I was just reading about this. The last thing in the world we need is for the GOP to take up the anti-vaxx mantle.
In addition to calling reports of a measles epidemic "fake news," Ms. Shine keeps referencing a CNN report as her "evidence" that wild measles put a cancer patient in remission, the implications being that letting our kids actually get the measles would be protective.
She clearly didn't read the article carefully. For one thing, the FIVE patients were not given measles (the disease), they were given a "highly concentrated dose of lab engineered measles virus" with enough virus to "inoculate 10 million people." Sounds like an altered vaccine...
ONE of the five patients went into a remission which lasted 9 months. None of the other subjects achieved remission.
It's promising enough that a phase II clinical trial is in the works.
However, nowhere in the study or the conclusions is there any mention that suffering from wild measles disease will cure or prevent cancer. Ms. Shine has been informed by countless Twitter responders about her misunderstanding, but she continues to double down on this dangerous claim.
So this woman is either incredibly ignorant or willfully dishonest.
In the past, antivaxxers were spread across the political spectrum. Having a high profile GOPer spreading this nonsense is about as dangerous as it gets, given that many of Trump's supporters are being converted to his anti-science philosophy and tend to believe his constant assertions that anything which runs counter to his own version of reality is "fake news."