swallowed food and nutrients that never have the chance to enter the victim’s system.
This yucky diet can be traced back to the early 1900s. Maria Callas, one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century, was reported to have eaten the parasites in an attempt to drop weight, but those reports have never been verified.
Resorting to such a drastic measure can lead to an upset stomach or worse. Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, noted that the practice of “ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that “taenia solium tapeworm infections can lead to cysticercosis, which is a disease that can cause seizures, so it is important to seek treatment.”
eDiets urges everyone to please steer clear of this extreme and ill-advised diet fad.
The Tongue Patch Diet
The tongue patch diet defies all sensibility. The diet hit the limelight when Nightline ran a segment that profiled two young women who each willingly had a hard plastic mesh patch sewn onto their tongue in hopes of dropping a couple of pounds.
Dr. Nikolas Chugay, creator of the tongue patch – or “miracle patch” as he has dubbed it – advertises the procedure as an “alternative to more drastic weight loss methods.” eDiets Chief Nutritionist, Susan Burke March, paints the program as complete idiocy. What’s perhaps more gross than having a rough piece of plastic sewn to your tongue? Paying $2,000 for the “pleasure!”
Chugay defends his miracle patch as a healthy aversion therapy technique. But Susan says, “Behavioral modification is meant to be a thoughtful strategy to identify why and when you overeat, so you can then take deliberate and healthy steps to change those behaviors.”
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So, which diet do you think was the craziest of 2013?
Tabatha Davis is a freelance writer and marketing intern for eDiets. She enjoys writing about health topics and planning social media ventures. Tweet her @TabathaDavisPR