Placenta-eating is latest fad among U.S. moms

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A postbirth fad is gaining a foothold in the United States among some new mothers who extol the benefits of eating their own placentas.

f-placenta-a-20150223-870x581Convinced it helps to boost energy, produce healthy milk and ward off postpartum depression, the practice is catching on among mothers who shun modern medicine for natural care, or Hollywood celebrities eager to adopt new-age trends.

It is called “placentophagy,” and entails eating the iron-rich afterbirth in any form: liquid, solid or packed into a pill.

The bloody, spongy organ provides the fetus with nutrients, oxygen and hormones via the umbilical cord during the 40-week gestation period.

Some midwives promote its nourishing virtues for mothers too.

f-placenta-b-20150223-200x200“Placenta helps to restore your body with vitamins, minerals and hormones,” midwife Claudia Booker said. “Not rejuvenate you so you can go to parties . . . just restore you when you feel like a used machine,” she said, speaking over her kitchen sink in Washington where she prepares placenta pills.

For $270, Booker, a 65-year-old with cropped hair and tattooed ears, processes and prepares the vascular organ into a course of capsules lasting several weeks.

The process of turning placenta into pills is perhaps more familiar to cooks than scientists: she cleans it, presses the blood from it and steams it before placing it in a dehydrator overnight.

The dried placenta is then cut into strips and put in a coffee grinder to turn into a powder she puts inside small capsules, a technique she learned from a Chinese acupuncturist.

There are no scientific studies on the number of new moms partaking in the practice and few on its effects, but that has not prevented the trend from taking hold in some circles, including among A-listers.

“Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone has tried it and swears by it. And “Mad Men” vixen January Jones tried it too, earning her the nickname “Mad Mom” in some American media.

The trend has even spawned cookbooks and a devoted army of recipe testers on mommy blogs who write about placenta lasagna, tacos or chocolate truffles.

Mother of seven Catherine said she had wanted to try it after giving birth to her last child. She chopped her placenta into cubes and blended it with almond milk, honey and blueberries for an afterbirth smoothie.

She opted for a pureed version to “disguise the taste,” she said, adding that she froze leftovers to be enjoyed later.

Placenta being a rare item, some mothers want to make sure none goes to waste.

For others, packing placenta nutrients into edible treats like chocolate truffles is preferable to taking vitamins.

“It seemed to be a good idea because I tend to forget to take my vitamins but I don’t forget that I’m in the mood for chocolate!” mother-of-three Melissa said.

Booker maintains that the benefits of eating the placenta are also psychological, helping mothers to stave off postpartum depression that affects up to 19 percent of women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It is one of the pieces of the puzzle that helps you to decrease the emotional roller coaster of the early postpartum period,” Booker said, the pungent scent of cooked blood wafting through her house.

It is also believed to ease fatigue and anxiety in the tumultuous postbirth period, she added.

But researchers are only starting to conduct comprehensive studies on the practice, which first emerged in the United States in the 1970s, according to Daniel Benyshek, a medical anthropologist at the University of Nevada.

Americans are believed to be among the first to eat their own afterbirth, he said, though dried placenta has been long used in Chinese medicine, prized by healers for its curative qualities.

Others have examined the effect in mammals, most of which eat afterbirth.

Psychologist Mark Kristal from the University at Buffalo found that mice experience less pain in the postbirth period if they eat their placenta.

But most studies about human benefits do not meet acceptable scientific standards, Benyshek said. Instead, most evidence is anecdotal.

“There is a lot of positive feedback from women, including women who experienced postpartum depression,” he said.

Based on a survey of 189 women in 2013 conducted by Benyshek, 98 percent reported the effects of eating their own placenta as “positive.”

He is planning to release a full study this summer based on research from 30 women.

Scientifically proven or not, many are embracing placentophagy as an essential postbirth ritual.

“The reason that I chose to do that it is that there is a history of depression and one of the purported benefits of course is that it helps bounce my hormones,” said Melissa.

Fellow mother Laura Ransom from Las Vegas said she wished she had tried it earlier.

She took placenta pills after the birth of her third child and said it helped her manage a hectic schedule.

“I did not do this with my first two pregnancies and I can’t express the night-and-day difference of my emotional and physical recovery,” she said.

“The pills gave me energy, curbed my mood swings, actually made me really happy, and helped me to handle things in the midst of adding number three to our family after a move and my husband starting a job.”

