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Plague

One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
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On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with 24 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 20-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. This is a story for anybody interested in the peril and promise of science at the very highest levels in our country.

©2014 Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Implications Abound

The Plague outlines the inner workings of how science is carried out and critiqued by other scientists, and advanced or halted. Science is so trusted because it is meticulously performed and constantly challenged. This is the story of how it is challenged by perception and money and power. The implications of this story, the creation of retroviruses in labs and evidence of its virulence in the population is frightening,

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Stick with it!

I read plague of corruption first and I think that was my problem. The narrator of that book was fabulous and while I definitely did get used to the narration of this one it was really difficult for me to keep going at first because there is so little expression in the narration. The story however is very detailed and very good. it jumps around a lot and there is some repetition but honestly I found the repetition helpful because it allowed me to really retain those key points. I bought a hard copy of the book after listening to it because I wanted to make sure that I could quick reference things... there's a lot of valuable information here.

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Intriguing and informative

Reads like a thriller with tons of turns and twists, but is chock full of virology jargon and truth. Worth a look, maybe even a second one to get the most out of the book. A must read for anyone who’s ever had an interest in Science or for the curious mind.

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A must read!!

Dr. Mikovits was used and abused. She was a passionate scientist especially because she was true to her patients. Unfortunately she was railroaded by unscrupulous peers which really comes down to money, greed, dishonesty and it continues today!! Thank you Ms. Mikovits for your service. This book is a must read.

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very detailed and science based

would be a hard read, but made for a good and informative listen, lots of information

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  • Gregory
  • 2015-03-30

Far Beyond Compelling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only if they though they could handle it. If they don't mind having their faith shaken or if they are a true medical cynic (like myself).

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I have never had a book of any kind make me as angry from beginning to end as this book did. It is an indictment of our criminal justice system, our governmental medical bureaucracy, the scientific laboratory and clinical research community and indeed our medical belief system.

What three words best describe Eric Martin’s voice?

Articulate, authoritative, emotive

but this was frequently destroyed for me by the gross mispronunciation of many medical and scientific terms. A scientific adviser is a must

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It IS what you don't know that can hurt you

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  • ric
  • 2017-03-06

Exposing the man behind the curtain

This book talks about something many of us in the clinical community know to be true. That 'medicine' (research, pharma, etc) as we know it in this country is not for the greater good. That those who go against the grain to expose the 'bad' ...get punished and often destroyed.

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  • Alan Scott
  • 2016-12-05

Inconvenient truths buried again.

Caught between scientific journals gatekeepers and research grant decision makers, unbiased science never had a chance. A microbiologist crosses the line and finds herself in grave danger.

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  • John
  • 2017-06-01

Sad

I have learned that Judy's problem is not restricted to medicine alone. Mindsets and egos have destroyed so much. What she has experienced has been replicated in many other disciplines. I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for years but I have been lucky and I have overcome it with full recovery I feel for those who are still suffering from it and I hope there are other Judy's out there and will continue the fight.

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  • Bonnie B. Matheson
  • 2016-05-17

So Dry, it crackles! But vitally important.

The story is almost unbelievable in its unfairness. But it points up the cronyism amount the scientific community and their donors as well as Big Pharma.
If only this book could describe the riveting story without repeating over and over again, the technical terms, the confusing names of viruses,drugs, cells and macrophages!
Everyone should hear this story, however the details should be an addendum at the end of the book.

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  • Bill
  • 2016-03-27

Interesting content badly edited.

The story bounces around in time, which made it very difficult to stay interested in the book. The content on the other hand looks intriguing and one wonders what will happen in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-09

Scary Truth: We Are Not Safe

Judi Mikovits PhD is an honest scientist in a corrupt world. If a movie was made of this, no one would believe it. Truth truly is stranger, and scarier, than fiction. In fact, the truth is so scary, the cover-up so profound, it is hard to wrap your head around. At the same time, it explains a lot to patients who are wondering where the devil these symptoms came from? I started this book about the same time I got the hep B vaccine. Soon I began having serious gut issues...like WW lll was going off in my stomach... and spinal issues...moving stiffness that no anti inflammatory, chiropractic adjustment or massage could fix. In addition, I soon went from CHF under complete control, to stage 3. It was scary. I was so grateful I had listened to this book and made the connection "OMG it's retroviruses!" And I could not have done that without Judi Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively's dedication to Plague.. I am beyond grateful. I began treating my symptoms as what they were, an aggressive virus, and got better. But whether sick or not, and I hope you are not, Plague is for everyone. We all deserve the truth.

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  • Lionel Letcher
  • 2017-04-05

Alarming

This book should alarm anyone who has their trust in the supposed objectivity of scientific bodies. It is a shock to see how personalities have interpreted research according to presuppositions. It is also an eye opener to see the connection between private corporations and research labs.

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  • Swanet
  • 2015-07-09

Eye opening. The story amazed me

This book is an eye opening account that introduced a lot of new information interwoven with the story. I enjoyed listening to the audio version, which is very well performed in confidential style that is appealing. I could also easily repeat a particularly educational and interesting segment. Take the chance and read it, it triggers a lot of questions on health and viruses, vaccines and illness.... What to speak of the shocking political and legal infractions. I find the book and its authors courageous and an introduction to the important awakening to an awareness of some of what is really going on in the shocking world of research and vaccines etc. Hopefully this will trigger saving lives of children and adults...

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  • Tamara Odeh
  • 2020-05-10

Excellent! What a hero!!

So thankful for Dr. Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively. Very informative, interesting and easy to follow. Finally I revieved some answers to questions I've been asking my doctor for years.

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