The 6 Grossest Health Trends in History

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We’ve all been guilty of going to some extremes for our health (colonics, anyone?), even if the methods weren't actually proven to improve it. But nothing compares to some of these wacky — and seriously vom-worthy — health trends (courtesy of Women's Health). Have you tried any of them? Please don't ever let us know what it was like.

1. Spitting out each bite of food: Known as “The Great Masticator,” San Francisco art dealer Horace Fletcher (read: not a doctor) popularized the trend of chewing your food and spitting it out in the early 1900s. After 32 chomps of each bite, Fletcher would spit out his meal, believing that whatever nutrients you needed your bod would absorb beforehand. Obviously untrue — and pretty yucky (plus, where did he put his chewed food?).

strawberry mouth

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2. Drinking animal hooves and hides: In the 1970s, the Prolinn diet became popular. Created by an M.D., it advocated eating nothing at all save for a “miracle liquid.” And you know what that drink was made of? Nothing but ground animal horns, hooves, hides, and other slaughterhouse byproducts that had been treated with artificial flavors. We’ll pass.

elk hooves

3. Chowing down on parasites: This one is scary because it’s current. According to the Daily Mail, young women in China are resorting to eating roundworm eggs in order to look thin. Roundworms are parasites, so when their eggs hatch in your stomach they leech your nutrients, which, yes, leads to major weight loss but also major health concerns.

roundworm parasite

Want more barf-worth health trends? Click here to read the original article from Women's Health.

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