New Report Says: Jenny McCarthy’s Son May Not Have Had Autism After All

Fri, February 26, 2010 9:15am EDT by 753 Comments
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After years of speaking out about her son’s autism — and against childhood immunizations — Jenny McCarthy is reversing her position.

After years of speaking publicly about her belief that MMR shots (immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella) caused her son to suffer from autism, Jenny McCarthy now faces the reality that her 7-year-old son Evan — who no longer shows any signs of autism — may likely have lived with completely different illness.

A new article in Time magazine — which Jenny was interviewed for — suggests Evan suffers from Landau-Kleffner syndrome, “a rare childhood neurological disorder that can also result in speech impairment and possible long-term neurological damage.”

Many applaud Jenny, who has never stopped fighting to help her son since his autism diagnosis in 2005.  Others, like the Center of Disease Control, say her claims about immunizations make her “a menace to public health.”

Jenny talks about her son’s progress saying, “Evan couldn’t talk — now he talks. Evan couldn’t make eye contact — now he makes eye contact. Evan was anti-social — now he makes friends.  It was amazing to watch … when something didn’t work for Evan, I didn’t stop. I stopped that treatment, but I didn’t stop.”

And she is also reversing her initial position that the MMR shots caused Evan’s autism.  Jenny now says she wants vaccinations better researched — rather than getting rid of them altogether, as she previously promoted.  And though her son may never have had autism, Jenny insists, “I’ll continue to be the voice” of the disorder.

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woodworking projects

Posted at 1:34 AM on May 9, 2014  

Great post.

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Robin Nelson

Posted at 7:09 PM on February 21, 2014  

This is another example of giving weight to what a “celebrity” has to say about an issue when that person has absolutely no legitimate expertise or training to support her opinion! I’m happy to learn she has pulled back from her attack on vaccinations!

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JKNAI91

Posted at 10:22 AM on January 8, 2014  

As someone who suffers from Autism, let me just say… we don’t want her.

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laughingdove

Posted at 6:53 AM on May 4, 2014  

Seconded…

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Onion

Posted at 5:17 PM on January 7, 2014  

Her son looks like Beavis

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Veronique

Posted at 8:28 AM on January 7, 2014  

As long as labels are given largely based on behaviors, they will change since our kids’ behaviors may change over time …. what I see being undervalued and underestimated in the diagnostic process are the triggers (I.e. what can cause such behaviors), the source vs the outcomes, something to think about and pay more attention to.

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Linda A.

Posted at 6:21 PM on January 6, 2014  

I have known for years that she didn’t know what she was talking about –autism- And now she just has latched on to this syndrome . Can’t she just accept her son has behavior problems that she as a “mother” din;t know how to deal with. My child didn’t talk.my child didn’t have eye contact and she did not have autism. She is a fine gifted adult now.
It is too bad that this woman was chosen to be on THE VIEW .Poor judgement on Barbara Walters!!!

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Gene Senior

Posted at 9:13 PM on January 5, 2014  

Why is no one pointing out that she’s a stupid twit?

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Onion

Posted at 5:24 PM on January 7, 2014  

We thought it was sort of a given. No one is mistaking her for a nobel laureate.

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macressler

Posted at 5:53 PM on January 5, 2014  

Reblogged this on macressler.

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