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Here’s a soon-to-be-released book, a high concept drama-thriller, coming soon from Lance & James Morcan, the writers of the critically acclaimed novels Silent Fear, The Ninth Orphan, and The Heathrow Affair

 

The Me Too Girl draft C

In ‘The Me Too Girl’ young Los Angeles public relations exec Suzie Fox is being blackmailed for sex by a bad cop, a senior officer of the LAPD no less. Suzie fights back the only way she knows how, and, in the process, unwittingly becomes a beacon, a shining light, for America’s Me Too movement and for abused women everywhere.

 

The Me Too Girl…coming your way soon on Amazon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48390120-the-me-too-girl? 

#MeToo

 

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“An immensely entertaining romance adventure!” That’s how Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp describes our new release aviation thriller-romance THE HEATHROW AFFAIR.

 

The Heathrow Affair by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

New release aviation thriller-romance.

 

Excerpt’s from Grady Harp’s review follow:

The Morcans make their novel very contemporary in feeling and content as the opening suggests: ‘The evening of July 25th was an evening young East Ender John Woods would never forget. It was the end of London’s hottest day ever when the temperature hit an all-time high of 37.9 Celsius, and Britain, like the rest of Europe, sweltered in a heatwave like no other on record. It was also the evening John’s beautiful Cambridge-born wife and childhood sweetheart Sandra announced she was pregnant. That wasn’t the only surprise in store for him, however…’ And with that degree of immediacy of conditions and seeds for intrigue, the novel sets flight on an immensely entertaining romance adventure!

… The novel is short, an exciting two-hour read, and provides a fine diversion for an evening away form the clutter of the world. Lance and James prove they can write romantic novels very well indeed. Recommended.

 

THE HEATHROW AFFAIR is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X8CN6BD/ 

 

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Scared of flying? You may be after reading our new release aviation romance-thriller!

 

The Heathrow Affair by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

The Heathrow Affair… a new release book.

 

Synopsis: 

London aircraft engineering apprentice John Woods has the job of his dreams, is married to his childhood sweetheart and thinks life is pretty good. Everything changes when his wife Sandra announces she’s leaving him for another man. Worse, she also advises him she’s pregnant and the child may not be his.

It turns out the other man is First Officer Richard King, a dashing pilot employed by the same international airline John works for at Heathrow Airport.

When John is blamed for a mid-air incident that has catastrophic consequences for one of the airline’s aircraft and for its co-pilot in particular, he and Sandra are reunited in a way neither could ever have imagined.

But all is not what it seems in this aviation love triangle…

 

THE HEATHROW AFFAIR is available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8CN6BD/

 

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Fans of our critically acclaimed historical adventure novels can now read them all in one discounted box set. Four Historical Adventures  spans nearly 3,000 action-packed pages. Each epic tale is set in the 19th Century and each has strong romantic themes.

 

Four Historical Adventures (White Spirit / Into the Americas / World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Box set launched.

 

Box set includes:

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story):

This epic novel is based on the remarkable true story of Irish convict John Graham who escapes the notorious Moreton Bay Penal Settlement on Australia’s east coast to find sanctuary with the Kabi, a tribe of Aborigines who eventually accept him as one of their own. John is torn between two women – one black, one white – and is forced to choose between them.

Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story):

A gritty, real-life adventure based on one of history’s greatest wilderness survival stories. It’s a tale of two vastly different cultures – North America’s First Nations people and European civilization – colliding head on in the early 1800’s in the Pacific Northwest. One reviewer says the action is relentless. Another describes it as a Romeo and Juliet story set in the wilderness.

World Odyssey (The World Duology, Book 1):

This novel follows the fortunes of three young travelers. Their adventures span sixteen years and see them engage with Native Americans, Barbary Coast pirates, Aborigines, Maoris and Pacific Islanders as they travel around the world – from America to Africa, from England to the Canary Islands, to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Their adventures continue in Fiji.

Fiji: A Novel (The World Duology, Book 2):

A continuation of the dramatic adventures of the travelers who feature in book one in the duology, this novel is set entirely in Fiji. English missionary Susannah Drake wants to convert the Fijians while American adventurer Nathan Johnson wants to trade muskets to them. There’s conflict ahead. The unlikely pair soon have to depend on each other for their very survival.

 

To view Four Historical Adventures  on Amazon go to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X49D17B/

 

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In the following excerpt from VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?, we discuss Alzheimer’s disease, autism and aluminum.

