Dr. Jeffrey Long, M.D is a physician practicing the medical specialty of radiation oncology and author of “Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences”.
In 1998, I founded the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), and the corresponding website at www.nderf.org. NDERF grew over the years. Over 1500 people who experienced a near-death experience (NDE) have shared and agreed to have their NDEs posted on the NDERF website. The NDERF website has by far the largest publically accessible collection of NDEs in the world. Over the years, NDErs sharing with NDERF became among the greatest teachers I have encountered in my life. I have certainly learned a great deal from Anita’s remarkable NDE.
I remember the Saturday morning when I first read Anita’s remarkable NDE. I immediately realized this was one of the most important NDE accounts I had ever read. Anita’s thoughtful insights were remarkably wise. Her recovery from advanced malignancy was astounding. After e-mailing Anita and beginning a dialogue, I was convinced that Anita is one of the most remarkable NDErs I have ever met. Anita has an important message to share with the world, and I am honored to be a part of it.
NDERF has a Forum, which is a bulletin board where individuals worldwide may share about NDEs and related topics. The Forum has been greatly blessed by Anita’s presence. Anita’s patience in answering questions about her NDE and her wise insights have been a blessing to a vast number of people.
The first recorded NDE was in the time of Plato. NDEs have been recorded over the centuries from all around the world and from countries with widely diverse cultures. People from varied religious backgrounds, including atheists, have NDEs. NDEs are experienced by physicians, scientists and members of the clergy. Children have NDEs. Visual NDEs have been reported among those blind from birth. In my journey of learning about NDE, perhaps the most significant thing I came to understand is that NDEs are real.
About 10-20% of people experiencing a life-threatening event will have a NDE. NDEs are not rare. A Gallup survey published in 1982 estimated 5% of the United States adult population had experienced a NDE at some time during their prior life. Worldwide, there are millions of NDErs.
At the time of a heart attack, blood immediately stops flowing to the brain. In about 15 seconds the EEG, a measure of brain electrical activity, goes flat. It is medically inexplicable to have any conscious experience at this time; yet NDErs do have highly lucid and organized experiences. NDEs may occur during a heart attack while under general anesthesia, at which time any conscious remembrance should be impossible, due to both the occurrence of the heart attack and the general anesthesia.
Among the thousands of NDEs recorded, a striking feature is their remarkable similarity of content. NDEs are not dreams, hallucinations, or the random memories of a dying brain. Prior research has established that when NDErs see earthly events during their NDE, their observations are generally accurate and real. NDERF research is confirming that NDEs are, for the most part, life-enhancing for the NDEr. NDE research is pointing toward a vitally important conclusion: NDEs are real, and their messages are important for us all.
As a doctor that treats cancer, I am fascinated by Anita’s astounding recovery after being very near death from her malignancy. The NDE literature contains other accounts of remarkable and even apparently medically inexplicable healing following a NDE. I hope Anita’s sharing of her experience will encourage more research into this fascinating aspect of NDE.
I am delighted that Anita is sharing her remarkable NDE. Hopefully Anita’s courage in sharing her exceptional experience will encourage others to share their NDEs.
Anita will share with you the unmistakable message that death is not the end; there is a glorious afterlife waiting for all of us. Anita’s NDE has a profound message of hope that is globally important, yet will touch each reader personally.