Jenny McCarthy claims magical healing powers

October 17th, 2008 // 200 Comments

Jenny McCarthy has been on a crusade telling people that her son caught autism from childhood vaccinations, no matter what those know-nothings at the American Academy of Pediatrics say. Now she says that that–surprise!–he’s cured, and it’s all thanks to taking away his milk and sitting him in front of the tee-vee. Oh yeah, and prayer. Us Weekly reports:

The actress–who believes the MMR vaccine was to blame for her son’s diagnosis –says a strict no wheat-and-dairy-free diet has changed her son from a quiet little boy who used to flail his arms around to a loving six-year-old.
“Before the vaccination, he was huggy, lovey, snuggly,” she says in the newest issue of Us Weekly. “Then it was like someone came down and stole him.”
McCarthy, 36, remembers when Evan began to come out of his shell while watching a SpongeBob episode. “I heard Evan laugh…I jumped on the bed and started screaming.”
She adds, “When he finally hugged me, I prayed, ‘Please God don’t let this be the only time.’”
McCarthy has become an outspoken advocate for autism awareness, often courting controversy along the way (doctors have accused her of creating fear of necessary vaccines). She’s the bestselling author of five books, including her newest, Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds. She’s also constantly researching on sites like like AgeofAutism.com and GenerationRescue.org
“I made a deal with God,” she explains. “I said, ‘You fix my boy, you show me the way and I’ll teach the world how I did it.’”

Wow, that’s some miraculous shit, but it’s not unheard of in medical history. I once cured myself of leprosy with a bacon double cheeseburger, a liter of Gatorade and an Aqua Teen Hunger Force marathon. At least I think it was leprosy. When I told my doctor about it later he said it was probably just a hangover, but frankly I’m not so sure about his qualifications. Once he tried to stick his finger in my ass and told me it was to make sure I didn’t have cancer. I know–total quack, right?

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  1. Smoke

    Good for her.

  2. combustion8

    that is one dumb bimbo… famous for showing her tits and now she’s “god warrior” just proves the end is near.

  3. sepp

    LMAO @ yet another gawd soaked Hollywood knucklehead.

    -yawn

  4. Joey

    Changing diet can help certain kids w/autism.

  5. Sal

    In other words…she is unable to explain what took place so it gets attributed to g0d. And if it was something tragic she would say the debbil was behind it.

    Dumb fukin religous fruitcakes.

  6. bikeboy

    HAHAHAHA please see the Dennis Leary autism post. ROFLMAO.

  7. Sarah

    Does anyone see that cold sore on her upper lip?

  8. Sarah

    Does anyone see that cold sore on her upper lip?

  9. bikeboy

    HAHAHAHAHAHA please see the Dennis Leary autism post. ROFLMAO!

  10. CaptainMorgan

    Looks like the diet consists of raw meat. WTF is she eating?!? Is that pic from a cannibal convention!? Jeezbzus!

  11. Rolff

    Of course it’s easier to say “goddidit” than to obtain an education. And for self- important celebrities with little education it’s easier to say “goddidit” or “thedevildidit” than to admit they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.

  12. pj

    obviously no one is going to read it, but there’s a book called “Devil in the Milk” that traces a strong corollary between autism and dairy in the diets of some children. Certain cows (primarily in Western Europe and Australia, I believe) produce a different protein than other cows, and that protein can cause autism-like symptoms in children suffering from leaky-gut syndrome.

    Okay, back to boobies…

  13. Please

    Hmmmm… Last time I checked autism wasn’t a disease, nor was is it something you could “catch” like the flu or a cold. I believe her that maybe he had some sort of reaction from vaccinations, and that maybe now he’s all better, but to classify that as autism gives other parents with kids who actually have autism false hope.

  14. killermommies

    you know, I don’t agree with her about the cause but I respect the fact that since her sons diagnosis she has been out of the public eye and doing her best for her son. She seems like a devoted mother – in Hollywood a rarity.

    And for the person who doesn’t recognize the food – it’s called sushi, or in this case a little negiri and some sashimi. Leave the mid-west cave

  15. Aja

    Her child’s autism and healing should not be up for comment and comedy here. She is his MOTHER and knows what made him better. STFU supeficial unfunny writer.

  16. Sam

    Her views on vaccines are unwarranted.

    http://www.site.stopjenny.com/

  17. Kat

    Gluten and casein (the primary protein in dairy)-free diets are actually a legit treatment for autism. I don’t think there’s any proof that it eliminates it of course, but she’s certainly not the only person who believes in them. Most parents of autistic children will (at the suggestion of many pediatricians) give them a try for at least a few months.They make lines of gluten and dairy-free children’s snacks (cookies, meal bars, etc) and some families will make gluten-free breads and such at home for their autistic children. Just google ‘casein and gluten-free diets for autism’ or any combination of those words and you’ll find no shortage of articles and studies backing her up on that.

  18. Maham

    # 17, precisely, I concur.

    Superficial writer, educate yourself. I’m disappointed in you.

