An eternity in 18 minutes

Joseph Geraci at TEDxWilmington
September 2013

Among the most peaceful and loving people you will find are the very young children; they are the most innocent, honest, dependent and affectionate people on earth.

They are the yang of human nature before being introduced to the yin.


Thomas Fleischmann

Thomas Fleischmann
Sep 2014

Thomas Fleischmann has been an emergency physician since 1982. Since 2005 he has worked as the director of emergency medical units in Germany and Switzerland. As well as being a fellow of the British College of Emergency Medicine and the European Society for Emergency Medicine, Dr. Fleischmann holds a Master of Health Business Administration. In addition to frequently holding speeches about emergency medicine topics, he is also the editor of two textbooks on emergency medicine and has written many academic papers on the topic.

Videos Ease Tough Conversation

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation
March 29, 2015

… these videos, produced by Dr. Angelo Volandes of Harvard Medical School. She thought maybe they could help. So she brought Volandes to Hawaii to give a little show-and-tell for some health care providers.

“I frankly was astounded,” Seitz says, “at how excited people became when they saw these videos.”

Volandes thinks they were excited and — maybe — a little bit relieved.

“Physicians and medical students aren’t often trained to have these conversations,” says Volandes. “I, too, had difficulty having this conversation, and sometimes words aren’t enough.”

Volandes is the author of a book called The Conversation, which tells the stories of some of the patients he encountered early in his career and their end-of-life experiences. He describes aggressive interventions performed on patients with advanced cases of cancer or dementia. In the book, they suffer one complication after another. There is never a happy ending.


Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues
August 18, 2015

‘Death Class’ Taught Students A Lot About Life

‘Death Class’ Taught Students A Lot About Life
January 19, 2014

NORMA BOWE: You know, I think in our culture we spend a lot of time avoiding death.
We don’t talk about it. If someone we love dies, we, if we’re lucky, get maybe a three-day hiatus from work and from school and we’re just supposed to move on.
And I think that’s a real disservice because I think unless you’re able to properly grieve, you know, you can get pretty physically sick from carrying around that kind of a burden.


Near-Death Experiences: heightened conscious processing

Near-Death Experiences: heightened conscious processing Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences
August 12, 2013

A burst of brain activity just after the heart stops may be the cause of so-called near-death experiences, scientists say.

The insight comes from research involving nine lab rats whose brains were analyzed as they were being euthanized.
Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness.
Just after the rats’ hearts stopped, there was a burst of brain activity.
Their brain suddenly seemed to go into overdrive, showing all the hallmarks not only of consciousness but a kind of hyperconsciousness.

“We found continued and heightened activity,” Borjigan says. “Measurable conscious activity is much, much higher after the heart stops — within the first 30 seconds.”
Borjigin and her colleagues think they essentially discovered the neurological basis for near-death experiences.
“That really just, just really blew our mind. … That really is consistent with what patients report,” she says.

Patients report that what they experienced felt more real than reality — so intense that it’s often described as life-altering.

But Borjigan thinks the phenomenon is really just the brain going on hyperalert to survive while at the same time trying to make sense of all those neurons firing. It’s sort of like a more intense version of dreaming.
“The near-death experience is perhaps is really the byproduct of the brain’s attempt to save itself,” she says.


original article:
Surge of neurophysiological coherence and connectivity in the dying brain
Jimo Borjigin, et al.

High-frequency neurophysiological activity in the near-death state exceeded levels found during the conscious waking state.
These data demonstrate that the mammalian brain can, albeit paradoxically, generate neural correlates of heightened conscious processing at near-death.

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