Judy A. Mikovits, PhD
Dr. Judy A. Mikovits earned her BA in chemistry with a specialization in biology from the University of Virginia in 1980 and her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from George Washington University in 1992. In her 35-year quest to understand and treat chronic diseases, she has co-authored seminal papers culminating at least a decade of research in each of four fields: immunology, natural products chemistry, epigenetics, and HIV/AIDs drug development. In 2006, she became attracted to the plight of families with neuroimmune diseases including ME/CFS and autism. Dr. Mikovits has been primarily responsible for demonstrating the relationship between environmentally acquired immune dysfunction, chronic inflammation, and these diseases.
Dr. Mikovits has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, many in the world’s top medical journals and she has been profiled in Discover magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Her pioneering work during her 20-year career at the National Cancer Institute includes the discovery of the modulation of DNA methylation machinery by human retro viral infection and the development of the concept of inflammatory cytokines and chemokine signatures of infection and disease, which was first published in 1999, when she directed the Laboratory of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms in developing therapeutics and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS and AIDS associated malignancies.
These are all therapies that are still the standard of care twenty-five years later and credited with saving millions of deaths from HIV/AIDS.
Kent Heckenlively is a science teacher, attorney, and founding contributing editor of Age of Autism. The father of a daughter stricken with autism after her childhood vaccinations, he has applied his exacting skills to explore the connection between childhood vaccines and autism.
He had become very intrigued by the story of Dr. Judy Mikovits and her investigation of retroviruses and their possible connection to chronic fatigue syndrome/ME as well as autism. In many ways he felt her story mirrored that of many other honest scientists who have looked for answers to the questions raised by these diseases, especially the campaign of persecution against her,
That inquiry has resulted in Dr. Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively writing the book, “PLAGUE – One Scientists’ Intrepid Search for the Truth about Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases”, published by SKYHORSE PUBLISHING on May 6, 2014.
As an autism advocate, one of the things which had long drawn Kent’s attention was that so many of the mothers of children with autism had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome at one point, or like his wife, appeared to have sub-clinical indications of the disorder.
The two years he spent writing PLAGUE changed many of his views. He was deeply impressed by the humanity and compassion of many scientists, while at the same time he had become more keenly aware of the political and financial obstacles which prevent scientists from making the type of contributions to the well-being of society that they imagined at the beginning of their careers.
If there is one wish he has, it is that this book may work its way past the defenses of those who have armored themselves against our concerns and bring about true understanding. He believes that the desire for truth and to lend assistance to those in need is so much stronger than fear and indifference.
Call it a spell, call it a prayer, but Kent’s hope for the book is that it helps many to “understand” some of the critical issues raised by these diseases. “If we honestly look at these problems, I believe the answers can be found much quicker than anybody realizes.“