Look Mom, I’m on the Dr. Oz Show!
By Kulreet Chaudhary
I remember the first time the Dr. Oz show called. I was in my cotton pajamas on a lazy Sunday morning. At first, I thought it was a crank call but it was a New York area code so I stayed on the line. Sure enough, Oz producers had seen me on a San Diego news station and wanted to fly me to their studios in New York to talk about alternative health secrets of India. In two days! I was on an airplane bound for Manhattan that very Tuesday.
I arrived at the gleaming television set with a cache of Ayurvedic supplements and a few jitters. The cast and crew don’t have to be gracious, yet they are. This Emmy award-winning powerhouse draws the best and brightest guests. Still, they embody graciousness in every sense. Their head of wardrobe, Sue, greeted me with the sweetest smile as if to say ‘it’s okay, you belong here.’ Thirteen episodes later, Sue has saved me from many a wardrobe malfunction including almost wearing my skirt backwards on national TV
Everyone from the stage manager to the makeup artist ask about my family and life back home. They love how my now 7-year-old son constructs TV stages and Dr. Oz characters out of Legos, drilling me about the doshas in his mock interviews. My boy has only one complaint: that he’s never been invited on the show! Why can’t Dr. Oz interview him too?
All along, this esteemed surgeon-turned-talk show host gave me the thumbs up. Dr. Oz has shown his support, not because I would draw movie star ratings, but he saw a fledgling physician starting something new. For years, Oz and his staff asked when I was going to write a book. I brushed off the idea until their producers wanted to interview me about my “weight loss program.” That was the spark for my new book The Prime: Prepare and Repair your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss.
At this latest taping, I handed Dr. Oz the book saying ‘Thank you, this is a product of your support!” He smiled in his kind way and told me “We’re all really proud of you.” The book has allowed me to launch another passion project, The PrimeClub. This is my 16-week coaching program to lovingly guide people through the steps I refined over a decade of treating patients.
My mom introduced me to Ayurveda, the foundation for all this. It’s fitting she accompanied me to New York for an episode about neem, a medicinal tree she grew up with in India. Mom put me through college and medical training all by herself. Just sitting in the studio audience, she was glowing. But Dr. Oz went further, acknowledging her on camera as I pointed to the neem leaves. “It has worked for you mom, congratulations!” My mom was beaming so big, she just smiled and nodded her head. Oz ended the segment saying I looked as young as my mother! Needless to say, a framed picture of Dr. Oz with me and my mom hangs on her living room wall. This gesture is one example of how the Oz team spreads their love. I hope to spread the love back to you with The Prime and The PrimeClub.