Swiss Woman Starves to Death on Sunlight Diet

SunlightVia the Herald Sun:

The woman embarked on the diet after watching the controversial 2010 documentary film In The Beginning There Was Light, newspaper Tages Anzeiger said.

The movie centres on Swiss chemistry doctor Michael Werner, 62, and 83-year-old Indian yogi Prahlad Jani, who both claim to derive sustenance from spiritual means rather than the intake of food — a concept also known as breatharianism.

Werner claims to have lived without food since 2001, while Jani told the documentary of how he had lived for 70 years not only without food, but also without water.

The woman, from the east of Switzerland, saw the movie and decided to try to survive entirely on light, preparing for the process by reading a book by Australian breatharian Ellen Greve, who goes by the name Jasmuheen. In line with the book, the Swiss woman, who was in her early 50s, did not eat or drink anything for a week — and even spat out her saliva — before resuming drinking in the second and third weeks.

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  • Alex

    I was going to make a joke about sunlight being deficient in unicorn sparkle, but this is just sad.
    I am going to find that documentary though. Should be interesting.

  • The only thing to get is money

    People, brush aside your hopes and fantasies and don’t believe in anything or anyone. No one ever delivers the goods.Treat all claimants of special knowledge and abilities as business men. Zeitgeist, Thrive, Venus Project, Breatharianism, Religion, even mundane knowledge is suspect. Everyone has something to sell and get, so it is good to be skeptical in order to save oneself quite literally from madness and self-destruction.

    • Bungle

      ^ be very suspect of the over skeptical like this guy. 1000 ways to die, this was just another example. she attempted something very risky without supervision and she paid the ultimate price for not taking everything into account, 

      • The only thing to get is money

        Yes I am glad. It’s also good to be skeptical of the skeptic. Everyone is fallible. I am just saying don’t take unnecessary risk and guard the contents of your mental activities.

  • Bungle

    the swiss also have a high suicide rate. maybe she was a bit narcissistic and decided that  if she could not be like the successful breatharians, that its better to die than to be inferior. just pondering… even if i didnt need to eat, i would for the taste and stimulation :) (thus im a little chubs) but i would stop when i needed to save cash. maybe she just needed to be at the equator for  maximum sun power.

  • Malk

    Let’s master what an amazing -two- people in the -whole- world claim to be able to do overnight and bet our lives on our ability to do so because we read some random book…. good job!…..

  • Jesus Borg

    I’ve found nearly all Gurus to display behavior consistent with being psychopaths. I think cults are like the natural habitat of a species of psychopath. So naturally they are liars. They live on a diet of idealists. They milk them.  

    http://www.strippingthegurus.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hare_Psychopathy_Checklist

    • Bungle

      yeah… got to come to your own conclusions, and never give all your power away, thats just plain logic. most of these people that fall pray to cults have a dependent personality disorder and would fall pray to an abuser eventually cult leader or random low life with more self esteem (if left untreated). but one can not close off all new ideas and phenomena, just because its not proven as scientific fact yet. No pain, no gain, if you don’t try anything new because of too much fear you will become a boring zombie, slave to a routine. dont try not going without food for novelty reasons unless you are willing to risk your life, its all about risk management. this needs to be tried on people that are likely to starve to death anyway due to environmental and other factors beyond the human scope, and not tried by people with ample food supply that are just bored and probably mentally unstable and/or misguided. change will come regardless of isolated incidents like this. ive heard of way more bizarre stuff happening, this no eating thing is old news. good bless her soul.

      • Bungle

        double negative :(

  • Stalker

    Someone stopped eating… and starved to death? Well, there’s a shocker.

  • RainyDay_SunshineGirl

    She sounds like a good candidate for this year’s Darwin Awards :-)

    It would be interesting, though, if we could eventually genetically alter our bodies to feed off of sunlight… 

  • j electrolux

    And of the millions of people who eat the “American Diet” and die horrible deaths with cancer and/or heart disease? Very few people really eat for health. Hippocrates said that your food should be your medicine. Most of us eat foolishly and pay a huge price for our indulgences.

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