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Tapeworm Diet Pills
Regarding the intentional ingestion of tapeworms for dietary purposes… apparently from around 1900 to the 1920s there were adverts, such as the one above, for jarred tapeworms and tapeworms in pill form. It is perhaps worth noting that just because the advert says that they’re tapeworms, as this was before governmental regulation of drugs (and indeed advertising), there is always a chance that they were not.
[Written with a little help from Snopes, which has a rather informative entry on the subject and with thanks to stefansdottir]

Tapeworm Diet Pills

Regarding the intentional ingestion of tapeworms for dietary purposes… apparently from around 1900 to the 1920s there were adverts, such as the one above, for jarred tapeworms and tapeworms in pill form. It is perhaps worth noting that just because the advert says that they’re tapeworms, as this was before governmental regulation of drugs (and indeed advertising),¬†there is always a chance that¬†they were not.

[Written with a little help from Snopes, which has a rather informative entry on the subject and with thanks to stefansdottir]

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