Jenny McCarthy, former Playboy model and current anti-vaccination warrior’s claim to fame is pushing that no child should be vaccinated.
Her trope is that vaccines contain mercury and other harmful substances and that they cause autism. She wants to outlaw vaccinations and she’s convinced millions of Whole Foods shopping, Prius driving, brain-dead soccer moms that their precious little bundles of joy will be autistic if they are vaccinated.
In a feat that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago, the anti-vaccine movement has managed to breathe life into nearly vanquished childhood diseases.
It took all the ingenuity and know-how we are capable of to find safe, effective ways to dramatically diminish diseases like measles and whooping cough in the developed world; it took all the hysteria and willful ignorance we are capable of to give them a boost. A developer of the measles vaccine, Dr. Samuel Katz, says the question “is not whether we shall see a world without measles, but when.”
Jenny McCarthy is a dangerous idiot, but what would you expect from a host of The View? Here’s the truth, in a nutshell (that the nut Jenny likely fell from and landed on her head).
it’s only human to want to believe that a tragedy is a morality tale with readily identifiable villains, in this case the drug industry and the medical establishment. None of this makes the so-called anti-vaxxers any less wrong, or doggedly impervious to evidence.
No amount of discrediting makes a difference. One theory was that a preservative in children’s vaccines called thimerosal was causing autism. But the United States removed thimerosal from most childhood vaccines in 2001. If the theory had been sound, this should have reduced cases of autism. It didn’t. Cases have continued to rise, and the same held true in Canada and Denmark after eliminating thimerosal in the 1990s.
Another theory, latched onto by Jenny McCarthy, is that the MMR vaccine in particular causes autism. Dr. Andrew Wakefield publicized this supposed link in a famous article in the British medical journal The Lancet. It has since been thoroughly debunked. The Lancet retracted Wakefield’s paper, and the British Medical Journal reported that he “falsified data.” He had his medical license revoked. All of which should have been enough to give the anti-vaxxers pause.
Unfortunately, Jenny McCarthy and her followers are incapable of rational thought. It just makes them more determined to see tens of millions die from diseases that we haven’t seen in nearly 100 years, thanks to kids being vaccinated.
Here’s a visualization by Penn & Teller that explains the end result if Ms. McCarthy is successful. Language warning, it is P&T after all. And it’s worth hearing a couple of “unacceptable words” to understand why Ms. McCarthy and her acolytes have their heads up their collective rear ends.
Jenny, go back to having your picture taken with your clothes off and keep your mouth shut. Your brain doesn’t work.
Then just maybe you should do this. So, to answer our opening implied question, “What is ‘this’?”
If you’re not going to vaccinate your kids keep them out of school and make sure anybody who might want to have your kids associate in any way with your kids knows you’re a damn fool who doesn’t care in the least about spreading the deadliest diseases on earth.
Don’t want to vaccinate your kids? You’re an idiot. And a fool of Biblical proportions.
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