Judy Mikovits

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Judy A. Mikovits, PhD, was an ME/CFS scientist, researcher and previously the research director at the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI). She is one of the authors of the 2011 case definition, International Consensus Criteria for ME.[1] Her work focus now centers mostly on autism and opposition to vaccines, and she has not published peer-reviewed research since 2013.[2] Judy Mikovits founded M.A.R.C. Inc with Dr Francis Ruscetti in 2016.

XMRV[edit | edit source]

In 2009, Dr Mikovits led the team that published a paper suggesting a connection between the XMRV retrovirus and ME/CFS, which was the later retracted in 2011.[3][4] Dr. Mikovits participated in a large study in 2012 that indicated that there was no association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and either Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus.[5]

Arrest & lawsuit[edit | edit source]

Mikovits was fired from the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI) in 2011.[6] After her departure there was a legal dispute, involving her arrest, with the WPI.[7] Dr Mikovits' case against her critics was dismissed in February 2016.[8][9]

Book - Plague[edit | edit source]

In 2014 Dr Mikovits published a book called Plague about her experiences and research.

COVID-19 and Plandemic[edit | edit source]

In May of 2020, Dr Judy Mikovits released a preview for a documentary, Plandemic. It was removed from YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms, as it was flagged as health misinformation.[10] Mikovits made assertions that put others' health at risk, such as the claim that wearing a face-mask "activates" the virus.[11]

Mikovits has not published any peer-reviewed research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus or COVID-19 illness.[2]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Notable studies in ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

  • 2011, Failure to Confirm XMRV/MLVs in the Blood of Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Multi-Laboratory Study[17] - (Full text)]
  • 2012, A multicenter blinded analysis indicates no association between chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and either xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus or polytropic murine leukemia virus.[5] - (Full text)
  • 2012, A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, clinical trial of the TLR-3 agonist rintatolimod in severe cases of chronic fatigue syndrome[18] - (Full Text)

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Carruthers, Bruce M.; van de Sande, Marjorie I.; De Meirleir, Kenny L.; Klimas, Nancy G.; Broderick, Gordon; Mitchell, Terry; Staines, Donald; Powles, A.C. Peter; Speight, Nigel; Vallings, Rosamund; Bateman, Lucinda; Baumgarten-Austrheim, Barbara; Bell, David; Carlo-Stella, Nicoletta; Chia, John; Darragh, Austin; Jo, Daehyun; Lewis, Donald; Light, Alan; Marshall-Gradisnik, Sonya; Mena, Ismael; Mikovits, Judy; Miwa, Kunihisa; Murovska, Modra; Pall, Martin; Stevens, Staci (August 22, 2011). "Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria". Journal of Internal Medicine. 270 (4): 327–338. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x. ISSN 0954-6820. PMC 3427890. PMID 21777306.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Judy MIKOVITS". ResearchGate. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  3. Lombardi, Vincent C.; Ruscetti, Francis W.; Gupta, Jaydip Das; Pfost, Max A.; Hagen, Kathryn S.; Peterson, Daniel L.; Ruscetti, Sandra K.; Bagni, Rachel K.; Petrow-Sadowski, Cari (October 23, 2009). "Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Science. 326 (5952): 585–589. doi:10.1126/science.1179052. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 19815723.
  4. Oransky, Author Ivan (December 22, 2011). "Chronic fatigue syndrome-XMRV paper retracted by Science, completely this time". Retraction Watch. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Alter, Harvey J.; Mikovits, Judy A.; Switzer, William M.; Ruscetti, Francis W.; Lo, Shyh-Ching; Klimas, Nancy; Komaroff, Anthony L.; Montoya, Jose G.; Bateman, Lucinda; Levine, Susan; Peterson, Daniel; Levin, Bruce; Hanson, Maureen R.; Genfi, Afia; Bhat, Meera; Zheng, HaoQiang; Wang, Richard; Li, Bingjie; Hung, Guo-Chiuan; Lee, Li Ling; Sameroff, Stephen; Heneine, Walid; Coffin, John; Hornig, Mady; Lipkin, W. Ian (September 18, 2012). "A Multicenter Blinded Analysis Indicates No Association Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Either Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus". mBio. 3 (5): e00266-12. doi:10.1128/mBio.00266-12. PMC 3448165. PMID 22991430. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  6. Marcus, Amy Dockser (October 3, 2011). "Scientist Who Led XMRV Research Team Let Go". WSJ. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  7. Cohen, Jon (November 19, 2011). "Controversial CFS Researcher Arrested and Jailed". Science | AAAS. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  8. "Judy Anne Mikovits v. Adam Garcia et al (2:14-cv-08909), California Central District Court". pacermonitor.com. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  9. Palus, Shannon (February 16, 2016). "Court dismisses lawsuit by XMRV-chronic fatigue syndrome researcher". Retraction Watch. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  10. Dean, Sam (May 9, 2020). "Facebook and YouTube race to squash viral video full of coronavirus lies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  11. Hale, James. "YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter Crack Down On COVID-19 Conspiracy Film 'Plandemic'". tubefilter. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  12. Invest in ME Research. "IIMEC3". Invest in ME Research. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  13. Invest in ME Research. "IIMEC4". Invest in ME Research. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  14. Invest in ME Research. "IIMEC5 International ME Conference 2010". Invest in ME Research. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  15. Verrillo, Erica (June 1, 2014). "Plague: An Interview With Judy Mikovits". Prohealth. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  16. Invest in ME Research. "IIMEC6 International ME Conference 2011". Invest in ME Research. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  17. Simmons, Graham; Glynn, Simone A.; Komaroff, Anthony L.; Mikovits, Judy A.; Tobler, Leslie H.; Hackett, John; Tang, Ning; Switzer, William M.; Heneine, Walid (November 11, 2011). "Failure to Confirm XMRV/MLVs in the Blood of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Multi-Laboratory Study". Science. 334 (6057): 814–817. doi:10.1126/science.1213841. ISSN 0036-8075. PMC 3299483. PMID 21940862.
  18. Strayer, David R.; Carter, William A.; Stouch, Bruce C.; Stevens, Staci R.; Bateman, Lucinda; Cimoch, Paul J.; Lapp, Charles W.; Peterson, Daniel L.; Mitchell, William M. (March 14, 2012). "A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized, Clinical Trial of the TLR-3 Agonist Rintatolimod in Severe Cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". PLoS ONE. 7 (3): e31334. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031334. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 3303772. PMID 22431963.