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. John McCain

    This is great news! And it’s a great inspiration for Governor Palin as she cares for her infant son, who also suffers from autism.

    *aides whisper frantically in McCain’s ear*

    What?…Oh. My apologies. Turns out Governor Palin’s kid is one of those slant-eyed thick tongued retards, like that Corky fella. To tell you the truth, I don’t even know my own kids’ names, so don’t ask me to tell the difference between a rocking retard and a drooling retard.

    Fuck. You know what? I must have mentioned Governor Palin’s personal experience with autism about a dozen times in my debate with that colored fella. Well, no big deal, I’m sure there won’t be any problems with that Joe the Plumber fella I held up as an American working class entrepreneurial icon.

    *aides whisper frantically in McCain’s ear*

    What? Well fuck me. God damn. Fuck it, I’ll make it simple: my friends, don’t vote for the n i g g e r.

  2. Drew

    What a bunch of doctors at the superficial.

  3. Vanessa

    I agree, Very uncool…
    As a mother with a child with autism I pretty much hate you and I use to love you.
    Biomedical intervention… diet…aba therapy… have saved my son’s life. He is on his way to recovery. I loved this site because it made me forget about my everyday life and how difficult it is for a family with a child with autism. I’m so disappointed but then again I shouldn’t be surprised.

  4. Sgt. C. Foxtrot

    At least she isn’t telling us to vote. :D

  5. JaidenPaidIn

    Didn’t know so many doctors read The Superficial

    Keep it real guys….

    BTW…I use to love to beat it to this girl. She still has it! Damn…what a MILF

  6. Retardo the Great

    I gotta boner, I gotta boner…………..yeaaaaahhh!!!

  7. Supercuuuunnnttt

    Vanessa @53:

    Have you considered post-term abortion?

  8. cavy

    I completely agree with # 25 – Grodd (well said!). No one is saying “don’t love your kids” or Autism isn’t real – we’re just fed up with the morons that over diagnose, label clear cut brats or blame vaccines that HELPED to save mankind (how soon we forget about the great work of Jonas Salk…most of you wouldn’t be here due to polio…and the list goes on). I am so sick of these Indigo children, special snowflake bullshit! My own mother thought I was “indigo” (heard the term recently and joined the sheeple) and I told her “hell no, I was just a brat sometimes”. Funny how a stupid label can turn a turd of a child into a glorified messiah.

    And another thing….how many freakin’ kids have Autism? It seems like every Mother, Father and guardian is saying THEIR KIDS HAVE IT! What gives? If every single person on this site but me and a few others have kids with it…why isn’t this country shut down with a massive epidemic crisis?! Either this thing will be the end of the world or a lot of people are delusional!

  9. cavy

    Oh my gosh #45/Truth…I never thought of that – Munchausen’s Syndrome, by proxy!!!! It makes a lot of sense. I’m not talking about the real tragic cases but I bet ya many Mothers who have to label every damn thing their kids do has Munchausen’s. Hospitals and police have better ways to track down these cases and Autism is the easiest way to get people to feel sorry for them because everyone is so worried about offending or actually investigating. With this culture of everyone “having to be a big important Star” having a child with problems will garner sympathy and no one is going to go against a Jenny McCarthy type/uber yummy mommy.

    Again, I feel bad for REAL cases, but most, in my opinion are the entitleminded Parents who don’t want to be left out of the “in crowd”.

