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Desiree Jennings caught faking her so-called vaccine-induced neurological problems

A psychogenic condition is one in which a person believes that he or she is suffering from a disease when they are not. This is not to mean that they are lying, or that they are deceiving on purpose. It is just that something in their minds is telling them, quite convincingly, that they are indeed sick. Desiree Jennings seemed to be one such case.

To refresh your memory, Ms. Jennings is a young lady from Virginia who reported neurological symptoms after receiving the seasonal flu vaccine last year. Her symptoms included the inability to speak or swallow, uncontrollable tremors, and difficulty walking. She claimed to have been diagnosed with dystonia, although her physicians’ reports indicated that her symptoms were not true dystonia, but rather a psychogenic condition. Experts in medicine in general and neurology in particular all agreed, without question, that something was amiss.

Here is what true dystonia looks like:

Here is what Desiree Jennings looked like in October of last year:

As you can see, she was able to be “normal” whenever she was walking backwards or running. She even completed a 10-kilometer race with all her symptoms. But those symptoms are nothing like true dystonia, not even autism looks like that.

Shortly after her story became known around the country, the Jenny McCarthy group "Generation Rescue", an anti-vaccine, anti-established medicine group adopted Ms. Jennings’ cause. They referred Ms. Jennings to one Dr. Buttar in North Carolina. Dr. Buttar has been criticized, legally prosecuted, and censored by his peers because of some unsafe, unnecessary, and unproven practices in taking care of cancer and neurological disorder patients. Long story short, he sold snake oil to some people who were dying of cancer and promised them a cure... for a price.

Ms. Jennings received via intravenous access a number of chemicals and other “drugs”. Remember, her “condition” was brought about my 15 micrograms (0.00015 grams) of flu vaccine. She received liters of vitamins, minerals, concoctions, and her own urine from Dr. Buttar. Yes, you read that correctly. Her own urine was injected into Ms. Jennings in an attempt to stimulate her own immune system against, well, herself. It is one of Dr. Buttar’s favorite “treatments”. Dr. Buttar declared her cured of an otherwise irreversible neurological condition.

As the country turned its attention away from the flu (it peaked in mid-October), Ms. Jennings fell out of the limelight until Inside Edition, an investigative television show, caught up with her. The video follows, but please pay attention to the following facts:

  • At 01:07, she is walking normally to and from her car, driving, going shopping.
  • At 01:26, she speaks normal, American English when the reporter meets with her outside a mall ("Oh, I'm sorry").
  • At 01:30, her American accent is now Australian. (Something attributed to being vaccinated with the Brisbane strain of the flu virus.) She cannot, however, get the word "cognitive" right, so she tries again.
  • At 04:16, she is now walking sideways to her car, with somewhat of a limp.
  • At 04:20, she jokes that she should not be driving (given her “condition”), and she does so in an American accent.

As stated before, a person with a psychogenic condition truly believes that he or she has the condition. They are not faking and they are not being deceitful. On the other hand, Ms. Jennings changes her accent and her way of walking when the cameras are put on her. That right there is a sign of deceit. Someone in that video is lying, and it is not the Inside Edition people. It's not Dr. Novella, either.

The sad thing about this case is that Ms. Jennings may have discouraged someone from receiving the flu vaccine. Why she did it is a mystery that can only be speculated. If a person was hurt in any way by a flu infection when it could have been prevented by the flu vaccine, that person has a good shot at a claim against Ms. Jennings for instilling fear in them of the flu vaccine. Furthermore, people who may have truly been harmed by the flu vaccine (a one-in-a-million chance) will not benefit from Ms. Jennings’ actions.

It will be interesting to see if Ms. Jennings, the Jenny McCarthy group, or any of the groups that used Ms. Jennings to instill fear in the flu vaccine have any comment on this hoax.

Comments

  • Larry 4 years ago

    Wouldn't be the first time antivacciners lie, would it?

  • De 4 years ago

    She makes me sick. All the people that are truly ill, truly have dystonia are being discreditied. Not to mention those who do suffer from psychological problems will now be compared to her. Ugh.

  • Tamik 4 years ago

    Guillane Barre Syndrome is curable with in a year,do your research before looking like a fool.

  • Tamik 4 years ago

    Never mind. I'm the fool... Bitch obviously don't have Guillain-Barre, which I looked like a fool by misspelling and then acting all knowledgeable about it. Peace.

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    brainfan 3 years ago

    Good Lord. Why do we have to have so many gullible idiots with no capacity for logic posing as journalists?

    A brief retort since Examiner sees fit to use character limits, limiting the value of rebuttals:

    Psychogenic conditions are no more easily understood than Desiree's condition.

    "Desiree Jennings seemed to be one such case.”
    Which medical authority has done the direct work-up required to diagnosis this woman?
    “although her physicians’ reports indicated that her symptoms were not true dystonia, but rather a psychogenic condition.”

    “True dystonia.” We're talking medical semantics here because her condition is poorly understood. And which of HER physicians claimed it was psychogenic?
    "Experts in medicine in general and neurology in particular all agreed, without question, that something was amiss.”

    You mean experts who have not evaluated her? You really mean the medical experts who were willing to prostitute their professionalism for a bit of fame.

    “Here is what true dystonia looks like”

    Do you believe that all of a sudden we've reached a point in human history when every single disease process that can possibly afflict the human body is now known and we have complete knowledge of them?

    “. . . not even autism looks like that”? What does autism have to do with it?

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    brainfan 3 years ago

    “Dr. Buttar has been criticized . . .”

    1. A person has a medical problem that cannot be helped or cured with mainstream medicine.
    2. In desperation, she is willing to give alternative treatments a shot.
    3. Some of these therapists have been ALLEGED to have used unproven practices.
    4. This proves the condition is phony.
    This is some pretty poor logic here. And keep this in mind: the British Journal of Medicine has been studying standard medical procedures. Out of the 2,500 they've studies so far, 51% have unknown efficacy.

    “Remember, her “condition” was brought about my 15 micrograms (0.00015 grams) of flu vaccine.”

    You put “condition” in quotes when you yourself acknowledged at the beginning of the article that even if hers is a psychogenic condition, it is still a real condition. And what relevance does the number of grams of flu vaccine have? You do understand that different substances will have different effects at differing doses, don't you?

    “Yes, you read that correctly.”

    So, you don't really know why this is a problem since you're not going to explain WHY it's a problem.

    “ . . . in an attempt to stimulate her own immune system against, well, herself.”

    Uh . . . ever hear of autoimmune diseases?

    “It is one of Dr. Buttar’s favorite “treatments”.”

    Now you put “treatments” in quotes. Is this not this physician's way of treating the patient?

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    brainfan 3 years ago

    “Someone in that video is lying,”

    See?

    “and it is not the Inside Edition people. It's not Dr. Novella, either.”

    How do you know? Ever hear of lies of omission? These people are choosing limited facts and omitting others. Inside Edition is looking for a story. Steven Novella is a known denier of conditions he chooses not to learn about.

    “The sad thing about this case is that Ms. Jennings may have discouraged someone from receiving the flu vaccine.”

    Oh heaven forbid.

    “Why she did it is a mystery that can only be speculated.”

    Speculation indeed. Your entire article is ignorant speculation.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Brainfan = mad

    Lol @ you for wasting the time it took to write those three responses.