American Jenny McCarthy is a self-appointed vaccine expert, having graduated from the University of Google after an earlier successful career as a slapper, the grotesque details of which are described on countless websites less concerned with maintaining high standards of taste and decorum than this one.
Her venture into the lucrative field of childhood vaccination controversy was motivated by the diagnosis of her son, Evan, as having an autistic spectrum disorder, though he now’s been “cured” leading to speculation that he was misdiagnosed in the first place [edited 21.04.09 to add, he has apparently been cured by using “alternative means”. Yeah, right.] In addition to her enviable Google education, McCarthy comes with a wealth of experience as a former Indigo Mom.
The day I found out I was an adult Indigo will stay with me forever. I was walking hand in hand with my son down a Los Angeles street when this woman approached me and said, “You’re an Indigo and your son is a Crystal.” I immediately replied, “Yes!” and the woman smiled at me and walked away. I stood there for a moment, because I had no idea what the heck an Indigo and Crystal was, but I seemed so sure of it when I had blurted out “Yes!” After doing some of my own research on the word Indigo, I realized not only was I an early Indigo but my son was in fact a Crystal child.
McCarthy is at pains to point out that she is not anti-vaccine. Not at all. In an interview with Time magazine that reveals her sharp, analytical mind she says,
People have the misconception that we want to eliminate vaccines. Please understand that we are not an antivaccine group. We are demanding safe vaccines. We want to reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins. If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f___ing measles.
I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.
In honour of this Joan of Arc of the vaccine movement, a website has been set up which helpfully provides a running total of the cases and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. since Jenny McCarthy started “promoting anti-vaccination rhetoric” in 2007. The site points out that it is not blaming Jenny McCarthy for all this disease and death, “however, as the unofficial spokesperson for the United States anti-vaccination movement she may be indirectly responsible for at least some of these illnesses and deaths and even one vaccine preventable illness or vaccine preventable death is too many.”
Amen to that and I’m delighted that a clever blogger called the Lay Scientist stepped up to the plate and brilliantly made a widget out of it so we can all have Jenny McCarthy body count totals on our blogs and I am happy to sport one in my sidebar in solidarity with all those battling against McCarthy’s iniquitous campaign across the pond.
But it was our very own Andrew Wakefield who started the most recent wave of infectious disease promotion so how about somebody making a body count widget for the UK?
In the meantime, here’s The Jenny McCarthy Song. Enjoy!
Update 2/11/09. See Crispian Jago’s blog for a nice wee video he’s made: The Jenny McCarthy body count. If you can stand it for long enough, you get to see McCarthy’s tits.