Saturday, July 17, 2010

Prahlad Jani's Claim of Total Fasting Endorsed by India's Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Science

I, for one, couldn't be more skeptical of his claim. But, for what it's worth, it should be noted that Prahlad Jani, 82, who claims to live without the urge to eat or drink water — and without the need to pass urine or stool — has had his claims endorsed by India's Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Science.

Here's an excerpt from a piece in The Times of India:

Mataji was the subject of a fortnight-long study conducted (between April 22 and May 6) jointly by DIPAS and Sterling Hospital, along with SRISTI. DIPAS investigators have said that during the study, a protocol of strict round-the-clock surveillance was followed with the help of CCTV cameras and human observers.
Mataji’s every movement — for example, when he was taken out for MRI, ultrasound and X-Ray procedures — was recorded on tape. Periodic clinical, biochemical, radiological and other examinations were carried out on him. During the observation period, Prahlad Jani has not consumed anything and has not passed stool,” the update said. “The only contact with fluid was during gargling and bathing periodically during the study, beginning from the fifth day of the study. Also, Jani has not passed urine during the observation period.” 
The DIPAS stamp of approval should silence Jani’s detractors who had doubted the veracity of the claims made by the medical team which had first conducted tests on Jani in 2003. 

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Photo credit: Sterling Hospitals.