Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD
I have come to the conclusion that many of my dear brothers and sisters in the autism community are suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome” in what has developed as the Ian Lipkin vs. Mady Hornig battle for the Iron Throne of Science at Columbia University.
“Stockholm Syndrome” is a condition in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors. Before you think I am being flippant or rude, I ask you to hear me out.
Lipkin is probably just as much of a sexist, controlling tyrant as Hornig paints him to be. But the greater crimes are the ones in which both of them have participated.
I am a middle school science teacher. If you walked the halls of my school you might see posters proclaiming the “Ten Pillars of Character”, of which the first is honesty.
Another poster might read, “Integrity is doing the right thing when NOBODY is watching.”
If in the course of my teaching I slammed a student’s head into a wall and caused permanent brain damage I would rightly be fired, prosecuted, and sent to jail.
Let’s cut to the chase…
By their actions, Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig have allowed EXACTLY that to happen to millions of children in the United States and around the world. Pediatricians are still giving dangerous vaccines to children, the schools are still struggling under the weight of trying to educate vaccine-injured children, and every week we can look forward to news of some of these children dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or wandering away from their caretakers and drowning in lakes and rivers, or from exposure.
All of this remains UNACKNOWLEDGED by our news media.
And yet there are those who want to take the side of Mady Hornig as an abused woman, who is BRAVELY trying to battle a bad man and scientist.
I have absolutely no hesitation in telling you that I will gleefully pull up a chair with my bowl of hot buttered popcorn, and watch this spectacle unfold.
Hornig’s claims to date are ONLY that Lipkin is a bad man AND probably a FELON due to misuse of federal research funds, BUT NOT THAT HIS SCIENCE IS A LIE WHICH HAS DAMAGED MILLIONS OF CHILDREN.
It is common for me as a teacher to deal with students who tell each other to “Shut up!” Yes, sometimes I’ll send them to the principal’s office and sometimes we’ll sit down and talk with their parents about proper behavior. But never do I have to sit a student down and explain why it’s wrong to lie and cause harm to millions of people.
I know that every single student would give the correct answer to the question: “It is okay to lie and harm millions of people if it allows you to keep your job at a prestigious university. True or false? ______________________.”
It really is pretty simple to me. Tell the truth.
To me, Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig have taken every one of you hostage by the lies they have told about vaccines.
They have taken you hostage when your doctors don’t believe you. Because who have your doctors listened to? The dynamic duo from Columbia University, aided and abetted by the pharmaceutical industry and the Centers for Disease Control.
Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig have taken every one of you hostage when your friends don’t believe you.
Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig have taken every one of you hostage when your family members don’t believe you.
Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig have taken every one of you hostage when your marriages break up, when your bank accounts are bled dry as you try to heal your damaged child, or when you long for the day your child will have a conversation with you, or be able to use the bathroom on their own.
This has gone on since at least 2004, when they first looked into the question of mercury in vaccines and the development of autism. That is thirteen years.
How many of you would like those thirteen years back, with your doctors, and your family and friends believing you?
How many of you think that if the TRUTH HAD BEEN TOLD AND FOUGHT FOR BY IAN LIPKIN AND MADY HORNIG IN 2004, that this epidemic would be a distant memory?
But there is a three step path to redemption. I offer it to BOTH Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig.
Admit that mercury is linked to the autism epidemic, as shown in your 2004 paper, “The Neuro-Toxic Effects of Thimerosal are Mouse-Strain Dependent.” (You can talk about coal-fired power plants and their mercury emissions all you want, but you also have to mention vaccines.)
Admit that you performed a flawed and corrupt investigation into whether the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is linked to gastro-intestinal problems and the development of autism. (It goes without saying that you must also issue an apology to Dr. Andrew Wakefield.)
Admit that you performed a flawed and corrupt investigation into the findings of Dr. Judy Mikovits that a retrovirus is linked to the development of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). And yes, you must also issue an apology to Dr. Mikovits as well.
If you do those three things, I will consider you as having come over to the side of the angels. Now, I can’t speak for the rest of the community, or the world in general. I suspect they will not be as forgiving.
But as I often tell my students, at least you will have done the RIGHT THING.
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD