Jenny McCarthy: I’d like to see some action behind those words

18 Aug

Jenny McCarthy is on the cover of the latest Cookie Magazine. As part of her interview, she asserts that she is “pro safe vaccine”, not anti vaccine.

Now McCarthy, along with her boyfriend, actor Jim Carrey, serves on the board of directors of Generation Rescue, an advocacy and research organization that calls for eliminating toxins in vaccines and for delaying shot schedules.

Notice “delaying” shot schedules.

Another quote, talking about her own experiences:

Going over his medical history now, she sees a link between a series of ear infections, a severe case of eczema, and a hepatitis-B booster shot. “Looking back, I’d say, ‘God, if a kid is having more than seven ear infections in a year and he’s got eczema, there are some issues here—his immune system is obviously under attack, and we need to put him in the sensitive category. Let’s just delay some of his shots,’ ” she says. “Not eliminate, delay.”

Again, note the phrease “Not eliminate, delay”.

This isn’t exactly new. The Generation Rescue website page on vaccines tells parents to “consder delaying vaccines”. As near as I can tell, GR has had a statement like this since the vaccines page was first put up.

But here is where actions and words part company for both Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue. They have “recommended” vaccine schedules. Their “favorite” schedule, included in their paragraph on “consider delaying” vaccines, states flat out: no live virus vaccines. I.e. no Measles, Mumps, Rubella or Varicella (chicken pox).

That’s not “delay” that’s “eliminate”.

Let’s compare the GR alternative schedules to the CDC recommended schedule, shall we?

The childhood schedule includes vaccinations against 15 diseases:

Hepatitis B
Rotavirus
Diptheria
Tetanus
Pertussis
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Pneumococcal
Polio
Influenza
Measles
Mumps
Rubella
Varicella
Hepatitis A
Meningococcal

Now let’s check GR, Jenny McCarthy’s organization, and their recommended schedules:

First, GR’s “favorite” schedule only has protection against 4 diseases.

Pertussis
Diptheria
Tetanus
and, Polio

Again, that’s not “delay” that’s “eliminate”.

For their second option, GR claims you can “turn back the clock” and use the 1983 schedule. I don’t know how anyone could think that is supposed to be a “delay” in shots. Here’s the count (6 diseases covered):

Diptheria
Tetanus
Pertussis
Polio
Measles
Mumps
Rubella

As the third option, Jenny McCarthy’s organization suggests you “go Danish” and use the Denmark schedule (7 diseases):

Diptheria
Tetanus
Pertussis
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Polio
Measles
Mumps
Rubella

Jenny McCarthy *says* she is promoting “delaying” vaccines. Her actions speak much louder than her words.

If you want to say you are for “delaying” vaccines, then change your website. Pretty simple.

Of course, when you do, I’d love to see the science showing that the delayed schedule you pick is safer than the current one.

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6 Responses to “Jenny McCarthy: I’d like to see some action behind those words”

  1. NightStorm August 19, 2009 at 07:19 #

    I would give her a lot more grace if she was honest.

  2. David N. Brown August 19, 2009 at 09:25 #

    The kindest thing I can than think of to say about McCarthy is that she is a victim of suggestion and false memory. Anything she thinks she remembers about her son’s medical history should be discounted automatically. I also think that media who interview her at all should censor anything she says about vaccination.

  3. smilinggreenmom August 19, 2009 at 15:31 #

    I do not know about the vaccines part of her “fight” but I think she is on to something when she discussed toxins and chemicals and how many things that are surrounding our children can adversely affect them. Our son has had severe allergies and Eczema since he was a baby. He is so ultra sensitive to his surroundings and synthetics. Fortunately he has really gotten sooo much better now that he is taking the Vidazorb kids chewable probiotics…..it has been an answer to prayer for him!

    I have learned so much about toxins and chemicals that are hurting our health and how our children are being invaded by this in their environments. I really believe that many conditions out there are becoming more prevalent because of this. It is so sad. I am glad to that Jenny has helped her little guy and that she is doing all she can to help others and encourage more research!

  4. smilinggreenmom August 19, 2009 at 15:32 #

    Sorry- sent it twice!

  5. Chris August 19, 2009 at 17:13 #

    I will think smilinggreenmom was sending spam for those vitamins, until she can list exactly what “toxins” and “chemicals” they protect against, and give the journal cites that prove the vitamins are more effective than regular nutritional items like food.

    Also, I would like to see evidence that the vitamins lack any “chemicals.”

  6. Patrick August 19, 2009 at 19:19 #

    Re vidazorb, its touted as a digestive aid, miracle indeed IF it is helping with two unrelated conditions:

    “With billions of live bugs in each
    dose and a two-year shelf life
    with no refrigeration, Vidazorb®
    is a revolutionary way to restore
    desirable gut microflora for
    optimal health.”

    Contains Sucralose, nice wiki entry showing some chlorine molecules substituted in place of OH groups on the sucrose molecule.

    Not much open disclosure on the website for the rest of their formula to say what the binder consists of.

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