Tapeworm Diet: History, Methods, and Dangers

weight-loss-tapewormsIt is undeniable that people will resort to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to shed those extra pounds, but ingesting tapeworms in order to lose weight is not only a radical fad diet method but also an extremely dangerous one.

Thankfully the use of tapeworms as a diet aid is illegal in the US and for good reason.

Tapeworm infestation can result in:

  • The formation of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain, and spinal cord with potentially lethal consequences.
  • Intestinal Blockages
  • Malnutrition

Tapeworm Diet Basics

Although it is not possible to attempt the tapeworm diet in most countries, it is being offered at some places in Mexico. When you arrive at the treatment location you are given beef tapeworm cysts that have been identified microscopically. This is vitally important because some cows may host pig tapeworms, which are very dangerous.

The tapeworm interferes with your digestion and absorption of nutrients, which means that you can consume more calories and still lose weight. However, the parasite also competes for vitamins and other important nutrients, which may result in a nutritional deficiency.

According to some scientists, tapeworm infestation can result in a loss of one to two pounds per week. Once the target weight loss is reached, a deworming agent is given, which kills the tapeworm so it can be expelled.

Costs and Expenses

It appears that the treatment is only available in Mexico at the time of this review and the approximate cost is $1500.

Pros of the Tapeworm Diet

  • Weight loss is very likely.
  • Some scientists believe that tapeworms can also help to alleviate allergies such as hay fever.

Cons

  • Extremely dangerous, can cause unpleasant side effects and in some cases can be lethal.
  • Does not appear to be adequate protection for consumers in regard to regulation and safety analysis.
  • Rebound weight gain is most likely once the tapeworm is expelled.
  • Tapeworms can cause a swollen stomach which is not physically attractive and goes against the desired result.
  • Not available in most countries.
  • Treatment is expensive and will also need to include travel expenses.

sanitized Tapeworms

History of Tapeworms for Weight Loss

In the early 1900s, a “nutrient absorption” product appeared. Call it an early version of Xenical…

“No diet, no baths, no exercise. FAT – the enemy that is shortening your life – BANISHED. How? With sanitized tapeworms – jar-packed”

No baths? What?

The product appears to be legitimate and was referenced in a 1999 diabetes journal (PDF)

Approaches to decreasing nutrient absorption date from the early 1900s, when diet treatment with “sanitized tapeworms” was widely advertised.

Weight Loss Tapeworms Today?

Unfortunately, this fad is still around and people are desperate to get their hands on these cute little parasites.

Here are a few comments made from people who are desperate to try this method. This shows just how obsessed people are to lose weight and will try anything… even to the extent of putting a deadly parasite inside their bodies.

Here’s a Few

From Nikita:

First I want to say I tried everything under the sun to lose weight, from the gym to eating less, to not eating after 8, to cutting cals, to having a trainer who yelled at me in the gym, I really want to try this. SOMEONE, please help me!
Thank you!

How about Josh:

I hate all those sanctimonious scumbags, who think that all you need is a ‘little exercise’ and we will lose weight. I’ve tried for years to lose 3 stone and it just won’t come off. Do you people think we WANT to put parasites in our bodies for pleasure??? It’s a last resort to lose weight and to become healthy. To be able to lose enough weight so we can go out and maybe feel good about ourselves, so keep your disgusted opinions to yourself and put yourself in a fat person’s shoes. I WANT TO KNOW WHERE TO BUY TAPEWORM EGGS SO I CAN LOSE WEIGHT.

And then there’s Amber who will order them from Mexico if she has to:

ANYONE have any idea on where to get these tapeworm pills. I’ve found a couple different sites that offered them but they have not replied to my emails.. “extractotape” and “weight-b-gone” and “w8bgone” are what I have come up with so far and I am still searching. “Megaslim” seems like a scam. Also, you could try googling “tapeworm pills order online weight loss” or something like that in Spanish because it is legal and offered in Mexico. I’d love to get some of these and I’m willing to pay good money. It’s just a super challenge trying to find them.

Dangers With This Approach

It goes without saying that the Tapeworm Diet is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects including death. In addition to this, dieters will probably regain all the weight that is lost if they continue with the same eating habits after the tapeworm is expelled.

Dieters are advised to stick with proven weight loss methods such as consuming fewer calories and increasing physical activity, rather than risking their lives with a technique that is harmful and unlikely to yield positive long-term results by trying the tapeworm diet.

Tapeworms are flatworm parasites that have adapted to surviving in animals by feeding on the digested food of their hosts.

This means they can grow and grow until dangerous blockages occur.

They also produce larvae that burrow through the intestines and travel the blood stream until they eventually embed themselves into muscles where they form cysts. These cysts cause pain and even death if the larvae embed in the heart muscle.

