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Amanda Peet: You Must Vaccinate!

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The Hollywood mom sits down with Stanford University for a revealing interview.

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Recently actress and new (ish) mom Amanda Peet sat down with a reporter from Stanford University School of Medicine's magazine to talk about her passionate belief in vaccination. No doubt about it -- this is a hot topic in Hollywood, and opinions sure are divided. And while some believe that vaccines are a trigger for autism, recent research has dispelled this theory, claiming the original research that suggested this had been falsified -- and was funded by a law firm that was suing vaccine makers.

When faced with the option of vaccinating her 2-year-old daughter Frances Pen, Peet was met with a flurry of opinions on the topic. Friends said, "Be wary of drug companies colliding with researchers," "Who knows what's in those vaccines?," and "Beware of autism!"

But determined to decide for herself, Peet hit the books. She consulted her brother-in-law, a respected pediatrician, who introduced her to immunization experts in the medical field.

Soon Peet became a spokesperson for vaccinateyourbaby.org, a national public service campaign, to educate the public on what's true and what's false in the ongoing vaccination controversy.

"I consider myself to be a fairly skeptical person," says Peet. "So it was interesting to learn how rigorous the screening process is for vaccines compared with the screening process for, say, Vioxx. A lot of people think that pharmaceutical companies are fudging all the data on vaccines, and that the CDC, the NIH and the rest of the medical establishment are all in cahoots in a massive cover-up ... it didn't seem that realistic," she says.

Peet says despite the flack she knew she'd receive, she decided to be an advocate for vaccination when she became a mom. Scared by the parents who aren't vaccinating their kids, she says, "It started to make me afraid for my daughter's health. And I don't want to sound paranoid -- I don't want to put a bubble around her or anything -- but I know more people who are withholding their children's vaccines or staggering them than people whose children are on the full schedule. This is my community, though, and I know I live in a rarified world."

Despite the belief that vaccination causes autism -- Jenny McCarthy has famously spoken about the dangers of the MMR shot and the two celebs have butted heads -- Peet had this to say about the controversy in Hollywood: "The interesting thing to me about the Hollywood community is that it embraces the scientific evidence for global warming and climate change, but ignores the scientific data showing no link between vaccines and autism."

"Yes, well, we are whistle-blowers here in Hollywood -- we like to think of ourselves as anti-corporate and anti-establishment," she says. "And I don't trust pharmaceutical companies either. But the scientific evidence in the last 10 years shows there's no link between autism and vaccines. There have been 12 studies showing that the MMR vaccine, the one so many are worried about, doesn't cause autism. And while it's natural to be cynical, I think it's critical to be discerning."

According to Peet, the bottom line is that the medical data regarding the benefits of vaccination cannot be disputed. "All people want to do is talk about this person's conflict of interest, or how that person was paid by Merck, but my point is: Look at the studies. The studies were not performed by Merck," she says.

"Also, I hope parents understand that when they do not vaccinate their kids, they are able to make that choice only because most of us are vaccinating," says Peet. "We are creating a barricade around their un-vaccinated children and that is what keeps them safe. That's a fact."


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Kristen March 23, 2009, 7:10 AM

I think that Amanda Peet didn’t exactely try to learn from other doctors who DO believe that vaccines are linked to autism. I also don’t think she has been very close to this subject, meaning a family or friend who has gone through it. If you have ever given a child a vaccine and within 24-48hrs they start having seizures, it starts to make you wonder.
I have a child with aspergers and although I don’t know if it was vaccines it does make me wonder. I can also understand the passion of the parents with truly autistic children. They want to know and their is research out their that proves their point.
I also like Jenny Mcarthy because she isn’t advocating for NO vaccines, she is advocating for greener vaccines. I think she is trying to find a middle ground because vaccines are still important and have saved a lot of lives.

Tim Welsh March 23, 2009, 7:15 AM

When you see your son talk one day and function. Get shots and lose all function it is hard to believe a paid spokesperson like yourself. I have heard personal stories from hundreds of parents of children with Autism. One day the real truth will be told. Yes vaccines for acute disease are good, but we can make them better and safer for all. Also why do we need so many?

AutismNewsBeat March 23, 2009, 8:46 AM

I can also understand the passion of the parents with truly autistic children. They want to know and their is research out their that proves their point.

What point is that? There is no credible evidence that vaccines cause autism.

And Amanda Peet is not a “paid spokesperson” for a pro-vaccine group. Please get your facts straight. We don’t need any more misinformation.

Carrie at NaturalMomsTalkRadio March 23, 2009, 9:58 AM

I’m one of those parents who chose not to vaccinate her 4 kids, and I grow more confident of the decision each year.

