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Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

A retrovirus in autism?  You mean, like HIV?  That autism might be a non-fatal form of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)?

Let me explain how I came to co-author the book, PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, with Dr. Judy Mikvoits.

On October 8, 2009 Dr. Mikovits appeared on a show called Nevada Newsmakers to talk about her recent publication in the journal Science showing an association between a recently discovered retrovirus, XMRV, and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (more accurately myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS).  In the interview she also talked about the possible implications for autism, as they had been finding evidence of the retrovirus in these children as well. 

Mikovits said, There's always the hypothesis that my child was fine, then they got sick, and then they got autism.  Interestingly, on that note, if I might speculate a little bit.  This might explain why vaccines lead to autism in some children because these viruses live and divide and grow in the lyphocytes, the immune response cells, the B and T cells.  So when you give a vaccine you send your B and T cells into overdrive.  That's it's job.

Well, if you're harboring one virus, and you replicate it a whole bunch, you've now broken the balance between the immune response and the virus.  So you could have had the underlying virus and them amplified it with the vaccine and then set off the disease, such that your immune system could no longer control the infections and create an immune deficiency.

Okay, that got my attention.

I didn't know much about retroviruses at the time so I called the UCSF Pediatric AIDS unit and got their press representative.  I sketched out the basic idea of the theory, that kids with autism might have an HIV-like retrovirus and that explained their autism.  I didn't even mention the "V" word.

But the press representative did. 

Almost immediately he said, "Oh, if these kids have a retrovirus that would explain how a vaccine could lead to autism", citing something similar to what Mikovits had said in her interview, which is apparently common knowledge in the retrovirology field about the replication of these viruses.

In fact, I was able to go onto the UCSF AIDS website and read the following passage.  Acitivation of the cellular immune system is important in the pathogenesis of HIV disease and this has given rise to concerns that the activation of the immune system through vaccinations might accelerate the progression of HIV disease . . . These observations suggest that activation of the immune system through vaccinations could accelerate the progression of HIV disease through enhanced replication . . . If feasible, it is preferrable to have patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) prior to receipt of vaccination . . .

Holy crap!

Do you understand now why I knew I was onto the scientific story of the century?  And can those of you who are long-time veterans of the autism wars understand the peril in which Dr. Mikovits was placing herself by saying these things?

If these assertions were true, it changed not only the science of autism, but the politics as well.

They tried to stop Dr. Mikovits by destroying her scientific reputation, her career, and her livelihood.  I knew that writing PLAGUE might prevent them from succeeding in the destruction of an honest and courageous scientist, and turning the tide of battle in our favor.

And I owe it all to the Pediatric AIDS Unit at the University of California, San Francisco.  How's that for being an anti-science parent?

Kent Book PlagueKent 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 is November 18, 2014.  Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.


Angus Files

Eindecker all thats dead and buried is science and your head in the sand.The argument is very well documented and supported just because you and the `bought` says it isnt to do with vaccines means it has-simple.

Just stop and think(if you ever do) ..20 Million Americans Likely Infected With Retrovirus At The Root Of Multiple Chronic Diseases


That doesnt even merit a thought in your dead brain?nothing to see folks vaccines have nothing to do with illness .Good show Eindecker take car of the profit for offit et-al..pat pat.

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Grace Green

Then why did the authorities do so much - including imprisoning her for five days, and stealing her lab records - in order to silence her and cover up her research? I personally have been violently persecuted by the UK government because I have autism/ME, so I have no difficulty in believing Judy Mikovits's story.


"Here, the original investigators who found XMRV and pMLV (polytropic murine leukemia virus) in blood of subjects with this disorder report that this association is not confirmed in a blinded analysis of samples from rigorously characterized subjects. NB Mikovits was 2nd author on this later study after the book's publication: https://mbio.asm.org/content/3/5/e00266-12.abstract?sid=2c5ce94a-a8f4-404a-8e6e-6389779bb93e
A Multicenter Blinded Analysis Indicates No Association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and either Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus she herself admits the murine retrovirus/CFS story is dead & buried!!!


Kent Heckenlively and Dr. Judy Mikovits : "Plague" was so informative and so complete. It was well written and entertaining on top of that.. It was one of the best books I've ever read.
I just did a search to see if you've written more... and I'm so happy that you have...
Thank you.. I'm glad I stumbled on to this web site...
I'll tell you how I found it. I was looking at Daniel Markovits video talking about his book,
"Meritocracy" (I recommend the audiobook ) ,... and that reminded to see what Judy Mikovits and you are doing these days..
I actually thought the names were the same.