“Memory is all we are. Moments and feelings, captured in amber, strung on filaments of reason. Take a man’s memories and you take all of him. Chip away a memory at a time and you destroy him as surely as if you hammered nail after nail through his skull.” -Mark Lawrence (King of Thorns)

 

We would also like to touch on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) even though this does not affect children. We do believe it has some correlation to childhood diseases. The common denominator appears to be aluminum (Al) and other metals.

As you may recall, aluminum can be much more toxic once it’s injected into the body. But as with so much else, we have to count on research that does not involve injections. Instead, we have to keep in mind the fact that being injected may potentially have greater adverse effects than what was observed in the studies.

Authors of one such study published in 2009 explain that we are exposed to aluminum “through air, food and water.” They connect damage by free radicals and changes in neurological behavior to the impact aluminum has on the brain.

The authors also explain:

“However, there is no known physiological role for aluminium within the body and hence this metal may produce adverse physiological effects. Chronic exposure of animals to aluminium is associated with behavioural, neuropathological and neurochemical changes. Among them, deficits of learning and behavioural functions are most evident.”

Authors of a paper published in 2014, explain:

“[…] Alzheimer’s disease is a manifestation of chronic Al neurotoxicity in humans. Because Al is similar to iron, it gains access to iron-dependent cells involved in memory.”

The authors continue by explaining that:

“[…] Al in human beings implicates Al toxicants as causally involved in Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders.”

This sparked a question in our minds: Is Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the same as autism?

It appears to us that the difference between the two is with autism, everything happens a lot faster, while AD is a slower process and therefore occurs later in life. We are not so naïve as to believe this is the only difference. We are just curious whether there could be something to it.

Brain struggles

The incidence of autism around the globe is exploding. In 2014, an estimated 1% of the world’s population had autism. That means more than 70,000,000 human beings were, and many no doubt still are, struggling to function with a damaged brain as a consequence of this disease.

The reports in from individual countries indicate the alarming scope of the problem.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) an announcement posted April 2017 on its website states: “[i]t is estimated that worldwide 1 in 160 children has an ASD.” Our concern with gathering worldwide data into one statistic is the fact that we don’t know the various methodologies used for each country. In US alone, there are three different survey methods used (mentioned below) and they all derive data differently.

That being said, we would still like to see what the ASD prevalence data is in countries other than the US. The website Focus for Health has posted autism diagnosis for 18 different countries, including US with data from 2015, which shows one in 45 children with autism.

The website derived their data from each individual country and they link references to each. The most recent data is from Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong and Singapore from 2016 and 2017. Here it shows Germany with one in 263 children with autism diagnoses, Singapore with one in 149, Ireland with one in 65 and Hong Kong with one in 27.

In November 2015 the National Health Statistics Reports released by the US Department of Health and Human Services published a questionnaire to assess whether the autism spike was a true incidence spike. They have been conducting National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) since 1997, which include:

“[…] questions to determine the prevalence of children ever diagnosed with the developmental disabilities of ASD, intellectual disability (ID), and any other developmental delay (other DD).”

This questionnaire remained unchanged until 2014 when NHIS made some adjustment by adding more detailed analysis of ASD. In their report they show two other survey systems: Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM), and National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The researchers feel strongly about the NHIS’s approach being the best of the three:

“NHIS represents the most in-depth health survey, with more than 12,000 sample-child interviews completed annually about health conditions, functional limitations, and health care access and utilizations. In-person interviews and strong response rates make NHIS the principal source of information on health of the noninstitutionalized population of the United States.”

It’s difficult to compare the three systems as they vary so much in the way they collect data. As described in the above quote, the NHIS surveys more than 12,000 children age three to 17 annually. The survey published in 2015 showed that “22.4 per 1,000 children” were diagnosed with ASD. That’s 2.4% of all children in US age three to 17.

This may not seem like a high percentage, but let’s say you have 5,000 children in your school district, 112 of them would have autism.

The reports show that in 2014 the autism rate nearly doubled from what it was from 2011-2013. As mentioned above, they contributed this to the more detailed description of ASD (i.e. inclusion of Asperger’s disorder). Nonetheless, it doesn’t explain the worldwide statistics.

