Brain Health,

#122: Experimental Chakra Transplants

April 01, 2016

Warning! – Major B.S. Below This Point!

Episode #122 was an April Fool’s Joke, published on April 1st, 2016.
It just so happened April Fool’s landed on our normal publication day (Friday) and the opportunity was too evil to pass up.  The main interview of this episode is total hogwash (although the other segments are real, as usual).  Thanks to everyone for being a good sport.  😉
Details on the spoof — including the actors involved — can be found here.

This week Jesse talks to a doctor performing one of the most cutting-edge medical procedures today. 

At least, that’s what her proponents say.  Others are quick to point out that hers is a controversial, still-experimental therapy — and the time may be much too soon for human testing.

Dr. Andreet Mankala is an Oxford-educated cardiothoracic surgeon. She started her practice with a keen interest in learning why relatively young, healthy individuals suffered organ failure, something traditional Western medicine couldn’t explain.

A Spiritual Cure?

Dr. Mankala’s personal background with yoga, meditation, and spirituality, eventually led her to investigate the role of chakras in causing physical disease.

Chakras are points of energy in the human body. There are seven main chakras, and in healthy individuals energy should flow freely between them. However, when energy is blocked in a chakra, the consequences can be serious, sometimes even life-threatening.

Fixing the Heart (Chakra)

Jeff (name changed for privacy) was born with a congenital heart defect, and had countless surgeries to try to regain his health. He came to Dr. Mankala because of her reputation as a top tier cardiothoracic surgeon. After thoroughly studying Jeff’s symptoms, which included gastrointestinal issues, sexual dysfunction, and commitmentphobia, she realized he was a prime candidate for a chakra transplant.

An Experimental Surgery

Jeff’s surgery was one of the very first chakra transplants ever performed, and the treatment is still in its infancy. Even so, for Jeff it was worth the risk and has been a complete success.

Join Jesse as he speaks with both Dr. Mankala and Jeff about the difficulties in extracting a donor chakra, how to diagnose a blocked chakra, and how Dr. Mankala hopes to develop the treatment in the future. Then visit to learn more and sign up to be a chakra donor. You could save a life!


  1. Art says:

    To say that a podcast that I admire and enjoy has now decided to dive into the world of complete unscientific witchcraft is disappointing…. Well let’s say I had to read the description 3 times and still didn’t believe it.

    1. Hannah Sabih says:

      Check out, Art 😉

  2. Euvie says:

    This sounds like an April fools joke.

    1. Hannah Sabih says:

      Hehe, no comment Euvie.

  3. Scott says:

    My BS meter peaked several times while listening to this podcast. I had no idea what a “chakra ” was before this episode,and I’m still not sure what it is. During the interview the doctor mentioned that her website was, so I went there right after looking up chakra on Wikipedia. I was a little disappointed but it all makes sense now. I’m impressed with Jesse’s interviewing abilities. He held it together pretty well. If anyone is still confused about this episode I would suggest they check out the Dr’s website. The main page has more information about the interview.

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      Thanks Scott — We appreciate the “carefully worded” comment to not give away the gag. Now that it’s the 2nd on the East Coast, we’ve updated the main page so people aren’t hoodwinked in the future.

  4. Chrus says:

    I enjoy April Fools jokes well enough, but when it is at the cost of 30 or minutes during my commute (where I cannot go to the referenced website to confirm my BS suspicions), I get annoyed. I know it was all in fun and it will not affect my future listening, but this was a huge waste of my time. On the bright side, it was good production quality for a stupid joke, I guess.

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      Hi Chrus — I hear ya, and although I can’t give you the half hour back, I apologize. I hope it was a liiiiittle bit funny though. If it’s any consolation, the studies cited in the “This Week in Neuroscience” and the “Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick” were 100% real. So I guess I can give you those 7 minutes back.  🙂

  5. Sherlock says:

    Oh thank God, I was like hmm Jesse was vegan once. He didn’t seem to hippy, some of the naturopaths were kind of iffy but this time he really went overboard. I thought to myself “Maybe I should just stop listening to this and stick with”
    So happy that it was fake.

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      Thanks Sherlock. I would never do that to you. 🙂

      I’m currently uploading a mp3 that has a warning before the interview starts, revealing that it’s an April Fools’ episode, for those who download it weeks or months from now.

  6. Dale says:

    As a devoted Naruto fan, I was seriously terrified that someone was ripping Chakra out of the dying and doing transplants! HG Wells would have been proud of you.

    1. Jesse Lawler says:

      Making a fake episode was disturbingly fun. I think, were I to do it again, I’d probably make it *less* “plausible.” I wanted to try doing it without “winking at the camera” — but I’m a little mortified that some people missed the joke. #LivingDangerously

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