Recently, we did a story on 3 Canadian Frontline Doctors who bravely spoke out about their experiences and understanding of the COVID-19 situation in Canada. Dr. Kulvinder Kaur Gill, Dr. Ashvinder Lamba, and Dr. Patrick Phillips are all frontline physicians who have publicly called attention to the harms of government actions in relation to COVID-19. One of their main concerns being that there is a lack of data to support the measures being implemented by the Canadian government, and that data continues to come out suggesting that the severe harms being caused by lockdowns, and other restrictive mandates, well outweigh the benefits (if there are any benefits to speak-of). These doctors have been actively censored and ridiculed for speaking out. One of the main arguments against these doctors (and others who have challenged the government’s mandates) is that they are spreading misinformation without providing any credible evidence. As an example, CTV News (Canadian mainstream media) recently published a story on Dr. Gill repeating this same narrative. However, this mainstream messaging is extremely flawed such that there is an incredible amount of evidence that supports these doctors. In fact, they have provided more credible data to back their statements than the government has provided to support their own measures.
As evidence-based data is such a crucial part of understanding the impacts of lockdowns and other restrictive measures on COVID-19, we wanted to update the source link we originally provided to accompany our Canadian frontline doctors story.
In the description section of the video, we provided a link to a hefty list of sources to make it easier for the public to educate themselves in the evidence-based argument that lockdowns cause more harm than good. With over 100 sources cited, we thought it would be better to simply share these sources right away rather than wait to release them once they had been organized into a more structured format.
Today, we are excited to share that we have completed an updated version. We recognize that there is so much information being shared these days and many of you don’t have time to spend hours and hours reading articles and sifting through data. With this in mind, we wanted to make it easier for you to understand the magnitude of data available that not only puts into question the efficacy of lockdowns, but also brings to your awareness the harms of censorship around a huge amount of peer-reviewed and evidence-based data being censored from the public eye. We hope that you find this beneficial, and please let us know if you have any questions. In the spirit of collaboration, if you think we have missed a critical piece of data from the sources, please email us a link for review at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much.
ABOUT THE UPDATE
This updated source document contains the same set of sources, now categorized according to what type of information the source links contain (eg. peer-reviewed articles, WHO press releases, news articles, etc.). The titles of the source articles are also provided so that you can more easily identify what each source is. In this document you can find peer-reviewed and other evidence-based articles, relevant retractions, press releases from the UN, CDC, WHO etc., Canada-specific data, as well as a myriad of news articles. Finally, it is crucial to note that we are not providing an exhaustive list of data and encourage anyone and everyone who is interested to do further research.
ON HAVING DISCUSSIONS
In addition to sharing this updated document, we wanted to provide some perspective on engaging in conversations with others about COVID-19 and the government’s response:
When looking to engage others in conversation about this data, your wording is vital. Recognize that if someone hasn’t been looking into alternative media sources, or researching the peer-reviewed literature on covid, this type of information can be overwhelming, triggering and very confusing to digest. Therefore, it is important not to overwhelm people with everything all at once. As well, it is important to discuss facts objectively and remain calm, even if you are frustrated with the state of society at the present moment. It is hard for anyone to digest information if it is coming from someone who is clearly upset. This is one of the ways Dr. Gill, Dr. Lamba, and Dr. Phillips did such an incredible job in having their conversation; they remained calm, objective, and rational in all their points.
Rather than preaching and making statements about information you have looked at, an alternative approach to these conversations is to ask people about their own perspectives and ask questions.
• What’s your opinion on the lockdowns and other public health orders in Canada / in your province?
• Are you aware of how covid deaths are being counted?
• Are you aware of how many overdose deaths and suicides there were in comparison with COVID deaths in your province? (ex. In BC there were 1,716 overdose deaths in 2020, a 74% increase from the previous year. In comparison, in 2020 there were 901 deaths related to COVID-19 in BC).
• Are you aware that the WHO has publicly acknowledged that the PCR test can cause false positive results and should not be solely relied upon to confirm COVID cases?
• If the person you’re talking to starts referring to what the government has said, or the CDC has said, etc., ask them if they have read any peer-reviewed evidence that backs up those statements, then listen and remain curious.
A WHOLEHEARTED APPROACH
We are all here on this planet, experiencing this crisis together, and how it is playing out looks different for every single person. Recognize that anyone who is supporting current government interventions likely has a family member or friend who they deeply care for that they want to make sure is healthy, and if they don’t, then perhaps they fear for their security in one way or another.
With that in mind, they are doing their part in the ways that the government / mainstream media has encouraged them to do for over a year. A lot of people don’t recognize that constantly telling people to “stay safe” subconsciously tells you that you’re not safe. Even though we know that this virus is not life-threatening to the majority of society, society has been told and continues to be reminded on a daily basis that “we’re not safe.” With so many good-intentioned, loving people out there, their main goal is to help everyone else and do their part. It can be scary to question the narrative when to do so risks that you might “cause harm” if in fact the lockdowns etc. are actually helping. As discussed by Dr. Gill, Dr. Lamba, and Dr. Phillips, and supported by our ample source document, there is a plethora of data that is incongruent with the belief that lockdowns are benefiting our society, however, that is what anyone who is following main-stream media and government public health announcements is being told. Therefore, if we leave you with anything, it is to use these sources to empower and educate yourself, as well as find compassion in your heart when engaging in conversation with others. The word Ad hominem means “(of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.” With emotional issues, it is easy to get frustrated and want to call someone “the problem”. This is not a heart-centred approach. The aim of successful conversation and objective thinking is to discuss the data around COVID, and respect people where they are at. Remember, we are all conscious beings, with choice.