June 11, 2007

Jenny McCarthy Reps TACA

The first mom that I met that pointed me toward biomed was Lisa Ackerman of TACA. I am eternally grateful to her. The works she has done has been wonderful.

I understand that Jenny's son has fully recovered. I couldn't be happier for them.

Jenny McCarthy to represent autism group

By Sue Thoensen
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Talk About Curing Autism, a Newport Beach-based organization helping families with children affected by autism, has announced that actor Jenny McCarthy will be its new spokeswoman.

McCarthy, whose son Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005, is the author of the book "Louder than Words — A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism," set to be released in September.

McCarthy will be involved with the group's fund raiser "Ante Up for Autism" in October. She will participate in live online chats via the group's website and will post her own ongoing blog once the book has been published.

Lisa Ackerman, founder and director of Talk About Curing Autism, said her organization is blessed to have "such an outspoken friend" in McCarthy, and that "her story, her son's journey with autism, and her efforts to advocate and reach out to help families affected by autism should be commended."

For more information, call Talk About Curing Autism at (949) 640-4401 or go to www.tacanow.org.


Bec said...

I have read some discussion about Jenny McCarthy speaking for moms of children with autism – that perhaps she brings too much of a “kook factor” into an area where people are already struggling to be taken seriously by the mainstream.

On the one hand, I feel like our kids are bringing attention to important issues such as vaccine safety, or lack thereof, building up toxins from other sources such as the environment and our food sources, etc.; but the flip side is I see terms like “crystal children” as creating an immediate sound barrier that McCarthy will have to face before anyone will listen to the methods she used to recover her child.

What do you think? I figure she will make enough of a stir to get publicity, but will people think she is over-the-top and reject her experiences?

Some Random Girl said...

my son has autism and was diagnosed originally with PDD back when he was 2 years old. I firmly believe it was due to his reaction to a slough of vaccines he received and had a bad reaction to. It was shortly after that that he stopped talking and making eye contact. We've been working hard ever since. He has overcome a lot of obstacles with intense therapies.

playsindirt said...

Jenny McCarthy bugs me the same way Tom Cruise does. There is no cure for autism and it's irresponsible for her to claim her son is cured. I'm sure he's just growing and evolving the way all children do. My son, who was diagnosed at age 3, little by little stopped flapping, echoing, toe walking, etc. Kids change and the autism changes with them. My son is now 17 and has very few symptoms. But if it looks like a duck, it's a duck.

Tony Blass said...

So Jenny McCarthy has "come to believe a combined vaccination given to
her son around the age of 18 months was the prime cause of his autism."

This is a radical, dangerous view refuted by the scientific community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on their website
that "the weight of currently available scientific evidence does not
support the hypothesis that vaccines cause autism."

In a study conducted among 28,000 children in Quebec, exposed to
different dosages of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine and
vaccines containing the mercury-based preservative thimerosal,
researchers found no relationship between MMR vaccine exposure,
thimerosal exposure and autism rates. In fact, a higher incidence of
autism was seen in Canadian children vaccinated after thimerosal was
eliminated from vaccines than among children who received
thimerosal-containing immunizations. The study was published in the
July, 2006 issue of the journal Pediatrics. "We found that the
prevalence of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders was
higher among kids who had zero exposure to mercury than among kids
with what would be considered medium and even high exposures," says
researcher Eric Fombonne, MD, who directs the department of pediatric
psychiatry at The Montreal Children's Hospital.

She is also wrong about gluten-free, casein-free diets. Only ONE
small single-blind study has documented fewer autistic behaviors in
children fed a gluten-free, casein-free diet but noted no change
cognitive skills, linguistic ability or motor ability. This study has
been criticized for its small sample size, single-blind design which
may have skewed results on the basis of a "parent placebo effect."

A 2006 double-blind short-term study found no significant differences
in behavior between children on a gluten-free, casein-free diet and
those on regular diets.

Any weight put behind the views of anyone simply because they are a celebrity should be suspect at best.

Ginger Taylor said...

Well Tony, if the CDC said it, then it must be true. After all they are honest and above reproach.

I guess that I will go ahead and take my son off the diet, even though he he began to answer to his name and make eye contact with us after only two days on it, has become verbal while on it, and regresses when he has gone off it.

Seriously though... Clearly you jumped into comment on this one post and are not a regular reader of this blog, as it is pretty much about the CDC's bullshit studies and examining how flawed and biased they are.

And no one is believing Jenny because she is famous, we are believing her because she is basically telling our story.

We have seen it with our own eyes and are living it every day.

If you want to join the discussion about the CDC and their, now becoming ridiculous ass covering job, start here.

Ginger Taylor said...


and here is the link to the critique of the Pediatrics 2006 Study you mentioned:


still blessed said...

my son has autism and was diagnosed when he was 2 1/2 years old. i ALSO believe that it was due to some vaccinations he got at 18 months that caused it. because i was watching his videos from 9 months to 18 months and he was babbling and copying his big brother and all of a sudden after vaccinations he stopped babbling and making sounds and at 2 he will reach out for my hand to whatever he wanted me to do/to get him. his eye contact, fine motor skills and following directions and the "head shoulder knees and toes" has improved a lot with the help of Autism Spectrum Therapy for 4 hours a day 5 days a week. Early intervention will help them a LOT!