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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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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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  • Swanet
  • Encinitas, CA United States
  • 07-09-15

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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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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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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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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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
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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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Extraordinary and harrowing sojourn of a dedicated scientist undermined by a corrupted system.

“Plague” chronicles the shocking discovery of a third retrovirus discovered by Dr. Mikovits. A steadfast and rigorous cancer and AIDS researcher who realizes how and why a third retrovirus was generated in a laboratory setting and spread through the air to millions of people. More importantly, her dramatic struggle reveals that the swift development of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, autism, and cancer may have been immune stimulated diseases by vaccines carrying similar virus sequences. Falsely imprisoned without a warrant, her research confiscated, and her reputation stained, Mikovits survives the ordeal but we in the body politic lost years of her honorable research and all are no closer to being protected from thus reckless man-made catastrophe.

A sobering tale of medical heroism undermined by arrogant and cowardly individuals with great wealth and power facilitated by a corrupt judicial system. A must read for anyone suffering from cancer, autoimmune disorders and / or or parents with vaccine injured children.

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must read for those interested in vaccines, gmo

amazing book about the strong possibility that animal testing of vaccines has lead to more harm than good

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Patience makes for easy understanding.

necessary read for everyone. God bless Judy. with patience it is quite understandable. Hope always.

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  • Cheri
  • 02-19-16

Class action law suit needs to happen

For too long the governments around the world have been neglecting those with serious disabling ME/CFS and covering up facts and research which evident biological proof so that they can say patients are mentally ill to not be held accountable. Proof is here folks it's time for action to help those whose lives have been snatched away including children. Tick tock....who will get ill next?....pray it's not you!!!

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  • badgerblog
  • 01-14-15

A revelation...the truth at last

A must read for anyone interested in ME or sufferers who have a right to know what happened to what appeared to be vital research. A long and in many parts a very
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scientific book

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  • Gordy Mckellar
  • 11-12-18

A story everyone should, unfortunate flat delivery

The narrator sounds very metallic and disinterested, like a monotonous robot, more akin to a good text-to-speech engine where the pronunciation has been mastered than an engaged human being. This is most unfortunate because the story is quite intense to follow and would have been transformed by a reader who sounded like they were actually alive. After listening to some fantastic audiobook narration, this was a disappointment; doubly so because the story is of some importance and the reader should be encouraged to work through it.

There is quite a bit of the story to pay attention to including the back-story, the science, the dynamic between all the different actors, and the linear explanation of events. Therefore, it may necessitate putting up with the voice. Nevertheless, the benefit of sticking with it is worth it simply for what you will learn.

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  • Waldo
  • 05-26-18

I can’t believe this is non-fiction book, it’s a real drama.

Plague is as much about a plague of socio-economic injustice as it is about a retro-virus plague.

It helped to shatter some of my illusions/conditioning I have that; based on this book Plague: it took two weeks to put this innocent scientist directly in prison without a court-hearing, and two years for her to make it so that integrity, truth and reality saw the light of day as she competed against the behind-the-scenes socio-economic interpersonal power pressuring a judge to put her in prison.

Thank goodness I haven’t had to go through all that myself.

It all seems to come down to what socio-economically powerful people can say, make happen, and can cover up with a money-corrupted legal system.

Instead of integrity telling people’s life-story it’s socio-economic power telling people’s life-story. Sad but true.

I found it more about the inter-personal tensions and dramas than about the XMRV plague which I was more interested in for health reasons.

The narrator’s voice sounded a bit silly-movie-voice to me.

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  • Enid
  • 04-25-16

an insight into what you won't be told by your dr

if you are trying to get your head around cfs
/me and like to make your own mind up about things rather than be told what to think...then this is the book for you!
In this book another side to what this debilitating condition is all about is discussed and referenced. plenty if food for thought for the Dr carer or sufferer. Current and up to date.

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  • Wes
  • 10-02-18

Good mix of scientific analysis and intriguing story

Really enjoyed this book as it had a great deal of solid scientific research and gave an interesting insight into the workings of the scientific community as well as outlining the incredible injustice towards Judy and her research team.
I found it difficult to follow in some parts as the writer jumped back and forward in time to outline different aspects of the whole picture but overall I believe the important details were pronounced.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in potential causes of chronic fatigue