Amanda Peet on Good Morning America

5 Aug

Prior to today’s Every Child By Two press conference (no news outlets to link to yet) Amanda Peet was on the American show Good Morning America. The interview is below:

The only quotes I can get online are from the more high end Celeb mags (not the Perez Hilton trashy ones) such as Celebrity Gossip:

And now that she’s landed in New York City, Amanda is doing her part to help out the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Every Child By Two organization by lending her celebrity voice to a campaign urging parents to get their babies vaccinated against preventable diseases.

With a press conference scheduled for later today, Amanda recently said of her decision to help out: “When I was pregnant with my daughter Frankie, I had all kinds of questions, including ones about immunization. There is a wealth of misinformation about vaccines out there, particularly in Hollywood.”

“My husband and I took the time to speak to several doctors about our concerns. What became clear to us was that delaying vaccines could jeopardize our baby’s life. I have teamed up with Every Child By Two to help parents get the facts straight on this very important issue.”

Peet concluded, “My main message to parents is that they should not be taking medical advice from me or any other celebrity. They should look to their pediatrician, the AAP and other experts.”

For those of you who want to see what McCarthy has been up to, there is some footage from her recent American Wrestling Entertainment experience.

17 Responses to “Amanda Peet on Good Morning America”

  1. Another Voice August 5, 2008 at 22:52 #

    “My main message to parents is that they should not be taking medical advice from me or any other celebrity. They should look to their pediatrician, the AAP and other experts.”

    Thank you very much Amanda Peet!

  2. Sullivan August 5, 2008 at 23:36 #

    How long before the Kirby blog? Will it contain the predictable “it wasn’t a hearing, it was a concession” statment about the Poling case?

  3. Eugene August 6, 2008 at 00:39 #

    I am sure Kirby is hard at work on it now. I can imagine what one self-aggrandizing draft might look like:

    This week, actress Amanda Peet went on GMA to denounce those who don’t vaccinate their kids and promote vaccines. As usual, I will not report news or generate my own perspectives and ideas, just as I did when I decided to write Lynn Redwood’s book for her instead of producing an original narrative. As a result, I will not add anything here except to say that Amanda Peet is only on the news because of me, because of my blogs, my agitprop, my skill at stimulating a debate between parents and scientists. Amanda Peet’s success is my success. I made her and all the perspectives, pro or anti-vaccine.

  4. DT August 6, 2008 at 01:59 #

    Good on Amanda. Shame that her abc slot also had to feature such a lot of Jenny McCarthy’s views (presumably for “balance”)
    So can we expect any future “antivax” abc news clips to contain extracts of Amanda’s interview? I doubt it.

  5. isles August 6, 2008 at 02:59 #

    LOL, Eugene! And I don’t LOL often.

    Here’s the campaign A.P. is promoting, by the way:

    [When I preview this post, for some reason an ellipse appears in the .org part.]

    She was just radiant on Good Morning America, spoke with quiet assurance, excellent role model for moms.

  6. Sullivan August 6, 2008 at 04:01 #

    Kirby’s probably waiting for tomorrow’s appearance by Jenny M.

    That way he can write about Jenny without it appearing like he is touting some who is, after all, on the board of the organization that sponsors the blog he works at.

    Didn’t we just have a conflict of interest discussion?

  7. transcriber August 6, 2008 at 06:59 #

    I wonder about another conflict of interest from the AoA bloggers. What is their position on the use of Boyd Haley’s new chelator? If they are going to try to make themselves look like a mainstream organization and not ridiculous then it would seem that they couldn’t support the use of Boyd Haley’s cat/goldfish chelator as sold out of a dentist’s office for use on toddlers and children. And yet this new chelator is **earthshaking news** among the mercury moms. Or are they taking the money from WWE and using it to do trials of this chemical on gerbils or monkeys. PETA notwithstanding.

  8. heidi August 14, 2008 at 13:18 #

    Exactly – look at quantity….. MMR put together in the past 20 years and with that has been added additives – toxins – preservatives. This was also when the Autism rates came spiralling out of control. I dont believe they “cause” Autism and they do do tons of good but it’s not just black and white. I believe they “bring out” Autism, meaning a child who may have had a slight case of ADD will develop a severe case of Autism after the shots. This means loss of speach and mostly any connection with the real world. MMR shouldnt be given so early, why give 8 different immunizations (including 3in1 like DTaP and MMR)in one doctor visit? Give 2 at a time, dont bombard our children’s systems with so much crap.

    You see a child speak, answer you with a look, and within 2 weeks after the vaccination series – they just LOSE it. Im pretty darn sure there is a connection here! I trust my instinct… not AGAINST vaccinations, but very against putting something in a child who may have a comprimised immune system (not just a high fever, but sniffles too) and too many viruses (dead or not) being put into my child’s body.

