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** Dear Kim Kardashian, read this before you eat your placenta **

By Dr. Manny Alvarez

Dr Manny's Notes

Published June 04, 2013

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It never ceases to amaze me how many expectant mothers sensationalize their
pregnancies for publicity. And we all know the 'mother' of all publicity
seekers whose name starts with a “Kim” and ends with “Kardashian.”

Perhaps all the bad press she’s been getting about her looks throughout
her pregnancy has finally gotten to her. On Sunday's season premiere of
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians," the 32-year-old reality star revealed
she might be interested in eating her own placenta after her baby girl is
born, in order to help her look younger.

Kim, I want to preface this article by reminding you of an old adage that I
think applies here: Don't kill the messenger.

For years, I’ve been hearing


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** Placentophagy **

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*Placentophagy* (from 'placenta' + Greek /φαγειν/, to
eat; also referred to as placentophagia) is the act of mammals eating the
placenta of their young after childbirth.

The placenta contains high levels of prostaglandin which stimulates
involution (an inward curvature or penetration, or, a shrinking or return
to a former size) of the uterus, in effect cleaning the uterus out. The
placenta also contains small amounts of oxytocin which eases birth stress
and causes the smooth muscles around the mammary cells to contract and
eject milk.^[/citation needed/]. There is no scientific evidence, however,
that eating placenta provides these hormonal effects.

There is also a school of thought that holds that placentophagy naturally
occurred to hide any trace of childbirth from predators in the wild. Most
placental mammals participate in placentophagy, including herbivores;
exceptions include Pinnipedia, Cetacea, the camel and (in most cases) the
human. Placentophagy has been observed in Insectivora, Rodentia,
Chiroptera, Lagomorpha, Carnivora, Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla (with the
camel as a noted exception), and Primates. Marsupials, which are an order
of metatherian (pouched) mammals, resorb rather than deliver the placenta,
and therefore cannot engage in placentophagia; they do, however, vigorously
lick birth fluids as they are excreted.^[1]

Some research has shown that ingestion of the placenta can increase the
pain threshold in pregnant rats. Rats that consumed the placenta
experienced a modest amount of elevation of naturally-occurring
opioid-mediated analgesia. Endogenous opioids, such as endorphin and
dynorphin, are natural chemicals, related to the opium molecule, that are
produced in the central nervous system. Production of these endogenous
opioids is increased during the birthing process. They have the ability to
raise the threshold of pain tolerance in the


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