Jenny McCarthy is widely credited as one of the most vocal advocates for the anti-vaccine movement, following her son’s diagnosis with autism. McCarthy cites mercury in vaccines as the reason (though the doctor she initially cited has long since been deemed a fraud by the medical community)–but, apparently, the actor and model has no problem injecting toxins into her own skin, in the form of Botox. Huh.
Apparently, McCarthy is such a fan of Botox, she can’t seem to stop talking about it. In fact, she’s mentioned it to anyone who will listen just about every year since 2008. Most recently, she told Life & Style that she’s “an obvious Botox user,” and that she encouraged all of her friends to get the shots of botulism toxin, which paralyze the muscles of the face to reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
Of course, vaccines and Botox are two different injections (one prevents wrinkles, the other prevents the spread of deadly childhood diseases and harms other children), but it’s hard not to draw some comparison. And, yes, McCarthy is free to do whatever she likes with her own face, and if Botox makes her feel better/younger/whatever, that’s her prerogative (who am I to judge?). But I do find it interesting that vaccines, which have been basically proven safe in every single study, are seen in the medical community as less risky that Botox, which has presented multiple safety concerns, including death.
McCarthy has always walked the line between doing anything to treat her kid (other than vaccines, which she insists need to contain fewer chemicals before she will), and criticizing treatments which she deems unsafe. Which is why it’s interesting–and maybe McCarthy isn’t aware of this, but it seems like she may boycott if she knew–that Botox, too, has also been scrutinized for its use in very high doses on children for cerebral palsy which, following overdoses of the drug, has resulted in criminal trials and closer examination.
Still, it’s hard not to see a slight modicum of irony that the woman who has encouraged thousands of parents to skip giving shots to their kids because of potential health risks willingly puts herself in danger for cosmetic reasons–and just as adamantly encourages that other do the same.
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