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Some people believe that eating placenta will beat the postpartum Depression.
This practice has assumed such proportions that woman collects placenta and sells them!
But Scientific evidence does not seem to support this.
Although the placenta is revered in many cultures, there is scarce evidence that any customarily eat the placenta after the newborn’s birth. Despite an urban legend that the Basque people ate placentas, there is no evidence that they ever did, and the Euskara word for placenta, karena, is not etymologically related to their word for cannibalism, gizajana.
Those who advocate placentophagy in humans believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. Obstetrician and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Maggie Blott disputes the post-natal depression theory, stating there is no medical reason to eat the placenta; “Animals eat their placenta to get nutrition – but when people are already well-nourished, there is no benefit, there is no reason to do it.” On the other hand, American Medical anthropologists at the University of South Florida and UNLV, surveyed new mothers, and found that about 3/4 had positive experiences from eating their own placenta, citing “improved mood”, “increased energy”, and “improved lactation”. 
Human placenta has also been an ingredient in some traditional Chinese medicines, including using dried human placenta, known as “Ziheche” (simplified Chinese:紫河车; traditional Chinese: 紫河車; pinyin: Zǐhéchē), to treat wasting diseases, infertility, impotence and other conditions.
Those brave enough to eat a placenta use a variety of methods to consume the organ. But are there any real health benefits to this gustatory practice?
Warning: An image of a human placenta and an instructional video for preparing a human placenta follows.
The placenta is a temporary protective organ that serves as a conduit between the mother and her developing young. The child is fed is through the placenta via the mother’s blood supply, as waste from the young exits to the mother for disposal. The placenta follows the newborn as it exits the mother, leaving in the moments after childbirth.
In the wild, land dwelling mammals often consume the placenta. They also lap up the amniotic fluid as it flows out of the mother. The amniotic fluid consists of proteins, urea, and assorted fats, but we have yet to see a rush of new parents to drink amniotic fluid smoothies.
Mammalian consumption of the placenta is likely performed as it removes the lingering presence of blood in order to ward off predators, with one study showing placentophagy to provide an increase in natural opioids in rats.
The precedence of placentophagy in the wild leads some soon-to-be parents to wonder if they should be eating placenta after childbirth. The practice of human placentophagy brings with it claims that the act reduces post-partum depression and imparts a further connection between the mother and child. Both of these benefits could be the psychological result of a placebo effect.
More concrete benefits have been proposed as well, with placentophagy replenishing iron, aiding in lactation, and giving the mother a rush of stress relieving hormones, likecorticotropin-releasing hormone. The amount of corticotropin-releasing hormone created by the placenta increases dramatically prior to birth, leading proponents to believe the birthed placenta still contains a high concentration of this hormone.
While the placenta itself may be of nutritional benefit, do these benefits exist in a placenta prepared for human consumption?
Cooking Up Some Placenta
A typical placenta, when disconnected from the umbilical cord, is a deep red mass roughly 8 to 10 inches long, an inch or so thick, and weighing about a pound. Imagine a piece of raw flesh about size of a nice piece of prime rib, but filled with fibrous tissue that is rather tough to chew through.
While see land dwelling mammals consume the placenta raw, humans that partake in the placenta consume it in a variety of forms – prepared as a lasagna, ground up in a smoothie, or in pill form.
Cooking the placenta in any form could degrade the proteins within, decreasing the nutritive quality of the organ by imparting heat as well combined with a natural degradation of the organ over time as it exists without a nutrient supply. Small molecule hormones are often rather small, however, and difficult to rip apart at temperatures used for food preparation. Grinding the placenta into a powder for use in pills often involves boiling and drying of the flesh as well.
For optimal benefit, eating the placenta in the hours after it passes through the mother would be necessary. However, obtaining the placenta in a timely fashion is a chore in itself, as hospitals are often reticent to release the placenta and it can be difficult to grab it in the chaos that follows birth.
Susan Stewart collects fresh human placentas, takes them home and steams them with lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Once cooked, she puts the organs in a dehydrator overnight then grinds them and measures the powder out into gel capsules.
The service – the Calgary single mother makes a living at this – costs about $200.
Within a day, she presents new moms with their placentas in pill form – an average human placenta yields about 150 capsules – with promises of renewed energy, better lactation and no post-partum depression. They keep indefinitely.
Placenta-eating has gained some cachet among the natural-birth set, including Mad Men’s January Jones. Ms. Stewart said she became interested in it in 2009, after she was knocked down by depression following the birth of her first child, and she could see little downside from trying it.
Breastfeeding Protects Babies
1. Early breast milk is liquid gold.
Known as liquid gold, colostrum (coh-LOSStrum) is the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth.
This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby.
Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold.
2. Your breast milk changes as your baby grows. Colostrum changes into what is called mature milk.
By the third to fifth day after birth, this mature breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help your baby continue to grow.
It has laid down elaborate procedures to be followed in either of the events for those around.
One becomes impure when Birth or Death occurs.
People who are related to in the case of Birth and Death.
They become unclean to perform regular religious rites for a fixed period of time, depending on the relationship.
This is called Theettu in Tamil-தீட்டு,/விழுப்பு .
We shall look into the details.
This applies to all Castes,with slight variations for practices followed in the family.
Relationship is brought into two categories.
