Woman swallows tapeworm

English: Scolex of the rodent tapeworm Hymenol...
English: Scolex of the rodent tapeworm Hymenolepis microstoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was shocked what people are willing to do to lose their weight.

Somewhere in Iowa recently, a patient told her doctor that she had bought a tapeworm on the internet and ingested it.

Tapeworms are not a medically advised weight-loss tool.

Tapeworms are parasites that can live in the intestines of animals and humans. They can be accidentally ingested in undercooked meat. Quinlisk said that a century ago, hucksters often sold tapeworm eggs in pill form as a weight-loss aid.

Another problem: One tapeworm can grow up to 30 feet long. And because a tapeworm has both male and female reproductive systems, a woman who starts out with one worm could be spreading a bunch of fertilized worm eggs every time she goes to the bathroom.

A pork tapeworm can travel to the brain and then, nobody can really help you.


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