Getting sick of Jenny McCarthy

By Phil Plait | February 14, 2011 10:10 am

How do you define irony?

People getting sick at a fund raiser for Jenny McCarthy’s antivax organization.

I’ll note that all the press for this has talked about how it was at the Playboy mansion, but missed the connection with McCarthy. Coincidence, surely, and seriously, my sympathies to the victims and I hope everyone recovers fully… but I certainly hope those folks sought out actual medicine instead of relying on McCarthy for advice.

[Update: I had originally written a line in there about comparing real medicine to McCarthy's nonsense, and some folks interpreted that as being snarky toward the victims. That wasn't my intention, of course, and to make things clearer I rephrased that last line. Also, it's come to my attention that the source of the illness hasn't been confirmed yet; the hotel where people stayed is being investigated as well. If I hear more I'll post an update.]

Tip o’ the syringe to Koos van den Hout.


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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Alt-Med, Antiscience, Humor, Skepticism

Comments (59)

  1. What a horrible woman. It’s sad and frightening that so many people actually listen to and believe her.

  2. stoneymonster

    C’mon Phil, let’s not be gleeful about other people’s misfortune, no matter how
    misguided or uninformed they may be.

  3. Lars

    Irony or causality? I guess time (and the Health Department) will tell.

  4. stoneymonster (2): Where was I “gleeful”? As I said, I seriously hope everyone recovers.

  5. Admit it. You’re just upset that you weren’t invited to the Playboy Mansion.

  6. The article doesn’t seem to do a particularly good job of reporting. It wants to associate the sickness with the fundraiser but apparently all the victims were part of the conference. So its entirely possible (even probable) that the hotel for the conference was the source. They don’t mention that possibility until the end of the article.
    The article doesn’t mention if non-conference attending persons also got sick.

  7. stoneymonster

    I guess I took your last statement to be a bit mocking. Certainly the crowd that would
    put millions at risk through ignorance deserve no sympathy for their views, but I like
    to think they aren’t all past education and are therefore deserving of sympathy as fellow
    human beings. As you imply, maybe some will learn from the experience.

  8. Well, there’s no vaccine for Legionella. Yet. The air is thick with Irony though, as it has been with the fog machine that may have started this. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/12/local/la-me-illness-cluster-20110212

  9. Alyssa

    Wait a minute. When did gluten-free foods start making people sick?

  10. No doubt Jenny will find some way to blame this on vaccination.

  11. Since Jenny and her wackjobs are responsible for people DYING from perfectrly preventable diseases, I think that mocking them, and pointing out their hypocrisy is the mildest of what I could do. Seriously, every time I see that [censored ad hom] it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I suppose that is another way she makes people sick?

  12. don

    Phil, probably better just to leave it at “my sympathies to the victims and I hope everyone recovers fully.” Snarking about people falling seriously ill can seem to be in poor taste.

  13. Mitja

    I heard of a report from Finland
    http://www.thl.fi/en_US/web/en/pressrelease?id=24103
    Could you comment on this?

  14. @Mitja

    You may be interested in this article from Science-Based Medicine

  15. Sarniaskeptic

    Mitja: head on over to http://ScienceBasedMedicine.org for info on the flu vaccine/narcolepsy report.

  16. Gus Snarp

    What’s disturbing about this is that the conference organizers apparently wanted to make the big end of conference party a fundraiser for autism related charities, an entirely praiseworthy sentiment, but then decided to waste at least some of those charitable donations on McCarthy’s organization. There are a lot of organizations out there doing good work around autism, giving money to a group that is at least partly dedicated to finding a cure based on quack treatments for a non-existent cause siphons that money away from doing real work that really helps people. Plus, associating with McCarthy gives any autism organization a bad name. I remember a relative of mine works for a camp for the developmentally disabled, including a lot of kids with autism. Just knowing that made me worry, and it shouldn’t have. One day she posted a link to a story on McCarthy making it clear that McCarthy was an idiot who was effectively stealing money from good projects.

