Jenny McCarthy: Evan Is Into Girls – and Killing Bugs

02/21/2011 at 08:00 PM ET
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Jenny McCarthy‘s son Evan Joseph may not be contributing ideas to mom’s new bedding line, but the 8½-year-old is finding some interests of his own these days: namely bugs and girls!

“He’s totally in love with women,” McCarthy tells PEOPLE. “He’s got pictures of three girls above his bed, that are all like 16, 15 and 14, and he’s only 8.”

The actress says her son is actively courting his newfound loves — all neighbors — too.

“At night he’s like, ‘I’m on the phone and I need my privacy,'” she jokes. “He’s a total ladies’ man. But I don’t know if he’s going to be the most romantic Casanova in the world … or Hugh Hefner.”

When he’s not indulging in a little romance, Evan is into something decidedly different: bugs! “He’s like, ‘Let’s go kill some bugs in the backyard now and go dissect them,'” she shares, laughing.

McCarthy says Evan’s “awesome” personality blows her away constantly. “I count my blessings every day. We’ve been through hell and back,” she shares. “I was on the treadmill [recently] and burst out crying, thinking of a time when he’d had a seizure and I had to call 911. I’m still living those mommy nightmares. But he’s alive, talking and happy — and everything is OK.”

As for a recent medical journal report debunking Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s study connecting vaccinations and autism, which once affected Evan, McCarthy says there’s proof in the pudding.

“People aren’t just listening to what this doctor has said, or listening to me,” she explains. “People are listening to their neighbors and friends. That’s why this story has stayed so powerful. How many times in the media have they tried to disprove the connection? Numerous times. But why does it keep coming up? It’s the power of the people. Many, many more parents out there are still concerned about that connection.”

For a full statement on the study, visit McCarthy’s website,

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Kyliemarie on

I feel like people who constantly try to prove their sons are “ladies men” and that they have a million girlfriends are actually insecure and wish their sons would like girls MORE.

Just from my personal experiences of course 🙂

ecl on

I’m not saying there is or isn’t a connection between vaccines and autism, but her logic is HORRIBLE. You need a huge scientific study to figure this issue out. Word of mouth means nothing.

JM on

oh for the love of…. look she can’t just bury her head in the sand and say that all the scientists and doctors who refuted the report are wrong. there comes a point where people have to be adults and not children about something and face up to evidence rather than believing what they want to believe.

and since when has masses of people believing something made it true? masses of people believe in religion doesn’t make it true. there are probably as many people who believe in homeopathy, that doesn’t mean that it works. if tomorrow several thousand people started believing in yellow elephants, yep, still wouldn’t make it true.

she may think she is doing good but honestly she is just doing harm by perpetuating this myth. i bet she has been to hell and back with the situation with her son and i feel sorry for her. but that’s no excuse for ignorance!

erin on

okay I have no doubt in my mind that she is tying to be the best parent possible, but “Dr.” Wakefeild’s “findings” were not only debunked but deemed as forged and fraudulent. The reason it keeps getting press has NOTHING to do with it’s validity and everything to do with her being a celebrity and people being gullible. I long for the day (and sadly know it may never come) where people will no longer make insane and unscientific connections, and therefore decisions, that harm others. I know this opinion may get me attacked. But at least my opinions are scientifically based.

Sarah on

I don’t like her, I hated her books and I have no idea about her Autism claims BUT I agree that vaccines are doing SOMETHING to our children.
Until they can make safer vaccines my children will not receive them.

Cheryl Metrick on

Jenny, I am sure is a wonderful mother to Evan, but she is a Horrible women, giving thousands of parents false hope that you can CURE Autism. You can’t have Autism, have treatment/therapy and then not have Autism. It is not a disease that can go away with treatment. Autism is a life long challenge and Jenny is not Dr.

