A Change of Opinion

A new article in Time magazine has some rather fun news for skeptics.

It’s an interview with Jenny McCarthy.

For those who are unaware, Jenny is a big hitter among the anti-vaccine circles. She has spent a large portion of the past few years blaming the autism of her son on vaccines, in particular the MMR vaccine. This made her the darling of the anti-vaccine lobby andd the variety of quacks that populate it. The damage is done but she suggests Evan (her son) suffers from Landau-Kleffner syndrome, a rare childhood neurological disorder that can also result in speech impairment and possible long-term neurological damage. Rather than autism….

In her quest to “aid” her son she became the mouth piece of woo and quackery that made her a menace to public health.

But this article? Is one of a parent who has realised she was wrong. She mentions about improvements her son had after halting some very controversial therapies.

She is also moving away from blaming vaccines.

It;s an interesting change.

But the damage is done. There are hundreds of dead and crippled children who would have been protected and she shares a part of the blame. It’s easy to admit a mistake, it’s harder to clean up your mess.


  1. Samsara says

    Apparently Ms. McCarthy still considers her son to be ‘healed’ from autism according to this article in 2011 at Salon.com-
    “McCarthy’s own son was born in 2002. And despite Time magazine’s Karl Taro Greenfield’s observation last year that Evan’s symptoms sound remarkably similar to the neurological disorder Landau-Kleffner syndrome, McCarthy still considers him as “healed” from autism. There is no doubt McCarthy went through a nightmare when her boy fell victim to mysterious seizures and displayed signs of social withdrawal. Her — and her organization’s — passion for children and commitment to their well-being are no doubt sincere. And every parent absolutely should talk to the family pediatrician about vaccination risks, about what shots can be spread out, what can be postponed, and what might be optional for his or her own child.

    But any organization using a celebrity to mislead parents with claims of “new” data that rely on decade-old vaccine formulas and schedules is more than disingenuous, it’s flat-out dangerous.
    It’s high time the woman who once said that – “I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe” – took a step back and reconsidered the merits of that increasingly crackpot stance. And it’s time she acknowledged that clinging to research that’s been deemed patently fraudulent does not make one a “mother warrior.” It makes her a menace.”

    I think she’s just stupid & nuts.

  2. firsttimereader says

    It looks like it’s behind a pay wall for me.

    Avicenna, were you tempted by the executive watch and super duper discount that they offer?

  3. Holly Robinson Peete FAN says

    Jenny McCarthy rode the autism wave for everything she could. She knew her son never really had autism, but chose to hijack this diagnosis due to the ignorance of media. She rode it as long as she could until she couldn’t anymore and that explains why we NEVER hear about her son’s autism anymore. The terrible truth is that he never had autism, but Landau Kleffner Syndrome which explains why when he received anti seizure meds, he was allegedly “cured’ of autism. Well, it’s easy to cure something that your child never had! How sad that her book publishers didn’t care enough to research what autism really is to see that her child never really had autism, bringing false hope to thousands of families dealing with real autistic children.

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