  17. Allison

    Thanks for the link to the bit about gluten-free diets and autism. I had no idea it was silly – I thought it was just one of those things that no one really understood but couldn’t hurt.

    But, as someone on a gluten free diet at the behest of a real doctor after a real endoscopy diagnosed real celiac disease, I can attest – gluten does make you high. Well, it makes me high. After months and months of rice flour this and sawdust that, sneaking a slice of baguette is better than Rx pain killers.

    Also – I kind of like that there are vanity celiacs and hysterical parents putting their kids on GF diets – it means the number of products available is skyrocketing. Gluten free foods taste mostly disgusting. A little bit of market action and we start getting way yummier stuff.

    Although…it is four times as expensive as normal-people food.

  18. So tired of celebrities abusing their fame to “create awareness” for misguided causes. Or…am I tired of people actually listening to them? Tear.

  19. Martha

    Speaking of threats to public health there is a widespread form of quackery out there. This one has government backing in the form of courts ordering citizens to take part. I am referring to 12 step groups that promote faith healing as an answer to addiction. Here is an article that appeared in Science Based Medicine back in 2009 written by Dr. Harriet Hall.

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=490

    “Alcoholics Anonymous is the most widely used treatment for alcoholism. It is mandated by the courts, accepted by mainstream medicine, and required by insurance companies. AA is generally assumed to be the most effective treatment for alcoholism, or at least “an” effective treatment. That assumption is wrong.

    We hear about a few success stories, but not about the many failures. AA’s own statistics show that after 6 months, 93% of new attendees have left the program. The research on AA is handily summarized in a Wikipedia article. A recent Cochrane systematic review found no evidence that AA or other 12 step programs are effective.”

    I also suggest a website called The Orange Papers and the blog called stinkin thinkin.

  20. Now, the first thing I think of when hearing of a bout of illness like this is, did any attendees of the conference who didn’t go to the Playboy Mansion event show symptoms, and did any Playboy Mansion attendees who weren’t at the conference show symptoms? Basic troubleshooting to narrow down th epoint of exposure, and not mentioned – probably because it makes better news to say it may have happened at the mansion.
    Also, calling a bacterium a virus is a pretty big mistake. And as for a smoke machine being the cause – not likely, as they heat the fluid to a high temperature to make the smoke, even if th efluid were capable of supporting the bacterium, which I doubt.

  21. Joseph G

    If the disease in question is preventable with vaccines, I’ll officially go back to believing in God.

    Also, diseases, in the Playboy Mansion? Why am I not shocked? :D

    @18 James: I’d argue that using your fame to raise awareness for a worthy cause is always a good thing – problem is, people who are famous are somewhat disconnected from reality in the first place, and if they don’t think critically (another trait not really selected for in the development of fame), it’s really easy for them to use their platform to plug ridiculous crap.

  22. Joseph G

    Speaking of autism awareness, has anyone else seen this PSA?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL9I8vcRaIg

    Am I the only one who finds that really creepy? I mean, it’s great that people with Autism are being diagnosed and getting the support that they need*, but the way those ads are worded, it makes it sound like a spreading pandemic. And the numbers – it used to be one in 200, then one in 160, one in 150, one in 120, etc.
    Every credible study I’ve seen seems to indicate that actual autism rates are stable, it’s just that more attention is being paid to it now, and diagnostic standards are being expanded, with even mild autistic spectrum conditions being counted. But watching these PSAs, it feels like “OMG it’s everywhere!!! Give us money or you’re going to be next!”

    *Full disclosure: I work in supported living for people with disabilities, including autism, so I tend to take notice of this stuff.

  23. Gus Snarp

    @Bipedal Tetrapod – Where’s the smoke machine mentioned?

  24. Ron1

    Phil,

    While off topic, @19 Doug Natelson’s comment ( search for planet Tyche) is a really good ask. Is there any chance you could open up another thread and comment about this story? Maybe use your background (and contacts) to verify or debunk? Is it just another wingnut story?

    As well, could anyone from the UK comment on the reliability (yeah, I know — it’s a newspaper) of the Independent, ie. is it a tabloid or similar? I can’t find much.

