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Tapeworms produce larvae that can eat holes in the brainTapeworms produce larvae that can eat holes in the brain

If You Ate Pork Tapeworm Larvae Could Be Eating Your Brain

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Yes, we’ve all heard the frightening tales of tapeworms entering the brain, because of eating undercooked pork, so let’s add to that nightmare with this disturbing piece of information. According to Huffington Post, don’t worry about the tapeworms, but keep an eye out for their larvae, as they could be eating holes in your brain as we speak.

Neurocysticercosis (NCC), a fancy term for brain tapeworms, is the most common parasitic disease of the nervous system, Medscape reveals. Let’s break this down for you.

Brain tapeworms produce larvae that can latch themselves onto the cranium in the form of large white cysts. Now, larvae are used to traveling through a pig’s bloodstream and attaching to its muscles. So, in turn, if you eat undercooked pork you’re eating larvae. Sounds delicious right?

When the larvae enters a human it still thinks it’s inside a pig and as a result, “It flows through the bloodstream and gets stuck inside fluid-filled cavities in the brain, then latches on and masks itself from the immune system. These larvae can form vast networks on the brain and completely mangle its function if not treated,” Huffington Post explains.

Someone who comes in contact with such larvae can enter into a coma, lose motor functions, have violent seizures and even go blind.

According to Dr. Theodore Nash of Maryland, who spoke with Discover Magazine, more than 2,000 people in the United States have tapeworms, while 29 million (or more) may have them in Latin America.

Luckily, there is a cure called praziquantel. However, there are side effects such as brain swelling, along with problematic seizures. A full proof treatment is still in the works.

Are you ready for another “comforting” fact? Tapeworms can lay up to 50,000 eggs each in your intestine. To avoid such a nightmare, all you have to do is cook meat all the way through and wash your hands methodically. Here’s another tip. Just stop eating meat all together and you’ll have no worries of tapeworms and larvae.

To learn more, read the full article by Discover Magazine who recently wrote an expose.

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  • Dave Martin

    My that is odd.. How would the larvae cross the blood/brain barrier? I’m calling BS on this one..

    • yeah im highly skeptical also. im a trained chef who recently (in the last 5 years) went to school for culinary arts. we were taught (and the national food safety group also just changed their standards) that it is now safe to cook pork to 145 f, or appr. medium, and that it no longer needs to be cooked to death. given this was in response to reduced (almost non existent) trichinosis rates worldwide nowadays. didnt say anything about tapeworms….

    • Linda

      Your are correct. If you eat encysted larvae from undercooked pork, you will get adult tapes in the intestine. To get neurocysticercosis you have to ingest the eggs produced by the adults in the intestine of humans and past in human feces and then the tiny newly hatched larvae can migrate to the tissues of the body, in this case the brain and encyst as they do in the tissues of the pig.

  • Moe Nader

    There’s a reason why God has forbidden humans from consuming swine in the QURAN.
    Read the Quran, the Creators owners manual for mankind.

    • Vuchy

      Way before the quran there was the torah that forbid eating of pork. Why do Moslems acquire others ideas and claim tham as their own, why do they poach other religions’ holy sites and claim them as there own? The manual for mankind was long before Islam ever appeared in the Ten Commandments and the Old and New Testament.
      Shame on your bizarre variation of two great religions.

    • TShells

      The Quran got this fact from the word of God which is found in the Bible.

      • Rrprivett

        Who wrote the bible? I mean truthfully? And how many years after Jesus died was ink put to paper? Do you know? Look it up.

    • Smilitant

      God told the israelites to be separate from the nations in many ways . I’m not Jewish .not that I know of .God told Noah ” And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
      Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.” What God told the Jewish tribes don’t apply to all mankind .

  • Or…just stop eating meat altogether…suspiciously Vegan statement…

  • Smilitant

    thats bulls..t you get roundworm Trichinella spiralis from pork not tapeworm.

    • Linda

      You can get both from pork. Eating infected pork can give you the intestinal tapeworm, Taenia solium. Ingesting the eggs passed in the feces (via contamination of food) can lead to cysticercosis where the larvae encyst in tissue as in the pig.

