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The impetus, this time, was a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which identified a 30 percent surge in the rate of autism in children from just one year ago. It’s alarming news that experts are still working to explain; Coleen Boyle, director of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, told reporters that the rising numbers may reflect improvements in doctors’ ability to identify children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as the increasing number of children with both high intelligence and autism.
In the face of such uncertainty, Trump took the opportunity Friday morning to trumpet his own, wholly uninformed opinion:
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
He then followed that up with some light medical conspiracy theorizing:
With autism being way up, what do we have to lose by having doctors give small dose vaccines vs. big pump doses into those tiny bodies?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
As CNN helpfully points out, a study published last year in the Journal of Pediatrics confirmed that there is no association between receiving “too many vaccines too soon” and autism.
And apparently, Trump either didn’t see (or chose to ignore) another study out this week: published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it added to the evidence that autism begins in the womb, long before vaccines are administered. Don’t bother letting him know about it — he’s already gone back to attacking wind turbines.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.