Jenny McCarthy: Botox? Yes. Vaccines? No.
Comedian-author Jenny McCarthy remains wary of vaccines despite the downfall of British researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose work led her to believe that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine made her son, Evan, autistic.
At the same time, 37-year-old McCarthy remains a fan of Botox as a wrinkle-fighter.
“I love Botox, I absolutely love it,” she says. “I really do think it’s a savior.”
McCarthy’s ability to oppose therapeutic shots while endorsing cosmetic ones has left people puzzled.
“To sum up, then: vaccines = bad. Botulism toxin injected directly into the face = good,” was the comment from baffled former Register reporter Christopher Farnsworth on the “In Your Face” page on Facebook. Farnsworth is the author of this year’s vampire thriller “Blood Oath.”
McCarthy continued opposition to the MMR vaccine despite the retraction of Wakefield’s landmark 1998 study has also baffled people.
Time magazine writer Karl Taro Greenfeld said:
McCarthy’s [position] is one that flies in the face of all credible research on what does and does not cause autism and whether it can be treated. McCarthy claims Evan was healed through a range of experimental and unproved biomedical treatments; even more controversially, she blames the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for giving her son autism. And yet research conclusively shows that vaccines are safe for children; just last month, the U.K. scientist who had published a study linking the MMR shot to autism was found by a British medical panel to have acted unethically.
McCarthy says she does not believe all vaccines are bad — though she swears she will never allow Evan to receive another — nor is she saying you shouldn’t vaccinate your child. Her position is more slippery … do everything necessary to cure your child, no matter what the doctors tell you.
About treating autistic children, she says, “Try everything. Hope is the only thing that will get us up in the morning.”
About Botox, she says she favors visiting the doctor every two months for small injections, rather than the usual three to four months. “I believe in just a little bit. It allows you to keep that mobility in your face. It’s a great little secret,” she says.
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