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Is extreme weight loss common in adults with tapeworm?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Probably not: A tapeworm is a parasite that must live inside another person or animal. A "smart" tapeworm wants his host to stay alive because if the host dies, the tapeworm dies. It is not in a tapeworm's best interests for his host to have extreme weight loss. That kind of weight loss could also be from cancers, chronic infections, unusual digestive problems, auto-immune diseases, thyroid disorders, etc...
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: It 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 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 cause of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain, and spinal cord with po.

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