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Woman ingests tapeworm to drop pounds

Why starve yourself to lose weight when you can let a segmented parasite crawl around your intestines and do the work for you?

That was what was reeling around one Iowan woman's head when she hit "purchase" on a tapeworm she allegedly found for sale on the Internet, later swallowing the thing in the hopes it would help her lose weight.

We have no idea what she was thinking, and apparently neither did the woman's doctor, who had to call the state health department for advice, reported the DesMoines Register:

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