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Jenny McCarthy Inks Deal with Oprah's Harpo Productions

Jenny oprah Managing Editor's Note: From The Hollywood Reporter by Nellie Andreeva. Congratulations, Jenny.

May 3, 2009, 11:00 PM ET

Jenny McCarthy is poised to become the next star in Oprah Winfrey's media empire.

McCarthy has inked a multi-year overall deal with Winfrey's Harpo Prods. to develop projects on different platforms, including a syndicated talk show that the actress/author would host.

The first collaboration under the pact is a blog by McCarthy on Oprah.com, which launched on Friday. Like other Winfrey proteges-turned-TV moguls, including Rachael Ray and Dr. Phil, McCarthy has been a frequent guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

McCarthy talked to the chat queen about her struggles with her son's autism in conjunction with the releases of her best-selling books "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism" and

"Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds." McCarthy also was part of Winfrey's Friday Live panels twice, including this past Friday.

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Comments

DD

If vaccines truly work, then why are parent of fully vaxed kids worried about our little or no vaxed kids? hmmmmm?
Your vaxed is a safe, right? That's what is "proclaimed", right?
so the unvaxed kids are "supposed" to be getting ill all the time with all these "childhood ails" should be no danger to your vaxed kid.
So why are you on our cases?
Funny how most of the unvaxed kids are as healthy if not healthier than the vaxed kids.
My Police Officer DH (long before he was my DH) has to perform CPR on his own child 30 min after a DTP vax. The toddler started convulsing & then quit breathing, turned blue in a short time. Thank goodness he's a 1st responder w/ advanced 1st aid/CPR & just happened to look in the rear view mirror.
Funny, they zoomed back to the Dr's office & were told they didn't know why the child did that.... oh & BTW..... she never has to get the P part of the DTP vax". This was 15 yrs ago. In the 1960s/70s when I was in school. I went to schools in the NE & SW. There was NO autism, food allergies, asthma, speech delays, etc. THERE is Only 1 reason.
My mom is a true polio (not GBS case as suspected now) survivor. This was pre-vax, non of her other5 sibs got polio & they all slept in 2 rooms? shouldn't they all contracted it?
I constantly ask elderly folks about childhood ails & complications. I've only heard about 10 cases of severe/fatal complications.
1 of my mom's sibs died from German Measles @ 5 yo. Why didn't the rest of the family get it? This was all pre-vax yrs (1915-1936).
My mom's family were poor, hard-working immigrants. They didn't go to hospitals or Drs.
Go Jenny!

Twyla

Tom -
I grew up before most of today's vaccines existed. We were vaccinated for polio, smallpox, and tetanus. We all came down with measles, mumps, german measles, whooping cough, flu, and chicken pox. I did not know a single person who suffered lasting effects from these illnesses. I certainly did not know anyone who died or became brain damaged.

Yes, rare complications can occur. But adverse reactions to vaccines can occur to. And some of the diseases we currently vaccinate against are neither dangerous nor prevalant. How many newborn babies are at risk for Hepatitis B? What are the risks of giving this vaccine on the first day of life?

In the 1970's babies received a small fraction of the vaccines received now, and the rates of autism and asthma and ADD and allergies were much lower, and I don't believe the infant mortality rate was any higher than now.

Other countries that give a third to a half of the vaccines given in the U.S.A. do not have higher infant mortality rates.

The risks of vaccines and the risks of diseases must be weighed. This cannot be done if the risks of diseases are exagerated and the risks of vaccines are ignored/denied.

And it's not an all-or-nothing question. Maybe we should vaccinate against the most serious prevalent diseases. But this does not pmean that it is safe to give 6 to 9 vaccines to a baby at the same time.

When your grandparents were young, times were different in many ways.

Kathy Blanco

The herd immunity theory was originally coined in 1933 by a researcher called Hedrich. He had been studying measles patterns in the US between 1900-1931 (years before any vaccine was ever invented for measles) and he observed that epidemics of the illness only occurred when less than 68% of children had developed a natural immunity to it. This was based upon the principle that children build their own immunity after suffering with or being exposed to the disease. So the herd immunity theory was, in fact, about natural disease processes and nothing to do with vaccination. If 68% of the population were allowed to build their own natural defences, there would be no raging epidemic.
Later on, vaccinologists adopted the phrase and increased the figure from 68% to 95% with no scientific justification as to why, and then stated that there had to be 95% vaccine coverage to achieve immunity. Essentially, they took Hedrich’s study and manipulated it to promote their vaccination programmes.

