Tell me, if you will, why is it that when someone’s heart has stopped for an extended period of time, there is no breathing, no sign of life, and they are brought “back to life” that it is called a near death experience?
My understanding is that breath is life. Breath is what gives the human body life. So, if there is no breath, the must be no life. So whatever…what ever…happens after life is over should reasonably be called after life experience. Don’t you think?
Anyway, there are going to be some interesting discussions about this topic this weekend. I hope many of you are able to tune into them on CNN. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who just published a new book called Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds, will be in a news special, Another Day Cheating Death. (Sat, Oct 17, 2009, 8:00pm EST)
In his book, Gupta mentions topics like: life after death and miracles. So it should be interesting to see if he addresses the spiritual concept of the spirit living on after the physical body dies.
Of course, you all know where I stand on that topic. If I am a spiritual medium, then it stands to reason I side with the non-scientific views of miracles and life after death.
Speaking of Science:
Dr. Kevin Nelson, a neurologist in Lexington, Kentucky, who studies near-death experiences says the explanation lies in the brain itself. He says they are a physical reaction to “fight or flight” response and it is a part of the dream mechanism associated with rapid eye movement (REM)
He says the bright light so many people claim to see is the activation of the visual system normally caused by REM that creates the bright lights. He also says the tunnel so often recognized by those who are in the “near-death” experience is lack of blood flow to the eye.
But not all physicians agree with Nelson. Dr. Bill O’Callahan, is the emergency room doctor who brought Anna Bagenhold (another doctor) back to life after being clinically dead (no breath) for over two hours.
Dr. O’Callahan says, “Cynics out there would say and agnostics would say that’s phenomenon that comes from a dying brain. I think that’s hogwash. I firmly believe that people experience these events.”
There have been too many people (800) each day who experience life after death (or after life experiences) to be completely confused by REM and lack of blood flow. There are also those who move out of their bodies and watch everything going on in the room. There are some who can tell surgeons and nurses exactly –word for word—what was said while they were “out” There are also some who “traveled” into other rooms or out of buildings and shared those experiences.
To me, science just has to explain everything away. But when it comes down to it, just because a scientist or doctor says it isn’t so doesn’t mean they are right. Just ask someone who has died and and come back to life!