Cheryl Metrick on

Erin, I agree!!!!!!
Jenny and this Dr. are frauds giving people false info and false hope

Hayley on

from a family that has a few children and adults with ASD – she is full of bull. The only proven thing is that Autism is genetic.
My 3 (just about 4) year old nephew (who is currently quite low functioning and non verbal) is in therapy at a leading center (ABA) and they say do not try any of those strict diets – as children with autism usually already have picky eating habits.
You can not cure Autism.
i think it is really cruel all these people singing these miracle cures – and i really wish there was one.

mks on

It seems like every time I see a story about Jenny and Evan somehow autism and vaccinations always come up even if that’s not what the article started out being about. I thought this article was cute, and reminded me of my brothers at Evan’s age having crushes on all the neighborhood girls and being into bugs/worms/etc, but then it all of a sudden switched to autism and vaccinations and all I could think is, not this again. I think everyone knows Jenny’s position on that topic but we don’t need to be reminded of it in every article there is about her and Evan.

tammy on

What she is doing for Evan might now work for every child with Autism. Autism isn’t just one set of conditions, there is a whole spectrum of possibilities. I think behind her message she is trying to say don’t give up, keep searching for alternative methods to help your child. No, not everyone has the $$$ that she does. But I do like what she is doing becasue she isn’t going to sit down and be quiet til someone finds a cure. She’s being the best mom she can. Also, while I don’t have a particular stand on the vaccine debate…there is a lot to be said about a mothers instincts. Remember, we have gut feelings for a reason, they aren’t just based on a whim.

Amy on

Ugh while I appreciate her love for and devotion to her son, she is not the person to be dispersing medical knowledge and is doing way more harm then any good.

victoriajh on

autism which ‘once affected’ him? now she needs to stop- autism can be treated and skills taught but there is currenlty no ‘cure’ for it- i wish she woudl use her platform fro educating people properly and not inlficting her bullshit into the mainstream- jenny SHUT UP

Jurnee on

I definitely understand her fierce desire to help her son, but as said above, the studies all refute her claims. I wish she would be more responsible and make the appropriate disclaimers for her beliefs. The resurgence of many life-threatening illnesses is one risk of children not receiving vaccines. I agree, too many vaccines at one time might compromise a child’s immune system (though there has not been a scientific link to the causation of autism), so space them out accordingly by consulting with your pediatrician. But don’t neglect to get them. As we see from the recent outbreak of pertussis, vaccines save lives.

hayley on

You no what makes me so bloody cross is that people who scare other by unfounded twaddle about vaccines are the same parents who will be banging down the door of the doctors office the single second there is an outbreak …which there will be if numptys keep chossing to ignor proven medical FACTS over gossip they hear from mummy website and sill women like jenny.

they also have no care for those smart parents who with choose vaccines but have to wait till their child gets to the right age …allot of the things we are trying to stop the spread of are seriously harmful to small children but older kids don’t suffer as much, so if you choose not to get the vaccines and you 6 year old catch something but is ok because they are older but infect your neighbours 9 month old who mum WANTED to get the vaccines but child wasn’told enough…….in my opinion thats your fault!

i really think its time we stopped taking medical advise from famous people and start listeing to doctors that went to medical school.

rant i no but i feel so strongly vaccines save lives…end of.

Angi on

My son is 9 and I would not allow him to do any of this. He is to respect everyone,make and female.

M on

I cannot believe how stupid people are who don’t vaccinate their children because of some stupid thought that it might be bad for them!! I’m sure this comment won’t get me any friends here, but for crying out loud: why the f**** do you think these vaccinations exist in the first place?! Because a long time ago, people would die from diseases which were caused by very aggresive mini-creatures nobody could see. At first nothing seemed to be wrong. They would say ‘o, but my child is never ill’, and then BAM! It hit the child só hard, it either died or had such a weak heart after fighting a huge disease that it hardly could fight a simple flue.
You don’t want to vaccinate your kids because you think you know better then a Dr? Perfectly fine. just remember: when real diseases from a long time ago have there comeback? It’s literaly YOUR FAULT! And yes, it really is, because through your child, the instability of a whole group of people is secured!
I think it’s purely selfish to not vaccinate your children. You make your believes go above their health! And I’m not talking about religion, although I realise many, many of you here are religious.
That’s your choice. But children should be protected.
After 6 months, breastmilk won’t do, your child really needs something extra to be secured for his/her health.

