Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey are actors and parents actively involved
in autism-related causes. McCarthy’s son, Evan, is autistic. She
is the author of the book “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey
in Healing Autism.” Their editorial was posted on
www.CNN.com April 4, 2008.
In light of the recent Hannah Poling decision, in which the federal court
conceded that vaccines could have contributed to her autism, we think
the tide is finally turning in the direction of parents like us who have
been shouting concerns from our rooftops for years.
Autism is a debilitating disorder, which according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, is suffered by 1 in 150 kids, making it more common
than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
Recently, England and Ireland reported that autism is affecting one in
Is it any wonder that autism has become many new parents’ No. 1 fear?
We’ve met some of the most amazing moms and dads who are forging
their own path to prevention and recovery. When our son, Evan, was diagnosed
with autism we were lucky enough to benefit from their knowledge and experience.
Evan has been healed to a great extent by many breakthroughs that, while
perhaps not scientifically proven, have definitely helped Evan and many
other children who are recovering from autism.
There are some who wonder what we mean when we say “recovering”
from autism. They confuse the word recover with cure. While you may not
be able to cure an injury caused in a terrible car accident, you can recover;
you can regain many skills that you once lost. In the case of autism,
we think there are treatments that often bring about such healing, so
that the observable symptoms of the condition no longer exist. Even though
we may no longer see any symptoms of autism, we can’t say a child
is “cured” because we do not know what they would have been
like had they never been injured.
We believe what helped Evan recover was starting a gluten-free, casein-free
diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals for yeast
overgrowth that plagued his intestines. Once Evan’s neurological
function was recovered through these medical treatments, speech therapy
and applied behavior analysis helped him quickly learn the skills he could
not learn while he was frozen in autism. After we implemented these therapies
for one year, the state re-evaluated Evan for further services. They spent
five minutes with Evan and said, “What happened? We’ve never
seen a recovery like this.”
Evan is now 5 years old and what might surprise a lot of you is that we’ve
never been contacted by a single member of the CDC, the American Academy
of Pediatrics, or any other health authority to evaluate and understand
how Evan recovered from autism. When Evan meets doctors and neurologists,
to this day they tell us he was misdiagnosed — that he never had
autism to begin with. It’s as if they are wired to believe that
children can’t recover from autism.
So where’s the cavalry? Where are all the doctors beating down our
door to take a closer look at Evan? We think we know why they haven’t
arrived. Most of the parents we’ve met who have recovered their
child from autism as we did (and we have met many) blame vaccines for
their child’s autism.
We think our health authorities don’t want to open this can of worms,
so they don’t even look or listen. While there is strong debate
on this topic, many parents of recovered children will tell you they didn’t
treat their child for autism; they treated them for vaccine injury.
Many people aren’t aware that in the 1980s our children received
only 10 vaccines by age 5, whereas today they are given 36 immunizations,
most of them by age 2. With billions of pharmaceutical dollars, could
it be possible that the vaccine program is becoming more of a profit engine
then a means of prevention?
We believe autism is an environmental illness. Vaccines are not the only
environmental trigger, but we do think they play a major role. If we are
going to solve this problem and finally start to reverse the rate of autism,
we need to consider changing the vaccine schedule, reducing the number
of shots given and removing certain ingredients that could be toxic to
We take into account that some children have reactions to medicines like
penicillin, for example, yet when it comes to vaccines we are operating
as if our kids have a universal tolerance for them. We are acting like
ONE SIZE FITS ALL. That is, at the very least, a huge improbability.
Even if the CDC is not convinced of a link between vaccines and autism,
changing the vaccine schedule should be seriously considered as a precautionary
measure. (If you would like to see some ideas for alternative schedules,
We wish to state, very clearly, that we are not against all vaccines, but
we do believe there is strong evidence to suggest that some of the ingredients
may be hazardous and that our children are being given too many, too soon!