Columbia Professor Says Boss Made Her Inspect His Butt – New York Post, May 20, 2017
“A Columbia University scientist claims her boss – and former lover – repeatedly dropped his drawers and demanded she diagnose a lesion on his butt.”
Associate Professor Mady Hornig says her boss at the university’s Mailman School of Public Health [Ian Lipkin] also demanded co-credit for her work; kicked her under the table at meetings to keep her from speaking; presented her work as his own, and kept her from getting tenure, Hornig claims in a Manhattan federal court lawsuit.”
Sometimes reality far outstrips the imagination of even the greatest fiction writer. For those of you unfamiliar with the dynamic duo of Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig, let me clue you in.
This is the team that went after Dr. Andrew Wakefield
and his claims of a connection between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism with a vengeance.
They are also the same duo that went after Dr. Judy Mikovits and her findings
of a retrovirus being linked to the development of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).
Do I need to tell any of you that their investigations of both Wakefield and Mikovits were biased, dishonest, and corrupt?
And those are the nicest words I can think to use to describe their studies.
Got it? These are the two scumbag scientists that millions of sick people and their families have to thank for derailing the work of good scientists who were trying to alleviate human suffering.
I even have an entire chapter entitled “The Lipkin-Hornig Team” in my new book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism.
I also wrote about them in the book I co-authored with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.
It’s interesting to see that their personal lives are as corrupt and ugly as their science.
I will leave you with the concluding pages of Lipkin-Hornig chapter. In it I reviewed the work of Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig regarding their investigations into autism and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). I also detail to readers the night of September 19, 2013 when I was the invited guest of Drs. Lipkin and Hornig for an event to celebrate the work of The Center for Infection and Immunity at the Mailman School of Public Health.
In light of the alleged butt inspecting and double-crosses,
I think that readers will find it VERY enlightening. This is how I ended that chapter.
“Robert Kennedy, the former Senator from New York and presumptive Democratic candidate for President before he was assassinated in 1968, said in a famous speech in South Africa, “Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”
I know there are many in the autism and chronic fatigue syndrome/ME community who have nothing but contempt for Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig, because of the reasons I have outlined. Indeed, the catalog of hypocrisy and scientific double-talk is truly breath-taking, especially when one considers its impact on millions of people who suffer with chronic diseases around the world.
On the question of mercury and its contribution to autism, Lipkin and Hornig are on record believing this is a viable theory when you take into account genetic variation. But they don’t talk about that research much anymore, preferring to point the finger at mercury coming from coal-fired power plants, rather than the mercury which has been in the past and continues to be injected into people’s veins through vaccinations.
On the question of a retroviral contribution to chronic fatigue syndrome/ME suggested by Dr. Judy Mikovits, they are adamant that there is no connection. But wait, that opinion is based on a study that kicked out any patients who:
Had a medical or psychiatric illness that might be associated with fatigue;
Abnormal blood serum characteristics, and
Abnormal thyroid functions.
A different study with a patient population characterized by Dr. Jose Montoya of Stanford University found 85% of these individuals showed evidence of infection with a retrovirus. However, that was likely to be controversial, so they preferred to focus on the abnormal pattern of inflammatory markers, the chemokines and cytokines. This was exactly the finding made several years earlier by Dr. Mikovits, which led her to theorize that a retrovirus might be involved in the condition. But even Lipkin admitted that focusing on the abnormal immune markers was unlikely to get them to the root of the problem.
Was that a replication study of Dr. Wakefield’s work? It wasn’t really a replication study at all. And even with all of those problems, they found evidence to support his original findings. It was a classic “bait and switch” move, just like they did with the results of Judy Mikovits. Use a different population of children with autism, and then take samples from those areas of the gut which are unlikely to contain the measles virus. Then declare the matter settled. I cannot believe these are celebrated scientists with world-wide reputations.
I want to perform a thought experiment.
What if Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig had stood up and declared to the world that mercury was likely to be connected to the autism epidemic and that was the hill upon which they were going to fight and die? What if Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig had done a good job in the XMRV investigation and confirmed Dr. Mikovits’ findings, bringing hope to millions around the world who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, and possibly those with autism? What if Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig had followed the basic rules for a replication study of Dr. Wakefield’s work, using the same patient population and obtaining samples from areas of inflammation in the terminal ileum?