Kelly on

Hayley…autism is NOT genetic in ALL cases…there is no one in my family or my ex husband’s family for generations that has anything like autism…no one.And I have many friends with autistic children with no family history. So to make such a comment so general as that is destructive at best. I am not saying I agree with everything Jenny says…I do not believe you can cure autism…I DO believe vaccines should be made safer and given at a slower interval. It’s not about being “anti-vaccine” its about being for safer vaccines with a different schedule. People saying she is horrible is ridiculous..she is a mother trying to find a way to help her child and help others with awareness. Whatever message she sends…it is getting the word out there and the research is much needed.

Anne on

I agree that Autism doesn’t just go away, and I think she’s mistaken in believing his diet “cured” him.

But. About the vaccinations. I have a little boy who’s being evaluated for Autism. He was a happy, chatty little guy who was meeting or exceeding all the developmental milestones.

Then we had his 18-month vaccinations. Within a week, he was like a different kid – withdrawn, unable to self-soothe, uncommunicative, etcetera. Do I believe the vaccinations *caused* his Autism? No, I don’t. But I do believe the shots did SOMETHING to overwhelm his neurological system. They may not have caused his Autism, but they triggered something that was already there.

Again, this is my own experience. I’m not a scientist or a doctor, but I’m an expert on MY kid. And until the day I die, I will believe that there is a link between vaccinations and Autism.

Nicole on

I just lost my father to cancer and while he was sick we heard of lots of ways “someone” was able to beat their cancer. Herbs, oils, prayer, etc. None of these are scientifically proven but guess what? We tried all of it. If Jenny was able to try something that worked for her child then good for them. And anyone who says they are willing to do anything for their children would at least try to do the same.

Yes, everyone is different but even if her “way” works for just one other child, wasn’t it worth it?

Mira on

I think it’s now obvious that her son was simply misdiagnosed. Or, he’s still autistic, but very high-functioning, but she wants to “cure” him by ignoring his condition.

Anyway, I’d actually be kind of worried if my kid was interested in killing and dissecting bugs at this age. He’s clearly not interested in it in a scientific way, but just wants to torture and kill living creatures. Not cute.

LP on

@Anne– I agree with your point. It is possible that vaccinations trigger something in a group of children that have some sort of genetic issue. Autism, the brain and genetics is too complicated to just dismiss this as a possibility.

karolina on

To all the “smart” mums who believe vaccines are safe- first take your time and find out what’s goes into the vaccine and I’m not talking about the virus,but the other toxic ingredients like mercury.So if you still believe they safe go and get your child vaccinated-but don’t complain afterwards when your child get sick,because after all people who don’t vaccinate their children are dumb and stupid!!1

JMO on

First and foremost I wish peole would realize that vaccines were put into place to help eradicate diseases that were killing children years ago! There is a reason and a need for them! Not vaccinating your child is (sorry for being blunt) stupid and irresponsible. You do not have to vaccinate your child with all the vaccines esp. not all at once. Tell your doctor you prefer to space them out. It will mean more doctors visits for you child but it will also elimate them from having up to 4 or 5 shots in one sitting.

That being said I will not take away from the fact that JM loves and cares very much for her son and I feel what she is doing is only out of love for her child and concerns of other parents and children. However, she needs to just stop and think for one second that if autism could be “cured” that every parent out there would be getting this cure for their child too.

The very fact that Evan is sitll having seizures could very well prove he isn’t as she claims “cured.” I don’t know much about it as I only personally know one child with it (mild side) but someone told me seizures can often be linked to autism.

I wish Jenny and Evan the best but her “clamis” are mostly just her own opinions. To me it seems like she has been brainwashed so badly to believe it that there is no changing her mind. It’s basically like beating a dead horse.

Thus far there have been no links to vaccines and autism and until there is a day where a study is done by scientist to debunk the theory my kids will be vaccinated! I’d much rather have a child with autism then a child dead from an illness I could of prevented with one simple vaccine!!!

Li on

Jenny has never said “don’t vaccinate”, she has said they need to be cleaned up (they’re full of chemicals)/too many, too soon and enough with the “one size fits all” attitude. That is her message. What she did for her son worked for her family and she has also said that it will not work for every family, but there is no harm in giving people some home as long as they are aware that it won’t work for every family. There is a gut-brain connection, so dietary changes are not far off the mark. Good for her for speaking up, despite all the negative backlash she receives.

