Last Thursday I received copies of the book I co-wrote with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.
To say I'd been worried about what the final product would look like and how it would read is something of an understatement. The day before it arrived I had a splitting headache, felt faint all through the teaching of my science classes, and was just generally grumpy to everybody around me.
But I didn't have to worry.
PLAGUE is everything I'd hoped it would be. It is a smart, compassionate account of various disease communities and Dr. Mikovits fighting for answers to chronic diseases like ME/CFS and autism. I can't help but think there are a confluence of forces, such as Sharyl Attkisson's recent book, STONEWALLED, which are supporting some of the core issues at the heart of PLAGUE.
It's been said lately that there is a great political divide in America between conservatives and liberals, but I think there's a growing unity of belief that many of the important issues of the day are being "brought" to us by special interests. Whether your political bogeyman is big government or big business, we can all agree that having the two of these join forces is bad for everybody.
As a science teacher and an attorney, I have always believed in evidence and reason, regardless of what the noisy crowd might proclaim. In both science and law we have always admired those who fought the powerful voices of their day in the search for truth. Sometimes that truth is about the guilt or innocence of a single person, or about humanity's true place in the cosmos.
If there is anything which has saddened me in chronicling the story of Dr. Mikovits, it's how rare a thing courage is in science these days. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised. Maybe it's always been this way. Would Galileo have been forced to endure the persecution of the Catholic church if more of his fellow scientists had stood up for him? What would have happened if Europe's scientists had marched to Rome and demanded that they would share whatever punishment was meted out to Galileo?
And yet it is those scientists who took the easy road who will be forgotten. Those who clung to their positions, claiming it was the "smart" thing to do will never endure in the imagination. Cowardice has a short shelf life and spoils quickly in the presence of truth.
PLAGUE and the story of the courage, intelligence and integrity of Dr. Mikovits is one you will long remember. You can get it NOW from Amazon, or wait until Tuesday November 18 when it will be in bookstores EVERYWHERE.
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Release date for bookstores is November 18, 2014. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE. (And be reading it the next day!)