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Kent Book PlagueBy Kent Heckenlively

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


cia parker

To be fair, the risk of pneumonia in a person who has measles is about one in twenty, and although death is less than one in 10,000 cases, it is still a serious complication. If it is viral it's probably self-limiting, if it's bacterial, it can usually but not always be treated with antibiotics. In the outbreak in France four years ago, there were nine deaths (out of about 30,000 cases), but about fifteen who had permanent disability caused by the disease. It IS beneficial for the majority to have had natural measles, but it is the most serious of the formerly universal of the childhood diseases. Serious complications can usually be avoided with appropriate nursing, but not always.


Another way to increase visibility on Amazon, for those that buy there, might be to invest in a couple other books there on HIV/AIDs and chronic fatigue syndrome, which is a very worthwhile endeavor, in its own right. That way when people with those plagues are searching for books, Kent's book will show up at the bottom of the screen where it says "people who bought this also bought . . . "

Thank-you very much for taking the time to pursue this, and then bringing it to the attention of the public, instead of sitting on it for 10 years like the folks at the CDC would have done.


Informative. Worth Reading.

david m burd

Kapoore, Good grief! There has been abundant discussion and abundant references on this forum clearly documenting a child's case of measles has virtually no chance (maybe 1 in 10,000) of any permanent consequences, and not even that high if not malnourished).

Thus, your statement "most kids survive it" implies an extremely exaggerated danger to the average parent --- and in effect promotes a proven dangerous measles vaccine.

Kent Heckenlively

Thank you, Susan. I know I am hectoring people to read the book and write a review, but I am also humbled at how appreciative people are after they finish it.


Thanks Kent for your great book. I just posted a review and meant every word of it! I was speechless (hard for me) after reading it and understood more what had happened to my girls. Interestingly, both girls do Zyto scans and retroviruses show up everytime.....so we do have proof they have them. The chronic fatigue part is so difficult to manage and I will be contacting Dr. Judy Mikovits for some advice very soon. Come on peeps, post those reviews:)


Jenny - I just had a conversation with a doctor here in Toronto on Monday about the pre-testing idea. He says there are genetic tests that will show if a person is prone to problems with vaccines. I have no idea what parameters they look at as I haven't done the research yet, but the company he uses here is called Younique Genomics. He says Genova in the US can do similar tests, but the cost is much lower at Younique.

mary w maxwell

To say that “pharma is raking in the dough” is to distract from the much bigger thing that is going on here. Surely the XMRV was seeded into the population deliberately. Alan Cantwell, MD, has proven, I repeat proven, that HIV was deliberately given to gay men in 1979 by the New York Blood Center, Wolf Smuzness presiding. Judy Mikovits says many of us are walking around with the XMRV in us right now. That is why the book is called “Plague.” I know my remarks are not popular with autism parents, but I’ll bet most autistic persons age 15 and up are insightful about ‘politics’ and want to hear us say the truth. It will relieve them if we get to the bottom of this thing and stop yakking about the CDC stonewalling.
I quote page 270 of Kent and Judy’s book:
“The virus in other words raised an under-the-radar immune response, rapidly left the blood, and settled into tissues. It could be a stealth invader. Nobody knew whether these individuals with no knowledge of their XMRV infection were walking time- bombs…. Mikovits and her team found that 67% of her (CFS patients) showed evidence of XMRV infection. Alter and Lo found evidence that 86.5% [showed evidence of] murine leukemia viruses.”
Anybody want to know where murine leukemia virus comes from? They can email me, I have a big mouth: mary.maxwell@alumni.adlelaide (dot edu dot au). By the way, with no expert knowledge like Judy has, I was able to come to the idea that autism is caused by a retrovirus, going strictly on the way an AIDS-like virus in cats has been dealt with (plus my previous exposure to Alan Cantwell’s books). Please see my short video “Pat’s 100th birthday surprise” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAbc2xoAYJY


Thank you for fighting the good fight. It seems to me with this measles media frenzy that is forcing even normally sane parents to panic about the measles --talk about panic viruses--and rushing out to get their kids the MMR vaccine while big pharm rakes in the dough... I cannot imagine that the evil media won't be screaming plague, plague, plague with every single case of measles anywhere. The sad part is that it really does shove the measles cases into the basement so to speak. Who in their right mind would ever admit at this point to actually having the disease for fear of ostracism and banishment. Recently we had a brush with measles panic with my 15 month old unvaccinated grandchild--she had conjunctivitis, a cold, and a rash. It was not measles but I felt some of the fear that the parents must feel when their child comes down with this 10 day virus that might be pretty mild or even more severe but as we know most kids survive it. Of course, there is no follow up on these plague stricken children who contacted the measles because by now they are back to their lives and probably the better for it as they'll never have to get the shot, which let's face could cause 10 years of illness if not a lifetime.


Does this avenue also explain in some way why it was found that
women who had gotten the HPV vaccine(s) AFTER they had already had certain HPV exposure actually INCREASED their risk of cervical cancer and why the government pushed the HPV vaccination recommendations to such a young age?


So theoretically, could there be a way to test future mothers prior to or during pregnancy, or to test newborns, for retrovirus markers, so that parents and doctors would know whether a child is at risk? Would/could the markers reflect both retrovirus in blood as well as tissue? I'm only in the part of the book where it briefly refers to blood samples vs tissue samples during the inital phases of Mikovitz's research prior to the paper being submitted.

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