Dr. Oz speaks about parasitic worms: tapeworms, roundworms and pinworms. If a worm gets into your gut, it will make your intestine its new home and live off of what you eat. A tape worm is one, extremely long worm (over 30 feet!!); whereas round worms and pin worms infect in packs.
Mike Leahy, a guest on Dr. Oz, intentionally consumed a tapeworm in the name of science. He tracked how he felt and what side effects he noticed. He did not lose any weight, but he did see worms crawl out (not just when he went to the bathroom, but worms on his arms too). Some common symptoms of tapeworms include feeling like you have butterflies in your stomach, nausea, mild stomach cramps, or if you see something moving in your bowel movement (or as Leahy says “poop”). Leahy took magnesium salt to remove the tapeworm quickly.
1.5 billion people in the world have roundworms. Roundworms are most commonly found in fish. Your grocer uses a special box to examine the fish before you buy it, and often if a roundworm is found, it is removed with a tool… but if you do not cook the fish fully, you could still get roundworms in your intestine. So please, please, please cook your fish all the way through!
Pinworms are the most common of the three parasitic worms Dr. Oz discussed and luckily it is the only one that is not life threatening. 40 Million people in America have pinworms, making pinworms more common than lice! Pinworms are very small worms compared to both roundworms and tapeworms. A symptom of pinworms is if your butt itches. Since pinworms are most prevalent among children, if you see your child scratching their behind or complaining about an itchy butt, then here is a little tip that Dr. Oz gave. Take some scotch tape and place it across your child’s anus before going to sleep. When your child wakes up, check the scotch tape to see if there are any little worms. Pinworms can be caught any number of different places including school, the gym and even from toilet seats.