Dr. Oz: Near Death Experiences
Dr. Oz: Near Death Experiences
- Near death experiences: are they real, what do they mean
- Cleavage wrinkles and how to prevent them
- Beauty tips that won't break the bank
- Natural beauty remedies already in your home
What happens when you die? What happens to people who die, flat line in the hospital, then come back to life?
It's one of our greatest fears, as humans, and it's one of the only guarantees in life: we are all going to die, at some point. When it happens unexpectedly, a miraculous experience may be waiting once the heart stops beating and the brain and conscious continues.
Dr. Oz: Near Death Experiences
Every day in America, 800 people have near death experiences. Dr. Oz shared a story about a patient that he was operating on who had a near death experience.
Dr. Oz was preforming heart surgery on George. George began hemorrhaging, lost a great deal of blood. He went into a coma and was considered dead though they kept him on support for 3 days. During those 3 days, George was swimming in what he describes as a deep, dark, either gel. There was a light in the distance and his goal was to get to the light. George says he swam for those 3 days to get to the light knowing that he would die if he didn't. He reached the light, got right under it and pushed his way up and into it then woke up in his hospital bed.
The lesson Dr. Oz took away from going through that experience with George is that we don't do death well in America. Death is seen and treated as a mystery that we can't ignore. The fear and confusion surrounding death needs to be cleared up.
Laura was on her way to becoming a professional tennis player when she went into the hospital for a simple operation. The surgeon punctured her abdominal aorta. She lost a tremendous amount of blood and was declared clinically dead. Her next memory was of floating in the operating room looking down at her body, looking at all the red around her body. She saw the surgery staff, they were upset and that confused her. There was no pain, no fear, she knew everything would be OK.
Laura says she went up and out of the operating room into a blackness of calm and peace with a light of unconditional love, a place never want to leave. A presence intercepted her between her and light, her brother-in-law who died recently. He took her through her life memories then told her she had to go back. She didn't want to leave the peace. He said this was a mistake. She wasn't ready. She had to go back. Something pulled her back and she slammed into her body and into her life. Laura felt disoriented, like a stranger in strange land with people running around crazy and it didn't make sense to her anymore. Having this death experience and going through her memories she realized that it's the people in our lives that make a difference and it's the relationships and being present is most the important part.
From this experience she Laura feels more spiritual and less religious. It was clear to her in that space of death and dying that all religions work.
Steven had a severe asthma attack that landed him in an ambulance where he went into pulmonary arrest while in route to the hospital. He was put into a coma. The blockage in his lungs was so severe the respirator shut down and he was declared dead. He says he went into a light and a being was with him, a comforting presence of magnitude and power.
He relived his life from other peoples point of view feeling their pain, their sting, their hurt and, realized the was not the person he thought he was. The message he received was that it's alright to make mistakes and now he could let go of all those mistakes. He was in space, surrounded by stars, saw nebula’s, felt an integral part of universe. Then Steven saw future events. He saw that his children needed him and knew he had to be there to help. Steven woke up. It took a week for him to get his brain settled to understand he was in the hospital and to begin to understand what had happened.
He returned to his body that was now a medical disaster, in tremendous pain an, told would he be paralyzed due to nerve damage. He walks now.
Steven describes his life review as awful. He re-experienced everything moment form multiple perspectives simultaneously: from his point of view along with the other person and at the same time from a higher reality and also seeing the real truth of the matter. Through that multifaceted view he saw the lies and games he played with people, understand the pain and shock he caused and saw at the same time they had their own lies and self-deceptions that they were playing with. He felt failure and humiliation with a completely humbling judgment that came from himself. The being with him provided comfort, saying you're only human. He was given a second chance to go through life and get a better grade.
Dr. Oz: What Happens to Our Bodies and Brains as We Die?
Dr. Oz exhibited an animation of the what the brain looks like when it goes through death or a near death experience. There's an injury or trauma and the body collapses, breathing becomes shallow, the heart slows then flats line on the monitors. No oxygen is getting to the brain. Blood stops circulating through the vessels. Suffocating, the brain cells begin to and eventually die. The brain cells do not die all at once but, gradually, one area at a time. The areas that die first involve the connections between our sensory functions. The area visual center doesn't talk to the hearing center which doesn't communicate with the olfactory center. It is at this point that scientists and believe the out-of-body experiences occur. If oxygen deprivation continues in the entire brain will eventually die.
