published Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Playmate kills kids

A killer is on the loose. As many as 900 children may have died as a result of one person, and the number is still rising. Sometime this month, the number of children made ill because of this menace is expected to top 100,000. Children across America now are infected with diseases that were once declared eliminated largely because of the efforts of this individual.

This killer isn't a terrorist or a war criminal, it's nude model and television personality Jenny McCarthy. Rather than living behind bars or hiding shamefully in exile, McCarthy is busy hosting a reality show on NBC and appearing on the cover of this month's issue of Playboy, earning paychecks almost as large as her (very ample) cup size.

So how did a Playboy Playmate-turned television tomboy end up with the blood of so many children on her hands?

In 2005, McCarthy received devastating news. Her 3-year-old son, Evan, had been diagnosed with autism. Like most parents, McCarthy searched for causes and cures. Regrettably, one of the places she found answers was in a widely discredited 1998 paper by British medical researcher Andrew Wakefield that linked a common vaccine to an increase in rates of autism.

Armed with Wakefield's research, McCarthy used her fame as a platform to spout scientifically spurious anti-vaccination rhetoric. In order to spread her belief that vaccines caused autism, McCarthy wrote a series of parenting books, made hundreds of public appearances and appeared on shows such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show," lining her pockets and convincing hundreds and hundreds of thousands of parents not to vaccinate their kids along the way.

Wakefield's study was always viewed with overwhelming skepticism in the medical and scientific communities. In 2004, it was determined that he had falsified his research and no scientific proof linked vaccines to autism. Wakefield had invented the data after being bribed more than $600,000 by lawyers hoping to bring lawsuits against drug companies that manufactured vaccines.

In 2010, Wakefield's medical license was, thankfully, revoked. Later the same year, McCarthy came forward with the claim that her son was cured of autism as a result of treatments including aromatherapy, electromagnets, vitamins, a gluten-free diet and other such silliness. In truth, her son never had autism in the first place. He was simply misdiagnosed and is now a healthy 8-year-old kid, albeit with a dishonest dope for a mother.

Despite the fact that the study that she relied on for her facts was as fake as a deed to the Brooklyn Bridge, and her son, whom she claimed had contracted autism through a vaccination, never had autism in the first place, that hasn't stopped her anti-vaccine campaign. She continues to defend Wakefield's study and urge parents not to vaccinate their children.

As a result, the website Jenny McCarthy Body Count blames 895 deaths by preventable illnesses on McCarthy due to her anti-vaccine screeds. The website, which uses reports on vaccine-preventable illnesses published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as its basis, also pins the illnesses of 99,135 on McCarthy's ignorant anti-vaccination evangelization.

Cases of mumps and whooping cough are at their highest levels in generations, and measles, which the CDC declared "eliminated" in the United States in 2000, plagued 222 Americans last year -- and McCarthy is almost single-handedly responsible.

(Men, please read only the paragraph below labeled "Men," then skip to the paragraph that begins "It's vital." Women, please skip to the paragraph labeled "Women" and continue reading from there.)

Men: It's hard to believe Jenny McCarthy could steer anyone wrong. She's so smart. And so hot. She has been in Playboy seven times -- look it up (after you've installed that new antivirus) -- so she obviously has nothing to hide, right? But she's wrong about this. Kids are dying of diseases that Americans haven't had in 70 years because they weren't vaccinated. It's hard not to listen to someone you've seen naked (unless you're married to her), but remember: Just because you'd like to play doctor with Jenny McCarthy doesn't mean she is a doctor.

Women: Can you believe the audacity of this floozy? She becomes famous for taking off her clothes and then she is suddenly Dr. Jenny Know-It-All. Did she watch a few episodes of "House" and think she was ready to cure autism? Did all that silicone go to her head? Still, it's easy to feel sorry for a mother of a special-needs child (even though he turned out not to be a special-needs child, after all), but her "cure" for autism not only doesn't prevent autism, it has caused thousands of kids to get measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and several other horrible diseases.

It's vital that every parent in America understand that vaccines pose no threat to children, but the consequences of not vaccinating a child may be fatal. For the sake of your children, take healthcare advice from a doctor, not a Playboy Playmate.

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nucanuck said...

MY My...it seems we may have a sexist editor with gratuitous comments about female cup size and disrobing. Poor judgement comes to mind.

July 8, 2012 at 12:59 a.m.
Easy123 said...

