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The Tapeworm Diet
The Arizona Republic has raised an interesting question. Is it possible to use tapeworms as a diet aid? Won't the tape worm just sit in your stomach and consume all the extra food you eat, and after a while you can pull out the thing? The basic answer is no. This would not be a good idea. They go into some more details:

While a tapeworm might take in some of the food you do, it would at the same time be taking in a lot of vitamins and other nutrients you need to stay healthy. Do you know what ascites are? A big pool of fluid in your tummy caused by an immune response to something in your guts. Something like a tapeworm. It gives you a big potbelly, which runs kind of counter to the look you might be wishing for. And a tapeworm might not necessarily just set up camp in your innards. It can also cause cysts in your muscles, liver and eyes. Your eyes! So don't you think it might be easier instead to just eat a bit less and exercise a bit more?
Categories: Body ManipulationFood
Posted by The Curator on Fri Apr 22, 2005
I just want to make it clear before I say another word. I SUPPORT people who want to take beef tapeworms to lose weight. With that out of the way let me clear up some more mis-information being disseminated by people with both good and bad intentions...

The term parasitic is used to describe a relationship whereby the host is affected negatively by an infecting organism. However, in this case, the infecting organism is providing a service to its host by creating an inefficiency in the digestive system. Since this ineffeciency results in the desirable net loss of weight the correct term is symbiotic (and I haven't even began to touch on the immunoregulating effect of the intestinal helminths).

Furthermore, the message of proper diet, exercise and medical supervision is one that has been popularly offered for the last thirty years. It is a good, safe, public health message that without a doubt has been a complete failure. In the thirty years we have been preaching the benefits of DEED there has been an absolute pandemic of global obesity and diabetes or as it is more commonly called diobesity. According to WHO there are now more people on the planet who are overweight than there are people starving.

It absolutely boggles my mind that someone would suggest trying amphetamines (not safe and addictive) or surgery (we have a little problem here in the states with MRSA) before a harmless worm that has coevolved with humans for at least a million years. But anyone who mentions seeing a doctor no less than six times in a single post has obviously been brainwashed by the orthodoxy. It has been my experience corresponding with people who are interested in hosting tapeworms that they have all seen multiple doctors including specialist and the treatments have failed. Even the most radical of surgical procedures have significant failure rates.

So instead of parroting the same bankrupt message we've all heard over and over I'll offer my own cute acronym....WEED. Worm, effort, exercise, diet. If you want a beautiful garden you gotta weed.
Posted by Garin  on  Thu Nov 30, 2006  at  02:03 PM
oh my god u people need help go 2 the gym or something...
Posted by roxxy  in  uk  on  Tue Jan 09, 2007  at  05:20 AM
Could someone please let me know where I can actually buy or in any other way obtain these tapeworm eggs?

Thanks
Posted by Caroline  in  australia  on  Tue Jan 23, 2007  at  09:35 PM
Hello,

I have an auto-immune disease which is being treated with high doses of steroids (and had been for way too long). After a recent discussion with my doctor about alternative treatments one which seems promising is getting a mild dose of parasites, either a dozen hook worms or a tape worm fora few months. Although they raise the body's IgE level something they secrete seems to block the allergic response.

I find the whole idea of some worm living inside me disgusting, however given how severe my condition can be I think it's justifable to do a trial. I have just contacted Nottingham University who seem to be in the forefront of hookworms and asthma for advice.

In the meantime can anyone tell me where I can get a trustworthy sterile (beef) tapeworm infection ?

I will follow this up if anyone is intested - please let me know
Posted by Darren  in  UK  on  Sat Feb 24, 2007  at  06:41 PM
THIS is disgusting. I would NEVER want a worm living inside my body on accident, much less on purpose. Change your eating habits and exercise, and you'll lose weight, it's that simple.
Posted by Tammy  on  Fri Mar 02, 2007  at  05:42 PM
My request for a tape worm wasn't about losing weight or fitness, as I am ok on those fronts. This was about getting the worm to block part of my bodies immune response. There is evidence to suggest that one reason such a large percentage of the population has allergies is because lack of parasites, check out the research by David Pritchard at the University of Nottingham for example. The theory is that the immune system is looking for parasites, not finding them and ratching up the sensitivity. Parasites also block the immune response. As yet a treatment is not available... due to the severity of my illness I am willing to try getting a tape worm... as disgusting as that concept is to me. They have evolved to live in humans with very few side effects (we are the primary host)and it doesn't help they are easy to remove. I think it's something for me to try given that the large doses of steroids I need to take definately are going to cause considerable long term damage... thinking about it logically I can overcome the revoltion. Now I just need to find a safe source of beef tape worm. Please someone let me know where to obtain one. I am UK based. Any follow up details I'll post.
Posted by Darren  on  Sat Mar 03, 2007  at  04:36 PM
its up to the indivual if they want to try a tapeworm to lose weight sometimes its so so hard for people telling them just to eat healthy and exercise can be so hard for an overweight person and if you have been in that postion you would know only to well
mellisa when you find out let me no!
Posted by tam  in  scotland  on  Sun Mar 04, 2007  at  09:07 AM
Once again I'll remind everyone to try to keep them from lodging in your brain. It's rather icky looking.

