Scientists in India are studying an 82-year-old man who claims that he has not had anything to eat or drink for 70 years.
70 years. In other words, this man says he has not had any food or fluids of any sort (including water) since the days of World War 2.
Prahlad Jani is thought by some to be a "breatharian" who is able to survive on a "spiritual life-force." He being closely watched in isolation in an Indian hospital. After the first 6 days, he apparently is showing no signs of hunger or dehydration. (He also shows no signs of needing to visit the outhouse.)
If his claims are verified, it will be a breakthrough in medical science," said Dr G Ilavazhagan, a prominent doctor involved in the study.
"So far, Mr Prahlad appears to be standing up to scrutiny. He has not eaten or drunk any fluids in six days, and similarly has not passed urine or a stool in that time. He remains fit and healthy and shows no sign of lethargy. Doctors will continue observing him for 15 days in which time they would expect to see some muscle wastage, serious dehydration, weight loss,and fatigue followed by organ failure."
How does he do it? Prahlad believes that a goddess pours a special elixir down his throat every day. Others believe that he is, well, a common fraud. Some scientists, while not completely believing his claims, speculate that Mr. Jani has some special physical characteristics that enable him to go for long periods of time with no nourishment. For example, his urine is not discharged but is reabsorbed into his body.
The next 15 days will tell us something. My pointless will try to keep track of the story.
Find out what he had for supper 70 years ago, and you'll make millions in the diet food industry.
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