However, I don’t believe that a vaccine “causes” autism.

One of the actual medical experts (sorry, Amanda Peet is an actress, not a person who should be quoted for parenting or medical advice) who is speaking about the link, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, says that the MMR may bump a child with a predisposition (genetics, exposure to mercury, etc) into the symptoms.

Why is measles found in the gut of autistic kids? I think parents want to know why before they can be confident that the MMR doesn’t play *some* role.

Sarah March 23, 2009, 10:23 AM

What scientific evidence? We don’t test on babies in a controlled environment (and rightly so). So because there is no concrete evidence, because we don’t run those test, there is no link? It’s preposterous. None of the rats tested have autism, okay, great. I believe in vaccines. We’re so far removed from the days of children crippled from polio or dying from small pox that those fears have faded but that doesn’t mean we just throw our hands up and say doctors and pharmaceutical companies know best. I have to live with my choices each day and I don’t think my daughter needs to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and hepA all in the same day.

Mercury is generally no longer used as a preservative for vaccines but they still deny any problem with that. Seriously!? It’s a known neurotoxin. It’s dangerous to touch much less inject into the body of a person that’s actively developing their cerebral cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia. We barely understand how or why the micronutrients in an apple are better for us than a basic vitamin. It’s too complicated to make a blanket statement like “no link between autism and vaccines.” The research isn’t there so there’s no conclusive link. Not there’s just no link; that’s not only an irresponsible statement but it closes the door on educated discussion of the issue.

US News & World Report did an excellent assessment a little more than a month ago. One of the few mainstream articles worth reading on the subject in the past year.

noyfb March 23, 2009, 10:27 AM

Amanda and her ilk are parasites living off dead and disabled babies
What Every Child By Two won’t show you…
Every Child Died By Two:
http://www.tinyurl.com/dzetm4

Gigohead  March 23, 2009, 10:34 AM

Funny, but I was speaking with my mom on this very topic. For some reason, despite being vaccinated as a child I did end up getting these diseases such as measles, chicken pox and the mumps over 39 years ago. However, neither of my children has gotten any of these. I am grateful that they may have outfoxed these diseases. Both children have all their vaccines and are complete.

As I prepare to deliver my last and third child this fall. I’m faced with the rounds of vaccines which are painful but the outcome is worth it.

Anonymous March 23, 2009, 10:34 AM

Reactive oxygen species are implicated as mediators of tissue damage
in ischemic and toxic acute renal failure. Whereas many agents can
inhibit renal ischemic injury, only hepatocyte growth factor,
melatonin, N-acetylcysteine, and DMSO inhibit injury after mercuric
chloride administration. Although it has been suggested that DMSO may
chelate the mercuric ion, more recent studies suggest that it has
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Acute renal failure was
induced by 5 mg/kg subcutaneous injection of mercuric chloride in
BALB/c mice. DMSO (3.8 ml/kg, 40% in PBS) or vehicle (PBS) was
injected intraperitoneally at 0 and 24 h after mercuric chloride
injection, or DMSO treatment was delayed 3 or 5 h. DMSO prevented
increases in serum creatinine and tubular damage at 24 and 48 h. When
DMSO treatment was delayed by 3 h, it was still beneficial; however,
with a 5-h delay, the histology score and serum creatinine were not
significantly decreased. DMSO partially prevented a mercuric chloride-
induced decrease in glutathione peroxidase activity and completely
prevented the transient decrease in superoxide dismutase activity.
Neither mercuric chloride nor DMSO affected catalase activity
significantly. For investigating possible effects of DMSO on cellular
mercuric ion uptake, MDCK cells that were transfected with human
organic anion transporter-1 were used. 203Hg uptake was inhibited 90%
by N-acetylcysteine but only 5% by DMSO, indicating that the effect
of DMSO is not related to chelating mercuric ion or inhibiting its
uptake. It is concluded that DMSO acts in part as an antioxidant to
inhibit mercuric chloride-induced acute renal injury.


http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/02/v…causes-ms.html

Abstract

Seven Chinese patients (5 males and 2 females) with vaccination-induced acute metabolic crisis were reported. Only one male with 21-hydroxylase deficiency had been diagnosed before vaccination. In the remaining six patients, the preexisting diagnoses were not confirmed before the vaccination. Acute metabolic crisis occurred in seven patients between 3 and 12 hours after the administration of Japanese encephalitis, diphtheria, and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis, hepatitis B, or measles vaccines. Patients 1 and 2 displayed acute adrenal insufficiencies at the ages of 5 years and 3 months, respectively. Patient 3 had presented with mild motor retardation previously. Patients 4 to 7 were previously healthy, but suffered from fever, seizures, coma, acidosis, and hypoglycemia after being vaccinated. Glutaric aciduria type 1 was evident in case 4. Leigh syndromes were present in Patients 5, 6, and 7. They all died from respiratory failure before 2 years of age. Symmetric foci, cystic cavitations with neuronal loss, and vascular proliferation were observed by postmortem examination.

