Have we irrevocably found the answer to our 'after death' effect?

A new scientific study has suggested that dying rats go through an abnormal course of intense brain activity during their final moments of life. This amplified brain use may be consistent with (and thusly explain) Human accounts of close to or after death experiences, as reported by many people around the world.

Approximately a 5th of all people who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an ‘After Death Experience’ or ADE. This is sort of an alarming stat, specially as ADE tends to contain a profound effect within the existence of that survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as unquestionable evidence of an afterlife or perhaps a continuance of that person’s soul after death.

In the same way, a ‘Near Death Experience’ (or NDE) is thought being similar to an ADE, but noticeably occurs whilst the patient remains to be technically alive. Many individuals who encounter NDE’s report a balanced sensation or ‘Out of Body Experience’ (OBE), also as encounters with angels, deceased family and loved ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors regularly portray traversing a long tunnel in direction of an intense light.

Negotiations of life after death appear in early scriptures, archaeological sites and many ensuing works of viewpoint and have fascinated (and frightened) Persons, regardless of creed, ethnic group or culture, since time immemorial.

After recovering from surgery in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a classic NDE story which was finally published in the book ‘Beyond The Light’ by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like some people, Jazmyne recounts facts of her surgery that may be very difficult to obtain were she lying.

Jazmyne claims that “I was floating over my body. I could see and listen to all that was being said and done. I left the room for a moment and came back to where my corpse lay. I knew why I died. It was because I could not breathe. I had a tube down my throat and the medical staff did not have an oxygen mask on my nostril. I had also been provided too much anesthetic”.

She went to explain her efforts to remove the tube from her throat in a rather harrowing account.

Prior to that aforementioned study, it was accepted incontrovertible fact that brain activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at least so far as rats are concerned. It's also the strongest premise thus far regarding the causes of ADEs, OBEs and NDEs.

One of the scientists responsible for these results, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA said the team was “amazed with the high levels of activity” in the rats. "In fact, at near-death lots of known electric signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found within the waking state, signifying the brain is capable of well-organized electric activity throughout the early stage of clinical death." He said.

The team’s lead scientist, Dr. Jimo Borjigin added that "This study tells us that decrease of oxygen or both oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate brain activity that is characteristic of mindful processing,"

However, Dr. Martin Coath on the University of Plymouth, UK was a little critical of the team’s findings.

Dr. Coath said that, because the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain’s reaction to a serious lack of blood flow and oxygen. He also said that the study hadn’t essentially proved that any ‘heightened conscious processing’ had in reality taken place, suggesting the wording of that conclusion was “a bit of a stretch”. He commented that, while the consequences were “genuinely interesting” they were as well “hardly astonishing”.

The effects of the report will little doubt be of great interest to many inside the scientific community, also as religious groups, those fascinated in the mystical and individuals who have experienced an ADE or NDE.

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