The fluoride controversy is so convoluted, confusing, and ultra-paranoid that I have trouble even working through it. The real problem is that there are some legitimate objections to water fluoridation, but they get muddled up with, and drowned out by, the conspiracy nuts.
It isn't a complete paralysis - people will still twitch and mutter, and some may even kick around and cause their bed partners a great deal of consternation. But it works well enough for what it needs.
This paralysis is associated with REM sleep, and is called "REM atonia." It is regulated by a hormone, which usually wears off after REM sleep passes. However, sometimes this switch gets stuck for a little while after you wake up. If you don't know what's happening, this can be a terrifying experience.
The psychologist says that her efforts stem from her own childhood experiences, and she’s out to discover whether or not the imaginary friends that so many kids have are actually the spirits of the dead instead. She’s even written a book, Kids Who See Ghosts: How to Guide Them Through Fear, about it.
When I was a child, a family member had a brush with death that is now famous in our family. He’s since had others as well, but this one was special in one way: he says that his near-death experience included the whole white light, tunnel, the rest of the near-death shebang that we see in the movies and hear about from various people who’ve almost died.
Though science has given explanations for this experience, many believe that this experience is actually the route to Heaven (or the afterlife, etc.), resulting in a belief in religion, a second chance at life, and perhaps more do-gooding within their lives.
So I have to wonder if Ann Mintram of North Wales experienced this white light and tunnel phenomenon once, or twice, or all 114 times she was brought back to life recently.