    My apologies for the off topic.

    Thanks and cheers.

  25. Bill

    @Larian (#11)

    “Seriously, every time I see that [censored ad hom] it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I suppose that is another way she makes people sick?”

    Ya know, you may be onto something here. Quick – call Tim Farley and get it added to “What’s the Harm?”
    :)

  26. Joseph G

    Good lord, even Google knows that Jenny McCarthy is full of ridiculous woo. There was an ad for this site that Google inserted (on my page load, anyway).
    www dot quantumjumping dot com

    Holy freaking spaghetti monster. Phil would have a field day with this ‘un!

  27. gia

    I don’t follow, was what they got preventable if they were vaccinated?

  28. Quiet Desperation
  29. Allison (17):

    But, as someone on a gluten free diet at the behest of a real doctor after a real endoscopy diagnosed real celiac disease, I can attest – gluten does make you high. Well, it makes me high. After months and months of rice flour this and sawdust that, sneaking a slice of baguette is better than Rx pain killers.

    My nephew has all the signs of celiac. However, he doesn’t have an “official” diagnosis, as the doctor says that to confirm it, my nephew (age 2-1/2 at the time) would have had to go back on gluten for 6 months. Given the huge change (for the better) in his health and overall well-being since going gluten-free, there’s no way my sister-in-law would allow it.

    We’ve gone gluten-free as well, as my daughter (9 at the time) started getting rashes after eating things like pasta or pizza.

    I, too, am glad to see more “mainstream” GF foods out there, though unfortunately, many of them now have sugar as the first ingredient to make up for the fact that many commercial GF foods taste like the box.

    As for autism, my son’s problem was dairy. (Please, no “there’s no connection between casein and autism” comments. I can tell you that, for my son at least, that was a major factor in his problems. I can’t say whether it’s true for anyone else.)

  30. @Gus Snarp
    It was in Iddo’s comment #8. Actually the term was “fog machine” not smoke machine. If it was a dry ice machine that had a) been sitting idle for a long time with water in it and b) insufficlently heated, then it could be a source, I suppose. I was thinking of the machines that fill the air, rather than the creepy-across-the-floor dry ice type. The article doesn’t actually specify.

  31. Hey, let’s not be knocking gluten-free foods. You may not like them very much (and sometimes they can be… difficult to enjoy), but a lot of people are legitimately celiac and will legitimately suffer from ingesting gluten.

    Doesn’t help to have asshats like Jenny McCarthy pimping gluten-free, but still, gluten-free foods can’t make you sick, while gluten-containing foods do make a fair portion of the population sick.

    I’ve lived a gluten-free lifestyle (my choice) by virtue of having a wife with celiac for three years now. It’s not easy. But it’s the only way for her to avoid being seriously ill. It’s not an easy lifestyle.

  32. Sili

    Measles are back in Denmark too, I gather. Fun fun fun.

  33. First, I second Phil’s hope that every sick person recovers as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

    Second, how ironic would it be if they came down with some sort of vaccine-preventable disease?

  34. Ryan C

    I have a similar story, but with the situation slightly reversed. I was at a conference, in Vegas, in July 2009 (you can probably figure it out), where one topic (among many) was antivaccination. I became ill, but probably wouldn’t have if there’d been a vaccine available at the time. I would have taken it.
    However, having knowledge at the time that (1) it was something contagious, (2) the symptoms pretty much matched H1N1 and (3) the person that the conference revolved around was immunocompromised, I did the rest of the conference a favour and locked myself in my room. Considering I tested positive for H1N1, at a time when we weren’t quite sure how dangerous it really was, I think I made the right move and prevented a further outbreak.

  35. Snowshoe the Canuck

    Her doctor and his ‘evidence’ has been completely trashed, but she is still on her rant? That woman just can’t admit she was wrong.

  36. Keith Bowden

    She’s locked into her emotions, it revolves around her son. She’s like a woman told that the man convicted of murdering her son has been proven innocent and isn’t interested in finding the real killer because in her mind she already knows this other guy did it and can’t let go of that.