A man showed up at the dentist for the first time in a decade … (not safe for lunch)

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That Morimoto Katsu hadn’t been a dentist in a while was made abundantly clear as soon as he opened his mouth.

Warning: This is one of the grossest videos ever recorded by mankind.

YouTuber campbpar posted all the information you’ll need about this situation below his video:

Katsu shows up last visit with a decade of calcite and plaque built up due to authentic Japanese cuisine, smoking, and having never flossed. Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.

Flossing helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth. Dental floss (or dental tape) helps clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay.

Belfast police raid a home and call a bomb squad after mistaking an Xbox 360 controller as a weapon

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2015-02-19_new_7126850_I1A large security operation was launched on Tuesday night and the property cordoned off as searches were carried out in the Sliabh Dubh Lane. It followed a report that a number of rounds of ammunition had been discovered at an unoccupied house.

Further searches were carried out yesterday and a number of items removed by police for examination. Police sources said the suspected bullets were subsequently found to be imitation rounds used as buttons on Xbox 360 controllers.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed: “A number of items that were taken away have now been examined and declared to be not suspicious.”

Soccer Team Takes Viagra Before a Match, Loses Anyway

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They met stiff resistance

An Argentine soccer team tried to get ahead by taking Viagra for a match at high altitude. Unfortunately, they lost 2-0 anyway.

Club Atletico River Plate decided to take a cocktail of Sildenafil (commercially known as Viagra), caffeine and aspirin in advance of a match in Bolivia, the Washington Post reports. Research has shown that the anti-impotence drug helps boost circulation and deliver more oxygen to the muscles, allowing athletes to perform better at high altitudes.

River Plate hails from Buenos Aires, where the elevation (about 82 feet) is fairly low, while their match against San Jose de Oruro in Bolivia took place at 12,400 feet. Still, even Viagra was not enough to help them, and they lost their first group game of the Copa Libertadores de America.

“The players finished very tired and angry, because they know they played a great match,” coach Marcello Gallardo said, according to the club’s website. “[The team’s center back] Pezzella is still sore.”

Ohio Boy, 5, Believes He Lived Past Life as a Black Woman Named Pam

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screen_shot_20150220_at_8.20.12_am.png.CROP.rtstoryvar-large.20.12_amErika Ruehlman of Ohio didn’t think much of her then-2-year-old son Luke’s obsession with safety. It just seemed like a quirky trait that the young boy had.

“He was very cautious about crossing the street,” Ruehlman told Fox 8. “Or anything that might be hot.”

But as Luke, now 5, grew older, he kept mentioning someone by the name of Pam.

“He would say things like, ‘When I was a girl, I had black hair,’ or ‘I had earrings like that when I was a girl,'” Ruehlman told the news station.

His mother did not know anyone named Pam and had no idea where her child was getting this stuff. One day, out of frustration, she questioned the boy.

“Who is Pam?” she asked. Her son turned and looked at her and responded, “I was.”

“What do you mean you were?” she asked.

His response: “‘Well, I used to be, but I died and went to heaven and I saw God and eventually God pushed me back down. When I woke up, I was a baby and you named me Luke,” Ruehlman told Fox 8.

Frantic, she called her mother who remembered a book about reincarnation and then discussed the possibility that this might be the case, but Ruehlman need more answers from Luke.

“I asked him further, ‘Do you remember how you died?’ He looked right at me and said, ‘Yeah, it was fire.’ And at that point, he made like a motion with his hand like he was jumping off a building,” Ruehlman told the news station.

Luke went on to tell his mom about Chicago, a place that they had never been; this big city where he walked a lot and took the train as he described it. Ruehlman hit the Internet and learned that in March of 1993, a fire claimed the lives of 19 people in Chicago’s Paxton Hotel. The hotel was in a predominately African-American neighborhood.

“I just asked him, I was very casual about it, like, ‘What color was Pam’s skin?’ And he just looked right up at me like, ‘Duh, black,'” Ruehlman told Fox 8.

One of the victims in the Paxton Hotel fire was a black woman in her 30s named Pamela Robinson.

The family contacted and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network’s Ghost Inside My Child and Luke was given a lineup of photos. One of the photos was of Pamela Robinson, the others were just fill-ins. The boy asked a few questions and then picked out Robinson’s photo saying, “I can remember when this one was taken.”