s March 23, 2009, 10:38 AM

the organs targeted by Thimerosal are the nerves, the brain and its coverings,and the reproductive organs.” “It has been
linked to behavioral anorexia,motor delays,ataxia,and some times coma”… George raymond Bleezard Sigma Aldrich

Anonymous March 23, 2009, 10:52 AM

I did extensive graduate research on vaccines and there really is no link between the two. AP is right on one account: the fact that so many parents DO vaccinate gives herd protection to those that are not, which can lull some of the anti-vax parents into thinking they did the right thing.

alison Macneil March 23, 2009, 10:54 AM

Funny that Stanford University which just released two weeks ago research showing that kids with autism (vaccine injury) get better when given glutathione, something the DAN doctors have been doing for over 10 years…chose to interview Amanda Peete? This will be extraordinarily embarrassing for ms. Peete when she realizes she is being used by the pharma industry, that she is missing the larger scientific picture, and that her comments are so hurtful to parent’s of autistic children.FYI, my son was fully vaccinated and since then has had; whooping cough (pertussis vac) pneumonia (that’s the hib) and now they have found measles in his small intestine (mmr). If you are really worried about your daughter, realize that vaccine injured children are shedding virus horizontally and her daughter is just as at risk from them! By the way, is your daughter talking yet?

MaurineM March 23, 2009, 10:59 AM

Amanda Peet is simply the mouthpiece for Paul Offit and Paul Offit is simply the mouth piece for the gov’t health agencies and big pharma and paul Offit’s own pocket. Amanda Peet-google Hannah Poling case and Bailey Banks-winners in vaccine court. And hundreds of other cases that show a link between vaccines and autism. And research some studies that are not on your friend Offit’s list. You’d be amazed what you can learn

Patricia March 23, 2009, 12:22 PM

“Also I hope parents understand that when they do not vaccinate their kids, they are able to make that choice only because most of us are vaccinating,” says Peet.

Oh, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Amanda Peet for giving parents choice. Yeah you hope parents understand as we’re not too smart yuh know.

I liked what you were spewing before about how you were advising parents not to listen to you because you don’t feel that people should listen to celebrities. The best advice you’ve given in my opinion.

You and your 11 inconclusive studies that warrant farther study into the investigation of vaccines into the injuries following vaccination.

The Mother March 23, 2009, 12:27 PM

It’s great to see a celeb using their notoriety for GOOD instead of EVIL for a change.

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM.

There is wonderful evidence that NOT giving vaccines puts your kid at risk for dangerous, potentially life-threatening disease.

Not vaccinating is child abuse.

Kudos to Ms. Peet. She’s sure to get a backlash from the uneducated, knee-jerk folks out there who are still convinced. Like a lot of the commentators here.

Joe  March 23, 2009, 12:35 PM

I know this is long, but it’s worth the read I wrote this Dr.last week here is the letter I wrote to him with a few changes, to date no reply.

Dr. Wolynn in reply to your article “What vaccine delima”, I sent this to my cousin a 30 yr nurse. It explains that there was no reason the special masters ruled the way they did. Because they had nothing left it had been stripped away from them by the NIEHS, and this proves it. But Dr. wolynn you know, when you write the rules you win the game!

But after reading this, you will have to come to the conclusion Dr. Wolynn. Is this the kind of science you can be proud of,? to present as proof that vaccines don’t cause autism and are safe. I think not! And if you have a shred of integrity and compassion for children, and you went into being a pediatrician for the right reason you would have to agree. On all that you are reading, I can give you documentation just ask.


Dr. Wolynn there appears to be some things that according to your article you did not know. I am sending you these emails, to hopefully educate you in this matter.

Dr. Wolynn isn’t it funny how all those crack reporters at NBC ABC CNN and all that’s out there,and apparently you never got wind of. Something of this magnitude And this important, would be as they are always say BREAKING NEWS!. Wouldn’t you think the U.S. CDC Dir. admitting that all the flag ship studies she had maintained was of well design, and good Quality and Robust, were in fact useless. And she even suggested that the VSD, well I will just let her speak for herself. Dir. of the CDC adding that her agency “does not plan to use” the database in question, the Vaccine Safety Data Link, (VSD) for any future “ecological studies” of autism.In fact, Gerberding’s report said, any continued use of the VSD for similar ecological studies of vaccines and autism “would be uninformative and potentially misleading.” ( And were told, were misleading the public )By doing this, she is insuring that it the VSD will never be used against her in future litigation. That was a tactical move by the Dir. to protect herself from her incompetence.

