About John Kortum

Brief Bio

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs during the mid 1960s and early 1970s, John noticed the human body indicated health in visibly consistent ways. Regardless of race, gender or age, he recognized people with health imbalances had textural qualities in their appearance that healthy people did not. These textures only became accessible when blending his sense of sight with touch. In other words, John learned to “feel” with his eyes but he did not know how to integrate his medical perception.

John quickly found that academia was ill-equipped to explain his medical mysteries. The deep stir of questions prompted his departure from university study and conventional thinking. Roaming the globe, he embraced a perceptual wanderlust. People and places became his classroom, experience and feedback became his wise teacher.

He crossed borders, oceans, and cultures gathering information about the consistency of our human textural anatomy. Over the next decade, John correlated the properties he observed with the corresponding major organs and systems of the body. In 2001, he approached the conventional medical community to evaluate his medical perception. Find out what happened next.  


John has been featured on 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 continues to travel as an perceptual 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 structured awareness.

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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