It goes without saying that what is indigestible is the contents of this paper. Although a well-known fact, it bears repeating that this constitutes rather an irresistible invitation to read on than a sagacious caution to the potential reader.
In what follows countless believable testimonials of apparent deaths mistaken for real shall be omitted. This being no work of literature, I refer you to an abundance of detailed readings which are easy to come by. Humanity has always rejected the horrifying possibility of a posthumous revival after inhumation, yet still the problem is relevant even today. It is not about drawing the short straw in the lottery of life and death, but it is a possible outcome nonetheless, since most of us do not die through mangling or decapitation (even though it appears that the brain remains active even after many seconds), where real death is true. To think that it might not happen to us is as absurd as saying that we can never ever be struck by lightning.
If you read on, happy reading.
In 1980 I had the opportunity of reading Les enterrés vivant (Baltand, 1979) by J.Y. Péron-Autret. The book was published in 1980 by Mondadori (I sepolti vivi), and is currently available in both French and Italian. Since then, but also a long time prior to that, there have been countless writings of an impressionistic or more or less document-based and scientific nature on certified physical deaths and the mistakes that have attended them. I have no intention here of venturing into the realm of life after death, since it is my view that we are straying into a field alien to what we erroneously define as reality, and which determines our conscious existence whether we like it or not. The world is full of individuals, some calculating, some in good faith, who concern themselves with life after death. Whether or not it constitutes a variable in the common imperfection of life before death is not under discussion here.
Rather than start with the horrors of the reawakening of those presumed dead and definitely buried, I shall examine that which, in face of the evidence, constitutes perhaps the only certain validation of the impossibility of a return to life – even when compared to modern techniques. I refer to bioelectronics and its measurements.
It is never too late, but direct experience of apparent death has so far eluded me. The works cited here are for the most part by people who have taken an authoritative interest in the problem, and I have added my comments. I haven’t overly stressed the huge list of “examples” with which the literature on the theme of those who are buried alive is replete, so as to avoid making the topic even more indigestible.
I quote here in full a section from my ‘Redox, dialogue between life and death’ (a tiresome preamble to make things clearer), p.2 ff.:
“Life and death are connected with oxygen; as they say in Tibet, the devil is God’s shadow, but then God is also the devil’s shadow. Oxygen is the two-way transmission link between two physical models, living and non-living matter.
According to the great Otto Warburg, cancer ultimately consists of the replacement of the aerobic breathing chain mentioned above with an anaerobic one in which the end acceptor is not oxygen but lactate.
It is clear, therefore, that the concept is closely linked to pH and redox. A third value, which I will not speak about, is conductance or resistitvity. However, we speak of neutrality when there is balance between reducing force and oxidising force (28 mV). It is also clear that balance signifies lack of movement or ionic migration, and that oxidisation is a form of stagnation in vital processes due to the loss of electrons. Lack of movement, lack of desire, the driving force behind the dance of opposites, as the Veda taught some years ago, somewhat before everybody started speaking about antioxidants. We can see, therefore, that a low alkaline pH (venous) and a reducing solution corresponds to life, whereas a markedly alkaline pH and an oxidised solution corresponds to death by stasis: life is only movement. If you think about it, the dead frighten us because of their absolute immobility. For example: enzymes are active with pH 7 or less and increasingly inactive with an alkaline pH. Draw your own conclusions even from looking only at enzymes. Enzymes catalyse and speed up redox reactions.
Consider that a venous pH should ideally be – although personally never found – +/- 7.30 (slightly alkaline), and the redox ration between 22 and 25 mV, expressed as rH2.
The causes of diminished hematic pH are:
Certain endocrine disturbances, unbalanced nutrition, alterations in the functioning of the liver, violent physical exercise, convulsions, shock, insulin-induced hypoglycaemia, advanced salicylic intoxication, methanol intoxication, ingestion of ammonium chloride or calcium
chloride, diarrhoea, Addison disease, renal tubular failure, alcohol, barbiturates, carbon dioxide, morphine, surgical anaesthetics, asphyxia, emphysema, hypoventilation, certain types of heart disease, certain skeletal-muscular diseases.
The causes of increased hematic pH:
Vomiting, gastric irrigation, potassium deficiency, ingestion of sulphates, phosphates, nitrates, chloride depletion, insufficient introduction or assimilation of potassium, widespread burns, steroids, diuretics, laxatives, barium enemas, ultraviolet treatment, radiation therapy, neural diseases, the initial stages of salicylic acid therapy, sulphamides, quinine, fever, high ambient or atmospheric temperature, hepatic coma, gram-negative bacteremia.”
