Crazy Medical Treatments From Olden Days

The Tapeworm Diet

7. The Tapeworm Diet

We have come across many radical and unhealthy ways to lose weight but a fad tapeworm diet from the Victorian era takes the cake as hands down the most bizarre and grossest diet ever! In the 1900s, women would wear tight corsets and be under constant pressure to lose weight to look perfect.

So, what was the tapeworm diet? Basically, a pill containing an egg of a Tapeworm was swallowed, once hatched, it grew inside the intestine and ingested a portion of whatever the host ate.

Once the goal weight and look were achieved, came the most challenging task of getting the parasite out of the body, all sorts of tricks were used to lure or flush it out, which would many a time prove fatal.

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