Sept. 5, 2012
Eight years ago, New Yorker Herbert Smith did the unthinkable -- he swallowed thousands of pig whipworm eggs in a desperate bid to quell his advancing Crohn's disease.
The microscopic eggs, invisible to the naked eye, were suspended in a liquid solution.
"There was nothing to it," said the 33-year old financial analyst, who uses a pseudonym to talk about his worm-drinking ways. "It was drinking half a cup of salty water."
At that moment, he said, "I felt excitement and definitely hope."