22 episodes

The human body is a miracle. But when it’s not working, it can be the stuff of nightmares. On this new series from master storyteller MrBallen, we’re sharing medical horror stories and diagnostic mysteries that are surgically calibrated to make your blood run cold.

From bizarre, unheard-of diseases and miraculous recoveries to strange medical mishaps and unexplainable deaths — you’ll never hear the phrase “heart-stopping” in the same way again. MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MrBallen and Wondery, the award-winning company behind Dr. Death.

Follow MrBallen's Medical Mysteries on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes publish for free every Tuesday. Prime members can binge episodes 17- 24 early and ad-free on Amazon Music. 
Wondery+ subscribers can listen ad-free--join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.

MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 1.1K Ratings

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The human body is a miracle. But when it’s not working, it can be the stuff of nightmares. On this new series from master storyteller MrBallen, we’re sharing medical horror stories and diagnostic mysteries that are surgically calibrated to make your blood run cold.

From bizarre, unheard-of diseases and miraculous recoveries to strange medical mishaps and unexplainable deaths — you’ll never hear the phrase “heart-stopping” in the same way again. MrBallen’s Medical Mysteries is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MrBallen and Wondery, the award-winning company behind Dr. Death.

Follow MrBallen's Medical Mysteries on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes publish for free every Tuesday. Prime members can binge episodes 17- 24 early and ad-free on Amazon Music. 
Wondery+ subscribers can listen ad-free--join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Ep. 20 | The Mist

    Ep. 20 | The Mist

    In 2007, a worker at a pork processing plant in Minnesota suffers nerve damage so severe that he can no longer move his legs. Within a few months, his co-workers begin to develop similar alarming symptoms. Investigators search for a common thread, and what they find is more disturbing than anything they could have imagined.

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    • 29 min
    Ep. 19 | Life in Paradise/The Stranger

    Ep. 19 | Life in Paradise/The Stranger

    “Life in Paradise”

    In 1993, a man living in a retirement community in Tennessee falls ill with what he thinks is the flu. But, within hours, he’s comatose and suffering from multiple organ failure. His doctor is stunned, and becomes even more perplexed when the man’s neighbor shows up with the same symptoms. Is it all just a coincidence? Or is a silent killer lurking in the community’s manicured grounds?




    “The Stranger”

    One day in 2014, an elderly Frenchman comes home to find a stranger hiding in his bathroom. The intruder doesn’t seem dangerous, although something about him feels…off. And when the man discovers who it is, it changes his life forever.







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    • 35 min
    Listen Now - MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

    Listen Now - MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

    Messages from the dead, a killer’s fantasy world, and a groundbreaking murder case. This is just one example of an unbelievable story you’ll hear on the MrBallen Podcast.

    Follow the MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. Prime members can listen to new episodes 1-month early and all episodes ad-free on Amazon Music. 

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    • 6 min
    Ep. 18 | Man With the Blue Skin

    Ep. 18 | Man With the Blue Skin

    In 1944, nearly a dozen men show up at a hospital in New York. All are violently ill and passing out – and they all have bright blue skin. A medical investigator rushes to figure out what is making them sick… and what is causing their bizarre appearance. 







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    • 27 min
    Ep. 17 | The Curse of Veneto

    Ep. 17 | The Curse of Veneto

    In 1983, an Italian man finds himself completely unable to sleep, and when he looks in the mirror, his own eyes frighten him. A sense of doom washes over the man. He knows that within a year, he’ll be dead – because he’s just fallen prey to a centuries-old family curse.

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    • 31 min
    Ep. 16 | The Carancas Curse

    Ep. 16 | The Carancas Curse

    In September 2007, a meteor strike leaves a massive crater in the high Peruvian desert, drawing curiosity seekers from miles around. Shortly after, people from the nearby town of Carancas start becoming violently ill. Some residents fear a curse has befallen them, but the truth might be much more frightening.

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

LindseyMS45359 ,

Thank youuuuuu

I love literally everything you produce. But I want to thank you for putting out the Life in Paradise story, highlighting tickbourne illness. As you explained the symptoms I KNEW where this was going because I am recovering from 7 tickbourne illnesses and ehrlichiosis is one of them. I’m very grateful to be alive. Thank you for the immense amount of content you produce. I can’t get enough. Oxoxo

MistressE ,

Compelling in spite of terrible writing

I keep listening to this because it’s kind of entertaining. The writing is so awful that it becomes part of the appeal.

Nancy from Massachusetts ,

Awesome Podcast!

I really love this podcast! It’s really interesting, and intriguing. The episodes really make me curious about the type of disease/problem that I figure out at the end. My favorite episode is the human combustion one. Thanks for making this. It really brightens up my car rides and week!

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