April 2, 2009

From the desk of Larry: My Two Cents

Posted: 03:59 PM ET



1.  Baseball is back so the world is good again. I love all sports, but baseball is still our only national pass time.

2.  Do you know anyone...anyone who has a cure for the financial crisis?

3.  If Nicolas Cage is in the movie...I am seeing the movie.

4.  Whenever it's cold and rainy in Los Angeles, I figure I got robbed on my house.

5.  My favorite channel on Sirius satellite radio is "Old Time Classics."

6.  Does anyone play Pinochle anymore?

7.  I never figured that a bank could go out of business.

8.  Is Krispy Kreme still popular?

9.  Natasha Richardson was an extraordinary talent, especially on the Broadway stage.

10.  I am not a fan of digital watches.

11.  I'm glad he did it...but I never figured that David Letterman would get married.

12.  Isn't Obama due on Jimmy Kimmel?

13.  I  had this fantasy dream where Chris Matthews let a guest finish an entire sentence without interrupting.

14.  If someone wears a flag lapel pin it doesn't make him or her a great American.

15.  The one business that always has to do well in this economy is the funeral parlor.

16.  The biggest thrill of my day is taking my boys to and from school each day.

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Dave of Detroit   April 2nd, 2009 4:33 pm ET

Sigh-you are showing your age Larry. As far as card games, I had students that stayed up all night playing Euchre on the Internet and slept through their math class. As far as Letterman, he still has a bit of Irish Catholic in him and really doesn't want his son to ask him why he didn't marry Mom. I am glad to see this as Hollywood and the Entertainment Field are actually starting to be the examples that they should be as public figures. Digital watches are great for children and teens-none of the little hand, big hand stuff and the teens like the glowing numbers and gadgets they can get with them. I like Nick Gage also but can't stand it when he appears as a dufus or really bad guy in some of his recent movies-it gives a cognitive dissonance ring-Kind of like John Wayne being a coward! Kids are always neat to be around-good sense of humor and always ready to learn-never forget how the first graders wanted so much to read-what happens to tis as they get older should be a subject of intense study-I still want a eligibilty for a High School Diploma to be Tenth Grade and the next two years to be paid for by the State but would allow training in Trade School or an Associates Degree for gifted Students. By grade 11, students are so bored with the system that hey are turned off!

hugh ~ california   April 2nd, 2009 5:32 pm ET

Larry, here's My Two Cents
1. Baseball if fine, but "I'm ready for some Football!"
2. A person to cure the financial crisis? Yes, the executioner! "Off with their heads!"
3. Nicholas Cage is excellent, but not all of his movies are.
4. When it's cold and rainy in Los Angeles, watch out for mudslides!
5. May favorite Sirius channel? Do they have one that plays Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra? Boy, am I old!
6. Peanucke? Yeah, my dad. I though it was spelled Pinocle. Sorry Larry, my english teacher was brutal! How about a nice game of chess?
7. Banks went under because their CEO's took all the profits!
8. Is Krispy Kreme popular? Yes but only for those with "spare tires."
9. Natasha Richardson was a gem.
10. If someone asks you what time is it, tell them, "time to buy a watch!"
11. You never figured Letterman married? Wonders never cease to amaze.
12. I'd rather see Obama on Craig Ferguson, I KNOW, wouldn't that be a night to remember!
13. Chris Matthews fantasy dream? Oh, just stop already!
14. Flag lapel pins ruin the entire look of my suit!
15. Funeral parlors? Talk about job security!
16. The kiddies? Larry, you need to get out more often! Just kidding, good for you.

Larry, I'm positive you'll really read my two cents. No I'm not, yes I am, no I"m not.

Sharna Sugarman-CANADIAN   April 2nd, 2009 7:21 pm ET


I just wanted to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to finding a cure or prevention for autism. I studied behavioural science technology and worked with an autistic child and I know how devastating the disorder can be.

My question is with all of the star power that Hollywood actors have why don't they boycott all the ridiculous goody-bags at awards shows like the Oscars and the Grammy's and ask that the amount the bags cost from Prada, Blackberry etc be donated to the presenters favourite charity instead. With all do respect none of celebrities needs any more bling or another cell phone or Burberry bag.

And to my fellow Canuck Mr. Carey; when will the Toronto Leafs win the cup eh?

Rich   April 2nd, 2009 7:24 pm ET forgot one buddy........What the heck is a "credit default swap"?........and who was the brain surgeon who invented it?

Dodie from CA   April 2nd, 2009 8:09 pm ET

Thank you Larry for all your time and providing us, the audience, with much needed information. I always look forward to watching your show on CNN as well as allowing us the chance to add our two-cents worth. Thank you for not moderating everything and allowing us the freedom to say some off-color expressions.

((( Thank You )))

Dodie from Irvine, California

DMTaylor   April 2nd, 2009 8:47 pm ET

It seem that President Obama was so excited to meet the Queen,he forgot where the cameras were aiming but she twirled him around.