  37. Joseph G

    @37 Keith Bowden: Very good analogy. And unfortunately, our culture has glamorized “one mother’s fight” to the point that the very intensity of the mother/parents’ emotions are proof enough that their Cause is Just.

  38. Jeff

    I wonder if McCarthy’s silicone vaccinations (injections) might have something to do with Autism? :)

  39. Paul in Sweden

    Those of you who read this BA blog already know I fully support general requirements for vaccination. I do not want to see dozens, thousands or tens of thousands of Typhoid Marys running around. However I cannot understand the hypocrisy of our host and the many contributors to this forum.

    UN IPAV Mandate (United Nations International Panel of AntiVaxxers)

    “The IPAV does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced Vaccine, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPAV reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant scientific, technical and socio economic factors. They should be of high scientific and technical standards, and aim to reflect a range of views, expertise and wide geographical coverage”

    Before anyone opens their mouths, have no fear: Dr. Andrew Wakefield will be heading this new United Nations commission and he has assured us that almost 97 percent of all antivaxxer medical doctors have established a consensus that vaccines cause autism and threatens millions upon millions of children and is a strain on our global economy(and it is only going to get worse and the precautionary principal must be applied). Them more time wasted on inaction on vaccines will only compound the situation. Computer models have been constructed and they clearly show that current projections are nowhere close to what the computer models indicate. Things are only going to get worse.

    Who could argue with a United Nations commission that is funded and endorsed by all nations to seek out the various illnesses that can be brought on by general vaccination?

    What by chance do you feel the reports produced by Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his United Nations commission chartered with the mission of detailing the ailments of general vaccination will be?

    Who could suspect bias?

    If you disagree with the United Nations Panel of Anti-Vaxxer results will you be accused of being a denier?

    Similarly:

    UN IPCC Mandate

    “The IPCC does not conduct any research nor does it monitor climate related data or parameters. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC reports should be neutral with respect to policy, although they need to deal objectively with policy relevant scientific, technical and socio economic factors. They should be of high scientific and technical standards, and aim to reflect a range of views, expertise and wide geographical coverage”
    -http://ccd4e.org/ipcc_scientific_community/

  40. Joseph G

    @40 Paul in Sweden: Nice try, but that doesn’t wash, for a number of reasons.
    For one, the “97% of antivaxxer medical doctors” bit – why only 97%? If the putative group you’re referring to is entirely composed of antivaxxers, why not 100%? Of course, you’re trying to draw a parallel to climate scientists, but there is no comparison – the vast majority of climate scientists are in agreement with the observed facts regarding anthropogenic climate change, which I believe is the statistic you’re referring to. The consensus is not that “97% of scientists who agree with the theory of AGW are in agreement,” it’s 97% of scientists, period.
    Antivaxxers, on the other hand, are a tiny minority in the medical community. Even if they did get appointed to some UN commission, the outcry from the world medical community would be enormous.
    Bottom line, no one is arguing from authority here – the IPCC’s conclusions shouldn’t be trusted because of their status with the UN, or even the reputation of the individuals working on it; no, the IPCC’s conclusions should be taken seriously because the overwhelming majority of scientific bodies agree with those conclusions. There isn’t a single major scientific institution or national scientific board (of ANY nation) that doesn’t support the general framework of AGW theory. Not one! Hell, you’d think the governments of North Korea or Iran would offer a dissenting opinion, just to get attention!
    But perhaps I’m misunderstanding. I assume your post was satirical and there is no IPAV, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

  41. Joseph G

    Ooh, ooh, I thought of one, but I’m probably late:

    “And people think that it’s Jenny McCarthy’s husband who’s famous for talking out his ass!”

    *crickets*

    Ace Ventura? Movie? Talking butt? No?

    I gotta work on my material….

