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usa misguided weight watchers dept. of public health internet orders human digestive tract invasive surgery

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#1 Hum

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 13:39

An Iowa woman had to learn the hard way

It goes without saying that people do really weird things in the name of beauty. Some folks allow carnivorous fish to gnaw at their feet and call it a pedicure. Our friends in Japan, meanwhile, have been known to pay hundreds of dollars to let slimy snails crawl all over their face for smooth skin.

And you may have heard of dieters swallowing tape worms in a desperate bid to lose weight. Snopes even tried to debunk the notion as an urban legend a few years ago, only to find evidence that "tape worm diet pills" may have been marketed in the United States as far back as the 1920s.

A quick Google search reveals that a few misguided weight watchers still would very much like to try swallowing the invertebrates.

 Then, there's this bit of news: Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, recently revealed what happened to one such curious dieter who ordered a tape worm off the internet in hopes of shedding a few pesky pounds.

The outcome was, perhaps predictably, not good:

Her physician was so stumped by the news and with little clue what to do next he called the Iowa Department of Public Health for help.

Iowa's Public Health Department medical director Dr Patricia Quinlisk told the GP to prescribe an anti-worm medication and then issued a warning to health workers about the dangerous practice.

She said: "Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths," she wrote.

"Those desiring to lose weight are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods; consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity."

Tapeworms are capable of surviving in the human digestive tract, and are typically contracted by eating undercooked meat. (Taenia solium, for example, is a species of tapeworm typically found in pork.) With no digestive tract of their own, the worms are parasites in the truest sense, subsisting off the already digested food of other animals. The idea is that the tapeworms will help you shed pounds by eating some of your food.

They can vary in size, too, anywhere from 1/250 of an inch to 50 feet, and can survive for as long as 20 years.

Many species are capable of laying tens of thousands of egg at a time, which means you may need invasive surgery to remove them from your intestines.

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#2 Growled

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 18:11

Idiots really do that? Wow!



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 23:10

I guess many people have no respect for their body.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 23:15

Many species are capable of laying tens of human digestive tract at a time

 

These worms can lay human digestive tract now? Smart critters ;)



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 23:20

^ Typos fixed. ;)



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 23:26

wow... extreme measures for extreme cases maybe...

 

This treatment, IMO, would only be an alternative, for a quadriplegic who doesn't want chemical medicine as an alternative and IF only IF he was morbidly obese and had a serious health condition that required him to lose weight. Even then, man... Stupid should hurt.



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:19

Uhhhh....no. Uh-Uh - ain't going there.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 02:31

So ... does it work?  :rolleyes:



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 23:42

my personal trainer is enough to keep my buff :3 no need to eat wormies



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:18

I'm trying to convince my wife that none stop sex is the proper way to lose weight. :D





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