It's always upsetting to hear that someone is foolish enough to not vaccinate their children.
But the wife of a White House aide is taking things further than decrying vaccines.
In a pair of tweets that went viral in the worst way, she claims that having the measles keeps you healthy and fights cancer.
Bill Shine is an aide to Donald Trump. His wife is Darla Shine.
It turns out that, just as Trump struggles to understand climate science, Darla is unable to grasp medical science.
"Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN," Darla tweeted.
She then tagged her tweet: "#Fake #Hysteria."
"The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids," she claims.
This, as we will address later, is known as survivor bias.
Darla does more than merely express doubt at the necessity of vaccinations.
She actually welcomes the return of easily preventable diseases.
"Bring back our #ChildhoodDisease," she writes eagerly.
With regard to those once-defeated ailments, Darla claims: "they keep you healthy & fight cancer."
That is, just to clarify, completely untrue.
In fact, there was a recent case in which a small child beat leukemia only to die from exposure to measles.
"I had the #Measles #Mumps #ChickenPox as a child and so did every kid I knew," Darla writes.
Sure. These preventable diseases were once acceptad as an unpleasant and sometimes fatal fact of life.
"Sadly my kids had #MMR," she writes. "So they will never have the life long natural immunity I have."
She concludes her contrarian nonsense, writing: "come breathe on me."
Darla is unfortunately not the only famous person proud of her ignorance on medical science.
As we continue, we will include photos of some other famous people who should really, really know better.
(Jenny McCarthy is possibly the celebrity most synonymous with anti-vaccine ideology, though she does not quite embrace that title)
While we don't object to Darla Shine's invitation for people to expose her to airborne illnesses, her tweets are nothing short of absurd.
First of all, as we mentioned, "everyone who's alive survived it" is called survivor bias.
Similarly, everyone who has been shot and lived survived a gunshot. That doesn't mean that gunshots are safe, or not deadly.
Measels can also cause lifelong problems even for those who survive.
Also, just as vaccines do not cause autism, measels do not bestow some special protection against cancer.
But, you heard the lady. By all means, go breathe on her.
(Kailyn Lowry of Teen Mom 2 fame recently revealed that she no longer vaccinates her children, which is disappointing fo fans who thought she was a good mom)
"My friend's daughter is deaf because of LOL measles," responded one tweeter, mocking Shine's tone.
"LOL childhood diseases contracted during pregnancy cause serious birth defects," the tweet continues.
That same tweeter then wondered: "Does this LOL at preventable misery reflect the WH press office position."
We should note that there are unfortunately anti-vaxx people on both sides of the political aisle.
(Kylie Jenner has shared a number of bizarre conspiracy images, including chemtrails and anti-vaxx hoopla. We hope that this does not impact Stormi)
Fortunately, the CDC's literal entire job is controlling disease, so they are not ambiguous about the importance of vaccines.
"Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine," the CDC states. "Starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age."
"And," the recommendations continue. "The second dose at 4 through 6 years of age."
"In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age," the CDC notes.
"Also each year, among reported cases, an estimated 400 to 500 people died," the CDC reminds the public.
(Jim Carrey has unfortunately expressed some troubling views that lead people to believe that he is opposed to vaccinations)
The World Health Organization has noted a 30% uptick in measles cases worldwide, though vaccine hesitancy is only one of the factors.
Some of those opposed to vaccines believe that they may cause autism.
This is false, but it is deeply troubling to hear people imply that they would rather see their child dead than autistic.
Some people, such as those who are immuno-compromised, cannot be vaccinated.
They rely upon herd immunity to avoid potentially fatal ailments. Sadly, anti-vaxx parents do not seem to care.