The above serves to integrate the “numbers” relating to apparent and real death recorded below.
And more (translated) from “La bioelectronique et les mysteres de la vie” – Pierre Bressy – 1976, p. 132:
“… Indeed, when there is the polarisation of the entire nervous system (in electrochemistry polarisation refers to the loss of difference in electrical potential) there are no more signals”… “only the measurement of blood resistivity shall indicate whether it constitutes a coma or death. Below 100 Ohms life is no more, at 80 Ohms death is certain. But if you come across “corpses” registering 120 or 130 Ohms, they are paralysed but (dreadfully) conscious.”
In venous blood pH above 8
rH2 below 15
resistivity below 90
Postmortem measurements (for death by heart failure, thrombosis, drowning, asphyxia, electrocution, poisoning, etc.)
In venous blood pH below 7.5
rH above 15
resistivity above 120 Ohms
Correspond to the state of apparent death. These bodies must not be placed in a coffin, but reanimated.” There follow guidelines for reanimation.
The first ISBEV conference (International Society for the Bio-Electronics of Vincent, of which I too am a member) was held in 1976 in Königstein. Professor Vincent delivered a long speech on the topic of apparent death and vivisepulture.
Here are some excerpts (translated) – p.355 ff.:
“Hibernation is a natural process which allows vegetative life to slow down completely, to the point that an animal’s movements are inhibited. It occurs naturally for some animals, and only during the cold, reducing months. Cold-blooded animals are consequently more vulnerable. The cold has a reducing effect which lowers the blood’s rH2 levels and corresponds to an over-“polarisation”, hence a lowering of the whole nervous system and, in particular, of the animal system”. (My tortoise “sleeps” for six months during the Winter, but in his little hutch at home. Still he knows when to wake up, some time round 20 March.)
Used in hospitals as treatment (rest and sleeping cures), hibernation is induced by drugs (for instance Largactil) with extremely low rH2 levels, around 15, which determines rH2 levels in the blood of between 18 and 20, pre-coma and deep sleep levels. Serious cases of insomnia present rH2 levels above 27, even as high as 30. Barbiturates can do nothing to lower these values, whereas Vincent’s Natural Negativisation (basically a controlled earthing process) achieves spectacular results in just a few days on condition that the earthing process is without flaw, thus ensuring a resistance that is lower than 20 Ohm and enabling the capture of electrons from the ground.”
…“VNN also in cases of cancer with rH2 values above 27. In this way, the growth of the cancer is thwarted by blocking oxidation (positive electricity).”
“… COMA taking the process of hibernation, or negativisation, to extremes can lead to coma, which corresponds to a state of profound polarisation of the neurons in animal life due an excess of electrons”. … “From a therapeutic standpoint, it becomes necessary to initiate an inverse process of hibernation”
(Note: when attending neuropsychiatry in the ‘Sixties, an alternative to electroshock treatment was insulin coma therapy, which was only marginally more merciful. But it is a known fact that nowadays a more or less temporary lobotomy has acquired alternative routes (?), about which I am fortunate enough to know nothing. Peace be with Cerletti and Bini, and my insinuations.)
“The ancients studied this phenomenon extensively, and knew how to “depolarise” using certain types of “grave” music as an inductor of positive electricity.
APPARENT DEATH The percentage of people in a state of apparent death and thus exposed to the risk of vivsepulture is estimated to be around 2 and 4%.
In about 1920, 20,000 graves were moved from the cemetery in Fort Randall (Arizona). All the coffins were systematically opened prior to transferral, and anomalies were found in the corpses they contained (gnawed fists, turned skeletons, finger bones in the mouth, fractured elbows, torn nails, etc.)…”
“The same procedure was carried out in cemeteries in the USA and Europe where soldiers killed in action in 1944 were buried, with the same result: 4%. Likewise recently for US soldiers killed in Vietnam: 4% were buried alive.
All these cases of live burial are instances of apparent death, individuals in a state of preagonal deep coma, devoid of reflexes or any sign of vegetative life, who woke up some hours or days later. Note that in such cases there is no heartbeat (flat ECG) or EEG (also flat); nor sensitivity. Real death is therefore clearly not determined by the absence of these values, contrary to what is maintained by mainstream medicine.” (what is more, I am not aware that ECG and EEG tests, with all their limitations, are carried out in “normal death” cases on a routine basis.)
In the event of apparent death, “life is completely polarised (vegetative and movement) while consciousness remains, but polarised nerves are unable to obey commands.” It is called locked-in syndrome (LIS).
