Tapeworms Are Parasites, People

English: Adult tapeworm of Dipylidium caninum....

English: Adult tapeworm of Dipylidium caninum. The scolex of the worm is very narrow and the proglottids, as they mature, get larger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been meditating pretty much every single day since January. I cannot begin to tell you how much it has changed my world and made me more grounded, connected, happy, content, lucky- the list goes on and on. Meditation helps you grow more neural connections between your right and left brain and between your upper and lower brain. That makes for a smarter, calmer, more sentient, better multi-tasking human. Meditation also helps to connect you to nature, your environment, and with others. It also makes you aware and conscious of your surroundings and your actions within those surroundings. Meditation helps you become more mindful in everything you do. Now I am sure you are wondering what meditation and mindfulness have to do with tapeworms? Well, here’s what I read right after coming out of one of the best, most spiritual meditation sessions I have had to date.

The article is from the August 16, 2013 issue of USA Today and it’s title simply states “Iowa woman swallows tapeworm to lose weight.” I had to read it twice. I could not believe this was the article’s title. A woman actually bought and ingested a tapeworm because she was so desperate to lose weight. I mean it blows my mind enough that there are actual companies out there that sell tapeworms as a weight-loss device but this woman was crazy enough to buy one. First of all, tapeworms are disgusting parasites and can grow up to 30 feet in length. They also cannot possibly ingest enough of your intestinal contents to make you lose weight, and they cause a whole host of undesirable symptoms including diarrhea, anemia, and malnutrition, and on top of everything else, they reproduce at alarming rates. So every time you go to the bathroom, you could be spreading little tapeworm babies everywhere.

I cannot tell you how sad this article makes me. What does it say about the mindset of people like this? Do they have no control whatsoever over the food that goes into their mouths that they feel forced to ingest a tapeworm to clean up the excess? What possesses someone to think that this could possibly be an effective answer to her weight-loss issues?

And why do so many people struggle so much and so often with their weight? I do believe that a very large part of this has to do with mindfulness. So finally, here is the connection. If everyone were to take a moment out of their day, and go inside, check out what is going on, become a bit more self-aware, and take some time to listen to what their bodies are really telling them, so few people would overeat. And I am pretty positive, that if you took a second to meditate on the idea of ingesting a tapeworm to lose weight, you would probably come to the quick conclusion that this is a very, very bad idea.

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