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“I’m not a doctor, which brings me to another point. It seems like the media is often giving celebrities and actors more authority on this issue than they’re giving the experts and that’s a sad fact. And I know that’s a paradox – that’s part of why I wanted to become a spokesperson, so I could say, ‘Please don’t listen to me, don’t listen to the actors, go to the experts.'”

~Amanda Peet during an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, begging parents to listen to experts before deciding whether to immunize their kids – and not rely on the advice of celebrities (mostly stars like Jenny McCarthy and Charlie Sheen who have used their status to vocally oppose vaccinations).  Read a little on Jenny McCarthy’s recent ‘Green Our Vaccines’ campaigne by clicking HERE.

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  1. Dr. Computo August 6, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    We hear and obey.

  2. rick August 6, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Finally, a responsible activist.

  3. Alex Plank August 6, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    Thanks for covering this important campaign that Peet is taking part in. Autism is not caused by vaccines and it hurts autistic people when lay people like Jenny McCartney are making outrageous accusations and claiming to be experts on the causes of Autism.

    We covered Amanda’s original comments in cookie magazine here: http://www.wrongplanet.net/article372.html

  4. Ted Nugent August 6, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    No kidding! Finally, a responsible celebrity! Amanda Peet, my new favorite actreesss. I will see all her movies now.

  5. Dave August 6, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    Also don’t listen to people with financial conflicts of interest…
    like big pharmaceutical companies and any doctors in their pocket.

  6. anonymous Joe August 6, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    i’ve seen her boobs.

  7. uncle.pierre August 6, 2008 at 1:40 pm #

    I applaud the author for posting this quote. However, this article should also include links to those in the scientific community that think McCarthy and her “cause” are dead wrong and straight up harming children. Like this one: http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/?p=339

  8. Former performer August 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    Take it from me – what most performers know best is how to perform –
    they spend a lot of time and mental energy figuring out how to do that
    well. They are mostly not spending a lot of time becoming experts on
    anything but that. So – if you want to know how to be a great musician,
    actor, or other performing artist, ask a musician, actor or other
    performing artist. Don’t ask them about politics or medicine, or
    expect them to have anything more relevant to say about these subjects
    than the average Joe.
    (Of course, as ‘anonymous Joe implies’, it’s a lot more fun to look at
    some people’s boobs while they’re saying something inane regarding
    subjects about which they have very little expertise or knowledge

  9. Former Performer's kid August 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    You’re a boob.

  10. Graucho August 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    No one should take advice from Jenny McCartney seriously
    except of course naked slut advice.

  11. John Watts August 6, 2008 at 8:29 pm #

    LOL, dude that is some quote let me tell you

    JT

  12. Rob Williams August 6, 2008 at 11:02 pm #

    I admire Amanda Peet’s comments in that they show some appropriate humility
    and concern, but she is unfortunately wrong just like so many others.
    Someone, like me, who actually has a family member (a nephew) who became
    autistic as a direct result of a vaccination is qualified to provide an
    opinion.

    Besides, blatantly asserting that autism is not caused by vaccines is the
    height of arrogance, just like asserting that anything does not exist–one
    cannot “prove” by the absence of “proof” (evidence).

    On the other hand, one counter-example is all it takes to disprove such an
    assertion, and my nephew suffices for me to disprove Amanda Peet’s comments.
    Likewise, all it took was to find one giant squid to disprove all the
    detractors.

    Finally, the same conclusion is easily reached from commonly known facts.

    1. Pregnant women are routinely warned to avoid foods containing mercury,
    such as tuna fish and many other kinds of fish, because it is believed to
    negatively-impact brain development.

    2. Vaccines are well-known to have contained and probably to continue to
    contain high levels of mercury and other toxic substances. Meanwhile,
    vaccines are not FDA- or otherwise regulated, they are not properly tested,
    and their contents are generally not precisely known (when is the last time
    you read the “label” on that flu shot?).

    3. Vaccines are well-known to cause many and varied “side effects”, up to and
    including death (see the CDC’s website and many others–warning, it’s graphic).

    With such well-known issues and side effects, readily shown, there is no
    significant leap required at all to hypothesize that vaccines CAN cause
    autism. And with many parents and others (actors) who have witnessed it
    occurring in children they know (such as my nephew), the conclusion follows.
    The only appropriate response is to fund the necessary research to connect
    the dots in detail, identify the precise mechanism, and take the necessary
    steps to prevent it from ever recurring.

    By the way, I love Amanda Peet as an actress, such as in “The Whole Nine Yards”.

  13. George August 7, 2008 at 3:13 am #

    Beautiful *AND* clever and responsible. Kudos.