  42. Regner Trampedach

    So “Paul in Sweden” @ 40 – you are saying that the thousands of climate scientists, or 90-some percent of all scientists engaged in the field of climate research, are just as corrupt as ex-Dr. Wakefield.
    Well, lets see. Climate scientists produced the famous hockey-stick figure from only 12 representative (carefully selected) years from the temperature record and they all use that same set of data. And, they actually didn’t use those temperatures either – they changed 8 of them to make the hockey-stick look right. Those 12 years happen to be years with law-suits against fossil-fuel power-plants for polluting. The climate scientists (all of them, obviously) are employed by the lawyers of the plaintiffs – oh, and so are all the people living above the arctic circle, who claim that their perma-frost is melting – and all the phycicists and chemists who knows that CO2 absorbs in the infrared windows between the water absorption bands – and all the people who amass data/statistics about our fossil fuel consumption and actual release of CO2 into our atmosphere. All these people also have huge amount of stocks in renewable energy companies, or have plans to start their own.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if that story was true? Then I wouldn’t have to worry about my childs future (and my own for that matter) and all the investment in renewable energy would mean more new jobs, less pollution and less dependence on the Middle East, etc. One can only dream…

    – Regner

  43. Ron1

    @40. Paul in Sweden. (AKA Mr Denier & Troll)

    Come on, give it a rest — your denial arguments are getting dumber and dumber. Comparing a fake agency conducting fake research headed by a verified fake to the IPCC is simply STUPID!

    A tropical holiday would probably do you a little good. Having spent twenty years in the Arctic I can tell when someone is ‘bushed’ and you are definitely coming across as being bushed.

    Take a holiday, pal.

  44. Ron1

    @42 Joseph G

    he, he. You’re showing potential. How long can you go banging your head against the wall after dealing with ‘people’ like Mr Denier (AKA P in S).

    Cheers.

  45. Markle

    Paul in Sweden,

    Why don’t you wait until a thread comes up that discusses your pet conspiracy? Why derail one discussing such a grave matter as the sickening of the innocent? That’s really the height of self-absorbed whackaloonery.

    Back on track(sorta): I’m going to nix the fog machine too. I worked in a Halloween store over a decade ago. We sold them and had one running to demo. They use a special fluid that is mostly water, in a sealed 1 liter bottle. This gets sprayed onto a very hot plate at the back of a 3/4″ tube. It instantly flashes to steam which propels the cooked hydrocarbon in an ultrafine smoke. The front had a warning sticker to keep your hands away because of the steam. If you dropped one of our PVC shopping bags onto the steel 4″x6″x16″ case it would shrinkwrap, but not quite melt the plastic.

    Long story, short: I don’t think even botulinum spores would survive that.

    Considering how after 8 hours, we’d go home feeling like somebody had dusted our tongues, nasal passages and the inside of our eyelids with talcum powder, it might eventually cause respiratory problems for the sensitive.

  46. Paul in Sweden

    45. Ron1 Says:
    February 14th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    @42 Joseph G

    he, he. You’re showing potential. How long can you go banging your head against the wall after dealing with ‘people’ like Mr Denier (AKA P in S).

    Cheers.
    ——————————————-
    @Ronl and all others —Pity that you do not see the other Wakefields as Archbishop and Pope in your religion of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Cooling — My comment was a one off. ‘cept for this one…maybe…

    In an appropriate thread I will toss it up again.

    Wakefield is an idiot, and his hysteria regarding general vaccinations like Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Cooling[CAGWC] is non-sense.

    See you all in the next thread. :)

  47. Patrick

    Oh, Paul in Sweden. Thank goodness you’re here, I just have so many questions about the Climate Change Hoax and nobody seems to want to answer them.

    1) If the majority of scientists are wrong about anthropogenic climate change, is their error the result of an honest mistake or are they deliberately lying?

    2) If the majority of scientists are wrong about anthropogenic climate change because they are simply mistaken, what is the mistake that is confounding them, and why have climatologists not realized this mistake?

    3) If the majority of scientists are wrong about anthropogenic climate change because they are committing intentional fraud, what is the goal of committing this fraud, who are the persons responsible for instigating it in the first place, and what incentive do climate scientists have for going along with it?