Corrie on

I can’t stand her. I wish she’d just shut up and go away. I would much rather have a child with autism (both my husband and I are high functioning aspies, btw) than have my child die of a treatable childhood disease because of her scare tactics. The studies have been disproved, Jenny. Give it a rest.

susan on

There are a subset of children on the spectrum that respond to dietary and vitamin therapies. I have seen many children greatly improve and yes, even maindstreamed, because of these therapies and I am thankfull that Jenny is spreading the word. Just because it didn’t work for you doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, it has helped thousands of children.

susan on

All of the supposed studies saying there is no connection to the vaccines are funded by the drug companies. Do you think they want to risk losing their annuities? They make millions off of the vaccines and that’s why they keep adding more and more, not because its healthy for our kids.

Liz on

Before vaccines, many kids died because of childhood diseases. Now that they have been used for so long, people seem to have forgotten about this fact. Apart from that, those disease left kids with permenant health problems. Think about polio, measles, mumps, meningitis and other diseases. Some people may have second thoughts about the link between autism and vaccines even after the new findings about the accuracy of Dr. Wakefield’s study. I respect that. Still, vaccines are in our lives because they were needed in the first place. As for Evan being “cured,” it is important to remember there is an autism spectrum and some kids respond certain treatments better than the other kids. It would be misleading to say he was simply cured because Jenny did what she did. She seems to be a devoted mother, who wants the best for her child. However, this autism debate cannot be reduced to her unique experience with Evan’s progress.

TJ on

I’m glad her son is well now. I don’t know where autism comes from but she is very lucky he is ok. Maybe he had something else too?? I don’t think anyone knows for sure why or how kids get autism.

Also I find it very interesting that she wants her son to be a casanova or Hugh Hefner. She WANTS her son to be that way after her experiences?? WOW I wonder if she would feel the same if she had a daughter.

Indira on

“People aren’t just listening to what this doctor has said, or listening to me,” she explains. “People are listening to their neighbors and friends.”

Ugh, Jenny these neighbors and friends were listening to you and this doctor! She really should try owning up to what she said instead of trying to disassociate herself from her former statements. She is unbelievable! Just because it keeps coming up doesn’t mean theres any validity. I wonder if she’s every considered that her son’s autism was misdiagnosed?

J on

Exactly Hayley and M! 🙂

Macey on

M, I am one of those stupid people who didn’t vaccinate my third son until he was over the age of two. I DID vaccinate my older sons when they were babies and those two boys have autism. Now I know I am so very stupid and my children should be taken away from me because of my low IQ, but I made a choice for my third son that I stupidly believed might help him and now he is a normal child. Hate me all you want for making a decision that you think is dumb, but my third son will have a much easier life because of my stupidity. I also don’t plan to vaccinate my future children until they are older and I know if you could you would spit in my face (or maybe sterilize me) so I couldn’t breed idiots like me, but unfortunately you’ll just have to hate people closer to home.

Kat on

While people have the right to opt out of vaccination because of potential risks, it is scary those who do because of fear mongering created by people like this woman. If you are concerned, educate yourself, don’t go with ‘the power of the people’. How many child are now breeding grounds for disease.

Angela on

Autism falls into one of those umbrella diagnoses like SIDS or IBS that is often misdiagnosed/misunderstood because clinicians don’t know what’s wrong. It is possible that his symptoms could have been a result of something else and not autism, but a lot of people are more comfortable having a diagnosis than nothing at all.

Anonymous on

A few points of clarity-
Kelly: just because autism has not arisen in a family previously does not mean it isn’t genetic. Both recessive mutations and de novo (new, first time) mutations can suddenly manifest themselves in a child simply because of the genetic codes of the parents.

Anne: first, all my sympathies in the world for your son’s condition. Unfortunately, more than one genetic disorder arises right around that time of development- 12-24 months. Children with Rett’s syndrome, in particular, develop normally for the first year of their life and then regress quite suddenly, but the disorder is definitively linked to a genetic mutation, NOT vaccines. Because we do not yet fully understand the genetic basis of autism spectrum disorders, it’s absolutely conceivable that some forms of autism manifest themselves in the same way.

