That article is highly misleading. It makes it sound like only snake oil salesmen sold them in the past...and that women didn't use them long term back then, and nobody knew how to deal with them. In fact, tapeworms used as a weight loss technique, were EXTREMELY common. They were used widely through the 1950s. Women would swallow a tapeworm and then leave it in until their fingernails started peeling. Then they would "flush" the worm, wait two weeks, and start over.
The fact that the doctor in the article didn't know how to treat that situation is shameful. All he'd have to do is call the local vet.
I've personally known two older women who used tapeworms for weight management. You probably know some too, though these days they are less likely to admit it.
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