"Near Proof for Near-Death?"
John at faraway.com.au
Tue Dec 18 07:58:13 EST 2001
One possible explanation might be the finding earlier this year that human
brains have some sort of in built oxygen storage, perhaps this is what
allows function at a very low level, not sufficient to show up on scans but
enough to keep just enough cellular activity going to create memories???
"Ian Goddard" <igoddard at erols.mom> wrote in message
news:3c1eb8c9.23487579 at news.erols.com...
> Here's the abstract to Lancet's near-death-experience study:
> Background: Some people report a near-death experience (NDE) after
> a life-threatening crisis. We aimed to establish the cause of this
> experience and assess factors that affected its frequency, depth,
> and content.
> Methods: In a prospective study, we included 344 consecutive cardiac
> patients who were successfully resuscitated after cardiac arrest in
> ten Dutch hospitals. We compared demographic, medical,
> pharmacological, and psychological data between patients who reported
> NDE and patients who did not (controls) after resuscitation. In a
> longitudinal study of life changes after NDE, we compared the groups
> 2 and 8 years later.
> Findings: 62 patients (18%) reported NDE, of whom 41 (12%) described
> a core experience. Occurrence of the experience was not associated
> with duration of cardiac arrest or unconsciousness, medication, or
> fear of death before cardiac arrest. Frequency of NDE was affected
> by how we defined NDE, the prospective nature of the research in
> older cardiac patients, age, surviving cardiac arrest in first
> myocardial infarction, more than one cardiopulmonary resuscitation
> (CPR) during stay in hospital, previous NDE, and memory problems
> after prolonged CPR. Depth of the experience was affected by sex,
> surviving CPR outside hospital, and fear before cardiac arrest.
> Significantly more patients who had an NDE, especially a deep
> experience, died within 30 days of CPR (p<0·0001). The process of
> transformation after NDE took several years, and differed from those
> of patients who survived cardiac arrest without NDE.
> Interpretation: We do not know why so few cardiac patients report
> NDE after CPR, although age plays a part. With a purely physiological
> explanation such as cerebral anoxia for the experience, most patients
> who have been clinically dead should report one.
> The full study is free, you just have to sign up:
> My critique is that if the experience was recorded by the
> brain, manifesting as a memory, then it occurred while the
> brain was active (recording); thus the easiest explanation
> is that the phenomena experienced occurred within the brain.
> "To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals." Benjamin Franklin
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