I hope Jenny McCarthy doesn't see this. The TFP might have a defamation lawsuit on their hands.

July 8, 2012 at 1:10 a.m.

About two years late on this one.

Can't you come up with something more recent? Or at least feign concern for autism? It is a real problem for many parents, and every second you bother wasting on Jenny Mcarthy is one you could have spent on something important.

I do hope you take this new found skepticism and use it appropriately though. For example, you could be less trusting of right-wing pundits.

July 8, 2012 at 1:46 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I appreciate this being published. Everyone should recognize bad science being touted by celebrities that know nothing. Now, do one on the well-established science of evolutionary biology.

The "men" and "women" paragraphs are sophomoric and detract from the message.

July 8, 2012 at 7:25 a.m.
ldurham said...

From Lee Anderson to Drew whats-his-name. We've gone from Grandpa's woodshed to Snark-boy's frat house.

July 8, 2012 at 8:51 a.m.
LibDem said...

This is a serious matter deserving some serious attention. (Wingnut editors sparring with anti-vaccination wingnuts is only mildly amusing.)

July 8, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.
nck6 said...

Good for the FP opinion page on this one---it is about time. Like LIB DEM, I agree it is a serious issue.

July 8, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Anti-vaccination wingnuts?? I see no arguments against vaccinations, only comments about inappropriate commentary by our new editor.

And yes, autism is a very serious matter. Causation would seem to be linked to environment and even though no link has been found to vaccines, everything is still on the table.

July 8, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

I don't really understand why the editor feels so compelled to focus so much attention on Jenny McCarthy's penchant for public displays of nudity. I mean, what does that have to do with the price of eggs, after all? But I give him credit for being able to recognize junk science when he sees it - or at least what is most likely junk science. Now, if he and the other flat-earthers could continue in that same vein to use their logic to differentiate between the real science behind global warming and the pseudo-science of the propaganda meisters who deny it, then we might be able to move forward instead of standing still and arguing nonsense as we watch ourselves sink into the quicksand.

July 8, 2012 at 12:48 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

'Playmate kills kids'

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

1Timothy2:9>>> "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel..."

AMEN

July 8, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Oh joy. Our first Bible quoter for the day on this post. What would any post be without our daily dose of constipation...oops, I mean inspiration...from the Bible. Praise jeezus.

July 8, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
conservative said...

Rachel Carson was her role model.

July 8, 2012 at 4:50 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Rickaroo'

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Matthew 12:31 "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men." Jesus Christ.

July 8, 2012 at 8:42 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

MC, your silly Bible quotes mean diddly-squat to me. Neither your hell nor your heaven nor your Satan nor your God have any hold on me because I am free from those fairy tale concepts. That quote you just aimed at me, for "blaspheming" the Holy Ghost, puts about as much fear in me as Casper the ghost, because your "holy ghost" is no more real than Casper and your God is no more real than the Wizard of Oz.

I was raised a Christian, went to Christian schools from the 1st through the 12th grades, I know the Bible backward and forward. But when I became a thinking person I saw how imbecilic and absurd the Bible is and I easily saw that it was not meant to be taken as literal truth. Any 12-yr.-old can see that. It is not that I mock God or whatever force is truly at the core of creation and the universe; it's that I mock your particular Christian concept of a God who casts his own children into hell based on nothing more than whether or not they believe as he demands that they believe, in accordance with his so-called "divine plan." Your God is not one of love at all, he is one of jealousy and vanity, like an abusive parent. To even limit God to a specific gender is completely absurd. God is really a he?? What nonsense! And the whole concept of heaven and hell and judgment day and a returning Jesus coming down out of the sky is utterly childish and preposterous. So spare me your lunatic Bible quoting. The more you quote from your Bible the more obvious it is that you are brain-dead, that you are incapable of forming your own original thoughts. I pity you, you are a lost soul.

Of all the absurdity that is in the Bible, there are some real pearls of wisdom scattered among the garabage nonetheless. One of my favorites is this one: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." And guess what - jeezus is NOT the way to that truth. There is no way to it. It just IS...period. It's not confined to a cross or a book or a church or a returning messiah. It is all around you and it is within you. I hope that your eyes might be opened and you come to that truth one day. It really is liberating.

July 9, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.
Fendrel said...

Reminiscent of the young-earth religious proponents who are so willing to sacrifice the education of our young to pseudo-scientific knowledge.

