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Postby StlSluggers » Mon May 10, 2010 3:25 pm

'Starving yogi' astounds Indian scientists

n 83-year-old Indian holy man who says he has spent seven decades without food or water has astounded a team of military doctors who studied him during a two-week observation period.

Prahlad Jani spent a fortnight in a hospital in the western India state of Gujarat under constant surveillance from a team of 30 medics equipped with cameras and closed circuit television.

During the period, he neither ate nor drank and did not go to the toilet.


"We still do not know how he survives," neurologist Sudhir Shah told reporters after the end of the experiment. "It is still a mystery what kind of phenomenon this is."

The long-haired and bearded yogi was sealed in a hospital in the city of Ahmedabad in a study initiated by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the state defence and military research institute.

The DRDO hopes that the findings, set to be released in greater detail in several months, could help soldiers survive without food and drink, assist astronauts or even save the lives of people trapped in natural disasters.

"(Jani's) only contact with any kind of fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the period," G. Ilavazahagan, director of India's Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), said in a statement.

Jani has since returned to his village near Ambaji in northern Gujarat where he will resume his routine of yoga and meditation. He says that he was blessed by a goddess at a young age, which gave him special powers.

During the 15-day observation, which ended on Thursday, the doctors took scans of Jani's organs, brain, and blood vessels, as well as doing tests on his heart, lungs and memory capacity.

"The reports were all in the pre-determined safety range through the observation period," Shah told reporters at a press conference last week.

Other results from DNA analysis, molecular biological studies and tests on his hormones, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes will take months to come through.

"If Jani does not derive energy from food and water, he must be doing that from energy sources around him, sunlight being one," said Shah.

"As medical practitioners we cannot shut our eyes to possibilities, to a source of energy other than calories."

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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby KCollins1304 » Mon May 10, 2010 3:56 pm

He's smuggling food in that beard, mystery solved.
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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby StlSluggers » Mon May 10, 2010 4:06 pm

I think it's Dhalsim, and the reason they don't see him eating or drinking is that he can move through time and space.

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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby knapplc » Mon May 10, 2010 4:16 pm

Doctors/scientists are not above fudging data. I don't buy this for a second.
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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby Skin Blues » Mon May 10, 2010 4:28 pm

Me neither. Don't believe it for a second. I'm almost expecting the guy to shave the beard and BAM it's David Blaine. People want to believe in miracles and I'm sure the doctors know that. It would be nice to be able to believe things like this, but knowing how things actually work in real life kinda ruins the allure of innocence and supernatural events. For instance, I'm baffled by the success of those ghost hunter shows. People can't be that dumb, can they? At least not enough to sustain decent ratings?
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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby knapplc » Mon May 10, 2010 4:37 pm

Skin Blues wrote:For instance, I'm baffled by the success of those ghost hunter shows. People can't be that dumb, can they? At least not enough to sustain decent ratings?

Agreed. Remember when people saw ghosts, they used to be able to describe what they looked like, what kind of clothes they wore, etc? Now we have these shows that purport to go out "ghost hunting" with all of this high-tech equipment, and the only thing they ever "catch" is static, little random balls of light or barely discernible noises from the high-gain equipment.

What happened to near-solid apparitions like they used to have back in the day?
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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby Curtis Pride » Mon May 10, 2010 4:38 pm

Yeah, I don't believe that people can violate the laws of nature. You burn calories by living. You need to replenish them somehow.
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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby StlSluggers » Mon May 10, 2010 4:44 pm

Curtis Pride wrote:Yeah, I don't believe that people can violate the laws of nature. You burn calories by living. You need to replenish them somehow.

In the BBC article on this guy, the doctor's state that they are considering all options of energy consumption, including photosynthesis. They already "know" that his bladder reabsorbs urine that he creates.

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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby Skin Blues » Mon May 10, 2010 4:46 pm

There are actually some living things that can survive off of air alone. The nitrogen is used for food. Unfortunately, people are not one of those things.
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Re: Indian Scientists Document Man Who Needs No Food, Water

Postby Neato Torpedo » Mon May 10, 2010 5:53 pm

If I became a breatharian, I would save SO much money. :-?
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