About John Kortum

Brief Bio

John was born on the west coast and shortly thereafter his family moved to the midwest. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs during the mid 1960s and early 1970s, John recognized the human body indicated health in visibly consistent ways regardless of race, gender or age. He noticed people who had health imbalances also had distinct textural qualities in their appearance that healthy people did not. Noting his observations at a young age, he began a journey of medical discovery to find the meaning of these textural qualities. Since adults seldom share their health details with children, medical information and feedback did not come as quickly as he anticipated.

Expecting answers, John entered university study to explain sensory fluency and the reasons for his medical awareness. While he achieved academic excellence and honors awards, he realized the answers he sought were not readily found in academia. His deep stir of questions could no longer go unanswered. John’s departure from formal study galvanized his perceptual freedom and he roamed the globe. People and places became his classroom. Experience and feedback became his teacher.

During his 20s, peers, colleagues, and relatives were forth coming about their health. Over the next decade, John was able to correlate the textural qualities he observed with health imbalances in many of the human body’s major organs and systems. In 2001, he approached the conventional medical community to test his medial awareness. Find out what happened next.  


John has been featured on several television networks including A&E Biography Channel’s original series The UneXplained, The Dr. Oz Show, ABC News, FOX News, NBC News, as well as several radio interviews. He has conducted live demonstrations on camera and in conference settings.

John has facilitated workshops for over twenty-five years. He has been a residential trainer at the world-renowned Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia since 1998.

Perceptual Explorations

John roams the globe, as an intuitive anthropologist, in search of locations where past or forgotten cultures applied natural sensory perception. The wake of intuitive clues adds to John’s experience base and deepens his understanding of structured perception.

His travels in Europe led him to Paris, France, a city he has come to know and love. He often goes to Paris for inspiration and direction in writing.

Personal Interests

John’s roaming has introduced him to foods of all nations and a desire to reproduce elegant cuisine in his kitchen. He is interested in historic architecture and currently restoring his 1912 residence. He plays guitar, piano, bass, djembe, and jun-jun. He is working on a new book project, learning to speak Mandarin, while immersing himself in video production for his IMPACT Project series.

Kortum-Book-Cover-JPEG-300-dpi-WebsiteThe Kortum Technique introduces John’s perceptual framework for identifying health indicators. He also recounts his personal journey of educating the conventional medical community.

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