Why have governments implemented lockdowns when they know the detrimental effects?

by Nathan Barnard – also posted at www.theway.co.uk

Since the start of the global pandemic, a key weapon used by governments has been the utilisation and implementation of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPI) to limit the contagion.[1] These measures vary in scope, from ensuring you have adequate food, water, medical supplies, limiting/restricting travel, restricting the purchasing of nonessential items, to extensive national and regional lockdowns, all of which have been hailed as a crucial tool in combating and reducing the spread of the virus.[2] However, while the NPI are argued to be necessary and are critical in stemming the spread, what effect have they had on the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of the population? Furthermore, why implement such draconian measures when certain medical professionals, at the commencement of the pandemic, supported conventional treatments as successful? Or when mortality rates are lower than that of seasonal flu?

To assist in offering a rationale as to why such NPI have been utilised, I first examine what detriment they may have had upon the physical, and psychological health and wellbeing, after which I offer reasoning as to why they have been implemented, and what the future may look like.

The detrimental effects of social isolation on a person’s physical and mental health are well documented and accepted by health practitioners and academics. However, the study of social isolation has in the last decade seen a resurgence in academic interest. This is due to the advent of social disconnectedness and detrimental effects on mortality, especially amongst the elderly.[3] Loneliness is described by Weiss (1973) as a ‘gnawing chronic disease without redeeming features’[4], one that has a recognisable and strong correlation with depressive symptoms.[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] Social isolation significantly impacts feelings of loneliness, but loneliness is related to the quality of, rather than the number of social encounters.[10] [11] Social interaction and interconnectivity is an integral aspect of what it is to be human and an essential aspect of our survival.[12] Thus, when a person is devoid of social interaction and social support, it is detrimental to their health and wellbeing.

 One of the leading causes of death amongst middle-aged and older people in the west is cardiovascular disease.[13] [14] Social isolation is a critical predisposing factor in increasing morbidity and death due to cardiovascular disease.[15] [16] Furthermore, epidemiological studies have shown that people with limited social interaction/support are prone to having hypertension, coronary heart diseases or cardiac failure.[17] [18] [19] [20] However, for persons who already have a degree of coronary disease, social isolation, or poor social support have a more significant detriment and have been linked to a heightened deterioration of atherosclerosis, – thus predisposing them to a greater cardiovascular episode. [21] [22]

The detrimental effects of social isolation on a person are also evident within animal studies which showed an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and an inappropriate inflammatory response and increase in stress and anxiety within the animals.[23] [24] The increased stress and anxiety will put additional load upon the heart and systemic vasculature and therefore contribute to future organ damage – failure. Interestingly the animal studies reveal similar trends to those found within human studies. The correlation within the studies emphasises the need for social interaction amongst both humans and animals, and that when this is removed, it has a significant detriment to a person’s health and wellbeing. 

There is also a correlation between social isolation and abnormal activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis that is a crucial component in mitigating the effects of stress[25] and is critical for survival.[26] Moreover, studies have found a correlation between loneliness and increased blood levels of catecholamines.[27] [28] Furthermore, loneliness affects a person’s cellular immune system, especially when a person experiences prolonged periods of social isolation.[29]

Studies have highlighted the significance of the HPA axis in mediating the effects of loneliness on the neuroendocrine system. Studies have found cortisol levels in saliva and urine amongst persons who experienced higher levels of social isolation and lower levels of personal support.[30] [31] [32] The increased levels of cortisol are a concern, as they have significant long-term detriment to a person’s health. ‘Over production of cortisol negatively affects the physiological functions, which the hormone mediates – body metabolism, glucose control, apoptosis, inflammatory regulation, immunity, reproduction, and cardiovascular activity’.[33] Furthermore, this will have a detrimental effect upon the cardiovascular system, exposing the person to an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke, along with suffering from hypertension, diabetes and developing rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.[34] [35] [36]