This is absolutely one of the worst ways to try to lose weight and it shouldn’t be attempted.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
    References
  • Hoberg, E. P., Alkire, N. L., Queiroz, A. D., & Jones, A. (2001). Out of Africa: origins of the Taenia tapeworms in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 268(1469), 781-787. link
  • Schultz, M. G., Hermos, J. A., & Steele, J. H. (1970). Epidemiology of beef tapeworm infection in the United States. Public health reports, 85(2), 169. link
  • Schantz, P. M., & McAuley, J. (1991). Current status of food-borne parasitic zoonoses in the United States. The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health, 22, 65-71. link
  • Flickr | See also on Museum of Quackery

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  1. Lee

    Surely people are missing a trick. The secret to losing weight is simple.

    Burn more calories than you take in, if you want to lose weight faster, burn more calories.

    Although i would be interested in seeing the results of a tape worm combined with exercise

  2. Joe Hayes

    Why not GMO tapeworm that does not reproduce larvae that could cause dangerous cysts ! Don’t tell me it can’t be done !

  3. Bill Nye

    Sounds like fun

  4. Tamas Feler

    Ok then

  5. James

    If the larvae get into the bloodstream ho long do you think it will take get to the brain and or heart the two most supplied organs of blood in the body

  6. James

    Only to gain it back by eating the same way risking your life isn’t worth it.
    Why should you care about the opinion of other people if you really want to change start by your habits instead

  7. John

    If the scientists can create a bio synthetic version you’ve just solved the obesity epidemic and some diabetes.

  8. REDACTED

    looking down the comments below makes me think how desperate these people are. they’re basically asking for a death wish.

  9. Jillian

    I’m embarrassed to admit I bought one from my friend’s cousin who has cows. He charged me $75, because he had to collect it from a cow, clean either the “cyst” (larva) or egg-im not sure which-, and pack it in a fenugreek (an herb) capsule so it would have food on the journey I guess. I sent him a padded envelope with postage and he used that to mail it to me.
    Honestly, I was skeptical, because I couldn’t see a worm in the capsule. But my friend is the most honest person I know and vouched for him, so I tried it anyway. AND IT WORKED. I started losing weight about 3 to 3 1/2 months after I took it.
    Before taking it, I had lost 40 lbs through diet and exercise. But with 30 more pounds to go, my weight loss stalled and no diet or exercise worked anymore. I tried for a year, and my stress and cholesterol levels were climbing! Once the weight loss started with the worm though, it took about 15 weeks for the weight to just fall off, and I didn’t change my eating habits. When I was 30 pounds lighter, I went to my doctor and told him my “symptoms” and that I had traveled to a farm and, for good measure, that my dogs were recently treated for tapeworm. He took a stool sample, gave me a prescription, and the worm came out with my next stool! Amazingly easy and painless, though kind of gross!

    The weight loss stopped immediately, but Ive kept the weight off for 8 months!
    Its not for the faint of heart, but I was desperate!
    Because David, the guy I bought then from, is just an acquaintance, I haven’t asked if he’d sell them to anyone else, but you can try I guess. He stressed to me he thought it was a bad idea and wasn’t going to make any promises. Im not sure he’d sell them to someone he doesn’t know, but ask if you want to.
    You can tell him we’re friends or something, just don’t tell him I posted that in a public forum!

    • Santana Gonzalez

      hello there. i am in desperate need of a tapeworm pill. please help me? I dont care for the price just please, mind asking your acquaintance david ?. You can reach me at my email.

    • Martha

      Hello, please do not necessarily lose weight and never get a tapeworm. Could you please ask your friend David if he could join with me thank you very much and please feel free to reply to my E-mail.

    • Maloni

      I would love to have your friends send me on how can we make this possible

    • Amanda Ortiz

      Hi you didnt get sick

    • T

      Please tell me how to contact I’m so desperate. I have disability causing it to be even more difficult to lose weight but because of this disability I need to lose weight

  10. Nicole

    I have tapeworms. Didn’t infect myself deliberately and I’ve lived with them for years now, to the point where I’ve grown used to them and their reactions / behaviours to my body and it’s different behaviours. Sounds like I should start trying to harvest the eggs lol! I
    For ages I had no idea what it could be and used to stress out but I can tell when a segment is about to come out now and have managed to get a few photos and videos where u can actually see its features and stuff it’s quite interesting. I’ve been to that many doctors trying to get them to surgically remove it but no one will even confirm it is tapeworm, let alone tell me how to make money from it!
    Seriously though it’s not the most pleasant thing to live with they get all through your body and my family, boyfriend and friends have all been telling me I’m crazy for the past two years whenever I bring it up – but they must have known the whole time and have been using my body as a bank without telling me. Cheers mum and Luke… WTF.
    So now it’s at the point where people hang around outside the toilet while I’m trying to go and are constantly trying to feed me and make me poop. I’ve just been trying to ignore all this behaviour for so long thinking it’ll stop eventually but know I see why it’s happening…. But ladies I wouldn’t recommend it hey the tapeworm has spread into my ovaries and vagina, I’ve had to have surgery to have cysts removed, I feel like my labia swells up from the tapeworm which makes me really self conscious of how my vagina looks and I don’t trust anyone I meet because I always get the feeling they wan something from me.
    So my life is ruined. I’ve already tried to kill myself twice this year and when living with the thought that everyone who is supposed to love you actually only loves you for the few days that you’re shitting tapeworm eggs in their toilet… Well I guess it’s not a nice feeling. And I’m in about 100 grand worth of debt – yet everyone is benefitting from my body and keeping it from me?
    Oh and by the way… I didn’t infect myself with tapeworm either. I’m fairly certain I’ve had it since I was about 5 and that it was probably caught by a family member who spent heaps of time in Asia back then for work, and then it’s been passed onto me I suppose. My tapeworm starts in my brain, there’s an lump in my skull which has been there as long as I remember and I figured out thats what it must be cos sometimes touching it will cause the tapeworm to react elsewhere. So looks like the tapeworm and being taken advantage of by the people who “love”me for financial gain is just what I have to accept as my life.
    I’ll just stop shitting see how they like that!

