Audience on The Doctor Oz Show was pretty surprised when the world renowned man of science and the host, Dr. Oz, booked a psychic medium on his show to address afterlife among guests dealing with hardships in a segment called “Psychic Mediums: Are They The New Therapists”.
In his interview with TV Guide Magazine, Dr. Oz reveals the reason he invited John Edward on his daytime show and why he believes it can be a legitimate form of therapy.
TV Guide Magazine: The idea of you — one of western medicine’s best known and respected figures — finding healing value in talking to the dead is intriguing. It’s pretty monumental, really. What gives?
Dr. Oz: [Laughs] Trust me, I was probably the last person who ever thought we’d have John Edward on our show! But it turned out to be great and not at all what I expected. Let me tell you, it changed my life! It was the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had — and I’ve seen and done a lot!
TV Guide Magazine: And you now consider what Edward does to be a legit form of grief therapy?
Dr. Oz: I can see how it could help people who are dealing with grief, and how it might bring closure to relationships, and help make people more comfortable with the idea of death. We’ve spoken with the American Psychological Association who say they don’t know if this works or not. But if it helps with grief, why not? I’m open to the idea.
TV Guide Magazine: What specifically about Edward did you find so believable?
Dr. Oz: That’s the exact word – he’s specific. When he started [his readings] with our audience, I expected him to say things like, “I feel a white light behind you. A masculine light. Is there anyone in your family that might represent?” Well, of course! We all have someone male who died. But that’s not what John did. He wasn’t vague. He wasn’t fuzzy. In one case he said, “Someone very near you had a loved one who died on Valentine’s Day. I get the feeling they were run over by a car or a truck.” At first John was saying this to one particular woman in the audience, and she kept insisting she didn’t know anyone who died that way. It was really awkward. [Laughs] We must have sat there three or four minutes — which in TV time is an eternity — while John badgered this poor woman. He was so certain he was in the right part of the audience. But this woman just would not cop to it! Then all of a sudden, just to this woman’s right, was this other young woman who whispered, “It’s me.” She was completely ashen and almost couldn’t speak. It turns out, her best friend’s brother was run over by a truck and killed on Valentine’s Day. John had all the details absolutely right. And he didn’t do this just once. He did it on our show, like, five times!