      • Smilitant

        I hadn’t heard of it but, i cook my meat well done on any varmint i cook anyway.

  • Stop eating meat !!! sure, eat lettuce and risk rat worm infections, I guess we should all go on a water and air diet. Wait that causes cancer, Where’s my 9mm we’re all doomed anyway.

  • Mousecrux

    Yikes! I’ve been tricked into reading an article on some hippie website! Almost as bad as some random BS about God.

    • Jonathon von Tischner

      sounds like someone doesn’t want to believe in God. Atheism is the logical fallacy of the universal negative

  • Larry Crutcher Sr.

    Each and everyday there is something wrong with what we’ve been eating all our lives,people say pork is wrong,then why is it a nesessityfor your body,Red meat ,if so bad for you why do the government let it pass,potatos have starch which is bad ,then why allow people to grow them for sale to others.Come on what is the correct daily meals we can eat that can satisfy both taste and health,I need to know this if anyone has a real answer please email me at larrycrutcher56@yahoo.com

  • wow, new def. of networking!

  • Johnpartin83

    Maybe we should all live on water soup only. No, wait, that may contain harmful bacteria, heavy metals and other toxic products.

  • theresa

    Ok, now if we all stoped eating meat then what. The animals would take over the world….They would ruin our water, eat all our geens, have babies all the time and pigs will eat anything even us!!!

    • Rrprivett

      Are you honestly serious? Do you really think this?

    • Boogie Fever

      Okay now, that’s crazy. The animals would take over the world? What, is a factory farm a sex club for animals? No, they’re raped by us…artificially inseminated. They already are ruining our water two ways: their excrement has to go somewhere (e-coli doesn’t come from lettuce) and two, it takes 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water to produce ONE POUND of beef. Yeah, THEY’RE the ones ruining our water. They’ve even managed to take over most of the planet’s space where us humans grow food for them, while people all over the place starve and other people are obese, diabetic and have heart disease. It takes 16 lbs of grain to produce ONE POUND of beef, food that should be going to feed MORE people, not just fat Americans. So Theresa, that’s just all out crazy!! Read up.

  • hogdvm

    As a swine veterinarian, I can assure you that the pork tapeworm is virtually non existent in the US. It occurs in outdoor swine that have access to human feces contaminated with tapeworm eggs, thus the prevalence in developing nations with free ranging animals and poor toileting facilities for people. If you do partake of meat from free ranging swine, cook it properly and you will be fine.

    • Boogie Fever

      Why chance it. Heck, you’d also be doing away with factory farming which contributes more toxins than all transportation combined, an out of control obese American health epidemic and healthcare crisis following close behind and you’d go a long way towards shutting down Big Pharma to boot. What’s wrong with that?

  • hogdvm

    The prevalence of trichinosis in pork in the US has been reduced to basically zero. Trichinosis is found in swine that range free and have access to wildlife. There are more cases now in humans from eating undercooked game than from eating undercooked pork. If you do choose to eat meat from outdoor pigs, like with all meat, make sure that it is cooked to 145 F and you will be fine.

  • 123

    *Fool proof. Not Full proof.

  • Rrprivett

    Best advice = stop eating meat….finally some common sense.

  • Brain tapeworm (cysticercosis) is a reality, not a myth. Yes, it is caused by the pork tapeworm but not in the same way as this tapeworm usually infests the intestines. Cysticercosis has nothing to do with eating pork.

    You can get it even if you are vegan. The issue is if the raw fruits and vegetables that you eat have been fertilized or irrigated with water contaminated by human feces containing tapeworm eggs. Or if a person who has tapeworms handles your food without properly washing their hands.

    In this case the human becomes the intermediate host for this tapeworm in much the same way as the pig is usually the tapeworm. The larvae can migrate to your muscles, brain and other tissues. Although pork tapeworm is the most common in human cysticercosis, it is not the only type to cause this condition.

    Do not confuse cysticercosis with pork tapeworm in the intestines (taeniasis). This is a different condition as you can read here http://www.healthhype.com/cysticercosis-brain-tapeworm-causes-symptoms-treatment.html

    The condition is on the rise in the United States and many developed countries.

  • dollarbill4life

    You couldn’t pay me to eat pork!

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