Back of Wonder Woman: Jenny McCarthy Think what you will of the stance former Playboy playmate cum advocate Jenny McCarthy has taken on autism, but there's no denying that this impassioned mother has helped bring the battle to cure the developmental disorder to the forefront of our attention. While her first three books made us laugh our way through pregnancy and our first years as parents – who can forget her description of what really happens on the delivery table – she has come to symbolize one side of the autism debate in America. In May 2007, McCarthy announced that her son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism after suffering from a series of seizures following his measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Since then, she has been very vocal against the use of mercury in childhood vaccines and for the use of Chelation therapy to treat affected tots. Much to the dismay of many scientists, doctors and her fellow Hollywood mamas, McCarthy has co-authored a book detailing how she and Evan's pediatrician helped her child recover. While the debate wages on, McCarthy has made it her mission to help fellow mothers and find a cure. View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Source Comments rowlkitty 8 years "These parents’ beliefs and observations were reinforced by a small study of bowel disease and autism, published by Wakefield and his colleagues in 1998 (Wakefield et al 1998).The study’s authors suggested that there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.This study did not include scientific testing to find out if there was a link.The authors relied on the reports of parents and families of the 12 children with autism involved in the study to make their suggestion. The study did not provide scientific proof that there was any link. " -NIH It is also noted that Wakefield faked his data and was paid by people suing the MMR vaccine manufacturers. Those parents may noticed symptoms in their child soon after the vaccine because that is the age autism emerges. In their heads they linked the vaccine to the symptoms and saw what they needed to see. Canadian 8 years I think Jenny has received a lot of bad publicity, as a lot of people have heard & read random things about her beliefs, and formed their opinions from that. Jenny has done a lot of research, and while she may OR may not be wrong when it come to ways to prevent/treat autism in every case, she has done the research with regards to treating HER son. There is no denying that her son has improved by leaps and bounds, and as a mother, I think she deserves support from other mothers. And if that were me, and I found a way to improve my son's quality of life with small, every day changes, you can bet I'd be telling everyone I could too! cordata 8 years I think claiming that she has cured her son's autism is dangerous, especially as he is still a young boy. It seems that autism can worsen with the onset of puberty. She's definitely within her rights to say that the diet/program she created for her son helped him and to share that information, but assuming your child is cured and not seeking proper medical treatment (I'm speaking in general, I'm not sure if she continues with his medical treatment or not) can have very damaging effects. Here's an article on the subject: http://jezebel.com/5185744/blaming-herself-and-letting-it-go rowlkitty 8 years As much attention as she brought to autism, she pretty much single handedly killed herd immunity for some people. Many, many studies have come out denouncing her claim but people still believe it. I just wonder how many kids got sick because of the panic she caused. xoclirpa 8 years I think she is doing an awesome thing! She's so real in her books that you can't help but identify with her....as a woman and as a mother.