We Fact-Checked Dr. Mikovits’ Pandemic Conspiracy Claims. If You Watched The Video, Read This!

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The video starts by lauding Dr. Mikovits as “one of the most accomplished scientists of her generation” with “ground-breaking” contributions to Aids research. The interviewer continues to claim that Dr. Mikovits published a “devastating article” that revealed that common use of animal and human fetal tissues were causing disease outbreaks.

Fact-check

We did a name search of Dr. Mikovits on PubMed, a national database for scientific, scholarly articles and contributions. Between 2002 – 2011, we found 18 articles (published studies) in which Dr. Mikovits was involved. Of the 18 items, 2 were studies that found previous research done by Dr. Mikovits was inaccurate. Her theory that a virus labeled XMRV causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was proved false by her peers. One article was a retraction of her published research, acknowledging that her study was flawed. Retractions are seldom seen in the scientific community. Unfortunately, this is her most noteworthy contribution to science. She is far from being “one of the most accomplished scientists of her generation.” We never found the “devastating article” on fetal tissue, and the video producers did not make it available for review for some reason.

Notable: Dr. Fauci was the head of NIH when Dr. Mikovits published her false findings. After peer reviews found inaccuracies, Dr. Fauci was the one that directed Dr. Ian Lipkin to conduct a definitive study on the matter. In the interest of fairness, Dr. Fauci asked Dr. Lipkin to include Dr. Mikovits in his team, and he did. Even with Dr. Mikovits’ participation, her claim was found false. This may have been where Dr. Mikovits’ hatred for Dr. Fauci begun. 

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“Big pharma” waged war on her. She was arrested, held with no charges, and a gag order slapped on her. She also alleges a massive cover-up by Dr. Fauci and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) spanning decades.

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Yes, she was arrested. Shortly after her failed study on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, her employer Whittemore Peterson Institute(WPI) fired her. After her firing, she allegedly left with a notebook and flash drives that contained proprietary information. WPI pressed charges and also sued her in civil court to secure their property. Her claim that she was held with no charges may be true. The arrest happened in California. According to some reports, the arresting officers were unclear as to which agency in Nevada had issued the warrant. Thus there may have been a delay in getting the warrant details on paper. In all accounts, she turned herself in with little incident. The footage of a swat team in a night operation that accompanies this portion of the interview is misleading. She served less than a week in prison. Her former employer argued that “immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result to WPI…” if she shared their intellectual property with other laboratories. The judge agreed and ruled in WPI’s favor. The “gag order” she is referring to is simply an order not to share WPI’s intellectual property with competitors. Furthermore, she filed for bankruptcy as a result of the civil lawsuit in which she lost.

She provides no evidence of misappropriation of funds. Any transactions done on behalf of the government are public record and can be obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. 

Minutes 5-10

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In this section of the video, she levels numerous accusations at Dr. Fauci. In particular his handling of the Aids pandemic back in the 80s and 90s. She claims Dr. Fauci and Dr. Gallo held up the publication of significant scientific findings to steal credit and patent the discoveries to benefit financially from the patents. 

Fact-Check

There was indeed some discrepancy involving Dr. Gallo in the race to isolate HIV. A French scientist named Luc Montagnier isolated the virus first and published his findings in May 1983. Dr. Gallo did not publish his paper until April 1984. Dr. Gallo received a US patent for his discovery in 1985. Soon after, Montagnier and his employer Pasteur Institute of Paris sued Dr. Gallo, and a lengthy legal battle ensued. In the end, they settled and shared credit for isolating HIV. 

Nowhere in the drawn-out legal battle does Montagnier or his employer Pasteur Institute of Paris claim interference from Dr. Gallo. They freely published their independent research in 1983.

Also, there is no evidence the Dr. Mikovits was involved in any of the discoveries. There were no documented delays in HIV medications. In fact, according to the FDA, HIV meds were fast-tracked.

Dr. Fauci would have had little or no control over HIV drug approval. The FDA, flawed as it may be, has a rigorous development and approval process. You can read about it here or their financial transparency rules here. New drug processes and all stakeholders involved are well documented. 

Images of sick, emaciated patients in this clip are merely an emotional prop.

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Dr. Fauci made billions as a result of HIV and other patents.

Fact Check

Yes, Dr. Fauci received payments for the patents associated with HIV, but they are nowhere near a million. An international science and health watchdog – BMJ, with no affiliation to the US government, published an expose on payments received by Dr. Fauci and some other government officials. The report records royalty payments of $9700. Dr. Fauci agreed to an interview with BMJ and, in the discussion, declared he had received a total of $45,000 in royalty payments. An amount he claims he donated to charity since he was uncomfortable with the conflict of interest. His colleagues shared his sentiment, according to the article. There is no evidence that Dr. Fauci made billions or even millions at the expense of HIV patient’s lives. Again, you can request any financial payment concerning any NIH patent via the Freedom of Information Act. It is all verifiable.  

