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Jenny McCarthy softens her stance on the MMR vaccine as cause of autism

Years after becoming spokesman for Orange-County based TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Jenny McCartney still talks about vaccines and her son's autism. McCartney is the author of three books about her son, and the founder of Generation Rescue.

An article in Time magazine questions Evan diagnosis, making a case for  Landau-Kleffner syndrome, a very rare disease with only 160 cases reported since 1990.  It appears that the syndrome shares common symptoms of autism: growing inability to understand what is said, loss of speech, motor difficulties , mutism.  Jenny is quoted:

 "Evan couldn't talk, now he talks", she says. " Evan couldn't make eye contact, now he makes eye contact. Evan was anti-social, now he makes friends.  It was amazing to watch…when something didn't work for Evan, I didn't stop. I stopped that treatment [that didn't work]  but I didn't stop."

McCartney is still cautious about vaccines, saying her son will never get another one.  She feels better research is necessary to find long-term effects, but doesn't want to ban them completely.

According to the article:
"Enough parents are refusing to vaccinate that some long-dormant maladies, like measles and meningitis, have re-emerged. Nonvaccination rates among kindergartners in some California counties have been reported at 10%. To McCarthy's opponents, from the public-health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the pediatricians of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this makes McCarthy much worse than a crank: she's a menace to public health."

Conversely, many praised her for standing up for autism, becoming the voice of a group that had been increasingly marginalized: parents who claim to be curing autism.  McCarthy stepped down as the TACA spokesman in 2008.  At that time, she became the front person for her own organization, Generation Rescue.

 Currently the focus of her organization is increased federal funding to research environmental causes of autism. McCarthy says she is "the voice" of autism.

The question on everyone's mind, perhaps unspoken:  What will she say next?

 For more info: What is Klandau-Leffner Syndrome? 

picture of Jenny McCarthy, copyright Duncan Arsenault,.
picture of books, copyright Ed Kohler.


  • rentaghar 5 years ago

    Where does JM lighten up on MMR? She is still associated with TACA and Generation Rescue is not her own organization, she has agreed to be the public face of it.

    Her message is formost about Hope and that Austim is reversible and preventable. You see, many of us have been let down by our Pediatricians, Dev. Ped, Neuro Peds and the whole line of inept characters who to this day still do not know squat as a community about our SICK kids. They take our money and offer nothing other than a few dangerous pharmaceuticals to mask annoying symptoms and a script to therapy.

    Listen to the parents and study our kids, start with those who have recovered.

  • curt Linderman sr 5 years ago

    Yes, her stance has been to "green the vaccines" but tell that to a parent, like myself, that walked a beautiful, perfectly developing 20 month old boy into a pediatricians office and within two days had an autistic child that lost all of his verbal skills, very sick, 3 1/2 years of diarhea and absolutely NO answers from his doctor! I'm no huge fan of Jenny, but I appreciate what she has done to bring the cause of autism to the forefront.

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