Dr Oz Show hosts 2018 IANDS Conference Speakers

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Dr. Oz Show hosted two 2018 IANDS Conference speakers: Dr. Eben Alexander & Dr. Mary Neal

An EMT declared orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mary Neal cold to the touch and dead. Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander was in a coma and said he died as well. The two doctors open up about their near-death experiences with Dr. Oz. Click on this link to view: Dr. Oz Show

Plan To Attend 2018 IANDS Bellevue, WA Conference

IANDS Save the Date 2018

A Deeper Understanding and Sharing of the Gifts

August 30 - September 2, 2018

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Diane Corcoran on 21st Century Radio

Diane2 IANDS President Emerita, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, Retired Army Colonel, was interviewed on 21st Century Radio, Feb. 25, 2018.

Diane discusses her work on Near Death Experiences, and with IANDS.

21st Century Radio interview.

Diane Corcoran, Near Death Experience researcher among combat veterans, President Emerita of the International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS), Chair of the Military/Veterans Committee for IANDS, and Retired Army Colonel, is currently doing legal nurse consulting, She has written several articles on NDEs for health care professionals and is currently sponsoring research on combat related NDES.





Diane Corcoran on the We Don't Die® Radio Show

IANDS President Emerita, Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD, Retired Army Colonel was interviewed by Sandra Champlain on the We Don't Die Radio Show.

Diane Corcoran is an Internationally known lecturer & educator with over 30 years in Near-Death Experience Education and over 25 years Military experience. Lilia is a counselor who is passionate about serving our Veterans and has been a Student of the Light and the Saint Germain Foundation books for over 40 years.

 Diane Corcoran and Lilia on Understanding Veterans' NDEs, IANDS.org & Saint Germain Foundation

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Life, Death & Art: Back from Death with Inspired Art

Sandra Martin, Vice President of IANDS, and Susan Amsden, IANDS Business Manager, presented a lecture on "Life, Death & Art: Back from Death with Inspired Art" at the NC State University Gregg Museum of Art where Roger Manley is Design Director in Raleigh, North Carolina, Oct. 26, 2017. The room was filled to capacity and extra chairs had to be carried in. IANDS thanks the NCSU Gregg Museum for their hospitality!

Sandra and Susan and Roger art lecture

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Artist Maggie Chalifoux told her NDE for the first time in public at the event. Her painting Phoenix Rising (#625) with other works can be seen at her website http://www.maggiechalifoux.com. Maggie will be interviewed in the next Vital Signs magazine sent to IANDS members. 

Veterans' NDE Video is now on sale!

Veterans Video CaseThe new video DVD, Understanding Veterans' Near-Death Experiences, is NOW ON SALE ($24.95 IANDS members, $29.95 non-members). Service members who have had an NDE should be assisted by medical personnel or chaplains trained to deal with those who have experienced NDEs. However, because of lack of training, that care is often not available, and the impact of this crucial gap of care can be great. It is traumatizing, exacerbating the effects of already devastating injuries, as well as PTSD, and magnifying feelings of confusion, fear, isolation and hopeless despair. Veterans may carry these feelings for a lifetime. This new IANDS-sponsored Veterans' NDE Training Video provides answers.

donateIANDS and many generous donors contributed $25,000 to produce the video. We are still seeking donations of an additional $15,000 to promote the video to veterans and veteran care givers. See the video trailer on YouTube. Order a copy today!

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The Self Does Not Die is now available on Amazon

BookCoverThe long-awaited book The Self Does Not Die has now been published by IANDS and is available on Amazon.com. The project involved translating and expanding the Dutch book by NDE researchers Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf Smit. This new edition details 104 cases of veridical perceptions and other verified paranormal aspects of NDEs. Veridical perceptions in NDEs provide the best evidence of the apparent separation of consciousness from the physical body and, by implication, survival of consciousness after death. Available at Amazon & Kindle!

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Introducing Our New Login / Membership System

We are pleased to announce our new system for managing IANDS memberships and subscriptions, powered by Neon!Neon Login Window

If you are a member or subscriber, your IANDS account is keyed to your email address.

The first time you login (the blue Login button), you need to set your login name and password: click on Forgot Password? An email will be sent with a link to set your login name and password. For problems, see Login Problem Solving Tips.

Once you are logged in, you can view and update your profile information, view your membership and donation details, renew your membership, and so on. Access this information from the Members dropdown menu on the top navigation bar of every window.

In the new system, you can select to renew your membership automatically every year, and can set recurring donations to be paid monthly, quarterly or annually.