What ever happened to the well designed good quality robust studies in the VSD and over seas, that she the Dir.of the CDC claimed they had ? Answer is simple, they never existed!You talk about being duped by junk science, this example! should be considered the gold standard, of junk science. ( And one of the worse cases of incompetence, in medical history. ) Where is all the competent journalist? Answer asleep at the switch and with good company the CDC FDA IOM and the AAP

“BREAKING NEWS!!!”

“CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding has delivered a potentially explosive report to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, in which she admits to a startling string of errors in the design and methods used in the CDC’s landmark 2003 study that found no link between mercury in vaccines and autism, ADHD, speech delay or tics. Dr. wolynn this is the studies the IOM used to conclude that vaccines are not associated with autism. It seems that mountain of evidence they claimed they had was in fact a mirage. Could someone deliver this email to the Not So Special Masters and inform them, that they have apparently made a huge mistake. Maybe they weren’t privied to this kind of information! These next lines say it all, and proves my point (what science is the special masters referring that in their words was so overwhelming????)

Dr. Wolynn One of the government CDC witness on the issue of Thimerosal had to bail because of a paper he had written a while back, and it was just the opposite of what they wanted him to claim. And he said he might even be committing purgery. so he bailed on them and with good reason.

Dir. of the CDC ‘s response to the allegations that their flag ship studies were fatally flawed according to congress and the NEIHS “CDC concurs,” Dr. Gerberding wrote in an undated mea culpa to Congress,
Definitions of mea culpa on the Web:
an acknowledgment of your error or guilt
The head of the CDC is saying that its most powerful and convincing piece of exonerating evidence for thimerosal is, in effect, “useless.”
You would think that make headlines all over the world
needless to say it did not make any mainstream news.

So much for freedom of the press.

Dr. Wolynn lets not forget the statement from the chair of the NIEHS panel ordered by congress to look at the evidence of the CDC. I will just let her speak for her self also. Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, As questionable as the US thimerosal study was, “it was an improvement on other studies, including the two in Denmark, both of which had serious weaknesses in their designs,” Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Professor of Public Health at UC Davis Medical School and Chair of the NIEHS panel, told reporter Dan Olmsted at UPI.That leaves very little for the CDC to go on in terms of proving that thimerosal and autism are not associated in any way. It doe’s appear Dr. that the NOT! so special masters are confused in who had the, in their words Overwhelming evidence.
Dr. wolynn as you can see even a Fifth grader can figure out, it was not the CDC. The Question of the day, Dr. wolynn are you smarter than, or at least as smart as a fifth grader? Dr.is truth at all relevant to you? My very very sick son that may have to spend the rest of his entire life in an institution because of people like you that will not acknowledge the truth, would like to know. Dr. Wolynn you said “Unfortunately, a handful of infamous scientists and physicians blame vaccines for causing autism, but they have, at best, conducted lousy research, or, at worst, lied.” . Dr. Wolynn if what I have written is true, then you are the one lying to the public. For as I have proven the population based studies you site as proof that there is no link, were discredited by the NIH’s NIEHS. Now Dr.I would like to ask you something personal do you have a conscience left?? Dr. people like you need to remember what is written out side the building of the National Academies of Sciences.

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty. One must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.”

Albert Einstein (engraved on National Academy of Sciences building in
Washington, D.C., location of NIH & IOM)

Albert Einstein would be appalled if he could see how corrupt & uncaring our government health agency’s have become today,

It seems to me that there is no integrity left at the CDC, for who could know of this Holocaust of the American children through a broken and very unsafe vaccine program and do nothing because you fear for your job.




Joe  March 23, 2009, 12:52 PM

Continued from my previous post

What ever happened to the well designed good quality robust studies in the VSD and over seas, that she the Dir.of the CDC claimed they had ? Answer is simple, they never existed!You talk about being duped by junk science, this example! should be considered the gold standard, of junk science. ( And one of the worse cases of incompetence, in medical history. ) Where is all the competent journalist? Answer asleep at the switch and with good company the CDC FDA IOM and the AAP

“BREAKING NEWS!!!”

“CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding has delivered a potentially explosive report to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, in which she admits to a startling string of errors in the design and methods used in the CDC’s landmark 2003 study that found no link between mercury in vaccines and autism, ADHD, speech delay or tics. Dr. wolynn this is the studies the IOM used to conclude that vaccines are not associated with autism. It seems that mountain of evidence they claimed they had was in fact a mirage. Could someone deliver this email to the Not So Special Masters and inform them, that they have apparently made a huge mistake. Maybe they weren’t privied to this kind of information! These next lines say it all, and proves my point (what science is the special masters referring that in their words was so overwhelming????)

Dr. Wolynn One of the government CDC witness on the issue of Thimerosal had to bail because of a paper he had written a while back, and it was just the opposite of what they wanted him to claim. And he said he might even be committing purgery. so he bailed on them and with good reason.

Dir. of the CDC ‘s response to the allegations that their flag ship studies were fatally flawed according to congress and the NEIHS “CDC concurs,” Dr. Gerberding wrote in an undated mea culpa to Congress,
Definitions of mea culpa on the Web:
an acknowledgment of your error or guilt
The head of the CDC is saying that its most powerful and convincing piece of exonerating evidence for thimerosal is, in effect, “useless.”
You would think that make headlines all over the world
needless to say it did not make any mainstream news.

So much for freedom of the press.

Educated Mother March 23, 2009, 12:56 PM

Pro Vaccine….Anti Vaccine. Can we stop making this soooo DAMN black and white. Kids are all different!!!! How can anyone say they Vaccines are safe for ALL Kids when Peanut butter isnt safe for all kids!! Kids die from Peanut Butter. My friends child 1 day old healthy died from the Hep Vac. The Vaccine death was verified by the coroner (just so no one could say that it could be something else.) Every child is precious. Everything is not ok for Everychild. Stop taking sides and lets make sure that each child is cared for individually. We are doing something to our kids to cause this, we need to stop fighting and figure it out. Science needs to come together and listen to the antedotal evidence of Hundreds of thousands of mothers who say that after the vaccines their children where injured. My question to Amanda Peet is this… if your child was sick or injured would you just take the word of a doctor of what was wrong if your gut as a mother told you otherwise? I bet not.

Patricia March 23, 2009, 12:57 PM

Bailey Bank’s injury took place on the table obviously, but it was hard to prove it was a table injury as his seizure took place 2 1/2 weeks after injury from the MMR injected at 15 months. Fortunately since the parents had medical knowledge they did something unusual which is have an MRI taken the day after the first seizure followed shortly by an EEG and surrounded by other evaluations. I say fortunately because it was paramount that the MRI was done immediately to prove the causal relationship between the MRI and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which eventually lead to PDD (A.K.A. Autism).

Bailey Banks suffered a seizure and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) leading to PDD.
born 10/26/98
MMR given mid 2000
filed injury mid 2002
ruled in favor of Bailey mid 2007

The story is common, but the conclusion is rare.

Joe  March 23, 2009, 12:59 PM

Continued from my previous post

Dr. Wolynn lets not forget the statement from the chair of the NIEHS panel ordered by congress to look at the evidence of the CDC. I will just let her speak for her self also. Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, As questionable as the US thimerosal study was, “it was an improvement on other studies, including the two in Denmark, both of which had serious weaknesses in their designs,” Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Professor of Public Health at UC Davis Medical School and Chair of the NIEHS panel, told reporter Dan Olmsted at UPI.That leaves very little for the CDC to go on in terms of proving that thimerosal and autism are not associated in any way. It doe’s appear Dr. that the NOT! so special masters are confused in who had the, in their words Overwhelming evidence.
Dr. wolynn as you can see even a Fifth grader can figure out, it was not the CDC. The Question of the day, Dr. wolynn are you smarter than, or at least as smart as a fifth grader? Dr.is truth at all relevant to you? My very very sick son that may have to spend the rest of his entire life in an institution because of people like you that will not acknowledge the truth, would like to know. Dr. Wolynn you said “Unfortunately, a handful of infamous scientists and physicians blame vaccines for causing autism, but they have, at best, conducted lousy research, or, at worst, lied.” . Dr. Wolynn if what I have written is true, then you are the one lying to the public. For as I have proven the population based studies you site as proof that there is no link, were discredited by the NIH’s NIEHS. Now Dr.I would like to ask you something personal do you have a conscience left?? Dr. people like you need to remember what is written out side the building of the National Academies of Sciences.

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty. One must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.”

Albert Einstein (engraved on National Academy of Sciences building in
Washington, D.C., location of NIH & IOM)

Albert Einstein would be appalled if he could see how corrupt & uncaring our government health agency’s have become today,

It seems to me that there is no integrity left at the CDC, for who could know of this Holocaust of the American children through a broken and very unsafe vaccine program and do nothing because you fear for your job.


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