Iowa tapeworm diet, no it’s not the latest diet craze, but a very risky and even deadly attempt to lose weight that Iowa doctors have recently denounced following one woman’s attempt to shed some pounds by swallowing tapeworm eggs, KTIV reported this Friday, Aug. 16. The woman is currently taking anti-worm meds following her feeling weak and leeched of energy from the ingested tapeworms.
The Iowa tapeworm diet warning came about after an Iowa doctor sent out an email to public health professionals this week focusing on the tapeworm diet — which she calls is not really a diet at all, but a desperate and unhealthy attempt to lose weight.
A doctor had gone up to the Health Department for help after a female patient came forward and said she’d swallowed a small tapeworm from the Internet to lose weight, but the parasite was making her feel unwell.
According to the doctor’s report, tapeworms may make you lose weight, but not in the right way. Once a tapeworm egg is ingested, it hatches and attaches to the body’s intestines. These tapeworms can live for many years in the body, and grow more than just inches — even several feet long inside someone. They consume valuable nutrients and leech the energy of their victims, eventually making them very sick and even possibly killing them if left untreated.
As for the deadly tapeworms, the Health Dept. says to simply avoid them.
This Iowa tapeworm diet (both in the state and elsewhere) "is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths,” the doctor warned in her update to health officials.
The woman is expected to come through all right after her poor diet plan by taking strong anti-worm medications.