A new scientific study has suggested that dying rats go through an odd rush of extreme neural activity throughout their last moments of life. This enlarged brain use could be in keeping with (and thusly explain) Human accounts of near or after death experiences, as reported by many people around the world.
Approximately a 5th of all folks who have survived a cardiac arrest have reported having an ‘After Death Experience’ or ADE. This is quite an alarming stat, principally as ADE tends to have a profound effect on the life of the survivor. Having an ADE is seen by many as indisputable proof of an afterlife or even a continuation of the individual’s soul after death.
Equally, a ‘Near Death Experience’ (or NDE) is believed being like to the ADE, but noticeably happens while the patient continues to be technically alive. Many individuals who experience NDE’s report a floating sensation or ‘Out of Body Experience’ (OBE), as well as encounters with angels, late family members and cherished ones. Both NDE and ADE survivors recurrently explain traversing a long tunnel in direction of an extreme light.
Discussions of life after death seems in early scriptures, archaeological sites and many following works of philosophy and have fascinated (and frightened) Human beings, regardless of creed, race or culture, since time immemorial.
After convalescing from a surgical procedure in 1979, Jazmyne Cidavia-DeRepentigny of Hull, Georgia, USA, reported a classic NDE tale which was finally published in the book ‘Beyond The Light’ by P.M.H Atwater in 1994. Like many people, Jazmyne recounts information of her surgery that would be very difficult to obtain were she lying.
Jazmyne states that “I was suspended over my body. I could see and hear all which was being said and done. I left the area for a minute after which returned to where my body lay. I knew why I died. It was because I couldn’t breathe. There was a tube down my throat and the medical staff didn’t have an oxygen mask on my nose. I had also been given excessive sedative”.
She went on to explain her efforts to remove the tube from her throat in a rather harrowing account.
Prior to the aforementioned study, it was accepted fact that neural 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 concerning the causes of ADEs, OBEs and NDEs.
One of those scientists responsible for these results, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Ann Arbour, Michigan, USA said that the team was “amazed by the high levels of activity” in the rodents. “In reality, at near-death many known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking condition, signifying that the brain is capable of well-organized electrical activity over 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 both oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate human brain activity that’s characteristic of mindful processing,”
However, Dr. Martin Coath in the University of Plymouth, United kingdom was slightly critical of the team’s findings.
Dr. Coath said that, as the rats were anaesthetized, the findings better demonstrated the unconscious brain’s response to a life-threatening deficit of blood flow and oxygen. He also said that the study hadn’t essentially proved that any ‘sharp 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 also “hardly astonishing”.
The effects of the report will little doubt be of great curiosity to numerous inside the scientific population, as well as religious groups, those interested in the mystic and people who have experienced an ADE or NDE.