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That is a reaonable thought. I have been around and around with a lot of it too.

Probably more than you though -

When you take a very healthy baby in and get it vaccinated as I did - again and again - and right after each vaccine - there are weeks of ear infections and pneumonia again and agin --

and finally on the third or the fourth booster they have an immediate reaction - you question

Would you not question?

Kent said on the U tube that he prayed to God that he would at least find answers of why this happened. That struck a deep core with me because I have prayed the same prayer.

If you don't know why it happened - you never will be able to fix it.

Kent thinks he has found part of the answer - of vaccines being contaminated with viruses.

Is that so far fetched? I think not.

Godfrey Wyl
"perhaps Mikovits has proven isolation of XMRV"

On the contrary, she has conceded that the initial result was spurious, and she was second author on the paper demonstrating this herself.

I'm rather surprised to hear suggestions that Plague might involve maintaining that XMRV actually appears anywhere but in three strains of laboratory mice, rather than recounting the tale of what Dr. Mikovits faced as the result of a dramatic and ultimately controversial claim.

Anne J.

"Plague" is an amazing book (I can hardly put it down)!
I haven't quite finished it yet, but I'm gathering there are not any reliable tests for XMRV that are available to the general public yet?
Thank you Dr. Mikovits!!! Our children desperately need more researchers with your courage, intelligence and integrity!
I am SO glad you wrote this book, as the implications are huge (and it was a story that needed to be told)!
Excellent book!!!

mary w maxwell

Would “autism uncle” please have a look at my book, “A Balm in Gilead: Curing Autism and Awakening the Physicians,” which also proposes a retroviral theory of autism? I am dying for criticism. I agree that anti-retrovirals are pretty rough. Please see my references to Emanuel Revici, MD, who cured AIDS without such drugs.
Everyone who cares for the age-of-autism website should view “The Strecker Memo” which is a Youtube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fevYSHQoeD4 especially at .25 minutes and at 1.05, where he discusses cures by radio wave.
Please see the chapters on Malice and on Autism in my book “Consider the Lilies: A Review of 18 Cures for Cancer and Their Legal Status.” Both of my books are free downloads at maryWmaxwell.com. Cheap! I can’t get any cheaper than that. Also, to assure you that my heart is in the right place (sort of near my lungs), I link here to yesterday’s good news, really terrific news, that the Senate has confessed about the torture program. This changes the structure of “government indict-ability.” I never thought I’d live to see the day. My article is at

autism uncle

Hmm, Kent --- I have very serious reservations that any "retrovirus" can actually cause disease.

However, abundant published literature does indeed argue correlation between particles of retroviruses that many call "markers" are present. Not having read Plague I am guessing Markovits makes this correlation claim in relationship to CFS and other afflictions. At any rate, I applaud you and Mikovits for taking on our horribly corrupt Medical Industry.

As to pediatric AIDS being a convincing cornerstone of retroviral "disease," there is massive pediatric literature, and promoted by Official Treatment Protocols of the NIH, stating large doses of viciously toxic antiretroviral chemotherapies be given daily, for at least 6 weeks, starting day of birth, to helpless just-born infants who've been born of women who have tested to be (non-specific) "Hiv positive." These extremely toxic protocols are the true basis for virtually all U.S. hiv-associated infant deaths, not any retrovirus, as shown by all non-U.S. Western Countries who eschew the U.S, toxic pediatric dosing having virtually-zero pediatric AIDS mortality the last 13 years. As to African countries and pediatric AIDS, WHO (World Health Organization) also mimics the deadly U.S. pediatric extremely toxic antiretorviral dosing protocols PLUS many months of very toxic anti-bacterial Septrim/Bactrim, thus causing iatrogenic death and falsely reinforcing so-called HIV lethality in Africa and elsewhere.

I must add that isolating a complete retrovirus - NOT just partial-segments of RNA - is a daunting task, and has never been truly done for HIV, despite publicized claims that never hold up to scrutiny. However, not having read your book, perhaps Mikovits has proven isolation of XMRV. I look forward to finding out.

Finally, from my literature research, it seems most plausible that at least Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sprung into existence when millions of college students in the 1980's were mandated (via a nationally conjured rationalization that vaccines were all good, not toxic) to receive many vaccines in order to graduate. Shortly thereafter, TIME Magazine cover story featured "The Yuppie Flu" chronically afflicting college graduates, which perfectly correlates the vast neurological onslaught their recent vaccinations brought.

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