An Interview with Jenny McCarthy using quotes that she’s said before

How did your kid get autism?

I don’t think it was just the MMR shot that caused any kind of trigger with autism. I think it was a compilation of so many shots to a kid that obviously had some autoimmune disorders.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/the-vaccine-war/jenny-mccarthy-were-not-an-anti-vaccine-movement-were-pro-safe-vaccine/

But… there have been hundreds of studies done that prove that vaccines don’t cause autism. What’s your explanation for that?

But children are given so many shots from the moment they’re born. They get multiple injections all at once, and if they fall behind, doctors put them on a catch-up schedule. Babies get the hepatitis B vaccine immediately after they’re born and the only way for a newborn to contract that disease is if the mother is a carrier. Why not just screen the mother?

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1888718,00.html

Why does it matter if they’re getting so many shots right when they’re born? It’s been proven that vaccines can’t “overload” your immune system. Actually, getting those shots are protecting the kids. And even if it did “overload” your immune system, why would that cause autism?

But there’s also a lot of anecdotal information from parents, firsthand accounts of what they did for their own child…. One thing I’ve noticed talking to all the other parents is that when the gut becomes disrupted — you know, yeast grows, any type of inflammation — it causes a neurological reaction. A lot of people didn’t understand there was a gut and brain connection, and I would tell them: “Let’s go try that theory out in a bar. Go have a drink, and see how it affects your brain.” To us, it’s the exact same thing. We saw a gut connection. Our babies all have these Buddha bellies. If you talk to parents who have children with autism, they have little Buddha bellies. Their guts are inflamed. When that happens, we see a difference in their behavior. I don’t know where that connection is, but there’s enough evidence for us to go, “There is a connection.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/the-vaccine-war/jenny-mccarthy-were-not-an-anti-vaccine-movement-were-pro-safe-vaccine/

But that’s not very sound evidence, and it’s hardly a connection — it’s a correlation. What if a non-autistic kid has a “Buddha belly”? What happens then?

Autism’s 60-fold rise in 30 years matches a tripling of the US vaccine schedule. With so many kids with autism, the environment has to be to blame, and vaccines are an obvious culprit. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-mccarthy/whos-afraid-of-the-truth_b_490918.html

The reason why there are more autistic kids nowadays is because more symptoms are being classified as autism.

Some critics say there is no epidemic of autism; it’s the definition of autism that has expanded, which increases the number of diagnoses. (actual question from an interview) First off, in sort of layman’s terms, I usually tell people, “Go ask a schoolteacher.” I have asked many teachers who have been in the classroom 30 years, and [they] say: “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. I have two shadows per class in my school.” Shadows are therapists that have to accompany a child who has autism in a typical classroom. Why don’t we have 1 in 100 men spinning in circles and flapping their arms if the rates didn’t go up? I don’t see autistic men walking around, but I see plenty of autistic children in the grocery store. So that’s my layman’s terms for “I see an increase.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/the-vaccine-war/jenny-mccarthy-were-not-an-anti-vaccine-movement-were-pro-safe-vaccine/

Right, like this explains the whole “more autistic people” illusion. Because you’re so knowledgable. I mean, since you graduated from Google University, you obviously know better than those who have done studies on this their whole life. For one thing, many people would find it offensive, describing autistic adults as “men spinning in circles and flapping their arms” to those who have autism (your son…)?

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And correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation.

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Changing the topic, you’ve mentioned before that the medical community doesn’t know anything and are inhumane beasts who don’t care about the public’s health.

Time magazine’s article on the autism debate reports that the experts are certain “vaccines don’t cause autism; they don’t injure children; they are the pillar of modern public health.” I say, “that’s a lie and we’re sick of it.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-mccarthy/whos-afraid-of-the-truth_b_490918.html

And so, our government and WHO and CDC has been lying to us this whole time. I’m guessing you think that they’re lying to us, too, about how bad the vaccine-preventable diseases are?

If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the **** measles.

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1888718,00.html

You’ve also said that vaccine-preventable diseases are mostly gone. So we shouldn’t vaccinate, not even just in case?

Obviously, if polio came back with a vengeance, I think the unvaccinated children should get a polio vaccine. But until then, I don’t see the harm in skipping maybe a chicken pox or delaying hepatitis B. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/the-vaccine-war/jenny-mccarthy-were-not-an-anti-vaccine-movement-were-pro-safe-vaccine/

Because vaccines violate personal liberty.

I will continue to say what I have always said: “One size does not fit all.” God help us all if gray is no longer an option. http://chicago.suntimes.com/?p=195868#.U07BsfldVyx You must be anti-vaccine, then, with all these opinions on vaccines? I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.” http://chicago.suntimes.com/?p=195868#.U07BsfldVyx

I see. I definitely see how it is.


Originally published at cozymonster29.github.io on August 23, 2015.