January 10, 2010
January 4 - Taenia saginata
Did you overindulge at the holidays? Gym's been too crowded? Well, there might be another solution: infect yourself with the beef tapeworm, Taenia saginata! These cestodes can be 5 meters in length and were, in fact, marketed as weight-loss tools...though it's not recommended as they can cause malnutrition and other health problems that offset the removal of holiday pounds. Humans can become naturally infected when eating undercooked beef if it comes from unsanitary conditions.