Tapeworms Living In Your Brain

Did you know that you could get a tapeworm in your brain from eating bacon? Well, it’s true. People who consume more pork are at risk for developing tapeworms in their brain.

You may be wondering how tapeworms make their way into a person’s gray matter.

Tapeworm larvae enter into a person’s bloodstream via the intestines and make their way to the brain.

Tapeworms can ultimately lead to the development of a disease called neurocysticercosis in the carrier.

The symptoms of neurocysticercosis are seizures, severe headaches, loss of sight, decreased motor function and loss of the ability to talk.

If the disease is left untreated it can lead to permanent brain damage and even death.

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“We’ve got a lot more of cases of this in the United States now,” said Raymond Kuhn, professor of biology and an expert on parasites at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Upwards of 20 percent of neurology offices in California have seen it.”

The pork tapeworm has plagued people for thousands of years. The parasite, known as cysticercosis, lives in pork tissue, and is likely the reason why Jewish and Muslim dietary laws ban pork.

Kuhn said whether you get a tapeworm in the intestine, or a worm burrowing into your brain can depend on how you consumed the parasite.

There are several ways to avoid this disgusting epidemic.

Avoid eating pork and avoid eating any kind of raw meats. Also, washing your hands can help deter harmful parasites from entering in to your body and into your food.

Brain Tapeworms From Bacon? Say It Aint So!

Brain Tapeworms From Bacon? Say It Aint So!