Jenny McCarthy takes on panelists on Larry King Live

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I grow to respect Jenny McCarthy more every day. It's hard to believe the woman I continually see in the media fighting for autism got her start on MTV's Singled Out (and Playboy). Call her crazy, call her whatever you want, but this woman is fighting for what I think we all want: an answer, a cure, for autism.

Last night she appeared on Larry King Live with a group of panelists to discuss autism and vaccinations. It is Jenny's opinion--one shared by many, but apparently not everyone on the panel--that too many vaccinations too soon are the root cause of autism.

Now, she did use the BS word, but it was borne of the things she's seen and experienced. Her son, Evan, who was diagnosed with autism, died in front of her for two minutes. He is alive now, as we all know, but I was unaware that he suffered two minutes of cardiac arrest after receiving a vaccination.

This is troubling news I frankly don't want to hear the day before my own son, now one, is due in for a wellness visit that will include shots. To be honest, I am wholly terrified of vaccinations. I had them when I was a child, and I am not autistic. My son, however, seems to be receiving a host more shots than I ever had, including one for chicken pox--I had to get it the old-fashioned way.

Regardless of whether Jenny said the BS word, and regardless of what you think of her as an actress or spokesperson, you've got to admit this woman is all guns when it comes to fighting for her son. Her approach seems to be pretty in your face, but perhaps that is what it will take for something to happen. Someone has to do it. Someone has to fight for families affected by autism. I think she's the one who has stepped up to the plate to do it. And thank God for her.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.