Ruehlman contacted Robinson’s family and found out that Pamela Robinson and Luke enjoy the same kind of music. The family told Fox 8 that it had no comment at this time.

But right as Ruehlman was really starting to embrace the idea of “Pam,” Luke “let her go.”

“It was like he got it out. He was finished and had nothing more to say about it,” Ruehlman told Fox 8.

Reuhlman and her family want to make clear that they made no money from their television appearance and aren’t seeking anything. They say that they tell their story only to share the journey because “it’s a positive one” of “unification and it’s one of love.”

Kendra Sunderland, Coed Fined For Library Masturbation Film, To Pose For Penthouse

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Two weeks ago, Kendra Sunderland was accused of masturbating on film in the Oregon State University library.

o-KENDRA-SUNDERLAND-CUPCAKE-570Things have been touchy for Sunderland since then, but she now believes that the scandal surrounding her solo sex scene was worth it. She just got the deal of the century, even after getting caught with her pants down.

“A couple of times, I had a breakdown,” she told HuffPost. “I was upset about my roommate leaving me, but now I’m going to have a happy ending — no pun intended.”

Sunderland is doing a four-page photo spread with Penthouse magazine that is being shot in San Francisco today. She is also partnering with the mag’s parent company, FriendFinder Networks, to createPlayWithKendra.com, a website devoted strictly to her own cam shows.

 

o-KENDRA-SUNDERLAND-570It’s a stroke of good fortune for Sunderland, who could make six figures from the deal, according to FriendFinder Networks CEO Ken Hawk.

Unlike Sunderland’s previous cam work, which was done in public places, Sunderland’s solo sex shows will be done in private, but in a variety of exotic settings.

The challenge to make a career as a full-time masturbator is daunting, she admits.

“I have to take it more seriously. Before, I used to stop camming once I got paid. Now if I want to build a following, I have to be on more regularly,” she said.

Sunderland also is trying to find ways to stick out in the crowded cam girl community.

“I blow bubbles,” she said. “One guy sends me huge packs of gum so he can watch me blow bubbles on camera. I think it’s sexy and cute.”

Sunderland has signed a deal with a Canadian company to front a dating website called Date Broke College Girls, the Daily Mail reports.

Sunderland’s cam girl career is still touch-and-go. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, and could be facing a $6,250 fine or a year in jail.

“There’s a rumor that some of the fraternities will be picketing the courthouse on her behalf, which we think is great,” Hawk told HuffPost.

The potential sentence might be a problem to Sunderland’s solo sex career, but the fine is already covered. A Canadian website, Bang You Later, has offered to cover financial penalties handed down by the court.

Regardless of what happens, Sunderland said she is sure of one thing: “College is not for me.”

Black 21 Year old new ID arrives in mail, has picture of old white man

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Kamari Smith and his mother Toya Smith could only laugh when his new, official Minnesota issued ID card arrived in the mail Tuesday.

6766953_G“When I looked, I looked at the name again, and again. Just started cracking up, what the hell? Too much,” Toya Smith laughed

Kamari Smith is black and he just turned 21. The guy photographed on his brand new ID is a white senior citizen.

“This is something they should have looked at and seen. There’s no way that should have been put in the mail and sent,” his mother said.

Having celebrated his 21st birthday recently, Smith needs his new photo ID that denotes he is over 21 to have a little adult fun. This still begs the question of what happened.

The state’s division of driver and vehicle services didn’t address his case specifically. A spokesman told Fox 9 of the 1.6 million state-issued photo identifications printed annually, there are on average 10 errors a month. Most of those are considered typos or spelling mistakes, not the wrong photo.

Smith applied for the ID last month at a Hennepin County license service center where he filled out the $20 application and got his picture taken. Clearly, the wrong photo and the wrong signature ended up on his ID and Smith has no interest in finding out what happens if he actually tries to use it, say, for happy hour.

“I might go to jail with that one right there. That’s off limits. That one stays in the house,” he laughed.

While the family is having some fun with the mistake, it is going to cost Smith some extra time and hassle. He has been told he needs to return to the license service center to once again fill out the paperwork and get another photograph taken. He’s been assured that application will be free.

It turns out, this isn’t his first ID snafu, either. He recently signed up for a cell phone contract and was told by the store clerk his social security number somehow shows him as dead, which clearly isn’t true.

“So he’s deceased and he’s 93 at 21,” Smith’s mother laughed.