WASHINGTON - Preventative medicine is your best strategy for long term health. Regular screenings, however, can catch only so much, unless perhaps your doctor is a "medical intuitive."
One man has received some national attention for his claims that he can diagnose your health problems by simply looking at you.
Gabby Rodriguez didn't know what to expect when she called medical intuitive John Kortum.
"I saw him on Dr. Oz," Rodriguez said.
Kortum told her something was going on with her blood.
"I was able to take that and go back to my doctor and ask for some further testing," Rodriguez said.
Testing by her doctor revealed an autoimmune disease.
Kortum said much like how we know boiling water is hot without having to touch it, he perceives textured properties on the face. Each is linked to an organ system.
"This biological language lives within you, and it's your body's way of expressing imbalances," said Kortum, medical intuitive and developer of the Kortum Health Assessment Technique.
Take a thyroid problem. Kortum perceives a sponge-like texture on the cheeks.
For issues with the breasts, "I perceive a vertical texture," Kortum explained.
After taking his course, Pamela Feikbeiner realized she had a left breast indicator. A biopsy by her doctor revealed, "the cancer that's in the milk ducts itself," Feikbeiner said.
We put Kortum's technique to the test. Neysa Ricciardi has never met him.
"I am fascinated to see what he can come up with," Ricciardi said.
"There's a little bit of a hearing indication. It's not bad," Kortum explained after looking at Ricciardi, who said her ears have been ringing.
"You've got a mild liver indication," continued Kortum, who also picked up on a digestion problem.
"I have had severe reflux in the past," Ricciardi admitted.
"I perceive a thyroid indication," Kortum said.
Yes, Ricciardi does have hypothyroidism. The only thing he missed?
"He didn't pick up on adrenal, and I've also been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue," Ricciardi explained.
So, is he a medical prophet or just out for a profit?
If you're interested in getting a consult with Kortum, it will cost you $495. That's not covered by health insurance.
There are many doctors who aren't supporters of medical intuitivism, however, researchers put the Kortum technique to the test in a study in Bethesda, Md., in 2001. The 16 month study took patients with documented diseases and had Kortum assess them. He was found to have a 93 percent accuracy rate.
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