[So what does that say about people who are recorded as clinically dead for long periods of time and those who are on life-support and each of these groups have out-of-body experiences yet come back to life. What is the state of their brain? By Dr. Oz's explanation there was a level of oxygen deprivation to the brain and possible cell death to the very important sensory centers of the brain. What of that? Maybe I have to read to the book written by the next guest.]
Sam Parnia, MD, PhD is a leading expert on what happens when we die and is the author of What Happens When We Die a book about near death experiences.
[I also found a website all about near death experiences that talks about Dr. Parnia's work.]
Dr. Parnia interviewed hundreds about their near death experiences for the book. In science, and in religious and philosophical terms, we previously never thought that we could go beyond death. That's no longer true. Death was thought to start when the heart stops pumping and the lungs stop breathing air but that too, is no longer true. People separate from their body, are thought to be dead but have come back to tell about the experience. Is the near death experience real or is it an illusion, a story the brain tells us while the body is going through a traumatic event?
To quantify people's out-of-body and near death experiences Dr. Parnia creates a test in the operating room by putting a photo on top of a lamp that is above the patient. If the patient has an out-of-body experience they can be asked if they see the photo.
[Dr. Parnia didn't share the results of the test, maybe that's in the book.]
The big questions still loom. Does the mind and conscience still function when you die? From a patient perspective the experience is real. From the doctor's perspective, what the patient feels is real. The scientists want and need to find out what happened.
Near death experiences are universal. Similar stories can be found all over the world from every age group. Dr. Parnia learned of a 3 year old who had a near death experience. A 3-year-old has no concept of life experiences yet but, they still have an experience that falls within the universal experience.
Death from natural causes is pleasant and there is nothing to fear is what Dr. Parnia would have us gain from this segment. After we die, he says, death is reversible for several hours, our consciousness doesn't die even if the body is declared dead.
A surgon skeptical of near death experiences has one herself that shifts her fundamentally. She was kayaking on a river approaching rapids and knew she was in trouble. The kayak tipped, she went into he water and felt there was nothing she could do so she relaxed and gave herself over to God's will. She was enveloped, felt the sensation of being held, comforted and reassured. Thinking about her husband and kids brought feelings of reassurance that they would be well. Her body broke lose of the kayak and her mind broke free from the river. Spirits greeted her. She could see her her family, at the same time, performing CPR on her. Her young son agonized over her body and begged her to come back, to take a breath. She would return to her body long enough to take a breath then return to the spirits.
In a hallway with lights she felt like she was going home. The spirits told her it wasn't her time, she had to go back, there was work to be done.
She said where before she had faith she now has knowledge. Three tasks have come to pass that she feels were the work she had to achieve: Protecting her husband's health, to be the spiritual rock for her family and community through the death of her oldest son and, to tell her story of a near death experience.
Her experience assisted in her coping with the sudden death of her son. He was rollerskating, was struck by a car and died instantly. She recognized that he did not experience pain and he was joyously greeted and guided through his experience. She says she didn't want to return to her life and knows that her son probably didn't want to return to his life either.
Before this experience she saw her role in the practice of medicine as that of a mechanic. People came to her with problems and she fixed them. After, she sees herself as a healer.
Dr. Oz says we are not going to be able to answer what is death and near death experiences are all about but, he says that each of know the answers for ourselves and we have to believe this really happens.
[I think most people are in fear of experiencing a physical pain in death as well as fear of losing relationships and all the materialism we create in our lives. There's no way to ever know what happens when There are Ouija boards and mediums who talk with spirits but that is treading heavily on personal beliefs. When we get the answers then we're dead. It's a great mystery that will remain a great mystery until we experience it and then, I believe it will be a different experience for each and everyone of us. It's hard to picture that a collective agreement will be achieved on the subject. Death is a personal experience for the living to process in a way that works for us in the moment and even that belief can change. There's some fascinating, powerful stories about near death and how people are empowered by the experience and I think that it all means something different to each of us.]
Dr. Oz: Cleavage Wrinkles and How to Prevent Them
[Only in America, and only on The Dr. Oz Show can you go from skimming the surface of a deep philosophical discussion of life and death and religion and faith and then go all the way over here talking about cleavage wrinkles. Diversity, variety, and levity - the spices of life.]
Cleavage wrinkles [the scourge of endowed women] give away your age. The audience member participant said she began to notice hers when she turned 39.
[I noticed mine in college and realized that a combination of cup size, a little extra body padding, and a bra in the uni-boob style created a deep cleavage with a shadow of it's residual glory showing up in the morning in the form of wrinkles. My thought is that body shape, weight and, bra choices also play a factor in the creation of cleavage wrinkles but, that wasn't discussed on the show.]