Toya L. on

I agree with you Anne and Li you are absolutely 100% correct. What is stupid is for people to put words in her mouth. SHE NEVER ONCE SAID, “DO NOT VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN”.

I “personally” thank God for Doctors and scientists for all that they do but they are only human and do not know everything. How many times have the FDA approved drugs and then years later recall them? I had an Aunt who had cancer and they were giving her meds for her nausea, one day she went in to get them and the FDA had taken 1 of her meds off the market. So let’s not act like they can’t put out drugs/vaccines that may trigger something in the brain that may cause some type of damage/harm.

I had all my children vaccinated and “I” thank God that they are still all healthy but I 100% believe the mothers who KNOW THEIR child’s milestones and mannerisms and say that ONLY AFTER receiving a certain vaccine that those took a nosedive. I believe that in certain cases that vaccinations were/are the cause of triggering something in the brain that causes a spectrum of autism. There are tooooooo many cases all around the world that this has happened to, to only be a coincidence.

JMO on

I believe it’s the chicken pox vaccination (varicella) that is now given out to kids over a year old. This is the time parents sometimes start seeing “changes” in their childrens developement. Back when I was a kid you didn’t recieve the chicken pox vaccine you just got them bc nobody really died from it. That is the vaccine my friend (who is a nurse) refused to let her son have as a toddler and it’s the same vaccine (and the only vaccine) I too may not let my child have until much later in life.

Although it hasn’t been proven that autism could be an inherited trait perhaps passed down from a parent I think it is something worth looking into. Look at diseases like cystic fibrosis. It takes 2 parents to carry the same gene to produce a child with CF. Yet it doesn’t mean all your children will have it. And it also doesn’t mean you or anyone else in your family will have it.

daria on

parents who don’t vaccinate are not stupid, but are frequently misinformed. so are most parents who do vaccinate. HOWEVER, parents who choose not to vaccinate due to a perceived autism risk should be aware that they are putting children like my immunocompromised son at risk for developing a communicable disease that may kill him. they should also be aware that correlation does not equal causation; that is, your child developing autism after vaccination does not mean that the vaccination caused the autism. these are terrible choices for parents to make. jenny mccarthy, among other wrongs, has manipulated thousands of parents into believing that vaccine manufacturers are simply out for profit. does she realize how much more profitable it would be to develop a cure for autism?? she may have backed down from her original suppositions, but if you look at the cause she supports, its hardly a moderate group.

Catca on

Let’s get some facts straight –

(1) there have been literally thousands of studies funded by nonprofit groups, wealthy individuals and drug companies as well as funded publicly by governments from all over the world and ONLY 1 study showed a link between vaccines and autism – Dr. Wakefield’s study.

(2) Dr. Wakefield’s study was actually forged and he lost his medical license over the study. It has NO credibility.

(3) there is very little we know of autism including what causes autism

(4) we do know that for at least 1 of the autism spectrum disorders there is a mutation in the DNA code and

(5) there has been no evidence showing that children whose parents choose not to vaccinate them develop autism at lower rates – in fact, the rates remain exactly the same. Having a child show signs of autism after the 18 month vaccinations shows evidence of a coincidence in timing, not causation. That coincidence warrants study as many parents have reported this experience, but so far no studies show any causation.

In fact, many (not all) children later diagnosed with autism show subtle signs of the disorder as early as 3 to 6 months old (such as not making eye contact). It is not the case that all children who develop autism show no signs until after the 18 month vaccinations and then suddenly the child regresses. This does happen, but it is rare. Most children do show some signs before the 18 month vaccination.

Is it possible that for a subset of children who develop autism they have a mutation in their DNA that is dormant and something in the vaccine triggers an onset? Probably. I think it is unfair to attack parents who choose not to vaccinate their children for religious reasons or because of their concern about the risks, but equally, it is unfair of those parents who opt out of vaccination programs to spread misinformation and it is fair to say to those parents your children cannot be in daycare, etc. without vaccinations because the risk of developing a preventable disease is a risk that parent chose to take and to expose their child to an infant in the daycare who is too young to be protected is very unfair. That infant’s parent may not be choosing to take that risk and you are forcing it on them.