http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/2002/june/worm.htm
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Mar 05, 2007  at  10:21 AM
was the question not where can i get a tapeworm and not can people please hurl abuse at me for wanting to try this
Posted by tam  in  scotland  on  Tue Mar 13, 2007  at  05:12 AM
I didn't hurl abuse, I'm simply presenting you with information you can use to make an intelligent decision.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Tue Mar 13, 2007  at  10:31 AM
Beef tapeworms only live in the intestines in Humans, we are the primary host.
Posted by Darren  on  Wed Mar 14, 2007  at  02:40 AM
It's not a question of "too much church" -- it is all brain washing, so any amount is detrimental -- if that goes against your grain it is just because the brainwashing program inside you is kicking in again.
Posted by fburns bn  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  02:35 PM
why wont any of you answer the question where to get the tapeworm from i dont need it but some people are very insicure about the they look and i for one would rather someone swallow a worm than commit suicide over their weight and i bet most of you are skinny so u dont understand how it feels been over weight.
Posted by d welham  in  united kingdom  on  Wed Apr 25, 2007  at  02:35 PM
It's not being answered because this is the Museum of Hoaxes, not a dodgy weight loss website.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Wed Apr 25, 2007  at  10:43 PM
tape worm is a dangerous parasite that shares what you eat and leaves behind a line of disease. Im sure it helps you withing your social life too. most people will throw up knowing you have a parasite living in you
Posted by Mr. scientist man  in  New York  on  Mon Apr 30, 2007  at  05:05 AM
That sort of uninformed comment is a good example of why the world thinks that americans are dumb, loud, self righteous @rseholes. Can't you even comprehend the points raised ? or do you just want to shoot your mouth off to try and boost your own self image by having a pop at others you smug moron.
Posted by Darren  in  UK  on  Mon Apr 30, 2007  at  02:10 PM
I hear the crack cocaine diet works wonders!
Posted by Justin  on  Wed May 02, 2007  at  11:15 AM
i have to agree with darren your just a bunch of yankee losers who try to look big by making thick comments.lol
Posted by d.welham  in  uk  on  Thu May 03, 2007  at  05:18 PM
omg you people are crazy, i suspected i had tapeworms and i bought the pills and now it recurring, imso scared and depressed.Trust me they are not a pleasant parasite.

In some cases of 1/100000 chances these tapeworms can evolve inside your body in some way. As the smaller the creatures are, the faster the evolution, you people should know by now how bacterias (single celled organism) evolves?, These tapeworms can casue cysts in your eyes/brain/muscles and livers. Try google/taenia solium and or look for images of the little worms crowl out of the kid's mouth at night.
Posted by Dog_buns  on  Sat May 12, 2007  at  10:19 AM
was the question not where can i get a tapeworm and not can people please hurl abuse at me for wanting to try this
Posted by tam in scotland on Tue Mar 13, 2007 at 01:12 AM
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Dear Tams and everyone else who want to try tapeworms, don't be sad or even feels alittle bit intimidated by whatthey said, only people who concerns about you would make such comments. Please don't try such unhealthy way to lose weights, i have a few effective tips for you allto lose weights.

What to eat.
Try to eat sour fruits, they contain fruit acids that can lower your body fats (i found this out by myself after i lost a kilo from over eating sour red plums, drink alot of waters and try to eat rices (rice have a pleasent sweet taste that is no more no less than vegetables), people also says that if you eat the original chocolates (chocolates that is not sweets), it can prevent you from feeling hunger (try abit of them before eating can stop you from over eating).