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Larry Kramer and LGBTQ hate Dr. Fauci for killing millions of Aids patients.

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When the Aids pandemic surfaced, Larry Kramer and the LGBTQ vilified Dr. Fauci as public enemy number one. They blamed him for the delay in getting drugs approved. Unfortunately, their anger was misdirected as Dr. Fauci had little control over the approval process. In fact, Mr. Kramer and Dr. Fauci later became friends. Dr. Fauci even appointed LGBTQ members on NIH committees to contribute to the fight against Aids. In a PBS interview, Mr. Kramer says, “…I acknowledge him every chance I can because we certainly got off to a rocky start.”

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The Bayh-Dole Act creates a conflict of interest that incentivizes federal employees to profit from federally funded research.

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Yes, the Bayh-Dole Act does create a conflict of interest, as stated in the clip. It allows institutions to obtain patents on their federally funded research discoveries. The institutions can then license out the patents to private companies and potentially profit. 

The Logic Behind Bayh-Dole Act

Most of the federally funded institutions (like universities) cannot produce drugs on the scale needed. Private companies (big pharma), are given the licenses to deliver the drugs on behalf of the patent holder(federally funded institutions). The Act aims to facilitate the quick development of needed medicines. Unfortunately, it inevitably creates a conflict of interest – making a personal profit from federally funded research. Most researchers professedly donate royalty payments back into the research.

Furthermore, we aren’t talking about millions of dollars. The highest reported royalty sum was about $105,000 for the HIV patent. Again, you can request this information via the Freedom of Information Act.

While discussing the Bayh-Dole Act, Bill Gate’s name and image come up inexplicably in the video. He has nothing to do with the Act or Patent Licensing. Anti-vaxxers vilify Bill Gates for his philanthropic efforts to vaccinate vulnerable populations in third world countries.  

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She claims“They stand to make millions and kill millions” via vaccinations.

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It is unclear how vaccines have killed people worldwide. No documented evidence of this exists anywhere in the scientific realm. Furthermore, anybody who owns a cure makes money from it, be it a vaccine, or a therapy. Just to be clear, she is not advocating for government-subsidized medication; she is speaking out against vaccines. This seems to be inflammatory, anti-vaxxer, rhetoric. 

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She flat out says that “… there is no vaccine currently on the schedule for any RNA virus.” 

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This is false. We eradicated Measles and polio via vaccination, and RNA viruses cause both conditions. They were eradicated until the anti-vaxxers decided not to get the immunization. The diseases have now made a comeback. Very unfortunate. 

Minutes 10-15

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When asked if she is anti-vaccine, she says she is not. 

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An anti-vaccine publisher publishes the book she is plugging in the interview. The book is anti-vaccine. A renowned anti-vaccine advocate writes the forward in her book. Here is a story published by our local newspaper about a year ago. It mentions her anti-vaccine efforts in our county of Ventura, California. Remember, she said that vaccines would “kill millions.”?

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She says that “it’s very clear the virus was manipulated” because it exhibited “accelerated viral evolution.”

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Numerous studies on the virus have found no indication of manipulation. Whether it leaked out of a lab is still unclear and subject to ongoing debate and investigation. But scientists seem to agree that the virus is not manufactured. Keep in mind that she does not provide any proof of her research to qualify her position. To study the virus and make the conclusion she makes, you would have to have a laboratory, and she doesn’t. 

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Dr. Fauci has links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and the US government funds the lab.

Fact-Check 

Yes, the US government did send funds to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. There is a more plausible story than the idea that the government was inventing a virus, to unleash on its citizens so it can sell vaccines. Like in the manufacturing industry, the scientific community also outsources, in this case – research. After the SARS outbreak, the US government went into high-gear, researching the virus responsible for SARS (also a coronavirus). In 2014, some incidents at US labs prompted the CDC to halt risky virus studies. Rather than stop the research while addressing safety concerns, the NIAID outsourced this research of Coronavirus to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The $3.7 million payment was for this purpose. That’s the real story. However, given the US’s issues with these highly pathogenic viruses, a laboratory leak in China (or anywhere) could be the source of our current outbreak. 

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She says she was part of the team that made ebola virulent in 1999 while working at Fort Detrick.

Fact-Check

Ebola was first identified in 1976! It’s laughable how outrageous her claims are getting at this point. 

Minutes 15-20

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She claims that there is pressure to document the cause of death as COVID-19 to spread fear and run costs for profit. She also adds that ventilators are killing people.

Fact-Check

It’s very telling that the producer never reveals the name of the Doctor in this clip. Being in the healthcare field, we have friends at all levels of healthcare. None of them report any pressure to over-report. The consensus is that COVID-19 is under-reported due to the lack of tests. 

