Jenny Rips Amanda over Vaccinations

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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 10:59am

Jenny McCarthy rips Amanda Peet over vaccinations

Former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy and actress Amanda Peet are publicly feuding over the safety of childhood vaccines. Who says there's nothing sexy about inoculations?

Their dispute revolves around the belief among some parents of children with autism—including McCarthy —that certain vaccines may trigger the disorder, although scientific research has shown no evidence of any link.

Peet, a mother and advocate for childhood vaccinations, said in a recent magazine interview that parents who don't vaccinate their children because of autism fears are "parasites."

That made McCarthy very angry, almost as angry as the people who paid to see her recent movie "Witless Protection," in which she starred alongside Larry the Cable Guy.

In an article published Wednesday in Spectrum Magazine, McCarthy said Peet "has a lot of balls to come forward and be on that side, because there is an angry mob on my side. I like the fact that I can say she's completely wrong."

Peet apologized for her word choice but called it irresponsible to suggest that groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics are engaged in a massive coverup of harmful vaccines.

McCarthy said in the article released Wednesday that the American Academy of Pediatrics "sucks."

Too bad the Wall Street bailout debate is devoid of celebrity combatants. Just imagine how spicy it would be if Heidi Klum was ripping Kate Hudson for her stance on credit default swaps.

Me-OW!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-talk-autismoct03,0,1275381.story






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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 2:00pm

I am so sick of reading articles that state "scientific research has shown no evidence of any link" between vaccinations and autism! This is such a distortion of the truth.

The fact is that numerous studies demonstrated a possible link. The "proof" of the absence of a link that is continually touted is actually simply scientists employed by Big Pharma ripping apart the actual studies. Someone with an agenda can find problems with ANY study and try to use them to discredit the study.

As for the comment to the article about the grandson with autism: most of us have never said that vaccines are the only cause of autism, or that they act alone. Personally, I believe that some people have autism due to an intolerance for heavy metals and/or an inability to clear them. This leaves them vulnerable to any exposure to heavy metals- many of which are known to be neurotoxins. And some people appear to be born with autism spectrum disorders.

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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 5:06pm

I am so sick of reading articles that state "scientific research has shown no evidence of any link" between vaccinations and autism! This is such a distortion of the truth.


Actually, it's not a distortion of the truth...the majority of


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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 8:45pm

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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 9:01pm

I respect your view that your child was not affected by vaccines; I believe there are many autistic individuals out there whose autism was a package deal, however I also believe there are too may kids whose ASD status was altered due to vaccines and even those who were apparently fine until certain vaccines.

Still, how many then are in fact born with it? How many have a genetic predisposition to ASD and is then triggered by an environmental factor? How many have a high functioning form and it is exacerbated by foreign substances. I have witnessed too many parents of children with autism state " he/she was born with it....vaccines did nothing." How many kids are out there who, yes were on the Autism spectrum, before their bodies and brains were assaulted by live vaccines, harmful ingredients, and are so far down that so called spectrum?

My oldest was quirky and then he received his MMR and varicella in one day, he stopped babbling and making eye contact and when he got over the fever of 103-104 a few days later, his speech came back slowly and staggered and he was not the child he was before that day. Was he having sensory issue before then....yep, was he on the spectrum before then....possibly. However, there is a world of difference between Aspergers and full Autism.

I truly believe autism has a variety of causes, genetic, environmental, toxic....and even a combination. Perhaps when society at large sees that we will stop having this in fighting among parents, (thinking Peet and McCarthy here).

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Fri, 10-03-2008 - 9:04pm

Ah but, without the blame game, there is no resources; only those with the loudest mouth gets the funding, kwim.

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Sun, 10-12-2008 - 11:24pm

When she said that about the AAP, I took it as if she's really angry and passionate and frustrated because there is no quick comeback. It is not ONE thing the AAP has done, but many - too many to rattle off in the heat of the moment.

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Sun, 10-12-2008 - 11:35pm

And I don't see it as diverting resources, I see it as raising and spending the necessary money to make them accountable.

I'm a little bias though, my situation was much different. It was not my child but my brother. It was not during the rise of Autism but before it's common diagnosis. It wasn't the vaccine then the noticeable differences. It was vaccine and seizures forever after. He was left mentally retarded, a/k/a severely autistic. It wasn't denied by the doctor, it was documented as such. My parents were aware that they could file a lawsuit and obviously win but they didn't...it leaves a family reeling for years and years.

I put myself in their shoes, and in the shoes of people like Jenny and I know how crazy I would become fighting for accountability. It's 30+ years later and I'm still mad as hell about it. I don't understand why people are not forgiven for not being "eloquent" in a situation like that.

I'm not trying to be mean, just wanted to point that out.

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Mon, 10-13-2008 - 11:24am

"I am so sick of reading articles that state "scientific research has shown no evidence of any link" between vaccinations and autism! This is such a distortion of the truth.

The fact is that numerous studies demonstrated a possible link. The "proof" of the absence of a link that is continually touted is actually simply scientists employed by Big Pharma ripping apart the actual studies. Someone with an agenda can find problems with ANY study and try to use them to discredit the study."

I agree with you 100%. The "other" side of the argument gets defensive because they fear we're right... and we are. Unfortunately.



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Mon, 10-13-2008 - 11:28am
Dee - well said.


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Mon, 10-13-2008 - 12:54pm

I agree with you 100%. The "other" side of the argument gets defensive because they fear we're right... and we are. Unfortunately.


LOL, um no, I have no fear that you're right.


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