A new scientific study has recommended that dying rats experience an strange flow of intense brain motion during their final moments of existence. This amplified brain use may be in line with (and thusly explain) Human accounts of near or after death experiences, as reported by lots of people around the world.
Almost a fifth of all folks who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an ‘After Death Experience’ or ADE. This is quite an alarming statistic, particularly as ADE tends to have a very profound effect within the life of that survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as unquestionable substantiation of an spirit world or a continuation of that individual’s soul after death.
Equally, a ‘Near Death Experience’ (or NDE) is believed being comparable to the ADE, but noticeably occurs while the patient is still technically living. Many people who encounter NDE’s report a balanced sensation or ‘Out of Body Experience’ (OBE), also as encounters with angels, deceased family and cherished ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors recurrently explain traversing a long tunnel in the direction of an extreme light.
Negotiations of life after death appear in early scriptures, archaeological sites and many subsequent works of viewpoint and have fascinated (and frightened) Human beings, no matter of creed, race or culture, since time immemorial.
After convalescing from surgery in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a stereotypical NDE account that was finally published in the book ‘Beyond The Light’ by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like many, Jazmyne recounts information of her surgery that might be very difficult to get were she lying.
Jazmyne states that “I was suspended over my body. I could see and listen to everything which was being said and done. I left the area for a moment and returned to where my body lay. I knew why I died. It is because I couldn’t breathe. I had a tube along my throat and the health staff did not have an oxygen mask on my nose. I’d also been provided excessive general anesthetic”.
She went on to describe her attempts to get rid of the tube from her throat from a relatively harrowing account.
Prior to the aforementioned study, it is accepted fact that brain activity ceases once the heart stops. This has now been demonstrated as being untrue, at least as far as rats are concerned. It is also the strongest theory to this point concerning the reasons 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 “astonished with the high levels of motion” within the rodents. “In fact, at near-death lots of recognized electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking condition, signifying that the brain is able of well-organized electrical activity during the initial stage of clinical death.” He said.
The team’s lead scientist, Dr. Jimo Borjigin added that “This report tells us that reduction of oxygen or equally oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate brain activity which is characteristic of conscious processing,”
However, Dr. Martin Coath on the University of Plymouth, UK was somewhat critical of the team’s findings.
Dr. Coath said, as the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain’s response to a serious lack of blood flow and oxygen. He also said that the study had not necessarily proved that any ‘heightened conscious processing’ had in reality taken place, signifying the wording of the conclusion was “a bit of a stretch”. He commented that, while the results were “genuinely interesting” they were as well “hardly amazing”.
The effects of this report will little doubt be of great importance to many within the scientific kinship, as well as religious groups, those engrossed in the mystical and those who have experienced an ADE or NDE.