Google “diet” or “how to lose weight” and you’ll come up a million or more ideas, trends, methods, and medication from the safe and sane to the downright wacky and insane. This woman’s idea to lose weight comes from the latter.
Huff Post reports that an Iowa woman bought a tapeworm over the Internet and swallowed in a bid to shed a few pounds. When she told her doctor, he was so stupefied that he had to consult with the state health department. The doctor was instructed to have the woman de-wormed with special parasite-killing medication.
Tapeworms are actually not that great of an idea for losing weight as one tapeworm cannot absorb enough food or nutrients to make a difference in your weight. It’s actually a pretty dumb idea because of the undesirable side effects, and in some rare cases, death.