VIDEO Dr. Phil: At Some Point, Lockdown Creates More Death Than the Virus Itself

Dr. Phil McGraw speaks at his Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on February 21, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)


( – Dr. Phil McGraw, host of the “Dr. Phil Show,” told Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle” on Thursday that the quarantine is doing more harm than good, because of the health risks of isolation, depression, and anxiety.

“This is invisible. I can’t show you an x-ray of depression. I can’t show you an x-ray of anxiety, but the fact of the matter is the longer this lockdown goes on, the more vulnerable people get and it’s like there’s a tipping point. There’s a point at which people start having enough problems in lockdown that it will actually create more destruction and actually more death across time than the actual virus will itself,” he said.


McGraw said that “250 people a year die from poverty, and the poverty line is getting such that more and more people are going to fall below that because the economy is crashing around us, and they’re doing that because people are dying from the coronavirus,” McGraw said.

“I get that, but look, the fact of the matter is we have people dying,” McGraw said, adding that “45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents, 480,000 from cigarettes, 360,000 a year from swimming pools, but we don’t shut the country down for that, but yet we are doing it for this and the fallout is going to last for years because people’s lives are being destroyed.”

He said that small business owners, and specifically restaurant owners, have been hard hit because they couldn’t keep their employees on and didn’t have enough time to give away the perishable foods that they ordered.


I’ve talked to them before, and of course this happened, and when it happened they got no warning. Some of them had just received huge orders of perishable foods. They didn’t even have time to give it away, and they have these, these people that have worked for them for 20 or 30 years, and they can’t afford to keep them on, and they can’t do takeout at a lot of these restaurants.

They are not geared for that, and so people are just at home, and of course, it’s a perfect storm, Laura, because here you’ve got people that are in isolation. That creates problems. Loneliness actually creates problems. People that suffer from loneliness, they become 29% more likely to have coronary artery disease, 32% more likely to have strokes or die, 40% more likely to have dementia if they’re in that age group, so it’s not just that it’s psychological.

Their bodies actually start breaking down. So we think we are protecting people’s lives by keeping them locked up. You keep them locked up long enough, there’s a paradoxical effect. You actually destroy more lives than you do by letting them go out and protect themselves and opt into their lives for what — to fight for what they believe in.

By Melanie Arter


The Forecaster’s Mistake

Today's Devotional

Let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.  Jeremiah 23:28

At noon on September 21, 1938, a young meteorologist warned the U.S. Weather Bureau of two fronts forcing a hurricane northward toward New England. But the chief of forecasting scoffed at Charles Pierce’s prediction. Surely a tropical storm wouldn’t strike so far north.

Two hours later, the 1938 New England Hurricane made landfall on Long Island. By 4:00 p.m. it had reached New England, tossing ships onto land as homes crumbled into the sea. More than six hundred people died. Had the victims received Pierce’s warning—based on solid data and his detailed maps—they likely would have survived.

The concept of knowing whose word to heed has precedent in Scripture. In Jeremiah’s day, God warned His people against false prophets. “Do not listen [to them],” He said. “They fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:16). God said of them, “If they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people” (v. 22).

“False prophets” are still with us. “Experts” dispense advice while ignoring God altogether or twisting His words to suit their purposes. But through His Word and Spirit, God has given us what we need to begin to discern the false from the true. As we gauge everything by the truth of His Word, our own words and lives will increasingly reflect that truth to others.

By:  Tim Gustafson

Reflect & Pray

What’s the standard I use when I decide whether something is true? What in my attitude needs to change toward those who disagree with me?

God, so many claim to speak for You these days. Help us learn what You really have to say. Make us sensitive to Your Spirit, not the spirit of this world.

Sunday Reflection: The Blessing of Discernment

It feels good to have the final word in an argument, but that sense of satisfaction doesn’t last very long. Usually, everyone involved ends up feeling bad. In such situations, meekness is possible only with self-control and discernment.

Yet living with meekness doesn’t mean that we set aside boldness or action. Instead, it requires us to evaluate when to assert ourselves and when to trust. Jesus doesn’t call us to be silent in the face of injustice. But perhaps He is calling us to understand when we should hold back on our opinions in order to genuinely hear someone. If we want healthy relationships, it’s important to display meekness. This requires that we refrain from reacting too quickly and discern how to respond wisely.

Think about it
• When you’re arguing, it takes a lot of energy to remain humble instead of saying something hurtful or aggressive. This week, ask God to reveal ways you might display meekness in such moments.

• James 1:19-21 offers practical wisdom about listening, taking action, and avoiding anger. How might this advice help you remain meek in difficult situations?