My son developed one of these preventable diseases when he was 10 months old and was too young to be fully vaccinated and ended up in the Intensive Care Unit for a week. He almost died. And the disease he came down with is one that was wiped out and is coming back because of parents choosing not to vaccinate. Your decision is literally costing lives.

Like I said, it’s your right to make that decision, but don’t be surprised at the backlash when they start restricting your ability to put your children in daycare, etc. I suspect that with the latest info about Dr. Wakefield’s study, these types of laws aren’t far off.

M on

@Macey: I’m sorry to hear in your case it really looks as if it’s due to the shots. I can totally see why you don’t trust vaccinations because of it. It’s just that I studied Biology and Chemistry and I know it’s just not possible by a vaccin to end in such a result. You should literally have to change DNA for that, because it’s in there.
I also happen to know Doctors have different opinion in this matter. I just like to see it from a rational, realistic point of view.

Btw I’ve never said people should be sterilized who don’t vaccinate. It’s just that I’ve also seen reports of old diseases gaining back ‘power’ because of people who don’t vaccinate, and by that I mean AT ALL. I see you did vaccinate at 2, and while that’s your own choice (and for you, it was a good one, apparantly), not everyone is that lucky. Children DO die from having a real disease they could actually get a vaccine for.
These old diseases (like polio or pocks) are really, really horrible and their results could go on forever. I think no parent on the planet should wish for such a future for his/her child.

ecl on

Thank you Catca! People should have to repeat this mantra to themselves everyday: correlation is not causation, nor is a coincidence in timing. But I agree with you that it warrants further study.

Laura on

Thank you to Toya L. for offering a sensible and well-balanced comment on the autism/vaccine debate. I only wish more mothers of typical children were as open-minded as you. You are right, Jenny has never said that she doesn’t believe in vaccinations. She is lobbying for cleaner vaccines and a more spaced-out/extended schedule, that’s it. Isn’t that something that all moms would want (at least the ‘cleaner’ part) for their children? It amazes me how people don’t consider that pharmaceutical companies are multi-billion (maybe trillion?) dollar money-making machines. Of course they are going to lobby for more vaccines and make them as quickly and as cheaply as they can with preservatives so they can keep them on the shelf longer. They are in the business of making MONEY, and they are making it off our children and people of all ages. I remember my son was put on Singulaire for his asthma and they gave him terrible anxiety and nightmares. We chose not to continue the course of those drugs because of the side effects, and surprise, surprise, they were taken off the market not long after. So yes, pharmaceutical companies make mistakes all of the time and the drugs they produce do create side effects. And I absolutely believe that vaccines can trigger autism. I know from personal experience, that my son, who is now on the mild end of the autism spectrum, would have a vaccination and each time would go through a long period of developmental regression afterwards. And when my son was originally diagnosed he was considered moderate to severely autistic. That was 3 years ago. Now he has been re-diagnosed as ‘mild’, and I fully believe it’s because we stopped vaccinating after he was 3 (he’d received most of the vaccinations by then anyway), we put him on a gluten and dairy-free diet and we treated him with naturopathic supplements as well as 32 hours/week of IBI therapy. Before we undertook these interventions, he couldn’t talk and now 3 years later his vocabulary is advanced for his age, but social communication and behaviour are still areas where he is somewhat delayed. As a mother of an autistic child (however mild), I believe you have to try just about everything to see if there is something that can help your child. And I did do many of the things Jenny spoke about, and my child has made huge strides. I thank Jenny for speaking out and going against the conventional grain. Her bravery has made a world of difference to me and many other parents out there, who have also not given up on our autistic children.

Mia on

I think holding off on vaccinations until the child is a bit older, or spreading them out is fine–as long as you do vaccinate…but anyone that is ignorant to NOT vaccinate at all–is just putting your child-@ risk.

Toya L. on

Laura – I’m so glad your son has/is improving. You are correct and I am sure that the same exact drug your son had adverse reactions to had a lot of kids doing so also and also helped out a whole lot of kids. “The same way I feel vaccines do”.

There is no singular right way to raise a child. The mast majority of parents want what is best for their children. There is absolutely nothing idiotic, dumb, stupid, ignorant etc… about a parent who chooses not to vaccinate THEIR child because of what THEY feel is in the best interest/well being of THEIR child any more than a parent who chooses to vaccinate THEIR child because of what THEY feel is in the best interest/well being of THEIR child is deemed to be smarter, more loving,more nurturing, educated etc….

