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Forbidden Word Mug

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The Endocrine Society’s 7 Forbidden Words Council Mug.


On December 15, 2017, the Washington Post published a story about an alleged word ban at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report was that the Trump administration was prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases in official documents being prepared for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The list of words was: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based," and "science-based."

The news spread like wildfire on social media and cable news. Rumors circulated that the "ban" was throughout the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At the same time, however, the CDC refuted the report, and the Washington Post updated its original story, noting new developments and nuances.

The Endocrine Society was deeply concerned about the report - clearly, those seven words are language we use to advocate for the field of endocrinology, for our members, for patients, and for research. Our concern about language was equaled by our concern about the federal investment in public health and the need for better policies to support endocrinologists and endocrine researchers.

Today, there are many pressing policy issues affecting endocrinology, including funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and CDC; access to care; the increasing price of insulin; regulation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals; physician payment; and reducing the prevalence of diabetes and obesity. The Endocrine Society advocates on these issues and we encourage you to participate in our advocacy program.

We hope that this mug with the seven "forbidden" words is a reminder that the Endocrine Society will not be silent on issues affecting endocrinology and of how you can get involved. Please visit www.endocrine.org/advocacy to learn more.

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