Interesting take on Jenny McCarthy joining the view. I am just excited that she can bring the subject up in front of millions!
Comedienne turned Playboy centerfold turned autism advocate Jenny McCarthy may not have a medical degree like Dr. Mehmet
Oz. But she has publicly embraced some medical opinions that are even
more flimsily supported by scientific evidence than some of those
espoused by her TV colleague.
When she's not holding forth on sex -- and let's face it, McCarthy's
probably no less qualified than many others to speak expertly on the
subject -- McCarthy portrays herself as an expert on the subject of
autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder with
which her 11-year-old son, Evan, was diagnosed in 2005. Since 2008, when
she became president of the autism organization Generation Rescue, she
has been a leading voice in the community of activists who believe that
childhood immunizations cause autism.
"Think of autism like a fart, and vaccines
are the finger you pull to make it happen," McCarthy so memorably put
it. McCarthy has said her son was handed to her after his birth, "pre-vaccinated
with a Band-Aid on his foot," and that was the beginning of all the
trouble. (It should be noted here that no vaccine is administered on the
foot immediately after birth. But a phenylketonuria
test, which ensures that a baby has an enzyme necessary for normal
growth and development, is routinely conducted at that time.)
McCarthy has also asserted that with measures such as detoxifying the
body of heavy metals and yeast and maintaining a gluten-free,
dairy-free diet, an autistic child can recover.
This is quackery begotten of fraudulence, exacerbated by mistrust of
science and panic over a disorder that upends parents' lives and their
hopes for their children. Add celebrity to that already combustible mix,
and you get a fiasco that has already opened the door to the resurgence
of preventable childhood diseases such as measles and pertussis.
Where did Jenny McCarthy get her ideas? It's probably best to start
in 1998, with Andrew Wakefield, the British physician and researcher
whose research first linked autism with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Vaccine. In an article published in the respected British medical
journal The Lancet, Wakefield and his collaborators claimed they had
discovered a link between the MMR vaccine and subsequent diagnoses of autism, as well as a gastrointestinal disorder.
Read the whole story at LATimes.com