Fear Not, O Little Flock

“But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Luke 12:31)

In these days of financial worries and rampant materialism, it does us good to reflect on Christ’s teaching concerning our priorities. In this passage, He was teaching His disciples not to be troubled over temporal things (v. 22), but to rest in the fact that He will supply our needs. “If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (v. 28). We are not to have our mind set on material things (v. 29), neither are we to be “of doubtful mind” wavering between hope and fear of the future.

We are to be different. We are children of the King and are in His care. The “nations of the world seek after” (v. 30) these things. Our Father knows that we have need of certain things, and since He loves us and has our best interests at heart, we have nothing to “fear” and can be assured that “all these things shall be added unto [us]” (v. 31).

But more is involved. It is not enough simply to avoid improper fixation on the things of the world; we are to seek rather “the Kingdom of God”; we are to be about His business. His priorities should be our priorities. We must strive to know Him and His Word so well that we naturally conform our actions to His desires. If we do so, He not only will take pleasure in supplying our physical needs (v. 31), but also “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (v. 32).

It is our privilege to participate in His work on Earth as He enables. Our part may be to give: “Sell [what you] have, and give alms,” thereby storing up “a treasure in the heavens that faileth not” (v. 33), or to pray, “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (v. 34). If our primary desire is to enhance the work of the Kingdom, then He will give us that desire, and we will see fruit that lasts for eternity. JDM

Just Armed with Courage

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

—James 1:6


When entering the prayer chamber, we must come filled with faith and armed with courage. Nowhere else in the whole field of religious thought and activity is courage so necessary as in prayer. The successful prayer must be one without condition. We must believe that God is love and that, being love, He cannot harm us but must ever do us good. Then we must throw ourselves before Him and pray with boldness for whatever we know our good and His glory require, and the cost is no object! Whatever He in His love and wisdom would assess against us, we will accept with delight because it pleased Him. Prayers like that cannot go unanswered. The character and reputation of God guarantee their fulfillment.

We should always keep in mind the infinite loving-kindness of God. No one need fear to put his life in His hands. His yoke is easy; His burden is light.   WTA048

Increase my faith; increase my courage. Amen.


Pruning Comes before Fruit

Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

—Romans 6:13


I want to emphasize the manner in which the apostles were Spirit-led. They were not known as men of rash and impulsive moods, constantly changing decisions and judgments. Led by the Spirit of God, they wanted always to do what God wanted them to do. As a result, the things that God wanted them to do always seemed to fit perfectly into the total scheme of redemption and the whole will of God in the New Testament!

This allows me to say that Peter was of little use to God until he got the victory over being whimsical and temperamental and impulsive….

But when Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and received a divine vision and began to suffer for Jesus’ sake, he got leveled down and became the great apostle, second only to Paul in the New Testament. But God had to take those lightning charges out of Peter and stabilize him in the harness where he would work effectively and fruitfully for the Lord. ICH047

We must recognize the true character of our self-life….We must consent to its destruction…and lay it at the feet of God in willing sacrifice. HS031


Perfect Love

1 Thessalonians 3:13

There are various titles for holiness, that experience between man and God.

We sometimes call it “entire sanctification,” “filled with the Spirit,” “full salvation.” The description that I like is “perfect love.”

Love is a tremendously important ingredient in the living of life. Psychiatrists and psychologists tell us that until we know how to rightly love one another, and to rightly be loved, we’re warped, bent out of shape. You listen to today’s song lyrics and you’ll often find the word “love” mentioned. I agree sometimes it’s distorted, sullied love, but it’s echoing the cry of the human heart for that which God would plant within every one of us.

It’s very evident that human love isn’t meeting the need today. We often hear of “man’s inhumanity to man.” You don’t have to go to some far-flung battlefield to find the inhumaneness of man. It’s all around us. Pick up your newspaper; listen to the news.

Only the perfect love of God will meet every need and longing of the human heart. The perfect love of God is the absolute solution to interpersonal problems of every kind—husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters, in the fellowship in the church, in the neighborhood where you live, in the place where you work, where you go to school.

Our Lord says, “A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). How do you achieve that? Don’t you earn it? Don’t you merit it? Ah, we must remember that our love could never do that, never. It’s His love that we must have; that will enable us to do it. So what He is commanding is that we be filled with His perfect love. And then we too will love one another, regardless of how we’re treated. For we read,

“God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5).

God’s Word tells us something strange about this perfect love. Paul, in writing to the Christians in Thessalonica, lets them know that this perfect love can be increased: “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other” (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Now, if something is perfect, and it has filled your soul, how can it increase? And yet that’s what the Scripture is saying. For the Lord has a miraculous way of increasing the capacity of the soul to be more and more filled with His love.

As we walk with the Lord, and as we grow in grace, and as He develops our spiritual capacities, He keeps filling us with His perfect love.

Clifton Sipley, The Salvationist Pulpit