When most people talk about “eating light,” they’re generally just talking about ordering a salad. But a Seattle woman is trying to prove that people don’t actually need to eat food to live, because she says we can get all of our energy from the sun, just like plants do.
“It is said by scientists that all matter comes from light. All matter,” she said. “It does go through all of our animals and grass all the things that grow on our planet so that we can access it. But that doesn’t mean to say that we don’t have a system within us already that can access it more directly.”
“Breatharians” believe that people can survive on sunlight and air, though it’s unclear why they think anyone would want to do that when people can also survive on things like bacon and avocados, which are delicious. 65-year-old Naveena Shine, originally from the U.K., has a website and a Facebook page for her Living on Light experiment. She says she has been at it for 41 days so far, during which she’s consumed nothing but water and “one, maybe two cups of tea a day.” Her end goal is to not eat for 100 days.
She’s lost 31 pounds on her “no food at all” diet, but says that weight loss is not the goal and she will start eating again if she dips below 120 pounds. She maintains that she will stop if at any point she becomes unhealthy, but she has not been consulting with any doctors because they “have the wrong eyes.”
“Doctors can’t really have that much to say with this, because it’s not within the doctors’ paradigm,” she says. “A doctor can’t see living on light because he looks through different lenses, he looks through different eyes.”
A lot of people have actually tried this over the years. According to The Guardian‘s Adam Gabbatt:
While Shine says her inspiration to eschew food does not come from a particular set of beliefs, her website praises Jasmuheen, an Australian woman who describes herself as an “ambassador of peace” and “international lecturer”, and whose teachings that it is possible to subsist on light alone have been linked to the deaths of four people.
Needless to say, the doctors Shine has not been consulting think this is a terrible, terrible idea, because people are not plants and thus cannot actually live on light.
“Plants have what are called choroplasts that contain chlorophyll and they have the ability to capture energy from sunlight,” said physician and health broadcaster Dr. Robert Hoffman. “Humans don’t have cholorphyll or chloroplasts. No humans do. It is impossible for a human to have that. Therefore they have to derive energy from external sources, that can be either fat or protein or carbohydrates, but it can’t be sunlight.”
Via The Guardian/Photo: Shutterstock