New book explores how we can cheat death
Author Dr. Sam Parnia speaks out
- Duration 3:32
- Date Mar 2, 2013
Author Dr. Sam Parnia speaks out
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Welcome back everybody well in our weekly look at breakthroughs -- take us from the 21 century and beyond news of some amazing scientific advances are now producing some incredible new findings.
That challenge our perceptions of debt as being absolutely final.
Cutting edge medical science is now coming up with some previously unthinkable outcomes re writing the boundaries of life and death.
One of the world's leading expert on the scientific study of death actress and party yet says death is reversible and documents its findings in his new book erasing -- Doctor welcome great to have you here.
Great to be here thank you for having me you're -- -- -- quite a buzz around the world with many people taking a closer look at what you discovered first off.
This notion that death is reversible how technology changing the process of dying.
But you see I'm an intensive care doctor -- my job is to save people when they're critically ill but also people who died and bring them back to life again.
And really what we found is that although most people have this perception.
That essentially death is a -- moment that once you reach that point you cannot come back beyond that.
That the latest advances in science and a particular last ten years.
I've -- that we connection -- -- well after it's begun so not just a few minutes but tens of minutes over hours of time.
After people have turned into a course -- -- -- sort of give some perspective on that and I'm not playing with words I mean literally -- people have died.
One of the main things that we can do is to cool -- bloody couch just a little bit.
And that preserves the cells because what we know is that it's only after -- person has died that the cells inside the bloody start to undergo thorough process of death.
-- no instance in eight days until he's 6050 to 60% of hospitals around the world actually.
Can use this cooling procedure to preserve the body and save the brain from damage.
Well this is now recommended.
By the highest international guidelines that people who Heidi cardiac arrests -- who have died this is not a heart speculative -- -- If they're cool to have a much better chance to kind back to life.
But unfortunately these things are not implemented university -- only fifty to 60% of hospitals in the US and Western Europe have them.
Unless even may be less than 10% of patients really who should get it are getting the treatment.
In your book you also talk about those survivors who -- resuscitated and survived without brain damage including a man from New York who was revived.
47 minutes after he died and in Japan a woman who was dead -- founding.
Five to ten hours and she actually left the hospital three weeks later.
That's that's city right because what all of these people have in common is that they were basically left to be cold.
And that helps to preserve them and that gave -- to the doctors to reverse that death and then bring them back and it's astonishing I mean we don't know how far we can go.
But this is an incredible area and then.
The other of course -- flip side of this is that we have people who have gone well beyond the threshold of death.
And they come back and tell us about their experiences of the of the other side of -- the -- -- shall we say.
And we find that they have very universal.
Experiences that involve -- very peaceful seeing a light.
Seeing deceased relatives -- welcome them and it transforms them and it seems to give us a witness accounts and eyewitness account.
All of what it's like to go beyond that what it's like to go beyond the afterlife I come back and tell us well -- so we also studied those it's it's a fascinating fascinating book we applaud you for the research you're doing thank you so much for joining us today and I definitely recommend folks to check the book out.
Thank you thank you for having -- -- a pleasure to be on thank you.