I was shocked what people are willing to do to lose their weight.
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.
- Iowa health official warns against tapeworm diet (siouxcityjournal.com)
- Tapeworm diet is new fad diet:Doctors advise against it (rollingout.com)