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Freeze-dried placenta pills likely caused this newborn’s dangerous bacterial infection

A case report describes a baby born in 2016 who suffered repeat strep infections — which were then traced back to the placenta pills taken by mother.
Dehydrated human placenta, ground to a powder, is put into pill capsules for new mothers to consume.

In a certain corner of the alternative health movement, fueled by celebrity buzz, it’s become en vogue for new mothers to consume their placentas after giving birth. Companies have sprouted up offering to turn placentas into smoothies, truffles, and freeze-dried pills, claiming that placental eating — practiced by many mammal species — can give recovering moms a boost of vitamins and nutrients, and help prevent postpartum depression.

Evidence, however, is lacking that it

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