Jenny McCarthy was interviewed by an NBC affiliate on Monday, and the actress/ex-Playboy Playmate/Jim Carrey’s girlfriend was outspoken in her opinion that childhood vaccines cause autism. McCarthy, whose son Evan, 5, was diagnosed at the age of two, says she isn’t necessarily anti-vaccine, but anti toxin. “Take the crap out. Get rid of the ether, the antifreeze, the mercury, the aluminum,” she said. “They’re just cheap preservatives. I’d pay four times as much for a clean vaccine!”
Although Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said ingredients in vaccines have never been proven to cause autism, McCarthy argues that they contain neurotoxins that, along with many other ingredients actually “trigger” autism in susceptible children.
Expect punches to be thrown (figuratively, I hope) on both sides of this issue. I don’t have any first-hand knowledge of autism and I’ve always been pro-vaccine, but the possibility that antifreeze may have been an ingredient? Slightly alarming.