The imagined nostalgia of practice that never was

“Mission resident Andrea Olson and her Australian shepherd, Sasha, both sampled Andrea’s placenta after the birth of her son Kaiva on Nov. 20, 2010. The day after Andrea’s home birth, her apprentice midwife arrived on her doorstep armed with a food dehydrator. She boiled the afterbirth in water seasoned with jalapeño and lemon, then dehydrated the organ at 100 degrees. The result?  

“It was spongy. It tasted like chicken or seitan,” says Andrea, who sampled a French fry–sized piece. Sasha was more enthusiastic, inhaling the human flesh after drooling throughout its preparation. Andrea also drank tea made from the concoction, which she found spicy and delicious. The remaining tissue was encapsulated as well as made into a tincture for medicinal purposes.” (via)

I just can’t with this City. 

We’re feeding human organs to dogs now? 

At some point in that afterbirth of an article, it alleges that the medicinal abilities are “passed down through cultures” but is deliciously vague about just which cultures those are. While there is some record that maybe sometimes it used in some rare Chinese medicine, that’s about it. 
Usually the placenta is eaten, by animals, to hide traces of birth from predators. Humans are born and live among their only real predators. 

Everything is not okay. Not all things in nature are natural. They just aren’t. 

I just can’t. 

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