The simple truth is that if Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig had been honest scientists they would have faced the same persecution as Andy Wakefield and Judy Mikovits. They would have been removed from their positions at Columbia University and vilified throughout the scientific world. I do not believe Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig have the “moral courage” of Andy Wakefield and Judy Mikovits. It really is that simple.
I do not mean this as a criticism. Few people have such courage. From my personal experience and research, Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig are both highly intelligent, charming, and at least in the case of Mady Hornig and what she tried to do with thimerosal and autism, possessed of some measure of courage.
Consider even what Ian Lipkin said in Discover magazine in an April 2012 article entitled “The World’s Most Celebrated Virus Hunter.”
Could autism be another version of a PANDAS-like disease?
It’s possible, in some people. There is probably a group of people who have a genetic component to autism, and for them, there may not be much of a trigger or any trigger at all required. Another group is genetically predisposed, and if they encounter some factor or factors, individually or in combination, it could result in either the onset or the aggravation of neurodevelopmental disorder; by factors, I include everything from heavy metals to infection.
PANDAS refers to pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder, or in simpler language, an autoimmune problem provoking a neurological disease in children. Do you want to know what causes autism? If you listen to Ian Lipkin, it seems very simple.
Some people may have a genetic variation that does not react well to new components in the environment, specifically heavy metals, other chemicals, and infections which would not normally have been encountered in previous generations. Where might we begin such an investigation? We all know the answer to that question.
But Lipkin and Hornig do not have the moral courage to face the enormity of this challenge. They are not willing to stand for the truth, regardless of the consequences. They want to find answers, but are not willing to jeopardize their positions. They may speak the truth quietly in a magazine article or at a private cocktail party, but will not launch a crusade to rescue those who suffer. They want to find treatment and cures, but do not want to face the wrath of the pharmaceutical companies or the government scientists who push vaccines as an article of their medical faith. And they have made a decision to be the scientific “tip of the spear” against autism parents or chronic fatigue syndrome/ME patients who have opinions roughly similar to their own findings and public pronouncements.
I do not expect things to end well for Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig. When the truth begins to unravel, as it inevitably must, the same forces which pushed them to be the tip of the spear will most likely break that spear and hand it to the patient communities as a peace offering. We will be told that if it were not for these “bad scientists” the truth would have been revealed years, if not decades earlier. They will be scapegoated and proclaimed to be the locus of evil which has infected scientific debate. The outbreak of bad science will have been contained. Look at these two former scientists we will be told, pulled down from their lofty academic positions, possibly put on trial, appearing daily in handcuffs, and if convicted, we will get reports of their incarceration. The greatest problem though, is not with the tip of the spear, but with those who demanded it be wielded against the innocent.
I will not be able to raise a voice in defense of Lipkin and Hornig when that occurs. It will be justice of a sort, but it will not be the whole truth. In better times I believe Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig would have been better people. But we are not judged on our behavior during times of leisure and safety.
We are judged on how we acted in times of challenge and controversy.
I feel I was much too kind in that passage. Let me tell you how I feel about them now.
The two rats at the very top of the scientific pyramid have finally turned on each other.
Yes, one could say that in order to get to the top of that scientific pyramid they needed to tell lies. Maybe they thought they would so some good. Well, those lies have been revealed now. Lipkin and Hornig have been the leading purveyors of a corrupt scientific system which condemns millions to misery and I hope the system gets thrown out on the trash-heap along with these two criminals.
Oh, and Lipkin is also the scientist who in an April 3, 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal, took credit for getting Wakefield’s documentary, VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, thrown out of the Tribeca Film Festival.
He just keeps coming like a creature from the Bad Science Lagoon.
Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig, I hope you lose every bit of scientific credibility you have for the lies you have told about Andy Wakefield and Judy Mikovits and the damage you have caused to millions of people.
By Kent Heckenlively, J.D.
Kent Heckenlively is the author of INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, available on Amazon and at Barnes&Noble.com