  11. Beca

    I need to lose a couple of pounds my self but personally I would never even consider this diet. It makes me sick just thinking about it.please there are other ways to get through this like eating healthy or just being more active. Please don’t try this diet it is bad news!

  12. Unicorns

    This is a terrible diet who wants tapeworms in theme did u not read MAY CAUSE DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do not try this

  13. mr hanky

    stupid. you don’t want tape worms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you are desparate. please don’t. its

  14. Tami wilson

    I am a single parent with two children and I want everyone to know that once you have a tapeworm you never get rid of it . I have spent the last 4 1/2 years trying to prove to many doctors but I’m affected as well as my family that I have many tapeworms . They get into your body all over including your environment in your house backyard in your bed you can see them . It all started out with one little white speck then it was 10 of them suddenly they’re all over my house . I have a video that shows that the spec I need that little speck is a pile of worms each one of those worms has its own set of eggs . My body is dying if I don’t get help soon I’m a goner. Please believe me when I tell you don’t do this it is so gross they’re not cute they look like little aliens is so scary .They are so bad in my eyes I can barely see . I did go to the eye doctor and she couldn’t tell what it was. You would think she would look into it. My point is is that once your infected there is no going back. Sure if I do get diagnosed and get the medicine the likelihood of getting reinfected is like 99.9% . I have to research my way around on how to get the things out of my environment . this is not an easy task so please think about what you’re doing before you do it I’m so desperate to get these things out of my body and most time you don’t lose weight gain weight .when I first got infected I became overweight.now after four years I’m beginning to become skinnier .it’s not a healthy skinny . I feel tired I feel weak I can barely stand up. I can’t stand up straight people make fun of me because I lean to the right being that I’m in so much pain . Now I have shrunk 3 inches. Please live a heathy life without parasites. I wish I could.

    • James

      The larvae travel throughout your body and the females go purposely to your poop to lay there eggs hoping they make it back into another animal starting the process over again by us eating them and ingesting the eggs some parasites can go through skin contact but most can’t

  15. Erika

    Btw, you should have a disclaimer. Or your going to need a lawyer.

  16. Erika

    So what’s the best way? Because I am one of those desperate nimrods that’s willing to try this on.

    • James

      Please don’t if you value your life over appearance don’t risk it because once it goes beyond your intestince your at even more risk of death like to your heart and brain

  17. Anna

    Please let me know if anyone finds a reputable source for the sterilized digestive only (which I believe are the beef) tape worms!
    Thank you!

  18. Brittni

    The problem with eating raw meat to ingest a tapeworm is that there is only one that stays in your digestive tract. Raw fish and pork can carry tapeworms that start in your intestines but then spread through your blood stream and get into organs, muscles even your brain and eyes. Beef tapeworms stay in the digestive system but there is a chance that the cow was infected with a pork tapeworm. Which is why they’re checked under a microscope in Mexico before being given to people. So DIY is a gamble.

  19. Laura

    if ANYONE has any idea on where to get these tapeworm pills. I’ve found a couple different sites that offered them but have not replied to my emails.. “extractotape” and “weight-b-gone” and “w8bgone” are what I have come up with so far and I am still searching “Megaslim” seems like a scam. Also you could try googling “tapeworm pills order online weight loss” or something like that in Spanish because it is legal and offered in Mexico. I’d love to get some of these and willing to pay good money it’s just a super challenge trying to find them

    • Carmel

      I’ve been searching and searching. I can’t seem to find anywhereee selling! If you find anything please pleasee email me!

    • tels

      Did u find them

  20. sarah

    Im sure the F.D.A. frowns on tape worms…..but only because their little pills are more easily marketed. The F.D.A’s standard about selling things that are safe, are much, much lower than you might think. Taking a tapeworm, then taking a pill to kill it before it grows to much, is much safer than most of the pills that the F.D.A allows through their doors on a yearly basis. True,….its unsightly, however there is no need to have a tapeworm get so big that it crawls out your anus. With a little planning you could take them, use them for a short time, and dispose of them before you have any unsightly effects. If used carefully it wouldnt be to ugly…..and my medical advice is that it would definately be safer than many of the F.D.A’s previous recomendations. I don’t have a weight problem, but if I did, I would consider this method over a very invasive surgery.

