In November of 2013, Simpson University biology professor, Dr. Brian Hooker got a call from Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in vaccine safety. Their conversations would lead to explosive revelations that top officials at the CDC engaged in a systematic cover-up of data showing that earlier administration of the MMR vaccine caused increased rates of autism in children, particularly African-American males. Thompson would eventually turn over thousands of the documents to US Congressman William Posey.
Science teacher and author, Kent Heckenlively, was granted access to this unprecedented trove of documents and uses them, as well as ground-breaking interviews with many of the key players in this debate, to tell the story of how vaccines have become a thirty-year disaster since passage of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which gave pharmaceutical companies complete immunity for damages caused by their products.
About the Author
Kent Heckenlively, J.D., is a science teacher, an attorney, and a founding contributing editor of Age of Autism. During college Heckenlively worked for US Senator Pete Wilson and in law school he was a writer and editor of the school's law review and spent his summers working for the US Attorney's Office in San Francisco. His previous book, PLAGUE, written with Dr. Judy Mikovits, a twenty-year government scientist and former head of the Lab of Anti-Viral Drug Mechanisms at the National Cancer Institute, is one of the best-selling virus books of the past twenty years. Kent and his wife Linda live in Northern California with their two children, Jacqueline and Ben.