There are winners and there are losers. And I am in the fight. I'd like you to join me in creating a victory.
In one corner is "The Panic Virus" by Seth Mnookin, which I consider to be an unfair attack on our community and our concerns. The very title itself suggests that there is nothing much to worry about. As Franklin Roosevelt might have said, "The only thing we need to panic about is panic itself."
And yet, when even conservative estimates proclaim that 1 in 50 children have autism (oh for those simpler times when it was only 1 in 150!), and researchers like Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT proclaim that if current increases continue than 1 in 2 children will have autism by 2025, it seems like there is definitely something to panic about.
Which is where my book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism and Other Diseases" comes in. Because you see, I do think there is something to panic about. I am the boy crying wolf as the wolf rampages through the town.
So what does it take to win? Numbers. It's that simple. Mnookin's book has 115 reviews on Amazon, which is where most people go when they're deciding if they want to buy a book. 115 people writing how great they think Mnookin is, with his dismissal of our community, and his utter lack of explanation of what happened to our children. He wins with 115 people writing a review. I teach more students than that in a single day.
I'm at 35 reviews on Amazon, right now. Got the score? 115 to 35. I need 81 more readers to get past Mnookin. I want that accomplished by March 1, so I'm raising the hue and cry right here! I want you to take the field of battle with me.
Okay, so you're kind of with me. You're teetering on the edge. Let me give you the thirty seconds that my co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits spoke on October 14, 2009 on a Nevada TV show that made me realize I'd walk through fire for this courageous researcher.
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 explaion why vaccines lead to autism in some children because those 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 this disease, such that your immune system could no longer control the infections and create an immune deficiency.
OMG. That's what I thought when I heard those words. It was such an elegant and simple explanation.
And later, when I called up the Pediatric AIDS unit at the University of San Francisco and asked a staff member about the idea that a retrovirus might be involved in autism, do you know what he told me? He said that if a retrovirus was involved it explained how a vaccine might cause autism. Because, you see, HIV is also a retrovirus and doctors are instructed that if a child is born to a mother who has HIV, the child needs to be put on anti-retrovirals prior to an immunization, because it might cause the child's HIV to develop into full-blown AIDS. HIV retrovirus plus immunization leads to AIDS. Is it such a leap to suggest that a similar scenario, this time involving the XMRV retrovirus, plus immunization, leads to autism?
This was a theory about autism development which was backed by well-accepted science. I knew this was the story of the century. Yes, there's much more in the book, like where this retrovirus came from, and the effect toxins can have on the development of an immune deficiency, but this is just a short little article.
I need you to do a little work, now. Buy the book, read it, and write a review on Amazon. Remember, as of right now, the bad guys are ahead, 115-35.
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 was November 18, 2014. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.