  9. HCN August 14, 2008 at 22:06 #

    Heidi, the MMR has been around since 1971 in the USA, and it has never contained thimerosal. Where does it show that it has anything to do with autism? Before you answer check out the number of studies about MMR and autism:

    Click to access p4026.pdf

    Now please tell us exactly what real evidence there is that the DTaP has anything to do with autism, and is actually worse than diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Here is some more reading about:

  10. heidi August 17, 2008 at 19:04 #

    HCN – Im not saying it “causes” Autism – I believe it makes a developmental disorder such as ADD increase to something much more sever, such as Austism. I said – dont bombard our children’s systems with 8 different viruses at one time. When you put them together, more toxins are added to preserve them. I think that these vaccinations are made for our health and have saved MANY lives. I just dont agree with so many at once!! Why is it so black and white to everyone?! A good doctor will let you come back a month later just to get a shot/shots you didnt want given with all the others… it’s really not a big deal to do- but may save your child!

    Chances are high that a second child will also have Autism. The mothers I have worked with have had second children, not gotten them vaccinated with the MMR and NONE of the second children (many boys) have devoloped Autism… just a thought.

  11. HCN August 17, 2008 at 20:22 #

    Then provide proof of your claims. You just claiming it does something is worth absolutely NOTHING.

    How do the antigens in eight vaccines compare to the daily onslaught the human body goes through just be existing in the world?

    Then you say “The mothers I have worked with have had second children, not gotten them vaccinated with the MMR and NONE of the second children (many boys) have devoloped Autism… just a thought.”

    The plural of anecdote is not data. What REAL evidence do you have that the 1971 approved MMR which never contained thimerosal is a cause of neurological damage? I see you did not look at the paper I referenced to, perhaps then you should read this news article on the effect of measles, and tell me why those boys deserved going blind from measles, that actual disease:

    Oh, and don’t give me that “healthy kids aren’t hurt by the measles” line, because of a mother of a child with health issues including a very severe heart condition I find that statement to be cruel and heartless.

  12. HCN August 17, 2008 at 21:39 #

    To help provide you with some more information on the relative safety of measles, I present this table of the relative safety and prevalence of measles fifty years apart, some years before vaccines and years afterwards, in the USA:
    2000_______86______ 1____1950___319124____468
    2001______116______ 1____1951___530118____683
    2002_______44______ 0____1952___683077____618
    2003_______56______ 1____1953___449146____462
    2004_______37______ NA___1954___682720____518
    2005_______66______ NA___1955___555156____345
    2006_______55______ NA___1956___611936____530
    Total______460______3 or more____3831277___3624

    Information from:

    Click to access appdx-full-g.pdf

    Then other information here: … which says “Approximately 1 in 1000 children with clinical measles develops encephalitis. Although most children with encephalitis recover without sequelae, approximately 15% die and 25% of survivors develop complications such as MR. We assumed that approximately 1 in 5000 cases of measles leads to Mental Retardation.”

    Now I did provide a document comparing the studies on the effect of the MMR, but you do not seem to want to look at. Still it is up to you to prove your point with equivalent data, not anecdotes. Thank you.

  13. Ms. Clark August 18, 2008 at 02:00 #

    HCN, I don’t know how I missed that article about the two boys.

    Here’s part of it:

    Matthew and Joe both had regular check-ups at Guy’s hospital and also took part each year in annual children’s games for transplant patients. The boys and their mothers became friends.

    Although both boys enjoyed good health, there was one special threat to their health. They were both more vulnerable to infections because of the immunosuppressive drugs they took to stop their bodies rejecting their new kidneys.

    There was a further complication. The boys could not be vaccinated with the MMR jab because of the drugs they were taking. This would not have been of too much concern provided the “herd immunity” was high — in other words as long as most other children were vaccinated. That would stop diseases getting a foothold in the first place, keeping the risk of infection minimal.

    But as vaccination rates began to slip after the publication of Wakefield’s research and the subsequent flurry of sensational headlines, the risk to both boys increased. In Southwark, the borough where Joe lives, the take-up rates of MMR dropped to among the lowest in Britain.

    Measles, though, was still an unknown risk to most parents, just as it was for Lorraine when Joe fell ill.

    “He had a temperature, a slight rash and chest problems,” she recalled. “We took him to hospital but no one knew what was wrong.”

    At first he seemed to recover, but over the next few weeks he grew worse. “He got up one day and and couldn’t walk on his left side,” said Lorraine. “I took him to hospital and when we got there he went down like a sack of spuds.”

