A woman swallowed a tapeworm to lose weight, according to an Aug. 20 Fox 4 KC report. It seems as if this woman no longer wanted a magic pill to lose weight, but she wanted a magic worm? It does not seem like the tapeworm is the magical weight loss solution so many people crave either.
The woman told her doctor that she bought the tapeworm off the Internet. The doctor did not even know how to proceed with this strange case.
Ultimately, the woman's doctor got advice from the Iowa Department of Public Health, and they advised she be given de-worming medication. Yuck! Of course, swallowing a tapeworm in the first place is pretty gross. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, Iowa Department of Public Health’s medical director, said,
"Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths. Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods: consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity."
There it is. The advice that everyone gives. There is no magic pill or worm that can help with weight loss. It seems that even for the most desperate, the way to lose weight is to get more activity and eat less. Too bad this woman swallowed a tapeworm before realizing that. Thank goodness she did not die or suffer some other horrible problem from swallowing this tapeworm from the Internet.