Oprah Winfrey is about to give a voice to the most dangerous health nut in the public eye today, Jenny McCarthy. Oprah has the potential to kill many more people than the swine flu by giving McCarthy a TV show to espouse her scientifically illiterate ramblings.
I tried to email this to the Oprah Winfrey show but the email widget only allows 2000 characters. I guess I’m too long-winded.
Please reconsider carefully giving your backing and support to the dangerous and wrong Jenny McCarthy. Anti-vaccinationist propaganda like that espoused by McCarthy has literally caused the death of children all around the world. Her refusal to understand the basic science around vaccination, and denial of numerous scientific studies proving that there is no link between autism and vaccines is responsible for the return of several deadly diseases previously eradicated in the civilized world.
This quote of hers clearly shows her complete misunderstanding of the situation:
“I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.”
Jenny McCarthy in Time Magazine, April 2009
The reason that the diseases are coming back is that people are not vaccinating their children with the EXISTING, WELL TESTED, SAFE vaccines. The reason people are not vaccinating is unscientific fear mongering, and that is the fault of ignorant, self-deluding fools like Jenny McCarthy. There is well founded science behind the safety of the vaccines. McCarthy’s claims about the problem have morphed with the science. First she blamed mercury in the vaccines. When that was disproven by science, she started blaming dead virus fragments. When that was disproven, she started blaming some mysterious “toxins” in vaccines for autism. She and her associates are scientifically illiterate, and giving her wrong ideas your implied support is dangerous.
Please please please have your own team of experts look into this situation. Talk to real doctors and epidemiologists. Don’t encourage your huge audience to look to celebrities with liberal arts educations for their medical advice. You have a huge influence over the general public, and with that influence comes a huge responsibility. You have the potential to kill people by supporting Jenny’s crank ideas. You don’t have believe me or others like me who contact you on this topic, just please do the due diligence and talk to the real experts.
Thanks for listening.