    Their community members and neighbors who chose not to vaccinate for measles also chose to expose these vulnerable boys to a disease that could kill them.

    Little children wouldn’t be allowed to go around blowing puffs of neurotoxic chemicals into the face of other children (and in some places parents are forbidden by law from smoking in the presence of children in a car), why should those same kids be encouraged to spread viruses that cause neurotoxic damage not just to other kids and babies but to adults, too?

  14. Jayne August 18, 2008 at 05:05 #

    Here is an interesting update about the parents who have won a huge lawsuit because their child had a previously undiagnosed mitochondrial disease and then developed autism after vaccinations… can find the article at

    Oh, and these parents are DOCTORS!!!

    Vaccine compensation fund to pay award to autistic girl; broad implications feared
    March 10th, 2008

    Although an attorney representing the federal government said that it “has not conceded that vaccines cause autism,” Associated Press headlines read that “officials concede vaccines’ link to illness like autism” (AP 3/6/08). Petitioner Hannah Joling, now 9 years old, received 5 vaccines at once in 2000. According to a document that AP obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder, causing metabolic dysfunction manifesting as worsened brain function with features of autistic spectrum disorder.

    The document drew no conclusions as to the role of thimerosal. The government has previously denied any link at all between vaccine components and autism.

    A Portuguese study suggested that 7% of autistic children might have a mitochondrial disorder, compared to 0.02% in the whole population.

    Stories are conflicting about the time of onset of Hannah’s symptoms. Some state that she had suggestive symptoms at age 3 months; others that she was developing normally until the vaccines were given at 19 months. Her father Jon Poling, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist, and mother, who is a lawyer and nurse, contend that the vaccines were also responsible for their daughter’s mitochondrial disorder (Kent Heckenlively, Age of Autism 3/5/08).

    The family has filed a request with the court to unseal the documents on the case. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represents the government in all cases, refused to grant interviews or to explain to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution why it isn’t releasing the records (Alison Young, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3/6/08).

    The 5,000 families seeking compensation for autism or other developmental disorders they blame on vaccines are encouraged by the decision, the first of its type. However, each case needs to be proved on its own merits, and the decision is so narrowly worded that it may not be a helpful precedent.

    Whatever the cause, the number of children receiving Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) for disability has more than tripled in 20 years. In 1960, only 1.8% of U.S. children or adolescents were said by their parents to have a limitation of activity due to a health condition of more than 3 months’ duration; this rate had increased to more than 7% by 2004. Conditions include obesity, asthma (which has doubled since the 1980s), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, affecting some 6% of schoolchildren).

    Potential causative factors, according to JAMA, include maternal smoking (although its prevalence has decreased), poverty (which is stable), and “fast foods.” The only suggested role for the large increase in the number of vaccines is that less or less normal stimulation of the immune system, owing to less exposure to viral infections in early childhood, could cause greater susceptibility to allergens (JM Perrin, et al., JAMA 6/27/07).

    There is also a significant increase in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus in children, at least partly attributed to obesity (RB Lipton, JAMA 6/26/07). Some wonder whether this too could have a link to vaccines. Hemophilus immunization has been associated with autoantibodies to islet cells. A Danish study recently showed an attributable risk of 2.3/100 (2.3%) of type 1 diabetes from hemophilus immunization in siblings of insulin-dependent diabetic children (JB Classen, Open Ped Med J 2/25/08).

    Establishing the role of vaccines in any chronic, disabling condition could open floodgates of demand for compensation. And this single case of compensation for autism is making public health officials and pediatricians worry that parents will skip vaccinations.

    A CDC panel voted unanimously to recommend influenza vaccine annually for all school-age children (WorldNetDaily 2/28/08). New Jersey officials have told parents that their babies can’t attend day care without their flu shot. Most influenza vaccine contains thimerosal.

    Two other vaccine-court cases testing the alleged connection between thimerosal and autism go to trial in May.

  15. Sullivan August 18, 2008 at 15:57 #

    An “update” on Hannah Poling’s case…dated March 10th?

    At the top of the page, you will see the words “Hot Topics”. The last one to the right is “Hannah Poling”. You can find a lot more information there that is more recent than March 10th.

    Can you tell us the amount of this “Huge Lawsuit”?

    For the bulk of your post, you are just copying and pasting from other (old) news sources, without attribution.

    Why should we take the time to respond?

  16. HCN August 18, 2008 at 18:34 #

    Plus she used the Journal of the non-medical but political AAPS, … “Only a few years later, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons would be transformed into one of the primary media allies of litigators and plaintiffs seeking to review medical care after the fact, and find legal fault with physicians, vaccine developers and public health authorities who exercised accepted standards of care prevalent at the time they made their decisions.”


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