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CO2 the Cause of Near-Death Experiences?

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    ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2010) — Near death experiences (NDEs), reported to include sensations such as life flashing before the eyes, feelings of peace and joy,
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      ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2010) — Near death experiences (NDEs),
      reported to include sensations such as life flashing
      before the eyes, feelings of peace and joy, and
      apparent encounters with mystical entities, may be
      caused by raised levels of carbon dioxide in the
      blood. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open
      access journal Critical Care investigated the unexplained
      events in 52 cardiac arrest patients.
      Zalika Klemenc-Ketis worked with a team of researchers
      from the University of Maribor, Slovenia, to examine
      patients who reported NDEs. She said, "Several theories
      explaining the mechanisms of NDEs exist. We found that
      in those patients who experienced the phenomenon,
      blood carbon dioxide levels were significantly higher
      than in those who did not."
      Of the 52 patients, 11 reported NDEs. Their occurrence
      did not correlate with patients' sex, age, level
      of education, religious belief, fear of death, time
      to recovery or drugs given during resuscitation. They
      were more common in people who had previously
      experienced NDEs. According to Klemenc-Ketis, "Our
      study adds new and important information to the field
      of NDE phenomena. The association with carbon dioxide
      has never been reported before, and deserves further study."
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