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November 4th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Kudos

From Tom Henderson at Parent Dish:

You hear the rooster crow. You see the sun come up. The cause-and-effect relationship here is obvious.

All hail the chicken god!

This is the problem with observations and anecdotal evidence. They’re not very scientific. Neither, say actual scientists, are Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey.

Henderson is writing about a statement by the nonprofit health care organization National Committee for Quality Assurance that blames Hollywood celebrities for a decline in vaccination rates among privately insured persons.

McCarthy has a son with autism and apparently believes in a purported link between autism and diet, metal poisoning and childhood vaccines. When she and Carrey were an item, he joined her in making speeches and otherwise crusading against vaccinations.

The thing is, they’re wrong.

Such straight up statements of fact are rare these days, and not just in vaccine coverage. Judging by news reports of Sarah Palin’s Tea Party, one might believe the Founding Fathers were all Christian fundamentalists.

The article is remarkable for what it doesn’t say – “vaccines are controversial”, “yet some parents say”, or “according to SafeMinds.” No false balance or equivocating. Jenny McCarthy, eminence sleaze of America’s anti-vaccine movement, is wrong.

What’s so hard about that?

She is wrong.



6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jackie // Nov 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    LoL, chicken god!

  • 2 Julian Frost // Nov 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    All Hail, Chicken God!

  • 3 gwen // Nov 15, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Jenny McCarthy’s son has not actually been shown to have an autism diagnosis, that is just what Jenny has told us. It appears from what history is public, that he might have other issues going on. I would not be surprised to find that he doesn’t have an actual diagnosis. Just as he used to be a ‘star child’ he is now ‘autistic’. It is a convenient platform for her use.

  • 4 Jennifer // Nov 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    At the end of the day, neuro-behavioral disorders like autism are brain disorders. Regardless of cause (genetics, vaccine injury, etc.), if your loved one has autism, why not start with interventions involving the brain? Take a look at what Brain Balance – has to say about changing the brain and correcting mis-communications between the two sides of the brain. They can perform an in depth assessment to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses. While their site doesn’t discuss cause per se, it’s worth a read.

  • 5 Chris // Nov 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Jennifer you are spamming for woo. That was discussed by an actual neurologist here:

  • 6 Nona Mills // Dec 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Jennifer you are spamming for woo. That was discussed by an actual neurologist here:

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