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Thread #99243   Message #1975782
Posted By: GUEST,Ian cookieless
22-Feb-07 - 05:00 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
Subject: RE: Origins: Buried alive - is this story true?
Wowee. Got up this morning and the thread had grown by 9 posts overnight. Thank you so much, everyone, for all your fascinating contributions.

Leeneia, I am no medic, but I wonder if your idea that alive = warm and dead = cold is strictly true. I know that illness that make you *feel* terrifically cold - I wonder if the body really is cold, or if it just feels that way? It puts me in mind of a friend who went to India and was mightily impressed by an ascetic meditating in a temple. He said it was a steaming hot day and everyone was covered in beads of sweat - except this meditating ascetic, who looked cool as a cucumber - no sign of the heat on his body at all. And that reminds of a medical programme on TV about the physical effects of meditation, using heat sensors and brain scanners while long-practised Buddhists meditated. They found that the deeper the meditation, the slower and slower the metabolism and other physical processes.

And so, my rather long-winded point is, if bodily processes dramatically slow down for whatever reason, would this induce bodily cooling that, in less knowledgable times, could look like death?

As an ex-medic, any ideas, Muttley?