(from a great website)

Kathy Blanco

Tom, you are basing your theory on the fact that vaccines work, and that if a certain amount of people get vaccinated, would constitute herd immunity.. In fact, herd immunity was only based onthe NATRAL way of the disease, not a vaccinated population. I am right, look it up.

So, we are not a threat. What is a threat is the looming amound of disability via vaccines they are causing, and exchanging an innocuous illness with long term chronic ones.

The tables show, the viruses that you fear now, were on the decline BEFORE vaccines were intriduced...therefore, nature, and of course, having bathrooms, soaps and antibiotics, have basically put at bay these diseases. But we can bring them back if we eat like crap like we are now, and are exposed to toxins, so yes, I am worried about history repeating,. But, I know this autism all too well, and this is worse than having the measles...

Tom

I remember listening to my Grandparents tell of how children died in so many numbers due to disease. People who ignore history are condemned to repeat it. I hope we won't. I hope you learn the truth about vaccines. Are there some risks? Sure, ANY medical procedure has risk. The response of not vaccinating is far worse to your family and the community. The evidence doesn't support the position to not vaccinate.

kae

The difference lies in the child ability to adapt and detoxify the poisons in vaccines. Check the function of their central nervous system by seeing a Maximized Living Doctor and see where the difference lies. It will amaze you. I was blown away by it. Google Dr. Ashly Oschner. He works extensively with vaccine damage and autism.

Kathy Blanco

I am sure parents out there truly feel vaccines have NOTHING to do with autism...but I beg to offer them the facts. We may be saying cause, but we may also be saying worsen, or initiate or trigger. Therein may lye the big difference in the language of "cause". I am sure that if all chidlren became autistic by vaccine, we all would have something to say, but they don't....and that is the part we MUST study (and we know some kids get autism without vaccines, though very few)...why does one child go unscathed, and the other, is damaged? My belief is that there may certain set ups to autism. A mom with a malfunctionig thyroid gland, vit/mineral deficiencies or overloads, Cholesterol metabolisms, various metabolic crisis problems, exposures to mutagens, exposures to dioxins, PCB's, mold, infections of all kinds in utero, fever suppression by tylenols, parasites, Tick Borne diseases/spirochetes/mycoplasma, viruses, PARENTS VACCINE VIRUSES circulating still in them, STD's, drugs, alcohol, the FLU or any virus during pregnancy, you name it...but we parents may have not seen the autism come to blossom, if the vaccines held back, not given. Thusly, more autism is blossoming, on vines that are diseased, pooped out, oxidatively stressed.

It's a known fact, our world is getting more polluted, our food supply is depleted of minerals and vitamins and phytonutrients, our bodies are more pooped out, we are more infected than ever with natural and unnatural pathogens, and we are finishing the job, via vaccines. For, infections love bodies that are toxic, a known fact.

Some moms nevr saw reactions, like I did in my children, true, vaccine reactions, no fevers, no swelling, not crying, no convulsions...they don't put the two and two together...too distant from onset of symptoms, or, they blame at birth. Can the HEP B at six hours be the cause? Or, an infection in utero, or immediate cord clamp, or was mom vaccinated with MMR? These are the things we need to work out...but it seems to me, the common denominator IS VACCINES. Microvascular strokes occur...I have pictures of my babies, no problems visual, until and but with each ensuing vaccine, I washed away their babyhood, their spirits, their eyes started to look distant, the pupils enlarged, and one eye would droop...a true STROKE like pattern....

So, if I were to take this mom to task, I would offer her a series of lab works done, which would prove, her child WAS INJURED. It would prove that vaccines have enlarged this epidemic. I would prove the mom was also infected with agents, which would involve fetal brain proteins against tissue, and I would prove, that an infectious/toxic cause could stir on an epidemic and truly damage brains and bodies.

Once you know these facts, it quiets your spirit, but it also drives you to tell the truth to other moms. The quiet serenity of knowing, not blame shifting, is what this is all about. I am however, not serene if I have to encounter the antogonistic point of view...because it offers nothing or explains nothing on how an epidemic, a genetic one, could suddenly blossom like this one has.

Obviously, we are doing something WRONG, something insidious is lurking, smouldering, and we need to find the agents, the pathogens, the toxins responsible. First, starting with vaccines..

JTY

http://www.blogher.com/my-child-has-autism-and-i-vaccinate

Certain parents are not only ignorant, they're just plain scary! I feel for her kids.