  14. Bimbo Number Seven August 7, 2008 at 7:26 am #

    The thing is, yo, The Cult Of Expert’ism own$ you!

  15. Matt Morrison August 7, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    I have to question Peet’s qualifications on this matter, even if she is denying her own suitability as an expert. After all, we are talking about a woman who freely admits to using sunscreen on her baby for fear of what those chemicals might do to a baby’s skin but is all too ready to become a spokeswoman for the vaccine industry after talking with one doctor outside of her own family (http://www.cookiemag.com/entertainment/2008/07/amandapeet)

  16. Toni Graybill August 7, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    While I feel for Rob Williams (I have a step brother who is autistic)
    I have to respectfully disagree that there is “proof” that immunizations
    cause autism. My step brother was born in the 1960’s, which is waaay
    before the thimerosal preservative was introduced (1980’s.) And the
    problem with “proving” the cause for something like autism is that
    the difference between children is so much greater than the statistical
    differences needed to demonstrate a clear cause-and-effect relationship.

    I did a little research if you are interested.

    http://maxhealthwealth.blogspot.com/2008/08/mercury-poisoning-in-children-leads-to.html

  17. Matt Morrison August 9, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    Toni,

    You’ve fallen into one of the logical fallacy traps set by those who wish to ignore any possible link between autism and vaccines. Autism as a condition has been identified as a specific condition for the better part of a century, so yes… obviously your stepbrother was diagnosed before the numbers of autistic children skyrocketed.

    However, just because there have been autistics before thimerosal was introduced does not do anymore to prove the lack of a link between autism and vaccination than it does for me to point out that people flew on gliders before the Wright Brothers built a working machine-powered airplane.

  18. frank August 11, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    There is no mercury in vaccines, nor has there been since sometime around 2001. Update your arguments, people.

  19. uncle August 11, 2008 at 10:01 am #

    In response to Rob Williams points:

    “Someone, like me, who actually has a family member (a nephew) who became autistic as a direct result of a vaccination is qualified to provide an opinion.”

    How so? Close proximity to an autistic child absolutely does not make you an expert on the medical minutiae of the issue. If it did, maids who work with household cleaning agents would have to be considered experts on chemical formulation. That is simply an asinine assertion.

    “Besides, blatantly asserting that autism is not caused by vaccines is the height of arrogance, just like asserting that anything does not exist–one cannot “prove” by the absence of “proof” (evidence).”

    Au contraire, mon frère. The height of arrogance is positing that your personal contact with an autistic child pre-empts the weight of scientific evidence and studies on this issue. Yes, science could be proven wrong on autism. It just hasn’t happened yet. Research continues on this topic. And until proper studies show a real link to autism, I for one, will be vaccinating my children to protect them from far more common diseases that vaccines can stop.

    “On the other hand, one counter-example is all it takes to disprove such an assertion, and my nephew suffices for me to disprove Amanda Peet’s comments.”

    Your nephew was diagnosed with autism, at or around the time he received a vaccine (I’m assuming based on your comments). That doesn’t prove or disprove anything on it’s own. That’s why we have impartial third parties doing studies, using concepts like “the scientific method.” You should read about it, it’s the latest thing in research…

    “1. Pregnant women are routinely warned to avoid foods containing mercury, such as tuna fish and many other kinds of fish, because it is believed to negatively-impact brain development.”

    This is a non-sequitur, as vaccines no longer contain mercury.

    “2. Vaccines are well-known to have contained and probably to continue to contain high levels of mercury and other toxic substances. Meanwhile, vaccines are not FDA- or otherwise regulated, they are not properly tested,
    and their contents are generally not precisely known (when is the last time you read the “label” on that flu shot?).”

    No, this is not well-known. Your statements are wild fabrications of fancy, and not based on any facts. That statement alone should discredit your entire diatribe.

    3. Vaccines are well-known to cause many and varied “side effects”, up to and including death (see the CDC’s website and many others–warning, it’s graphic).”

    Again with the non-sequitur. This has nothing to do with autism. Yes, there are sometimes bad side effects to vaccines, in the same way that there are a small percentage of side effects to ANY medication, whether it be manufactured or herbal in origin.

    By the way, some side effects of NOT vaccinating children are measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, and crippling polio. All which have made a comeback in recent years, thanks to vaccine denyers like yourself. Thanks for putting children in the general population at risk, based on your uninformed and entirely baseless opinion. I will continue to trust the experts, not trolls like yourself.