M.J.   April 2nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Gotta love you, Larry! So glad you keep us in touch with the "real" bits and pieces that finally make up the big picture.

This afternoon I walked past a high school baseball field with the team practicing. It sounded so fresh and so innocent and made me recall my youth and feel that things can be good again. So, yes, spring and baseball encore!

If George Clooney's in the movie I am seeing THAT movie!

And your number 14 item is spot on: enough with the superficial symbolism. Stand and deliver some substance (for yourself and for others!) – that's the sign of a true American.

Thanks, Larry!

M.J. (Mary Jane)

Dan Nelson   April 2nd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Larry the fix for financial security is that all be involved one way or another rich or poor.

Baldwin   April 2nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Of course tax codes once selected will hurt some and hurt others. Of course you can not please everyone but at times like this you try to help the most!

Victoria Moore   April 2nd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Anytime the country sees a glimmer of hope you have the constant negative nellies....I was so proud of President Obama today, he is everything a President should be and held himself with such class, how refreshing.......he has so much pressure on his shoulders but he certainly does not let the world see that is class!!

phil turner   April 2nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

This is the best day so for, with many more to come. Soon this will be number 10 because their will be so many best days..

'bert Rawson   April 2nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

If a small business is so worried about paying too much taxes under the latest tax plan, take your $250,000 profit (yes profit not revenue should be what you pay tax on as a business) and invest it by hiring a few new employees to expand your success and help the economy.

C.Stein   April 2nd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I wish Obama every day a "Best Day"! I hope he helps needy people, and give to them opportunity to free healthy care like we do in Canada.I had a heart attach and i didn't pay anything (not even the ambulance that took me on the highway). The only money my family spent was with parking lote (which I think should be free too :-))

michelle robinson   April 2nd, 2009 9:45 pm ET

hello there sir,
we are all proud of our new president in what he is trying to do for america at this time. all of us should stop been so judgemental of him and wanting him to fail in what he is doing. i have never heard this much talk about any other president like i do now, some of us need not to say anything about him and some of us just go on like this man don't have feelings of what's been said this man didn't cause any of what he is dealing with all of the other presidents did.

C.Stein   April 2nd, 2009 9:50 pm ET

For 8 years I couldn't watch American news; I couldn't stand to see Bush and his bad attitude toward to the rest of the world.
I'm proud to be US neighbour again. Obama and his attitude will get what US needs.
From a Brazilian-Canadian

Faith Gagne   April 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Please! Stop the follow-up comments via email. Enough is enough. Thank you. Faith Gagne

Marion M. Gary   April 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I am extremely proud of the manner in which our president and first lady are representing the US in Europe. It appears that respect and confidence are being restored abroad. This is a breath of fresh air for our country.

Helen Boston   April 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Larry , I am so proud of the president and the First Lady .I said before these people do not only represent America , they represent the world .
Look how the queen hugged Michelle .This is a "FIRST ".She did so , because the wamth from the First Lady enveloped her .The Obama 's are a wonderful breath of 'FRESH AIR ".They are both charismatic and extremely sincere . It is definitely true that some people are born .- leaders . May God continue to bless them with strength courage and much HAPPINESS . We in the Carribbean love them dearly .

Helen Boston   April 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Congratulations to Mr John Mccain .He is a true American .I believe he is genuine .He demonstrates that he loves his country .He wants president Obama to succeed , because If Obama succeeds America succeeds ----The world succeeds .well done Mr Mccain .Much respect to you .

hope   April 3rd, 2009 12:11 am ET

6. Does anyone play Pinochle anymore?

gramma tried to teach me this game, but I wasnt smart enough to get it–didnt get calculus either and no hope for understanding credit default swap options contracts.

Lori   April 3rd, 2009 12:31 am ET

It is refreshing to see a president who is multitasking and getting things done as opposed to the same old government politics. Let the man do his job and let us stand behind our President. The people have spoken – now let him do his job.

connie   April 3rd, 2009 1:28 am ET

Okay Larry, since you didn't know that the formal dinner would be at number 10 downing street where the prime minister–like our president–lives and not buckingham palace, try not to say tomorrow night–"your kid is autistic, right?" her son has autisim–practice trying to get that correct. thank you

donald   April 3rd, 2009 2:14 am ET

when does the President return home ? how many more countries does he visit ?.sounds like he has a cold, maybe jet lag...hope they remain SAFE !..

Isabelle   April 3rd, 2009 4:07 am ET

I am so tired of hearing how noble it is of Michelle Obama to wear such "accessible" clothes as J Crew instead of the high end couture she could be wearing. Not many people in America can afford to wear clothes from J Crew! I believe there is more she can do to help move America in the right direction than wear a $400 J Crew dress.

