Originally Posted by TanyaLopez
disclaimer: I've never read her book or followed her stuff, but I've seen almost no one who's high-profile publicly say that they're anti-vax. To me it looks like a credibility thing--there's such a stigma about non-vaccinating that I think even people who do not vaccinate would be hesitant to advocate that position publicly, especially if they're trying to advocate for change in any health-related areas.
Imagine in 1976, after the swine flu vaccine was introduced and proved to be neurotoxic and Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, a prominent pediatrician, medical advisor to Headstart and LLLI, a professor of medical ethics, and member of the medical licensing board in Illinois, proceeded to advocate in his weekly, syndicated newspaper column "A Very Second Opinion", that all childhood vaccinations be discontinued.
Half of the newspapers that carried his column dropped him like a stone!
Dr. Mendelsohn went on to write four books about his beliefs.
As for Jenny McCarthy, at least she has some people thinking. I saw her on Larry King, and she was obviously very careful about not being an advocate against vaccinating, just developing "greener" vaccines, as if that were possible.