The results of the first major prospective study of near-death experiences, conducted over a 13-year-long period and set up in ten different hospitals in the Netherlands, was published in the international medical journal The Lancet, vol. 358, issue 9298.
This scientific study included 344 cardiac patients who were successfully resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest and compared demographic, pharmacological, and psychological data between patients who reported NDEs and patients who did not after successful resuscitation.
The study found that 62 patients, 18 percent, reported having an NDE with 41 patients, 12 percent, describing a core NDE. The study also compared life changes between the NDE group and the control group after 2 and 8 years.
NDE expert and researcher Rene Jorgensen appeared on the TV show Call the Doctor along with Dr. Jeffrey Long and David Benneth to discuss the scientific evidence for near-death experiences, research and insights from the experience. Jorgensen also shared his research from his book "The Light Behind God," which investigates the parallels to religion.
Rene Jorgensen presented his new NDE research from the book "The Light Behind God" at the 2010 IANDS Conference in Denver, CO. The video is a bit dark due to the power point presentation but you can watch part of this exciting talk here:
Jan 20, 2010 - In an interview on the Today Show, Dr. Jeffrey Long explains some of the evidence of life after death that the research of near death experiences gives us.
The first evidence that he mentions is the study by Kenneth Ring of 31 blind people where 80% were able to see during their NDE. But he also explains that the fact that people, even very young children, describe almost identical elements of the experience points to the experience being universal and not made up.
An exciting case of NDE experienced by a scientist who knows the science.
Newsweeks article Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience with the Afterlife features the really interesting NDE by Dr. Eben Alexander. What is interesting about this case is that Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon, who has been teaching neuro-science at Harvard Medical School, and he even admits that he always believed that there had to be a “good scientific” explanation for the NDE.
CNN wrong that Near Death Experiences are in the brain
Friday October 16, 2009, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported about Near Death Experiences that these happen in the brain. However, this conclusion is too simple and does not include all scientific facts about NDEs.
The report began with the NDE of Laura Geraghty who was clinically dead for 57 minutes and then brought back to life. Geraghty describes her experience:
"It was very peaceful and light and beautiful. And I remember like, when you see someone you haven't seen in a while, you want to hug them, and I remember trying to reach out to my ex-husband, and he would not take my hand. And then they floated away."