    • Sara

      You’re a moron. A tapeworm infestation is no joke. I’m an infectious disease doctor who specializes in parasites and have traveled all over the world trying to help people who are infested. Taking a tapeworm on purpose in order to lose weight is beyond stupid. Just get a lab-band or gastric bypass if you’re that desperate. Trust me, tapeworms aren’t the answer.

  21. Rickey Lefort

    mail me P.O. Box 1085, Galliano,Louisiana 70354

  22. Rickey Lefort

    Your teacher was messing with the class. That description sounds like something from a horror show. It is verry simple you take a pill to get the worm and you take a pill to remove it.

    • Mali

      Hi Richard, do you sell these tapeworm pills or know where I could buy them? I’d be very pleased about a positive answer! greetings
      !

    • Sara

      Seriously, STAY AWAY FROM TAPEWORMS!! Most insurance covers lap-band and gastric surgery if you are that desperate to lose weight. Many surgeons have good payment plans if you don’t And, really, are you ready to trust some rando from Louisana selling them? He can’t spell “verry” and it takes more than a simple pill to remove them. Tapeworms can invade your brain and kill you (yes, beef tapeworms are constrained to the digestive system, but how can you tell what they’re giving you? The answer is that you can’t). People just want your money and don’t care about your health. Please, please don’t do this.

  23. cody

    well anyone that comes up with a weight loss method like this thats safe and WITHOUT the damn worms will be a very rich person indeed. although even with the worms i bet the number of people that would buy this would be crazy

  24. genny holland

    Hello hun, where did you get the worms from? Was it by accident or were you trying to get them? If you were trying and did aquire them just by eating or drinking, would youu mine telling me. I do not want to eat raw meat, sorry. If you answer me I would love to thank you at this time. Genny

  25. katlyn

    did you ever find a site that sells tapeworms?? i want to try it.

  26. uratan

    Hello, from Japan.
    I have one more question.

    near lower-right corner, written
    “SEND NO MONEY”
    “PARTICULARS MAILED”
    “FREE”

    How they earn with this commerce ?

  27. Martin

    Not enough real scientific work or results are known about this rather seemingly strange method of dieting. Im sure there must be some form of careful monitering programme if not now at some point in the future. I like the idea of using tapeworm but have just recently watch a program where one has killed its host.

  28. Ashly

    PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE TO GET TAPEWORM PILLS OR WHERE TO GO>

  29. Rebekkah

    Alright… so, you get a tapeworm. You keep eating tons of food but gain no weight due to the worm.
    Then the worm gets out of control… and you take the pills and it’s gone.
    Being accustomed to eating whatever you want, you keep doing the same.
    Wouldn’t you just gain the weight back?

    No, Thank you. I’ll just change my lifestyle and eating habits and not have to undergo a constant cycle of infestation.

  30. shae

    I want one so bad I went to the grocery store and looked at all the raw beef to see if I could find a tapeworm larvae.

    I looked online before I went to see what they looked like. It’s definitely impossible to get it in the states on purpose. All our meat is clean and inspected. You would need to get it out of a diseased animals feces or something.

    I’m not giving up though!

  31. Linda

    Where did you get it?

  32. Jeff B

    You are either a liar, or someone fooled you rather well. A tapeworm cannot survive in the acid of the stomach. They actually live in the intestinal tract, and do not venture up the alimentary canal. That means, they do not crawl up into your stomach or further into your mouth to get a sip of milk.

  33. waldo

    As a matter of fact you do, you choose to be content

  34. dirtyweasel

    there are some worms that end up in your brain and you can get them along with tapeworms. i’ll pass.

  35. gwhitcomb

    I have tried many different diets, some safe and sane and some were just fads. This can’t be anymore unsafe than 90% diets out there today. If I knew how to get fish tapeworm pills I would surely try it. The availability of this in other countries is tempting me to make the trip. Would I buy this product…absolutely. After age 50 diet and exercise work less and less with more and more effort. I don’t enjoy diets or exercise to make it my primary goal in life. I want simple and effective with a reasonable risk. It’s certainly safer than bariatric surgery!

    • wcwcwcddc

      your smart with how stupid you are you lose health because of he arm and possibly have to get surgery also because of your stupidity

  36. Marion

    Where did you get it from?

  37. AJMGAL

    This actually does work. a friend of mine uses it and she eats like 2,500 calories a day and shes HELLA skinny

    • tels

      Where does she get it. I see all of these comments on hetr asking where and u come here to validate with no real info

  38. missy

    well i got it and i lost over 45 pounds in 2moths so i feel great got a pill to get ried of it and i’m great

    • Mali

      Hey missy, could you pleeeaaassee tell me where you bought this pill??? Thanks a lot!!

    • susan

      where did u get it or are u just bs ing?

    • Elaine

      Did you see a doctor after 8 weeks to get dewormed? What did you take to get rid of it?

    • Jamie

      Can you send me info on where to get it? Thank you

    • Randall

      please tell me where to get it????

    • tels

      Tell us where got it or are u lying

  39. Mr Big

    No you haven’t. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  40. Tessa

    I would totally buy that!! Omg, I want a tapeworm.

