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December 15, 2015

Jen ate her placenta just like Kim Kardashian.

One of my APPA colleagues, Jennifer Mayer interviewed by New York Daily News!

http://m.nydailynews.com/life-style/ate-placenta-kim-kardashian-article-1.2466658?cid=bitly

 

 

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October 11, 2015

STOP! Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Let’s talk about the new Buzzfeed video that I am featured in.  I was initially very reluctant to participate in this project but I decided to go for it and now I’m a little bummed on the outcome, but looking at it as more of an opportunity to cover this subject.  Ochi’s initial reactions seem great and then as the days go on she claims feeling jittery and wired.  This can happen, I state it clearly on my suggested dosage card.  I am always very clear with my clients that the capsules can make you feel jittery or wired, and that if you do get this feeling that it is a sign that you’re taking too many capsules and you need to lower your dosage.  I even clearly state that I do not recommend taking them just before a nap or any later that 6pm.  I have clients that need more than the suggested dosage and some clients who do best with one capsule a day.  Everybody is different and you need to listen to your body to find that perfect balance for you.  So yes, Ochi’s response may seem less than optimal and may send someone who was on the fence about trying this running for the hills, but I suggest asking friends who have done it what their response was.  Take a look at some of my testimonials on my website and Yelp reviews.  I have worked with well over three thousand clients (need to count again) and many have come back to me for a second, third and now one client will soon be coming back for a fourth time!

Here is what the gorgeous Ione Skye Lee had to say about her experience.  “I felt terrific physically and emotionally from taking the placenta pills right after my baby was born.  I had heard of this before, it made sense but seemed too out there for me. I didn’t want to eat my placenta in a sandwich on a plate.  When I met Sara – who for someone who is doing something far outside the mainstream, she was surprisingly “normal” and I could relate to her.  I learned she put the placenta in pill form.  That I could do.  With my first child I didn’t ingest my placenta.  I was more weak and fragile physically and emotionally.  When I took the placenta pills after my second birth I felt a big difference.  Of course I had a natural elation and deflation for a few days but I felt like a superwoman. It was an easy process, the hospital, Cedars Sinai had heard of this and were helpful. I wish I had more!” -Ione Skye Lee

And Tamara, “I became very interested in placenta encapsulation when I heard of all the benefits it could have.  My sister had milk supply issues and my best friend had horrible postpartum, so I thought I would be pro-active and give it a try.  I met Sara at a parenting class and what I was most impressed was how “normal” she was.  Then I was recommended to her by my acupuncturist and I was sold.  The whole process was simple as I didn’t even know it happened.  I took the recommended dosage and I don’t know if I am really a lucky person or it was the placenta but I have had plenty of milk supply, and zero depression.  I definitely recommend encapsulating your placenta to all pregnant women and Sara is the woman to do it.  And to top it all off, she gives the best massage ever!” -Tamara

And Natalie, “The capsules have been great, I am just finishing them up! I have felt wonderful so I am guessing they did the trick. I was very worried because I do suffer from depression and was concerned about post-partum, but I have been very even keel and happy. Thank you so much! I will certainly pass your info on and use you again for our next pregnancy!” -Natalie

As far as the capsules starting to have and odor and taste, yep, that is normal.  That will go away by storing them in the freezer after the first couple weeks of initial use.  I’m not in any way trying to take away or belittle Ochi’s response to her capsules, but I sure wish she would have reached out as encouraged to work on getting the right dosage down for her body and her particular needs.  Again, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and if you’re interested in trying this, do it! I can’t tell you how many times I have heard women tell me that they had decided against it only to wish later that they had done it.  You can’t go back once you decide not to do it, but even if you do it and only take those capsules now and again to get you through some rough times it is worth it.

October 26, 2010

Placenta Related Studies and Articles.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has used the placenta for thousands of years, I have prepared over 200 placentas now in my two and a half years of offering this service and my clients have benefited tremendously.  For those of you that need a bit more, here you go.

Placenta as a Lactagogon– Study on placenta and increased milk production
Soykova-Pachnerova E, et. al.(1954). Gynaecologia 138(6):617-627.

Placentophagia- A Biobehavioral Enigma
MARK B. KRISTAL, Received 2 February 1980. Neuroscience & Biohehavioral Reviews, Vol. 4, pp. 141–150.

Wound Healing Activity of Human Placental Extract in Rats
Acta Pharmacol Sin, 22 Dec 2001
Finding human placental extract has potent power of inducing collagenous growth indicating its proficiency in wound healing.

Effects of placentophagy on serum prolactin and progesterone concentrations in rats after parturition or superovulation
Blank MS, Friesen HG.: J Reprod Fertil. 1980 Nov;60(2):273-8.

