I have to say I feel like I’m making a LOT of new friends.
Okay, so maybe they’re not the kind of friends I’m used to having, the kind where I can get together with them on a moment’s notice, go out and see a movie with, or maybe play a round of golf, but I consider them friends nonetheless.
One of my new good friends is Deirdre Imus, the multiple New York Times bestselling author, President and Founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University in New Jersey, wife of radio superstar, Don Imus, co-founder of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids (the only vegetarian cattle ranch for kids with cancer), and a regular guest on Imus in the Morning’s Blonde on Blonde and Psychos segment.
What has Deirdre Imus done recently to make herself my friend?
Well, she has made my recent book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, a “recommended reading” for her Environmental Health Center. That’s quite an honor. I consider anybody who takes such an action to publicize the scandal regarding vaccines and autism at the Centers for Disease Control, as alleged by whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson, to be one of my very best friends, even if I have never laid eyes on them.
I have recently been made U.S. Correspondent for the prestigious Autism File magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine dedicated to autism, and have truly enjoyed my interactions with editor, Rita Sheffler. We have worked on several articles together and I have always found her to be a delightful person. Her contributions to my articles have been first-rate, making me sound smarter than I am. I am learning so much from her.
My agent, Johanna Maaghul, of Waterside Productions, the world’s number one literary agency for New York Times non-fiction bestsellers, is another wonderful new friend. Her guidance on INOCULATED has been fantastic, and there are some days where I might exchange nine or ten texts with her about some issue. I can usually count on a response within a half hour.
My publicist, Jackie Lapin, of Conscious Creations is truly another heaven-sent friend. Through her efforts I have appeared on more than forty radio shows and I wouldn’t be surprised if my eventual number doesn’t top out at more than seventy-five. By contrast, with my previous book, PLAGUE, I appeared on only about five radio shows. She is an amazing woman with a remarkable past, including being one of the first female sports-writers in the country.
I was recently sent the paperback version of my first book, PLAGUE, by Susan Randol, of Skyhorse Publishing, and the front cover took my breath away. It hits the stands in late February, and for a first book (co-authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits), its success has been beyond my wildest imagination. You should know that only about one in ten books published by a first-time author EVER go into paperback. I am looking forward to a long career as a writer, and it all started at Skyhorse. Thank you, Susan, as well as Tony Lyons, the owner of Skyhorse, who gave me my first chance.
Teri and Ed Arranga, the guiding force behind the Autism One Conference, held every year, surprised me by offering me my own weekly show on Autism One Radio. Every week I come up with commentary that goes out over internet radio. (Honestly, I can’t claim to understand internet radio, but I do understand presenting information in an upbeat and passionate manner. I leave the technical side of things to Ed. Thank you, Ed. I know I’m a technological caveman!)
I am also happy to have on my team, Barry Segal, founder of Focus for Health, as well as Dr. Brian Hooker, without whom there would have been no story about the CDC whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson. I spent many hours with Dr. Hooker going over the details I relate in INOCULATED, and Barry Segal was kind enough to write the foreword to my book.
Michelle Ford, founder of the Vaccine Injury Awareness League, invited me to speak on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on March 31, 2017. I will be joined at the Capitol by Dr. Brian Hooker, Minister Tony Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, and Robert Kennedy, Jr., newly appointed chairman of the Vaccine Safety and Scientific Integrity Commission. I deeply respect these three men. I expect when we get together it won’t take more than a few minutes before we’re joking together like old friends.
I have to admit that my daughter’s severe autism has isolated me in ways I never imagined possible, and yet it has opened my eyes to a wider world of people who need a champion. I fight for my daughter and those with autism, but I also fight for those with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), as I believe these are linked diseases. We are joined by those who oppose GMO foods as well as many other allied groups, and although we may have been made outcasts by our activism, I like to believe that we have made for ourselves a new family of brave souls who are fighting for our common future.
I consider all of you to be my new friends, and when you pick up a copy of INOCULATED, and read about the struggles of your fellow brothers and sisters in this great effort, you will know that YOU are not alone.