My local bookstore is celebrating “Banned Books Week” with a large display in its front window. (Banned Books Week is celebrated from September 24 to September 30.)
Which makes me ask the question: If I am banned from a country (like Australia) because of the books I write, does the banning of me as an individual attach to my books as well?
I believe it does. Any attempt at censorship, the free discussion of ideas found in books, whether it’s Mark Twain, Henry Miller, or even J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series brings something dark and dangerous into the world. Corruption grows in darkness. If a belief is wrong let it fight for survival in the open sunlight of the public square.
The good ideas will win. The bad ideas will fail. That’s really the cornerstone of democracy. Groups of free people in voluntary association, exercising the civil virtues of open discussion and respectful debate will come to a reasonable conclusion.
The banning of me and others like me from Australia is but a symptom of something much more sinister. From the very depths of my soul I believe a tremendous evil is rising. But at the same time I believe an even more powerful righteous force has been awakened.
One of the issues concerning me lately is the power which technology companies have over our apparent reality. I’ve listened to many conservative commentators talking about how their web-sites and YouTube channels have been de-monetized, the algorithms for the more popular stories with conservative content are recalculated to drop them from the feed, and many long-time writers are kicked off web platforms for supposed “hate speech,” an amorphous category which appears to have no other definition than an opinion with which somebody disagrees.
I haven’t really been able to come to an independent conclusion about such claims until the recent banning of my “DANGEROUS SCIENCE” tour from Australia and worldwide news coverage in outlets as varied as the BBC, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, BuzzFeed, ABC Online, and the South China Morning Post.
One might think that these venerable news outlets would want a comment from me, right? I mean, even the Taliban has its own spokesperson in Pakistan who is available for comment. But Kent Heckenlively, the World’s #1 Anti-Vaxxer? Apparently I’m more difficult to find than Osama Bin Laden.
But no, not a single news outlet contacted me for a comment.
I’m going to make a confession. I probably check the Amazon rankings for my books, INOCULATED and PLAGUE a few times a week. They usually track pretty closely together, which is not surprising since they both detail corruption in science. 87% of the reviews on Amazon give INOCULATED a five star rating while 83% give PLAGUE a five star rating.
Here’s a little insider information on the Amazon system for ranking books. I think they have something like a million titles, and a book will be placed somewhere between 1 and 1,000,000, based on daily sales. Normally both INOCULATED and PLAGUE would be somewhere between 30,000 and 80,000. If I go on a national radio show, like Coast to Coast, the numbers spike for about a week.
After my appearance on Coast to Coast for INOCULATED, the book jumped to 572, which essentially meant I was temporarily outselling the other approximately 999,428 titles on Amazon. PLAGUE spiked to somewhere around 1,200 after my appearance on Coast to Coast.
In light of that, doesn’t it seem likely that the publicity around my banning from Australia would cause an uptick in book sales? But not according to Amazon. After ten months of bouncing from 30,000 to 80,000 in the daily ranking, when I was banned from Australia my Amazon ranking for INOCULATED dropped dramatically.
I am currently at 577,373.
How is it that in the week when my name is broadcast around the world that my book sales suddenly dropped so much? There is a simple explanation. Amazon has become aware of my work and is trying to suppress interest in the book.
Which seems completely mad to me since in the sane world which existed not too long ago, writing a book based on documents you received from Congress, showing unprecedented harm to children, and provided by a scientist whistle-blower who worked for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), would likely get you a Pulitzer Prize.
Now admittedly, I’m something of a conservative type, but even if you are are a full-blown social justice warrior, you would no doubt find the story of how vaccines are devastating the African-American male population to be worthy of at least passing interest. After all, don’t Black Lives Matter?
And I really tried to be even-handed, even doing a long interview with the former Chief Special Master of the Vaccine Court, Gary Golkiewicz, and a Stanford Law professor, Nora Freeman Engstrom, one of the few academics who has researched the vaccine court.
Yes, and in my book you also get Dr. Brian Hooker, the whistle-blower himself, Dr. William Thompson, (courtesy of the documents provided by the office of Congressman William Posey) and Dr. Andy Wakefield.
And just so you don’t think it’s all depressing, I’ve included a chapter on the work of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) researcher, Dr. Robert Naviaux with suramin, which I believe points the way to a cure, not just for autism, but for so many other chronic diseases as well.
This is a direct quote from the article “Lost Boys Found,” recently published in the UCSD magazine. “Suramin appears to temper the CDR [Cell Danger Response], blocking alarm signals so that cells return to a normal state and resume normal functions and development. ‘We have tried every new treatment out there for over 10 years,’ said the mother of a 14-year-old trial participant. ‘Nothing has come close to all the changes in language and social interaction that we saw with suramin. We saw our son advance three years in development in just six weeks after suramin. We want to see now if a few doses of suramin over a few months might help even more.'”
The darkness is great, but the light is close. I want us to win the war so we can all go home and enjoy our lives.
Go onto Amazon now to get your copy of INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism to see if you can break the algorithm.
I’ll be watching.
The book is co-authored with Judy Mikovits PhD. It is an indictment of the “Fake Science” we find so prevalent in the US.