Thursday, March 8th, 2012
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Three cheers for the following 10 celebrity moms who are making a big difference!
From donating to the relief efforts after natural disasters, to advocating for autism awareness, to building an all-girls school in Africa, take a look through our list of 10 celebrity moms who are giving back and making our world a better place.
Love her or hate her, Jenny McCarthy has become one of the strongest voices for children with autism with her charitable organization Generation Rescue. The activist mama told Celebrity Baby Scoop that her unofficial role as the celebrity spokesperson on the topic is nothing short of a blessing. “Anytime you can do something that serves the greater good and make a difference, you should act,” the mom-of-one said. “So, what I thought was a hardship in my life, I now see as a blessing because I can reach so many people.”
Jenny’s son Evan, 9, was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 ½-years-old. The single mom has publicly spoken about the possible link between childhood vaccinations and autism. She is also well-known for saying that children can “recover” from autism.
Has the community embraced her since Evan’s recovery — and her controversial statement?
“My story of Evan’s recovery is not unique, there are thousands of parents before me whose shoulders I stand on today,” Jenny said. “I’m just as active today as when Evan recovered from autism. I still travel the country lecturing on autism, am the president and board member of Generation Rescue and actively fundraise throughout the country for the foundation. My journey now is for the other parents whose voice hasn’t been heard.”
Something’s Gotta Give star Amanda Peet joined forces with American Red Cross to talk about the Measles Initiative. Unlike Jenny McCarthy, Amanda has long been outspoken on advocating for childhood vaccinations. “Every day, 450 children in this world die from measles – a disease that is entirely preventable with a vaccine,” Amanda told Celebrity Baby Scoop. “We have an actual cure, yet innocent children are still dying at alarming numbers.” She added: “Why? I learned why… The measles vaccine may exist, but many parents and children in this world do not have access to that cure. They live in remote villages, in countries with weak and inadequate health care systems. Routine immunization is a foreign concept altogether.”
The actress – who is mom to daughters Frankie, nearly 5, and Molly, 1- continued on the importance of childhood vaccinations. “Can you imagine watching your child die from a disease that a simple vaccine could have cured? It is not right. We take so much for granted in this country. When my children were born, my husband and I made the choice to vaccinate them against measles. Why shouldn’t other parents have that same choice and that same peace of mind? Why shouldn’t those children be protected the way mine are?”
“The good news is that groups like the American Red Cross and the United Nations joined together in 2001 and formulated a plan to bring mass measles vaccination campaigns to countries and villages all over the world,” Amanda continued. “For two years, I have been a volunteer with the American Red Cross, advocating on behalf of its Measles Initiative, a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally.”
The original Harajuku Lover, Gwen Stefani, dug deep into her pockets after the devastation in Japan.
The mom of 5-year-old Kingston and 3-year-old Zuma donated $1 million to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help with recovery efforts in the devastated nation. “I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture,” Gwen said. “The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking, and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”
Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock was one of the first celebrities to donate toward the Japan tsunami relief. The mom of 1-year-old Louis donated $1 million to the important cause.
And that’s not the first time she’s helped out after a natural disaster. She was also involved in the disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina. “Half of my family has a deep-rooted connection to the South and Louisiana, and, for me, New Orleans is one of our most precious, historic communities — visually, emotionally, artistically,” Sandy B has said.
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Thursday, January 6th, 2011
In 1998, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield published a research paper suggestion autism in children was linked to the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine. The groundbreaking research was published in The Lancet, a medical journal specialzing in oncology, neurology, and infectious diseases.
While some medical professionals were skeptical of the research results and discredited it, some doctors and parents voiced their support for the research and became suspicious about other vaccines. Some moms, including celeb mom Jenny McCarthy, became pickier about vaccinations or stopped vaccinating their children completely.
Even though The Lancet retracted Dr. Wakefield’s research in early 2010, a recent editorial in the the British Medical Journal has publicly denounced Dr. Wakefield’s research as “fraudulent.” The editorial asserts that Dr. Wakefield “falsified data” and tampered with his research results to give the (MMR) vaccine bad publicity. At the time, Dr. Wakefield was involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the (MMR) vaccine and would have gained money for winning–an obvious conflict of interest.
After the research was released in 1998, there was a sharp decrease in parents giving their children the (MMR) vaccine. Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 90% of children in the United States are vaccinated, mumps remain the second most common disease that can be easily vaccinated. Also, in 2008, reports for measles reached an all-time high since 1997, and about 90% of the kids with measles hadn’t been vaccinated.
Since Dr. Wakefield has been unable to reproduce his research results and there are no other conclusive studies, there is no proof that autism is linked to the (MMR) vaccine or other vaccines. However, the new information has lead parents to wonder if they should have vaccinated their children, while doctors are disturbed how one study prevented children from getting necessary medical attention.
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Monday, November 8th, 2010
In 2009, the number of kids in commercial health plans who were vaccinated dropped almost four percentage points. This finding comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare quality. One reason for the decrease, suggests NCQA, is what some call the Jenny McCarthy effect: the unproven theories connecting vaccines to autism, put out loudly by celebrities like Jenny. “The drop in childhood vaccinations is disturbing because parents are rejecting valuable treatment based on misinformation,” says NCQA president Margaret O’Kane.
This finding made me think about a talk I heard at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference last month. Paul Offit, M.D., chief of the division of infectious diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was talking to a packed room of doctors about vaccine exemptions. He said that when growing numbers of parents choose not to immunize their children because of religious or other non-medical reasons, there’s one nearly guaranteed outcome: Unwanted diseases start coming back. He gave several examples of recent outbreaks, including measles, mumps, and Hib (which is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis). They’ve all cropped up in communities where parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children.
Dr. Offit also took “alternative vaccine schedules” to task, citing the unfortunate popularity of Dr. Bob Sears’ suggestion that parents delay several vaccines. Waiting to give your child certain vaccines may sound reasonable enough, but the end result can be as dangerous as if you don’t immunize your child at all. “At the very least, they will increase the time during which children are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases,” Dr. Offit has written. “If more parents insist on Sears’ vaccine schedules, then fewer children will be protected, with the inevitable consequence of continued or worsening outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.” In person, he was a little more emotional, describing the rigorous science behind the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions recommended schedule as well as that of the AAP’s and contrasting that to Dr. Sears’. If it weren’t so scary, he said, “It would be funny: You’ve got the CDC, the AAP, and ‘Dr. Bob’s Schedule.’ You’ve got to admire the hubris.”
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Categories: Babies, GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, News, Your Child | Tags: alternative vaccine schedules, Bob Sears, immunzations, Jenny McCarthy, M.D., Paul Offit, vaccines