If proven true, Jenny McCarthy would be the leading contender for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. But here’s why this is suspect.
Like many emotive parents, Jenny McCarthy has subscribed to the disproven theory that thimerosal in certain vaccines causes autism. More specifically, thimerosal causes autism through both biochemical as well as physiological changes in the human brain. So when Jenny McCarthy claims that she cured her son’s autism through a better diet and B12 vitamin shots, what she is saying is that she was able to correct BOTH her son’s brain chemistry imbalance as well as reconstruct his brain structure back to normal and fixing the physiological damage.
Improbable? Sure. But if true, it would be a complete revolution in medicine and put her in strong contention for the Nobel Prize. Of course there is absolutely no medical evidence of this, but I’m sure Jenny McCarthy would welcome a team of researchers to study her son and this diet in the hopes it would help other parents.
In this situation, there are only a handful of scenarios:
- Jenny McCarthy’s son has autism and she has stumbled on a revolutionary cure for this spectrum of disease known as Autism.
- Jenny McCarthy’s son was misdiagnosed and he did not have autism, but rather he has some other condition and it was cured by this diet.
- Jenny McCarthy’s son may or may not actually have autism. Jenny has been giving him this diet, she feels like it has helped his autism and she feels good about herself for doing something about her son’s problem. But there is no evidence that the diet has helped or harmed her son in any way (i.e., placebo effect).
The facts remain. There is a tremendous body of evidence disproving the faith-based belief that thimerosal in vaccines causes autism. Thimerosal has been removed as a vaccine additive, yet incidence rates of autism continue to increase (both in children vaccinated with non-thimerosal containing vaccines as well as in children who have received no vaccinations at all…in this country as well as in other countries).
Parents want to believe. But belief doesn’t make it correct, or make sound science or medicine.