Enhancement of opioid-mediated analgesia: A solution to the enigma of placentophagia
Mark B. Kristal
Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
Received 4 January 1991.

Placenta and Pain Relief
Jean M. DiPirro*, Mark B. Kristal

Hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone suppression during the postpartum period: implications for the increase in psychiatric manifestations at this time – Study showing low CRH Hormone levels post-birth – CRH (stress reducer hormone – found in high levels in the placenta)
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vol 81, 1912-1917, Copyright © 1996 by Endocrine Society

Maternal Iron Deficiency Anemia Affects Postpartum Emotions and Cognition
John L. Beard,2 Michael K. Hendricks,* Eva M. Perez,* Laura E. Murray-Kolb, Astrid Berg,*
Lynne Vernon-Feagans,† James Irlam,* Washiefa Isaacs,* Alan Sive,* and Mark Tomlinson*
Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; *School of
Child and Adolescent Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; and †School of Education,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Have we forgotten the significance of postpartum iron deficiency?
Lisa M. Bodnar, PhD, MPH, RD,a,* Mary E. Cogswell, DrPH, RN,b
Thad McDonald, MDc

The Impact of Fatigue on the Development of Postpartum Depression
Elizabeth J. Corwin, Jean Brownstead, Nichole Barton,
Starlet Heckard, and Karen Morin

Iron supplementation for unexplained fatigue in non-anaemic women: double blind randomised placebo controlled trial
F Verdon, general practitioner1, B Burnand, senior lecturer2, C-L Fallab Stubi, pharmacist3, C Bonard, general practitioner1, M
Graff, general practitioner1, A Michaud, general practitioner1, T Bischoff, general practitioner1, M de Vevey, general practitioner1,
J-P Studer, general practitioner1, L Herzig, general practitioner1, C Chapuis, general practitioner1, J Tissot, general practitioner1,
A Pécoud, professor3, B Favrat, consultant of internal medicine3
BMJ  2003;326:1124 (24 May), doi:10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1124

The Bridge of Life: Options for Placentas
Written by British midwife Kelly Graff; Published by Midwifery Today 2008

Placentophagia: Benefits of Eating the Placenta
Published June 28, 2007
by:Amy Weekley

Placenta consumption
Written for BabyCenter Singapore Approved by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board

Medicinal Uses of the Placenta
The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA

Placenta: The Gift of Life

The Tree of Life
Hollywood Birth Centre Newsletter August 2009

The Amazing Placenta
By Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, About.com Guide

I’m Going to Eat My Placenta
posted by Kiri Westby Jun 28, 2010 5:08 pm

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Postpartum Depression:  Exploring the Signs, the Causes, the Remedies, and Theories in Natural Prevention

A Presentation by Alexandra Orchard

SOURCES:

I used the following sources to find most of the information I presented:

  1. Ford, G.  Listening To Your Hormones.  Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing; 1997 (pages 30-31, 38-39, 61-81, 88-89, 106-107, 114-115, 154-157, 164-165, 170-191, 210-213, 305-319, and 384-385)
  2. Bennett, S. S., & Indman, P. ,. (2006). Beyond The Blues. San Jose, CA: Moodswings Press.  Pages 32 and 34
  3. KRISTAL, M.B. Enhancement of opioid-mediated analgesia: A solution to the enigma of placentophagia. NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV REV 15(3) 425-435, 1991
  4. KRISTAL, M.B.  Placentophagia:  A Biobehavioral enigma  Neuroscience & Biohehavioral Reviews, Vol. 4, pp. 141–150.
  5. Jean M. DiPirro, Mark B. Kristal, Placenta ingestion by rats enhances delta- and kappa-opioid antinociception, but suppresses mu-opioid antinociception Brain Research 1014 (2004) 22–33
  6. Rice J. Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.; 2005 pages 352-363)
  7. Frye A. Holistic Midwifery, Vol 1.Portland, OR: Labrys Press; 2006 (p 188-198)
  8. http://www.med.yale.edu/obgyn/kliman/placenta/articles/Plac%20Hormones.html
  9. http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/reprod/placenta/endocrine.html

10.  http://books.google.com/books?id=Eh2HrXYqJJYC&pg=PA228&dq=Hormone+in+placental+tissue&cd=5#v=onepage&q=Hormone%20in%20placental%20tissue&f=false Normal human tissue and cell culture, Volume 2 By Curtis C. Harris, Benjamin Franklin Trump, Gary D. Stoner  PAGE 236

11.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13129686 Placenta. 2003 Sep-Oct;24(8-9):882-94.Trophoblast viability in perfused term placental tissue and explant cultures limited to 7-24 hours. Di Santo SMalek ASager RAndres ACSchneider H. Universitäts-Frauenklinik Inselspital, Effingerstrasse 102, CH-3010 Berne, Switzerland.

