(22 September 1999, Scotland) A Scottish follower of Breatharianism demonstrated a comprehensive misunderstanding of biology during her recent attempt to "Live with Light" in the Scottish Highlands.
Verity, 48, was adhering to a 21-day spiritual cleansing course, wherein followers of Breatharianism eschew all food and drink for seven days. They continue to abstain, fourteen more days, from all but sips of water.
During Verity's brief stay in the Scottish Highlands, she endeavor to master the art of "pranic feeding," surviving on inhaled carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen.
Guru Jasmuheen, an Australian formerly known as Ellen Greve, boasts 5000 followers worldwide, though she does not disclose whether they are always the same followers. She points out that 'breatharianism' is the perfect cure for anorexia, and world hunger, as adherents need never eat nor drink again.
Anorexia sufferers, and hunger victims, have already attempted this course of action, with known results. Nutritionists say a human can survive without fluid for six days, at most. These research results did not deter Verity, who took to the wilds with only a tent and her grit and determination.
She died from hypothermia and dehydration, aggravated by lack of food.
Jasmuheen, whose dress size was not disclosed, claims to have survived on "liquid air" since 1993, although she does allow herself cups of herbal tea and chocolate biscuits. The founder of the cult said that Verity's death was not due to physical need for food. Rather, it was a failure to satisfy spiritual needs brought about by a battle with her own ego.
Reference: The Scotsman, The UK Independent, the London Guardian, GILLIAN HARRIS of the London Times, Australia Sun Herald
"There are so many benefits to being free
from the addiction of food."
Then some publicist jazzed up the description, and the sequel was suddenly a self-help book. "A manual for personal self empowerment and self mastery, filled with channeled guidance from Jasmuheen and the Ascended Ones"
I liked Starvation Heights, the true story of two heiresses and the woman who duped them into fasting for 54 days. One sister, skeletally thin even months after her release, survived to prosecute the murderess who professed a staunch belief in her own innocence. She went on to kill other victims after her release from jail, all the while maintaining that the "traditional medical establishment" wanted to discredit a woman. Astounding story, a few of the descriptions were squeamish (they were so thin their lips wouldn't close) and there are a few repetitious sections, but overall a well-deserved thumbs up.