But Darla Shine, wife of former Fox News executive and current Trump administration executive, Bill Shine, visited her tribune on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
Shine was invited by a report on CNN about the recent measles outbreak in Washington and Oregon, which infected more than 50 unvaccinated people. More than 200 measles cases have also been reported in New York. The virus is "extraordinarily" contagious and clinics are striving to monitor treatment and vaccination efforts.
Shine, however, is shaking it all up.
"We go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN #Fake #Hysteria," she tweeted. "The entire population of the baby boomers who lived today had the #Measles in childhood, bring back our # childhood diseases, keep you healthy and fight cancer."
You're wondering if she's talking about the measles that you're thinking about, the measles that killed 110,000 people, mostly children, in 2017. Do not worry, Shine is really certain of this one.
"I had the #Measles #Mumps #ChickenPox like all the kids I knew. Unfortunately, my children had #MMR [measles-mumps-rubella vaccine] they will never have the natural immunity for life that I have. Come breathe on me!
To substantiate his astonishing complaint, Shine then tweeted a Mayo Clinic study on the link between the measles virus and cancer.
"This is a study done by Mayo Clinic scientists who have been interviewed by CNN and say they have clinical studies that #Measles Virus kills #Cancer," she said. She linked an article on measles that kills cancer.
Still, that seemed like a stumbling block with a lot of people on Twitter – with their "It's just not the way science works" and their "You know that vaccinations keep kids from to die, is not it? " – so Shine told them to put their money where their keyboards were and "go talk to the Mayo Clinic".
So we did it. A spokesperson (who preferred not to be mentioned by name) confirmed that yes, this study on measles / cancer exists … but all that Shine said about it is false.
In 2014, the clinic treated two patients with a fatal cancer called multiple myeloma with what is called a "virotherapy."
A virus is a bit like a guided missile. It's really good for tracking down specific targets and creating absolute chaos. Knowing this, researchers genetically modified their own measles virus on cancer cells of patients.
Henceforth, calling these artificial cells "measles" would be irresponsible. The measles viruses involved have been cleared of everything that makes measles harmful to humans and filled with anticancer drugs. They were only the vehicle of a vital medication.
Patients in chemotherapy have such a weakened immune system that the Turncoat virus could cross their body and attack tumors. One of the patients responded extremely well to treatment and started a remission. The result: a two-week media blitz on the miraculous possibilities of virotherapy.
Virotherapy is an exciting subject. But the outbreaks in Washington and Oregon do not constitute virotherapy. These are modern outbreaks of an illness that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared "eliminated" in 2000 through "an extremely effective vaccination program in the United States."
Shine is sticking to his weapons. If you have the right advice to get out of it, it is to make sure to talk to someone in the medical field before you engage in a new weird theory. As Shine herself said:
So many ignorant people on #Twitter
– Darla Shine (@DarlaShine) February 13, 2019