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Inoculated: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism

By Kent Heckenlively

A Compelling Chronicle Which Poses the Question Whether the Autism Epidemic Could Have Been Stopped If Courageous Scientists Had Truly Followed the Evidence

It reads like a mystery thriller, a lone whistleblower, akin to All the President’s Men’s Deep Throat, spills the government’s secrets. But like the film Contagion, what’s at risk is the health of millions!

But fiction it is not. This remarkable chronicle wades directly into the maelstrom that is the vaccine/autism controversy. Kent Heckenlively’s Inoculated: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism may initially read like a spy novel but unfolds to a complete accounting of all the actions and documents that comprise a government cover-up, putting a vast number of the nation’s children at great risk to trigger autism once inoculated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Heckenlively, a science teacher and attorney, uses both of these exacting skills to demonstrate how the Centers for Disease Control’s deliberate choice to inaccurately report test results that showed a distinct correlation between the vaccine and increased autism statistics --and a lack of courage by those who could have spoken up in the early 2000s when indicators began to surface, but instead stayed silent or deliberately perverted the truth, have resulted in an entire generation of autism disabled children—and a fast-rising tide of more.

Beginning with whistleblower Dr William Thompson, a CDC scientist with the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, revealing the manipulated and falsified results to Dr. Brian Hooker, a college biology professor, scientist and autism-activist with an autistic son, Heckenlively traces how the red flags arising in the true results should have spurred international concern, and considerably more vital science to spotlight what was really happening. Instead, the government administrators, so deeply committed to the idea that vaccines are the only path to keeping the world’s people saved from harm—and Big Pharma--went into overdrive to bury the information and stem any further research. Heckenlively, furthermore, shows how bad science only compounded the problem, reinforcing the government’s position that no connection existed. His premise is that the scientists who should have been following the facts to the truth, instead lost their way because of the fear of rocking the boat and opening the Pandora’s box that vaccine-triggered autism would unleash.

Before you’re done reading this exhaustively-researched book, you’ll get to know many of the parties engaged in the public battle for children’s survival (including Andy Wakefield, the controversial filmmaker and researcher behind the film VAXXED which covers some of the same ground), the science behind it, the politics that permeate it and the step-by-step actions that have forestalled real scientific study that could reveal a new path and better protections.

Heckenlively, the father of a child stricken with autism after being vaccinated—who remains unable to speak—is no stranger to controversy. Inoculated is the outgrowth of research he did for his previous book PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Disease, written with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a 20-year government scientist and former Director of the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute, one of the most popular virus books of the last 30 years. However, it, too, was steeped in vituperative confrontation.

In this new book Inoculated, you’ll learn about:

  • The treasure trove of documents in the hands of Congressman William Posey and the pursuit of truth by Congressman Dr. Dave Weldon.
  • The “secret” meeting in June, 2000 held with more than 50 CDC staff, private university scientists and vaccine makers at Simpsonwood Retreat Center in Norcross, GA to discuss findings that suggested thimerosal in vaccines, a mercury derivative, were linked to increasing rates of autism and other neurological disorders.
  • The elimination of the rights of parents to sue pharmaceutical makers and the establishment of the “Vaccine Court” with the passage of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.
  • What steps could be taken to end the autism epidemic.

Heckenlively can speak to what the existing science ACTUALLY says, why activist parents have valid reasons to resist vaccination and should continue to demand more and better REAL science, studies that point the way to possible reversal or treatment and what the results could be if nothing changes.

Poignantly, Heckenlively reviewed some of the most damaging government documents with deep emotion as he realized that had the information been made public in 2000 when the initial indicators were surfacing, he and his wife could have made informed choices that could have saved his children from their struggles. As he further notes, “there would have been no ‘Vaccine War’ or dismissal of autism parents as ‘anti-science’—just researchers and parents working together to find solutions for disabled children.”

Whether you already believe there was a government cover-up, that vaccines can be harmful to children—or you haven’t made up your mind, you owe yourself a look at the facts in Inoculated.

