Man doesn’t Eat for 70 Years, Scientists around the World are Interested–and We should be, too.

This old story is making a run on the net again.  I want to ask what the implications are for human beings.  Can faith, meditation, etc. keep us alive much longer–even in stressful situations?

Doctors baffled at an Indian’s not eating for 68 years
( 2003-11-25 09:31) (Agencies)

An Indian man who claims divine inspiration says he has survived 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself, baffling doctors who are unable to prove him an imposter.

Prahlad Jani, a 76-year-old whose extraordinary tale has won him a small band of devotees, took a dare and underwent round-the-clock surveillance at a hospital in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of the western state of Gujarat.

Clad in his trademark red sari, bangles and earrings meant to fashion Hindu goddesses, Jani managed to puzzle the Sterling Hospital’s 400 doctors.

Prahlad Jani, a 76-year-old Indian man who claims divine inspiration, says he has survived 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself, baffling doctors who are unable to prove him an imposter.  [AFP]

Neurologist Sudhir Shah said Jani was under watch for 10 days, with a closed-circuit camera running, and that doctors were convinced he did not break any of his vows, although there was no way of verifying whether Jani has pulled it off for 68 years.

“He has evidence of the formation of urine, which was reabsorbed on his bladder wall. The medical committee does not have any scientific explanation,” Shah said.

Jani offered an explanation. He said he has been blessed and heard his calling when he was eight years old.

“I get the elixir of life from the hole in my palate, which enables me to go without food and water,” Jani explained to AFP.

A vindicated Jani left the hospital Saturday and said he was retreating to a cave at Mount Abu in the neighboring desert state of Rajasthan.

Another doctor, Dinesh Desai, said the hospital hoped to test Jani again to verify his claim of a hole in the palate between his mouth and nose.

“We may get some answers then,” Desai said.

Shah said it took the hospital more than a year to persuade Jani to undergo surveillance.

He said he wanted the ascetic to undergo experiments at NASA, as Jani’s supposed feat could come in handy for astronauts.

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29 Responses to Man doesn’t Eat for 70 Years, Scientists around the World are Interested–and We should be, too.

  1. tilayie says:

    4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”*[ Matthew]

    4:7 Jesus said to him, “Again, it is written, ‘You shall not test the Lord, your God.’”*[ Matthew]

  2. gurudev says:

    man is so skeptical.

  3. eslkevin says:

    Read this skeptic’s comments.

    But he hasn’t met the man nor the scientists studying him for NASA etc.

  4. eslkevin says:

    The story even came to ABC.

    The non-eater does claim to gargle water.

  5. Phoenix says:

    There are a few different spiritual scenarios that could explain something like this. It could be due to Divine influence, or on the flip side it could be a result of possession by an evil spirit. More likely, this man’s ability to go without food or water is a testament to the power of the mind. If you believe something strongly enough, it’s certainly possible that your body’s chemistry could change to adapt to your belief.

  6. Rizzu says:

    Sketchy paki is probably stashing food above his pallet in his mouth, it explains the hole in it. EASY ACCESS TO NOURISHMENT. I bet he could fit both bars of a kitkat up there.

  7. juelien T says:

    i just came back from India, i met a saddhu (holy men like this baba) who did not eat for 3 yrs, he was 25yrs old, admitted drinking a sip of water now and then… plus i met a priest who showed me pictures, proven by astologist, of a guru who claimed to be 180yrs old, he had 7metres long rasta!! india is the only country left where anything is posible, spirituality leads to freedom of the mind and soul, and what we call miracles in our western countries are just a mere accomplishment for those semi gods!!
    Anybody heard of the vitamine B17?? well, thanks to our pharmaceutical CARTELS, no wonder no one has, but they do, its been proven by french doctors, and an american one jailed 25yrs for treating his patients with it! The only problem is you cannot patent a natural element (like apricot SEEDS oil)
    youtube please!!!

  8. good story.

    prahlad has arroused a lot of curiousity
    it would be interesting to hear about other similar feats


  9. Santello says:

    So whatever happened? Seriously why do these interesting stories always die…

  10. Sanfardo says:

    Santello I agree!

    I do not know which is more amazing.

    The fact this man is not eating, drinking or passing urine

    Or the fact the best the media can cme up with as to its relevance is, ‘it might help astronauts or armies survive hostile environments’.

    HELLO!! The guy doesn’t have to eat! Its a potential solution for world hunger!

    Are people really so blinded by everyday life, or are stories like this deliberately suppressed to keep the status quo?

  11. Really unbelievable story.

  12. kolokolokool says:

    Unbelievable story this man is honestly quite astonishing with his ability all based on his very belief its almost supernatural.

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  14. eslkevin says:

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  15. eslkevin says:

    From the employer’s perpective, this is the ideal employee: the one who never sleeps. Eventually, s/he doesn’t even pee or poop. Well, Thai Ngoc, a 64-year-old Vietnamese man, does pee and poop, but does not sleep. He is famous for being awake for 33 years or 11,700 nights, as informed by the Vietnamese news organization Thanh Nien.

    At the moment, Ngoc does not display any apparent health effect (of course, except for the fact that he cannot sleep). The most amazing

    fact is that the man’s brain seems not to be affected by his condition, and the individual is mentally normal and carries 100kg of pig feed down a 4km road. “I don’t know whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still healthy and can farm normally like others,” said Ngoc.