Bioelectronics is able to determine whether it is a case of apparent or real death. I repeat:
REAL DEATH (definitive) has the following values:
pH above 8
rH2 below 15
r below 80
Life is impossible with these three values because:
pH is too alkaline
rH2 is too reducing (blood becomes uncoagulatable)
r is too weak (return to mineralisation through the decomposition of organic compounds)” “Such bioelectronic measurements should enter the public domain so as avert the terrifying drama of vivisepulture…”
Page 357 DROWNED, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, ETC. “We believe, after numerous examinations and testimonials garnered from texts both ancient and modern, that at least 10% of those who drown or are struck by lightning, and 25% of avalanche victims end up buried alive due to the failure by the authorities to understand real death…” “Thus it is wrong to assume that someone who has been underwater for a few minutes is definitely dead, and resuscitation is pointless. It is a serious mistake, especially for the doctors who then authorise the burial”
Page 358 “Over the past few centuries, numerous studies have told stories of people who have drowned being successfully resuscitated and returning a fully functional and healthy life, even after many hours, even days, underwater. The length of time spent without breathing is in fact relatively unimportant. Whether it is several days or just one hour, the seriousness of the situation is the same”
It is important to know: 1) reanimation must be given 24 hours at least, and may even require more than 48 hours. 2) numerous autopsies carried out in many medical faculties have shown that prolonged submersion does not necessarily result in pulmonary edema or cerebral damage.”
(There follow a series of prescriptions for depolarising the drowned person. Also abundant citations from more or less historical cases, studies and advice, from Plato to Democritus, Diogenes, Empedocles, Galen, etc. As well as many other modern writings.
There is also an article by Vincent on the death of Kennedy, “thrice-killed: with bullets, forced oxygenation and the autopsy; because he wasn’t dead”.)
Lastly, I have summarised a few points from the already cited Buried Alive.
Immobility and rigidity p.20:
… “Neither can it be inferred that cadaveric rigidity (rigor mortis) is synonymous with death. There are cases of mental disease and influence, conditions that may be reproduced under hypnosis, in which cataleptic rigidity leading to a stiffening of the entire musculature occurs while the body is still perfectly alive. Catalepsy is one of the pathological manifestations most likely to make a subject appear to be dead. The examples are legion.”
Stopped breathing pp.21-23:
“… While still today the period of 4 minutes is still considered to be the limit beyond which irreversible brain lesions occur” (cases are cited with periods of anoxia – submersion reflex – in drowned individuals of 10, 15, 20 or more minutes in which age and water temperature are determining factors.)
Stopped circulation p.31ff.:
“… Is it acceptable to say that the pressure exerted at the origin of the pump (the heart), which is not particularly powerful, is sufficient to ensure that after travelling thousands of kilometres through networks of arteries, and arterial and venous capillaries, the blood continues to flow under the influence of that same centrifugal energy?”
“… Let us now examine the theory in relation to Vincent: the blood circulates thanks to magnetic impulses. The heart is a generator of electromagnetic energy, or a condenser which charges particle liquid (protons and electrons) with energy. It acts as an “atomic pump”, which explains how some individuals survive even when their heart stops beating, since the circulation continues for as long as there continues to be electromagnetic exchange, and polarisation on one pole has not yet occurred. Electromagnetic waves keep the red and white corpuscles moving through this vast network of canals…”
Page 35: “The absurdity of counting circulatory arrest as an indicator of death is shown by the implementation of low-temperature surgery, in which the heart is purposely stopped for the entire duration of the operation”.
Page 36: “Cooling”
… “In theory, a return to life is considered impossible with a core temperature below 10 degrees”. “It is commonly believed that an abnormal temperature may represent certain proof of death, but there is no agreement when it comes to deciding what the threshold actually is, as it depends on many factors….” (1980)
Page 37: “It is common knowledge that artificial hibernation is practiced on humans.” (liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees). The question of immortality remains within the sphere of logical possibility, but is of value to us (so far) except where the costs entailed by such hibernation are concerned. About the mammoth I know nothing.
Page 38 “Complementary signs”
Mydriasis: not corroborative
Cornea with vitreous look: not constant
Dehydration: loss of protons or weight of the soul (25 grams difference)
Hypostatic staining: no certain proof of death
Page 39 “Delayed signs of death”
“Decomposition would appear to be an incontrovertible sign.”
Page 40: “Currently, there are two points at which decomposition can be deceptive: it can either look like death without actually being death in cases of acute enteritis or gangrene; or techniques are used for preserving the body before the onset of decomposition, and the body is buried before death-confirming signs have been observed.”