Praise For INOCULATED

"Kent Heckenlively kicks down doors and takes names, as we say in Texas.  And he does it with the professionalism of a true journalist, the determination of a tested author, and the compassion of a parent with an autistic child.  In the end, it is hopeful.  It asks difficult questions, and seeks answers from those who have them.  And he ends with what is almost a prayer that asks for science to regain its soul.  A powerful book." -- Max Swafford, author of Children in Crisis: A Parent's Guide

"I think the passion I have now when I speak about these issues is trying to wake people up that the free nation, the democracy that our Founding Fathers dreamed about, wrote about, and planned for, is hanging in the balance and on the verge of being taken from us." -- Del Bigtree, Producer of VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe

Praise for Heckenlively’s Previous Book, PLAGUE

“Kent Heckenlively’s riveting descriptions of Mikovits’ arrest and incarceration – she was actually jailed for her work and principles – renders Mikovits a modern day Dr. Stockman from Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The skilled telling of the drama that unfolded around Mikovits’ work on the XMRV retrovirus leaves the reader unable to put the damn book down.” -- Lou Conte, author of The Vaccine War.

“Plague is a must-read book so revolutionary in its implications that its author courageously faced character assassination and unlawful incarceration to keep her findings from being relegated to the dustbin of medical history. Riveting, if not at times paradigm shifting, this book reveals a dark side to modern medicine that no one knows exists, but that everyone should.” -- Sayer Ji, Founder and Director of GreenMedInfo and Board Member of the National Health Federation.

“For anyone who is too busy to read but wants to know the inside story on the state of American science, find the time, now, and read Plague.” -- Ritchie C. Shoemaker, MD, author of Mold Warriors: Fighting America’s Hidden Health Threat.

“Unbelievable!! Thank you to Dr. Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively for your courage in discussing issues of research corruption, intimidation, and the power of the medical establishment to try to conceal the truth about scientific research.” -- Wayne Rhode, author of The Vaccine Court.

“An amazing book. The reader feels like they are there in the moment, every step of the way through Judy Mikovits’ struggle to share the truth about the XMRV virus. This book is devastating in its honesty and what it says about the state of medical research in this country.” -- Katie Wright, Founding Board Member, Autism Speaks

“What this finely written book tells us is that institutionally we have barely progressed since the days of Galileo and the Inquisition. It may no longer be about Catholic dogma, but the dogma of government agencies and what happens if you cross the line.” -- John Stone, UK Editor of Age of Autism

Kent Heckenlively is a science teacher, an attorney, and a founding contributing editor of Age of Autism. During his undergrad years at St. Mary’s College, Heckenlively worked for U.S. Senator Pete Wilson and was the school’s Rhodes Scholar candidate. In law school at Golden Gate University, he was a writer and editor of the school’s law review, spending his summers working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. In the summer of 2010 and 2011, Heckenlively attended the Teacher Research Academy at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratories, spending eight weeks in a virus lab investigating the expression of micro-RNAs in a monkey model of Ebola infection. Kent is also a member of the Compass group, a consortium of autism parents, leading scientists, and philanthropists in Silicon Valley looking for answers to neuro-immune diseases.

Heckenlively served on the Executive Council of the San Ramon Valley Education Association for several years and was the Health and Safety Committee Chairman for the teacher’s union, representing more than 1,600 educators, therapists, and psychologists In the fight against chronic diseases, Kent finds great wisdom in the strategy used by Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Mandela believed change could only come about when one engaged in satyagraha, a Buddhist concept which insists on speaking the absolute truth, while at the same time practicing ahimsa, a commitment not to harm those who might be your adversaries. In November of 2014, Heckenlively published PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a 20-year government scientist and former head of the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute. The book quickly became one of the best-selling virus books of the last 30 years and has garnered extensive praise from the patient community and leading physicians.

“I must confess that the two years spent writing PLAGUE have changed many of my views,” said Heckenlively. “I’ve been deeply impressed by the humanity and compassion of so many scientists, while at the same time have become more keenly aware of the political and financial obstacles that prevent scientists from making the kind of significant contributions to the well-being of society that they dreamed of when they began their careers.” Kent and his wife Linda live in Northern California with their two children, Jacqueline and Ben. Fun fact: Kent played football for De La Salle High School whose Spartans had a 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003, a record unequaled by any American sport. This accomplishment is depicted in the 2014 film, When the Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Cazaviel and Laura Dern. Kent firmly believes that even though all this success happened after he stopped playing football for De La Salle it was “just a coincidence” and not a reflection of his athletic skills.