This extends to all on the branches on the father’s side,father’s Brothers,Sisters(applied selectively for the cleansing process).
Mother’s side-Matru(Mother,Matamahi(Grandmother,Grand father(Mathupithamaha) and Great Grand Father( Mathuprapitamaha)
Those on the Father’s side/lineage are called’ Sapindars’
On the Mother’s lineage they are’ Dayaadis’
The term Pangalikal is used loosely in place of Sapindars.
Sapindar means one who shares the right of offering Pindas or Rice ball after Death.
Hinduism does not celebrate extensively Birth and grieve aloud in the event of death, for it treats them as natural and take them as a regular Duty to be prformed.
‘Are You in the walkwa”y-ரேழி , when one pretends to be ill or shows off pain when , when not really that sick.
“உன்னை என்ன ரேழிலே போட்டிருக்கா “
It is an allusion to the practice of moving one who is very sick and might die in a matter of days(in their opinion) -there have been people in that stage even for years).
Then when the Death is expected in matter of hours one will be moved to the Pial(திண்ணை )
The first three are enjoined to perform all Samskaras.
These three are called ‘Dwijas’( Twice Born)
The first is Birth from The Mother’s Womb.
The second is when Upanayana is performed for them.
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When the Upanayana and other Samskaras are performed he is born again.
( Only two are born twice in Nature.
They are .
Birds-they are born as eggs and later again as birds when they are hatched.
The other is Teeth,They fall once and grow again.)
This second Birth is complete only when all the Forty Samskaras are performed.
Those who study the Vedas become ‘Vipra’ .
Those who perform sSmskaras and Veda Adhyayana( practising The Vedas) are called Sr0dhriya’
He is the highest.
The Forty Samskaras.
Is this Enlightenment or stupidity?
How about Pedophiles?
The funniest part is that Corporations with over 300 Million $ are authorized to do so.
Religious organisations, including those funded by the state government, retain their legal right to discriminate against pregnant women under a new human rights bill.
The draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill consolidates five existing federal discrimination laws after a decades-long campaign by lawyers and human rights advocates. The draft bill makes clearer which groups religious organisations can discriminate against lawfully.
Under the draft bill, faith-based groups, including schools and hospitals, can still refuse to hire people because of a wide range of attributes that would be unlawful for any other organisation, including women who are pregnant or potentially pregnant.
When the Sex Discrimination Act – which came into force in 1984 – was drafted, a number of religious bodies argued they should be allowed to discriminate against pregnant or ”potentially pregnant” women to avoid having to employ unwed mothers.
The Human Rights Law Centre’s director of advocacy and strategic litigation, Anna Brown, said that while the bill introduced important new protections from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and removed the ability of religious bodies to discriminate on the basis of age, sex and breastfeeding, it was a ”missed opportunity” to narrow the broad exemptions available to religious groups.
An online advertisement for a manufacturing team leader position with the company says: ”If you share our passion for what we do, our products and you can align with our Christian-based principles this is a great opportunity for you.”
Sanitarium spokeswoman Julie Praestiin said the company’s workplace culture was ”grounded on Christian-based values of care, courage, humility, integrity and passion which are generally shared by the Australian community”.
She said Sanitarium complied with employment laws. ”We are an equal opportunity employer and have a diverse workforce which encompasses a variety of cultures and worldviews. Religious belief is not a condition of employment.”
Hugh de Kretser, executive officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres, said that Sanitarium, which is understood to have a turnover of $300 million a year – although the church is not required to lodge Sanitarium’s financial reports – should not be allowed to discriminate.
”That a large organisation with a turnover of $300 million a year is given a green light by the law to discriminate highlights the problems with these exemptions,” he said.
Babies understand even from the womb of the mother.
They listen to sounds and are influenced by it.
This has been noticed in Legends and Ithihasas of India.
In Mahabharata, Abhimanu learns of Chakra Vyuha when he was in the womb of his mother Subhadra and his father , after teaching him as to how to enter the Vyuha, leaves the bedside with out teaching how to get out.
Abhimany gets killed later in a War having entered the Vyuha and unable to come out of it.
Researches had indicated that babies could listen to the sounds.
Now it is understood that they can understand the accents of Mother and can distinguish between accents of languages.
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To test the hypothesis that exposure to ambient language in the womb alters phonetic perception shortly after birth. This two-country study aimed to see whether neonates demonstrated prenatal learning by how they responded to vowels in a category from their native language and another non-native language, regardless of how much postnatal experience the infants had.
A counterbalanced experiment was conducted in Sweden (n = 40) and the USA (n = 40) using Swedish and English vowel sounds. The neonates (mean postnatal age = 33 h) controlled audio presentation of either native or non-native vowels by sucking on a pacifier, with the number of times they sucked their pacifier being used to demonstrate what vowel sounds attracted their attention. The vowels were either the English/i/or Swedish/y/in the form of a prototype plus 16 variants of the prototype.
The infants in the native and non-native groups responded differently. As predicted, the infants responded to the unfamiliar non-native language with higher mean sucks. They also sucked more to the non-native prototype. Time since birth (range: 7–75 h) did not affect the outcome.
The ambient language to which foetuses are exposed in the womb starts to affect their perception of their native language at a phonetic level. This can be measured shortly after birth by differences in responding to familiar vs. unfamiliar vowels.