Yet while the detrimental physiological effects are highly significant and concerning, the psychological impact upon children is alarming. A longitudinal group study of 296 British children between the ages of 5-13 found that early childhood loneliness at the ages of five and nine gave rise to significant depressive illness later in life.[37] Furthermore, studies have evidenced that children exposed to social isolation and low levels of parental support had a predisposition to developing toxic and abusive relationships, along with an inability to establish romantic relationships later in life and had a high susceptibility of experiencing depressive symptoms.[38]

Social isolation is also linked to higher risks of a person committing suicide. A study found that people who experienced loneliness were 21% more likely to have suicidal thoughts, an increase of 18.5% compared with those who were not socially isolated, and an 8.4% chance of committing suicide compared with 0.7% for those who were not lonely.[39]

The above very brief outline of the detrimental effects of a person being socially isolated, is very concerning, especially for those who already have a pre-existing medical illness or who suffer from stress and anxiety – as the NPI will have had an adverse effect upon them. However, the consequences of the lockdown and the social distancing measures on young children are ones that future studies will record. However, in light of what has been outlined above, the damage is endless.

What we must expect over the coming years is an exponential increase in the number of deaths from the associated illnesses due to the NPI measures, along with an increase in psychological conditions and – something which the hailed salvific vaccine will not be able to rectify, or will it? If the vaccine has incorporated within it hydrogel and nanoparticles/nanobots, then these can be deployed to assist with repairing the body’s ailments. However, at what cost?

Personally, I believe that the benefits of nanotechnology will only be administered through a mandated quantum tattoo that will augment with our DNA and the already present nano particulates in our bodies – offering an upgrade to our human existence and freedom from illness. Humanity will be offered a transformative upgrade through what transhumanists refer to as transcendence of the finite human biology by embracing an infinite posthuman existence, a transformation that, transhumanists argue, will take man one step closer to being gods.[40]

So, why in light of all the research that evidences the detrimental effects of social isolation and loneliness have governments implemented national and local lockdowns? Governments argue that the NPI have been necessary to combat and reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as there is no medical treatment at present to combat or treat the virus. Thus the NPI are the only tools that are available until a vaccine can be found. However, is this true? Furthermore, is not a lockdown, in reality, state-sanctioned incarceration of the population, a measure employed to bring about the subjugation of the population, ensuring the people acquiesce and embrace the Great Reset.

Prof. Dolores Cahill[41], in her discussion as to how the coronavirus is not as severe as is being reported, outlines that there are already very effective treatments to combat the virus.[42]  Likewise, other doctors from around the world are reporting that we already have effective treatments for combating the virus,[43] [44]but they are not being utilised.[45] [46] [47]Moreover, doctors are being banned from utilising such methods.[48] Furthermore, Dr Madej astutely asserts that governments are able to mandate the use of a vaccine only if there is no other alternative – thus offering a reason as to why they are rejecting the use of accepted treatments.[49]

So, why are governments and the World Health Organisation not reporting on the effective treatments for covid-19? The answer is that governments have already cooperated and agreed to support the Great Reset. This is a change that will usher in a restructured global governance – one that will utilise the opportunity the global pandemic presents us with; that of not going back to the old norm, but embracing a new norm that works in partnership with the planet. Furthermore, they seek to implement mandatory corona vaccination, but why when they have effective treatments? Part of this agenda is to reduce and limit the global population. Have you not considered why the makers of the vaccine have been given immunity from litigation? Yet, while you might still be regurgitating the government narrative that we need a vaccine and that it is safe, ask yourself why the tetanus vaccine was used deliberately to sterilise women, without their consent, or examine the evidence into the perils and reasoning as to why we take vaccines?

Now I know this sounds conspiratorial, but there is a wealth of evidence to support such a position. The question is, do you want to know the truth? Yet, while I do not intend to go into such evidence, I am merely raising the claim. I have linked several good resources for people to access. However, one must ask why such draconian measures are implemented when the effects are well documented to reduce life expectancy and increased psychological illness? Furthermore, why do so in light of medical evidence that there are treatments that will prevent deaths?

