Pretend-psychic James Van Praagh is claiming success in predicting Barbara Walters’ recent medical problems. Get a load of this:
Two years ago, psychic James Van Praagh privately warned Barbara Walters about her health, only to be called out later on the TV icon’s daytime talk show, “The View” – and now, with Barbara headed for heart surgery, he has come forward to Access Hollywood to explain what happened.
“I felt very, very bad for her as anyone would,” James told Access’ Tony Potts of Monday’s announcement that Barbara would undergo heart surgery for a faulty valve. “A horrible thing to happen to anybody.”
However, he explained that he felt the news was “a validation of what I got for her at that time.”
“I tuned into her and I said, ‘Something is bad with your blood,’” James said of their backstage discussion. “It’s not moving correctly… you have to watch it. It might not be right now, it could be in the future.”
He also told her he sensed issues with her white blood cells and her back.
“She owes me an apology,” he continued.
Let’s review the facts. Van Praagh predicts that a 78 year old woman has something other than perfect health – specifically “something is bad with your blood.” Note: her blood. She immediately had medical tests done that showed there was no problem with her blood – so Van Praagh was wrong. Here is Walters from two years ago, explaining exactly why Van Praagh was wrong:
Two years later, doctors tell her that she needs surgery for a faulty heart valve. Note: heart valve. Something different. Van Praagh claims success. This wouldn’t have been an especially impressive guess even if he’d correctly predicted that a 78 year old had problems with a heart valve. But he didn’t even guess that. Check out this list of Blood Diseases and Disorders from the National Heart Lung and Blood institute – nothing about heart valve problems. And you wouldn’t expect to. Heart valve problems are not caused by bad blood:
There are a number of possible causes of heart valve disease. These include:
- rheumatic fever during childhood - this disease is no longer common in the UK but still affects people in developing countries
- a congenital deformity which means you were born with a defective valve
- ardiomyopathy - if your heart muscle becomes thickened or dilated, it can obstruct blood flow
- age - as you get older, your valves become less flexible, and more stretched or torn
Van Praagh was wrong.
What we have here is the typical situation where the “psychic” retroactively tries to fit his prediction to what actually transpired. In Van Praagh’s opinion, he was close enough to claim a hit because (presumably) the heart pumps blood and he saw problems with the blood. He’s also revising what he originally said – see how he now claims that he said “It’s not moving correctly…” Check out any source from two years ago and there is no reference to the blood “not moving correctly.” It’s all “problems with blood” and “an abnormality with her white cell count.”
Now Van Praagh claims Walters owes him an apology. Really? An apology? Let’s review what Van Praagh actually said about Walters two years ago:
"You don't have to be a psychic to know why Star [Jones] and Rosie [O'Donnell] left the show!
Meow. Nor do you need to be psychic to predict that a 78 year old woman might have some health problems. Although I do give him credit this time at least for not scoring a hit on Psychic Bingo – a rare occurrence for Van Praagh, to be sure.