  10. fia

    thank you to those who decide to comment and actually know something about the subject before they start to scrutinize others. Stated before, if people took the time to research autism, dairy has long been linked to the disorder, and many doctors recommend at least limiting the dairy intake of their child. so to the superficial, although i still am a fan of the site, please do take a look at the american academy of pediatrics perspective on autism, and their valued treatments and advisories about handling children suffering from the disease. This post did seem to be an attack on a mother who actual spends time with her child, unlike most hollywood/ celebrity mothers.
    all i have to say to those calling her a “dumb bimbo”, look who’s making millions for her “Mother Warriors” book after posing for playboy and being the host of a forgetful mtv dating show. obviously she’s doing something right and somewhat intelligent if the money bags keep rolling in by the truck load. Just a quick question, what are you doing to make your millions? oh yes, that’s right, posting comments on superficial on a friday night, someone seems a bit less intelligent than her right now.
    many of you have a lot more research to do if you’re completely eliminating the idea diet can change a child’s autism condition, most sites agree there are links between the two; not necessarily dairy in specific, but specifically “joe the plumber” (sounds like quite an accomplished fellow) seems to be lacking in his aptitude to research accordingly on the subject. i don’t know joe, maybe read the entire website instead of the first paragraph to fully understand the subject. Better yet, save your energy so you give the boobs your full attention and spare us next time.
    and to mos (#20), i have no idea why you don’t care if a child is unhealthy and/ or in danger of losing their life, but if you feel we are a “nation of whiners”, good luck in life. As far as I know, most people whine or are upset when they have a one loved who is dying or sick. Tell me, what nation doesn’t complain about death, malnutrition, poverty, economy, etc, because I would love to know. If nobody’s complaining, life just has to be absolutely perfect there. so tell me, do you have any suggestions as to where this non complaining place might be? I’m just dying to know, as I’m sure the rest of us are as well.

  11. cavy

    #60 – why are you making fun of people who post on this site, when you gave a long heartfelt speech? And why are people like you saying we shouldn’t talk about things we know nothing about – as if the biological act of spreading your legs and squirting out a kid gives you some sort of knowledge over people who went to college and studied science and medicine. Here’s the deal….having sex and performing a bodily function does not make you a genius or better than anyone else.

  12. PLEASE HEAL AMERICA, jenn!!

  13. yupyup

    Yes, actually it does.

  14. superficial writer is an idiot

    there is a lot more jenny has to say about her son’s ability to cope with autism and vaccines than what idiotic superficial writers have posted onto their website. please dont judge a woman with a child with special needs and keep in mind, coming from a med student, always be open minded when it comes to treatment. sometimes it is a lot simpler than all the medical advances we have today.

  15. superficial writer is an idiot

    there is a lot more jenny has to say about her son’s ability to cope with autism and vaccines than what idiotic superficial writers have posted onto their website. please dont judge a woman with a child with special needs and keep in mind, coming from a med student, always be open minded when it comes to treatment. sometimes it is a lot simpler than all the medical advances we have today.

  16. JT

    Diet can improve or lessen the severity of Autism. But it cannot cure it. Plus, the illnesses prevented by the vaccines are worse than Autism.

  17. JT

    I am not against her believing that she “cured” Autism. But protesting against vaccines? C’mon! That’s a little selfish.

  18. JT

    Cavy –

    Specifically, what are you saying? Just because she gave birth to a baby, it doesn’t make her educated?

    Is that what it is?

    Anyway, Autism is so broad and varies. It was most likely not Autism.

  19. ali

    @ 7 (& 8)

    yep, Sarah, i do believe that is a cold sore…but doesn’t everyone get them nowadays. last i heard 80% of the U.S. has Herpes Simplex 1…

    …now what i wonder is if that shit is on Jim Carrey’s dick…

  20. Duh

    Can we PLEASE get the old Superficial writer back? This new guy is awful. He tries to hit the same humor points as the old, but come nowhere close. Sorry Guy, just move on. Please.

  21. Retarded American

    Why wouldn’t injecting a vaccine full of thimerosal/mercury be harmful?

  22. She is very misinformed about the causal relationship between vaccines and autism. She is given to great a voice to spew her nonsense without adequate response from qualified medical professionals.
    Check out the Stop Jenny McCarthy site for citations to legitimate unbiased references.
    http://www.site.stopjenny.com/

  23. erica

    Yay for ignorant parents!

