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Jenny McCarthy: Autism Research Advocate or Foe?

Remember back when Jenny McCarthy was best known for posing in Playboy? Now her name has become synonymous with autism activism. But as a recent Time magazine article ponders…is this a good thing?

Despite repeated research that dispels the notion that vaccines and autism are linked, McCarthy continues to question their safety, often falling back on emotional arguments rather than scientific ones. She also says her son was cured through diet and other alternative approaches, and because she refused to give up – a claim that must smart for parents of kids who don’t respond to treatment. Yet, McCarthy – a warm, tell-it-like-it-is personality when I interviewed her a couple years ago – brings with her a huge spotlight, and she’s got people talking.

What do you think? Is she helping or hurting the cause?

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