Having skipped many important pages, I wish only to emphasise the following:
“There must be no hesitation in stating that it is inadmissible that a person deny the responsibility to attempt reanimation, even the coma has lasted for days, months, years.”
Lastly; on page 121 we read:
“Alongside the fields we have already mentioned, the bioelectronic approach can prove highly supportive also in the medical field in all those cases where there is concern regarding the possibility of confusion between real and apparent death.
All this serves to further corroborate the exceptional contribution of bioelectronics in the fight against erroneous attestations of death. It behoves us therefore to accord it official recognition as one of the methods currently used to identify signs of survival. With this in mind, a group of medics has established a bioelectronic insurance association with the purpose verifying, when necessary, the nature of the death of its members. Thanks to a system of cards or medals similar to those carried for other reasons by chronic disease sufferers, the relatives of someone who is presumed dead will be able to act upon the knowledge that it was the express desire of the deceased person not to be buried or to have organs removed before a doctor affiliated with the association has properly ascertained the reality of the presumed death…”
(There is nothing more in Buried Alive about bioelectronic insurance. Nor have I found anything since (between 1979 and 2013). Frankly, I hope I have been imprecise, and that the project is live and kicking.)
A few points need to be raised at this point, some dictated by my ignorance on the subject of the laws that govern the matter of death, which are therefore questionable; others by common sense:
1) Is further consent required for postmortem bioelectronic intervention, or check-up, or are the clearly stated wishes of the subject while still alive sufficient?
2) Operational complications. A qualified organisation is required for a timely intervention (there are variables) to take the sample for assessment. This includes the calibration of the device, the reliability of the measuring cells, the ability, availability, and level of qualification of the operator, who must be a doctor. It would be easy to turn it into an esoteric pursuit. I have met the odd happy-go-lucky thief in the field of bioelectronics, albeit not yet as regards the matter of death.
I wish to add a personal note. I have been a member of ISBEV (International Society for the Bio-Electronics of Vincent, of which I too am a member) since 1980, and I have been using bioelectronics since 1976. I had a good relationship with Vincent, even though it wasn’t always easy. Vincent sourced his measuring cells from an impeccable glassware manufacturer in Paris, and I still have among my old notes some perfect calibrations. All was well until Vincent died. Without naming names, I have been since been witness to the struggles between his “heirs”: I have pursued orders across half of Europe for measuring instruments which have been infallibly imprecise, plagued by calibration issues, expensive and fitted with cells with relatively short life-spans. Hence a few years ago I stopped doing bioelectronics. Now there seems to be a device which has eliminated most problems, but not the expense. I am not familiar with it: judgement is suspended.
3) The acceptance of not only the method, but also the results of apparent or real death.
4) The acceptance of remedies in the case of apparent death (depolarising techniques in particular), including prolonged reanimation.
5) I have already mentioned that I don’t if there exists a credible bioelectronics insurance that satisfies the points above. Clearly the insurance agreement would include a bioelectronic assessment in a specific set of cases after the death of the insured party. If a number of conditions are met, I believe that paying during one’s life-time a certain amount would be a good thing. Alternatively, we can continue to tell ourselves (or simply to put it out of our minds completely) that it won’t happen to us. On the other hand, it is a matter of fact that undertakers (and this comes from direct experience when I was practising) do not speak about the job of moving corpses.
6) Thus, except in the case of bioelectronics, I do not believe that it is possible to avoid imprecise assessments. The definition of cerebral death, according to the law governing transplants, declares a person to be dead when the brain’s functions, including those of the brain stem, have closed down irreversibly. Yet still there remains a lack of consensus on the definition of brain death. Some researchers see it as something invented to benefit transplants, on the assumption, for instance, that a dead heart is worth nothing if transplanted. And so? Not to mention criminal removal of organs from living victims, as direct and deliberate cause of death. Cremation guarantees only a briefer period of terror in the event of reawakening.
I apologise to the author of Buried Alive for being so cavalier: it is a good book that deserve to be read (best during the day during the holidays), despite the fact that it never was and never will be a bestseller. I apologise also to Vincent, even though he is no longer with us. More than thirty years have elapsed since Buried Alive and Vincent. I sincerely hope that apparent death, today in 2013, is a thing of the past, but I remain sceptical. In my opinion, if it is true that each one of us has the life he or she wants (otherwise our life would be different), when it comes to death there are a number of variables.
Good luck to you all and, of course, to me to