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About Kent Heckenlively
When I was fourteen years old I submitted my first story to ANALOG magazine, devoted to short science fiction stories. My story did not get accepted, but I did get a gentle rejection letter which told me to keep writing. In college I wrote my first novel, spent many years writing screenplays, and eventually ran across a story I thought I could turn into a non-fiction story. That was PLAGUE, co-authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits.
In between writing, I worked a summer for a United States Senator, spent two summers chasing bad guys at the United States Attorney's Office, and spent six weeks in a virus lab where I worked with Ebola.
In college I was a double major in English and Political Science, served as Head of our Model United Nations team, and was our school's Rhodes Scholar Candidate. In law school I was a writer and editor for law review, and also won top honors in our Mock Trial class.
I worked as a lawyer with my dad for several years, then found myself drawn to my original love of science and became a science teacher. Now I get to teach science during the day and write about it at night.
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“Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits are the new dynamic duo fighting corruption in science.” —Ben Garrison, America’s #1 political satirist
Dr. Judy Mikovits is a modern-day Rosalind Franklin, a brilliant researcher shaking up the old boys’ club of science with her groundbreaking discoveries. And like many women who have trespassed into the world of men, she uncovered decades-old secrets that many would prefer to stay buried.
From her doctoral thesis, which changed the treatment of HIV-AIDS, saving the lives of millions, including basketball great Magic Johnson, to her spectacular discovery of a new family of human retroviruses, and her latest research which points to a new golden age of health, Dr. Mikovits has always been on the leading edge of science.
With the brilliant wit one might expect if Erin Brockovich had a doctorate in molecular biology, Dr. Mikovits has seen the best and worst of science. When she was part of the research community that turned HIV-AIDS from a fatal disease into a manageable one, she saw science at its best. But when her investigations questioned whether the use of animal tissue in medical research were unleashing devastating plagues of chronic diseases, such as autism and chronic fatigue syndrome, she saw science at its worst. If her suspicions are correct, we are looking at a complete realignment of scientific practices, including how we study and treat human disease.
Recounting her nearly four decades in science, including her collaboration of more than thirty-five years with Dr. Frank Ruscetti, one of the founders of the field of human retrovirology, this is a behind the scenes look at the issues and egos which will determine the future health of humanity.
“This book is my best attempt to tell the truth about my research, the culture in science today which is hostile to new ideas, and what science can really do if allowed to pursue promising areas of inquiries.”—Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD
This is a story for anybody interested in the peril and promise of science at the very highest levels in our country. On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with twenty-four leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children. When Dr. Judy Mikovits finished her presentation, the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, “Oh my God!” The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.
For Dr. Mikovits, a twenty-year veteran of the National Cancer Institute, this was the midpoint of a five-year journey that would start with the founding of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease at the University of Nevada, Reno, and end with her as a witness for the federal government against her former employer, Harvey Whittemore, for illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On this journey Dr. Mikovits would face the scientific prejudices against CFS, wander into the minefield that is autism, and through it all struggle to maintain her faith in God and the profession to which she had dedicated her life.
The Truth About Masks is the book all America needs to be reading as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. Written by New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively, this book reviews the evidence for and against widespread public masking as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic, as well as top scientific publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. This debate needs to take place without fear and paranoia. Important questions raised in this book are the effect of masks on oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, how COVID-19 spreads, the effectiveness of various types of masks, those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, and what measures should be taken by schools as children continue to return to in-person classes.
The authors' previous book, Plague of Corruption, was the runaway science bestseller of 2020, and the authors bring that same passion and attention to detail to the mask question. As politicians and bureaucrats of all stripes are weighing in on this question, with some again placing their cities and states under mandatory masking provisions, we need to understand the science behind their decisions. Are such measures a reasonable response to current circumstances, or is it a dramatic overreach, which in many cases might make the situation even worse? America desperately needs this public conversation to take place with the best science we have available. As Americans have always done during difficult times, we must summon the courage to have these challenging conversations.
"My body, my choice!" used to be the rallying cry of the left in the abortion fight. But now this same principle of bodily autonomy is the central argument of conservatives, such as that of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in fierce opposition to so-called "vaccine passports," which would limit whether an individual could attend movies or other public events, work, or even go to school, if they chose to decline a COVID-19 vaccine.
While cities like New York close their doors to unvaccinated people, the fight against vaccine mandates is cobbling together an unexpected alliance across the political spectrum, such as the Black mayor of Boston, Kim Janey, who recently claimed, "there's a long history" in this country of people "needing to show their papers" and declaring any such passport as akin to slavery.
The starting point agreed upon by all parties as to whether the government can bring such pressure to bear upon individuals is the 1905 US Supreme Court of Jacobson v. Massachusetts. In that case, a Lutheran pastor declined a smallpox vaccination and was fined $5, the equivalent of a little more than $150 in today's currency, or less than many traffic tickets. The Jacobson case sparked a shameful legacy in American jurisprudence, being used as the sole reasoning by the US Supreme Court to allow the forced sterilization of a female psychiatric patient in 1927. This ruling paved the way for the involuntary sterilization of more than sixty thousand mental patients and gave legal justification to the eugenics movement, one of the darkest chapters in American medicine.