12.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6609066 Endocrinol Exp. 1984 Mar;18(1):35-41. Immunoreactive oxytocin in human placental tissue. Nakazawa KMakino TNagai TSuzuki HIizuka R.

13.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9290148 Placenta. 1997 Sep;18(7):535-40.Thyroid hormone efflux from placental tissue is not stimulated during cell volume regulation. Mitchell AMManley SWMortimer RH. Conjoint Endocrine Laboratory, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland, Australia.

14.  http://books.google.com/books?id=NR1Pcv4Dxs4C&pg=PA147&lpg=PA147&dq=thyroid+hormones+found+in+placental+tissue&source=bl&ots=HzPMSNEbVU&sig=3vQU3f54UtNix5odnF3e5VTavz0&hl=en&ei=cr9lS_uyCIXoM6q8veoG&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CA0Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=thyroid%20hormones%20found%20in%20placental%20tissue&f=false Pathology of the human placenta By Kurt Benirschke, Peter Kaufmann  4th ed.Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.; New York.  page 147

15.  http://www.eje-online.org/cgi/reprint/147/6/785.pdf CLINICAL STUDY Pregnancy-associated and placental proteins in the placental tissue of normal pregnant women and patients with pre-eclampsia at term

Nick A Bersinger, Nigel Groome1 and Shanthi Muttukrishna2

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland, 1School of Biological and Molecular Sciences,

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK and 2Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

(Correspondence should be addressed to N A Bersinger, Reproductive and Perinatal Medicine Research Laboratory, Inselspital G3-855 KKL, Berne,

CH-3010, Switzerland; Email: nick.bersinger@dkf2.unibe.ch)

(Shanthi Muttukrishna is currently at Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College London, Royal Free–UCL Medical School,

London WC1E 6HX, UK)

16.  http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.ph.43.030181.001115

Annual Review of Physiology
Vol. 43: 163-188 (Volume publication date October 1981)
(doi:10.1146/annurev.ph.43.030181.001115)

Endocrine Physiology of the Placenta

E R Simpson, and P C MacDonald

17.  http://ajpregu.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/287/4/R894 Influence of gestational age and fetal iron status on IRP activity and iron transporter protein expression in third-trimester human placenta  Jenni Bradley,1 Elizabeth A. Leibold,2 Z. Leah Harris,3 Jane D. Wobken,1 Stephen Clarke,4 Kimberly B. Zumbrennen,2 Richard S. Eisenstein,4 andMichael K. Georgieff1Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 287: R894-R901, 2004. First published June 3, 2004; doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00525.2003

18.  http://www.courseweb.uottawa.ca/medicine-histology/english/Reproduction/Placenta/Default.htm

19.  http://www.med.yale.edu/obgyn/kilman/placenta/articles/Plac%20Hormones.html

20.  Baby Blues-postpartum depression attributed to low levels of CRH after placenta is gone-brief article.  Discover, Dec, 1995

21.  BMJ  2003;326:1124 (24 May), doi:10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1124 http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/326/7399/1124 © 2005 The American Society for Nutritional Sciences J. Nutr. 135:267-272, February 2005 http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/135/2/267

22.  Elizabeth J. Corwin, Jean Brownstead, Nichole Barton, Starlet Heckard, Karen Morin (2005) The Impact of Fatigue on the Development of Postpartum Depression Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 34 (5) , 577–586 doi:10.1177/0884217505279997

23.  Soykova-Pachnerova,E.  “Placenta as Lactagogon” Gynecologia:  International monthly review of obstetrics and gynecology. 1954, pages 617-27

24.  http://www.premarin.org/estrogen.html

October 24, 2010

Placenta Prints!

I realize this is not for everyone, but some of you have been requesting it, so… I am also offering placenta prints upon request at no additional fee! I will be using thick acid free paper, so as not to affect the process of the capsules and tincture.

October 14, 2010

Interview with Good Food on KCRW

Rene Redzepi of Noma; Eating Afterbirth; Le Fooding; Grapes – Good Food on KCRW.

Take a listen to my interview on Good Food! Click the link and go to the download option where you can listen to last Saturday’s show.  If you’re not interested in the whole show, you can skip to my interview toward the end.

July 8, 2010

Now Offering Placenta Tinctures!

In addition to turning your placenta into capsules, I am also offering placenta tinctures at no additional fee!

Placenta tincture is an added bonus in that it can be used in addition to and long after the capsules are gone.  By tincturing a small piece of the placenta in a high grade alcohol, you can increase the length and benefits of your placenta for both mother and child.  The tincture can be used in any time of trauma, transition, emotional distress and for mother later in life during menopause and even turned into a homeopathic remedy!

