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Bug appetit!

By Kelly Damian Photos by Casey Christie
Friday, Mar 13 2015 12:03 AM

Standing at his kitchen counter, Sal Brito reviews his blood test results. In the past six months, his good cholesterol, iron and HDL levels have increased, while his bad cholesterol has decreased by 13 points. His blood sugar level has remained stable at 5.7. Next to his printout is a plastic tray that seems to be filled with gently writhing grains of wild rice. A soft crackle -- similar to the sound Rice Krispies make when covered with milk -- emanates from the tray. It is filled with thousands of weevils, known scientifically as Ulomoides dermestoides, and they are Brito's secret weapon in his battle against diabetes.

Since August 2014, Brito has followed a regimen called coleotherapy. On Aug. 1, he swallowed one live weevil. On the...

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