    I can’t seem to get a straight answer, and I’m desperate here. Please, Paul in Sweden. You’re my only hope.

    You’re my only hope, Paul…

  48. Paul in Sweden

    @48. Patrick Says: “[...]”

    Patrick(and others…), I recognize your church attendance is down throughout the world but I will hold off until Phil puts up a Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Cooling thread to respond.

    Vaccination is a serious topic. Those in risk groups should follow the advice of their physicians regarding vaccinations so that they are neither a danger to themselves or others.

  49. uBjoern

    Big Pharma definitely went too far this time

    How thoroughly rotten do you have to be to infect the only peaple that have the courage to stand up to you with some horrible (possibly lethal) disease

    What more proof do you need that they are evil

  50. Ron1

    @50. uBjoern

    Did you forget to put a winky icon at the end of your comment? If not, are you, by chance, related to Paul in Sweden — he has your sense of humour and thinks kinda like you do.

    ps. Big Pharma are no angels – they’re corporate entitities whose goal is to make as much money as they can and I’m sure that they’ve sometimes done bad things. However, be rational. If you’re gonna go after them at least back up your inference with some fact, and lower the emotional level if you can’t back it up. (Jeez, did I say that?)

    cheers

  51. Joseph G

    @ Ron1: Hehe, why yes, I do get that “must bang face on keyboard” feeling at times.

    Also, as you say, Pharma corps are no saints, but they are closely scrutinized and regulated, which is more then we can say about the anti-vaxxers. Also, I heard somewhere that vaccines are actually somewhat of a pain in the butt (heh) for some pharma companies. I may be wrong, but I could swear I’ve heard that most pharma companies would much rather be cranking out pills then producing vaccines – the profit margins are much lower, and the liabilities are higher (not to mention a more expensive to store/ship product that they can only sell once or twice to each customer).
    Has anyone heard anything about this?

  52. @ Regner Trampedach #43
    WIN!

  53. Joseph G

    Oh my god! It’s so obvious! Why didn’t I ever see it before!?
    Pharmaceutical conglomerates are tired of the low profit margins that vaccines offer, and they’d prefer selling antibiotics and other products instead. So they pay some people to drum up fears about vaccines and keep people from getting inoculated, thus lowering those government-mandated vaccine sales in favor of increased demand for their far more profitable drugs that are needed after people get sick!!!
    It makes perfect sense!!! Big Pharma is behind the anti-vaxxers!!!

    Hey, I can honestly say it’s every bit as believable as any conspiracy theory that the anti-vaxxers have come up with. Of COURSE they want to blame Big Pharma and deflect attention away from where their support comes from! :D

  54. Sarah

    Here’s another attempt at anti-vaxism. Now they are claiming that vaccines affect gut bacteria and therefore can cause the brain not to develop properly.
    http://gaia-health.com/articles401/000404-science-vaccines-brain-development.shtml
    The scientific article doesn’t say anything about vaccines causing this (surprise!) and the last lines of this article are “It’s interesting that a scientist has stated that microbial infections are associated with autism, yet Dr. Wakefield’s studies associating gut harm with autism have been viciously put down, using every filthy trick imaginable.
    Exactly what the effects of changing the gut flora via vaccinations does isn’t technically known—at least, not to the official pharmaceutically-controlled world of science. However, parents of autistic and ASD children can surely explain it to them.”

    Sigh.

  55. Patrick

    @49: I will hold off until Phil puts up a Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Cooling thread to respond.

    But Paul, surely you thought this thread was worth the effort, once. Why are you abandoning me, Paul? I need your help. I might not be around for the next Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Cooling thread!

    Last night, I was followed home from work by an all-black Prius. Sitting at a red light, I could hear the dreadful silence of its idling hybrid engine behind me, and a chill ran down my spine.

    When I arrived home, Paul, I found a note on my door. STOP ASKING QUESTIONS, PAT, ACCEPT THE CHURCH OF GLOBAL WARMING, it read. I was disturbed, because I don’t really like getting called Pat. Underneath, there was a smaller line of still more ominous text: “This note is made of 100% post-consumer content.” They know where I live, Paul.