    “My husband used to sleep well, but these days, even liquor cannot put him down. When Ngoc went to Da Nang for a medical examination, doctors gave him a clean bill of health, except a minor decline in liver function.” explained his wife.

    Ngoc currently has his 5ha farm at the foot of a mountain and he is busy farming and taking care of pigs and chickens all day long. He lives with his six children at their house in Que Trung. The sleepless nights allow Ngoc to do extra farm work or guard his farm at night against thieves. “I used three months of sleepless nights to dig two large ponds to raise fish.”, said Ngoc.

    His condition installed following a bout of fever experienced by Ngoc in 1973. Still, in April, 2007, Ngoc reported that he was starting to feel grumpy due to the lack of sleep. This condition is extremely odd as animal experiments showed that they die sooner of sleep deprivation than they do from lack of food, as sleep is an imperative metabolic need.

    During sleep, the body enters in a predominantly anabolic phase, when it develops, grows, heals and builds muscle; the immune system is at its peak (that’s why, when we’re ill, we wake up without the cold). While sleeping, many organs, and especially the brain, re-fuel (in the case of the brain with glucose).

    Now, many substances (including hormones) reach the peak of their secretion, the nervous synapses are rebuilt, and the long-term memories are strengthened. The growth hormone (somatotrope) acts only during the night, determining the growth of young people. Only during the sleep do the tissues assimilate proteins and fat (so, avoid eating fat-rich food before a good night’s sleep!).

  16. eslkevin says:

    FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (AP) — A retired prison guard ate his 25,000th Big Mac on Tuesday, 39 years to the day after eating his first … nine.

    By Patrick Flood, AP
    Don Gorske, 59, a retired prison guard, eats his 25,000th Big Mac on Tuesday at a McDonalds in his hometown of Fond du La, Wis.
    By Patrick Flood, AP
    Don Gorske, 59, a retired prison guard, eats his 25,000th Big Mac on Tuesday at a McDonalds in his hometown of Fond du La, Wis.
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    Don Gorske was honored after reaching the meaty milestone during a ceremony at a McDonald’s in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Surely McDonald’s most loyal customer, Guinness World Records recognized Gorske’s feat three years and 2,000 Big Macs ago, and the 57-year-old says he has no desire to stop.
    “I plan on eating Big Macs until I die,” he said. “I have no intentions of changing. It’s still my favorite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day.”
    The sign beneath the golden arches Tuesday read “Congrats Don Gorske 25000 Big Macs.”
    Before he ate No. 25,000, he showed dozens of onlookers many of the different styles of cartons he has collected over the years and other Big Mac-related stories.
    Before biting into the sandwich, he said, “It’s been seven years since 20,000. Same thing goes this year folks. You can’t have the carton and it probably still takes 16 bites for me to finish a Big Mac.”
    The crowd erupted into applause.
    Gorske, who appeared in the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” which examined the fast food industry, looks nothing like one might expect of a fast food junkie. He’s trim and walks regularly for exercise, and he attributes his build to being “hyperactive.” He said he was recently given a clean bill of health and that his cholesterol is low.
    Gorske’s obsession with the burger — two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun, for those not familiar with the once-ubiquitous ads — started May 17, 1972, when he bought three Big Macs to celebrate the purchase of a new car. He was hooked, and went back to McDonald’s twice more that day, eating nine before they closed.
    He’s only gone eight days since without a Big Mac, and most days he eats two. Among the reasons he skipped a day was to grant his mother a dying wish. His last Big Mac-less day was Thanksgiving 2000, when he forgot to stock up and the store was closed for the holiday.
    Gorske said he loves numbers and counting things and was inspired to start counting his burgers because McDonald’s noted how many hamburgers were served on their sign.
    He said he is probably obsessive compulsive and that he likes repetition and doesn’t like change. He said he’s kept many of the Big Mac boxes and receipts over the years, and has noted his purchases in calendars he’s kept.
    McDonald’s says there are 540 calories in a Big Mac, which is more than a quarter of the calories a person on a 2,000-calorie diet would consume. The burger also contains 29 grams of fat and 1,040 grams of sodium, which are both more than 40 percent of the Food and Drug Administration’s daily recommended value for a 2,000-calorie diet.
    Tara Gidus, a registered dietitian in Florida, said she wouldn’t recommend Gorske’s Big Mac diet, and that he’s likely stayed relatively healthy because of good genetics and because he doesn’t order a lot of extras, such as fries and sodas.
    She said the Big Mac provides protein and grains, which the body needs, and that she would be “less concerned about the bad stuff in the Big Mac and more concerned about the good stuff he’s missing,” such as fruits and vegetables.
    Gorske said he normally buys six on Monday and eight on Thursday and freezes or refrigerates them and warms them when he wants to eat them, so he doesn’t have to run to the restaurant all the time.
    Gorske said he likes other foods, including bratwurst and lobsters, but that he loves Big Macs and his wife Mary, a nurse, never has to worry about making him a meal.
    “I really do enjoy every Big Mac,” he said.
    He said his wife jokes about ending his streak.
    “She says … when she has to put them in a blender, it’s over,” he said.
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  17. BVB says:

    I call bullshit. People have died through starvation and malnutrition.
    If it is ‘God’, then why would s/he grant one Indian man the ability to survive without food, and not the millions of Africans who would actually benefit from it?
    He’s either lying, has a mental disorder, or an eating disorder.

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