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Don't You Know? We All Eat Placenta in Glen Ridge

As if Glen Ridge didn't have enough to live down, what with its reputation for being in denial during the 1989 rape case, and the inevitable comparisons to the Duke lacrosse scandal, the town really needs its most famous offspring to be eating afterbirth?

Sofa leaping father-to-be Tom Cruise has revealed his latest bizarre plan - to eat Katie Holmes' placenta.

In an admission which seems to prove Cruise desperate to stay in the headlines, the Mission Impossible star has apparently vowed to eat Katie's placenta straight after she has given birth as he believes it will be very nutritious.

Mmmm-mmmm. And we thought this was bad.

April 18, 2006 in Really Freaking Weird | Permalink


i've never heard of doing that...

Posted by: rahrah | Apr 18, 2006 11:21:07 AM

I thought that people were having stem cells from the placenta and umbillical cord extracted and frozen in order to provide stem cells if their children need them.

Great Tom, don't have the cells frozen for your child eat them because they are nutritious.

Posted by: badd_patti | Apr 18, 2006 11:24:16 AM

Rahrah - it is actually quite common and was practiced decades ago by other cultures (hard to believe, but true).

Maybe it will be like eating tripe - yuck!

Hey, whatever floats your boat!

Posted by: Anne Prince | Apr 18, 2006 11:30:55 AM

Actually, if you run with the right crowd this is not considered bizarre at all. Many animals eat their placenta. Tom will not eat the whole thing, he may just take a bite. And actually, when he comes face to face with it, he will probably demur. I had two homebirths and you get to do whatever you want with your placenta. We buried ours in the back yard!

The stem cells get extracted from the umbilical cord blood and frozen. Its pretty expensive, but with Tom's resources, I'm sure he's all over it.

Posted by: cheaplazymom | Apr 18, 2006 11:33:46 AM

As gross as it sounds, it makes more sense for the mother to be eating it, no? She's the one who did all the work!

Posted by: Miss Martta | Apr 18, 2006 11:35:15 AM

Yes many dogs, when giving birth, do eat a placenta or two.

Posted by: JT | Apr 18, 2006 11:40:26 AM

Better be careful, cheaplazymom: you'll soon end up with a baby-blossoming tree in your backyard. Better plant some orthotricyclen on top of that placenta mound.

Posted by: clark | Apr 18, 2006 11:41:29 AM

Keri Russell's Family Feared She Would Become a Scientologist
Keri Russell's family members were shocked when they read media reports she was interested in Scientology after starring with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III. The actress appears in the film with the famous Scientologist, but she claims she wasn't interested in learning more about the controversial religion.

The actress denies the reports calling them, "Totally unfounded." Russell admits the media reports alarmed members of her family, adding, "I had all my Jewish grandmothers calling and asking, 'Do we have to be worried?'"

Posted by: JT | Apr 18, 2006 11:51:27 AM

What a gross headline/story to publish just before lunchtime ....

Posted by: Jim | Apr 18, 2006 11:55:03 AM

The stem cell thing is pretty common. My last childs are frozen. There is a upfront cost of about a grand and a yearly of 100.00. Expensive, maybe, but I waste $100 a year I am sure.

It was one of those things, we had the extra resources to do it and realize we may never need it but figure I don't want to be around saying "what if"? someday.

Posted by: girl | Apr 18, 2006 12:01:17 PM

Well, so much for reading Baristanet with lunch... Ack!

Posted by: Bill The Cat | Apr 18, 2006 12:12:50 PM

If he does it, do you think it it will have been the most interesting thing he ever put in his mouth?

Posted by: Emmanuel Goldstein | Apr 18, 2006 12:32:17 PM

Saturday Night Live had a Placenta Helper fake ad many, many years ago.

Posted by: appletony | Apr 18, 2006 12:41:11 PM

"If he does it, do you think it it will have been the most interesting thing he ever put in his mouth? "

lol lol lol ask Katie .. Ack!

Posted by: JT | Apr 18, 2006 12:43:05 PM

I saw the Diane Sawyer interview last Friday where he referenced the article in which he made the comment. He explained that he was kidding. Bad joke, but he did say that he was kidding.

I'm certainly not defending the freak, but wanted to set the record straight.

Posted by: SouthsideGlenRidger | Apr 18, 2006 1:05:36 PM

Yep, I saw that, too. He said he was kidding.

Posted by: placento domingo | Apr 18, 2006 1:41:36 PM

I'm sure that T.C. has eaten stuff even less appetizing...

Posted by: RadonMan | Apr 18, 2006 1:56:10 PM

A long time ago, I heard about frying the placenta and eating it. It grossed me out then and it still is gross today.

Anyway, Tom Cruise IS a media hound. He can't get enough press so it seems he will do and say anything these days to stay in the news.

Posted by: justeL | Apr 18, 2006 1:59:33 PM

how about a placenta smoothie?

Posted by: pissant | Apr 18, 2006 2:04:24 PM

I can't watch any of his movies anymore. I have Netflix and we just mail back the TC movies (I keep meaning to make my queue Cruise-free...)

I think it's only a matter of time before even his own Scientology buddies turn on him for all the negative press.

Posted by: SouthsideGlenRidger | Apr 18, 2006 2:05:36 PM

If he *really* wants attention he should try a lotus birth instead. (Warning: very gross!)


Posted by: Cheryl | Apr 18, 2006 2:07:18 PM

The "lotus birth" thing is truly insand and borders on child abuse.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 18, 2006 2:14:05 PM


Posted by: Right of Center™ | Apr 18, 2006 2:14:41 PM

"The placenta also dried and shriveled due to our salt treatment, developing a meaty smell that interested our cat!"

oh goody!

Posted by: pissant | Apr 18, 2006 2:17:05 PM

i'm surprised that pea-brain hasn't spouted out a celeb-political pearl, i can hope, though. maybe the PR tour for Mission Impossible III will provide an interviewer who can draw a beaut out of him. 'education, there is no substitute'

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