I like Michelle. She is an intelligent, warm and inviting person. But she should be judged on the initiatives she dedicates herself to as First Lady and not on the wardrobe she wears. This type of mentality is moving us backward as a society by turning women into objects and not focusing on their potential to have a real impact on the world.

lostemperor   April 3rd, 2009 6:28 am ET

Solution #1 (I came across in a Dutch news talkprogram): nationalise the banks. Not that endless no good injecting of public money into banks what lead us nowhere still because banks keep thinking of their own self interest.

This does take leadership, I haven't seen before, because banks own politicians also for instance by paying money for their campaings.


matador   April 3rd, 2009 9:54 am ET

Quick fix for the economy...
Build a fence around North Dakota and Minnesota and sell it to Canada. Build another fence around Texas and Arizona and sell it to Mexico. Divide all the money and distribute it evenly as stimulus funds.

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 3rd, 2009 1:26 pm ET

Mr. King… With all them topics you could have put Obama to shame.. Anyhow do you think the G 20’s bought into the American/Obama devised Global Ponzi scheme? Just what does Barney Madoof have that Obama doesn’t.. We need returns..! We need Jobs.. So you think he will manage?

hugh ~ california   April 3rd, 2009 2:11 pm ET

@Joe G. (Illinois)
It's obvious which side of the political fence your barking from!

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 3rd, 2009 2:32 pm ET

2. Do you know anyone…anyone who has a cure for the financial crisis?

For months I have been posting the ingredients for rebuilding.
Some of my ideas were given 'lip service' at the G20 Summit.
***Okay, G20 is, by definition, one of the problems. It should be be G195!!! The Fair Trade Movement holds the keys. FAIR WORLD!
Like India and China, Thailand Cambodia Viet Nam WILL Emerge.
Does the USA want to lead it, or eat dust?
*** Obama said today, 'Americans canNOT be maxed out on credit cards" [it micro-Ponzism!!!]
I have been Posting about this for months. LOAN SHARKING must be stopped! Make Usury illegal!!! No credit card rates above 5%. Drp them by 1% every 3 months until they are back to normal.
[If the Lender is TOO risky, DONT lend! LET the Mafia handle the loan sharking industry!]
*** The Huckabee Fair Tax. [so called Huckabee, it has been examined for decades]
ONE simple sales tax, NO other taxes!!! It WIPES out tax evasion by the undergound economy and criminals.
*** Cadillac Escalades, mansions with swimming pools, $200,000 motor homes. TAX religious leaders who live like millionaires. Churches should SHOW cause for tax exempt status!!!
They could probably single handedly pay for universal health care on the BIG tax dodge they get away with.
*** There is more!

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 3rd, 2009 3:33 pm ET

Redistribution of wealth is NOT socialism!!! Idiots like lou Dudds, R Lamebaugh and chuckie norris are protecting the Elite.'
The French revolution, the Magna Carta, the American dream, began to redistribute wealth!!!
Instead of the 'red coats are coming' The Blue Suits are hogging the trough' OFF with their parachutes.
WAGE and Price controls would lead to economic freedom, just like traffic signals allows for movement.
The GOP wants the government regulation on THEIR issues, ie big brother government, but want government to get out of the way when the Rich are threatened with paying proving their worth and paying their share. sheeshh THEY are the Socialist when it comes to Immigration, and moral issues!
America does NOT stand a chance in this World if you follow their protectionist xenophobic attitude of wildness in the economy.
Remember McCain was going to kick Russia and China out of the G20!!??? ROFL What a DISASTER he would have been, along with going to war with the criminal Georgian regime against Ossetia and Russia!!!

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 3rd, 2009 3:39 pm ET

14. If someone wears a flag lapel pin it doesn’t make him or her a great American.

--- If he wears it overseas, instead of slapping Canadian flags on his luggage. LOL
Hasn't Lou Dudds noticed that the 'normal' people in the World, Swedes, Canadians, Brits, French and so, don't run around with emblems like the SS was so proud to do?
I don't put Canadian flags on overseas, because I don't want people to think I am a Yank. sheesh
[The Hell's Angels only wear Colors for occasions!]

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 3rd, 2009 3:54 pm ET

Helen Boston April 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Congratulations to Mr John Mccain .He is a true American .I believe he is genuine .He demonstrates that he loves his country .He wants president Obama to succeed , because If Obama succeeds America succeeds ————The world succeeds .well done Mr Mccain .Much respect to you .
He was going to 'try' to kick Russia and China out of the G 20 and go to war with Russia over Geogia's invasion of Ossetia.
You are RIGHT, he is a REAL American.
[Do you even know he stole that cross in the sand story out of a book by an author who got the idea from the Ben Hur movie?] sheesh

Fernando Zachrisson   April 3rd, 2009 4:07 pm ET


World’s money wouldn’t be enough. Wake up G20! Worse is the remedy that the illness!

The criminality around the prohibition is a lot more damaging than the addiction. We ourselves all have noticed so evident reality. Don’t keep covering the sun with a finger!

