by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB.
A review of Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases, by Kent Heckenlively, JD, and Judy Mikovits, PhD.
“Plague” is a very refreshing book. It’s all about honesty, and an honest gal, Judy Mikovits. (I’ve met Judy; she’s very likable as well as super-smart.)
The book reveals massive dishonesty in science. Yep, that sort of became the norm a couple of decades ago. The author, Kent Heckenlively, gives scientists a great drubbing here. He has been a careful chronicler of exactly what went on in Judy’s case, which had to do with her finding a retrovirus, XMRV, in the disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which is also called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
She was arrested, without a warrant, for stealing her own research notes. It was a case without any merit but we are in a law-disrespecting world. The purpose of the arrest, you can bet on this, was to send a message to all biologists: Keep your mitts off the subject matter of CFS and autism.
I think Heckenlively and Mikovits have missed a point about something, or maybe they feel they mustn’t say it, so I will say it. Namely, the attack on Judy, which involved putting her in jail, and making her declare bankruptcy, and slandering her in the journals, must have been orchestrated at a much higher level than that of her apparent attackers, the family of Harvey Whittemore.
I judge Whittemore himself to be a victim. I think he was ‘in place’ all along to assure that US Senator Harry Reid would be able to stay in the senate. For that matter, I think Reid is a victim, too. It’s the Way High Ups that run us all, and Reid is only their servant. An example: Reid said of Chuck Hagel, when Hagel recently resigned as US Defense Secretary:
“He was a leader in the fight to get our Iraq policy right. [Ahem, getting ‘policy’ right is not the job of the Pentagon.] He also worked hard to ensure that our men and women in uniform and our veterans had the resources they needed.”
(Seriously, folks, he said that, and I’ll bet he didn’t even blush.)
So when will Americans stop talking nonsense? I think this book will go a long way to putting honesty, and reality, back on the map. I think it will also help correct the currently upside-down situation in “Medicine,” in which the suffering of the patient has no claim on the attention of decision makers!
Mikovits has correctly pointed to the absolutely awful way CFS victims were accused of making their symptoms up, or were labeled as having a “Yuppie Flu.” That pitch must itself have been well orchestrated by the media (Ask: why?), and it did indeed keep respectable researchers away from the topic for twenty years after the disease emerged in the 1980s! Meanwhile the worst-off patients endure a more or less living hell (something like having full-blown AIDS, except they don’t die).
The book ends on a low note, suggesting that CFS research cannot now go ahead. I say it can go full steam ahead thanks to this elegant presentation of the outrages that are occurring on a regular basis in such institutions as the NIH, the CDC, and the journal “Science.” But this will require a changeover from the standard meek approach. Those who are harming us, i.e., the Way High Ups, and their thousands of servants, have to be dealt with. Sorry, but there is no other way. Spending energy on proving the details of retroviruses is not going to do it.
Do you want to be involved? Have you had it up to the eyeballs with falsity and ‘spin’? Do you want to take on these bastards? The world is waiting for you to do something.
— Mary W Maxwell lives in Adelaide. She doesn’t think she will be jailed for a book she wrote about autism, even though it theorizes about a lentivirus. It is entitled A Balm in Gilead: Curing Autism and Awakening the Physicians. It is a free download at marywmaxwell.com.