Generation Rescue

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Generation Rescue is a not-for-profit (or for sanity/safety) anti-vaccine organization, run by anti-vaccine nut-for-profit Jenny McCarthy. According to their website, they are:

Dedicated to recovery for children with autism spectrum disorders by providing guidance and support for medical treatment to directly improve the child's quality of life for all families in need.

Contrary to their beliefs, enough evidence suggests they only decrease quality of life by turning people away from evidence based medicine.[1][2] Trying to get rid of a lifelong and predominantly genetic condition through pseudoscientific means isn't going to improve anyone's quality of life—and exposing kids to unverified or potentially lethal procedures is pretty darn awful.

While Generation Rescue isn't good at helping autistic people, it's very profitable for its higher-up supporters. Past actions include:[3]

  1. Selling hyperbaric oxygen chambers and B12 lollipops, which are owned by past board members
  2. Peddling a foot bath owned by a corporate sponsor without disclosing the sponsorship
  3. Paying executive director Candace McDonald over $100,000 per year for at least 3 years in fees

They bear no relation to Operation Rescue, the extreme anti-abortion group.


  1. Respectful Insolence: More evidence that anti-vaccine beliefs kill 30 December 2009
  2. E. J. Gangarossa et al. "Impact of anti-vaccine movements on pertussis control: the untold story". Lancet 1998
  3. Jenny McCarthy's Autism Charity Has Helped Its Board Members Make Money Off Dangerous, Discredited Ideas