The Hidden Epidemic Of Tapeworms Living Inside People’s Brains

k8263-5iA real-life invasion of the body snatchers scenario — tapeworms in your brain are the worst, basically. Via Discovery:

Some fall into comas. Some are paralyzed down one side of their body. Others can’t walk a straight line. Still others come to Nash partially blind, or lose the ability to speak; many fall into violent seizures.

Underneath this panoply of symptoms is the same cause, captured in the MRI scans that Nash takes of his patients’ brains. Each brain contains one or more whitish blobs. You might guess that these are tumors. But Nash knows the blobs are not made of the patient’s own cells. They are tapeworms. Aliens.

“Nobody knows exactly how many people there are with it in the United States,” says Nash, who is the chief of the Gastrointestinal Parasites Section at NIH. His best estimate is 1,500 to 2,000. Worldwide, the numbers are vastly higher.

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8 Comments on "The Hidden Epidemic Of Tapeworms Living Inside People’s Brains"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm |

    How are they getting in there? God, first those brain eating amoebas, now tape worms are getting in there too? 

    • Calypso_1 | May 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm |

      Amongst other things I’d suggest not picking your nose after wiping your ass.

      • Jin The Ninja | May 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm |


      • Anarchy Pony | May 17, 2012 at 12:30 am |

        Well, those amoebas were getting in through people’s ears and noses while swimming. As for the tapeworms I suppose your explanation makes sense.

  2. Oh, God. If only I could take reading this back. 

  3. teachpeace | May 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm |

    Officially grossed out.

  4. Maybe they are the earth’s cure for the virus of humanity, lol.

  5. Now now, this whole “brain worms” issues was proven to be a hoax intended to disparage lax border control and the less than “hygienic” standards maintained in the undocumented labor pool.

    Or at least that’s what was being said 2 or 3 years ago…  

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