FOR the record, a definition of cannibalism (Random House Webster Dictionary): cannibalism, n. 1. the eating of human flesh by another human being, esp. for magical or religious purposes, as to acquire the power of the person recently killed. 2. the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of its own kind.
SO, since none of us is planning on killing and eating another human being, this whole concept of cannibalism is really silly, reactionary, superstitious nonsense.
And I'm amazed by the poster who negatively connected eating placenta with eating raw & wild foods. Since life began, the ingestion of placenta and raw & wild foods has kept all mammals in vigorous health. Name an animal that cooks its food! Once heating/processing foods became commonplace, disease set in. Mainstream news even shares how cancer, heart disease and diabetes are climbing to rates in Japan equaling rates in the U.S. as the Western diet takes over; Japanese traditional food contained large quantities of raw sea foods, both plant and fish, as well as raw, fermented foods etc. Look at how our dogs and cats have cancer, tumors, diabetes etc. that their wild counterparts don't; eating food out of a bag is just against natures intention, period. And yes, this is a researched, educated 'opinion' as I've studied these topics for years, AND I'm a teacher.
And equating eating placenta with the ignorant blood-letting remedies of the past? Really, current medical practices such as routine vaccinations, modern conventional birth fashions, giving medicine to reduce all
fevers instantly, labeling and medicating so many
children for ADHD, and labeling and medicating so many
people for depression- these are some of the ignorant "blood-letting" practices of our time.
With placenta-eating being part of mammalian evolution and still occurring today, with zero negative effects ever being reported and numerous positive effects being shared, I'm baffled at how it can be seen as somehow "bad." Sure, there is a squeamish factor that is culturally ingrained in us; certain indigenous people eat termite grub, for example, which grosses me out, yet I'll not say that they shouldn't eat them because I think eating fat insect grub is repellent; that would be very ethnocentric and small-minded of me. Frankly, I'm more concerned that feeding our children "food" out of fancy, colorful bags and boxes with long lists of ingredients is considered normal these days! THAT, I think, is disgusting AND ignorant. Give me raw and wild foods any day. Seriously, my kids and I are NEVER sick! Okay, OT...
Let's keep this a positive post with information and support for women who are interested in using their placentas to avoid a horrible affliction that causes misery to entire families. Really, what's the point of coming here and telling us how disgusting you think it is? Why even read and respond to this thread when the title of this thread clearly states the "disgusting" subject matter? If an anti-placenta-consumption stance is based on factual information relating to safety vs. dangers, possible harm, I'd be interested in hearing it. But I don't think I'm going to get mad cow disease from my placenta.