The Survey shown for ADDM is from 2010 and covers 360,000 eight-year-old children. The data was collected by “[e]xpert clinicians review medical and education records and apply surveillance case definition” . This survey showed an ASD prevalence of “14.7 per 1,000 children”. The difference here is the data was collected from health professionals and therefore included children not officially diagnosed with ASD (~20% of survey subjects). Both NHIS and ADDM were funded by the CDC.

The last survey mentioned is the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) conducted by phone in 2011-2012. It highlighted “[p]aren’t-reported survey responses about current autism spectrum disorder diagnosis”. NSCH reached over 95,000 children aged six to 17 throughout the US. According to their data set, the autism prevalence in this age group was “20,0 per 1,000 children.” This survey was funded by Human Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

More recent data from NSCH was published in the journal Pediatrics in November 2018. Using the same methods as described above, this study reached the carers of 43,283 children aged between three and 17. It showed by 2016 there was an ASD prevalence of “2.50 per 100 children” This means that an “estimated prevalence of US children with parent-reported ASD diagnosis is now 1 in 40” .

According to the CDC’s website, ADDM data revealed one in 59 children had been diagnosed with autism by 2014. With the steady increase in autism each year, NSCH’s new data showing one in 40 children are being diagnosed with autism today doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Regardless, it’s safe to say that ASD is on the rise and becoming more prevalent than ever before.

Another disease that perhaps not many have heard of is Pink Acrodonia, often referred to as the Pink disease. Caused by mercury in teething powder, this disease seems to have disappeared after the 1950s. The reason we mention Pink Acrodonia is because it has all the hallmarks and behaviors of an autistic child from head banging to a disconnect with other people.

A study was done on the grandchildren of those who survived pink disease to see if there were genetic factors involved. They found that one out 22 pink disease survivors had grandchildren with ASD, while one out 160 from the general population had grandchildren with ASD.

Other than autism

We also found a paper that looks at the causal effect between vaccines, the immune system and brain development. The authors of that study appear to feel vaccines are important and do not seem to support the link between MMR and autism. They state directly that “this association has been convincingly disproven.”

Even so, they feel there are other disorders worth a second look. These include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD, anorexia nervosa (AN), “tic disorder, anxiety disorder, ADHD, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder”.

The study looks at correlation between these disorders and various vaccines. Among these vaccines were vaccines for “tetanus and diphtheria (TD), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, and varicella”.

At the end of paper, they state:

“[…] preliminary epidemiologic evidence that the onset of some pediatric-onset neuropsychiatric disorders, including AN, OCD, anxiety disorders, and tic disorders, may be temporally related to prior vaccinations.”

The authors also stress that this is not proof of causal relationship. Whether they and others of the same viewpoint are right or wrong, the results from the study done on grandchildren of pink disease victims could hold the underlying answer.

Our body has an innate ability to edit its DNA codes. This also means that when it is exposed to toxins, the editing process can be distorted and cause errors which become imbedded into the DNA. These errors are then passed on to offspring and render them more susceptible to toxic injuries or other disadvantages the errors may cause.

The connection between the pink disease and autism brings to the fore something that has been brewing in the back of our minds for a while. It’s something we haven’t addressed yet, but feel strongly it deserves at least a passing mention before we end this book.

We refer to the topic covered in the next and our last chapter: DNA epigenetics.

 

References for Chapter 45: Alzheimer’s and aluminum:

Kumar, V. and Gill, K.D. (2009). Aluminium neurotoxicity: neurobehavioural and oxidative aspects. Arch Toxicol, 83(11), 965-978.

Shaw, C., Seneff, S., Kette, S.D., Tomljenovic, L., Oller Jr. J.W., and Davidson, R.M. (2014). Aluminum-Induced Entropy in Biological Systems: Implications for Neurological Disease. Journal of Toxicology, 2014, 491316

Ibid.

World Health Organization. (2017, April 4). Autism spectrum disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-…

Focus for Health (2017, August 28). Autism Rates across the Developed World. Retrieved from https://www.focusforhealth.org/autism…

Zablotsky, B., Black, L.I, Maenner, M.J., Schieve, L.A., and Blumberg, S.J. (2015). Estimated Prevalence of Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Following Questionnaire Changes in the 2014 National Health Interview Survey. National Health Statistics Report, 87, 1-20

Ibid.

Ibid.

Ibid.

