Breaking news: Jenny McCarthy is still an idiot.
Cliff Notes: Her kid has been diagnosed with autism. She maintains that a.) he got it from the preservative in his MMR shots (called thimerol), and b.) she cured him of his autism with a herbal-based mercury detox diet.
Our kids got the full vaccination battery as recommended by their doctor. They got their vaccines, and will continue to get their vaccines, because there is no credible scientific evidence–none–that those vaccines cause autism. There is, however, plenty of evidence that vaccines prevent a lot of diseases that meant brain damage or death for children only fifty or sixty years ago. Kids don’t die of measles anymore, and they don’t end up in wheelchairs after contracting polio, because we have vaccines now. Take one or two generations of near-universal vaccinations, throw in an unhealthy dose of scientific illiteracy, season with a dash of favoring feeeeelings over hard evidence, and you have the recipe for kids dying of preventable diseases once more because their parents listened to snake oil peddlers like Jenny McCarthy. It boggles the mind, it does.
Anyone whose kid dies of fucking measles in two thousand oh-fucking-nine because they refused vaccines for that child should be forcibly sterilized, so they can’t pass on their particular mental defect, and then thrown in prison for a few geological epochs.