    -Uncle

  20. Rob Williams August 11, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    Frank: The manufacturers lied about the mercury and other toxic chemical
    content of vaccines for years, and one particular manufacturer continued
    distributing such a vaccine with mercury content for two years after they
    promised to cease, all of which is well documented on the web. SO, do you
    really trust them now, with billions of dollars at stake, and with noone
    watching over their shoulder (vaccines are not regulated by the FDA or any
    third-party group)?

    Uncle: When many thousands of parents, relatives, day care provides, etc.
    notice that normal children are becoming autistic immediately after receiving
    a vaccination, and there are no other identifiable factors (the rest of the
    child’s life and environment are unchanged), then that is an observation
    worthy of the scientific method. When the so-called “experts”, who have very
    high stakes in the game (billions of dollars and their reputations), cannot
    identify an alternative, and when they casually, blindly, and callously
    dismiss those observations just as you do, most of us are simply not
    convinced.

    My nephew was a perfectly-normal little boy, and within two weeks of
    getting a vaccination, he stopped talking, stopped functioning, and he
    became very much a not-normal, apparently-autistic little boy. Nothing
    else in his life had changed, he was not exposed to anything else worthy of
    note, and no one has even the slightest suggestion of an alternate cause.
    My brother has spent the last several YEARS studying this, and I have spent
    MONTHS studying it myself, so excuse us if we ignore your cavalier
    consideration of a whole TWO MINUTES. Each of my specific points is backed
    by numerous sources, including the admissions of the FDA, the CDC, and the
    manufacturers themselves.

    My comments were and are directed to those who simply need a heads-up that
    there is an alternative perspective, and I provided enough information for
    them to start their own research. I made no claim that vaccines are “proven”
    to cause autism, any more than they are “proven” not to cause it.

    If you choose to trust the “experts”, then more power to you–they welcome
    the sheep to the slaughter, as well as the stroke of their ego that you are
    providing. As for “trolls”, I suggest you revisit the definition–you provided
    no real content, yet you blast your comments at the world with vengeance.
    If if walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, …

  21. Jeff Williams August 11, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    Mr. Uncle,
    I am the father of the nephew. My son has gone through every test including MRI, DNA/Chromo.., etc.
    There is no reason he should have autism, but he does.
    He was completely normal until the age of 2 and then literally changed over night. He was talking, then stopped, he was normal and then he was not.

    He is 6 now and does talk and has made progress that can only be described as leaps and bounds.
    I did not waste my time reading all of your comments, but I read enought to tell you to SHUTUP!

    So, I do have a CLOSE proxemity to an autistic child, I have read the scientific information, and I hhave talked to more doctors than I care to remember. There are links to the vacs, whether you want to admit it or not. Has it been “proven”? Hell they can’t even actually PROVE my son is autistic. They can prove he breathe and prove he talks now that he does, and oh he poops so that is proven. But in the world of autism NOTHING is really proven.

    I am going to say again, he got a vac and shortly thereafter he completely and totally changed for the worse. He has not been vaced since.

  22. Ken July 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    Learn about the real history of vaccines. The fact of the matter is vaccines are USELESS and damaging to the immune system and overall health. Vaccines are responsible for the spike in autism. http://www.ivanfraser.com/articles/health/vaccination.html

    “The medical authorities keep lying. Vaccination has been a disaster on the immune system. It actually causes a lot of illnesses. We are actually changing our genetic code through vaccination…100 years from now we will know that the biggest crime against humanity was vaccines.” — Dr. Guylaine Lanctot

    . Can you provide scientific justification as to how injecting a human being with a confirmed neurotoxin is beneficial to human health and prevents disease?

    2. Can you provide a risk/benefit profile on how the benefits of injecting a known neurotoxin exceeds its risks to human health for the intended goal of preventing disease?

    3. Could you please provide scientific justification on how bypassing the respiratory tract (or mucous membrane) is advantageous and how directly injecting viruses into the bloodstream enhances immune functioning and prevents future infections?

    I challenge anyone to answer these questions while providing detailed scientific proof.

  23. Ken July 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    http://www.safeminds.org/research/New-Scientific-Evidence-Links-Autism-to-Vaccines-and-Mercury.html

    Two new papers published this week in the peer-reviewed neuroscience journal Acta Neurobiologiae Experimental is point to vaccines and heavy metal toxins including mercury as causes of the alarming rise in autism. The Centers for Disease Control now estimate autism to affect one in 110 children, up 40% from just a few years ago.

    “The rapid increase in autism cannot be explained solely by changes in diagnostic practices and awareness,” said Sallie Bernard, president of SafeMinds. “We must look at what babies and pregnant women are being exposed to that has created this epidemic and take immediate steps to protect our children from these hazardous substances.”

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