Aging causes a break down of collagen and elastin in the skin which can start around age 40. Under the skin sits dense fibers of collagen like a taut trampolenee – when we're young. Age causes a breakdown in structure of those fibers and a loss of blood vessels and hair follicles allowing the skin to sink appearing as wrinkles. Sun exposure stains the wrinkles causing them to appear more prominent.
Side sleeping doesn't help and neither does being big chested. The skin is squished together and causes wrinkles. Normally breasts are separated but over time they come closer together, which happens during sleep too.
Dr. Oz: How to Prevent Cleavage Wrinkles
- Sleep on your back
- Wear a breast pillow at night that goes between breasts. A regular pillow won't stay in place. The guest on the show says they are safe and effective. It may look a little strange but it works. [There are several styles online but here is the first one that I found in the same style shown on the show – yours for only $60 plus shipping, handling and any applicable taxes.]
- Retinal cream purchased over-the-counter. Use retinol cream only at night as there is interaction with the sun. Use it on a consistent basis. During the day use sun screen with 30SPF to prevent staining. Retinal cream was also recommended on a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, here's the 9/19/11 blog post. I still recommend derma e® Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Crème.
Dr. Oz: Beauty Tips On a Budget
Clark Howard appeared on the show to share his tips for Living Large in Lean Times, also the title of his latest book.
To live lean on a budget start with a dime. Put a dime of every dollar you make into savings either retirement or a savings account. He recommends saving at every turn!
Audience question: She wants to look good and be healthy and to that wants to join a gym. How can she save money on membership fees? There are new, no frills gyms popping up all over the country. There are no showers just bathrooms and all the equipment is top notch. They run about $15 a month. Many hospitals have a great gym to entice doctors to work there but the docs don't use it much so memberships are sold to public. Collages have great summer rates for gyms and there's always the YMCA. Dr. Oz says that exercising 3 times per week reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Audience question: Razors are expensive, she goes through one a week. Clark learned from engineer who called into his show that a razor degrades from moisture. Blow dry or towel dry the razor and take it out of the shower to stretch use over months – and in Clark's case, over 12 months. Dr. Oz recommends putting alcohol on the razor each month to kill bacterial and germs.
Dr. Oz: Natural Beauty Remedies That are in Your home
Dr. Oz Natural Beauty Remedy For Nail Discoloration
Is it baking soda and lemon or coconut oil?
It's baking soda and lemon: the acidity of the lemon kills bacteria and abrasive nature of baking soda scrubs off the color. Coconut oil moisturizes and softens skin but cannot address discoloration.
[It sounds like Dr. Oz was talking about discoloration from nail fungus. At the health food store we had people come in all the time with nail fungus issues that wouldn't respond to topical treatments. We would encourage customers to look at the issue from an internal perspective. Fungus doesn't only live on the surface it also lives inside tissue and throughout the body. If the issue is addressed from a topical stand point then areas of fungus may be missed and the problem returns. Taking grapefruit seed extract internally as well as using externally provides the body with support for fungus that resides both internally and externally. Nutribiotic has a great liquid grapefruit seed extract that is recommended for both internal and external use.]
Dr. Oz Natural Beauty Remedy For Oily Hair
Is it ginger conditioner or apple cider vinegar? It is apple cider vinegar which helps to balance pH to maintain natural oils. Combine 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water, apply to scalp and rinse.
[Bragg raw, organic apple cider vinegar has been by far the top selling apple cider vinegar at the granola store where I worked. It can be used internally as a “tonic” as well as externally. The Bragg company has a book talking about the multitude of uses for apple cider vinegar.]
[I've been reading a lot about hair care for another writing project I'm working on and this type of rise is recommended for occasional use. You may want to try it weekly then as positive changes occur reduce to monthly. There can be a lot of reasons why hair is oily and not all of them can be addressed with an apple cider vinegar rise. When I complete the hair care writing project I'll put a link here for those interested in more natural hair care tips. ]
Dr. Oz Natural Beauty Remedy For Flakey, Dry Lips?
Is it cucumber or witch hazel? It's cucumber which is 96% water.
Witch hazel is an astringent and would worsen the issue.
[There was no instruction on use. I guess you head to the refrigerator, get a slice of cucumber and rub on your lips? I'll have to give it a try. If you've tried it post a comment and share your experience.]
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