For more information, visit www.inoculated.org

On Air Introduction

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, Heckenlively has applied his exacting skills to explore the connect between childhood vaccines and autism in two books—the just-released Inoculated: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism and PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases. That one, authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a 20-year government scientist and former head of the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute quickly became one of the best-selling virus books of the last 30 years and has garnered extensive praise from the patient community and leading physicians. Inoculated initially reads like a mystery thriller, a lone whistleblower, akin to All the President’s Men’s Deep Throat, spills the government’s secrets. But like the film Contagion, what’s at risk is the health of millions! From that compelling beginning, Heckenlively goes on to chronicle in detail how the Centers for Disease Control’s deliberate chose to inaccurately report test results that showed a distinct correlation between the vaccine and increased autism statistics --and a lack of courage by those who could have spoken up in the early 2000s when indicators began to surface, but instead stayed silent or deliberately perverted the truth—choices that have resulted in an entire generation of autism disabled children—and a fast-rising tide of more.

Kent’s life seemed almost destined to take on this herculean task of raising people’s awareness of the danger. During undergrad and law school, Heckenlively worked for U.S. Senator Pete Wilson and the the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. After leaving law to become a science teacher, Heckenlively attended the Teacher Research Academy at Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratories, spending eight weeks in a virus lab investigating the expression of micro-RNAs in a monkey model of Ebola infection.

Kent is also a member of the Compass group, a consortium of autism parents, leading scientists, and philanthropists in Silicon Valley looking for answers to neuro-immune diseases. In his books and interviews, Kent’s goal is to present the full and complete facts in order for people to make an informed decision and to align together to find new answers. For more information, visit www.inoculated.org

Questions for Kent Heckenlively

  • Tell us why you decided to write this book.
  • Why is INOCULATED such an important book?
  • In your subtitle you use the phrase – “How Science Lost its Soul in Autism” – please explain what you mean?
  • You share some startling revelations in the first three chapters, can you talk about some of them?
  • What first brought this subject to your attention?
  • Can you talk a little bit more about the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and how you believe it has changed our relationship with government and the pharmaceutical industry?
  • Who is Dr. William Thompson?
  • Why did Dr. Thompson contact Dr. Brian Hooker and confess this cover-up of damage from the MMR vaccine?
  • Can you tell us about the critical documents that Dr. Thompson turned over to Congressman William Posey?
  • Tell us a little about the backstory of Dr. Andy Wakefield?
  • What kind of bad science in replicating his research enabled the medical establishment to invalidate these warning signs in Dr. Wakefield’s work?
  • When you investigated the actions of Congress into this matter, what did you find? Was anyone on top of this issue?
  • Tell us about the Simpsonwood Conference of June 6-7, 2000 and what that was about?
  • Do you think Dr. William Thompson will ever be brought before a congressional committee and be questioned about his allegations?
  • I’ve heard about this controversial documentary, VAXXED, can you tell me about it? And how is it different than your book?
  • I understand you have gathered quite a coalition to support your efforts. Can you talk about that?
  • Why is this issue particularly urgent given the actions of such a bellweather state like California which has now made it illegal NOT to vaccinate your child?
  • What do you think are some promising scientific investigations which hold the hope of treatments or cure for autism?
  • Is it too late to stem the autism epidemic? Do you think the tide can turned?
  • What would be your vision to see happen?
  • What can people listening to this interview do beside read your book?

For more information, visit www.inoculated.org

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Resource Websites

Age of Autism - www.ageofautism.com

Green Med Info: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/

The Bolen Report:  http://bolenreport.com/

Autism File Magazine:  http://www.autismfile.com/

Awake California:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/615054765292637/

Autism Trailblazers:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Autismtrailblazers/

Judy Mikovits:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/131858756922968/

California Coalition:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/CaliforiansforVaccineChoice/

Learn the Risk group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/learntherisk/