Hippies (Twenty One Pilots “Heathens” Parody)

The idea that the mind and the body are somehow connected isn’t new, nor is it rocket science. It’s a concept straight out of the Annals of the Obvious, confirmed by a meta-analysis in the New England Journal of DUH.

Western medicine has historically been appropriately skeptical of so-called Mind-Body approaches, given our tendency to want to explain causality in terms of molecules, receptors, and other such reductionism. After all, what do we call “alternative medicine” that actually works? Medicine.

But we are still only in the infant stages of our understanding of how our minds influence our “physical” health. Tremendous work has been going on in terms of understanding everything from the placebo effect to studying the ways that meditation, yoga, tai chi, controlled breathing, etc. can affect healthcare utilization. Could we have non-pharmacologic approaches to managing stress, pain, and other afflictions?

As someone who discovered meditation late in life, I’ve become a believer based on my own empiric experience as well as the emerging data. Let’s study it more, and let’s stop being afraid of the hippies.

Unless they don’t vaccinate. In which case we should be VERY afraid.


Based on Heathens by Twenty One Pilots.

Written by ZDoggMD and Dr. Harry

Audio Engineering, Mixing, and track reconstruction by the legendary Devin Moore.

Directed by Tom Hinueber

Cinematography and editing by Logan Stewart

Produced by Variables of Light


  • Dr. Dave Hart as “that one skeptical doc”
  • Ethan as “The Hippie”
  • Nina Perales, Turntable Health’s LCSW and Yoga instructor, as “The Yoga Guru”


All these folks are hippies they say OMMM\r\n\r\nAcupuncture needles in their dome\r\n\r\nPlease don’t make me do yoga moves\r\n\r\nThese carts are so tiny at Whole Foods\r\n\r\nAll these hippies love their placebos\r\n\r\nWait for them to vaccinate, they won’t\r\n\r\nPlease don’t feed their pets GMOs\r\n\r\nBlame gluten when Jane gets polio\r\nWelcome to the room of people\r\n\r\nWho have rooms of crystals that will heal their gout\r\n\r\nDon’t ask how\r\n\r\nJust because you drink your milk unpasteurized\r\n\r\nSimply means your stools come out like sauerkraut\r\nYou’ll never cure a cancer with essential oils\r\n\r\nYou’ll never get the answer wearing that tinfoil\r\n\r\nDear god is that a coffee enema, oh boy\r\n\r\nNow after all this stress, give me my meds\r\nAll my friends in healthcare we just throw\r\n\r\nLots of pills at stuff, that’s how we roll\r\n\r\nOur concept of how to relax\r\n\r\nSome percocet chased with Xanax\r\nWe don’t deal with mind-body very well\r\n\r\nWe tend just to buy only what we sell\r\n\r\nYeah, trust issues, not to mention\r\n\r\nWe hardly know how to handle our own tension\r\nYou’d never know that doctor sitting next to you\r\n\r\nIs a burned out stress case, doesn’t have a clue\r\n\r\nYou’d think, “They got a pill for that? Oh sure we do…”\r\n\r\nBut after all these meds\r\n\r\nInside I’m dead\r\n\r\n(POP IT)\r\n\r\n(POP IT)\r\nAll my friends are hippies take it slow\r\n\r\nMindfulness, attention to the now\r\n\r\nDeep breathing, tai chi, yoga moves\r\n\r\nYou don’t know the good this stuff can do\r\nAll my friends are hippies we say ommmm\r\n\r\n(Pop it)\r\n\r\nMindfulness, attention to the now\r\n\r\n(Pop it)\r\n\r\nPlease all my friends are hippies take it slow\r\n\r\n(Pop it)\r\n\r\nHomeopathy’s still BS tho\r\nWhy’d we take so long to find our way\r\n\r\nMind-body tools can be evidence based\r\n\r\nAnd now we’ve got more options to trust\r\n\r\nNot just for our patients but for us\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n 

  • Daniel Saurborn

    If this song was a restaurant, it would get 3 Michelin stars! Flawless in message and execution. Great stuff.

  • Barbara Berry-Koch

    I’m a hippie who vaccinates! Mind body is linked! The stones and essential oils are not cures but tools for me.

  • James Williams

    Woof! to Ethan.


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