…or anywhere else, actually. What diet, you ask? Why, a little something called the Tapeworm Diet. Where, presumably, YOU SWALLOW A FUCKING TAPEWORM.
Now I have provided this very short and rudimentary background to helminth therapy to create the idea of “good” worms versus “bad” worms… The beef tapeworm, in addition to immunoregulatory properties, produces a symptom of infection that some people find very desirable – weight loss.
It terrifies me that there is apparently a name for this “therapy” and that… well, that anyone would actually do this. It is called “infection.” You are “infecting” yourself with, again, let me point out, A FUCKING TAPEWORM.
And it just gets creepier, including answers to questions like “I have a cyst and I am sure it is from a cow. Do I just swallow the cysts now?” and “Will I keep the weight off when I kill my worm?”
How much weight can I expect to lose?
Weight loss varies from individual to individual, but for a single tapeworm you would expect between one and two pounds a week as the worm matures. I know of instances where individuals have super-infected themselves and lost weight at a faster rate, but have also suffered a much higher incidence of side-effects. It is important to be realistic about weight loss and a rate of a pound to a pound and a half a week is ideal.
Bolding, and shudders of horror, mine. Thanks to Melinda for the creepy and traumatizing link.
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