I have a BIG challenge for the readers of Age of Autism.
I am currently at 29 reviews on Amazon for the book I co-authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE - One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.
The book by Seth Mnookin, entitled, The Panic Virus, which savages our community is at 114 reviews on Amazon.
I know the number of unique readers we have each week at Age of Autism. With our numbers, are we really going to let Seth Mnookin hold the floor with 114 reviews?
I understand the complaints. Dealing with our children who have autism is difficult. We are emotionally and financially drained. When we have free time we don't want to think about autism. It's just going to depress me anyway. I hear these complaints from my wife all the time. And I'll let you in on a little secret. Sometimes I feel exactly the same way.
Which is why I co-wrote PLAGUE. Because I don't want to feel depressed. I wanted to find the story of a scientist who inspired me with her intelligence and her courage. I wanted to drill down into the corruption of our scientific and medical research establishment so that I could figure out what could be done about it. And the fact of the matter is, besides the thousands of hours it took me to write and polish the story so it reads like a fast-paced detective story, it's going to take YOU READING THE STORY and WRITING REVIEWS about it to change things.
Think about it. Seth Mnookin gets away with trashing our community and he's got just 114 customer reviews on Amazon. If just 1% of you joined the PLAGUE challenge we could crush him. I want that victory over Seth Mnookin by March 1, 2015.
Okay, you really want to shoot for the stars? How about the all-time best-selling virus book, The Hot Zone? 1,590 customer reviews on Amazon. That's it! If 10% of you read my book and wrote a review then we win the game. Those are the types of numbers which make the powerful people stand up and take notice. Is that the kind of a thing that would make a Hollywood producer become interested in the story? I want to beat The Hot Zone by June 1, 2015.
All right, you say to yourself, I see what's in it for you. What's in it for me? The answer is we're looking to create power. A best-selling book is power and it serves a purpose. We need to think of ourselves as a revolutionary movement. But if we're going to win we need to put good people in the top positions in science. That's how our movement will win. And my co-writer, Dr. Judy Mikovits has the background and the integrity to make that happen.
She's not a politician. I don't even know if she's a democrat or republican. But I know she has a rock-solid dedication to the truth and compassion for those of us who suffer. She spent five days in jail, had her finances devastated, and her professional reputation ruined, because she is a person of integrity. She questioned whether a vaccination along with a retrovirus might lead to autism and wanted to pursue research in that area.
We need Dr. Mikovits at the head of our national research efforts. She has the background of twenty-two years as a government scientist and still has her soul and integrity intact. Maybe she could lead the National Institutes of Health or become the Surgeon General in a new adminsitration. She would be a fierce champion for our children. You can help get her there.
PLAGUE is not just a sad litany of lies and corruption and the destruction of an honest researcher. It is a tool of revolution, a tool of the insurrection we need to lead against the medical and scientific establishment to give us the truth about what happened to our children and finding cures and treatments for them. I spent two years of my life co-writing PLAGUE because I believe we are in the MIDDLE of history, not the end. Someday the rebels will take the castle.
PLAGUE gives Dr. Mikovits the opportunity to be even stronger than she was before, to take a commanding position in our scientific community, and with our help to win the fight against chronic diseases like autism. Good scientists need support. Buy the book, write a review, and you will be one of my PLAGUE WARRIORS.
Every review written is a victory for all of us. The revolutionaries of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Help start that change.
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.