FDA, CDC Eye Indigenous Knowledge Integration

(Daily360.com) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are now looking to factor in “indigenous knowledge” as part of their research data. The Washington Free Beacon ran a story revolving around a document they acquired from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encouraging the inclusion of indigenous practices.

HHS is the managing agency for the FDA and the CDC as well as the National Institutes of Health. The guidelines are instructing these agencies to incorporate the beliefs of the native people, including their philosophies on the principles of the universe into their data. These beliefs had been regarded as superstition and pseudoscience prior to the Biden administration.

The report encourages researchers to look at these “non-traditional” methods and include what they call “citizen science” and “participatory” scientific practices. The overall concept is an offshoot of the Biden administration’s push for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) hiring and revamping across all professions. The DEI agenda has been blamed for a lowering of standards and weakening of outcomes by critics.

The report reads that DEI standards regarding science and research are an “integral component” of science and its processes. An HHS spokesperson said they expect implementation of these standards sometime this year. In total they’re looking to have more than two dozen federal agencies apply folk wisdom into the processes and final decision making. The report calls for federal officials to engage with “spiritual leaders” and disregard the biases of former standards and practices. Federal agencies report they’ve already held “dozens” of meetings with wise indigenous people.

Biden has claimed that science is of prime importance within his administration. Recently, the White House hosted a lecture held in Egypt that featured an African activist who believes technology has only existed for “maybe some hundred years.” She spoke of the ways in which her grandmother could predict the weather better than any scientist.

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