Mom Jenny Slam Dunks AAP Docs on Larry King
by Barbara Loe Fisher
In what can only be described as a brilliant turn last night on
Larry King Live, young celebrity Mom Jenny McCarthy stood her ground with a
defiant "anecdotal evidence IS scientific evidence" in calling on the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to back away from one- size-fits-all vaccine
policies that recommend all babies get dozens of doses of vaccines. Describing
what happened to her son, who suffered convulsions and nearly died after a round
of vaccinations and then regressed into autism, Jenny was accompanied by her
pediatrician, Jay Gordon, M.D., and journalist David Kirby in a face-off with
AAP pediatricians Harvey Karp, M.D. and David Tayloe, Jr. M.D.. It was a ground-
breaking television debate about vaccine risks that highlighted the soft
underbelly of a medical community unwilling to deal with the reality that
regressive autism is part of the vaccine injury spectrum.
Watching Jenny talk about how she recovered her son from autism using diet and
alternative healing therapies while resolutely rejecting the tired old
platitudes offered up by the two pediatricians trying to defend the indefensible
vaccine schedule promoted by the AAP, I smiled as I remembered how it was when I
was a young Mom in the 1980's and 1990's and debated doctors on TV. Those were
the days when the vast majority of Americans had no idea vaccines could brain
injure children and the U.S. media was often bullied by AAP and CDC officials
into downplaying reports by mothers that their children died or were brain
damaged after vaccination.
The AAP and CDC leadership have essentially joined with the pharmaceutical
industry and stuck their heads in the sand for three decades, refusing to take
action even though parents and a few courageous doctors have repeatedly come to
the table at the CDC, FDA, NIH and Institute of Medicine and pleaded with them
to responsibly investigate the clear pattern of regression into poor health
after vaccination that so many children are suffering. Pediatricians and vaccine
manufacturers have hidden behind the protection offered by the National
Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which Congress gave to them as a gift in
an exchange that was supposed to make the vaccine system safer and more
The sad truth is that the public trust has been betrayed by those operating a
mass vaccination system now crumbling precisely because there was a refusal to
listen to the calls by mothers of vaccine injured children to take constructive
action in the 1980's and 1990's.
Today, those responsible for the betrayal of the public trust will be forced to
deal with a new generation of Moms, exemplified by Jenny McCarthy, who are not
starting from ground zero like we did. These Moms are holding their broken
children in their arms and looking back in anger and disgust at the long, tragic
history of denials by those operating the mass vaccination system. This
generation of mothers and fathers, many of whom will spend a lifetime trying to
heal their vaccine injured children, are standing on a platform of knowledge
built brick by brick by those who have gone before and shouting: "It ends here
and now with me."
During the Larry King show, Jenny announced that she and Jim Carrey will be
leading a march for autism awareness in Washington, D.C. on June 4.
For more information, go to Jenny's page on the Generation Rescue website at
"In light of the recent Hannah Poling decision, in which the federal court
conceded that vaccines could have contributed to her autism, we think the tide
is finally turning in the direction of parents like us who have been shouting
concerns from our rooftops for years. Autism is a debilitating disorder, which
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is suffered by 1 in
150 kids, making it more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS
combined. Recently, England and Ireland reported that autism is affecting one in
58 individuals. Is it any wonder that autism has become many new parents' No. 1
fear? We've met some of the most amazing moms and dads who are forging their own
path to prevention and recovery. When our son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism
we were lucky enough to benefit from their knowledge and experience. Evan has
been healed to a great extent by many breakthroughs that, while perhaps not
scientifically proven, have definitely helped Evan and many other children who
are recovering from autism." - Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, CNN - Larry King
(April 2, 2008)
Jenny McCarthy: My son's recovery from autism
Actress Jenny McCarthy believes that vaccines could have
contributed to her son's autism.
by Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey
Special to CNN
Editor's note: Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey are actors and parents actively
involved in autism-related causes. McCarthy is the author of the book "Louder
Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism."
(CNN) -- In light of the recent Hannah Poling decision, in which the federal
court conceded that vaccines could have contributed to her autism, we think the
tide is finally turning in the direction of parents like us who have been
shouting concerns from our rooftops for years.
Autism is a debilitating disorder, which according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, is suffered by 1 in 150 kids, making it more common than
childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Recently, England and Ireland
reported that autism is affecting one in 58 individuals.
Is it any wonder that autism has become many new parents' No. 1 fear?
We've met some of the most amazing moms and dads who are forging their own path
to prevention and recovery. When our son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism we
were lucky enough to benefit from their knowledge and experience. Evan has been
healed to a great extent by many breakthroughs that, while perhaps not
scientifically proven, have definitely helped Evan and many other children who
are recovering from autism.
There are some who wonder what we mean when we say "recovering" from autism.
They confuse the word recover with cure. While you may not be able to cure an
injury caused in a terrible car accident, you can recover; you can regain many
skills that you once lost. In the case of autism, we think there are treatments
that often bring about such healing, so that the observable symptoms of the
condition no longer exist. Even though we may no longer see any symptoms of
autism, we can't say a child is "cured" because we do not know what they would
have been like had they never been injured.
We believe what helped Evan recover was starting a gluten-free, casein-free
diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals for yeast
overgrowth that plagued his intestines. Once Evan's neurological function was
recovered through these medical treatments, speech therapy and applied behavior
analysis helped him quickly learn the skills he could not learn while he was
frozen in autism. After we implemented these therapies for one year, the state
re-evaluated Evan for further services. They spent five minutes with Evan and
said, "What happened? We've never seen a recovery like this."
Evan is now 5 years old and what might surprise a lot of you is that we've never
been contacted by a single member of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics,
or any other health authority to evaluate and understand how Evan recovered from
autism. When Evan meets doctors and neurologists, to this day they tell us he
was misdiagnosed -- that he never had autism to begin with. It's as if they are
wired to believe that children can't recover from autism.
So where's the cavalry? Where are all the doctors beating down our door to take
a closer look at Evan? We think we know why they haven't arrived. Most of the
parents we've met who have recovered their child from autism as we did (and we
have met many) blame vaccines for their child's autism.
We think our health authorities don't want to open this can of worms, so they
don't even look or listen. While there is strong debate on this topic, many
parents of recovered children will tell you they didn't treat their child for
autism; they treated them for vaccine injury.
Many people aren't aware that in the 1980s our children received only 10
vaccines by age 5, whereas today they are given 36 immunizations, most of them
by age 2. With billions of pharmaceutical dollars, could it be possible that the
vaccine program is becoming more of a profit engine then a means of prevention?
We believe autism is an environmental illness. Vaccines are not the only
environmental trigger, but we do think they play a major role. If we are going
to solve this problem and finally start to reverse the rate of autism, we need
to consider changing the vaccine schedule, reducing the number of shots given
and removing certain ingredients that could be toxic to some children.
We take into account that some children have reactions to medicines like
penicillin, for example, yet when it comes to vaccines we are operating as if
our kids have a universal tolerance for them. We are acting like ONE SIZE FITS
ALL. That is, at the very least, a huge improbability.
Even if the CDC is not convinced of a link between vaccines and autism, changing
the vaccine schedule should be seriously considered as a precautionary measure.
(If you would like to see some ideas for alternative schedules, check out
We wish to state, very clearly, that we are not against all vaccines, but we do
believe there is strong evidence to suggest that some of the ingredients may be
hazardous and that our children are being given too many, too soon!
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