Her assertion that hospitals are paid $13,000 for admission and $39,000 for ventilator treatment of COVID-19 patients is false. Snopes.com asked Medicare (CMS) about this, and the CMS spokesperson said that there is no predetermined amount paid to hospitals for diagnosing and treating COVID-19 patients. We have some experience in medical records and billing and know that CMS billing is based on procedures done. For example, not everybody that gets a pneumonia diagnosis will need a ventilator. So you don’t bill for the diagnosis, you bill for the procedures done. As of this writing, there is no stand-alone billing code for COVID-19. You code the test and the services provided. Those numbers she mentions are estimates at best. 

There is no documentation of ventilators killing people. But then again, what is her qualification to make this observation? She isn’t a Medical Doctor (keep this in mind with all her assertions)!

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She blames Italy’s death toll on a flu vaccine grown in canines. 

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Again, she provides zero evidence of this. Italy did the most COVID-19 testing of any country so far. 

Scientists have been researching canine-based coronaviruses in Italy for almost 20 years. There is no link to that research and the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential to know that Coronaviruses are not new to the scientific community. Governments around the world recognized the threat this family of viruses posed and vigorously studied them for decades for a possible antidote.

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Hydroxychloroquine is a COVID-19 cure, and it has been taken away. The same way Monsanto took away Suramin which is effective against Autism

Fact-Check

Studies on Hydroxychloroquine show mixed results in treating COVID-19 and are ongoing. There is insufficient data at this time to say it is the cure for COVID-19. The data she refers to and the classification of Hydroxychloroquine by WHO is for Malaria treatment. Some countries have stopped prescribing the drug for COVID-19 due to adverse effects, but there is no order against prescribing it. The AMA never threatened doctors who prescribed it. If anything, the government would be pushing this drug (and have), the president himself owns shares in the manufacturing company. 

As far as Suramin goes; One study did find the drug effective in relieving symptoms of Autism, but the results were temporary. Studies on the drug continue. Bayer-Germany is the manufacturer of the drug, not Monsanto, and is available.

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All-natural remedies are being suppressed because they can’t be patented.

Fact-Check 

The pharmaceutical industry makes a lot of many from natural ingredients, so this is not true. A lot of antibacterials are naturally occurring – think penicillin. The opium poppy plant is used in all sorts of drugs, including oxy and codeine. No patent exits on the poppy plant, right?

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Flu vaccine increases the odds of getting COVID-19 by 36 percent

Fact-Check

Here are the published results of the DOD study on the Flu vaccine she refers to. Since you won’t read it (I don’t blame you, it was a hard read), here is a direct quote from the studies author;

 “those who were vaccinated had 19% lower unadjusted odds (95% CI: 0.72, 0.91) of having other respiratory viruses compared to those who were unvaccinated…”

There is simply no evidence that the flu virus makes you vulnerable to COVID-19, and she provides none. 

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Staying at home lowers your immune response, and wearing masks activates Coronavirus. She claims the beaches having healing properties and should not have been closed.

Fact-Check

The ER doctor’s in the clip have been condemned by both the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine for their “…reckless and untested musings…” It is important to note that neither Doctor is an infectious disease expert, immunologist, epidemiologist, or researcher. There is no scientific evidence that supports the notion that staying at home lowers your immune system. 

The claim that wearing a mask activates the Coronavirus is laughable. Again, she provides no scientific evidence.

She may have a point on the beaches. A recent study shows that Vitamin D may help in prevention and recovery from COVID-19. Our bodies utilize the sun to create this essential vitamin. So arguably, catching some rays may be beneficial. But so would taking Vitamin D supplements as the study suggests. 

Scientists are also studying the ocean for its curative properties. None of the studies indicate it is effective against viral infections, including COVID-19.

The last 5 minutes is loaded with blanket statements like “Institutions polluting our environment and our bodies” without specifics. And claims of freedoms and liberties being at risk. All buzz words to get people riled up but all baseless bunk. 

Important to know 

In the scientific community, all research studies and breakthroughs are published to scholarly journals where peers review them for validity. The peers independently evaluate and replicate findings to ensure validity before they are accepted as legitimate. This process is part of the scientific method used in medicine. This is the process that exposed her flawed research study.

Also, the scientific community expects you to cite all claims you make. For example, if I say 1 out of 10 people have a sleep disorder, I need to provide a reference for where I got this information. They don’t do that for the claims made on this clip. 

Finally, medicine is very specialized. A psychiatrist would never prescribe medication for birth control, for example. If you have skin issues, your primary doctor will refer you to Dermatology. If you are pregnant, you will go to Obstetrics. In all these specialties, you will see Doctors, right? Well, listening to a chiropractor’s advice about a virus (one of the Doctors in the video is a Chiropractor) is like going to an Obstetrician for your depression. Ridiculous, isn’t it? Credible Doctors only speak on their specialty.

It is very dangerous to make a decision or form an opinion with little to no information on a subject. It is downright irresponsible to do this when your choice affects the lives of others.

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