Jenny McCarthy took to Twitter this weekend to respond to the latest round of criticism regarding her son’s autism diagnosis. The co-host of The View is attempting to set the record straight after reports surfaced that her son never had autism in the first place.
The article in question has since been pulled, but it suggested that McCarthy had changed her stance on son Evan’s autism diagnosis and has abandoned her much publicized and very controversial stance on vaccines. The story went on to suggest that Evan was actually suffering from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, which was originally first noted by Dr. Daniel Reuben in a letter titled “Fanning the Vaccine-Autism Link” that was published in Neurology Today.
Jenny McCarthy wasted no time in setting the record straight. Her official statement is that the stories that were circulating online over the past few days were completely inaccurate and ridiculous. McCarthy went on to say that Evan had been diagnosed with the disease by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital which was further confirmed by the State of California. She made it clear that she had not changed her position on his diagnosis one bit and suggested that the report was both irresponsible and inaccurate.
In fact, the story cites a 2010 article that was published by Time Magazine. McCarthy claims that she was never interviewed for the publication, thus making her “statements” false. She closed the statement by vowing to take legal action in order to set things straight.
Interestingly enough, when McCarthy, along with her then boyfriend Jim Carrey, was interview on Larry King Live back in 2009, she made a statement that her son was no longer autistic. King asked what was still evident about Evan’s autism and McCarthy responded that he had a reaction to a vaccine which led to seizures but that the autism is gone. In fact, in her book Louder Than Words, she goes on to explain how she cured his autism.
At the base of the current controversy is Jenny McCarthy’s claims that childhood vaccinations were what initially cause Evan’s autism in the first place. She used her status as a mild celebrity to get the word out that vaccines were doing kids more harm than good. Her studies were mainly confined to Google searches and a report that highlighted the link between vaccines and autism that was presented by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. It turns out that Wakefield had falsified data in order to substantiate his claims and has since lost his medical license. The study, which was Jenny McCarthy’s basis for her argument, has since been retracted.
A recent article written by Amy Parker shows the other side of the anti-vaccine stance. Parker was raised by a mother who fed her nothing but organic food, never allowed sugar, and absolutely refused to vaccinate her daughter. Parker went on to contract rubella, mumps, measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, and a host of other childhood maladies despite her healthy lifestyle.
Jenny McCarthy has responded to the latest round of criticisms in the only way she knows how: by using her public persona to continue to be a “voice” for the families of autistic children.
By Mary Kay Love