What is idiotic, ignorant, dumb and stupid is to judge a parent’s personal choice of vaccinating or not vaccinating THEIR child, either way. I am a parent who chose/chooses to vaccinate my children and I still think that Jenny is correct in speaking on her OWN personal experience.

Laura on

Toya L, I couldn’t agree more with you. It is sad that people can be so judgemental about other mother’s choices for their children. We all are trying to do the best we can.

Hayley on

Also just because no one has been diagnosed in your family history doesn’t mean no else suffers Autism, as mentioned Autism is very misdiagnosed and can go under the radar. I know with a 7 year old family member – she prob wouldn’t of been diagnosed with ASP if she had stability in her life (Her mother is a nasty woman and puts this child through a lot, luckily her father is just about to be granted full custody)and would of just been a little quirky and uncoordinated, and could of easily been diagnosed with ADD. and as also mentioned just because it hadn’t showed up in family history, just means it is in there hiding and the combination of your partner and yourself set it off.

Ratty on

A few of you need to gain an understanding of herd protection. The more people who don’t vaccinate the more the herd protection is likely to fail. The herd protection does exactly what it sounds like – if the whole herd (ie. your whole community, the whole country etc) are vaccinated, we, as a group protect those who are vulnerable in our community – the elderly, babies who are too young to be vaccinated, people with allergies, by reducing the virus’ ability to thrive. By choosing not to vaccinate for any reason other than those listed above, you are reducing the herd percentage and risking all those vulnerable people. Perhaps you might want to youtube Dana McCaffery, a 4 week old baby here in Australia who died of whopping cough because she contracted it from a misguided idiot (and yes, I think you’re an idiot) who chose not vaccinate their child and thus contracted whopping cough, passing it on to Dana. Listening to her cough as as result of this PREVENTABLE illness is the most horrendous thing you will ever hear. I hope you’re all proud of yourselves. Sure, don’t vaccinate your kids, but don’t associate with the general public if that’s the decision you choose to make, because the rest of us don’t want to get sick!

Oh, and how many of you were vaccinated but don’t choose to vaccinate your own children. Are you still alive?

JM on

Catca thank you thank you! one of the best posts i have read on here in a long time! if only people had the good sense to read it and go with the EVIDENCE. rather than hearsay or people’s personal (and unfounded) beliefs.

Ratty, thank you too. i am still astonished that there are people out there who don’t understand the concept of herd immunity. people are not just making a personal choice for their child they are putting other people in danger (children too young to be vaccinated, pregnant mothers, people who can’t be vaccinated), by not vaccinating their child.

i’m sorry but i just do not understand people who choose to ignore medical evidence. do some people really just believe what they want to believe? i guess so….

tlc on

A Standing Ovation for Catca!!!! BRAVO!!!!

There is a huge breakout of measles in Boston right now as well as other countries because of people who have not gotten proper protection (VACCINE)for it. Measles is DEADLY to small children without immunity to it. People who are choosing NOT to vaccinate THEIR children are potentially risking other children.

I too, believe that JM’s son was misdiagnosed but she jumped so far onto the bandwagon that now she has to claim “CURED” so that she has credibility for herself and that twit of a Dr. she so happily promotes!

sortacrunchymom on

I don’t have anything to add to the autism debate…I just want to say that I have three boys and none of them would be having pictures of girls above his bed at her kid’s age.

Anonymous on

I would like to Thank Jenny for her books my Grandson has seizures we believe from vaccinations as well, we are starting on the glutenfree diet as we are weaning him off of keppra his final med to take him off of! our neurologist after 2 1/2 years just let us know about the ketogenic diet but all they want to do is medicate him and put more toxins in his little body that dont belong there!!People who have not had to deal with seizures, epilepsy , autism ect.. dont understand how it feels to watch you child have a seizure, and doctors dont want to find causes they just want to make the drug companies richer!! How would they feel if it was their child or grandchild??? We are trying glutenfree now and are praying that we can cure our little angel as well! Thank You Jenny for getting your story out there and keep on fighting you are a great role model and definately a WARRIOR MOM!!