Sarah

Parentsforvaccines said:

"I am glad we didn't wait for ratings to sail to the New World"

Interesting that you use the analogy of sailing to the New World...since our forefathers (and mothers) sailed to the new world because they sought freedom from tyranny and persecution. I feel we autism parents are on a similar journey. We dare challenge the status quo and get persecuted for it.

Well look what our forefathers accomplished. They broke free just as we parents are breaking free of a stale heavily, indoctrinated and arrogant world of medicine. We will no longer be held back. We are embarking on a journey of healing and discovery while the traditional medical commmunity remains mired in old, outdated beliefs about autism.

I for one am thankful for Jenny McCarthy and Oprah for taking a stand and leading us to a new world of understanding. I see Jenny as our Captain and Oprah as the wind that's moving our ship to the new world.


For parentsforvaccines

Dear "parentsforvaccines"

There are two sides to a coin and mostly everything else you can think about. Depends on the eyes of the beholder really. Think about it.

And after that, google "vaccinosis." Enjoy your day. :)

Jenna Smith

Dear Jenny-

I hope you actually read this. I am from your hometown, Chicago. I have several physicians in my immediate family, one of whom until recently ran a major medical center there. I just got off the phone with my mom, who is a nurse and she related to me this event which happened yesterday. She was walking in her neighborhood and ran into a pediatrician that has great professional respect for her and for the other medical personnel in my family, especially my father who is a surgeon specializing in GI surgery.

It came up that my mom's grandson (my son) was diagnosed with autism and is now doing extremely well, including being fully mainstreamed in 2nd grade. The pediatrician immediately said "well great but I sure hope your daughter stays away from that Jenny McCarthy". My mom said "My daughter loves Jenny McCarthy and so do we". She said the pediatrician looked aghast and said "well that's terrible-Jenny McCarthy says that you can RECOVER kids from autism and that is impossible". My mom countered her and talked about the terrible gut and immune issues my son had that all the pediatricians and gastroenterologists refused to address. She told the ped that she and my father saw my son recover "with their own eyes", that the diet was a huge part of it, and that autism is a multi-system disorder and not just all about the brain.

I am so proud of my mom. That stupid ped would never listen to a mere parent, but here's someone she considers a peer, a colleague, a neighbor in her chi chi neighborhood, telling her she is wrong.

You are having an impact Jenny. You go girl!

Jenna

nhokkanen

I doubt that any "parentsforvaccines" had paralysis from Guillain-Barre in 1976. Or were soldiers unknowingly tested with anthrax vaccine. Or watched their child develop neuroinflammation after vaccination.

Anyone can be for anything, as long as they don't suffer the side effects or fallout.

People in the U.S. working at munitions plants are disconnected physically and emotionally from the people in other countries who get their limbs blown off by the product.

There's a frightening level of blind zealotry in the "anti-vax/baby killer" mindset. Must we now wear bullet-proof vests simply because some creepy people don't approve of consumers' quality control investigations into vaccine safety?

Cathy Jameson

Yea for Jenny! Yea for Warrior Parents!

Theresa Cedillo

Dear parentsforvaccines:

I am so SICK of this talk that we are 'killing' children when it is a known fact that vaccines can and have killed children. Just ask the parents of those precious deceased children. Check out the NVICP website and see how many families were awarded when their loved ones died from vaccinations. And who are you (since you don't state your name) to question OUR questioning of the safety of vaccines?

Marvin Lewis

Dear A of A,
I do not know anyone with autism and I sure have no relatives with autism (thank G-d.) I do not like the whole pharmacy mess right now.
what Jenny getting greater TV exposure means to me is that I will keep my TV. I was thinking of throwing it out when it goes digital in June.
Marvin Lewis

Holly M.

Are there really parents for vaccines? News to me. Maybe not the ones we have now.

jen

yeah!, maybe we'll see some truth come out on some issues!! Congratulations, Jenny.

Amanda Blinn

Our family wishes Jenny McCarthy ALL success no matter what she does--she knows the truth and speaks it.

Lisa in Texas

I love Jenny, but Oprah has a long history of having big Pharma advertising support. It will be interesting to see how this plays out...

Maria

Congratulations Jenny! How can we best help you spread the hope of healing our children's gut issues, coping with their allergies, improving thier nutritional levels and as a result their funtioning?

rileysmom

Jenny, I'll be your wing man..er...woman any day. Can't wait to watch this and THE DOCTORS ON WEDS!!!! Whooohoooo Gen Rescue and Jenny...I'm so absolutely pround of you guys!!

