Indian military analyzes 'holy man' who drinks no water, consumes no food
Holy man or hoax?
An Indian man has the attention of the Indian military because of his claim that he does not require food or water to survive.
Prahlad Jani claims to a "breatharian," someone who can live on "spiritual life force." He says that his powers come from a goddess who pours a magic elixir into a hole in his palate, according to the London Telegraph.
While some dismiss him as a "village fraud," India's Defence Research Development Organization says Prahlad may hold the key to helping soldiers survive longer without food, or aid disaster victims.
He has been analyzed for the past six days in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gurjara, and doctors say his body has not yet shown signs of hunger or dehydration despite no drinking or eating.
"If his claims are verified, it will be a breakthrough in medical science," Dr. G. Ilavazhagan, director of the Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences told the Telegraph. "We will be able to help save human lives during natural disasters, high altitude, sea journeys and other natural and human extremities. We can educate people about the survival techniques in adverse conditions with little food and water or nothing at all."
Doctors will continue observing him for 15 days in which time they would expect to see muscle wastage, serious dehydration, weight loss and likely organ failure.
Most humans cannot go longer than three to five days without water.