It is recommended to allow the placenta to steep for at least six weeks before use.  The tincture is very shelf-stable if kept in a cool dark place such as a cupboard, and will last for many, many years.

If you are interested in having enough placenta tincture to last the lifetime of mother and child, you can continue to add 80 or 100 proof high grade alcohol (vodka) to the bottle as the tincture is used, never allowing it to get below half full, or even better, 3/4 full.

Dosage instructions:

– 7 drops of tincture can be put in a glass of water and drunk by the mother during times of transition, trauma, hormonal fluctuations, etc. after her placenta pills are gone.  Some women have reported using this placenta tincture to successfully treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, PMS and menopause.
– 3 – 5 drops can be given in water to the child when they are sick, getting sick or in a time of physical or emotional transition.  It can be given to a sibling as well but ideally, each child would have their own placenta tincture.

To make into a homeopathic remedy, take the sample of the strained placenta tincture to your Naturopathic Doctor or Homeopath and ask them to make it into at least 6C potency remedy for you or follow the directions found here to make the remedy yourself.  I have also recently found a homeopathic lab in England who will make individual placenta remedies for people.  If you are interested in that, I can send you their contact info and some general prices.

Once the tincture is diluted down to a homeopathic potency, it will be a constitutional remedy for the baby throughout her/his life. It could be used for many/any constitutional or unusual ailments except when a specific remedy is more appropriate (example: arnica is specific for bruising).  The placenta contains all one’s strengths and weakness so treating the child with this remedy will provide balance when there is imbalance.  It is like their personal reset button.

The 6C remedy could be used to promote general health, boost immunity, strengthen and balance the child. It may be given twice a day for a child who looks run down, pale, or their appetite needs a boost.  It can be given four times a day if the child seems to be coming down with something, has a runny nose or cough, etc.  It can also be taken as needed for times of transition or stress like colic, teething, weaning, separation anxiety, 1st day of school, etc.

For more chronic conditions such as autism, cancer or significant injury, a higher potency like 40C or even up to an M dilution would be necessary.  This would need to be done with the help and oversight of the child’s naturopath.

Disclaimer
The information on this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  The services I offer are not clinical, pharmaceutical, or intended to diagnose or treat any condition.  Families who choose to utilize the services on this page take full responsibility for researching and using the remedies.

June 16, 2009

Placenta produces hormones?

The placenta is an endocrine organ, meaning it is a hormone producing organ.  The placenta begins producing hormones at 6-8 weeks gestation to help sustain pregnancy.  These hormonal levels continually increase during pregnancy, and by the third trimester there are 3 times the normal level of hormones in an expectant mother’s system.  By 4-5 days postpartum, these hormone levels will drop to below normal.  This is a huge fluctuation going from 3 times the normal level to below normal hormonal level, and this is where the healing properties of the placenta come into play. 

Here are just a few of the scientifically known hormones and their functions that are produced by that placenta and are still viable and intact after delivery.

  • Prolactin: promotes lactation
  • Oxytocin: for pain and bonding; also known as the “love” hormone. 
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infection
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: boosts energy and helps recover from stressful events
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks stores of energy
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia
  • Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
  • Urokinase Inhibiting Factor & Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing

These are just a few of the powerful healing hormones that the placenta produces, so doesn’t it make sense to safely welcome these hormones back into your system as well as your baby’s through your breast milk?

Read more about Placenta Encapsulation.

January 23, 2009

National Geographic on Placenta

Granted, they are speaking of cats, but listen to what they stated on the show ‘In the Womb:Cats’ regarding the mother’s ingestion of the placenta. 

“Instinctively, the mother eats the placenta, which contains high levels of oxytocin.  As this powerful hormone surges through the mother’s blood, it helps her produce milk, but its effects are more than just physical, it has a strong psychological impact.  In all mammals, oxytocin stimulates feelings of trust and affection, and it helps the mother bond with her offspring.  Without the extra dose, she might reject them.”

I am not trying to say here that if a human mother does not ingest her placenta that she will reject her baby, but its good to know that scientists are acknowledging more and more not only the physical effects of a mother ingesting her placenta, but also the psychological effects.  Thanks Nat Geo!

November 18, 2008

An article on placentophagia

Below is a link to a very well written article courtesy of PlacentaBenefits on the use of placenta for postpartum recovery.  Enjoy!

An article on placentophagia

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October 20, 2008

Sad mother tonight

Another unfortunate inccident regarding a hospitals disregard to a woman’s request and right to her placenta.  Please read the post and browse the links to ensure that this does not happen to you or any woman that you know who wishes to take home her placenta. 

Sad mother tonight

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