Sunday, June 28, 2015

Placentophagy: Medical Journal of Australia and "Naturalistic Fallacies"

here, some physician-sense about something quite not palatable:

001. physician Sue Ieraci writes in "Sue Ieraci: Placenta Placebo" (2015-06-28):

"we live in a society where naturalistic fallacies abound: the Paleo diet, traditional remedies, the radical arm of the home birth movement.  It should not be surprising, then, that some women choose to [...] eat their placenta [...]";

I've heard they could. Do they tell their friends, though?  Now, I'm a little picky on what can be termed 'the naturalistic fallacy' because I actually think in philosophy there is a use for 'naturalistic' as in 'not supernatural.'  So, as my Naturocrit Podcast's logo indicates, I use the term 'the naturalness fallacy.'  And in that sense, what I mean is that for whatever strange reason, people assume the label "natural" means good, right, moral, etc. when in fact it can mean so many things that it is useless.  It is so useless that we end up replacing that term with the details of what we are talking about in order to actually know something about the thing in question.

"a recent well referenced review, published in Archives of Women’s Mental Health, has covered this unusual topic. 'Postpartum women are consuming their placentas … encapsulated, cooked, and raw for the prevention of postpartum depression (PPD) and other perceived health benefits', the authors write.Indeed, the internet abounds with placenta recipes — from smoothies to lasagna [...]";

here's where I throw up in my mouth.

 "the Archives of Women’s Mental Health authors conducted a structured literature review to investigate current attitudes, motivations and experiences with maternal placentophagy, as well as empirical studies of potential health benefits and risks. In particular, they looked for evidence of retained contents of the raw, cooked and encapsulated placenta [...] there were no controlled human studies on the absorption of hormones. Limited animal studies showed that concentrations of hormones were in order of magnitude below therapeutic levels, and were destroyed by low pH, as in the gastric environment. In short, the animal studies show no evidence of benefits for lactation, pain-reduction, uterine contraction, or any hormonal benefit associated with postpartum recovery [...]";

ok.  Let's assume this will be replaced by an even weirder fad.
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