In this growing [autism] crisis, we cannot afford to blindly trumpet the agenda of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or vaccine makers. Now more than ever, we must resist the urge to close this book before it's been written. The anecdotal evidence of millions of parents who've seen their totally normal kids regress into sickness and mental isolation after a trip to the pediatrician's office must be seriously considered. The legitimate concern they and many in the scientific community have that environmental toxins, including those found in vaccines, may be causing autism and other disorders (Aspergers, ADD, ADHD), cannot be dissuaded by a show of sympathy and a friendly invitation to look for the 'real' cause of autism anywhere but within the lucrative vaccine program.Friends, I have done you a solid. I have actually clicked on that link. It leads you to the "Generation Rescue" home page, where you can learn all about Jenny McCarthy and how to buy her book. You have to look around for the evidence in question, but eventually you can find this page, supposedly just chock-full of evidence linking autism and vaccines. I sincerely wonder how much, if any of it, Jim Carrey has read, much less understands.
I've also heard it said that no evidence of a link between vaccines and autism has ever been found. That statement is only true for the CDC, the AAP and the vaccine makers who've been ignoring mountains of scientific information and testimony. There's no evidence of the Lincoln Memorial if you look the other way and refuse to turn around. But if you care to look, it's really quite impressive. For a sample of vaccine injury evidence go to www.generationrescue.org/lincolnmemorial.html.
It is full of citations and abstracts, which I have taken the time to actually review. While the overwhelming majority deal with autism (though whole sections have nothing to do with autism at all), almost none of them mention vaccines. As in, well less than 5%. (Yes, I kept a tally.) If you don't believe me, please click on the links on this page and look for yourself. Of particular irony, the Autism and Rubella page references articles that link autism and congenital rubella, which has been all but eradicated since the advent of the rubella vaccine.
Of the few references that do discuss autism and vaccines, many have no abstract for review. One is from some "journal" called Medical Veritas, whose scientific standards one might question. Then, there was this (reference about halfway down the page):
Taylor, B., E. Miller, et al. (2002). "Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: population study." BMJ 324(7334): 393-6.Lest you think this is a fluke, on the page of references collected by one Teresa Binstock, there are these, right at the top:
Conclusions: These findings provide no support for an MMR associated "new variant" form of autism with developmental regression and bowel problems, and further evidence against involvement of MMR vaccine in the initiation of autism.
2: Andrews N et al. Thimerosal exposure in infants and developmental disorders: a retrospective cohort study in the United kingdom does not support a causal association. Pediatrics. 2004 Sep;114(3):584-91.Mr. Carrey is guiding you toward a resource he does not understand or has not bothered to review himself, for within it are numerous citations that refute his very argument, and many, many, many more that are totally unrelated to it. (There is also a lot of hearsay, which you are free to review at your leisure.) What is evident from reading through the pages and pages of citations is that a lot of research has been done about autism, and no clear cause has yet to be determined.
3: Heron J, Golding J; ALSPAC Study Team. Thimerosal exposure in infants and developmental disorders: a prospective cohort study in the United kingdom does not support a causal association. Pediatrics. 2004 Sep;114(3):577-83.
[emphasis mine, in both cases]
Mr. Carrey impugns science he cannot fathom, and organizations who have done invaluable work to make the world a safer and healthier place. His commentary is disgraceful, and he should stick to making mediocre movies and pulling funny faces.
Update: Oh, the glories of the Internet! I've spent the past evening reading numerous incisive take-downs of the anti-vaccination crowd, and they're all excellent. For one particularly fantastic, thorough and well-written piece, click here.
Update #2: Since I originally wrote this post, the Carrey-supplied link has changed destinations. It now leads you to a page titled "More Vaccines -- More Autism," with a bunch of charts. Unsurprisingly, it provides no more scientific evidence against vaccines than does the information in this link, about which the above post was written and about which my opinion has not changed. I will write a new post about the new destination shortly.