A woman seeking to lose weight ordered a tapeworm off the internet to lose weight. She then went to her doctor and told him about what she did in order to lose weight.
Her doctor completely mortified and called the Iowa Department of Public Health for help
Iowa’s Public Health Department medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk told the doctor to prescribe an ant-worming medication to the woman. She then released a warning to health workers about the dangerous dieter’s method of losing weight.
“Ingesting tapeworm’s is extremely risky and can cause serious side effects, including rare deaths. If you desire to lose weight stick with the proven methods of watching your portions and exercising.”
Tapeworms are an infestation of the digestive tract in humans
It’s a flat segmented worm that has three stages of life; egg, larvae and then an adult stage when it can produce eggs. It is usually ingested by eating uncooked meat from an infected animal or from an infected food worker preparing the food.
Usually there are no symptoms, you may notice segments of the worm in your stool moving, as the only symptom. Some people have experienced nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hunger or loss of appetite, weight loss, and vitamin or mineral deficiencies. The worms can migrate to other parts of the body to block the intestine, liver, eyes, heart and to your brain.
For more information visit, Tapeworms in humans.
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