    I went inside, and flicked on the lights, and a bizarre glow suffused my apartment. All of my old incandescent light bulbs had been replaced with energy-saving CFL bulbs. I hardly got more than ten minutes of uninterrupted sleep last night, wracked with fear and worry. What further environmentally-friendly horrors would be visited upon me?

    This morning, on my way into work, I was approached by a man in a dark business suit. “Feeling a little warm today, Patrick?” he said, and brandished a hockey stick threateningly. I was sufficiently menaced, but the literalness of the “hockey stick” symbolism felt strained, and I give the effort a B+.

    Paul, I just want to know who’s behind this. Who would want to convince the world that global warming is real? What sinister goals do they have? How did they get so many scientists to participate in their nefarious deeds? I need to know, Paul, so I can take my life back. It’s my life, dammit! It’s my liiiiiiiiiife!

  56. flip

    #55, Sarah.

    That’s not new anti-vax stuff. That’s what started the whole ball of wax. Dr Wakefield is the one who originally – and falsely – tied gut bacteria to autism. Then he changed it to mercury.
    See: http://briandeer.com

    #56, (don’t call me Pat)rick

    LOL!

  57. Joseph G

    @#36 Patrick: Bahahahahaha!!!
    You win the internet today!
    Thread. Freakin’. Over.

  58. autism frauds exposed

    In case you haven’t heard. Jenny McCarthy’s son never had autism. He has Landau Kleffner Syndrome. Ooops…looks like she’s going to have to do a lot of diversionary tactics to distance herself from this major blunder. One has to wonder how long she knew…..it’s a scary thought to think publishers are this stupid and reckless. Didn’t they do a background check on her before they published such manipulative lies? Jenny is quite smart, by the way and must have some very savvy agents. They knew Evan turned out not to be really autistic, but kept putting it out as if he were.

    If you look at Jenny’s background with her son you’ll see a very very interesting picture. one that is quite chilling actually, perhaps one of the biggest frauds ever to infiltrate the autism community.

    Jenny first told the world her son was an Indigo child. Then he had seizures. And was brought by ambulance to hospital where they gave him a boatload of ativan and other seizure controlling medications. He then started taking seizures meds. Daily. Notice she RARELY speaks of his seizures. I guess she figured autism label would be a better marketing tool, and she was right.

    As Evan’s seizures came under control, so did his “regression” that she blamed on autism radically improve. Of course she never talks about that fact. After all, how can she after she moved quicker than a volcano into the autism community and started writing books and hitting talk shows and doing magazine and talk show interviews. All within several months of her son’s alleged “cure” from the alleged “autism” she told us he had.

    Nope. He had laundau kleffner syndrome. And she has YET to admit this and tell the public her son does not nor ever had true autism. Meanwhile, she keeps her distance from this subject and is now jumping full swing into a diversionary tactic away from those few years of her obsessive diatribe against vaccines and telling the world she cured her son of autism. That alone should raise some serious red flags for investigative reporters.

    Jenny is a fraud. She knows her son was misdiagnosed. To cover her ass, she has recruited “doctors” to splash the covers of her books, as if that gives her credibility. Nice tactic. Very obvious, but a good try. She has seriously pissed off many in the autism community. She has made a mockery of true, real autism. She needs to be investigated and exposed in a book asap. This woman is just nuts. Her poor son. He is obviously still having episodic seizures which is common with landau kleffner. Jenny, it’s time you came clean. Stop printing your fake books about your son’s fake autism. Enough of this charade. You can’t hide from this reality by writing another book and parading around in a new sexy suit for the photographers to capture, as if this will all distance you from the pathetic and fraudulent case you made of your son’s alleged autsim and his cure. You didn’t cure your precious son Jenny. He was never autistic. Be happy he wasn’t. Quit insulting thousands of parents who live with REAL autistic kids. Media get off your butts and investigate this story!

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