In The Case Against Vaccine Mandates, New York Times bestselling author Kent Heckenlively, whose books have courageously taken on Big Pharma, Google, and Facebook, now points his razor sharp legal and literary skills against vaccine passports and mandates, which he believes to be the defining issue as to whether we continue to exist as a free and independent people.
Hired by Cognizant as a content moderator for Facebook, Ryan Hartwig began by keeping gruesome images of cartel violence in Mexico off the platform. This seemed like a righteous mission and yet, as time went by, it became clear the Facebook bosses saw an even bigger threat, Americans of a different political viewpoint.
Ryan watched in horror as Facebook made a monumental shift after the 2016 elections, hiring thousands of US-based content moderators with one mission, to favor leftist viewpoints while suppressing the speech of conservatives. Ryan describes more than forty examples of such behavior, and it will radically rewrite your understanding of the past four years as you learn how the news regarding prominent individuals like Greta Thunberg, Alyssa Milano, and Don Lemon was censored to remove legitimate criticism of them.
Viral videos of Trump supporters being attacked were removed from the platform, and moderators were told to look for signs of hate speech in Trumps' State of the Union addresses, while at the same time allowing vicious attacks against police, pro-lifers, and straight white males.
As America's de-facto town square, Facebook was systematically suppressing free speech, which has traditionally been our country's greatest weapon to combat extremism from either side. Ryan knew he had to take action, and contacted Project Veritas, eventually filming many of these actions with a hidden camera for the world to see. We need to stand up against tech tyranny and corporations that attempt to control our conversations, our news, and our political narratives. Reading Behind the Mask of Facebook: A Whistleblower’s Shocking Story of Big Tech Bias and Censorship is the first step to learning how to confront and defeat this tyranny.
In November of 2013, Simpson University biology professor Dr. Brian Hooker got a call from Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in vaccine safety. Their conversations would lead to explosive revelations that top officials at the CDC engaged in a systematic cover-up of data showing that earlier administration of the MMR vaccine caused increased rates of autism in children, particularly African American males. Many have claimed this is the greatest medical crime against African Americans since the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments. Thompson would eventually turn over thousands of the documents to US Congressman William Poesy.
Science teacher and New York Times bestselling co-author of Plague of Corruption, Kent Heckenlively, was granted access to this unprecedented trove of documents and uses them, as well as ground-breaking interviews with many of the key players in this debate, to tell the story of how vaccines have become a three-decades long disaster since passage of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which gave pharmaceutical companies complete immunity for damages caused by their products. This updated version contains startling revelations from Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, the government's main medical witness, that as early as 2007 government attorneys were aware that at least one third of autism cases were connected to vaccinations.
But Dr. Joseph Cummins, an early interferon pioneer, holder of sixteen US medical patents, author of more than sixty scientific publications, as well as having taught veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri, University of Illinois, and Texas A & M University, argues that the current thinking on interferon is fundamentally flawed.
Interferon is created in small quantities in the body in response to infection, and seems to work best at these low dosages. However, the public health cowboys, working under the assumption that anything good in tiny amounts must be better in massive amounts, pursued exactly the wrong strategy. High-dose interferon does not work in the body and may even cause problems.
The first remarkable results for interferon and the flu were reported by the Soviets in the 1970s, but Western medicine discounted these findings because they believed the dosages were so low they couldn’t possibly be effective. In the 1980s, when interferon was expensive to produce and only small quantities could be manufactured, the results were remarkable.
Dr. Cummins was an early pioneer of low-dose interferon, and his remarkable findings among animals led to collaborations with medical doctors for human trials, even going so far as Africa at the height of the HIV-AIDS epidemic. Cummins reviews the evidence for this inexpensive, safe treatment and makes an eloquent argument for medical science to take another look at interferon to tackle today’s most challenging health conditions, including COVID-19.
DIE PEST DER KORRUPTION –
NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER.
Es war eine denkwürdige Situation: 2009 fand an den National Institutes of Health eine Konferenz mit 24 Wissenschaftlern statt. Thema war das neuentdeckte menschliche Retrovirus XMRV und sein Zusammenhang mit Krankheiten wie dem Chronischen Erschöpfungssyndrom (ME/CFS), Krebs und neurologischen Erkrankungen.
Nachdem DR. JUDY MIKOVITS ihren Vortrag beendet hatte, breitete sich im Saal Schweigen aus. Dann meldete sich ein Kollege zu Wort: "Oh mein Gott", war seine kurze Reaktion. An diesem Tag war allen klar — die von ihr präsentierten Ergebnisse würden keinen Stein auf dem anderen stehen lassen. Doch statt einer gemeinsamen Suche nach der Wahrheit sah sich Mikovits unerbittlichen Machtspielen und verborgenen Lügengeflechten ausgesetzt.