  41. jake

    i had tape worms every summer as a kid with no ill health. graduated high school at 155 lbs now weigh 198 and would love to get some tape worms to loose weight.

  42. dontdoit

    its a real nice idea coz the adult worms are pretty much harmless however the eggs are not, freshly hatched larve can leave the intestine and make cysts on your lungs and liver ect.
    which can be fatal… shame

  43. SirLaffalot

    Sure fire way to get rid of a tapeworm:

    Every day for five days stick peeled, hard-boiled egg up your butt along with a cookie. On the sixth day only stick the egg in your bunghole. When the tapeworm sticks his head out looking for the cookie, grab him and pull him out!

  44. kathleen rogers

    do you know where i can get a live tapeworm and/or tapeworm eggs?

    any help would be greatly apprecieated.appreciated.
    redballoonkr@gmail.com

    thanks.
    kathleen

  45. Ryan

    I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT TODAY! SURE BEATS CRYSTAL METH!

  46. Pilicious

    I think this is an awesome business opportunity. If you could find a way to genetically alter these tape worms, I.E. limit the size they can grow to, make them sterile (inability to reproduce), and possibly how long their life span was. Then offer a de-worming treatment all in one package you could become filthy rich!

    I think that $1200 bucks is a bit pricey to purposefully give someone worms though. Make it a $20….err wait, $19.99 and you could CRUSH the weight loss industry (not that the FDA would EVER let that happen). And you would get crazy amounts of satisfied customers returning once they killed the worm and started getting fat again!

    People say this is gross and unhealthy. Honestly, is any of that crap they sell on TV REALLY healthy for you? Not that the fatties give two shits about being healthy anyways right?

  47. Jess

    Some people can not do aerobic exercise or cardio due to osteoarthritis or other ailments. Having said that, if you already are unfortunate enough to have an extremely slow metabolism, and can not physically exercise, are you just suppose to starve and never eat to stay thin? I don’t think so!

  48. emmie

    Stop eatting at Mcdonald’s and eat healthy, eat small ammounts instead of stretching your stomach out, and exercise~arobics and working out! I rather live healthy than try to avoid the real reason I gain weight. WHO would be stupid enough to eat worms and think it’s the answer to losing weight???

  49. Token Fat Friend

    Hi Love Chubb…I googled “tape worm weight loss” the other day, and you can get them on purpose in Mexico for a mere $1200. Pretty gross, but something involving swallowing a cyst that is taken from beef cattle. You can’t legally get them on purpose in the US. I would rather just eat a lot of sushi and rare meat and try to get them on “accident”. Try the same Google I did, I’m sure it will pop up. Also says something like “all-natural weight loss” on the site. Gives explicit info on how they curate them and everything. Pretty gross, but whatever works…

  50. Token Fat Friend

    One of my “chunky” friends started losing a lot of weight really quickly, and she hadn’t changed anything she was doing. After about 4 months, and losing somewhere around 30 pounds and already looking GREAT, she was STILL losing. She got worried it could be something serious (cancer, thyroid, etc.), so she went to the doc and found out she had worms. (A relief when you think about what the alternative could be.) I wish I had eaten at the same place she did where she got them from. They are gone now, and she looks absolutely amazing, and has maintained her weight for over 6 months. (Still grossed out a little about the worms, but they got the job done.)

  51. Love Chub

    So…. Did anyone actually find out where to get one??? and if so… WHERE!!!???

  52. cmac

    (echoing previous comments…)

    More than the fact that there are ppl who would purchase this, there’s actually probably nothing wrong with the idea of using tapeworms to steal a portion of your caloric intake, and certainly less costly and with fewer risks, complications, and lifelong consequences than modern bariatric surgery. Just host the tapeworm long enough to lose some fat (you probably won’t actually lose much weight, as the tape worm is growing inside of you), then just kill the tapeworm. Use appropriate dietary supplementation to avoid the specific micronutrient deficits that might be caused by the worm. Believe me, this is a lot safer than surgery.

  53. Jess

    Also, do the worms eat your food or your fat? Or both? I’m interested to know exactly how it works… i’m going to research it now..

  54. Jess

    Tape worms are sometimes used as an alternative medicine for people with Crohn’s Disease or other bowel diseases. This is because it is believed that the immune system will start fighting the worm instead of the person’s digestive system and will reduce inflammation.
    My friend suffers from Crohn’s and he has considered taking it.
    Personally, I would be interested in trying it, so long as I could get it removed if anything went wrong. I’ve always been interested in trying out alternative medicine.

    • Sara

      “Alternative” usually means that someone is taking your money and you get nothing (other that a horrible infestation) in return. Many people posting seem to distrust modern medicine, but there are stringent guidelines medical professionals have to abide by in the US. “Alternative Professionals” have no such restrictions, so they can give you all sorts of worthless and actively harmful products. Please, don’t be taken in by the idea that “natural” means better than proper medication. Cyanide, arsenic, tapeworms are all natural, but you really don’t want to ingest them. American doctors really do care about your health and well-being. People selling tapeworms aren’t.

