Rank #1: Hiccup Girl Pt. 1
In 2007, 15-year-old Jennifer Mee began to hiccup. Seven weeks later, she still hadn't stopped. As doctors struggled to cure Jennifer's condition, she began to wonder if she'd have them for the rest of her life.
Parcasters - Two men, one account. The Pascagoula abduction is one of the most credible in U.S. history, but where do you stand? Follow the case this week on Extraterrestrial, available on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Aug 20 2019
Rank #2: Allergic to Water
Alexandra Allen’s nightmare first began in 2009 when she was 12 years old. After swimming in a hotel pool, she nearly went into anaphylactic shock. After a battery of tests, doctors were shocked by what caused her reaction. She was allergic to water.
Dec 10 2019
Rank #3: The Fasting Girl
In the late 1800s, Mollie Fancher was entangled with a city trolley car that dragged her violently through the streets of Brooklyn. This caused a series of inexplicable ailments that left her bedridden for the remainder of her life. But Mollie’s strangest symptom was her ability to go 14 years without eating a thing…
Jan 14 2020
Rank #4: Gloria Ramirez “The Toxic Lady”
On February 19th, 1994, a young woman from Riverside, California was rushed to the emergency room after becoming unresponsive in her home. When doctors began operating on her, they noticed something strange: crystals in her blood. Within minutes the medical staff all started to collapse one by one.
Mar 31 2020
Rank #5: Flesh-Eating Bacteria
It’s a terrifying infection that liquefies skin and muscle. Though rare, doctors are still ill-equipped to fight flesh-eating bacteria, and it still continues to take lives to this day.
Dec 17 2019
Rank #6: Myasthenia Gravis
Drooping eyelids. Difficulty swallowing. Weak arms. None of these symptoms by themselves seem particularly deadly. Nor do they seem like they could all be symptoms of the same illness. But they are. And the illness does kill - suddenly, and without warning. A diagnosis evaded doctors for centuries. With such a mysterious background, it seemed that a treatment for the disease was impossible.
Sep 03 2019
Rank #7: Panic Virus Pt. 1
In 1998, British physician Andrew Wakefiled published a paper claiming he had found a direct connection between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine with autism. His dangerous claims caused an entire movement of people who were no longer willing to vaccinate their children out of fear...
Apr 07 2020
Rank #8: Human Chimerism: Different DNA
A condition in which a person possesses cells with more than one distinct genetic makeup. This can alter DNA evidence linking a mother’s relation to her child—even if she had conceived, carried, and given birth to them.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #9: Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Pt. 1
In 1939, Lou Gehrig would play his last game with the New York Yankees. After more than 2,000 consecutive starts, his physical abilities began to decline. Nearly a century earlier, a doctor in Paris was beginning research on the disease that would one day be synonymous with Gehrig.
Apr 28 2020
Rank #10: Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Pt. 1
24-year-old journalist Susannah Cahalan began coming down with a troubling set of symptoms in 2009. She experienced hallucinations, numbness and delusions, which grew life-threatening as doctors struggled to diagnose her.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #11: The Case of the Frozen Addicts
In 1982, six heroin addicts found themselves immobilized, as if frozen. For over seven years, Dr. J. William Langston worked to save their lives...
Mar 03 2020
Rank #12: Adrenoleukodystrophy Pt. 1
In a matter of months, eight-year-old Lorenzo Odone lost his hearing and sight, as well as his ability to move, swallow, and speak. Doctors told him he had five years to live at most. But his parents refused to accept this and went on a frantic search for a cure.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #13: Fatal Familial Insomnia Pt. 1: The Sleepless Family
Inability to sleep. Loss of coordination. Slow, painful loss of mental faculties. These are the symptoms of a mysterious disease, passed on through generations of one family. For centuries, they believed they were cursed, until the modern era brought them a diagnosis.
Sep 10 2019
Rank #14: Hiccup Girl Pt. 2
With conventional medicine proving unable to cure her case of intractable hiccups, Jennifer Mee turned to unorthodox methods to get them under control. However, in 2013, the hiccups turned out to be the least of Jennifer's problems.
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Aug 27 2019
Rank #15: Leishmaniasis Pt. 1: The Deadly Parasite
Explorers set out on an expedition into the wilderness of Honduras in 2015. They were seeking a lost city, but returned with far more than they bargained for.
Oct 15 2019
Rank #16: Leisure Sickness
Could being a workaholic actually have dangerous effects? Just ask the victims of Leisure Sickness—a psychological phenomenon in which individuals who are especially devoted to their work become physically ill when they try to relax.
Nov 19 2019
Rank #17: The Death of President Harding
At the time, doctors believed the 57-year-old’s symptoms could have been caused by a stroke, but there have been many other medical theories since then. Some people even believe that President Warren G. Harding was poisoned.
Jan 07 2020
Rank #18: NEW: Severe Allergic Reactions
We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Medical Mysteries today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.
When 10-year-old Morgan Smith was on a Colorado camping trip with his family in 2006, everything was going fine. But when he bit into a piece of fish—everything changed.
Apr 21 2020
Rank #19: Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) Pt. 2
In 2014, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral across the internet. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe participated in videos hoping to help bring an end to ALS.
May 05 2020
Rank #20: Adrenoleukodystrophy Pt. 2
After Lorenzo Odone was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy in 1984, his parents developed a treatment that saved his life. But in 1993, they faced accusations of fraud when a Hollywood movie based on Lorezno's story gave false impressions to a number of other desperate patients.
Dec 03 2019