  19. Nina

    Jenny McCarthy has been an absolute gift. Along with my endless hours of research, I found her book to be full of the best advice possible in healing autism. There is thousands of parents, websites, and doctors backing everything she has said publicly regarding autism, diet, and vaccines. 1 in 150 children are autistic. That number is extremely high. I’m sure all of people that thinks she’s crazy will eventually have someone close to you diagnosed. You may have a different view then, about recovery. Thanks to her, and of course myself, my son no longer has an autism diagnosis.

    P.S. I am not easily offended, and love the superficial site. But, this post was very uncool.

  20. Mos

    Best. Post. Ever. Retards should be left out for the wolves to devour. We’re a nation of whiners because of persons like Jenny.

    To these idiots who are offended by this post, i’m offended by your stupidity.

  21. Emily

    “I made a deal with God,” she explains. “I said, ‘You fix my boy, you show me the way and I’ll teach the world how I did it.’”

    Um… OK… so now she needs to write about how she made a deal with God to fix her boy. Nice how she asks God to do something, then goes around taking credit for it. ;)

  22. joe the plumber

    No, idiots, diet has NOTHING to do with autism. Now go back to whatever wackjob anti-vaccine site you were forwarded here from. We have boobies to look at, and your stupid is getting in the way.

  23. Redneck

    Nagiri? Sashimi? Whatever, can you deep fry it, and melt some cheese on it?

  24. James' Mom

    Please don’t make a fool of yourself if you have no knowledge of autism and it’s devastating effects on our kids. I have a child with mid-spectrum autism (pretty severe) and it is NOT just BS – if you have not personally experienced this awful condition, do not make fun of those of us who will try anything to help our kids. Jenny is lucky that she has lots of money and support to help her son – those children who have made as much progress as her son have all had a lot of help. You should respect her tenacity and love for her child.

  25. Grodd

    24, McCarthy’s tenacity and love for her child have manifested themselves as a very public campaign to put the kibosh on what may be medicine’s single greatest contribution to the quality of human life. It’s awfully hard to respect her motives when her methods are so blunderingly stupid.

  26. dhrma

    I think shes great , who cares if she did a lil play boy , doesnt make her a bad mother , and medicine sucks go natural!!! go girl!

  27. duh

    If a diet cured her boy, it wasn’t autism. It’s entirely possible that he has a rare metabolic disorder that requires a special diet. That certainly does happen. What makes things difficult is that autism can be diagnosed in either a narrow sense (“Rain Man” type of thing) or a broad sense (including very mild retardation, limited problems with communication, and low sociability). So-called broad-spectrum autism is probably a bunch of different things that aren’t all that similar to each other.

    In terms of vaccinations, it’s highly controversial in terms of a link with autism, but very clear in terms of negative effects of the campaign to “prove” vaccinations cause autism: lots and lots and lots of kids aren’t getting their immunizations, and those horrible illnesses that only grandpa and grandma might remember are making come backs. Thanks for that, Jenny and friends. If you have a kid now, he or she very likely shares a classroom with at least one kid (probably several) who have no protection against deadly childhood illnesses that were conquered by vaccines, not treatments. If those kids get sick and transmit it to your kid, everybody’s fucked. Thanks, Jenny.

    So the immunizations cause autism, huh? Well, riddle me this, girlfriend of The Joker:

    “Parents need have no more fears about the triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. A study of more than 30,000 children in Japan should put the final nail in the coffin of the claim that the MMR vaccine is responsible for the apparent rise in autism in recent years.

    The study shows that in the city of Yokohama the number of children with autism continued to rise after the MMR vaccine was replaced with single vaccines. “The findings are resoundingly negative,” says Hideo Honda of the Yokohama Rehabilitation Center.”

    How about the U.S.? Well, in California, after eliminating the bogeyman targeted by people like Jenny (mercury-based presevervatives) …

    “Researchers from the state Department of Public Health found the autism rate in children rose continuously during the 12-year study period from 1995 to 2007. The preservative thimerosal has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, but it is used in some flu shots.

    Doctors say the latest study adds to existing evidence refuting a link between thimerosal exposure and autism risk and should reassure parents that the disorder is not caused by vaccinations. If there was a risk, they said, autism rates should have dropped between 2004 and 2007.”

    There are real cases of autism, with very real and impairing problems, and a real basis in the brain. There’s even a real treatment for at least some cases of autism (the type that runs in families) – extremely intensive (40+ hours a week) skills training starting at age 2 and lasting until age 4 or 5. Some kids receiving that treatment have ended up in mainstream classrooms and done pretty well, all things considered – they’ve got pretty noticeable emotional and social handicaps, but they can get along well enough with the other kids and keep up in class, and they don’t need to be in a special needs (retard) class.

    All the other stuff about autism is bs.

