> Mike <an14382 at anon.nymserver.com> writes:
>> >I would like to know about any potential application there is of
> >beneficial impact of tapeworms on humans, or for that matter, any other
> >animals. Can they help me diet?
>> I seem to remember that in the early part of this century tapeworm
> eggs were sold (anonymously) as a dieting aid, but I imagine this was
> outlawed a LONG time ago. There are better ways - try exercising.
I tend to discount this story
as folklore without substance, but thought I would share it anyway. The
folklore among some of the Italian population in Eritrea back in the
50's, when I was growing up was that eating rare beef (almost always
giving you a tapeworm) would cure you of a bad case of Entamoeba
histolytica. Maybe it permanently cured the folks by exceeding their
caring capacity for parasites.
:James F. Mahaffy e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
Biology Department phone: 712 722-6279
Dordt College FAX 712 722-1198
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250