The main driving country of the prohibition, ironically the major drug consumer in the world, not alone is the protagonist of the complicated world social and economic joint; now besides, will have to take perhaps the most difficult political decision of the five-year period: to decide if keeps on wasting in an anti drug global police whose main result has been to benefit those few who are enriched with the prohibition, at the cost of the world’s anarchy, and a frontier war that well can scale to the heart of their territory; or well, simply to revoke the prohibition.

If they decide to continue with their anti drug police, they should be prepared, and walk with care, because when cancer of uncontrollable nature such as the guerrilla warfare or the terrorism enters your garden, a nuclear explosion wouldn’t solve it.

They’ll be facing combatants who nothing have to lose, fed by enemies, experienced after generations of guerrilla participation, efficiently organized, well armed as consequence of the cold war; and, before an unstable neighborhood, whose feelings of expropriation, exploitation and abandonment can explosively emerge, generating an unsuspected turn.

The moment to reconsider has arrived, to recognize that the cure is worse than the illness. For the benefit of global peace, the moment to revoke the prohibition arrived. Is time for its regulation!

Fernando J. Zachrisson
Guatemala City, Central America

kathy wenta   April 3rd, 2009 4:08 pm ET

I heard about your show with Nataile Cole and her plea for a kidney I hope she is sucessful but I also wonder what about the average joe like myself(I have been on a kidney transplant list 5 yrs. now and waiting) Is there an avenue we can use to let people know of our plight also or is it only for the famous?

Kevin San Jose, CA   April 3rd, 2009 4:26 pm ET

Come on, What is going on in America today, another gunman in shooting today in NY. Is it concern to us that we should ban selling guns and weaspon in the U.S? it is outrage!!. I think politician and law maker should make some law or change law about guns selling. I know it is constitution, but it is before, long time ago, but now america has too much people. it is way too much gun on our street right now. I think only police or law enforcement should have gun. I don't think I feel safe too. what is next? I think it has to do with the economy hard time right now. so people have lots of stress. I think the government of the Unites States need to do something about it.


Jerelyn Savage   April 3rd, 2009 4:33 pm ET

Ask Jim Carrey why he's never been on Dancing with the Stars????

Michelina Petrozza   April 3rd, 2009 5:03 pm ET

I am a Holistic practitioner...and YES..I believe that Autism is curable.Everyone is different and the time it takes will differ from one child to another.

With Health and Love,

Michelina Petrozza   April 3rd, 2009 5:13 pm ET


As a health...Holistic Practitioner, I believe that Autism can be cured. Many children today have A.D.D and A.D.H.D and so on...all very curable. Every child is different and the length of time that the healing process takes varies from one individual to another.

Thank You,
In Health and With Love,

Darcy Cowell   April 3rd, 2009 6:37 pm ET

If the magician will shut up maybe someone else can talk. No wonder his partner is so silent.

Barbara Fugate   April 3rd, 2009 6:53 pm ET

This has nothing to do with what is being said but we need help and we need it now!!!! My son was in a car accident a month ago. The woman hit him and admitted to him and the witness that she was speeding and that she was doped up. Had just had oral surgery and had wisdom teeth removed. The cop, who had just started that day, but had another cop with him, charged my son! Didn't even write down the witness name. He was fined and has to go to court, also had to pay for her car to be fixed, got points against him and against our Insurance. The cop said Well maybe you better take it to cival court. Is this crooked or what???? I am so sick of our Erie cops and their crookedness. It's as bas as LA. He called an attorney and the attorney said , Well if you plead guilty to not using a turning signal I can get the charge reduced!!!! He was going straight, why would he plead guilty to not using a turning signal???? She, the woman that hit him, admitted to BOTH Insurance Companies that she was in the wrong. It's on tape but NO ONE WILL LISTEN!!!!!! Any help will be appreciated!!!!

Thank You
Barbara Fugate

Carlito Madia   April 3rd, 2009 7:21 pm ET

Let’s Make a Change: Read and Pass it on.

Today 04/03/2009, I am ready to lead this new agenda: Re-write the old ideology that gives hate groups the same rights and protections under the Constitution to free speech as is afforded to sane thinking Americans that allows them to freely propagate hatred and to legally inculcate gullible individuals to do harm to people solely because we don’t look the same or don’t subscribe to the same beliefs. These are the same people who have caused immeasurable grief and destruction in our society since forever: The killings of MLK, JKF and RFK just to name a few all because they stress equal rights and justice for all Americans. These are the same factions that are now targeting our current president and solely because African blood runs through his veins. If we come together as a people in great numbers, nothing is impossible but it has to be forcible change, we have to rise up and demand that our leaders change this old and jurrassic law that protects wrong doing and call it the American Way. Today I heard a report that a judge has ruled that it is allowing a terrorist from another country to sue the US Gov’t. Now I know this cause is going to come under tremendous attacks by some right wingists who will say The Constitution is untouchable and that The First Amendment can and should never be changed, but throughout history man has always adapted their way of life to enhance their standard of living and to ensure that laws are in place to keep civility. No one can deny that the times have and continue to change and so we must change along with it. We must eradicate these hate groups who continue to preach violence and hatred against people simply because of physical, religous, sexual or idealogical differences and use the guise of the constitution to flourish.
If you are among the growing number of frustrated citizens who would like to see this movement grow, get involved by passing this blog on to at least 10 friends and kep checking back for updates on this cause.