Kathy Blanco

Greatest public health innovation? Yeah, innovating, creating and devining new and devastating EPIDEMIC diseases for which there is no cure for...thanks for the innovation and the memories, NOT....which by the way has roots in eugenics (look it up, much of the "so called scientist" had worked for NAZI's aka GEORGE MERCK) has roots of evil beyond your imagination, and which are creating a public health emergency, that of autism, alzheimers, allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, immune disorders, seizures, adhd, and the like.
For vaccines? For them, as in profit? As in you think they cure or amerliroate diseaess? Have you ever looked at the graphs? How diseases are and were on the decline before the devining of the vaccine program? PLUEEZ. You bore and ignore millions of suffering families. Who's once developing, happy child, is now freakishly sick with malnutrition, gut problems, encephalities and ADEM, seizures, and the like with microvascular strokes with damage that is VISUAL and testable? My god women, you know not what you speak.

parentsforvaccines

I love that you collectively equate ratings with good medical care. I am glad we didn't wait for ratings to sail to the New World, or have to wait on ratings and the "feelings" of the general population to acquire true knowledge about our place in the universe. Jenny McCarthy and Oprah and others by calling into question the greatest public health innovation in human history are killing children. It is happening today.

Kathy Blanco

I hope she won't go on so, that vaccines still have worth/that we are not anti vaccine and pro disease, I still get a gag response from that and somewhat are "you kidding"?. Albeit, I lover her spunk/tenacity. Not sure about the forthrightness part...because privately she said she wouldn't vaccinate again...?? I demand an answer, yeah right....won't get it...too politically charged.

I hope she invites me on, so that I can tell my story, the full and utter story. Which basically goes into why vaccines don't have worth, and that antivaccine parents are actually liberating many of the still trusting types to our side. That said, I won't stir this pot anymore, because when I do, I get a bees hive after me. So be it, I will take it on all stripes for the benefit of my kids. I don't want to be offensive in this, because I really do congratulate her...at least she is putting it out there, that vaccines HAVE damaged kids....but is he telling the entire story? Can you green a vaccine? Answer to that, nope.

Garbo

Yay for Oprah and Jenny! If you need a d-girl, give me a shout!

Julie

Having a billionaire media mogul in your corner is never a bad thing. Let the other side have stinkin' Rupert Murdoch, we have Oprah.

Tanners Dad

I think it is sad the house rules are so strict as to not let a blogger talk about Autism. My blog post on http://www.oprah.com was rejected @Oprah Why Oprah Why? Support for Parents Dealing with Autism Not allowed. http://tinyurl.com/cu6ov8 Autism Support Love & Action #ASD

Erik Nanstiel

Gatogorra, did you just refer to Clark and Gorski as 'charismatic?'

Thanks for the chuckle... :-)

nhokkanen

There's lots of room in TV Land for a breath of fresh air like Jenny McCarthy. I'm a-lookin' forward to this.

Gatogorra

Great news.

What's going to be hilarious is watching the industry PR handlers of Offit, Allison Singer and other vaccine injury deniers fumbling around trying to get them network shows to counter Jenny McCarthy's platform. Too bad this is a place where ratings actually matter.

Can anyone just imagine it? 2AM, along side infomercials for automotive paint, Paul Offit's show "Damage Control: the danger of hope" will play. He could conduct scintillating interviews with charismatic guests like Camille Clark and Orac. Instead of Lambchops, Offit could keep putting words in the mouth of a dancing Maurice Hilleman sidekick puppet and could rant himself red-faced over Jenny and Jim and Generation Rescue. Allison Singer could come on and talk about driving off of bridges and disease vectors. A winning format for sure.

Stagmom

It can't hurt the autism community to have a high profile TV personality with a stake in autism. That said, many of us have jobs, careers outside of autism, and so, it would stand to reason that Jenny should too. She isn't only an autism advocate - I think it's great that her platform has changed in such a way that she can do what suits her best. Careers morph and grow and change all the time. I wish her well. I might even turn on network TV again - haven't watched a lick in five years outside of PBS kids - I'm a satellite girl.

Just wondering

Good news for the autism community?

Maurine Meleck

The more we see of Jenny, the better, No doubt our kid will benefit too. Thanks, Jenny.
Maurine

Gayle

I, too, am thrilled for Jenny. One can only hope that as an added perk we will not see all those annoying pharmaceutical drug commercials during Jenny's new show. Maybe we will actually get to see ads for household products. Remember those?

Deb in IL

I'll have my DVR ready!

Pamela

Congratulations Jenny!

I was disappointed that you weren't going to be on the TV version of your internet hit "In The Motherhood". You were a riot but heck who needs it when you have Oprah.

Nicole

Good for her. Go Jenny!!!

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