Kogan, M.D., Vladutiu, C.J., Schieve, L.A., Ghandour, R.M., Blumberg, S.J., Zablotsky, B., … Lu, M.C. (2018). The Prevalence of Parent-Reported Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children. Pediatrics, 142(6)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, November 15). Autism Spectrum Disorder (ACD). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/dat…

Shandley, K., & Austin, D. W. (2011). Ancestry of pink disease (infantile acrodynia) identified as a risk factor for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of toxicology and environmental health. Part A, 74(18), 1185-1194.

Leslie, D. L., Kobre, R. A., Richmand, B. J., Aktan Guloksuz, S., & Leckman, J. F. (2017). Temporal Association of Certain Neuropsychiatric Disorders Following Vaccination of Children and Adolescents: A Pilot Case-Control Study. Frontiers in psychiatry, 8, 3. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00003

Ibid.

 

You have been reading an excerpt from VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQTN3CG/

 

VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed? (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 8) by [Morcan, James, Morcan, Lance]

 

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To celebrate the launch of our new release novel THE DOGON INITIATIVE, it can be downloaded free of charge  by Kindle users February 23-24 PST.

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/  

 

Check out this novel’s early reviews!

 

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The first full moon of the rainy season was a momentous occasion for the Dogon people of Mali. It marked the day, many countless moons ago when, according to legend at least, Moussa Diarra, one of their ancient forefathers, discovered Sirius B, the second star in the Sirius star system and one that wouldn’t be rediscovered by astronomers until hundreds of years later. And then only with the aid of telescopes. Every year, the Dogon used the occasion to celebrate Moussa’s discovery and to pay homage to the greatest of all their spiritual leaders.

So begins the prologue in our new release action-thriller THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1).

The prologue continues:

Moussa had ruled over the Dogon when the Mali Empire was the largest in West Africa. Its western border stretched all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and it was a center of culture, language, education, mathematics, science, law, trade and great wealth. It was a time when the Dogon had considerably more influence. In the present day they are a persecuted minority facing cultural extinction as they’re continually attacked by larger ethnic and religious fundamentalist groups whose number include disenchanted Muslims.

The first full moon was a significant occasion for one of the great Moussa Diarra’s youngest descendants also for it marked the day of his birth, and that was another good reason for the Dogon of the tiny village of Tireli to celebrate.

Moussa’s namesake, ten-year-old Moussa Diarra, was too young to fully appreciate the significance of the occasion. Even so, he wore his legendary ancestor’s name with pride, and he basked in the adulation the villagers bestowed upon him. They believed him to be a Nommo, an ancestral spirit returned from the dead, and they dreamed that he would help them tap into their reservoir of knowledge dating back to ancient times and lead them back to their former greatness.

Physically, young Moussa was an unremarkable specimen, different to the other boys. Skinny and a little shorter than average, he did, however, have one remarkable feature: one eye (his right eye) was blue and the other brown. It was a trait he’d inherited from his father and from his father’s father going all the way back, as legend would have it, to the original Moussa Diarra.

For the Dogon, this was absolute and final confirmation that young Moussa was their future leader. A reincarnation, many claimed, of his revered ancestor. Some even insisted he had inherited all his ancestor’s genes…

Later in the prologue, Moussa’s bodyguard and mentor Ibrahim takes the boy to a secret cave high in the cliffs behind Tireli. We take up the story where the pair enter the cave.

Moussa followed the muscular Ibrahim through the entrance and discovered it opened up into a cavern almost as big as his father’s lodge. The front of the cave was dappled in sunlight; the rest of it faded to blackness.

“Where are we?” he asked. His voice echoed in the cave’s rocky confines.

“We are in a special place,” Ibrahim said, nodding to the near wall. “A sacred place.”

Moussa saw a shaft of sunlight had illuminated a map of the heavens on the wall.

“It was painted by Dogon artisans many centuries ago,” Ibrahim said. He knew that to be a fact because modern-day scientists and astronomers had researched similar paintings in other caves along the escarpment and had decreed the paintings around Tireli at least were between three-hundred-and-fifty and four hundred years old.

This particular map, one of many such ancient maps to be found in these caves, was adorned by strange symbols, which Moussa had never seen the likes of before.

Observing Moussa’s fascination with the ancient painting, Ibrahim knew he’d been right to suggest to the boy’s father that he bring him to this hallowed place on this special day…

 

The Dogon Initiative  is available now via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. As if all that’s not enough, they are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt.

 

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