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971310.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:22 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
1954: The Tapeworm Diet ... Supposedly, a pill existed that allowed a very rich person to ingest the same sort of parasite that a very poor person would suffer from by eating uncooked meat. As the tapeworm fed off your innards, you'd lose weight, and you could apparently take another pill to keep you from dieting your way into an early grave. According to urban legend, obese opera star Maria Callas lost 65 pounds with the help of the tapeworm diet. But historians say the stout soprano's fondness for raw steak and raw liver may have accounted for an unwelcome guest residing in her intestines.

971311.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:35 am Reply with quote

No baths?!

971349.  Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:01 pm Reply with quote

I don't that means that you weren't allowed to get in the bath to make yourself clean.

But special bathing regimes have often been used as part of diet plans. Hot water and Sales Epsomis (magnesium sulfate), even hotter water and mustard, warm water and resin of turpentine, ice cold water, you name it.

Not everyone's cup of tea, and apparently you won't need them if you just give yourself a tapeworm instead.


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