Mario   April 3rd, 2009 7:35 pm ET

Any plans by the Larry King Live producers to host Mark Levin who currently has a best Seller, Liberty and Tyranny?

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Good evening everyone...

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:05 pm ET

The suspected cause of autism is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus neuro-typical children.

I suspect it is genetic more than anything else...

Star Auburn Ohio   April 3rd, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Jim and Jenny do not let them shut you up. You both have my support if you should need or want it. ashame what we do not the love of money. money makes the world go round.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:10 pm ET

The suspected cause of autism is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus neuro-typical children.

Remember an illness is always on a continuum, meaning that some people may have an extreme case and others less severe

Also, Autism was a check-all tag. If a child was deaf, it could have easily been DX autistic….

I suspect it is genetic more than anything else…

Fernando F.   April 3rd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

As in everything that is corrupt, follow the money. Jim Carrey is right. Everything is about money, numbers, gross margin, shareholders. The financial institutions have scam thousands of home owners. Why is so difficult to believe that the Pharmaceutical industry is putting profits ahead of peoples health?

nina Friedman   April 3rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

hurray for jenny and jim.
The medical business is a BIG business. We must
listen to what they are saying

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I have seen autism run in families often skipping generations or at least the family members were not DX with austism

Brenda   April 3rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

God bless Jenny and Jim for all their hard work and help for all the other children suffering with this horrific, prevenable disease!! Thank God for Evan's recovery. Keep up the fight and spreading the word!!
Brenda from Kentucky

Star Auburn Ohio   April 3rd, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Kathy I wish I could give you my kidney

Mike   April 3rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I am pleased to see attention being brought to an important topic. I am just sorry that it takes Jimmy and Jenny to get it out in the public eye. Go Bruce Almighty! Nice work Larry – great show!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Yes, the Vaccine is NOT the cause of Autism. It is most likely genetic. I have seen it run in families....

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus children with no autism.

June   April 3rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I have chosen to not give my 4 year old daughter the chicken pox shot. Her pediatrician and day care are expressing frustration with this decision. What can I share with them to help justify my decision? Which other vaccinations might I consider to avoid?

Rebecca R. Rawlings   April 3rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Our son is 18 years old and was diagnosed with Autistism at age 6. He is one of the most popular kids at his high school. He was blessed to go through a therapy called the Tomitis therapy where they use Mozart music, Gegorian chants and the mother's voice. While he is very high functioning, he will probably never live independently. He is a treasure to all that know him. He is the most pure of heart person I have ever met. God truly blessed us with him!

Charlene Shaw-Harrell   April 3rd, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Yes, I think some forms of autisms are curable. I have a son that was diagnosed at 18 months, but with early intervention he is now reading, writing, and communicating at a normal level. He has been main streamed in school and on the honor roll every quarter. Please, please....if you believe your child is not functioning normally it never hurts to have him evaluated by a doctor. God Bless!

Fernando F.   April 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

the massive dose of vaccines during the first years, makes the brain of the child to shutdown since the brain feels an overload of information. The brain is suppose to be in charge of creating the antibodies and mechanisms to protect against the different diseases. Too many vaccines creates a short-circuit in the brain. Lower the amount !!!

Rick   April 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Wow! Jim Carrey is my new hero for speaking the truth about Autism vs Big Pharm Profits! Our daughter is 3 with autism and her schedule (therapy) is a full time job and costs us like she was attending out of state collage and were in our 30's . Its tough but we will do everything we can for her. Thanks for what your doing!

Enrique   April 3rd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Pharmaceutical lobbyist are a powerful force and by contributing to congressman and other politicians re-election campaigns, well payback time comes in the form of imposing vaccines at schools.. see the Texas governor imposing law with the HPV vaccine and don’t you dare to miss a shoot to your kids or they will be banned from attending school.

joseph Rolle   April 3rd, 2009 9:20 pm ET

i have a daughter with autism and for the past 14 years i have realize the the only common denominator of all these kids for all around the world is the vacine. I might wrong but 63 million kids around the world speaks for themselves

Joe Rolle

Joseph Bukovinsky   April 3rd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I happened to see the brodcast tonight about developing pharmasuticals for drug addicts to pull them off achohol addiction and drug addiction. Anyone who knows about addiction knows that addicts quit one drug and move to another. Therefore, pulling them from an illegal drug to another form of drug does not make sense. To me it sounds like another way for drug companies to make another dollar. For example they developed Saboxin to pull people off the high powered opiats and now Saboxin are being sold on the streets as a new street drug and addictions are being formed. I'm 26 years old and it seems like I know more about this subject then the people on your show. This is a huge problem inthe United States that needs addressed before the next generation of our children end up worse off then my generation. I would love to talk to the world about this on going problem!

