Chaitow
Immunisation against infectious disease – Department of Health HMSO
DPT – A Shot in the Dark – H L Coutter and K Fisher
The Vaccination Handbook – R Newstaedter

PAPERS
The case against immunisation – R Moskowitz ?from Society of Homoeopaths
Vaccination – the real issues – Ian Townsend (Thesis)
The Homoeopath – The Journal of the Society of Homoeopaths Vol 4 No 4 Summer 1984 (May be an updated version?)

BOOKLET
Immunisations – Mothering Special Edition www.mothering.com

WEBSITES
www.informedparent.co.uk

www.wddty.com

www.jabs.org.uk (this site is for parents of vaccine damaged children, not light reading)

www.breakspearmedical.com – for single vaccines

www.babyjabs.co.uk – for single vaccines

(Do a search for The People’s Doctor)


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