JUN 07, 2016 09:46 PM PDT

Living on the sun: is human life without food or water possible?


This 82 year old man says that he stopped eating and drinking at the young age of 12. For the last 70 years he has not felt the need to consumer any sort of food or liquid. He reports that he never feels tired, that he could walk in the forest for twelve hours without feeling tired or sleepy. He also states that he could meditate for 4, 8, or 12 hours or even months without a break.

A team investigating this man's claims developed a ten day study to observe his body rhythms and check his medical health. The team observed the man vigilantly 24 hours a day, taking blood samples three times a day. The man was found to be in general good health and did not eat or drink anything during this time.

This man is a prime example of the models for the theory of breatharianism, or inedia, which supports the belief that it is possible for a person to live without consuming food. Breatharians claim that food, and in some cases water, are not necessary for survival, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana, the vital life force in Hinduism. Other cases around the world of people sustaining themselves on air and sunlight exist also.
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
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