Fernando F.   April 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Vitamin A is good for your health, but if you take too much Vit. A, you will lose your hair and nails. Why can't vaccines behave the same way and cause autism when use in excess?

charles   April 3rd, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Is there still a turnaround for our kids who have had all the shots? Do you address this in the book .

joseph Rolle   April 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

we need to choose prosperity over profits to help these autistic kids. Because We live in a country where we are worth more dead than alive unfortunately
Joe R.

Theresa Cedillo   April 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Thimerosal containg vaccines and the MMR caused my daughter to have a life changing regression into autism and many very serious medical problems.

Kami Evans   April 3rd, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I teach Yoga to children who are typically developing and special needs and when they learn to self-regulate they are masters at achieving anything. With yoga they are able to connect with their core and develop strong a better understanding their abilities. My best students are children with Autism and they just fly like bumble bee's nobody told them they can't


me   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

how do I talk to that lady?...who has autism? I think I have a form of that..autism

Ed - Palm Harbor, Florida   April 3rd, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I have a 9 year old niece with autism. It is tremendousely difficult for my sister, her husband, and indeed, our entire family. I am persuaded that the innoculation schedule is the cause. I understand that different countries use different schedules, but I have not heard any data regarding the frequency of autism in these countries. If indeed other countries are not experiencing this epidemic, I believe those statistics would be dispositive.


Jonathan Lobato   April 3rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Hi Jim and Jane,

Do you agree that many people are ashamed of openning up about having an autist child? What was your feelings about it??

me   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am sure ALL those bloddy shots cause AUTISM!!

Theresa Cedillo   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Autism/GI problems confirmed in new study from Canada

Julie   April 3rd, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am watching your show on Autism. Although I agree that vaccines cause autism, in my daughter's case, she got rotovirus when she was less than 1 year old. Within a couple of hours of the onset of symptoms, she was unconscious, still vomiting. I sat on the emergency room floor with her in my arms waiting for help. We are lucky that she is OK 15 years later – though she has chronic health problems, all "undiagnosed", partly due to the selection of providers on her HMO. These diseases are very dangerous. So are the vaccines. Why do the FDA, the insurance companies, and the drug companies put no value on human life?

Audrey   April 3rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

These accusations that vaccines cause autism are not research based. The paragraph below speaks for itself. There are several websites documenting the same. Larry please tell everyone to be cautious about what Jenny is saying, children are now getting measles and mumps because people have stoped vaccinating their kids.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor behind a controversial study linking the common measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) to autism, is now being examined by the British General Medical Council for failure to disclose his links to autism litigators as well as for unethical behavior during his study. In 1998, Wakefield published a paper in the medical journal The Lancet. Media coverage of this alleged link between vaccines and autism scared many parents and resulted in their opting out of crucial vaccinations for their children. The Lancet now admits that this paper should never have been published based on the heavy conflict of interest suggested by Wakefield's ties with autism litigators. In addition to this, the overwhelming majority of the study's authors, ten of thirteen, no longer support the conclusions set forth in the document.

kenya   April 3rd, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Collins is aged 6 has autism..for the last 4 years I have watched the mother, an extraordinary woman in Passaic,NJ take this boy to therapies, observe a strict diet for him and it is amazing the transformation that has happened. Collins deserves all the fun any boy gets I am excited that Jim Culley and his wife are involved in this calling. God bless you!

Maggie Carter   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Hi. I am a single Mother with a 51/2 year old of whom is a highly functional Autistic with Ausberger tendincies AND ADD. I am applalled at the Medical professionals and our Educators in our public schools, that are unable to "deal" with our children. This is a sad shame. When I was pregnant, I got a flu shot thinking (Ha) that it was safe; I had no clue. Jim and Jenny, THANK YOU for your insight and hope! I will be getting your book, and will keep you informed! Thank you so much!
Larry you are the best!!!
Maggie Carter and daughter Katie Carter of New Bern North Carolina

joe   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Many children will die of measles, mumps, or rubella if they do not get this vaccine. A tiny proportion of the vaccine recipients will have a side effect. An exponentially smaller yet fraction will have bad side effects. I feel empathy for you and honor your effort for a CURE. As far as the anti-vaccine campaign, I think you guys should get the facts straight before we have an MMR epidemic.