Many forms of alternative medicine including naturopathy, homeopathy, and chiropractic medicine have practitioners opposed to vaccination and put children at risk.

Quackery hasn't gone away, like most non-evidence based medicine, it simply changes names and resurfaces to take advantage of a new generation.

July 9, 2012 at 9 a.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Rickaroo,

2 Peter 3:> 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,...

Jesus Christ, through His Apostle.

July 9, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.
Easy123 said...

MC,

Ezekiel 25:17:

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

By the great prophet Samuel L. Jackson.

July 9, 2012 at 10:31 a.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Easy123,

... The Lord rebuke thee. 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity..."

2 Peter 3:> 2 "That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,..."

Jesus Christ, through His Apostles.

July 9, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
Easy123 said...

MC,

Deuteronomy 23:1

"No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord."

July 9, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.
Leaf said...

Vaccinations - good. Taking medical advice from Jenny McCarthy - bad. If you love your kids you will get them vaccinated.

July 9, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

MC, blabber on, you bible-blabbering donkey. I say donkey because you might as well be braying like one as far as I'm concerned. A jack-ass's brays are just as meaningful as that biblical nonsense you regurgitate.

I have made my position clear and I've said all that I care to say on the subject. I'm not going to waste my time in a useless tug-of-war with someone like you who is only capable of spitting out inane bible verses. I will pray to the heavenly Mother to give me understanding and patience in how to live graciously among the many people like you, here in this gol-danged infernal Bible Belt, who are so willfully ignorant, so pitifully blind, deaf, and dumb that you refuse to see and accept the truth that is right before your very eyes.

BTW...I don't really believe that God is a mother. But she/he/it could just as easily be a mother as that make-believe daddy in the sky you believe in.

July 9, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.
MalleusChristus said...

Rickaroo,

Jesus Christ>>>John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life..."

Revelation 16- 7 "And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory."

Jesus' Message

July 9, 2012 at 10:30 p.m.
Easy123 said...

MC,

Galatians 5:12

"I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!"

Paul's message

July 9, 2012 at 11 p.m.
allisonpatrick said...

Drew, your sexist opinion lacks any knowledge on this subject what-so-ever and your publication is what makes autism so difficult to treat and cure. It is people like you, who have made my road to recovery with my son seem impossible. My son is also 3. I had him vaccinated. He has been diagnosed with autism. Autism was not around 30 years ago. This is a recent neurological disorder that was not even recognized officially until 2006. I think questioning all things the child has ingested, what the mother ingested during pregnancy, heavy metals, vaccinations, immune system and everything a parent can possibly read and do on their own is a natural and valid response to the most horrific news you can get as a parent. Depression in parents with children with autism, is higher than that of parents with children with cancer, with downs syndrome, etc. What my doctor told me after diagnosing my son, was no one knows the cause and no one knows the cure.

I have read all of Jenny McCarthy's books and no where does she indicate that AUTISM IS TOTALLY CAUSED BY VACCINES. Autism is a toxic overload in some cases. There is not enough room in this email and I don't have enough time or energy to explain this to such a sexist and uneducated editor.

Who cares is Jenny McCarthy has ample breast and is on the cover of playboy? Jenny McCarthy has done much in reversing the common stereotype that autism carried just 15 short years ago. Parent's then, were ridiculed, told to put their children in homes, or they were to blame. At the same time, these parents are working around the clock with their child's sleep issues, behavior issues, etc. Now parents can talk about it. It is not a shameful word anymore. Jenny is a pioneer in bringing about awareness and hope to a new and very complex disorder. Do you have kids? How would feel if you worried that your child might not ever be able to wipe himself? To care for himself? To go sit in public and not hurt others or scream? Who would take care of this child if something were to happen to me? How could I continue his quality of life if something happened to me?To do this on your own, as I am, is more than an overwhemling feeling. I think it is wonderful she documented her road with her son and made money on it. Do you know how expensive it is to raise a son with autism ???

July 12, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
rolando said...

What do have here, three -- maybe four -- people who actually addressed the serious topic of the article?

But then the re-appearance of a disease not seen here in decades doesn't bother some, I guess. Good luck with that view...and hope you don't become personally acquainted with some rare-today disease. [I almost said "pray you don't"...sorry, lkeithlu]

I seem to recall smallpox is making a comeback, too...

August 31, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.
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