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Dr. Jan Holden presented on Drowning NDEs

International Swimming Hall of Fame
One Day Conference on Drowning Near-Death Experiences
August 18, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

Near Death Experiences while Drowning Dying is not the end of Consciousness by Janice Miner Holden EdD and Stathis Avramidis PhD

The International Swimming Hall of Fame hosted a fascinating and visionary “Conference on Near-Death Experiences While Drowning”, on Friday, August 18th, 2017. Since its inception in 1965, ISHOF has been the "Mecca of Aquatics," bringing together many fascinating people and acting as the facilitator for knowledge exchange. This conference aims to bring attention to near-death experiences during a drowning episode, a very important issue largely neglected by most aquatic safety professionals.

I could see, floating in the air, the lifeguards attempting to resuscitate a lifeless body; it was mine.” “I saw a bright light that asked me, in a life review, what I have done in my life for love and learning.” “I felt peace and no fear of death.” These are the words of people reporting what they experienced during the time they “died” temporarily during a drowning episode, as reported by Holden and Avramidis in their book Near-Death Experiences While Drowning. Such Reports are termed near-death experiences (NDEs). Contemporary advances in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation have enabled lifeguards and first responders to bring large numbers of victims back to life, heretofore unprecedented in human history. Of the millions of those who survive drowning each year, approximately 20% of survivors report NDEs. Read More!

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NBC Today Show Features Segment on NDEs

Do you believe? Near-death experiences may reveal glimpses of afterlife

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Includes an interview with Barbara Bartolomé, leader of the IANDS Group
in Santa Barbara, CA.  

Study on rats proposes a mechanism for NDEs

White ratJimo Borjigin, PhDA recent study by Jimo Borjigin and colleagues (University of Michigan) reports that highly coherent, global oscillations in the brains of rats occurred from about 12 to 30 seconds after cardiac arrest. The investigators found that near death, some of the electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state, providing "strong evidence for the potential of heightened cognitive processing in the near-death state." "The measureable conscious activity is much, much higher after the heart stops." They assert that this evidence provides "a scientific framework to begin to explain the highly lucid and realer-than-real mental experiences reported by near-death survivors."

How well do these assertions hold up to scrutiny?

Commentary by Robert Mays, NDE researcher

There are three major flaws in the reasoning that the University of Michigan researchers used. The first flaw is that a near-death experience, with its elements of the sense of being out of the body, feelings of peace, hyper-real lucid sensations and mentation, and so on, occurs only when an individual is near death. It's important that any explanation of the phenomenon of NDEs explain the broad spectrum of cases in which they occur. NDEs can be triggered by cardiac arrest or a physical trauma, but they can also be triggered by an accident in which the NDEr is not hurt and even in a healthy individual who experiences an NDE spontaneously.

Furthermore, shared-death experiences provide even further evidence where a healthy person at the bedside of a dying loved one experiences many of the same elements of the NDE (see Moody and Perry, Glimpses of Eternity, 2010).

There is no physiological explanation of NDEs and SDEs that can explain the variety of trigger conditions and elements of the experience. So while the results of Dr. Borjigin and colleagues are interesting, they do not provide a scientific framework for explaining NDEs.

The second major flaw in reasoning has to do with the assumption that coherent oscillations in widely separated regions in the brain constitute a general signature of consciousness. In fact, coherent oscillations are neural correlates of consciousness, but are specific to cognitive activity that is directed toward a particular task such as visual spatial attention or directed motor activity. The oscillations tend to be transient, lasting only a few hundreds of milliseconds and the brain regions involved are related to the cognitive task at hand.

In fact the transient pattern of coherent gamma oscillations (25-55 Hz) that were observed in the awake rats in this study prior to anesthesia is typical of consciousness. The coherent oscillations are only a small part of the overall picture of the rat's consciousness. Coherent gamma oscillations are indications only of specific, directed cognitive activity rather than general consciousness. These oscillations always occur in the context of other electrical activity that indicate general consciousness. Thus the result that the gamma oscillations increased significantly in the period after cardiac arrest is not an indication of a heightened general consciousness.

Finally, the third major flaw is that the researchers discounted or ignored the overall power of the electrical activity in the awake rat, where there is clearly consciousness, compared with the greatly reduced power of electrical activity after cardiac arrest. The overall power of electrical activity in the conscious rat is more than 30 times greater than after cardiac arrest. (This is an estimate since I do not have access to the specific data).

There is ample evidence that consciousness is supported only by a certain minimal level of electrical activity. After the cardiac arrest, the rats do not have sufficient electrical brain activity to support consciousness. This conclusion is consistent with EEG studies in humans who experienced cardiac arrest and who immediately lost consciousness.

So what do the highly coherent, global oscillations in the rats indicate? Most likely they are a natural oscillation that occurs in resonant neural circuits when the neural activity of the living rat has ceased. In other words, they are the remnant electrical activity of a dead brain.

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