Susan Crawford   April 3rd, 2009 9:29 pm ET

My brother and I were among the first to be vaccinated for polio in the 1950's. Within a few months, my brother developed encephalitis and suffered severe, permanent brain damage. Through the herculean efforts of my parents he survived, and is now 55 and severely handicapped. We now know that these early polio vaccines were cultured in wild monkey kidney sera from the African Congo. This was done before we understood how genetic material from the monkeys could be transferred to humans. We also now know that SV-40 (Simian Virus 40) is implicated in the development of many human cancers. I've had neuroendocrine cancer for the past 10 years. My husband's sister had a similar neurologic reaction to the DPT vaccine. It's clear that we don't understand enough about the long-term effects of mass vaccination to insist that we inflict this on our future.

kenya   April 3rd, 2009 9:31 pm ET

sorry Collins is 8..thanks! just checked with the mother.

Elizabeth Cruz   April 3rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Jenny and Jim,
I think it's fabulous how you are exposing this much kept secret regarding autism. In 2006 my healthy 5 year old daughter came down with a virus that swelled her brain and put her in a coma for 11 months. I am an educator and I did much research regarding Immunizations and found out the same info. you are discovering. My daughter was severly brain damaged, but through prayer she is completely coherent and healthy. The specialists never told us how she contracted this virus. I've written a book about our story that should be out this year. The title is "There's An Angel in My Tree." I plan to have this put printed in multiple languages and available in hospitals around the world. Kudos and blessings to you and Jim. I look forward to reading your book.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Because most often Autism is diagnosed through behavior, this causes it to be a “catch-all” disorder. Many children who do NOT have autism were DX with autism. All diseases are on a continuum in which from very mild to severe. Some who have the mild form or Aspergers Syndrome will get better as opposed to true Autism.

Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus children with no autism.

environmental toxins such as mercury, which are more prevalent in our current environment is one of the suspected causes of autism and with families living around the same environmental toxins, then it could look genetic.

Barbara Myers, MS, BCBA   April 3rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I am a parent of a son with hi functioning autism/Tourette's, who has also made a remarkable recovery.

I have devoted my life to working with autistic children, after working with my son ten years ago.s, we are missing so many other By over focusing on the vaccines, we are missing out on researching other factors. It has been proven to be genetic, and neurodevelopmental in nature. There are things that work-ABA, Incidental learning, floortime, and so many other therapeutic methods. The only association with vaccines is the timing-it is around that time that children show traits.

The diet mentioned only works on a MINORITY subgroup of children, who ALREADY have Celiac Disorder.

It is a spectrum disorder-have Jennie and Jim really seen the severe children? I think not. Her son was high functioing-she was lucky. I work with those who are not, and even Jennie could not "cure".

We all pray; all of these children are wondrous gifts, not just the ones who can be integrated into the mainstream.

Jennie and Jim should tell the whole story, not just promote their own cause and books-not unlike what they are accusing drug companies of.

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Most often Autism is diagnosed through behaviors; this causes it to be a “catch-all” disorder. Because of this, you may have many children who do NOT have autism were diagnosed with autism. Therefore, there needs to be a clear list of bio-medical/behavior that indicates the disease of Autism. You can not possibly find a cure until you isolate the actual diagnosis!!!

Theresa Cedillo   April 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Max Wiznitzer is a paid government expert witness against families that filed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Corina   April 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Mr. King,

I have been watching your show tonight and, as a behavior therapist working with children with various developmental disabilities, including autism, I am dissapointed that you do not have a psychologist on your panel.

Also, having Jenny McCarthy on the show only perpetuates a lot of misconceptions about this diagnosis.

Corina Rat

lynn   April 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

my son Harrison is severely autistic, 11 yrs old. he was not vaccinated. started
therapies at 26 months old, we lived in nyc. did the diets, ABA ,everything. I am a single parent and have lost my career (a Juilliard graduate) and sold homes to move cross country. the disease destroys the parent and debiltates the child.

Becky   April 3rd, 2009 9:37 pm ET

The idea of Autism being "Cured" is admirable, but for some of us families living with severe autism....the idea of a "cure" is a false hope. When my son was diagnosed at age 2, I was told that some kids are "cured". I had hope....BIG time hope! It is always there in the "back" of my mind and everything we've tried and every therapy we've done. I'm a very "have at it" kind of parent and no matter what the future brings, I know it won't be a CURE for my child. I'm never going to give up the good fight, just frustrated to know my child won't be "cured". My pediatric neurologist once told me that if a child was "cured" from autism, they were improperly diagnosed.

Just realize that not ALL autistic people can be "cured" and putting that notion out there is quite defeating for some of us dealing with a severe diagnosis. People look at me like I should cure my child...and why haven't I? Believe me....I've tried to help him as much as possible and will continue to. Please don't put the notion out there that ALL autistic kids can be "cured". Plus some of those that are able to communicate (not my child) have stated that there is no reason to "change" or "cure" them...they are fine just the way they are....and why do we have to make EVERYONE just like "us".? Just something to ponder. God bless and thank SO much for the's so VERY MUCH needed and appreciated!

b.c. bryant   April 3rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Yes. I totally agree, the rapacity for profit-making by the pharmaceutical and managed care industry is satanic. Look who is still spending millions on cable commercials.

