CDC now banned from using "evidence based" and other words per White House

  1. The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget.

    Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based."
    CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity - The Washington Post

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    This is an attack on our very society itself. I could not believe it when I read it. I feel like a revolution may be inevitable if this trend continues. To ban the words "evidence-based" is beyond words for me to write.

    ETA: The other words banned are: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," and "science-based." No less horrendous.
    Last edit by babyNP. on Dec 16, '17
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  3. by   brownbook
    I agree, I go from horrified shock to.... maybe this is just another overblown news story, sounds worse than it is.

    But right now I'm going with horrified shock.
  4. by   caliotter3
    Another example of misplaced energies. Those 3 or 4 am sessions with the tweet are affecting clear head of more than one person it would seem.
  5. by   Lil Nel
    And the dumbing down of the United States continues, at an ever faster rate!

    This follows the pattern of the administration preventing climate scientists working for the government from mentioning certain things during professional presentations.

    Why is anybody surprised? It is Trump we are talking about. No surprise.
  6. by   Accolay
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucele.../#4fc2901c4c74

    The administration is banning the Centers for Disease Control from using the following words:

    1. vulnerable
    2. entitlement
    3. diversity
    4. transgender
    5. fetus
    6. evidence-based
    7. science-based

    Go America.
  7. by   Tenebrae
    Yea I read that...........

    Not sure what to say though.
  8. by   elkpark
    Yeah, I saw articles about this earlier today. Each time I think this administration surely couldn't get worse, it finds a way to make things worse.
  9. by   sheyjay
    Well, I suppose the rest of the nursing community should follow suit then. I don't see any issue with it.

    The new community health program was launched in coalition with the LGB*Q community.

    The fertilized egg becomes an embryo and that embryo then develops into a f@#%!

    Due to the lack of microbial &%#^@#$ in the gut flora, the opportunistic bacteria began to proliferate.

    It is imperative to protect the most @#!^$&#!# populations from the effects of air pollution.

    Developing and implementing policies based on $%#@^&$% research helps to improve the overall quality of patient care.
  10. by   Steve123
    evidence based???? Wide use of opioids also was "evidence based". We all were brainwashed to give opioids to treat all kind of pain. As a result prescription drug abuse kills tens of thousands every year. And it is only one example. Nurses who know history (very few do) can say that tranorbital lobotomy in the 50"s also was "evidence based".
  11. by   elkpark
    Quote from Steve123
    evidence based???? Wide use of opioids also was "evidence based". We all were brainwashed to give opioids to treat all kind of pain. As a result prescription drug abuse kills tens of thousands every year. And it is only one example. Nurses who know history (very few do) can say that tranorbital lobotomy in the 50"s also was "evidence based".
    So what's your point? That we should abandon the idea of basing practice on scientific evidence? We should quit trying to do better and improve the system? Each one of us should just do whatever seems like a good idea?

    Yes, lots of practices from the past, that were based on the evidence and technology available at the time, have now fallen out of favor and been abandoned as better practices and technology have been developed. So what? That's a sign that the system is working. You do the best you know how to do until something better comes along; then you do better.
  12. by   Steve123
    I started nursing school in 2004. Even in 2004 it was absolutely clear for me that wide use of opioids for absolutely all types of pain was not safe and I did not believe that it was "evidence based". And now a lot of books published revealing that it was fraud from the beginning, not evidence based. Read such books as AMERICAN PAIN and DRUG DEALER MD.
  13. by   babyNP.
    Steve, I can't honestly figure out whether you're trolling us or that you don't understand why it is such an atrocious act to ban words...? The misuse of opioids are not the only legacy of the words "evidence-based."

    It honestly feels like a distraction to get off topic...kind of like what the government is currently doing.
  14. by   GrumpyRN
    1984 was meant to be a warning, not a blueprint.

    "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it."
    ― George Orwell, 1984



    "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
    ― George Washington

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