After his hernia surgery in 2001, James Tudor of Los Angeles had an irrational feeling that he was getting old and losing his vigor even though he was only 24. He couldn't figure out what was going on. After getting Dianetics counseling, he was surprised to discover that the nurse had teased the surgeon saying, "You are losing your touch. You're getting old," during his operation.

"The feelings were relieved after I understood the source of them and they were no longer hidden from view, but I would hate to think how my life would have been affected if I hadn't found out," says Tudor.

Words spoken around those who are not fully aware as a result of anesthesia are stored and can have a hypnotic command-like effect on the individual according to L. Ron Hubbard in his #1 best selling self-help book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, which has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Such moments of pain and unconsciousness can be recovered and their memories brought under the analytical control of the individual using Dianetics techniques.

A comprehensive analysis conducted by Canadian researchers reviewed the data from 2,517 patients in 44 studies and concluded that information is recorded during surgery with general anesthesia and can be remembered following surgery. One study in particular showed that patients can even respond to verbal commands while unconscious.

Anesthesiologist, Ralf Blackstone, M.D., founder of Silent Surgery Education and Advisement, cautions that conversation should be avoided around anesthetized persons. "While good care must be provided, it is not the time to criticize your colleagues or bemoan your difficult marriage." Says Blackstone, “The rights of the unconscious must be protected, and surgeons can take steps to safeguard their patient’s emotional well-being by avoiding any unnecessary talk during surgeries.”

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Author's Bio: 

Louis Steiner is a freelance author in the field of mental health.