Strong   April 3rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I totally agree with Jenny and Jim. My feeling is that all these so-called mysterious or incurable conditions with unknown causes are mostly caused by toxins/chemicals in our environment; including air, water, food, lotions, shampoos, cleaning products, etc. Those are not NATURAL. I'm in my 30s now and have lived with one of those conditions my entire life. Now I'm finding out that it's been partly the chemicals and tokins in everything that I have been using. Please check out the documentary "The disappearing male". Educate yourself and take care of your health.   April 3rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET


Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

YOU MUST ISOLATE THE TRUE DISEASE before you can find a cure. Too many children were diagnosed with Autism that did not have this disorder. This causes confusion for looking for a cause!!!

Ben   April 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I am a PHD candidate. Most of these diseases are very dangerous to children. I completed a Clinical neuroscience rotation at NYU medical center. This show is presenting false and misleading information

1) the main reason for the increase in autism diagnosis is the fact that more doctors are aware of it. Whether it has increased is a subject of debate

2)Autism is a spectral disorder. There is no one cause. The causes is a most likely a result of multiple factors, genetic and immunological. There is no way of determining the exact reaction to an infection or vaccination.

3) Vaccination is made on a cost/benefit analysis. The damage done by these diseases and the prevalence of side effects.

4) Diharea can kill a child. Neonatal influenza can cause neurological damage. Influenza is the suspected cause of encephalitus lethargica.

5)Cod liver oil/snake oil/etc as a treatment for autism are baseless it is a sad reality that most family members are incapable of determining the efficacy of a treatment of a loved one because they are unable to maintain objectivity.

Theresa Cedillo   April 3rd, 2009 9:41 pm ET

We love you Dr. Bernadine Healy!

Josie Allouche   April 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Hi Larry!! I'm not sure if this is the right page to leave this comment but here is what we have to say about autism.. we have a 10 month old baby girl. My first question is.. Our first doctor we had for our baby she told us they would refuse us is we didn't get our baby vaccinated. Is that right?? How do we know to trust our pediatricians?? They wanted to give our baby Hep. B the first day she was born!! We refused it and the doctors looked puzzled. She still hasn't had that shot yet because I dont feel like it's right. I think Jenny and Jim are doing an awesome job at keeping us educated about autism and keeping it in the news. Keep on fighting to help parents know more about autism.

Jacqueline Lukaszewicz   April 3rd, 2009 9:42 pm ET

One thing that is not being addressed is the financial well being of Jenny and Jim. The average family cannot afford the programs that you are shouting at the roof tops "cures autism". I would do anything to cure my son, but as you continue to say "cure for autism" you give false hope. As I sit here and listen to the show I have yet to hear the "what" and "how" you "cured" your son and how much did that cost? Again, the average family can barely get the services they need and you are trying to say there is a "cure" that I'm sure most can't afford. So answer the questions directly "what" and "how" did you cure your son and can the average family afford what you did?

Barbara Myers, MS, BCBA   April 3rd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Dodie-you are right on! Our numbers are high in the US because we have become better at diagnosing. In many of these other countries, children with PDD or mild autism go undiagnosed.

There are subgroups-vitamins work on some kids, medication works with some kids, etc. Each brain is different.

Ben   April 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Listening Dr fisher explain this to the anti vaccine group is like watching idocracy

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 3rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

@ Barbara Myers, MS, BCBA

Yes, I feel the issue is with the diagnosis. There needs to be a clear list of bio-medical/behavior that indicates the disease of Autism.

Yes, you are correct as I have heard vitamins do work on some but not others. Its one of the reasons I feel we need to get a handle on the diagnosing first. Only until then, can we look at actual casual effects

Ben   April 3rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

who is jb handley anyway? why do they have him and Jim kerry engaging in a scientific debate. Are they going to ask Tom Hanks if he thinks the higgs particle is responsible for mass in particle interactions

Becky   April 3rd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

If vaccines are the cause of Autism...why do people who have never been vaccinated have Autism?

Ben   April 3rd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Gardisil is safer than cervical cancer.

Rick   April 3rd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

It is expensive and requires full time commitment, Our 3 year old daughter goes to therapy almost 40 hours a week over 30 miles away each way and it costs as much as attending collage and we have to do this at age 30 not 50 like most parents who have had 18 years to save to send there child to collage. Plus one parent has to be available full time to drive her to and from therapy. And not to mention her Whole Foods expensive diet! Its tough for regular working people to handle this but we push forward for the hope that she will one day enjoy a typical life. Keep pushing!

Theresa Cedillo   April 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm ET

GREAT SHOW LARRY! Please help us continue this fight for our children with more shows on this controversial debated!

Theresa Cedillo
Mom to Michelle
First Test Case in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings

Rick   April 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm ET

College... LOL I thought that looked wrong 🙂 I get frantic watching Autism shows. It hits home. Sorry for the mispell 🙂

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