Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Indian military to study ascetic who has not eaten or drunk for 74 years...

Scientists begin study on how Prahlad Jani lives without food or water. The idea is to replicate the process in soldiers, astronauts.

Prahlad Jani, who has not eaten food or drunk water for 74 years of his 82-year-old life, will be kept under observation by the a wing of the defence ministry for 15 days. The members of Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Science (DIPAS) want to understand if this process can be replicated in others’ bodies. The observation is being undertaken at the Sterling hospital.

DIPAS Director G Ilavazhagan said, “Jani was earlier tested for 10 days at the hospital in 2003. Neurophysician Dr Sudhir Shah and his team had conducted the tests to certify that Jani did indeed live without food and water. He also did not pass out urine or stool.”

Most people can live without food for several weeks, but without water, average human can survive only 3 or 4 days. More...

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