    Alternative medicine, homeopathy, et al are called just that because they HAVEN’T passed clinical trials, or have not been put through this scientific method at all. Were they to pass trials i.e. objectively show to work, they would no longer be known as “alternative”, “spiritual”, “homeopathic” and other such bullshit and would simply be known as medicine. That’s science, people.

    You can’t claim something inane like this work if you’ve tried it in your own house on your own kid.

  24. Jack

    Autistic kids are not cool. I would not hang out with em’….just sayin’…….

  25. PTPTPT

    #73 – good old fashioned FDA approved medicine like VIOXX, right?

  26. Lord of the Tit

    “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, isn’t that the American way? What happened to good old fashioned self-less faith in God? Nope….that must be the old timey way. Now it’s “Dear God, do X, Y, Z, and I’ll brag about how great I am.” Bitch, God doesn’t need you being a spokesmodel for a diet. HE WANTS YOUR SOUL!! or is that Satan? I can’t keep it straight but I’m pretty sure God wants you to testify on how good he’s been in your life and recruit others to Christ. This is a classic case of why women shouldn’t try to use their brains. Their just space savers not intended for real thought.

  27. Socks

    It was MORE than just a diet that changed her child’s prognosis. If you read her book you will see that it took many years to reverse the effects of vaccines- it mostly has to do with a childs weakened immune system and it be able to process immuinizations. Now there are so many mothers that look up to Jenny because she gives them alternatives. Something you cannot get from the APA because they get paid so much $$$ from drug companies. No one wants to help these kids, they just rather debate about what doesn’t cause it. In the meantime the cases are on the rise and so many moms are handed a diagnosis with ways to help their kids. I applaud Jenny because I have seen changes through herr research and deterrmination. And those who think she’s a joke, come up with a better solution for these infants/toddlers- or try living with it.

  28. Joseph

    She is really sexy. seems that she is very hot on ___< <>>>___ that is a free tall dating club. she must go there to find someone. i also saw her hot pics and videos on that web. unless you watch it, you won’t know how…she is.

  29. Joseph

    She is really sexy. seems that she is very hot on___ http://tallloving.com ___
    that is a free tall dating club. she must go there to find someone. i also saw her hot pics and videos on that web. unless you watch it, you won’t know how…she is.

  30. OOO

    Doctors and scientists also used to claim that smoking cigarettes was good for your health.

  31. sheeple

    If the government says it’s safe, then there is no doubt that it is safe. We all know that the government only acts in our best interests and is never ever wrong about anything.

  32. Geez whathappened?

    “Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants — in one case, within hours of birth — the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.”

    I guess it’s just a coincidence

  33. oh really?

    phen-phen anyone?

  34. Geez whathappened?

    “At two months, when the infant brain is still at a critical stage of development, infants routinely received three inoculations that contained a total of 62.5 micrograms of ethylmercury — a level 99 times greater than the EPA’s limit for daily exposure to methylmercury, a related neurotoxin. Although the vaccine industry insists that ethylmercury poses little danger because it breaks down rapidly and is removed by the body, several studies — including one published in April by the National Institutes of Health — suggest that ethylmercury is actually more toxic to developing brains and stays in the brain longer than methylmercury.”

  35. Jen

    Speaking as the parent of 3 autistic kids, it’s great to see that finally even the gossip mags are realizing what she’s all about. I thought that she had jumped the shark, but it’s nice to get some confirmation from popular culture. Maybe now we can start working on how to make our kids’ lives better.

  36. meh

    The form of autism most people recognize – “essential autism” – runs in families. The exact genes and mode of genetic transmission have yet to be identified (it’s, you know, kinda complex stuff), but family pedigree studies clearly indicate that this classic form of autism – the “Rain Man” type – clusters in families.

    Immunizations are the boogeyman that these families have created because they can’t accept the inherited basis of the disorder. It’s very common for “advocacy” groups to pursue this sort of thing. You should see what family-advocacy groups say the cause of schizophrenia is.

