Age of Autism
By Kim Stagliano
February 12, 2011
Donald Trump and his beautiful (and obviously smart) wife have revised the AAP vaccine schedule for their son, Baron. I wonder how many peds tossed him/his wife out on their behinds when they asked for a change in the vax schedule as has happened to so many of us?
I’d hazard a guess that a large part of Trump’s financial success comes from his ability to correctly assess risks and benefits, wouldn’t you? Looks like he’s done that for his child’s health too. Bravo!
(That’s Suzanne Wright in a gorgeous suit that matches the room decor. Wow.)
Again, from the Sun Sentinel. This time from their BLOG. Head over to leave a comment there, won’t you? I’m sure the naysayers will be out in force. Here’s the text:
“The Donald is no stranger to strong opinions, whether he’s trading barbed comments on network television with Rosie O’Donnell or dispatching the latest contestant on The Apprentice.
In an interview with Palm Beach Politics, Donald Trump offered a controversial opinion on a new topic: autism.
The New York-Palm Beach real estate mogul is no doctor, but he said he thinks the rising prevalence of autism is related to vaccinations given to children at a young age.
Autism now affects 1 in 150 children, a sharp increase from a few decades ago.
But whether vaccinations have anything to do with it is passionately debated, and many dismiss the notion as a conspiracy theory.
“When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor,” Trump said. “And now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.”
He made the comments following a press conference at his Mar-A-Lago estate announcing a fundraising and lobbying push by Autism Speaks to get the brain disorder covered under private insurance policies.
Amid Mar-A-Lago’s perfectly trimmed lawns and blossoming bougainvillea bushes, the press conference was held in typical Trump style: in a gold-trimmed ballroom, as moneyed guests at his waterfront compound splashed in an adjacent pool.
Here’s more of what Trump had to say about autism and vaccinations:
“When a little baby that weighs 20 pounds and 30 pounds gets pumped with 10 and 20 shots at one time, with one injection that’s a giant injection, I personally think that has something to do with it. Now there’s a group that agrees with that and there’s a group that doesn’t agree with that.” (A of A Managing Editor’s note, Donald! That’s Autism Speaks! Kick them out of your house!)
Referring to his and his wife Melania’s 22-month-old son Baron, Trump continued: “What we’ve done with Baron, we’ve taken him on a very slow process. He gets one shot at a time then we wait a few months and give him another shot, the old-fashioned way. But today they pump the children with so much at a very young age. We do it on a very, very conservative level.”
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