Daniel C. Benyshek

Professor, Anthropology
Expertise: Diabetes and Obesity, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Human Placentophagy

Biography

Daniel C. Benyshek has more than 20 years of experience in medical anthropology. His research focuses on aspects of health and disease which are significantly affected by maternal nutrition. One line of research in this area explores key maternal dietary factors during pregnancy that are associated with the increase of obesity-related health disorders around the world.

Benyshek also studies the emerging practice of human postpartum consumption of the placenta and the potential health benefits and risks this practice may yield for both mother and child. Benyshek has authored numerous academic and professional publications spanning topics on diabetes, obesity, human placentophagy, and maternal nutrition and health.

Education

  • Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado

Daniel C. Benyshek In The News

KCRW
You might not know it, but there’s a cottage industry in Los Angeles that supports women interested in eating their placentas in the early days of motherhood for the reputed health benefits.
Boulder City Review
Much has been written in the Boulder City Review opinion pieces recently about “scientific research” and factual data regarding in the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to prevent and treat the disease.
Boulder City Review
Despite the overwhelming consensus of the American professional medical community that advocate for COVID-19 vaccination and basic disease prevention behaviors such as mask wearing in public in order to lessen the savage toll of the coronavirus pandemic, some Americans remain skeptical of the necessity, safety and efficacy of these public health measures.
Boulder City Review
The United States witnessed a grim statistic on Oct. 1: over 700,000 deaths due to the coronavirus.

Articles Featuring Daniel C. Benyshek

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

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Research | December 26, 2017

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Research | December 28, 2016

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