Have you wondered what the future holds, or what the ‘Great Reset’ is all about? Would it surprise you to find that what is transpiring was prophesied in the Bible thousands of years ago? The Bible informs us that what is taking place is the implementation and inauguration of a global government – one that will seek to offer emancipation from the world problems and inequalities, especially the coronavirus and the financial tsunami that is about to crash the world’s economic systems. Yet, the reality is the Great Reset will usher in a satanic global dictatorship which the Bible refers to as the antichrist – Beast system, a regime that will seek universal compliance with its edicts. Those who reject or oppose the New Global System will face draconian and barbaric consequences in an attempt to gain compliance. Those who refuse will be seen as outcasts, haters of peace. In reality, they will be Christians and people who reject totalitarian dictatorship and seek freedom and truth, rather than bondage.

However, while you may be concerned about the way society is moving, what are you going to do about it? Now I am not advocating rioting, but to educate yourself on the reality of our present situation and to seek God while He may be found. Things are going to get significantly worse. The global pandemic is only the start of the ills the world will endure until Jesus returns. The Bible clearly informs us that there is only one way to meander through what is transpiring, and that is to surrender your life to God and follow Jesus. 

Shortly the UK will commence administering the corona vaccine. I urge people to consider what they will be taking and putting in their body because once you have taken it, you cannot expel the injected product if anything goes wrong. I urge people to watch the video links here to medical doctors discussing the dangers of taking the vaccine and what alternatives are available.[50] [51] [52] [53] However, I beseech you to consider where you stand with God as being of greater importance than anything else that is going on. Check out what I have written, look at the links, but please do not neglect to search out the truth about the virus, the vaccine, the Great Rest, and more importantly who the God of the Bible is and how you can have a personal relationship with Him.

A dark winter has befallen the world, one that will see increased natural disasters along with famine, plagues, pestilence, war and economic depression. The only certainty and hope we can have are found in the Living God, who sent His son to pay for your sin and mine—thus availing us of the ability to have a personal relationship with God and spend eternity with Him. Thus, I urge you to choose life, choose God!

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[21] Ibid.

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[40] Nathan Barnard, (2019), ‘How should we understand deification in Transhumanism?’. MA by research thesis, York St. John’s University.

[41] Dr Dolores Cahill is a highly educated and published researcher and academic in the fields of molecular biology and immunology. For her full bio see https://people.ucd.ie/dolores.cahill and https://dolorescahill.com/

[42] Go with the vibes UC, 23rd October 2020, ‘Dolores Cahill speaks now listen’. YouTube, accessed 25th October 2020, available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0hdX2OSkAk&t=633s

[43] List of research can be found at omnijournal.org. https://omnij.org/Main_Page and medicine uncensored https://www.medicineuncensored.com/

[44] Medical papers outlining the benefits of Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc as an effective treatment. https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/White-Paper-on-HCQ-2020.2.pdf and white paper references that outlines an exhaustive list of acceptable and effective treatments https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/White-Paper-References.pdf

[45] World Doctors Alliance Hearing available from https://lbry.tv/@OracleFilms:1/WORLD-DOCTORS-ALLIANCE-Hearing–1-in-Berlin,-Germany-10.10.2020_1:f

[46] https://acu2020.org/

[47] https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/

[48] Cahill.

[49] Carrie MAdej, 1st October 2020, ‘Dr. Carrie Madej with Dr. Andrew Kaufman on vx, hydrogel, and secret government programs’. YouTube, accessed 25th October 2020, available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFWECf18Oxs

[50] Fact News Network, 24th October 2020, ‘Facts worth considering’. YouTube, online, accessed 25th October 2020, available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZs_Nt3ohzc

[51] Dr Carrie Madej, 1st October 2020, ‘Dr. Carrie Madej with Dr. Andrew Kaufman on vx, hydrogel, and secret government programs’. Youtube, accessed 26th October 2020, available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFWECf18Oxs

[52] Americas Front Line Doctors, https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/media/

[53]  Prof. Dolores Cahill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0hdX2OSkAk&t=9s

One thought on “Why have governments implemented lockdowns when they know the detrimental effects?

  1. Hope you are well, found this really interesting to read. I was especially interested in the parts where you mentioned not only the psychological effects but also the psysiological effects that isolation in lockdown has had on people.

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