  28. Enough of this medical talk. Let’s talk about how I would like give her pearl necklace to go with that LBD.

  29. heck man

    Fish you and your moron readers should shut your traps. Changing diets has been shown to reduce the affects of autism in many cases

  30. John

    She can heal me anytime.

  31. John

    She can heal me anytime.

  32. John

    She can heal me anytime.

  33. jen

    i don’t understand why everyone is so negative…it’s obvious to me that she is passionate and sincere.

    i believe in her.

  34. all I’m asking: PLEASE “HEAL” AMERICA!!

  35. Fantastic plastic

    Poor Kids. It just KILLS me to see kids suffering from autism. When I first found out about it in class, I was floored to see that something like that could really condemn some innocent kid to a lifetime of imprisonment within their own mind. Definitely find a cure, someone.

  36. I’m disappointed in you Mr. Superficial. Jumping on the ‘Denis Leary’ against autism bandwagon. Stick to what you know. Changing the diet of kids with Autism DOES help them. I know it for a fact.

  37. Matt!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA Man, the little tard gives a hug and it’s the work of god! Awesome shit!

  38. sameshitdifferentyear

    Isn’t the idea that certain vaccinations have impurities due to the manufacturing process? That has nothing to do with expertise of doctors, or degrees or bimbos or anything. It’s a manufacturing thing, if that’s the case. Out of my radar range mostly, but whatever the fuck.

    J McCarthy’s nose seems to be under control. A lot of Irish chicks’ noses get out of control after the age of 30, yes Lindsay this means you soon too. It’s a hell of a shame watching a nose “hit the wall” so early before any of the rest of the girl does.

  39. Dr Zhivago

    The CDC has admitted in internal documents that the mercury used in vaccines can cause damage to the nervous system. Read up on the effects of mercury on the nervous system. Then read up on mercury used in vaccines. Then read up on the huge jump in the number of autism cases the past 30 years.

  40. Thundadownunda

    Amazing! The posts discuss autism and not her cleavage or other body bits. Has the readership changed over night?

  41. check your calendar

    “The CDC has admitted in internal documents that the mercury used in vaccines can cause damage to the nervous system. Read up on the effects of mercury on the nervous system. Then read up on mercury used in vaccines. Then read up on the huge jump in the number of autism cases the past 30 years.”

    And then read up on how mercury was removed from vaccines in the U.S. and other countries and absolutely no change was observed in the rates of autism.

  42. Chicks call me RainMan

    There’s a huge push on class actions suits against the makers of vaccines on behalf of parents with kids who have autism. Why the huge push? Because every ingredient named as a cause of autism has been removed (none are essential ingredients, so all could be replaced) and the first long-term follow-up studies are beginning to be published in the scientific literature. The conclusion in every case is that autism rates have remained the same or, in some reports, continued to rise. There have been no reports of declines, and the “grapevine” word among researchers is that there will be no reports of declines when all the data is published. The personal injury lawyers know that and are racing to get their cases through the courts. Meanwhile, long-dead childhood illnesses are making a big comeback, and at times spreading from unprotected kids to adults whose immunizations have worn off. Lovely country we live in.

  43. Bigjim

    I guess I’d be batshit crazy too if I had to listen to Jim Carrey’s nonsensical unfunny ranting all day long.

  44. Sam

    Look, TV knows all. Turn to it for truth.

    Dr. House sees these cases all the time. He finds the cure, just like Jenny. Only difference is that he recognizes that THE INITIAL DIAGNOSIS WAS WRONG.

    duhderdoye, as Jenny’s kid would say.

  45. truth

    Munchausen’s Syndrome, by proxy. Jenny needs attention so much she conditioned her poor son into a fake mental illness, only to grab even more attention by claiming to have cured it herself. She’s going to hell.

  46. Nic

    I’m pretty convinced that the MMR/autism link is bullshit. It just so happens that the inoculation is given around the age that the first signs of autism appear.

    However, cutting out wheat and dairy can be a godsend for some families with autistic children – it’s proven to cause positive behavioural changes. I work with autistic kids, and I’ve seen before-and-after cases.

  47. The only part she left out of the story was that when her son “came out of his shell” the first thing he said was “tell your fucking boyfriend to get his fucking finger out of my asshole.”

  48. morga

    While I think that her autism/ vaccine link is BS, it is nice to see someone in Hollywood that appears to take such a strong role in their childs’ lives.

    Plus she still looks real nice :-)

  49. question

    Is she taking a “strong role” or is she making her kid’s life her own identity? God knows her career is over. I bet her son is gasping for air and will rebel like a motherfucker (literally?) when he’s a teenager.

  50. GosspiGal

    Changing the child’s diet DOES seem to have an effect on it. I don’t know if it’s food allergies or something else that triggers/makes it worse for some children. It doesn’t seem to be the vaccinations because the rates haven’t gone down with the change of the vaccinations. Maybe it’s something like how some people get the flue shot and then get sick but it’s really because they have an egg allergy (and the culture is grown in chicken eggs)?

    Still, good for her for trying to help other people out experiencing the same horror she did.

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