Although it’s been scientifically proven otherwise, another celebrity mom has jumped on the vaccinations-cause-autism bandwagon.
“You know what, I’ve read too many books about autism,” the pregnant star recently said. “There is a pediatric group called Homestead or, shoot, Homestead or Home First — now I have pregnancy brain, I got them confused — but they’ve never vaccinated any of their children and they’ve never had one case of autism. And now, one in 88 boys is autistic, which is a really scary statistic.”
When the host pressed Kristin, the Laguna Beach star said that immunizations are toxic nowadays.
“Vaccinations have changed over the years,” she said. “There’s more mercury and other [stuff]…”
Former Playboy Playmate, Jenny McCarthy, has been very public about her belief that vaccines play a role in causing autism, even though the link between the two has been debunked time and again.
Jenny has said that vaccinations “stole” her child and caused his autism.
“Before the vaccination, he was huggy, lovey, snuggly,” Jenny said. “Then it was like someone came down and stole him.”
But according to science, these women are wrong.
IFLscience.com recently outlined that “vaccinations are one of the of most incredible aspects of modern medicine,” and “our collective memory is too short to remember the devastating effects some of these diseases caused just a few short decades ago.”
The Council on Foreign Relations has released an interactive map of global outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough from 2008-2014. All of these diseases are easily prevented by vaccines.
So how did the vaccination/autism debate begin?
In 1998, Andrew Wakefield released a paper claiming to have linked the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. No other scientist was ever able to match Wakefield’s findings. In 2010, an ethics review board found that he had falsified the data in his report, causing an immediate retraction of his paper and medical license.
But Jenny has been publicly supporting his false findings since 2007.
The actress-model has written a few books (including one with a foreword by Wakefield) continually claiming that vaccines cause autism and that she has “cured” her son’s disorder with alternative treatment, without an ounce of scientific evidence.
Furthermore, many suggest that Jenny’s son was wrongly diagnosed with autism, and he actually has Landau-Kleffner syndrome.
In my own neck of the woods, roughly 100 cases of the measles have been reported east of Metro Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, prompting health officials to warn that cases have begun spreading outside of the previous cluster linked to an area that that has a low incidence of immunization.
My two bits: stop the insanity Jenny and Kristin!
While absolutely nothing is without risk, the whole vaccinations-cause-autism theory must die! It is scientifically untrue, and you are causing unnecessary fear to the masses.