Tapeworm importing or selling is illegal in the United States. Consumers who want to attempt this diet will have to travel to Mexico to do so. Once you arrive at the location for treatment (quite possibly a slaughterhouse), you will be provided with cysts expelled from cows which you are to consume. This results in a beef tapeworm growing inside the digestive tract (beef tapeworms can reach up to 40 feet in length).
Tapeworms are of different species which number four. There is the pork tapeworm, beef tapeworm, dwarf tapeworm, and then the fish tapeworm. When you have ingested any of these worms in order to lose your weight, you will at some point, maybe even early on, start showing serious symptoms. Besides fast weight loss, you'll have nausea, stomach aches, diarrhea (causing you to lose even more nutrients), and lack of appetite, and you'll feel weak. When continuing the tapeworm diet despite these symptoms, the following will occur:
- Fevers. Your immune system isn't going to stand up to this forever, and you'll start running fevers to try and fight infections.
- Echinococcosis. This is very serious, mainly affecting the liver as it developes many cysts. In some cases liver transplants are even required.
- Cysticerosis (Lymphs and Cysts). The larvae from the tapeworm (and they all have larvae) will live in all of your body tissues and as well as your organs. The lesions and cysts you are making will pop out over the course of months. Organ function will rebel, and say, "enough, I'm going to quit and rupture!" So when that happens, you are in deep woods.
- Neurocysticerosis. This is highly serious, as it attacks both the brain and nervous system. As a result, vision is disturbed and seizures set in which can cause fatal results.
- Death. If the result of staying on the sanitized tapeworm diet does not become fatal to you, then you will need treatments to clear up the medical issues that have happened and get rid of the tapeworm infections and cycsts. This requires medications and, in some cases, surgical removal.