Chronic Fatigue Researcher to Publish Book

Judy Mikovits, the controversial researcher who claimed to establish a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a virus, has coauthored a book set to publish in May.

By | March 12, 2014

Microscopic image of XMRV (Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus)WIKIMEDIA, CDCIn 2009, Judy Mikovits of the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno, Nevada, published a Science paper claiming that the majority of chronic fatigue patients she and her team examined (68 out of 101) carried xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related virus (XMRV). The researchers proposed XMRV as the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Two years later, Science retracted the paper without the full consent of Mikovits and her coauthors when follow-up studies failed to replicate the results indicated that laboratory contamination may have led to the findings. A veritable circus ensued with Mikovits being fired, sued, and arrested on charges were later dropped, all while she maintained her innocence and stuck by her claim that XMRV caused CFS. Now Mikovits has coauthored a book, Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases, detailing the ordeal, according to Retraction Watch.

Mikovits’s coauthor, Kent Heckenlively, drew the link from the XMRV-CFS story to the autism-vaccine conspiracy theory in a piece published Monday (March 10) on Age of Autism, a blog predicated on the premise that autism is a manmade affliction. “In many ways I felt her story, especially the campaign of persecution against her,” he wrote, “mirrored that of many other honest scientists who have looked for answers to the questions raised by these diseases.”

Heckenlively was referring to discredited autism researcher Andrew Wakefield, whose published claims that measles, mumps, rubella vaccinations caused autism were retracted from the literature and thoroughly debunked. Mikovits’s own follow-up research on the link between XMRV and CFS refuted her earlier findings. “The bottom line is we found no evidence of infection with XMRV,” said Mikovits’s co-author Ian Lipkin of Columbia University in a statement on the 2012 study. “These results refute any correlation between these agents and disease."

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Avatar of: CeeCee


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March 12, 2014

"Judy Mikovits, the controversial researcher who claimed to establish a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a virus, has coauthored a book set to publish in May." 

There is absolutely nothing controversial about Dr Mikovits' being a researcher. You may of course mean that the link, the science or the story behind it all may appear to be controversial. 

Dr Mikovits has a longstanding career as a scientist in the fields of cancer and auto-immune disorders as well as having been director of the lab of Antiviral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute before joining the search into ME/cfs...there is certainly NOTHING controversial about her personally or her abilities as a researcher. 

i find that sentence offensive!

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March 12, 2014

Since you left out the link to the book, here it is:     

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Replied to a comment from CeeCee made on March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

You can be offended if you want, but controversial as an adjective describes not the form of a thing but rather its content.  When a book is called controversial, nobody is arguing that it is not in fact a book or should not be/be considered to be a book, but that the words written inside of it are amoral or misleading or questionable.  The same goes for a researcher- nobody is denying that she is one, the application of the word is describing her recent history.

Granted her mistake was likely innocent, but when her finding was debunked, she should have agreed to have the work retracted.  Since she didn't, one could accurately describe that particular action as controversial.  Her being fired, sued and arrested over this action, or because an unnoticed laboratory contaminant caused her to generate data that was not truthful is also controversial.  Not because they may or may not have done those things, but because it was, as a response, unwarrented in its severity, and something worthwhile to be offended over.

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July 19, 2014

My NON HIV AIDS cases goes up through the NIH, CDC, White House, WHO, to the UN. 

I have testified federally in Washington, DC, sat on conference call with the American Red Cross, and am published 28 times on 4 continents.

11+ years of perfectly cited research (books, documentaries, interviews w/ scientists, etc) including my federal testimony --->

or simply google NON HIV AIDS

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July 19, 2014

My husband was diagnosed with CFS shortly after being bitten by arthropods off birds which gave him Borrelia and co-infections, but that went undiagnosed for years.

Like so many others, due to the denial and cover up of what is really causing CFS and many other illnesses, that are referred to as having "no known cause" we were forced to delve very deeply in order to get him appropriate/beneficial treatment and discovered that the true cause and core of his suffering was indeed Borrelia.

He could not get out of bed and was wasting away in extreme agony, but nobody at that stage that he seen, would admit he needed antibiotics or that he had an infection, especially a Vector-borne one. It seemed really bizarre in the beginning, until we educated ourselves on what was actually going on.

We just thought this was a nightmare that we were going through, but then discovered so many others who had been, or were going through the same experience after they had contracted a Vector-borne disease/infection.

Of course like so many others who eventually get correctly diagnosed with these infections and get the front line antibiotic for Lyme, this got him out of bed and probably saved his life.

Incalculable amounts of people are diagnosed with CFS prior to their correct and confirmed diagnoses of Borrelia and co-infections, which has followed being bitten by ticks and other arthropods, why is this so hushed and such a major effort made by certain types to not link this?

Apparently XMRV is a co-infection of Borrelia for many.

There is no doubt that CFS is caused by infection, the question is why do certain organisations make such an effort to cover this up and cause so much unnecessary suffering, pain and death in the process.


Avatar of: CAB


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August 11, 2014

Until Judy Mikovits woman's up and apologizes to the all the very sick patients she defrauded, nothing of hers should be believed. All her Facebook pages and contacts reek of one sided propaganda that does not allow for any questions or non-positive comments. It is a real shame, because I for one , would like to hear side ater a proper apology. This will probably be deleted also because that's typical of how she rolls.

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Replied to a comment from CAB made on August 11, 2014

March 7, 2016

Judy Mikovits has not defrauded anyone, far from it. The XMRV saga was admittedly very difficult for the public to follow and Dr Mikovits ended up being unfairly painted in a very unfavorble light. I'll admit to also being very dissapointed at the time and came to similar conclusion that you had before spending a considerable amount of time and effort to understand the subtleties of what happened and the significance of her research findings. I am a scientist myself as well as patient and only in the last weeks have I fully understood the reality of what happened and the unprecented witchhunt that ensued. Current research is casting a lot of light on the involvement MLVs and endogenous retroviruses in a host of conditions. Give it a some time, I think that in just a few months some more papers will vindicate Dr Mikovits.


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