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Review of Plague by Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits

Kent Book PlagueBy Louis Conte

A large-scale scientific calamity had been brought to light and most of them looked wary of blinking. Finally, a scientist broke the dead air, standing up to ask a question that prompted a barrage of questions directed at Mikovits, as well as animated whispering among the other scientists.

Frank Ruscetti later told Mikovits that at that moment, Coffin leaned over to Dr. Vineet Kewal Ramani, also of the HIV Drug Resistance Program, and said, “Oh, my God, you mean all those sequences we saw in the 1980s were real?


At some point in reading Plague, the reader realizes that while the notion of a retrovirus infecting millions of people is scary, the corruption of science is downright terrifying.

Dr. Judy Mikovits emerges from Plague as a champion of true science, confronting a system gone off the rails due to political forces, the personal ambitions and a public health establishment that sees what it wants to see and does what it wants for its own purposes. Plague has the feel of a true crime suspense novel as Mikovits pursues the truth about XMRV through the intrigue of the public health establishment and the Nevada research center where she ran her experiments.

Kent Heckenlively’ s riveting descriptions of Mikovits’ arrest and incarceration – she was actually jailed for her work and her principles – renders Mikovits a modern Dr. Stockmann from Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The skilled telling of the drama that unfolded around Mikovits work on the XMRV retrovirus leaves the reader unable to put the damn book down.

Judy Mikovits took on the autism-vaccine controversy in her 2009 Nevada Public Television interview with host Sam Shad:

“Shad said the news had tremendous potential for parents looking for treatments or cures for their autistic children. Mikovits replied by saying that XMRV: “might be linked to a number of neuro-immune diseases, including autism…“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 lymphocytes, 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 its 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 then 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.”

In just over thirty seconds, Judy Mikovits pissed off the planet. Heckenlively states “Trying to find answers for the millions of children with autism apparently “rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.” Given the lack of interest, and even outright hostility expressed by those at the Cleveland Clinic conference on XMRV, it’s difficult to understand what part of the “public health” these scientists were interested in protecting.”

Mikovits becomes persona non grata in the public health community – “In an email sent on December 1, 2011, to Varmus and copied to Fauci and Ruscetti, Lipkin wrote that Mikovits would be associated with the National Cancer Institute for purposes of the replication study, but she could not step foot on the NCI campus, a prohibition which would be enforced by security…Ruscetti would later call this banning of a scientist from working in a lab and yet wanting to have her name on the ensuing paper, “unprecedented in contemporary American science.” It was a little like the Catholic Church allowing Galileo to participate in a “replication study,” but then denying him the use of his telescope.”

Mikovits life work was driven by the impact of cancer in her family. “To Mikovits, the path was a straight line. A scientist should investigate human disease, try to unlock its secrets, and when she does, figure out the quickest course to bring relief to those afflicted. All other issues were of secondary concern…The important question was how to deal with those who were sick now. Anything which kept patients with ME/CFS a single day longer in their darkened rooms, which kept children with autism from being able to speak the thoughts that flashed through their overexcited brains, or that put an honest scientist in jail could only go by a simple name: evil.”

Dr. Mikovits sought the truth and confronted evil. She paid a heavy price; she was arrested in her home without a warrant and jailed without cause. She was forced into bankruptcy and driven from the career she loves. If you want to honor her sacrifice and end the plague of corrupted science, start by reading Plague.

Louis Conte

The Autism War_revised coverAuthor of The Autism War and Vaccine Injuries. Vaccine Injuries Lou Conte


anthony sircar

Thoroughly enjoyed the book! it confirmed for me even more how corrupt the CDC and NIH and other so called health authorities are. To much connection to big pharma , profit is king in the world of corporations and whats worse is the sell out scientist who have lost all sense of morality just to keep their pockets full and their false esteem high !


It's another reminder that our ruthless enemies are not playing pattycake. Those who would destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of children would not hesitate to destroy the careers of a scientist or two.


This was an amazing, and incredibly important book! For those of us in the medical field, who have trusted that the science reported by the CDC was solid for all these years, and used it to base treatments off of, the realization that the system has been corrupted has come as a huge, but undeniable blow. All three of my children had various adverse reactions to their childhood vaccines, so I had an easier time accepting the proof of corruption within the CDC and NIH. The horrible treatment of the fine Dr. Wakefield was the last straw for me. His work helped me heal my children, and to see him so vilified was disgusting, frightening and absolutely infuriating. Basically, I no longer trust ANYTHING that comes from the CDC or NIH, which is sad. They've definitely lost their way.
Dr. Mikovits is a true hero, and has been vindicated in this book. We need to spread this information far and wide. And you other researchers who know what's going on, you need to band together and come forward as whistleblowers! If we want change, we can not leave it up to just a very brave few. WE ALL need to speak up and do our part, especially those in the research field. If we do not, things will only get worse. These are true crimes against humanity, really not much different than what the Nazis were accused of (in some ways WORSE, as these crimes are being committed by those in power who we trust with our health surveillance and policy making decisions, and are aimed at the most innocent among us). The HHS, CDC and NIH have become nothing more than obstacles to true science, and are harming innocent children on a daily basis. They should hang their heads in shame. This needs to end!
A good rule of thumb seems to be that whoever the CDC, NIH and HHS are viciously attacking, are probably the ones we should be listening to! So, they are actually shining the spotlight on our brightest minds, which will backfire on them in the long run.
I have nothing for respect for people like Dr. Mikovits (and nothing but absolute contempt for the current CDC and those who block proper research). More and more medical professionals are waking up to this sad state of affairs. The truth will always eventually come out (in spite of our useless mainstream media).

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