  55. Gemma

    Well, my view of it is that Allah gave you a situation, and tests you on it. He blesses you, and he can also curse you. If you are poor, then you are more eco friendly, and you know allot about the environment and how to keep safe. You are kind hearted. If you are rich, you are more inclined to get greedy for more items or money, simple as that 🙂 (im not saying that all rich people are mean!!) no way do you choose to live like that, but there are sometimes opertunities to choose a lifestyle(not always). I prefer being middle class over being rich.

    I think tapworms are gross, but as an alternate medicine, id give anything eco a go!! herbal medicines.. ect. im fed up with market& media producing things and expecting us to pay so much for it!!!! If only their mone-making scemes did us some good. hence the word “money making sceme” pfft. its so impossible!!! but beauty treatments are good! mud bath, steam bath, plastic wrap.. w/e, we all should stick to enviromentaly friendly options, otherwise we will end up with no air left to breath.. even end up with POISON air and water!! so sad! 🙁 i just dont understand why everyone is “just starting to change” its like they are saying:”ok scru the world, lets wait till ur all buried in poision before we make a real effort to change”.. maybe they didnt have enough campaignes??.

  56. lilli

    Hi where can i buy these miracle tape worm pills, and do they really work???

    • Luke

      I can get you all beef tape worms if you can come to,colorado. It would all be completely anonymous and,an at your own risk process but I can deliver

      • Solomon

        Hello please send me a message back I’m vary interested

      • Martha

        Hello you still Porat menu worms with a tapeworm? If yes I should be very interested, please write me an e-mail thank you

      • Leigh

        Where in Colorado?

      • Leigh

        Im in Colorado, where could I get access to this?
        Are you able to verify the beef digestion word is the only worm that’s introduced into digestive trac?

  57. sammy

    ;0

  58. sammy

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  59. jenna

    so would you just swallow the apeworm whole?would it be big enough to see?gross

  60. A Jackson

    I would just like to say, that our world has become way to sanitized lol.

    I think we probably DO have worms, at least some and it’s a little naive to think we don’t lol.

    That being said, where do you get one lol.

    I personally am ok with being a little fat, doesn’t bother me.

    • Clara

      “I think we probably DO have worms, at least some and it’s a little naive to think we don’t lol.” What? No??? We have bacteria that live in our bodies harmlessly but if you have worms you need to visit your doctor – there are generally symptoms that accompany a worm infection.

  61. kandice

    i am on this site looking to see if i can buy tapeworm…yeah it sounds nasty, but heck yes, lose weight AND eat all the crap i want!!!! ok!!!!!!!!! sign me up!!

  62. nancy

    nancy said:
    where do you buy the tape wormpills …i will do it[…]

  63. nancy

    where do you buy the tape worm pills …i will do it

  64. Tray

    If I set aside my initial repulsion I’m pretty sure I would prefer a medically supervised course of treatment that included a tapeworm to a lap band and more so a gastric bypass. Presumably, it would be less painful and less dangerous. (Anybody else watch Big Medicine?) I’m wondering if there’s information about a tapeworm’s effects on diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

  65. Libby Juice

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/5252370.stm

    Libby Juice said:
    Scientists are looking at parasites to treat allergic conditions such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.[…]

  66. Libby Juice

    Scientists are looking at parasites to treat allergic conditions such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.

    It is one of a range of issues to be examined by 2,000 delegates from 88 countries at the six-day conference on parasitology and tropical disease.

  67. Chloe

    Amy said:
    Women used to douche with LYSOL in the 1920’s too!
    The FDA and Surgion General couldn’t let these products back on the market. To find out more about Lysol search Lysol for feminine hygiene, there are a ton of sites on it…… really weird![…]

    woah.

    ouch.

  68. Chloe

    Pmel said:
    God is always fair. You chose to be poor, you’ll be stronger despite the misgivings.And you will not last long. You chose to be rich, you’ll be weak despite the luxery you lavish. And you will live long.[…]

    What an incredibly ignorant thing to say. Nobody chooses to live in such extreme poverty. If that’s you’re God’s sick, twisted brand of “fairness”, I shudder to think what kind of person YOU are to put such reverence in something to cruel.

  69. Amy

    Women used to douche with LYSOL in the 1920’s too!
    The FDA and Surgion General couldn’t let these products back on the market. To find out more about Lysol search Lysol for feminine hygiene, there are a ton of sites on it…… really weird!

  70. Rose Peitsch

    tape worm endorsement:

    Since modern medicine is using leeches, and maguts in treatments now, why not use the tape worm. It is far more natural and makes way more sense to me. If one of my loved ones would be obese I would certainly be happy to go with the tape worm than gastric by pass surgery. That would really upset the weight loss companies who would loose their billion dollar business to this treatment. When the worm has done its job in conjunction with learning better eating habits. It is simple enough to get rid of; with a parsite treatment. My little japanese chin had them and I got rid of them. When I seen how thin she was getting I checked her poo. That is why it has been burning in my mind to share this with people. But lo and behold I found it being disgussed on the internet. I am a true beleiver in alternative medicine and I think this one is great!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Jan

    Pmel said:
    God is always fair. You chose to be poor, you’ll be stronger despite the misgivings.And you will not last long. You chose to be rich, you’ll be weak despite the luxery you lavish. And you will live long.