    It’d all be perfectly understandable and acceptable if they weren’t creating a vastly created public health problem by scaring parents into sending their kids into the schools without any immunizations against deadly childhood illnesses. You know, we never found a cure for most of them. They were eliminated through the immunizations.

  37. FromOutOfNoWhere

    I don’t care what folks say that is one hot MILF.

  38. GG1000

    People like her make me crazy; it’s so irresponsible to go around telling people not to vaccinate their kids. My great-grandmother just foams at the mouth when she hears about it. She tells us about how parents lived in dread all summer of polio epidemics and her brother who was deaf because of mumps. Babies do not get their MMR until 13 months, which means we protect them by eliminating the diseases through vaccination. If unvaccinated older brother and sisters bring home measles, the baby could die or be harmed. This “I don’t care what scientific evidence there is; I know better” attitude is ridiculous. I’ll tell you what genuine evidence there IS; it’s that these childhood diseases can maim and kill. There’s no real evidence of autism being cured, although the children can be helped by various techniques. I’d be curious to see if the child was ever formally diagnosed. I wonder if he might have just become a bit quiet and introverted from being around the kind of person who jumps up and down on the bed and screams at the drop of a hat.

  39. gits

    Not to be a medical geek or anything, but the immunization thing is complicated. It looks like most kids are unaffected, but some kids who have pre-existing abnormalities may develop autism-like syndromes after being immunized (it’s probably the mercury, which is also put into the flu vaccine as a preservative, and remember that pregnant mothers are all told to get the flu vaccine). The “pre-existing abnormalities” part is very complex – it doesn’t have to be a neurological abnormality; some kids with rare disorders of cell metabolism have reacted very poorly to the MMR immunization in particular. If the abnormalities are genetically based, then autism would BOTH run in families and be partially caused by immunizations.

    Medical science isn’t simple.

  40. Paloma

    I don’t really think she is saying her son is “cured” of Autism. I think she is saying that his condition has vastly improved. He still has autism, his behavior has just changed.

    Also, for those who don’t think that immunizations have any effect on children who are later diagnosed with autism…

    My little sister received her MMR vaccine and 16 hours later she was literally crying every day for 20 hours straight, screaming, and pulling her hair out. It had the same effect on her twin brother. Two children who were before, lovable, talkative, and curious completely changed within a day. Hmmm…I don’t know what it could be from.

  41. who would’ve thought a major ball breaker and professional teaser would turn out to be a renown “author”

  42. titsonsnack

    Every kid has autism, and ADD, and we’re all bi-polar. Yawn.

  43. JR21

    Going all the way back to #27. Why do parents who get their kids vaccinated have any worry about other people’s children not getting vaccinated? If the vaccines do what they’re supposed to do, what’s the problem? If vaccines actually do prevent you from getting disease, aren’t the vaccinated kids safe? Duh

  44. Gema

    Hopefully when you have kids something like this doesn’t happen to them, you’ll find how amazing it is when you make fun of these beautiful little angels, you end up paying someway or somehow.

  45. Gema

    Hopefully when you have kids something like this doesn’t happen to them, you’ll find how amazing it is when you make fun of these beautiful little angels, you end up paying someway or somehow.

  46. Gema

    Hopefully when you have kids something like this doesn’t happen to them, you’ll find how amazing it is when you make fun of these beautiful little angels, you end up paying someway or somehow.

  47. Gema

    Hopefully when you have kids something like this doesn’t happen to them, you’ll find how amazing it is when you make fun of these beautiful little angels, you end up paying someway or somehow.

  48. Bosco

    Wait…Smoking isn’t good for your hell? WTF

  49. Bosco

    Not everyone has AD….what was the question again?

  50. Gern Blanston

    Good Lord, yet another no talent whore, this one using her kid as a prop to seek and hold relevance. Funny, the kid’s father is MIA but Jim Carrey has bought into and enabled this disgrace hook, line and sinker. He may want to chart his career path against his hanging around JM.

    While I certainly wish the child well the mom needs to be put on the HOV lane toward obscurity.

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