Don't exercise too much, just do alot of walking or dodging/running, running can excercise your external as well as internal body like heart and livers, try to take longer path because you always endup going home latefor dinner etc. Watch comedy movies and laugh alot will make you lose alot of weights. Try the electronic device thingy on your stomatch because i find it too hard to excercise there, try to dodge or run slowly towards places in your house instead of walking. Try not to eat oily foods or foods like cheese etc. Doing these you not only strengthen your immune systems to fight agaisnt diseases, you also live longer and look younger, healthier.
Try to take more naps than sleeping, or sit down and thinks about things you like, sit down and relax your body and read a book or talk to a friend you like. I taught my girlfriend all these activities and now you know how beautiful she is?, she is 20 but looked more like a 16 year old mature girl. good luck with your life and live healthy =D
Posted by Dog-buns  on  Sat May 12, 2007  at  10:39 AM
I want to try one to sort out my immune problems, it seems far less risky than the immuno-suppressors I am currently taking.

No I don't know how beautiful your girlfriend is but if you care to email a few coice photos of her with as few clothes on as possible so I can check her out thoroughly now that would be appreciated wink

Oh hang on she looks 16... 16 !!! erm... is that something to be pleased about :S - now if she looked 20 smile
Posted by Darren  in  UK  on  Sat May 12, 2007  at  06:15 PM
I have tapeworms. I've hosted them for four years now. They help you lose weight and for some people can help regulate the immune system. 90% of what is said on this board is incorrect. They are very expensive.
Posted by garin  on  Sun May 13, 2007  at  06:40 PM
I love worms and they made skinny for me. I love the wiggle skinny they have for my body and now i even can get into close that i never before.

i am taperworm lover. my sex man love me more and i got the worm from mexico. just call them and ask for skinny worm they no what youtalk about, no problem.

skinny ispretty and all my life better when i skinny.

-note: This board is awesome and now I've spent my whole lunch reading it, damn. Now there's no time to order my very own tapeworm-
Posted by Tape worm haver  in  heaven... because i'm skinny, you see.  on  Wed May 23, 2007  at  05:00 PM
can someone clear this up for me? Okay when pets get tapworm its treatable and then they get healthy like nothing even happened right? well why isnt it the same for humans? why cant we just get tapeworm, lose weight, and be healthy again just like our pets do???
Posted by s  on  Thu May 24, 2007  at  09:11 PM
why use a tapeworm to lose weight when you can just uh stop eating. more effective and has less nasty side effects such as cysts and seizers and all that jazz. ha i am amused at yous that want them knowing what they are and what they do. fasting can be healthy and is done for detoxification of the body. making sure of coarse to be getting some form of vitamins and minerals to stay alive. he he. i'm happy healthy and skinny yay!
Posted by person  in  newwww york  on  Thu Jun 07, 2007  at  12:28 AM
if u r looking for tapeworms thats no problem i have access to them however i am not about to waste my time wiv time wasters if u r genuine and willing to emburst me i can promice u there would be no problem in getting the desired item.
Posted by warlock  in  uk  on  Sat Jun 30, 2007  at  05:26 PM
It's a shame that there are crooks everywhere in this world trying to rip off people with a genuine need. I don't know how they can live with themselves.

Don't fall for this heartless conman, a decent person would try to help people not talk about "embursment"

No timewasters, last minute, hurry, hurry.... send money now !!! What a piece of sh1t this person is.
Posted by Darren  in  UK  on  Sat Jun 30, 2007  at  07:40 PM
if u wanna stay fat u can im selling tapeworms as im the only one who as acctually got them and yes these days everything costs but u see results not like taking diet pills that cost u hundreds if anyone wants help with these worms email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or if u want to listen to people on here then stay sad and unhealthy.
Posted by alliester  in  uk  on  Sun Jul 01, 2007  at  05:38 PM
What a compassionate and careing soul...
Posted by Darren  in  UK  on  Sun Jul 01, 2007  at  05:50 PM
HAHAHAHA!!!!! You are saying that having a TAPEWORM in you is healthy????? What are you smoking!? haha! Did you ever stop to think that you can be slightly overweight and still be healthy? Much more healthy than having a tapeworm in you eating your insides!!
People never realize that just because you have more fat on you than what hollywood says you should, doesn't make you unhealthy! I know a few people who exercise daily and eat healthy foods and get all their daily veggies, carbs, dairy, and meats and still are considered overweight. But they are way more healthy than skinny people who smoke, drink and eat crappy foods!
Plus there are tons of people who are overweight and still happy! Just because you don't fit societies image of perfect doesn't mean you have to be misserable.
These people don't need tapeworms, they need to learn to love themselves despite how they look! You should be ashamed of yourself feeding on peoples low-self esteem and insecurities to sell a damaging and even deadly product!
Posted by Sarah  in  Canada  on  Sun Jul 01, 2007  at  06:19 PM
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