Human flesh capsules might sound like something from a sci-fi horror movie, but this modern-day Soylent Green actually exists.
South Korean officials have discovered that these capsules are being smuggled into the country from China, which is well-known for its controversial traditional medicine trade. Some practices like acupuncture and certain herbal remedies have become popular in America and other parts of the world, but the dark side of traditional Chinese medicine includes harvesting the body parts of endangered animalsÂ—popular treatments made from tigers' penises and rhinoceros horns have contributed to the animals' populations being drastically reduced. Bear bile is also popular, which has led to black bears being cruelly caged and killed in "bear farms." However, most people will probably find the use of human flesh capsules even more horrific.
The pills are thought to enhance stamina and are made from the remains of dead babies. Corrupt hospital officials are selling still-born and aborted fetuses to those involved in the pill trade, and the bodies are then stored in household refrigerators before being brought to clinics to be placed in medical microwaves. The babies' remains are then crushed into powder and mixed with herbs before being packed into pills.
Some women have admitted to eating their own placenta to stay healthy after childbirthÂ—in fact, actress January Jones said that she had hers turned into pills. However, this practice is far more sickeningÂ—it's actually a form of cannibalism. Perhaps those who do it think that they're enhancing their own bodies by consuming another human. Just think of all the stories of ancient warriors eating the bodies of their enemies in hopes of gaining their strength.
It's sad that science has come so far and that so many still refuse to respect it, relying on ancient ideas that do far more harm than good. In fact, there's no scientific evidence that consuming human flesh capsules, rhino horns, or tiger penises is beneficial in any way at all; they're just disgusting practices that are wiping out species and encouraging some rather sick people to do some very inhumane things. Today those involved in the pill trade might be using the bodies of stillborn and aborted fetuses, but what if the demand for dead bodies increases? Will those involved actually start killing babies to create the capsules? According to the Daily Mail, there are already whispers that some of the bodies come from the "dying rooms" where babies are left to die after being born to families who already have the limit of one child.
Those who do consume these pills might be in for a rude awakening if they think that they'll make them healthierÂ—the capsules can contain super-bacteria and other harmful ingredients.
It's a revolting and dangerous trade, so South Korea has been strengthening customs in an effort to stop the pills from being smuggled in from China. However, what might really be needed here is an awareness campaign aimed at teaching people that these capsules aren't helpful at all and might even be dangerous. But just with all bad thingsÂ—think smoking, doing drugs, or eating lots of unhealthy foodÂ—there will always be those that ignore the warnings and the science simply because they think that they know what's best for themselves.
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