Consensual intuitive inquiry can play a significant role in future medical research.



Abstract: In January 1993, twelve years after the first appearance of AIDS, both medical research on the epidemic and the societal responses to it were under way on various fronts. The impact and the problems were staggering, however. Infections and deaths were increasing rapidly all over the world, and the physiological processes by which the virus propagates within the human body, destroys the immune system, and progresses into AIDS were very poorly understood. No vaccine or cure was at hand or even being considered. A few drugs were on active trial but they were almost as toxic as the disease they were fighting.

CAI addressed this outstanding problem by employing four expert intuitives in a consensus inquiry to try to find answers to the main questions about cause, mechanism, and possible treatments. Many insights were obtained on the causes of AIDS (actually three), HIV’s particular contribution to it, how its spread in the body and in society might be blocked, and how the body’s immune defenses might be strengthened, even to the point of removing the virus entirely.

A strong consensus affirmed that the basic cause of AIDS was social, not the virus, which can be present without causing AIDS, and AIDS as then defined can arise without the virus. HIV’s propagation through a healthy body was said to be best controlled through the immune system rather than with the powerful drugs. Application of the intuitive suggestions could have led to a much more effective global program than the forceful medical response to the pandemic which was adopted but was misdirected from the start. The early arguments and warnings of several professional and outspoken “dissenters” were largely vindicated.

The most unusual intuitive insights described the subtle influences of the human mind upon viral acquisition, immunity, and reaction to drug treatment. The special capabilities of Chinese and Indian medicines were explained, as were the long-term significance of the AIDS pandemic on the Earth and its people: it is only the first of other pandemics to come, they said.

No opportunities could be found at the time (1993) for testing and verifying the intuitive information, despite its apparent relevance, but again, the consensus was reexamined 20 years later and compared with medical and other advances published during this period. Most of the original intuitive information was substantially correct…. The balance on physiology (about one-third) is still worthy of investigation, testing, and practical application today. While the findings on mental control would be difficult to verify using standard objective medicine, they could be applied in individual self-treatment programs. None of the intuitive information was found to be in error when the original questioning had been clear and unambiguous.

These findings on AIDS indicate that consensual intuitive inquiry could play an important role in future medical investigations of many types and in scientific research generally, especially when it has widespread societal implications. See forthcoming journal article.

Last modified: March 27, 2017