Der Insiderbericht DIE PEST handelt von Mikovits' bahnbrechender Forschungsarbeit über die wahren Ursachen von Chronischem Erschöpfungssyndrom, Autismus und anderen Krankheiten sowie dem Justizdrama, das dadurch losgetreten wurde. Zusammen mit KENT HECKENLIVELY deckt sie schonungslos die korrupten Verflechtungen in Wissenschaft & Politik auf und verteidigt damit ihre beruflichen und moralischen Überzeugungen. Dabei stellt sie unausweichliche Fragen, mit denen auch wir unsere Politiker und Wissenschaftsexperten konfrontieren sollten.
"Die Pest ist definitiv eine Pflichtlektüre. Das Revolutionäre ist, dass die Autorin trotz Rufmordkampagnen und einer rechtswidrigen Verhaftung verhindern will, dass ihre Erkenntnisse verschleiert werden. Lernen Sie in diesem Buch die Abgründe der modernen Medizin kennen."
SAYER JI, Gründer und Direktor von GreenMedInfo und Vorstandsmitglied der National Health Federation
Bereits ihre Doktorarbeit leistete einen fundamentalen Beitrag, um HIV-Aids von einer tödlichen in eine beherrschbare Krankheit zu verwandeln, was Millionen von Menschen wie dem Basketball-Superstar Magic Johnson das Leben rettete. Und auch mit ihrer Entdeckung einer neuen Familie menschlicher Retroviren sowie ihrer aktuellen Arbeit, die ein neues goldenes Zeitalter der Gesundheit einläutet, steht sie an der Spitze der Forschung.
In ihrer fast vier Jahrzehnte andauernden Karriere – unter anderem 35 Jahre mit dem führenden Retrovirologen Dr. Frank Ruscetti – lernte die Molekularbiologin alle Facetten des akademischen Betriebs kennen. Ihre Erfahrungen in der Aids-Forschung ließen sie an die heilende Kraft des Wissenschaftsbetriebs glauben. Doch als sie die Frage stellte, ob die Verwendung tierischen Gewebes in der medizinischen Forschung verheerende chronische Krankheiten wie Autismus und chronisches Erschöpfungssyndrom auslösen könnte, lernte sie dessen dunkle Seite kennen. Denn sollten ihre Vermutungen stimmen, hätten wir es mit einer völlig neuen Ausrichtung wissenschaftlicher Methoden zu tun, einschließlich der Art und Weise, wie wir menschliche Krankheiten untersuchen und behandeln.
Die Pest der Korruption ist ein einzigartiger Blick hinter die Kulissen der wissenschaftlichen Fachwelt. Bereits kurz nach Veröffentlichung war das Buch ausverkauft und wurde zum Amazon-Bestseller. Folgen auch Sie der atemberaubenden Geschichte einer außergewöhnlichen Wissenschaftlerin über die Grundsatzfragen, aber auch über die Egos, die in Zukunft über Krankheit und Gesundheit der Menschheit entscheiden werden.
"Eines der Hauptprobleme unserer Zeit ist, dass die wissenschaftliche Community aufgrund ihrer korrupten Verflechtungen mit Regierungs- und Unternehmensinteressen immer mehr das Vertrauen der Öffentlichkeit verliert. Dr. Judy Mikovits und Kent Heckenlively dringen tief in diese korrupten Sphären vor, die wissenschaftliche Wahrheiten vor der Öffentlichkeit verstecken, sobald sie wirtschaftlichen Interessen zuwiderlaufen könnten."
- Dr. Luc Montagnier, Nobelpreisträger 2008 für die Isolierung des HIV-Retrovirus
"Dieses Buch zeigt mehr als alles auf, dass die Wissenschaft ein gefährliches Spiel spielt. Die Auffassung, dass sie präzise und widerspruchsfrei arbeitet, ist schlichtweg falsch. Und wenn dann plötzlich Zweifel auftauchen, bekommt ein Wissenschaftler mit Rückgrat Probleme mit mächtigen Wirtschaftsinteressen. In Die Plage der Korruption verschmelzen Wissenschaftsintrigen mit faszinierenden Enthüllungen über die leider oft unzureichend verstandene Erforschung der Retroviren und ihre Bedeutung für Autoimmunerkrankungen wie das chronische Erschöpfungssyndrom und Autismus."
- Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Forschungsleiterin am MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
"Die atemberaubende Geschichte einer außergewöhnlichen Wissenschaftlerin, die höchstwahrscheinlich die Ursache des chronischen Erschöpfungssyndroms entdeckt hat – eine Entdeckung, auf die die höchsten naturwissenschaftlichen Stellen mit einer Vertuschungskampagne und persönlichen Angriffen reagierten.