    Except nobody chooses to be poor.

  72. Pmel

    Sorry… I mispelled inhabitants… 😛

  73. Pmel

    ruthling said:
    One of the theories as to why there’s more allergies, asthma and other immune problems is that we don’t have *enough* parasites. Humans throughout the ages have lived with all sorts of parasites. They can make people sick, but it’s possible that not having any can make people sick, too, since the immune system doesn’t have enough to do. I think […]

    My friend is a nurse and I remember him telling me his doctor’s personal observation on the impoverished habitants of the Filipino slums. According to the doctor, the poor people have a stronger immunity systems as compared with the middle class and the rich people. However, they have a shorter life span.

    God is always fair. You chose to be poor, you’ll be stronger despite the misgivings.And you will not last long. You chose to be rich, you’ll be weak despite the luxery you lavish. And you will live long.

  74. andy

    Easy to swallow? EURGH

  75. andy

    I’m pretty sure that if you were to market it out today plenty of Americans would try it (:

  76. mimi7

    I think a lot of people are desperate for something to help, and probably because of much more complicated matters than willpower. and hey, not one person can say that they would not want to be effortlessly thin while still be able to eat what they want. it’s living the dream. and who the hell cares? it’s just a worm, that we can see. we have tons of microscopic lifeforms all over our skin, and just because you can’t see them, it doesn’t gross you out? the worm doesn’t cause harm, if you’re competent. it only causes harm if you’re unaware it’s in you, and it progresses to an undesirable point. in fact, everyone here, right after they bashed the idea, probably went to ebay and sought a bottle of these.

  77. Alex

    I think that only desperate people will have the guts to try this kind of people. Any decent person will surely disagree with this diet. Not only that it will be disgusting but also embarrassing for your friends and family to know.

  78. Amy

    EW EW EW this whole thread is giving me the heebie-jeebies! The whole idea of worms creeps me out beyond belief. That said, I too know people who would go for it as a weight-loss option!

  79. lina

    Didn’t they use dead tapeworms? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

  80. Chicken Girl

    Crabby McSlacker said:
    Quite a feat: that’s both cute and disgusting at the same time!

    So… what would you name it?

    Hermie the Wormie?

    Hermie is in ur intestines, eatin ur food! (I think I see a new lolcat meme…)

  81. Chicken Girl

    Goober McOuchy said:
    Maybe that’s why we have an obesity epedimic! Nobody wants to do what they need to do to lose weight.

    O.o

    I’m pretty sure any wacky quick-weight-loss effort taken due to desperation is doomed to either damage you or just not work. Or both.

    What people need to do to lose weight is basically go against everything society has programmed them to do and everything everyone else is doing. I think that’s why most people can’t manage it.

  82. Goober McOuchy

    In the book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand, jockies that were desparate to lose weight (or maintain an emaciated state), ate tapeworms. They would also sweat the pounds off by sitting neck-deep in horse manure. Maybe that’s why we have an obesity epedimic! Nobody wants to do what they need to do to lose weight.

  83. Marsha

    My world history teacher talked about this. He said to get rid of it, they would boil cabbage and the worms would crawl out the nose. I don’t care how they come out, it’s disgusting. Yeeech!

  84. ruthling

    One of the theories as to why there’s more allergies, asthma and other immune problems is that we don’t have *enough* parasites. Humans throughout the ages have lived with all sorts of parasites. They can make people sick, but it’s possible that not having any can make people sick, too, since the immune system doesn’t have enough to do. I think a lot of people would be willing to live with tapeworms if it made them less allergic as well as thinner. It’s probably better than some of the drugs 🙂

  85. Jan

    Teresa said:
    I agree with Chicken girl. Both of them deprive your body of nutrients, but at least you can get rid of the worm. People don’t realize that when you have one of these things, they have segments that break off and crawl out of the nearest opening. Guess where that is. I’ve seen it with my cats before treatment. YUK![…]

    That only happens when you grow it so long it has no more room in the intestines. But usually, you can notice the child has one cause it will eat non-stop and lose weight, and also sleep poorly (obviously, as he/she has a worm wiggling about in your gut ), so you get rid of it before sections break off.

    Spectra, other worms give more of a bloated appearance than tapeworm, tapeworm just makes you look run down.

    I take a multi-purpose deworming pill every 6 months just in case, I don’t even bother being tested for parasites anymore.

  86. Spectra

    Yeah, people would totally still buy those, unfortunately…just like they buy liquid juice fasts, flavor spray diets, etc. Anything to lose weight, I suppose. They don’t mention the bloated appearance your stomach gets from having parasites in it though. At least, that’s what I often saw in El Salvador when I went there to visit isolated villages to help provide medical care.

  87. Kathy

    Eww gross! I was diagnosed with parsites about six weeks ago it’s not good! I’ve been taking some herbal remideis for it and checking in with my doctor. Seems to be pretty much cleared.
    Trust me, not the way to go!

