On the one hand, we have peer-reviewed research indicating that diet has no effect on autism. On the other, we have Jenny McCarthy, actress and mother, who says hooey to science!

Jenny McCarthy Dismisses Pediatrics Study on Autism

This was my favourite part: McCarthy dismissed the latest scientific research as worthless, and the scientists who conduct autism research as incompetent: "We're the ones seeing the real results. And until doctors start listening to our anecdotal evidence, which is, ‘This is working, it's going to take so many more years for these kids to get better. Every parent will tell you something different that helped their child."

*Insert a massive eye-rolling emoticon here.*

I'm in a good mood, so I'm just going to laugh and shake my head at this one.

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Tags: Jenny, McCarthy, anti-vax, autism, vaccinations, vaccine

Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on January 12, 2010 at 4:00pm
Sometimes I think people like her should just be cut of from all and any kind of modern medication, just to see how long her dissmisive attitude will last. It might seem cruel, but I think she deserves it for poluting people's mind's with her dangerous anti-scientific drivel (calling it pseido-scientific would be too much of an honour). I mean, she is advising people to not use a chance to easily protect their children from debilitating and potentialy deadly diseases. What a bitch.
Comment by Shine on January 12, 2010 at 8:20pm
Oh my god, this woman will just not go away...

"And until doctors start listening to our anecdotal evidence ..." McCarthy, like many non-scientists, seems to think that stories and anecdotal evidence are just as good as -- if not superior to -- well-controlled scientific studies. Anecdotal evidence, basically first-person stories, must be confirmed with rigorous research in order to be validated.

Why is this concept so incredibly difficult for people like McCarthy to grasp?? How can she not differentiate between the value of subjective stories and objective evidence? I want to feel pity for her, as this entire debacle is likely the result of dealing with the emotional pain that accompanies watching your child suffer from a disability. However, I lose any sense of sympathy for her as she continually promotes an unverified, unscientific, and anecdotal agenda that is potentially harmful to loads of other children.
Comment by Shine on January 15, 2010 at 10:07am
Oh wow, it just got so much worse.

Jenny McCarthy inks Harpo deal
Comment by Prazzie on January 16, 2010 at 7:18am
That's depressing, but the comments are worse.
Comment by Johnny on January 31, 2010 at 12:12am
I think her grasp of understand anecdotal evidence might be lacking.
The expression anecdotal evidence has two distinct meanings.
(1) Evidence in the form of an anecdote or hearsay is called anecdotal if there is doubt about its veracity; the evidence itself is considered untrustworthy.
(2) Evidence, which may itself be true and verifiable, used to deduce a conclusion which does not follow from it, usually by generalizing from an insufficient amount of evidence.
Comment by Shine on February 2, 2010 at 7:53am
Haha, good point, Johnny.

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