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McCarthyisms: Botox, Autism, and the MMR Vaccine

By March 2, 2009

No, not that McCarthy. I'm talking about celebrity Jenny McCarthy, who has been very vocal about her stance against the use of the MMR vaccine because of a bogus report of a potential link to autism. As a fellow mother, I really do sympathize with her in her desire to understand and conquer the horrible disease that has afflicted her little boy.

But wait... it turns out that Ms. McCarthy injects her face with "the most poisonous substance known".

Ms. McCarthy has recently confessed to using Botox on occasion. Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a poisonous toxin made by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It causes a paralytic disease that can result in respiratory failure and death.

Here's the irony: Ms. McCarthy uses Botox despite the fact that it has been denounced by the FDA as a wrinkle remedy. And yet she rejects the use of the FDA-approved MMR vaccine that has saved millions of lives worldwide.

I wonder what she thinks about tainted peanut butter.

March 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(1) Esme says:

I never did botox because I was worried it could enter the blood stream and make its way to my ovaries and damage the eggs. They have since confirmed that the botulism you inject in your face does indeed travel to other parts of the body. I’ve also wondered if the rise in autism could be partly caused by the introduction of botox — definitely worth studying, especially after reading Jenny McCarthy saying how much she likes it. To be fair to her, she might have only started using it recently and not years ago before she was pregnant. I agree that it’s ironic how she’ll do it after being so opposed unsafe vaccines. But if she likes it and she’s done with having children, then I say go for it!

March 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(2) Space Bunny says:

I agree wholeheartedly with Esme. We do not know the long term effects of a lot of things we use but botox would be low on my list if I ever thought of getting pregnant.

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