Life + Oxygen
The body require oxygen to breathe, for the millions of cells that make up our body to survive. Oxygen is a vital gas needed to burn fuel for energy that power the brain and all the organs, thus making the heart beat, carrying electrical signals throughout the nervous system, brain to function and all biological processes to occur.
Life + Temperature
As it happens the body maintains a solid core temperature of around 36,5 degrees centigrade. Only two degrees less, and the body can suffer hypothermia, and go into shock with lower temperatures resulting in coma or death.
Death + Oxygene
How death occur is little understood on a cellular level. If you watch a cell die under a microscope, the funny thing is that it doesn’t die as oxygen is taken away. But it dies when Oxygen returns after being starved of oxygen. It seems like the cell is programmed to die, hence the medical phrase programmed cell death. Doctors have recently found ways to tinker with Oxygen to delay cell death, such as in the article (1) – cited below.
Death + Temperature
According to some experience people have sometimes survived for 45 minutes without breathing, in a sort of cold stasis, with the body exposed to really low temperatures. This is now exploited in surgery, especially in heart surgery and bypasses, see article (2) cited below. There are now safe methods to cool and revive bodies to bring them in and out of being clinically dead. However there is around 45 minutes time limit for it to be done safely.
Simple immediate factors such as the cell’s environment and access to temperature and Oxygen, as well as the non-naturally occuring exotic Xenon gas, has been shown to greatly influence matters of life and death, so that a person can be clinically dead for 45 minutes and safely be revived. It can then be shown that with modern scientific approach, it might be possible to delay even further, or deactivate the programmed death of a cell, so life could be preserved during trauma, during operations, or even to greatly extend the life of a person.
It’s quite surprising to learn that the key to life and death is found within the single cell and not in the whole organism as such. It’s interesting to know that the aging process itself is a different process than what actually is death, such as in the cases of rare diseases where children age the equivalent of 70 years in around 7 years due to a genetic fault. But to know that every cell is booby-trapped to go off – like a mine – during certain conditions means there must be a key to preventing that signal triggering the suicide of the cell by non-DNA and non-viral methods. Such as what has been shown with these three simple environmental parameters.