  88. Crabby McSlacker

    Hi chicken girl!

    Quite a feat: that’s both cute and disgusting at the same time!

    So… what would you name it?

    Hermie the Wormie?

    But as Teresa points out, you might need to have a few extra names picked out for the, um, offspring.

  89. Teresa

    I agree with Chicken girl. Both of them deprive your body of nutrients, but at least you can get rid of the worm. People don’t realize that when you have one of these things, they have segments that break off and crawl out of the nearest opening. Guess where that is. I’ve seen it with my cats before treatment. YUK!

  90. Chicken Girl

    Crabby McSlacker said:
    But you folks are right–I bet people would buy them now if they were still for sale. And who knows, if the choice was a tapeworm or a gastric bypass, which would be the more intrusive way to lose weight?

    Hell, I would take the tapeworm. It’s effective and fully reversible! I would give it a name and everything…

  91. Crabby McSlacker

    Oh my goodness. This whole discussion is so gross I had to read every comment.

    But you folks are right–I bet people would buy them now if they were still for sale. And who knows, if the choice was a tapeworm or a gastric bypass, which would be the more intrusive way to lose weight?

  92. Jan

    Robyn said:
    Actually, I have seen a tapeworm removed by holding a glass of warm milk at the mouth after a day of fasting so it’s not all rumour. While that is probably not the correct medical procedure I know that it does work. […]

    We do it like that here in the developing world, but we get it out “from the other end”. When we suspect a child has a tapeworm, we boil a bottle of milk, pour it in a bedpan, and make the child sit over it for a while. The tapeworm will come out enticed by the warm milk, no need to starve the child or anything.

  93. mia

    Lose Weight With Me said:
    What’s sad is that this product could be reintroduced into the market today, and as long as it was fast, effortless weight loss, people would line up to buy it.[…]

    so true.

  94. Robyn

    Kailash said:
    And you believed that?
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tapeworm.asp[…]

    Actually, I have seen a tapeworm removed by holding a glass of warm milk at the mouth after a day of fasting so it’s not all rumour. While that is probably not the correct medical procedure I know that it does work.

  95. Kailash

    psychsarah said:
    Ewwwwwww! I have grossed out by tapeworms ever since my high school biology teacher explained how they used to get rid of them back in the day (they would starve the person for a few days and then hold food up to the mouth until the tapeworm came to get it and then they would pull it out-it still makes me queasy just thinking of her description, wh[…]

    And you believed that?
    http://www.snopes.com/horrors/vanities/tapeworm.asp

  96. psychsarah

    Ewwwwwww! I have grossed out by tapeworms ever since my high school biology teacher explained how they used to get rid of them back in the day (they would starve the person for a few days and then hold food up to the mouth until the tapeworm came to get it and then they would pull it out-it still makes me queasy just thinking of her description, which was much more graphic-I’ll spare you the gory details!) What I’m wondering is, how did people who bought this lovely parasite get it into their systems…did you just swallow it while it was small? I saw a tapeworm on Oprah the other day, and they can grow up to 30 feet long. I repeat ewwwwwwwwwwww!!

  97. Kery

    …This is too appropriate for me to not share it:
    http://www.ifilm.com/video/2852621/channel/comedy

    Yes, sorry. Had to. ^^;

  98. Kailash

    “Invite some new friends home for dinner tonight.”

  99. Jan

    What I like the best is they are *sanitized* tapeworms. Cause god forbid you put a dirty tapeworm in your gut, no siree. You wanna make sure that tapeworm is clean.

  100. Heather

    I’m pretty sure I know people who’d buy this product today…
    🙁

  101. Angie

    I like where it says “no ill effects!”

    Did you know that the tapeworm’s nervous system is advanced enough that they can learn? Admittedly, it’s learning not to smash into things that hurt them, but still!

  102. Jan

    staci said:
    so, wait, i’m confused… why wouldn’t you have to bathe?[…]

    I think they mean you don’t have to sit in a bath full of [insert early “detox” component]. You see, just like now we have people drinking only maple syrup for days thinking it will help get rid of “toxins” that are making them fat, back then they’d sit in a bath full of herbs and whatnot to get rid of the “toxins” making them fat.

    We have Xenical, they had tapeworms, as Jim said. We have maple syrup fasts, they had baths. As the French say, “the more it changes, the more it stays the same”.

  103. Quito

    I think that the baths referred by the ad are steam baths.

    Hey! We could start that idea again!

  104. staci

    so, wait, i’m confused… why wouldn’t you have to bathe?

  105. cg

    “Fat the enemy that is shortening your life”. I wonder if that pun was intended, cos it’s funny:)
    However, the whole thing is nasty, ick!

  106. Lose Weight With Me

    What’s sad is that this product could be reintroduced into the market today, and as long as it was fast, effortless weight loss, people would line up to buy it.

    Brian

  107. Owen

    Hah, I’ll stick to the healthy diet and exercise thanks!

Last Reviewed: January 18, 2018