A Healer Among Us: Introduction
"I'll send out some extra strong thought on it," spoke the sandy-haired gentleman. "Let's
see if we can get some results here."
Douglas Johnson's voice was sympathetic but firm as he spoke on the telephone to a client
halfway across the country from his home base in Hollywood, California. The woman caller,
through treatments from the psychic healer, had been cured of a painful arthritic condition
only six months earlier. She was calling now for her husband whose recurring back condition
had become so aggravated that he was unable to walk. Because making a trip from the Midwest
wasn't feasible for them, Johnson suggested 'distance healing,' a sort of longdistance
treatment which had proven successful for many of his clients in the past.
"We'll have to wait and see," he calmly reassured her, "but I think he'll be feeling
better very soon."
The woman's plea was only one of many such phone calls Johnson receives weekly from among
thousands of clients who have consulted him over the years. His constituency remains loyal
and for good reason. Numerous case histories, many documented and corroborated by medical
evidence, have aptly demonstrated his ability to perform miraculous cures of supposedly
'incurable' diseases. Cancer, heart disease, blindness, leukemia, lupus, strokes, arthritis,
emphysema, bone disorders and chronic migraines, to name a few, are examples of maladies
which have been healed, many instantaneously, through his extraordinary gift. In nearly all
cases, the illnesses do not return, a trademark which sets him in a class apart from most
"Nearly everyone is helped," says Johnson, "but with some the healing process takes longer
than with others. We don't know exactly why."
A case in point illustrates how much an individual's response to Johnson's healing
treatments can vary. Helen Garmus, a housewife from Allentown, Pennsylvania, had been
suffering with a rare medical condition known as ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura).
The potentially fatal disease, whose exact cause is not known, leads to a destruction of blood
platelets, which aid in blood clotting and in the regulation of blood flow in the tiny
capillaries throughout the body. Her symptoms were classic and acute—patches of purplish
discoloration on the skin due to hemorrhaging of minute blood vessels and uncontrollable
bleeding from mucous membranes. She had been experiencing bleeding from her mouth, nose and
tear ducts. At the time, the disease was not well known. She had been to seven different
hospitals and dozens of specialists, all of them baffled by her unusual symptoms. It wasn't
until after two exhaustive years of innumerable tests and ineffectual treatments that the
disease was conclusively diagnosed. A regimen of antibiotic treatments was initiated, but it
ultimately did little to stop the progress of the disease. Medical science had done all it
could. Her family doctor finally recommended that all the family members and relatives be
notified. She was in the terminal stages of the disease.
Helen heard about Douglas Johnson through a friend of her daughter, who lived in Pasadena,
California. Having tried everything else, she agreed to see the psychic healer and arranged
to make the trip to California from Pennsylvania. At the first session, Helen could feel
intense heat emanating from Johnson's hands; it permeated every part of her body.
"It was like a feeling of pure love—a wonderful, soothing sensation," Helen recalled. "I
knew right then and there that Douglas was my only hope."
There were signs of improvement right away. Prior to seeing Johnson, Helen had been
hemorrhaging continuously; she found blood on her pillow each morning. After the first
healing treatment, the bleeding stopped.
Encouraged, Helen continued seeing the healer every day for one month. During that time,
her condition improved dramatically, and she felt well enough to return to Pennsylvania.
Two weeks later, the bleeding returned slightly, but after talking to Johnson for ten minutes
on the telephone, it again stopped. The long-distance treatment had worked. After that, when
Helen periodically experienced a minor relapse of the disease, she would call Johnson on the
telephone. Each time she found immediate relief. By the end of six months, she was well on the
road to recovery. The bleeding had completely stopped; the telltale skin discoloration had
faded. She continued consulting the healer by phone for two more years before all traces of
the disease had disappeared. Fifteen years later, there have been no relapses or major health
problems of any kind.
"Why are some people cured instantly while with others, it can take years before they are
healed?" Johnson states. "We still don't know all the answers."
His work has achieved widespread recognition through the various media. He has demonstrated
his ability to provide instant relief from many ailments on a number of TV programs including
The Art Linkletter Show, P.M. Magazine, The Regis Philbin Show, and Psychic
Phenomena: The World Beyond. Through radio interviews and lectures nationwide, he has
expounded his unique philosophy formulated over a lifetime of spiritual seeking. Many of his
extraordinary cures have previously been documented in the book, The Miracle Workers
by Jess Stearn, and have been the focus of many articles appearing in such publications as
Life and Fate magazines.
Johnson performs miraculous cures through what is known as 'laying on of hands,' the
technique of placing one or both hands over the afflicted areas. In cases where a general
healing is given, he may simply place one hand on top of the client's head and the other near
the upper back or shoulder, but technique is never foremost in his mind.
"I now believe, after doing this for many years, that I don't have to place my hands exactly
over the problem area. The energy or God force itself knows where to go and what needs to be
done. One time I was working on a man who complained of migraine headaches. After several
treatments, the severity of his headaches lessened to where he was hardly bothered by them. What
surprised us both, however, was that his stomach ulcers and slight diabetic condition had also
cleared up in the process. He never told me about those ailments until later."
The establishment of his practice in Hollywood, California seems to have been destined for
him, and in part, had been the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. But getting to the famed glamor
capital wasn't all that easy for the young suburbanite from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was very
sickly as a child and at sixteen was diagnosed as having the same serious heart condition that
had caused his mother an early death. He eventually sought help from doctors at the Mayo Clinic
who told him that if he was lucky, he would live two years. Faced with the prospect that any day
could be his last, his chances of experiencing the Hollywood lifestyle seemed remote. A
remarkable turn of events, however, led him to discover the field of Spiritualism on a trip to
Los Angeles, causing him to move there permanently and establish himself as a psychic and
His practice eventually grew to include many Hollywood notables as clients. Susan Strasberg,
Diane Ladd, Shelly Winters, Laura Dern, Glenn Ford, Kathryn Grayson, Jill St. John, Will Geer,
Jack Albertson, Ann Miller, Ann Sothern, Gig Young, Charlie Weaver, Elke Sommer and Harry
Guardino are a few movietown luminaries who have sought him out over the years for psychic
consultation, healing or both.
"Whoever thought," muses Johnson, "that one day I would be able to look out from my own back
yard and see the Hollywood sign in the distance. It's just so unbelievable—"
A frequent lecturer, Johnson has inspired thousands with the triumph over his own ill-health
as a child and with the evolution of his career as a psychic and healer. In the telling of his
life story, many startling psychic phenomena are brought into fresh perspective.
The most enduring accounts are those which speak to the heart. Douglas Johnson's is one such