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In which Hank celebrates the passage of health care reform by discussing the weridest diseases he could discover. And there are some WEIRD ones.


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Good morning John!

Good news for self-employed people with chronic pre-existing conditions like myself. Soon insurance companies will not be able to be biased against you for having even the bizarrest of pre-existing conditions. Today I wanted to bring you the top 10 weirdest diseases that I could find on the internet.

In no particular order, the first bizarre disease that I want to talk about today is complications due to lightning strike. Those who have been struck often have problems with their memory, with their equilibrium, with their motor control, and oddly enough are much much more likely to commit suicide than the average person. However this is by far the most peculiar bit.

One of the complications of being struck by lightning is that you are much more likely to be struck by lightning again. So yeah if for example the place that lightning does not strike twice is Roy Sullivan, that is inaccurate because Roy Sullivan was been struck by lightning 7 times. Bizarre disease number 2 is Pica, a disease common in children, but also oddly enough common in pregnant women in which people want to eat things that are not food.

You've got nails, dirt, coal, sand, pounds and pounds of human hair stolen from beauty salons. Bizarre disease number 3: nintendinitis. Nintendinitis is exactly what it sounds like.

It's any repetitive stress injury caused by video gaming. Relatedly, jogger's nipple is a common disease in joggers in which their tight shirts rub against their nipples and then they create nipple fissures. Ahh.

Jogger's nipple. Just one more reason why I love to sit. Bizarre disease number 4: Odd skin coloration.

Some people are black, some people are white, some people are all the way in between, but some people are blue or red. For example if there's a lot of silver in your diet, say that you live in a place where there's ton of silver in the water or you have silver related pica, your skin will turn blue. Disease number five:Toxoplasma is a parasite that lives in cat poop.

The really strange thing here is that women with toxoplasmosis are statistically happier than women who do not have it, while men have more negative side effects to toxoplasmosis. And thus it has been posited that toxoplasmosis is the reason why there are so many crazy old cat ladies, and not so many crazy old cat men. Next bizarre disease: Insensitivity to pain.

It might sound like a pretty good thing. You're certain you're not gonna lose any fist fights, but people who suffer from congenital analgesia generally have very short lifespans because they don't know when they're being injured or when they're uncomfortable. Children with this disease sometimes bite through their lips or tongue and often cause severe damage to their eyes without even knowing it.

Nutmeg psychosis is psychosis caused by nutmeg. Nutmeg, taken in significant enough quantities, can cause paranoia, hallucinations,feelings of impending doom. Now we've all got body odor.

There's no need to deny it and tell me that your armpits smell like flowers, but you probably don't have body odor like the people who suffer from trimethylaminuria. Some people don't have the enzyme needed to break down trimethylamine. Trimethylamine builds up in their bodies and you can smell it in their breath and in their sweat and their pee.

Unfortunately for me, trimethylamine smells kind of like rotting fish, so that's what they smell like. Which is pretty horrible. And finally,number 10 we have possibly the coolest name in all of medical disorder history: Ondine's curse.

Ondine's curse, aside from being a really horrible curse is fascinating because people who suffer from it literally die if they fall asleep. They're born with it or it sets in after a serious trauma. It's more officially called primary alveolar hypoventilation,but the name of the disease comes from the myth of Ondine, who, in Greek mythology, is a man who cheated on a water nymph, which let me tell you is something you never want to do.

The water nymph was so enraged that she cursed him to forget to breath if he ever fell asleep. John, the theme for this week is top 10 lists. That was mine.

I wanna hear if you have any bizarre diseases in the comments. Tell me about the diseases you have and tell me how you're feeling about the new health care legislation. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in the comments.

John, I will see you on Wednesday. Don't forget to be awesome!